Barrister and author of 'How to be Great at the Stuff you Hate: the straight-talking guide to persuading, selling & networking’ began his first business when he was 19. It was then that he discovered he was good at selling but he wanted a dependable income so became a sales rep and proceeded to sell advertising space, leasing and office equipment.
At 23 he decided it would be a nice idea to become a barrister but he didn’t have a degree (in anything) so studied law on a Monday and Wednesday night for six years, whilst working full time at Russell & Bromley in Manchester, selling shoes to, amongst others, Vera Duckworth and David Beckham.
Called to the bar in ’99 and he ended up working for Hammond Suddards in Manchester doing contentious health, safety and environment work: he loved it so much that he left after seven months.
He moved to Edinburgh, started a recruitment business with his sister and was the director responsible for the legal sector for six years. He also established the Scottish Legal Awards.
Some years later he was asked to do some training by legal clients so he wrote and delivered some courses. Shortly afterwards he left the recruitment business and began training full-time, establishing the ‘The Really Great Training Company’ in January ‘08.
Somewhere along the way Nick developed a taste for after dinner speaking. Being from a business background means that he can make delegates laugh as well as getting key commercial messages across.
Nick's accolades include:
Legal Education & Training Group's ‘Trainer of the Year’ 2007/’08
KMUK International's 'Conference Speaker of the Year' 2010 & 2011
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