About John French

Our founder, John French, is one of South Africa's most respected communication strategists and communication skills coaches. Having amassed 20 years of across-the-board experience in the communication training industry, John has created some of the brightest performers in every profession and industry 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 is a very intricate human science. Over the decades, John has developed training methodologies and communication models to help our clients break through their limiting fears and barriers to achieve communication and career success.

Please check out John's expert column on Bizcommunity:

"John is an invaluable contributing member to the strategy of our business. OMIGSA 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 OMIGSA, and continue to do so. We believe that John will add immense value to any business he consults to. We wish him well and hope to have him as a business partner for many more years." - Sannette Koopman, Learning and Development Practice Owner, (OMIGSA) OLD MUTUAL INVESTMENT GROUP OF SOUTH AFRICA

"This reference covers the timeframe September 2012 to January 2013. John renewed my faith in drawing on external demonstrably proven best-in-class expertise to fast track immensely valuable communication skills development for our investment professionals. He clearly is a deep expert in his field and his knowledgeable and calm yet firm goal-oriented demeanour found rapport with an initially skeptical audience, transcending age, race and gender. John is impeccably professional in all respects and far exceeded even our most optimistic expectations." – Mr Daniel Malan, MD of RE.CM

"The reasons I believe your programme is so effective are the following:

  • You have the ability to explore the different needs of individuals in the group, and adapt your programme to address these particular needs
  • I love that you are not wanting to create puppets or change styles, but rather want each person to be the best they can be, maximizing the natural ability they have,
  • The programme is practical and through practical implementation, the theory is understood. Totally different to most programmes experienced.
  • Presentation development is highly stressful for most individuals, but you have an ability to create a safe place, yet at the same time to provide very frank and forthright feedback to everyone throughout the programme.
  • One of the individuals attending the last workshop who has attended or facilitated staff attending workshops like these over the last 20 years has said this was possibly the best programme he has ever attended.
  • One is left at the end of this, with such practical tips, of how to proceed ... thus ensuring that growth will be continuous.
  • The closing presentations made by attendees at the end of the programme are so enhanced after just after 2 days! Thank you once again!" - Cherylynn Brittain, Manager - Greenlight Specialists, Old Mutual

"John was highly professional, well prepared in his approach, friendly and amenable, and instilled confidence and trust in the participants of the session. Revere Capital Advisors would strongly recommend businesses to work with John and was impressed with the services and follow up provided. Our firm will certainly be using John again for subsequent coaching in the future." – Revere Capital Advisors Limited, London & New York

Companies and brands John creates communication empowerment at:

Old Mutual | OMIGSA | Metropolitan Life | Revere Capital (UK) | First National Bank

The South African Government | The Spar Group | Haw & Inglis | Achievement Awards Group

Stefanutti & Bressan | Cape Town International Convention Centre | Capita / Full Circle

Africa Fashion International | Callforce Direct | Re.CM | Shell McKinsey | Liberty Life

Anglo American | Cyberlogic | Capquest | BOE | MTN | SANSA | Standard Bank

ABSA | Massmart | Trifecta Capital | Nedbank | GIBS | Pernod-Ricard

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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