Sep 30, 2011

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has a long-standing tradition of excellence developed from an ethos aimed at inspiring its students to be the best that they can be. Therefore, the College was pleased to welcome motivational speaker Richard McCann to the campus to provide words of wisdom to its students.

Richard is a professional public speaker, whose own life story is an example of what we can do in order to overcome adversity. His mother was the first victim of the Yorkshire Ripper when Richard was just 5 years old and from this experience, Richard used his own loss to develop a “can do” attitude. During his presentation, Richard talked candidly about his life and the various challenges he had faced, always focusing on how to turn the negative into a positive, and how to be proactive in your own life choices.

Although talking about some very difficult experiences, Richard presented in a very up-beat and humorous style, which focused on using your own experiences to enrich your life, not hinder it. Consequently, the young audience were immediately captivated and could see the value of adopting an “I Can” philosophy.

Richard also brought along copies of his autobiography ‘Just a Boy’ which students could purchase and have signed on the day. This proved to be extremely popular and illustrated just how powerful Richard’s presentation was as students queued to purchase his book.

Sadae Lawton who is studying Health and Social Care at the College said “Richard made changes to his life that inspired the nation. He definitely kept me entertained.” And Jenny Holt, also studying Health and Social Care agreed, saying “I thought he was really brill and his story was very inspirational.”

Student Services Manager Rachel Cox said, “At Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form we want to inspire each and every student to work hard and strive to be the best that they can be. Each student is supported and encouraged to aim high, whatever their final aim. Richard’s presentation was truly inspirational and emotive, and his personable, up-beat manner really hit home with the students, especially given the dreadful challenges he had challenged in his own life. I am sure that his words will motivate our students to adopt an “I can” attitude and develop strong self belief.”