Not everything goes smoothly, though, and when times were tough, Richard took some decisions that ended up with him serving a custodial sentence, ending up in the same prison that Peter Sutcliffe had been in previously. Upon release, he found it hard to gain employment and needed to be resilient and adaptable to eventually secure a permanent job.
He decided to write about his childhood experiences and published a book, “Just a Boy” which became a best seller. On the back of this, he was interviewed on Women’s Hour on Radio 4, leading some discussion sessions. This led him to organise several presentations over the next couple of years, alongside his studies after returning to education.
He states that he was inspired by a speaker at a conference and realised that this was a way to earn a living. He recognised his entrepreneurial talent and positive mindset as a way of earning a sustainable income.
In the early days, he organised himself to continue working and public speaking until a point came where it was financially viable to become a full-time speaker. Then, he realised that being adaptable and forward-thinking enabled him to take that leap of faith in himself.
Running his business has not always been smooth. In his early years, he spent almost all his time speaking in schools. When the funding was stopped, he found that almost half his income had gone. He needed to be adaptable and take risks in seeking new opportunities to ensure his business could survive. Being able to utilise his networking and communication skills, he was able to find a new niche in training others to be confident public speakers.