From battlefield to the boardroom: Army veteran uses military skills to start company training firm

Chris Robinson, who served with the Yorkshire Regiment for 23 years rising, is using skills gained in some of the most hostile countries in the world to create training and skills packages for professionals at all levels to hone and structure their communication techniques.

His company, Maven People and Training Ltd, in Clayton, will teach core skills to make effective presentations and public speaking for those in such sectors as the recruitment industry, colleges, universities, training deliverers and health and safety organisations, reports The Telegraph and Argus.

The 44-year-old, joined the Army at the age of 20 and had tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Northern Ireland, Somalia and Sierra Leone. He said the skills he learned during his service were ideally suited to the corporate world.

Mr Robinson told The Telegraph and Argus: “The regiment has been such a big part of my life and has given me the skill set to go forward and launch this exciting new brand upon my retirement. People wanting to deliver presentations need to have a structure in place and that is where my company comes in. It can teach self confidence to win over audiences which can be the difference between success and failure.”

Training packages are delivered both at the workplace or in external training and conference rooms using experts drawn both from the UK Armed Forces and corporate and training organisations.

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