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I love public speaking!!

I was at Plymouth University yesterday, giving a talk to over 50 students about the stages of business growth, a subject I can bring to life after 20 years in business. My aim is to inspire the students to give ideas a go. I ended the talk with this amazing quote from W H Murray: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

I was so happy to just receive this email from the lecturer who asked me to speak.

"Hi Rob,

Thank you for the wonderful talk you gave yesterday, which undoubtedly will be a highlight of the lecture series I've delivered for the students (I haven't attended the others in the module so wouldn't like to comment, but can't help to suspect your talk will trump those too!). It was just brilliant to see the students engaged with you at the end, and I think you inspired many of them to give their passions a go.

One of the points you made so clearly was the importance of resilience. I enjoyed the different ways you demonstrated this throughout, and your honesty about challenges and how you faced them was fantastic. One of the main themes in this module is about resilience in individuals and organisations, and I think your talk gave relevant, real like examples for students of both which is invaluable to their learning. 

Thank you so much again for the time and enthusiasm you brought to the session. As I said yesterday, you're an inspiring public speaker which is not an easy achievement or something that comes naturally to all people. I will certainly keep you in mind for any future talks as we discussed. 

Thanks again Rob.

Best wishes,

Hannah "

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