John Simonett is a former schoolmaster and sportsman He played Premiership rugby union for Gloucester, with whom he was a cup winner against the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.
John trained as a teacher atSt. Paul’s College inCheltenham, where he obtained a B.Ed. with First Class Honours. He subsequently taught at Beaufort Comprehensive inGloucester, and then at The King’s School,Gloucester, where he was Head of P.E.
In 1985 he left teaching to become a professional speaker and conference presenter, and is now firmly established as one of the most original and entertaining speakers on the “circuit”. He has appeared at many conferences throughout theUKand abroad, with clients including IBM, Unilever, KPMG, Daimler Chrysler, BAe Systems, Capita, O2, RBS and NCSL. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of The Professional Speakers Association.
John Simonett is one of Britain’s most entertaining and original business speakers, whether delivering a keynote speech for 1500 delegates in Singapore, or entertaining senior executives with after-dinner humour that is witty, intelligent and most importantly – clean.
Adept at working to a brief, John always does his homework so that he understands each client’s business, and the aims of the event. He has also regularly acted as conference host or facilitator, and his entertaining conference keynote speech entitled “Restless Curiosity” looks at creativity, lateral thinking and innovation, and encourages audiences to “think differently” to achieve their goals. It is a perfect “energiser” to open or close a conference on a high.
He is well known for his ability to remember numerous names of people in the audience and is able to bring these into his presentation in a non-offensive manner. His talks often have a motivational theme, and he is able to highlight important messages such as teamwork, quality, customer services, problem solving and personal achievement, depending on the nature of his client’s business. As a “spoof” he is often introduced as a “consultant” (or other business expert) about to give a serious talk, until it gradually dawns on the audience that all is not quite what it seems …!