I really enjoy public speaking! My talks usually cover the following subjects:
1. Growing and selling businesses, my top ten tips to running a successful business, building brands, Intellectual property (patents and trademarks), finding and keeping the right team and the importance of collaboration. I co-founded the Gro Company, which grew from zero to £13 million turnover in 10 years.
2. Book Readings. I love reading my children's stories in schools. I was recently asked to spend the day at Stoke Fleming Primary School in Devon and had a wonderful day with the children and teachers.
"A huge thank you for this morning, we were all very inspired by your talk and thoroughly enjoyed listening to your stories. It was a great success across each class, we do hope you will visit us again." Andrea Hall, Stoke Fleming Primary
3. Waking Up - spiritual awakenings. After my very unexpected nudge awake on the M5 in 2011, I am now giving talks to anyone or to groups who may in interested in philosophy, religion, theology, metaphysics or the study of consciousness.
My aim is to leave my audiences entertained, inspired, so that they hopefully head off thinking about life in a different way. Everything is possible, but our beliefs shape our lives in ways we often are not even aware of. Once our 'software' is loaded in childhood, it can take quite a traumatic event to disrupt our programming. 80% of people having spiritual openings have just been through a major life trauma, like near death experiences, loss of a loved one, serious health issues or in my case, divorce.
I hope to de-mystify what a spiritual awakening is really like and show how it's happening to so many people right now across the planet. Things are changing - we are slowly waking up and this is how the world will heal - one conscious awake person at a time.
If you would like me to come and give a talk at your business, school, university or organization, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also a proud Community Ambassador for the charity 'Mary's Meals' and give talks around Devon and Cornwall. Please get in touch if you would like me to come and talk about this incredible charity that feeds 1.2 million children a day at school, mostly in Africa. It costs about £10 a year to feed a child one meal at school, so a small amount of money goes a very long way.
University of Exeter – Business faculty and One World MBA
University of Plymouth – Futures Centre
Devonport School for Boys
South Devon College
Teignbridge District Council
Rotary and Round Table Groups
Mid-Devon Business Forum
Enterprise Festival – Cornwall Unlocking Potential (Keynote speaker)
Outset - Torbay
"We approached Rob about speaking at an event aimed at entrepreneurs in Cornwall, with the specific brief of telling the story of The Gro Company and to also share some personal learnings from his journey.
Not only did Rob have an incredibly warm and endearing manner about him, but his stories were funny, authentic, moving and most of all inspirational.
Everyone left the event feeling uplifted, with notepads bursting with practical advice.
I have recommended Rob (and will continue to do so) to anyone who is after a personable, witty and wise speaker who will inspire, challenge and ultimately win over any audience!"
”On 2 different occasions, Rob has been kind enough to give my society a masterclass of a talk. We've been very lucky to have lots of talented entrepreneurs speak to our society but so many students said that his talk was their favourite.
For me personally, I genuinely won't forget Rob's obsession for customer satisfaction. The hanker-chief, handbag and sending products to 2 different houses are great stories. When I go all in on a start-up over the next few years, customer/user satisfaction will be my number one priority.
Rob's emphasis on having a happy life is so important too. It's natural that people are interested in making money through business when you hear of crazy stories like Snapchat. But I think it's important for role models like Rob to remind us students that happiness is the main goal.”
President of Student Entrepreneur’s Society – Exeter University
Unlocking Potential - Cornwall
“Rob Holmes’s intervention was very inspiring to me as he is such a successful businessman and his speech was very powerful. What struck me is that he has a positive attitude: he gives every idea a go and believes in his instinct.
Nevertheless, he insisted on doing the research before launching himself into something new and learning from other people’s experience by being a good listener.
Most importantly, Rob seems to be a good person and he said ‘I care about people’, which sounded true when he told us about the woman who lost her purse in the toilets. Not every nightclub’s owner would go look for it in the drains! This reinforced my idea that you can be a good person and run a business in an effective way.
Rob’s story inspired me as I have always been interested in knowing the successful stories of entrepreneur."
”Rob has spoken twice to my Business students at South Devon College and acted as a "Dragon" for the students' Dragon's Den pitches. He is an engaging and interesting speaker who relates extremely well to the students and gave honest and helpful advice to them on their business ideas. I thoroughly recommend Rob as a speaker or Business Advisor.”
Business Undergraduate from Plymouth University
Accounting and Business - South Devon College