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John Colley

John Colley

Longing to learn - It's a lifelong journey, John will give you a kick start.

Former British Army officer, John Colley, 53, is an experienced international investment banker, who is also a blogger, a podcaster and an online educator. John has an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA (with Distinction) from Cass Business School in London. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

John speaks in schools and universities, businesses and at conferences working with audiences of all learning levels and experience. John is passionate about "Life Long Learning" and believes that its never too early to start!

John delivers high energy, engaging presentations from 1 hour to a whole day covering subjects which include, Starting a Business, Business Strategy, Business Finance, Sales, Online and Offline Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Personal Branding and Networking.

John speaks from his experience of being a leader both in the military and in business. John has advised hundreds of entrepreneurs and companies in his career from one man startups to multi-billion pound corporations. He distills real life experience to its essence using his Six Minute Strategist Methodology, communicating the most complex issues in straight forward, easy to understand modules.

John is currently a partner in a London based Investment Banking Boutique and is working with over 32,000 students all over the world, teaching through his online courses. He is happily married with three grown up children and a dog in Wiltshire.


"John delivered a presentation on Integrated Networking to our MBA students, as part of our Enterprise Network Club series of lectures. During his talk John covered the subject of the concise use of Social Networking as an effective tool for connecting with people, who are outside of your immediate professional network but who you should definitely be talking to. John also explained the strategy for breaking down your network into six demographics and which group you should be specifically focussing your business, time and energy on. He went on to provide analysis and data that clearly backed up his strategy and presented it into a bite size formula that he calls the “Six Minute Strategist”, which is also an online blog that John writes every month.

Both my students and I found the presentation extremely useful and well delivered. I will be asking John to deliver further talks at our new media school and would recommend my academic colleagues to do the same.” Jerry Lewis, Programme Manager Media Apprenticeships, London School of Accountancy and Management

"I had the pleasure of hearing John speak at UK Podcasters 2014 and his talk was excellent and full of energy. I've implemented the strategies he gave and I'm seeing results already!Joseph Bushnell, Internet Marketing Consultant

"John presented a captivating talk at UKPOD14 where he generously shared his wealth of experience and knowledge with the audience - highly recommended!” Helen Harding, Chartered Marketer

“John – thank you for a fantastic job well done last week. Your hard work and delivery exceeded our high expectations and the feedback has been universally positive.” Shaun Frolich, UK Partner Manager, Microsoft UK, following a presentation to the Microsoft National Channel Conference

“I have know John Colley for over a year and I can recommend him whole-heartedly not only a great public speaker but also as an expert in a wide variety of financial and marketing fields. 

John is an expert on M&A, capital raising, angel investing, company sales, etc., as a result of his time in the city and ongoing interest, which is impressive enough. But added to that he also is hugely knowledgable in the modern fields of online promotion, social media, blogging and podcasting which are essential to businesses today. This, as far as I’m concerned, is a fairly unique mix. 

I have seen John talk in conferences as well as in front of a whiteboard in smaller meetings and he is always able to impart his knowledge in an engaging and educative manner. 

I should also say that John has a special interest in online learning and his passion for self-education comes over in his talks” Rob Cubbon Owner, Lead Designer and Marketer at Rob Cubbon Ltd

“I have listened to John’s podcast for some time and recently had the pleasure of hearing him deliver a speech at the UKPod14 conference where we also chatted briefly afterwards. 
John’s talk was carefully planned and expertly delivered providing just the right mix of information, audience participation and engaging stories. I made copious notes and have implemented several of his tips since – very useful. 
I would definitely recommend John as a highly competent and engaging speaker” Mark Williams – Independent LinkedIn Trainer aka Mr LinkedIn. Tailored LinkedIn training. LinkedInformed Podcast

“We have invited John to give a speech at the podcasting conference (#ukpod14). John didn’t fail to deliver. His speech was engaging, full of brilliant content and to the point. Through the whole process John was very professional, punctual and simply a pleasure to work with. If you are looking for a great speaker – John has it all!” Izabela Russell – Managing Director at Music Radio Creative

“I highly recommend John as a public speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurship, online marketing and motivation. 

Izabela and I organised the first podcasting conference, this decade in the UK, and John was one of six speakers during the one day event. 

He created an amazing and inspiring speech that inspired attendees during the event and afterwards on Twitter and other social media channels. He encouraged and inspired many of our attendees. I would highly recommend John as a speaker – he’s personable, kind and provides great value.” Mike Russell – Mike Russell is the Creative Director at Music Radio Creative (Voice Overs, Radio Jingles, DJ Drops, Audio Production)

“I saw John give an excellent talk at a conference in Birmingham. His talk, which was late in the day, was the first one on the day delivered with real passion and knowledge. John used the entire stage (unlike others that day) and really kept the audience engaged. He kept my attention throughout and gave excellent, actionable advice which had everyone furiously writing notes.” Matt Young – Social Media Specialist, Digital Marketer and Connecting Devon & Somerset Partner trainer at Cosmic Ethical IT.

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