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Anna Ross: Are young professionals ready to fly solo? *H&H VIP*

Carl Hester’s comment about young professionals (YP) doing an X Factor-style lecture demo was a great idea (comment, 22 September). There should be training for them to do this. Nerves can kick in but necessity has always been the mother of invention and those YPs who run businesses to support their riding rather than relying on support from other sources need to develop communication skills — shyness is a luxury for those who can afford it!