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Scottish business leaders’ masterclass for Robertson scholars

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The Robertson Trust welcomed two of Scotland’s most influential business leaders for a masterclass with current Robertson scholars this week.

Bob Keiller, the Chairman of Scottish Enterprise and former CEO of Wood Group, and Stratetic Business Consultant and Mentor, Derrick Thomson, hosted a three-hour workshop at the Abode Hotel in Glasgow, looking at methods for delivering effective presentations without notes or Powerpoint.

Between them, Bob and Derrick have delivered more than 1000 hours of presentations and both called upon their extensive experience to deliver a unique workshop, packed full of anecdotes and analogies as well as practical advice.

Although not part of the scholarship’s compulsory personal development and training programme, Journey to Success, the masterclass was very well attended and the first of a series of one-off external workshops aimed at equipping scholars with essential life skills for future success.

All Robertson scholars benefit from a comprehensive support programme throughout the course of their university careers in order to help them achieve their full education and employment potential.

With the number of scholars increasing year on year, the Trust is committed to attracting Scotland’s best presenters to supplement its training programme and ensure Robertson scholars continue to graduate fully equipped to meet the needs of the employment market.

Scholarship Training Manager, Annie Doyle, was particularly grateful to Bob and Derrick for taking the time out of their busy schedules to deliver this bespoke event.

She said: "We really try and encourage our Scholars to develop their own presentation style and to have the confidence to share their personal experiences. 

"Bob and Derrick really validated this and we all came away with a renewed sense of fun around public speaking in all its forms. An incredible experience."