About John French

John French is a workaholic communication strategist and communication skills coach.

Having amassed 23 years of across-the-board experience in the communication training industry, John has created some of the brightest performers in many professions and industries, and has radically improved the bottom line of organisations he has partnered with.

With a background in Law, Public Relations and Speech and Drama, John has the necessary knowledge and experience to look at communication both holistically and strategically. Communication, leadership & influence are very intricate, and often unexplored, human sciences. Over the decades, John has developed training methodologies and communication models to help our clients break through their limiting fears and client derailers to achieve communication and career success.

John spends the majority of his time training Asset Management clients, and he also trains leadership communication, presentation, media and influencing skills at The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, which is Triple-crown accredited (Triple-crown accreditation is held by less than 1% of business schools in the world, and is granted by the three largest and most influential business school accreditation organisations).

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“You make our organization BETTER! Thank you.”

Hywel George
Director of Investments
Old Mutual Investment Group (Pty) Ltd

“John French is no doubt a Guru of Communication! He has received excellent ratings for the work he has done with my clients and there has been visible shifts in the way delegates communicate at the beginning of a programme to when they exit a programme.

Recently, I had the privilege of being a student in his class and he really helped me unpack my communication goals and identify my gaps. The tools and techniques were very practical and immediately implementable. In just 6 hours, John was able to lift my awareness of how I communicate and very gently guide me to more impactful ways to get my message across. Enhancing my communications skills using his guidance and tools will no doubt elevate my game when I am in the spotlight in the future. Thank you for your professionalism and expertise John!”

Kumeshnee West
Executive Education
Graduate School of Business
University of Cape Town

“John is an invaluable contributing member to the strategy of our business. Old Mutual Investment Group has set its focus on the improvement and development of its Sales and Distribution division in order to create some competitive advantage in this space, and John has been immensely instrumental in this. John has been an invaluable pillar of strength and strategic partner to the business and all delegates that have had the privilege to work with him. As such we have engaged John in important initiatives like the assessment and development programmes for core teams in the Sales and Distribution division of OMIG, and continue to do so. We believe that John and his team will add immense value to any business he consults to. We wish them well and hope to have john as a business partner for many more years.”

Sannette Koopman
Learning and Development Practice Owner
Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIG)

“Communication Guru (Pty) Ltd is one of those key companies that I have come to depend on while running CyberLogic. Aside from providing on-going customer service and communications training to the CyberLogic team, the team also coaches each of our staff members individually, helping them to address any personal development areas they may have. We have taken our game to a new level, thanks to John and the trainers at Gommunication Guru. I’d recommend their services to anyone who is serious about customer service and staff development.”

Edge Bisset
Group MD of Cyberlogic & Space Age Technologies

“The impact Communication Guru (Pty)Ltd on our Sales delivery to clients has been significant. Within our National Sales team, John was instrumental in identifying and strengthening individual communication talents. Public speaking is extremely intimidating to most and John was able to instill confidence and share powerful knowledge that the Sales team could use in their day-to-day interactions with clients. From a personal perspective, I had an element of self-doubt when it came to presenting to larger groups. With just a couple of sessions, Penny helped me to focus on my messaging and provided many essential tools applicable to my work environment. I am a more self-assured and truer version of myself as a result. Outside of Investec Asset Management, John has facilitated courses for our clients (Independent Financial Advisors) enabling them with key practical advice in approaching different personality types within their own organisations and their clients. So whether you are in need of a little fine-tuning, or a complete master class in communication, I would highly recommend making Communication Guru a part of your business development.”

Simone Arnold
Co-Head of Sales
Investec Asset Management

“Our team used John French to conduct a negotiation skills and communication skills workshop. Every single one of us really enjoyed it and found it immensely valuable and provided good tools for us to use in our daily discussions with clients and other internal stakeholders.” 

Ms Kirshni Totaram
Global Head of Institutional Business
Coronation Fund Managers

“This serves as a reference on the exceptional quality of the training, the interesting and applicable content we discussed during our sessions and the profound insight on not just public speaking but also targeted specifically pitched messaging John was able unlock in me. As we worked through the programme I realised that I was increasingly becoming more comfortable and confident in my client engagements. This I believe is the result of the power I started to realised that I have now that I understand much better not just what I want to achieve in the engagement but also how I want to and can achieve my goal but as importantly also who I am dealing with and how best I should engage should I want to maximise the chances of me achieving my goals for the engagement. I am a big fan and strongly recommend Communication Guru to anyone who wants to raise the bar on pretty much any engagement / presentation subject.”

Nicolaas Alberts
Sales Director Investec Asset Management

Communication Guru creates

communication empowerment at:

• AIIM • ARCC – Airport Retail Concessions Cape (Pty)Ltd • B2Gold Namibia
• Coronation Fund Managers • Cyberlogic • Diocesan College • Distell
• Foord Asset Managers • Futuregrowth • Investec Asset Management
• Liberty Life • McDonalds • Nexion • Old Mutual • OMIG • OMSFIN
• Prudential Investment Managers • Sanlam • Tokara Wine Estate
• UCT Graduate School of Business • University of Stellenbosch Business School

John in the media

BIZ 4 Afrika November 2014 
>> Is social media your new digital identity? 

BIZ Community 03 July 2013 
>> Mandela has given everyone a voice

The Star Newspaper 2012 
>> 'Iron Lady of Africa' simply not in tone'

The Argus, 20 March 2012
>> Her own voice may be Helen Zille's obstacle to success

The Citizen, 22 February 2011
>> No place in business for corporate slobs

The Citizen, 18 May 2010 
>> Master Body Language

The Citizen, 6 July 2010
>> First impressions last

The Argus, 26 November 2011
>> On the Job

Glamour Magazine
>> The Glamour Dating Manual

Felicia Show
>> Felicia Programme

Career Times, 17 May 2010
>> Master voice control to market yourself well

Cape Times, 17 May 2010
>> Master voice control to market yourself well

The Argus, 19 May 2010
>> Your voice the key to success

The Argus, 26 November 2011
>> Unlocking a firm's magic

Business Day 26 October 2010 
>> Express yourself and impress others

Entrepreneur South Africa, 15 August 2012
>> 10 Lessons from the Olympics

The Star, 6 February 2012
>> Zille simply not in tune with the black subconscious

Entrepreneur South Africa, 14 March 2012
>> How to Be a Strategic Communicator

SA Men
>> How to build rapport with anyone in 30 seconds

Entrepreneur South Africa, 15 March 2012
>> The Iron Lady: True Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneur South Africa, 16 April 2012
>> Conscious Communication

Contact details

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