Richard McCann

Richard McCann

Richard McCann is a motivational speaker, coach, workshop facilitator and author of three bestselling books that tell his personal story of surviving after extreme adversity.

At the age of just 5, Richard experienced the loss of his mother in horrific circumstances, her death at the hands of serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. After his mother’s murder, he was then brought up by his often drunk and violent father, living on a tough council estate in Leeds, England.

This led to turbulent times in foster care and an unsettled school life, which he left with no qualifications. Richard found himself with no prospects, making mistake after mistake, and landing himself in prison, ironically the same prison as his mother’s killer.

On his release from prison, he hit rock bottom, feeling he had zero prospects and no reason to live; he shared a suicide pact with his sister.

But this was not to be how his story ended. After hitting rock bottom, Richard McCann found it within himself to turn his life around. He learned to take full responsibility for his life, adopt an iCan attitude and embrace his authentic self.

He has since had an 18 year career as a coach and author, has given over 3000 presentations across the world, covering important issues such as resilience, responsibility, determination and change.

Richard McCann’s books have made it on to the Sunday Times Bestseller’s list, with his first selling over half a million copies and being translated into more than 10 different languages.

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“Undoubtedly one of the best courses I have ever been on! I cannot recommend Richard highly enough and I will definitely be working with him again in the future.” 


“We had the pleasure of hearing Richard speak at our annual Leadership Conference yesterday, and I couldn’t recommend highly enough! Whilst listening to pretty challenging subject matters, Richard brought humour and fun and really connected with us all in the audience. If you are wanting to find a motivational speaker who can challenge mindsets and encourage people to reframe their thought processes, Richard would be a great place to start. Thank you for an inspiring session!”

HEATHER STEWART,Head of Talent and Professional Development, Skipton Building Society
Richard is an excellent speaker who keeps you engaged from the word go, even with a shocking start in life, there is no pity involved when he talks and although his story is at the extreme end he is able to relate to his audience and show how he used his low points as a catalyst to spur him forwards and not to wallow, the areas he touches upon how his experiences can help us in both our work and personal lives, he gives you the tools and it’s up to you how or if you use them. I would highly recommend Richard to any Company wanting to boost morale and look at problems as “Opportunities”.”
ALEX BALSTON, Senior Business Analyst, Sales Operations, Oracle Corporation UK

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