In this week’s episode, Liam chats with ex footballer Paul McVeigh on his transition from professional football to key note speaking.

Paul had a 20 year career in professional football, 300 Premier League appearances and 40 caps for Northern Ireland. Growing up in Belfast, Paul’s childhood took place in the middle of huge civil unrest, with solders in the street, gun shots and tanks a familiar sight.  In 1994, aged just 16, he was selected for the Spurs academy. This meant leaving behind what could have been a life of gangs, drugs and war, and moving to a leafy London suburb; where he would go on to have a hugely successful football career.

After retiring from professional football, Paul was looking for a way to give back, and a way to separate himself from being remembered just as a footballer. He is the only professional footballer to ever gain a Masters in Sports Psychology, he wrote a book and became a key note speaker.

Ten years on, Paul runs BEST – Bespoke Elite Speaker Training. This enables other people to learn the skills needed to tell their story, make it relatable and engage with an audience.

Which does he prefer, professional football or key note speaking? You’re going to have to tune in and watch this week’s Living the Dream to find out!



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