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Biography: Graham Poll

Graham Poll

Others say

"Very entertaining speaker"
Stourbridge Rugby Club

"Just to say how pleased we were with Graham Poll, who was our after dinner speaker. We had 150+ attendees at dinner - a combination of our members, who are independent electrical wholesalers and our suppliers of electrical equipment. Graham held the audience extremely well, despite the fact that the majority had had a fair few drinks by the time he came on. I have nothing but excellent comments about Graham and I would have no hesitation recommending him to others in the industry."
Independent Buyers Association

"Talk was tailored specifically to our company's needs"
VPS Holdings Ltd

"The guests thoroughly enjoyed hhis speech and he went on to present the awards well. He was very charismatic and made sure his anecdotes related to the theme of the awards."
FT Business

Graham Poll is the best known and most experienced English football referee of all time.  Whilst his achievements are considerable, including the  FA Cup Final at Wembley stadium in 2000 and the first referee to reach the milestone of refereeing 300 Premier League matches he will always be remembered for issuing one player with 3 yellow cards at a World Cup match during the 2006 final competition in Germany 2006. He is a proficient and experienced motivational and inspirational keynote and after dinner speaker.

Motivated to achieve at the earliest possible age, Poll left education to follow a highly successful sales career in the FMCG marketplace after learning the principles of selling in the business to business world of office equipment with Canon UK Ltd.

"Grahams performance was excellent. He was very funny and was never inappropriate. He was very easy to deal with on the day and didn't even grumble when he was hounded for autographs."
Jane Rymer Events Ltd

An excellent communicator and presenter, he quickly progressed to first and then second line management and for 7 years oversaw a rapidly expanding direct sales force at Coty UK alongside his refereeing career. Forced to leave full time employment in 1999 due to his dedication to achieving world recognition in football, Poll started his own business with another ex- sales director from Hays and fellow International referee, Graham Barber. Together they developed an internet site which they negotiated the sale of for £1.5m in 2001 before becoming a full time professional referee.

Graham Poll is an excellent after dinner speaker combining his sporting experiences with  his experiences of the sales world, producing a humorous and insightful view of the importance of motivation, teamwork and leadership.

Speaking Topics

Graham Poll is Famous for refereeing the last FA Cup Final at Wembley, being the first to adjudicate 300 Premiership matches and for issuing 3 yellow cards to the same player.

  • Leadership
  • Motivation & Teamwork
  • Sport

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Interview with Graham Poll

Question:

How did the corporate speaking start?

Answer:

After success in the after dinner speaking environment I decided to utilise that experience and also offer speeches with business messages from learnings in sport.

Question:

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Answer:

It was a sporting lunch at Swindon Town.

Question:

And your last event?

Answer:

Sporting was at Halifax Town on Fridayand corporate was for Zurich financial services in Manchester.

Question:

Which event has been your favourite and why?

Answer:

Caravan lunch for Speakers Corner was great fun. As well as speaking I ran the auction which raised a huge sum for the Charity.

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

I really don’t mind – the more diverse the better.

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

I really don’t mind.

Question:

On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?

Answer:

60 speaking engagements per year of which 10-15 are business related.

Question:

Do you use powerpoint?

Answer:

I have powerpoint presentations and use if appropriate.

Question:

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Answer:

Yes, but have a preference for bigger audiences.

Question:

How do you like to be introduced?

Answer:

I don’t mind; it depends on the event. Either former International referee, Daily Mail columnist or bloody nice bloke!

Question:

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Answer:

Yes, but have a preference for bigger audiences.

Question:

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Answer:

I think it is beneficial.

Question:

What are the most asked for topics?

Answer:

Decision making under pressure, strength from adversity and getting the best from a team.

Question:

Is your speech interactive with audience participation?

Answer:

It has not been yet but could be at some stage.

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

You’ll have to book me but they are funny involving Thierry Henry, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Kevin Keegan, Sir Alex Ferguson, Vinnie Jones and lots more.

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

The Shawshank Redemption

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

Da Vinci Code

Question:

Favourite holiday destination?

Answer:

Portugal

Question:

What’s your tipple?

Answer:

A glass of champagne, a couple of beers and some wine.

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

Country

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