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Spotlight On: John Warrillow

Spotlight On: John Warrillow

We trust our Financial Advisors to help us make the most of our money—but who do they turn to for advice? Entrepreneur and Author John Warrillow helps those in Finance attract high-net-worth clients, and build strong, lasting professional relationships. We thought we’d shine the spotlight on John today:

Any advice for aspiring speakers?

One idea per slide. A picture tells the story of a thousand words. if you must use words in a slide, never more than seven words per bullet point.

What do you like to leave audiences with?

The idea that there is a difference between a profitable business and a valuable one.

How do you prepare before a talk? Any special rituals? A good luck talisman?

I always rehearse my opening story, which I use to bridge my content to my audience’s situation. If I can connect with an audience in the first few minutes, the rest is easy.

Do you have an especially memorable event you can tell us about?

I once took a taxi overnight from Toronto to New York when a thunderstorm closed the airports on the eastern seaboard. Halfway through the night, the taxi driver started to fall asleep so I took over the driving from Syracuse and wheeled us all the way into Manhattan. I’m hoping to avoid the driver’s seat of a taxi cab for a while.

Any funny or embarrassing situations you found yourself in as a speaker

On a flight from London to Nice, a British Airways flight attendant mistook me for action adventure TV personality Bear Gryllis. She wanted me to know how “pleased and honoured they were I had chosen BA.” I felt flattered and well-loved until I saw Bear at the luggage carousel and realized the flight attendant’s attention was misdirected at me and intended for Bear.

Is there a charitable cause that you feel passionate about? Why? –Ordinary people can become bankers for the developing world by lending in increments as small as $25.

If you had to choose a new career, what would it be?

A 60 minutes correspondent. I’d love to be the guy who gets to wear the hidden camera to confront the crooked car mechanic!

Desert island album?

Psychedelic Furs, The Ghost in You.

Best subject in school?

None of the above. I never really “got” school. Or may it never got me?

Last book you read?

The autobiography of Jimmy Connors–that guy lived a wild life on the circuit.

Last film you saw?

Hoosiers, in my hotel room before a speech. I think I must have watched it ten times, but I still I tear up when they win the state championship. I’m a sucker for a feel good sports movie.