Andrew Grill Biography
Practical futurist and former Global Managing Partner at IBM, Andrew Grill is a popular and sought-after presenter and commentator on issues around digital disruption, social selling, the workplace of the future, emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, digital diversity, personal branding, and employee advocacy.
An experienced corporate leader, Andrew has launched and run technology companies in Europe and Australia and worked with and for some of the world’s leading companies including Telstra, Vodafone, Nestle, BBC, American Express, John Lewis, and Unilever. He speaks to and consults for organisations worldwide to develop their strategy in a world rife with digital disruption.
100% digital, Andrew believes that “to get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.
He is also a seasoned TEDx speaker, having presented at 4 separate TEDx events.
Andrew’s first-hand experience of the digital world and the power of social media networks spans three decades and can be traced back to the early 1980’s when he found himself online via bulletin board and email. His passion and involvement in the digital world continued into later life, launching Australia’s largest commercial property website, PropertyLook, and Australian location technology company Seeker Wireless to the world stage. Prior to his role at IBM, he was head of international client strategy for Visible Technologies, owned by WPP.
Andrew regularly contributes to a wide range of media outlets including The Drum, Changeboard and ANZ BlueNotes along with numerous online blogs and publications.
He has appeared several times on Sky News, and has been published in the Financial Times, The Telegraph and the Guardian.
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Testimonials for Andrew Grill
“I have used Andrew twice as a consultant to help us overhaul mobile and social strategy, first for the Nestlé corporate site and then for our Investor Relations section.
I would say he saved us 18 months. I would recommend him without hesitation.”
“Andrew Grill is without doubt a practical futurist. Everybody left that conference having seen Andrew inspired, clear and knowing exactly what they needed to do the next day.
If you are looking for a speaker to really understand where we are going and how it’s shifting, Andrew Grill is your man.”
“Andrew was highly engaging both during and after the event, and worked the room to ensure everyone got a chance to immerse themselves in the content and air their views directly.
Our first event was a huge success, most of the attendees ended up staying on 2 hours past the finish time, I owe all of this to Andrew.”
“A great session from start to finish, thank you. There was much to take in and I’ve enjoyed revisiting your session again via the replay.”
“Andrew beautifully engages, inspires and equips his audience with endless fresh perspectives and practical thoughts that let them walk away with immense desire to take their organizations and teams further.
I recommend Andrew as a speaker, facilitator, or consultant if you want to gift your audience with a transformational experience.”
“Addictively energetic and with incessant optimism, Andrew adds enormous vigour and enthusiasm to any audience.
Full of energy and ideas, supportive, and dedicated to his work, he’s an inspiring speaker and I absolutely loved working with him!”
“I realise what a speaking circuit superstar I luckily convinced to come speak at our event.
He is the best event speaker I have come across to date.”
“We aim to inspire, educate and entertain our guests, and Andrew’s keynote delivered on exactly that.
It’s also a pleasure to work with Andrew, he is a professional, delivering great content with an easy stage presence.”
Andrew Grill‘s Topics
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.
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”.
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.
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?
Blockchain, Bitcoin, ICO?
What does it all mean for my business and should I jump in and invest?
Eminence in a Digital World
How you can build and drive an eminence program for your company
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
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.
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.
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.
AI, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Fintech
What do I need to know and what is hype?
The Digital Telco
How service providers must respond to the challenges faced due to an ever increasingly digital consumer
Developing and managing your own brand
New technology trends
Blockchain, Ethereum, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive computing – what’s next?
Workplace of the Future
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? 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. As a keynote speaker on change, Andrew can help you navigate the new working world.
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.
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 Experience Economy
Experience before brand is the new normal. Clients are more interested in an experience than just an event.
Big Data in the age of Cognitive
How big data + cognitive + IoT is the future
Finding, managing and motivating them in large and small companies