Reflective, philosophical, occasionally shocking and darkly humorous, Shaun Attwood’s Life Lessons seeks to help young people put their lives into perspective as they wrestle with the trials of adulthood. These lessons are told through hard-hitting stories from Shaun’s life – from high-flying share trader and party animal to prisoner in Arizona’s deadliest jail and super-maximum security prison. In an age which sees an increasing weight of pressure fall upon young shoulders, teenagers and young twenty-somethings will find this talk offers invaluable support and an array of tools they can use as they negotiate the pitfalls and hairpin bends of their own lives.
LESSON 1: LEARN TO LOVE THE RIGHT PERSON
LESSON 2: LET GO OF FEAR AND ANXIETY AND BUILD RESILIENCE
LESSON 3: IDENTIFY AND OVERCOME ADDICTIONS
LESSON 4: MAKE SLOW AND CAREFUL PROGRESS
LESSON 5: HELP OTHERS
LESSON 6: VALUE YOUR FAMILY
LESSON 7: HOW TO DEAL WITH TRICKY PEOPLE
LESSON 8: CHERISH LIFE AND THE SMALL THINGS
LESSON 9: LEARN A RELAXATION TECHNIQUE
LESSON 10: LEARN TO LOOK INSIDE
Students who have attended Shaun’s Drugs and Prison Presentation generally request to hear Shaun speak again at their school. This new talk provides your students an opportunity to hear Shaun get deeper into his story in a far more reflective and intimate way. It offers practical support to anyone seeking to conquer and control their own runaway lifestyle; an absolute must in this day and age as stressful situations and day-to-day responsibilities threaten to overwhelm us. Shaun offers the antidote to this pandemic and delivers his advice using a mix of humorous and terrifying anecdotes and with a voice born of experience and new-found harmony and humility.
“The speech you delivered to Holy Trinity was extremely inspirational. You truly motivated the members of year 10 to stay on the right track in life. You taught us so many incredible life lessons that will stick with us throughout our lives. Although now we would think that we would never do such a thing but there are times when we get so caught up in life and end up taking the wrong decisions but from now on whenever we face such situations we will look back and learn from your story so thank you very much!”
– Student at Holy Trinity, Crawley
“Life Lessons (LL) was the ideal presentation for our Year 11 students. We had had Shaun in for a drugs talk before (another school had highly recommended him to us) and our students were so impressed that they wanted him back! As our Year 11s were feeling the stress and tension that eats into so many young people of their age, we booked Shaun to come in again a couple of months later and deliver LL.
As we had hoped, LL put students’ fears into perspective as well as giving them some realistic coping mechanisms. Shaun used his unique anecdotes to introduce each ‘Lesson’ – some of which were darkly humorous and caused plenty of laughter (such as Love the Right Person), others which, as you might imagine, caused a more serious and pensive atmosphere. In particular, it has to be said that the ‘Make Slow and Careful Progress’ lesson was a motivator for them; Shaun takes his audiences’ needs into account and linked his personal experiences and the lessons he’d learned directly to their forthcoming exams and future career plans. Overall our students were fascinated, reflective and inspired by LL. We’ve already booked Shaun in for both talks next year and I could not speak highly enough of him. He is the best speaker we’ve ever had.”
– Mark Coates – AST/Lead Practitioner at The Connaught School and Ad Hoc Lecturer at The University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education