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Jeff Grout, Business Speaker consultant  and coach  

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, Business Speaker consultant  and coach  

Jeff Grout, Business Speaker consultant  and coach  


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, Business Speaker consultant  and coach   

What a brilliant day! It is with pleasure that I attach the results which speak for themselves – one of our best scores this year!!

Charlotte Boughen, Henley Business School

Feedback hugely positive, Jeff Grout  thank you so much! It has been great to meet and work with you.

Caroline Burgess, Head of Leadership Development, Cable & Wireless Worldwide

I just wanted to drop you a line to say ‘a very big thank you’ for your very professional session yesterday. The tone and content were spot on for the audience and the response from everyone was excellent, many of whom felt that it was one of the best events of this kind that they had attended in a long time!

Alison Harper, British Printing Industry Federation

The event feedback was fantastic and they loved the networking presentation. They thought you were great. As always the feedback was excellent.

Tracey Maher, Chartered Association of Certified Accountants

Many thanks for a really tremendous session. It was just what we needed to start the day on a high and was mentioned by everyone who has given us feedback as the highlight of the day.

Chris Trickey, Chief Executive, SAPC

Jeff Grout your session went down a storm. You were a great finale to a wonderful couple of days! Thank you.

Sara Fardon, Managing Director, Willis Networks

Brief absolutely fulfilled – feedback EXCELLENT!

Jennifer Brooke, BCA Executive Director

Jeff Grout  Thank you!  Thought this morning’s session was fantastic. Our Heineken and Diageo clients both loved the session and we had a good review with them when we got back to the office so you clearly inspired positivity

Lisa Bonney, Chief Executive, The Marketing Company

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


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

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