Professional speaker David McQueen tells ROK how he turned his passion into a career, and why raising the aspiration of young BAME people is so important.
What is your current job title?
Managing Director of Narratively Ltd
What does your job entail on a typical day?
There is no typical day but it can involve me either speaking, coaching or training when I am out, or marketing, developing programmes and creating online content when I am back in the office.
How did you get involved in public speaking?
I loved doing it when I was younger and it eventually morphed into what I do for a living. I am always honing and developing my skills.
What was your first ever job and did you enjoy it?
I was an accountant for a property company and I loved it.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you want to be doing career-wise?
I love what I do so I don’t think I would be doing anything else. Or maybe I would be a photographer. Hmmmmm
In terms of educational/career attainment, what are the main challenges facing BAME young people today and what do you think can/should be done to overcome them?
I think for some, the main challenges are low expectations for BAME students. Some people just don’t think BAME students are capable of doing well, and that is family, community and places of education. The solution is a joined-up effort to continue to raising aspirations for such students.
If you could give one piece of advice to a young person who embark on a career in public speaking, what would it be?
Learn from those who are already doing it, always be developing your craft to be better and don’t try to copy others, focus on developing your core style and content.
Follow David on Twitter at @DavidMcQueen.