Realising ones true strengths from what we think to be weaknesses; but actually are essential ingredients of success.
Angus gave a stimulating and insightful talk to our A-level students on the ever changing and complex model of the chocolate industry. From marketing of new health trend bars to ethical dilemmas facing the industry stemming from child labour, the students left the talk amused, inspired and more knowledgeable.
Angus was extremely personable and related to our young people who respected the fact that he shared his story, no matter how personal, with them. Angus’s talk was refreshing and he brought new ideas and thoughts that inspired those who came to the talk.
What a wonderful morning St Paul’s Cray primary school had on Tuesday 11th December. Firstly, all of Key Stage 1 and 2 were sitting patiently in the hall at 9am and there was Angus standing there resplendent in his purple coat . He told the school his life journey and how, despite many set backs, he never gave up on his dream. He told us you should always live with hope and to keep on going even when the going gets tough. He showed the school slides of the interior of a chocolate factory and how few people were needed to run the machinery. It was fascinating. Then came the magic! He told all the children to close their eyes and then the magic would happen. When they opened them, there were gasps of surprise from everyone, 300 chocolate Kinder eggs had appeared!Thank you Mr Kennedy and Mr Ferrero. The children really enjoyed them, it was Christmas come early! Then he came upstairs to year 6 and talked about how the Victorians loved chocolate. He spoke about Mr Cadbury and how he really cared for the workers in his factory in Birmingham which was unusual in those days as many workers including children were cruelly exploited. Also did you know there were so many brands of chocolate and sweets invented in Victorian times including Tunnocks tea cakes? I would personally recommend Angus presenting a talk to any school. He is factual, informative and fun. To quote a year 2 child, ” I love that sort of magic where everyone gets a present. I have never tasted one of these eggs before and they are scrummy. Thank you
“Angus Kennedy in a one-off and a truly unique speaker. In an age where being seen to be on-trend has made many speakers timid and boringly bland, Angus speaks his mind. His energy is infectious, his passion for his subject unbounded – and he engages his audience with rare charm and good humour. If you want a memorable event, he will not let you down.”
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Meet the most successful failure to live on the planet; Angus Kennedy, who today is Britain’s Chief Chocolate Taster.
He travels around the world, often with a television crew, and is paid to eat, test and talk about chocolate. But it hasn’t been plain sailing for him at all. So how do you land the job and career of your dreams when it all just seems so impossible? How do you overcome countless rejections, solitude and rise above being told you are a failure and a drop out? How do you make the right choices when all choices seem to be those you don’t want to take?
Angus has been there and failed at it all. He speaks passionately about realising ones true strengths from what we think to be weaknesses; but actually are essential ingredients of success.
Angus Kennedy is a TV personality and a celebrity in the U.S. and fast becoming one now in the UK. He appears in Channel 4, The BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, and more recently has been filming for a US celebrity interview channel with Talk to Aljazeera Television in Washington and New York for the Series America Tonight. He is featured in the national press as the Real Life Willy Wonka, has his own radio show and has possibly the best job on the planet. But it wasn’t plain sailing by any means.
Angus Kenndy was a classic drop out. He failed all his exams, bungled his degree and claims to have never passed a test or exam in his life. He talks inspiringly about bringing out the passion and self-belief that he taught himself over 25 years of hardships and let downs. Angus’ father died when he was 9 years old, his mother was an alcoholic (who also died too), he has been bankrupt and on the dole twice and genuinely wants to inspire people through the lessons he learned about life that are missing for people who wish to ‘really make it.’
“You don’t apply for the best jobs,” he says, “you create them!”
Angus Kennedy has also written 8 novels to date, some published and some he says he doesn’t wish to publish until the ‘moment comes’. His novels to date are, Please God I Want To Win The Lottery, The Kitchen Baby, How To Make Money, 222 Good Reasons for Bad Things and others that he is working on. He is currently finishing three more: How To Become a Real Life Willy Wonka, Dinner With The Devil and Who Needs to Go To College Anyway? Angus has enjoyed Amazon best sellers and is passion is in writing and communicating an often much deeper message..
Angus Kennedy is now available to speak at conferences, universities schools, dinners and organisations that wish to have an exclusive insight into the world of confectionery and chocolate and to learn more about the confectionery industry in general.
He can also talk about what it’s like to be a live (non fictitious!) Willy Wonka. It’s a fascinating journey of how he became to be Britain’s Chief Chocolate taster and Guru and his story inspires, business leaders, children and students all around the country.