universities & schools
“What a star! Dudley Hewitt has been an Award Officer for 20 years and he said you were one of the best presenters. He really appreciated your time talking to the Gold Award Holders, and I was watching you being presented to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; I have never seen him talk to someone for so long! We look forward to welcoming you to St. James’s Palace again in the near future.”
CHRIS COOK, THE DUKE
OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD
Paul understands the potential that young people have: whilst he was at school, Paul proposed, organised and subsequently co-led a 47 strong environmental expedition to Mount Everest.
Thousands of students at dozens of universities and schools on both sides of the Atlantic have responded enthusiastically to Paul gripping tales of failure, perseverance and risk-taking.
Read what students at Maryville University and The Governor’s Academy said about Paul’s presentations and listen to highlights from his talk at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Paul's talks include:
Can You Climb Mount Everest? (ages 8-13)
Climb Your Own Everest (ages 14-24)
Into The Unknown (ages 16-24)
Commencements, Speech Days & Assemblies (all ages)
“The students really liked you; one student in my class proclaimed that you were the best speaker we’ve had this year. The combination of stories and your comical sense of humor worked. They won't forget the rat story but more than that I hope they won't forget your sense of adventure.” PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY
“I thought Paul Deegan was an excellent speaker. I got a lot out of his presentations, not just for my organization but for my own personal life, too. He was wonderful!” STUDENT AT MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY
"You attended my daughter’s school in November. I wanted to say a big thank you. We both enjoyed your speech. My daughter went on to apply to the headteacher to present a speech. She was chosen. My daughter had to speak in front of 150 adults. I was so proud of her. She now knows she can believe in herself. I have been trying to teach her this. You helped her believe in herself. She now believes she can achieve anything." PARENT AT WROXHAM SCHOOL
"I wanted to write to say what a brilliant half day we had at the Royal Geographical Society. Paul Deegan, who ran the briefing and assessment sessions, was superb. He was inspiring, informative and very entertaining. The children loved it and felt as though they had achieved something very special. He was very complimentary about their rather rudimentary planning which did their self-esteem the world of good, and really made them believe that they could achieve something like that in later life." TEACHER'S LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
“Hi Paul, It was great to receive your email. I shared it with my daughter as she is still enthralled with your explorations and your presentation at her school. You were, in fact, voted the class’ favorite component of their current curriculum.” PARENT AT SOUTHBANK SCHOOL
“Our current year 5 children were enthralled by Paul’s presentation. With his natural gift for communicating, Paul had the full attention of all 75 children for over an hour as he took them on an amazing Everest expedition. In a single presentation, Paul enriched the children’s experience of maths, history, geography, science, sustainability, religious education and personal social & health education. As the children and adults left the presentation, I can confidently say there were very few who were not motivated to try and ‘achieve their ambition’. Un-prompted, the children wanted Paul’s autograph and Paul had something to say to each pupil. The value of the experience was evident when some of our Year 6 children spotted Paul and came to tell him that they still had his autograph and message from last year.” FURZE PLATT SCHOOL
"You went down very well and I have received many plaudits from staff in particular about you being a great choice of guest speaker!" ADDINGTON SCHOOL
“If my class even closely represents what the rest of the school felt, then I'd say yesterday was a brilliant success. And many, many faculty members spoke to me about what a breath of fresh air your presentation was. One student in my class said that your talk was great because it was subtle (stories without any overt moralizing), because you displayed no ego, and because you used humor.” THE GOVERNOR’S ACADEMY
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for your lecture today. Seriously inspiring stuff and delivered with great humour, modesty and professionalism. You will know from the applause what our students thought. There is no question that you have made a tremendous impression.” SHREWSBURY SCHOOL
“Paul presented his informative, interactive Everest presentation to our students at the Royal Albert Hall. Paul adapted very well to our diverse age range of students, who were very fond of him and enjoyed his presentation. We have added Paul to our list of contacts and look forward to working with him in the future.” CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
“100% of the students rated your workshop as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.” NATIONAL ACADEMY OF GIFTED & TALENTED YOUTH
“Paul Deegan taught my kids to climb Everest at the Do Lectures. How cool is that?” CLAIRE HIEATT, CO-FOUNDER, HOWIES