An Interview With Martin Roll

1 January 2012

How did the corporate speaking begin?

I was asked by organisations interested in my story. I cut my teeth and did a lot of charity speaking, and I later got representation and support, It grew from there.

Which event has been your favourite, and why?

My favourite was a trip to Turkey last year for a Wholesalers Conference. It was all down to the people. It’s what makes a good conference. As I was there for 3 days I was able to spend time with them and get to know them. Also speaking to medical and pharmaceutical groups is a lot of fun and very rewarding. I’ve had a lot of involvement with clinicians over the years. I have a great affinity with them; an empathy and respect. I owe my life to them.

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

Something to do with the UN where I could make a difference on a larger scale.

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

With a speaker with whom I vehemently disagreed as it would be a great discussion.

What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?

- Overcoming adversity; positivity

- Investing in yourself; growth

- Self-belief

- Setting goals and targets

- Appreciation of others – team building

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

To be a good leader, to share the glory, and to encourage and invest in others. Team building, self-belief and coming back from somewhere where once you believed was impossible. It can be done!

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