Your After Dinner talk was exceptional and inspiring, far better than 95% of speakers who I have seen and that list includes many famous speakers in the last forty years.
Andrew Walker, Optometry Business Owner and Practitioner
Truly inspirational guest speakers enthralled the audience: including RI President John Kenny, Big Issue founder John Bird and polio survivor Ann Lee Hussey. The show,though, was stolen by Craig Hammond.
Rotary International Conference
Craig Thomas Hammond is truly inspirational and a shining light to mankind. If you are fortunate enough to meet him and listen to his story of the unimaginable struggles he has endured and overcome you will be humbled but at the same time inspired to be the best person you can be. Each time you encounter a challenge (small or large) in your life recall the emotive words spoken by Craig and you will realise that very little is insurmountable.
Craig Thomas Hammond is a remarkable young man that everyone should have the chance to meet and listen to, he will touch your heart and change your outlook on life forever. I feel privileged to have met him and hope that I hear him speak again.
Margaret Parrott Trust Lead Cancer Manager (NHS)
It is hard to believe that the speaker addressing over 500 delegates from Rotary clubs from District 1270 in the Spa Hall in Scarborough, had formerly a massive speech impediment. Craig Hammond has struggled throughout his life with a severe stammer, causing him considerable distress from taunts and bullying. This in turn led to a serious lack of confidence and depression. Craig however was not to be daunted by his difficulties, and fought back to overcome his speech impediment, gaining in confidence and dedicating his time to inspire others facing difficulties of any type.
Craig is certainly a passionate and inspirational speaker, and I have witnessed many people listening spell bound, some moved to tears, as Craig tells of his determination to turn his negative experiences into a positive conclusion. If you are looking for a motivational speaker to hold guests attention, with a story of courage to overcome adversity, then look no further, and contact Craig Hammond. You will not be disappointed.
John Green, President of Barton on Humber Rotary Club 2014-2015
Hi Craig I would just like to say thank you again for coming to my charter and doing an after dinner presentation. I have had very good feedback from my fellow Rotarians they are saying what an inspiration you are…but it said it all when you sat down and they all stood up.
Richard Johnson, President, Woodhall Spa
Craig, Thank you for coming to speak to our year 11 students. They are a challenging group of students yet you could have heard a pin drop in the room. The looks on their faces and responses showed just how much what you were saying resonated with them. You weren’t lecturing them – What you were saying was real and they knew it, and they understood the message you were sending to them.
Simone King, SENCO, Elland Academy, Leeds
Hi Craig,Thank you for coming into NEW College and delivering your story to our students. They fitted in perfectly within Anti-Bullying Week then again in RESPECT Week. The students who came along still discuss your story and your passion for success regardless of the individuals around you. I believe you have helped to make our students with less confidence become stronger.
Your talks were inspiring to those who have felt or are feeling the way you did when you were younger and it’s wonderful to let them see, just how you can change the way you feel, think and act when you are determined. I thank you again, and look forward to the next time you visit us!
Kristy Dixon, Senior College Manager – Student Well-being, Support and Experience, NEW College Pontefract.
Craig has a natural ability to connect with young people; he has been there, seen it, done it and got all the t shirts. He speaks from his heart and soul and never with an ounce of self-pity takes you on a captivating journey that has every ingredient to make any person any age sit up, listen and believe in themselves.
Alan Smith, Youth & Community B.A. Hons Course Leader, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Craig’s motivational speech was brilliant, he did not just hold the students attention he got them to listen attentively. You could have heard a pin drop. Craig spoke to all of us not just the students-myself included, he is a very inspirational young man.
Jackie Taylor, Learning Mentor, Hemsworth High School
The speeches and workshops that Craig has delivered to the year 9 and 10 students who come on our alternative education provision projects have been totally amazing; these are tough kids with some life experience. Craig never fails to bring out a side of these students that we or their teachers have never seen before. He is an inspiration to so many people.
Steven Hewitt, Alternative Education Tutor, SESKU Learning Academy