2018 Speakers

Richard Mullender

When did you last listen? Really listen? Not bide your time until you could get your point across. Not plan your argument, or jump in with advice. But listen, with your full attention… So if your life depended on it, or theirs did, you could say for certain where the other person was coming from and why. Struggling? If you recognise yourself here, you’re not alone. We all do it. Or rather don’t. Listen that is. Which means we communicate at a disadvantage. Because everything starts with listening. As a hostage negotiator, Richard Mullender has built his career on developing elite-level listening skills.

After military service and time in the private sector, Richard joined the Metropolitan police. He worked as a detective investigating serious crimes. Then one life-changing day he trained to become a hostage negotiator. His skills were so well regarded that he was appointed Lead Trainer at Scotland Yard’s National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit. Richard has built his career on developing elite-level listening skills.

What he has to share with you will surprise, entertain and challenge you in equal measure.

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