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An Interview With Lee McQueen

Apprentice winner Lee McQueen has two successful years with Lord Alan Sugar under his belt, and has launched the Raw Talent Academy.

Lee McQueen

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Sharing a platform with someone who has had a great career in sport and is now moving into business would be brilliant; an example would be when I worked with Will Greenwood, who has started his own business, and Scott Quinnell, filming an episode of Sky Sports School of Hard Knocks.

How did the corporate speaking begin?

After winning the Apprentice and helping to set up a digital signage business called Amscreen for Lord Sugar, I was approached for some charity work as well as their being media interest in my story and background. Following the charity work, I did some after dinner speaking at corporate events about my time on the Apprentice and my business background from my time in recruitment as a manager of a team that turned over £32 million in a year from 30 staff. I also spoke at school and college events, including awards evenings as a motivational and inspirational person telling my story from leaving school to beating 20,000 people to win the Apprentice.

Which event has been your favourite and why?

An event at the start of the year for Avon where I spoke to their sales leaders across the country talking to big crowds and sharing my experiences in business and passing on my advice for sales. While there were big crowds at all the events the events allowed time for me to speak individually with Avon’s sales leaders and gain some brilliant feedback and ideas. I also really enjoyed an event with Aviva that was hosted at the Stoop in Twickenham, a very cool venue for someone who loves sports. As a big passion of mine, any events like national apprenticeship awards are great events.

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Any events to do with sales, entrepreneurs, apprenticeships and getting young people into business, again with sport a passion then events combining sport and business would be great to speak at.

What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?

My speaking topics are usually to do with my time on the way to winning the Apprentice, my experience in business both before and after the Apprentice including setting up my own company, Raw Talent Academy and helping to set up Amscreen with Lord Sugar. Working with school, colleges and universities it is about being a very motivational, inspirational speaker and making the students leave with a plan to move forward. Employability, enterprise, and entrepreneurship are all topics I usually touch on.

What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?

I always try to make my presentations real and easy for people to relate to, using lots of analogies that the audience can translate into their own life. When speaking to students I always try to make sure the adults, parents and teachers, also take something away from the presentation. Audience participation is a great way for your message to sink in and be more memorable.

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

Drawing on my extensive business experience from working my way up through big companies like Capita and eventually managing my own division of 30+ staff to setting up my own business, Raw Talent Academy, as well as being a part of Amscreen from the company being founded to when I left 2 years later. Corporate audiences like sales teams, sales leaders, and managers, business development, recruitment consultants, start-up business owners.

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