Speech Topics

All of Andrew’s talks can be delivered via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, streaming video or virtually any webcast or collaboration platform from his HD studio in London.

blankHis speaking portfolio includes keynotes on digital disruption, the workplace of the future, emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, digital diversity, selling through the screen, creating a great digital first impression, and collaboration tips for distributed teams.

More detail on the content covered in each keynote topic is presented below, with highlights of these keynotes alongside each topic. You can explore more examples on the video page, and read client testimonials from previous talks.

Futurist Keynote Speaker Andrew Grill’s broad career spanning over 30 years in large corporates such as IBM and Telstra, as well as 12 years running technology start-ups means he is well qualified and experienced delivering keynote presentations on a wide range of topics.

He speaks to more than 50 clients globally each year such as:

Virtual Keynotes (Adobe, Telstra, WorldPay, Hg Capital, Flinders Uni, Asahi, Eurex, Royds Withy King, Apperio, Isio, Huawei)
Management Meetings (DHL, Nike, Nestle, Euler Hermes, Arriva, Johnson Matthey, Taylor Wessing, Bunzl, De Beers)
Large Conference Keynotes (LinkedIn, TEDx, SXSW, Bloomberg, CPA Australia, Mayo Clinic, ICMIF, WGSN)
Internal Meetings (Barclays, IBM, Vodafone, Mars, Thomson Reuters, Royal London, ANZ, KPMG)
Keynotes for customer events (Wella, TechnoGym, CBRE, Schroders, Mercer, Damco, Linedata, Mobotix, Ingram Micro)
Intimate C-suite briefings (British Airways, Finnair, UK Government, Westpac, Qantas, Aon, American Airlines, Shell)

Importantly, each keynote is perfectly tailored to meet every client’s specific needs. Click on one of the blue linked company names above for more details on each speaking engagement.

Unlike traditional Futurists who paint a picture of the future in 10, 20 or even 50 years time, as a Pragmatic Futurist, Andrew delivers practical and actionable insights in every session.

Past client testimonials prove that the advice he delivers is relevant and completely relatable to each and every audience. As he has run companies, and lead large teams over a 30+ year career, you and your delegates are guaranteed to leave with a list of things they can do that day or the next week.

Andrew is also the host of the popular Pragmatic Futurist Podcast. Listen to episodes on the podcast page.

Please get in touch by clicking the chat icon at the bottom right of the screen to discuss your needs and we can accommodate almost any request or platform.

Speech Topic Highlights

Selling through the screen

With 90% of B2B selling now remote, how do we sell through the screen?

Andrew covers this topic with practical examples of how selling needs to go beyond simple LinkedIn connections, and instead provide real value including his 5 new rules for selling through the screen:

1. Eminence has real value
2. Your digital 1st impression is key
3. Influencers belong on your team
4. Native content beats paid advertising
5. Embrace your LinkedIn profile

This keynote looks at the acceleration of change and the fast adoption of digital by sales and marketing teams and how this trend will continue post-Covid. Andrew makes the case that you now need t consider your  digital first impressions (for companies and individuals), leading with content, influencing rather than digital ads. The session contains plenty of practical tips on how to make it happen rapidly.

The internet of eveything

The Internet of Things remains one of the most promising technologies of the last 10 years. In this talk Andrew looks at how IoT can be used to drive business transformation across multiple industries. The talk covers

• 4 reasons why IoT in 2021 will accelerate a post-Covid recovery
• Being ready for IoT data
• Affecting business transformation with IoT
• How to best act upon IoT data
• How location + environmental context makes IoT data so valuable
• IoT predictions for 2025
• The rise of Open Data

He also looks at what’s next for IoT and the internet of everything.

Disrupt or be Disrupted

Digital disruption is happening now, but what does it mean for you and your business? This talk covers topics such as what is digital disruption, how can companies prepare for disruption, tips on how to have a discussion with your board about the issues, how innovation can drive digital transformation, how the network effect will drive innovation, and what can happen to your company if you become disrupted.  As a leading keynote presenter on disruption, Andrew’s talk can be adapted to suit different industries with practical and relevant examples and is his most requested keynote.

Blockchain's impact on advertisers

What is Blockchain’s impact on advertisers?  Can you drive fundamental improvements in financial transparency in the marketing supply chain, or is it just industry hype? This talk looks at what we actually mean by blockchain, and what is its particular relevance to the marketing and media industry. It also provides a view as to if  blockchain help improve ad tech, protect personal privacy, and stop digital ad fraud while also attacking the duopoly of Google and Facebook. The talk also looks at how can you best prepare your organisation for new ways of doing business that could be unleashed if public blockchain technologies fulfill their early promise.

Workplace of the future / Talking about my generation

How can your employees adapt to changes in the nature of work? The nature of work is changing, driven by digital, social and mobile, so how can you and your employees adapt?  How do the different generations get work done, what are the traits linked to each generation, and how can we embrace them as an employer? This talk examines how the workplace is changing and so are the tools available to enable a more collaborative and efficient environment. It also looks at the demands of new tribes of employees such as millennials and Gen Z, while providing advice for Gen X and Baby Boomers on how best motivate and manage them. As a keynote speaker on change, Andrew can help you navigate the new working world.

Social Selling

Andrew is a social selling pioneer, and has been using the techniques defined as “social selling” well before the terminology had been coined. While at IBM, he influenced over $100M of revenue using social selling techniques.

In this talk, Andrew looks at how to build a brand in social media, consultative selling in social media channels, how to stay relevant to changing B2B buyers, the dos and don’ts of social selling, the pillars of social selling such as social branding & listening, how to structure social selling while structuring, recruiting sales teams, and how to train sales teams to actively engage prospective customers during the buying journey.

Building a digital-proof-business

How do you develop a digital-proof business? It’s not all about technology, it also involves culture change and your own personal digital growth.

Digital transformation starts with your own personal understanding of the threats and opportunities digital brings. This talk will provide practical advice on how to stay ahead of digital disruption and “get digital”.

Are you AI Ready?

Is your firm ready for the changes coming thanks to automation and AI? In this rapidly changing world, new technologies, especially artificial intelligence are having an impact on every industry. Are you ready for these changes, and what can you and your firm do to adapt? Other technologies such as blockchain are already impacting areas such as smart contracts, but what should you do to respond? Younger generations are entering the workplace with different expectations, and the industry is facing increasing demands from clients. To stay ahead, it is essential your firm is agile enough to understand, adapt and attract the people you need to meet these challenges successfully. This talk is ideal for executives, boards of directors as well as sales kick-offs or company annual retreats.

Rising above the noise

How to stand out in the digital world. This talk looks at how personal branding can be used by employees to increase their profile online, and in turn, increase their value to their employer. The talk also covers the notion of personal eminence and provides practical tips on how to create, grow and maintain a personal brand.  The talk is suitable for executives, boards of directors as well as sales kick-offs or annual retreats.

Digital Diversity

Why you need digital practitioners on your board. This talk explains how boards need to change and attract digital talent to remain relevant and competitive and embrace diversity of thought. This talk would be suitable for senior level managers looking to find ways to become more digital in their outlook, and also companies looking to be inspired to make the change to become a digital organisation.

Brand Advocates

Your best advocates are already on the payroll. This talk is suitable for marketers, HR professionals, boards of directors, senior management and corporate audiences on how companies can leverage their own employees to promote the company.  Topics covered include: how do you find and promote your brand advocates, the benefits of a brand advocate program on the bottom line and for recruitment, and also how to provide advocates with tools to be successful.

Other Requested Topics

Andrew also frequently receives requests to speak on a variety of other topics including:

  • Delighting your customers with data – how you can use your own data, public data, and customer data alongside predictive analytics to delight your customers. 
  • The Future of software licensing – for clients and vendors, what does moving from perpetual, on-premise licensing to a SaaS environment entail now and in the future?
  • AI, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Fintech – what do I need to know and what is hype?
  • The Experience Economy – Experience before brand is the new normal. Clients are more interested in an experience than just an event.
  • Blockchain, Bitcoin, ICO? – what does it all mean for my business and should I jump in and invest?
  • The Digital Telco – how service providers must respond to the challenges faced due to an ever-increasingly digital consumer
  • Big Data in the age of Cognitive – how big data + cognitive + IoT is the future
  • Eminence in a Digital World – how you can build and drive an eminence program for your company
  • Brand “You” – Developing and managing your own brand
  • Millennials – finding, managing and motivating them in large and small companies
  • Think and act like a start-up – Andrew’s experience running 6 start-ups over 12 years will help you think and act in an agile way
  • New technology trends – Blockchain, Ethereum, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive computing – what’s next?

Andrew is also an accomplished TEDx presenter. You can review his past talks on the TEDx page, and you can see Andrew’s upcoming and previous speaking engagements from around the world as well as read testimonials from previous clients.