This was not the first time that we have been given a talk by David, in fact we were given the same talk twice. Even so they helped quite substantially. Mostly because of the reassurance he provided. The main message, "don't worry, it will all work out". It is phenomenally pleasing to hear that as jobs are so limited now.
David has an impressive resumé and has led an extremely exciting life through his design career, racking up a lot of air miles. It is nice to know that you aren't always just put down as a designer and can really make a difference and people will notice. Another key point of the talk was that things will almost always go wrong, so for these circumstances make sure you have insurance and a back up plan.