Inspirational & Motivational Speaker & Author
Richard McCann is an inspirational, powerful and moving motivational speaker, and founder of the ICan Academy designed to help ignite people’s mindsets and allow them to grow, develop and become more successful
Born into poverty on a tough council estate in Leeds, England, he was placed on the “At-risk” register before he could walk and talk. Then, just one week before his sixth birthday, his mother was tragically taken from him when she became the first victim of a man who would go on to become one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers, Peter Sutcliffe.
What followed was foster parents, time in a care home, and then a deprived childhood living with his often violent and drunken father. Richard eventually left school with no qualifications and very little self-esteem. After stumbling from one mistake after another, he fell into petty crime and this led to a stint in the same prison as his mother’s killer! When he was released, he had few prospects and entered a suicide pact with one of his sisters. He had reached his rock bottom.
It was at this point, Richard started to turn his life around and develop an ICan attitude and philosophy that led him to become a Sunday Times No1 Best Selling author whose first book, Just a Boy, made sales of almost half a million in the UK alone and was translated into more than 10 different languages.
Richard McCann is now an internationally recognised professional speaker and has delivered over 2500 keynotes globally. Whether you want to inject an iCan attitude into your sales force or help your workforce to embrace change and overcome challenges, Richard knows how to engage with an audience and change their mindsets from the inside out.
Richard McCann is an exceptional communicator whose ability to inspire an iCan attitude is guaranteed to give your people the iCan approach. Not only does Richard live and breathe the iCan philosophy, but has helped thousands of people in the business, corporate, community and education worlds to change the way people think – and act.
As a highly versatile and experienced speaker, Richard can adapt his keynotes and other presentations to meet the objectives of his clients but coves subjects such as –
- Embracing Change and Adapting to new Opportunities
- Overcoming Challenges
- ICan – Belief in Yourself – Take Responsibility
- How to Create a Positive Mindset
- ICan Present (Masterclass in the art of speaking)
Richard can easily tailior his material to specific audiences and has created specific presentations for a number of clients in the Healthcare, Charities and Education sector.
Having seen Richard speak on multiple occasions, I can say without doubt he is an incredible professional speaker. One who’s sessions leave me inspired to be a better person. I couldn’t recommend Richard more highly for anyone looking for a speaker with a difference. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.
— Martin Mason, Body Shop
From start to finish, Richard's message, enthusiasm, wit, humour and charm - had us all captivated. I watch a lot of Ted talks and we have had a lot of guest speakers at our conferences over the years but Richard's message of 'I Can' really resonated with me in a personal and professional level. I would highly recommend Richard to speak at any gathering of sales professionals or professionals who just need that self-belief again in themselves, their company and their abilities to change and adapt to this ever-evolving world.
— Darren Logue, Divisional Director
I had the pleasure of meeting Richard McCann recently at a work event. I was absolutely blown away with Richard’s motivational talk. His honestly, passion and determination shone through, so much so it made me think differently about my own personal decisions. His message really hit home for me and it was very humbling to hear his story. What an Inspirational man, I would recommend Richard to any organisations
— Anne Frances Linton, ASDA