When Craig Thomas Hammond was 8 years old, he realised he was different from other children. He would open his mouth to speak but no words came out. He had a massive speech impediment – a chronic stutter. He left school with no qualifications and worked menial jobs, hiding away in factories – not that there is anything wrong with working in factories – knowing that he had massive potential but was too fearful to do anything about it. Craig attended a speech course called the STARFISH Project when he was 32 years old and was able to gain some control over his stutter which gave him the confidence to go out into the world and start exploring.
Craig, now a speaker, author and trainer, graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in his late 30’s with a BA Honours Degree in Youth Work Studies and Community Development and from the University of Chester with a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. He also won the Adam Ayub Award for inspirational qualities from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012.
His first book CLIMB your Mountain is climbing up the best seller list and has had some outstanding reviews. His writing is intentionally down to earth, practical and easy to understand.
This speech takes you through Craig’s life story. The anguish from not being able to speak, leaving school with no qualifications, not being able to read his son a bedtime story all the way to becoming a sought after Inspirational speaker. Prepare to be inspired.
RESPONSIBILITY – Any change begins with taking response-ability.
ATTITUDE – Which inner voice are you listening to? Victim or Victor.
POTENTIAL – You are destined for greatness.
ICEBERG – You have hidden depths waiting for you to tap into.
DETERMINATION – How much do you want it, I mean really want it?
SUCCESS – You were a success before you were born, why stop now?
COMMITMENT – It’s not over until you reach the peak!
LEADERSHIP – You have to lead yourself first!
INSPIRATION – What will get you there?
MOTIVATION – Why are you climbing the mountain?
BRAVERY – Have you got what it takes to look fear in the eye?
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Colin Firth, Hollywood Actor and Oscar Winner for his role in the King’s Speech.
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John Green, President of Barton on Humber Rotary Club 2014-2015
Bournemouth Rotary International Conference
Richard Johnson President of Woodhall Spa Rotary