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Jeff Grout

Listed in the '100 Best Business Speakers in Britain', Jeff Grout is in considerable demand as a motivational business speaker, conference chairman and interviewer. Formerly UK Managing Director of a leading international recruitment consultancy and Business Manager to Sir Clive Woodward, Jeff Grout is now an independent business consultant specialising in leadership, people management, team building, peak performance, recruitment and retention issues.

He holds a number of corporate advisory and executive coaching appointments and is also a successful business author. His sixth book entitled 'What do Leaders Really do?' is published in August 2007. Jeff Grout also provides 'Effective Presentation Skills' coaching and is currently working with former England rugby captain Martin Johnson and former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain.

Jeff works with a number of the leading speaking agencies and has spoken for a range of clients including Deloitte & Touche, Morgan Stanley, Tesco, Telewest, Sport England, BAA, Ernst & Young, UBS, Football Association, Strutt & Parker, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Saracens RFC.

Presentations include:
- Building High Performance Teams
- What Leaders Really Do
- The Characteristics of Success
- Recruiting Excellence
- The Nature of Entrepreneurship
- Successfully Leading Change
- Sporting Lessons for Business
- Creating the Right Work/Life Balance


Jeff Grout Motovational and Inspirational Speaker


Jeff Grout was, until 2000, UK Managing Director of Robert Half International, the largest specialist recruitment consultancy in the world. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he joined Robert Half International as a Recruiter at the age of 28, after an eclectic career as a van driver, passport office administrator, cleaner, world traveller and local government town planner.

He remained with Robert Half International for almost 21 years and built up the UK operation from two offices and 12 staff into a business with a domestic turnover of £65 million, 18 offices and over 350 staff

His accumulated expertise in all aspects of recruitment means that he is often in demand as a commentator, columnist and speaker. He has appeared on television and has participated in numerous radio programmes. Jeff collaborated with the BBC in producing an interview training video and has run seminars for a number of leading companies, including Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank, British Airways, Merrill Lynch, Guinness and Lever Brothers.

He is co-author of the book The Adventure Capitalists, which is based on public interviews with 12 leading entrepreneurs and aims to offer an insight into the ingredients of business success. The sequel entitled My Brilliant Career features the subjects of subsequent public interviews with high achievers from the fields of business, sport and the media. Jeff Grout  written the complete insider’s guide to the job market entitled Kickstart your Career and a book on the strategies and tactics for successful recruitment entitled Recruiting Excellence. He has recently completed the research for his latest book on the psychology of peak performance entitled Mind Games: The Making of Champions.

Jeff Grout is now an independent business consultant focussing on people management, team building, peak performance, recruitment and retention issues. He holds a number of corporate advisory and executive coaching appointments and also runs various management training workshops on effective selection and client relationship marketing. Jeff also acts as Business Manager for the England Rugby Coach, Sir Clive Woodward.

Jeff has spoken to audiences in the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Portugal and the Netherlands.

His keynote speeches include:

Building High Performance Teams
The Characteristics of Success
The Adventure Capitalists
Recruiting Excellence
Creating the Right Work/Lifestyle Balance
Making the Selection Interview More Effective
The Changing Workplace
Building the Recruitment - Retention Bridge
The Making of Champions


Jeff Grout Inspirational and Motivational speaker



Jeff Grout  Thank you for an outstanding talk this afternoon.  There is a lot we will take away from the ideas you have given us.  You have a special gift!

Ashton Ward – Partner, Eton Bridge

Jeff Grout  - You were definitely one of the star turns, everyone I spoke to yesterday was impressed with what you had to say.

Stephen Browning - General Manager, Exclusive Hotels and Venues

Thanks very much for providing another dose of inspiration yesterday!

Ali Milam, Commercial Director, Porta Romana

 Your session was very well received, and ranked as one of the best in the conference, so thank you for your contribution.

Philippe Rossiter - Executive Secretary, The Master Innholders


Jeff I absolutely loved the breakfast this morning. And it was fascinating to see the effect it had on the group. One lady next to me from Barclays said she'd learned more in an hour than she has in years of reading/ courses/ training and general learning on the job.  It was very inspiring. Thanks for inviting me

Vicki Brookes – Director of Entertainment PR , BskyB


I had the privilege of listening to you talk at Mondays BRC event. In my opinion, you stole the show and as a recently appointed retail director, I took away a great deal of self reflection about the points you raised to question how I could become an even better leader and also what role I could play in helping others to become even better. Thank you for such an influential presentation. And yes, the book is on order via Amazon! Thank you.

Arran Fewkes - Head Of Optics, Alliance Boots


Jeff Grout  I was personally extremely interested by your presentation and received excellent feedback about it from the other attendees.

BIG THANKS then and I’m sure we’ll find opportunities to work again together.

Jean-Charles Herpeux – Senior Director, Western Digital

 Jeff  Grout I have just spoken with my client and he said that you were brilliant, you kept up the energy and kept points relevant to all delegates. He said you exceeded expectations! Very well done.
Lara Turner, Account Executive, Speakers for Business

Our client commented that everything went very well. They thought your address was great and received many comments, from the people who attended, that the external speaker was very good.
Georgia Preston, The Right Address Speaking Agency

I’ve had some great feedback from the team about the day. Your session was pitched exactly right for everyone in the audience and I was particularly pleased that the practical session drove out some great feedback that I can work on with the HR Managers. Sarah Kavanagh, HR Director, Clarks

The strongest aspect of Jeff’s style was his ability to deliver important principles with high impact by focusing on the practical application of the leadership issues being covered. The use of stories to embed the messages was particularly memorable. Nick Cummins, Executive Director, Bromford Housing

Jeff Grout Many thanks for once again delivering a fantastic presentation at the ACCA North West Business Lecture. We received the following comments from delegates:
- Fantastic, informative and memorable
- One of the best speakers I have heard
- Best ACCA event I have ever been to
- Very captivating with inspiring stories
- Very good examples and superbly delivered
- Very inspiring
- Excellent; really useful land thought provoking
- More of this please; very inspirational
Ian Cooke, Regional Advisor, ACCA UK

Your talk was exceptional - an inspiration to us all. There was something for everyone. I haven't stopped thinking about it. James Farrell, Partner, Strutt & Parker

Jeff  you really went down a storm! The feedback has been absolutely brilliant. Everyone I spoke to rated your presentation really highly and were asking if we could use you again in the future!!
Ken Findlay, Head of Marketing & Communications, Kimal plc

Jeff Grout Thank you so much - Spontaneous feedback has been superb.
There were some very flattering comments regarding your performance. I can say with great confidence that you will be warmly welcomed back.
Carole Beverley, Chief Executive, Entrepreneurs Forum

The feedback we have received following your recent interview at Conference has been excellent – thanks again – we look forward to working with you next year.
Sue Arden, Head of Operations, The Personal Finance Society

Jeff Grout  we had some really positive and enthusiastic feedback from delegates throughout the conference about both your presentation and your contribution as Chair. Your ability to respond to any of the issues the audience threw up whilst drawing on a wealth of relevant and highly practical experience is really second to none. Thank you for being the backbone of this event for us.
Anita Cox, Assistant Conference Manager, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development

The two conferences, whilst very different, were equally excellent and made all the easier by having a very organised and well researched facilitator in yourself. Jeff Grout , I must say  It makes our lives a lot easier on the day to be in your capable hands – you are very insightful, passionate and inspiring.
Victoria Rought, Events Manager, The Entrepreneurs Forum




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