• John Purkiss.

    Author, Angel Investor & Financial Search Founder

    Meet John Purkiss

    Keynotes, Workshops and Talks

    John has over 20 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. John has recruited senior executives and board members for businesses ranging from start-ups to large public companies – in both Europe and North America. Clients value his integrity, transparency, creativity, strategic approach, and clear communication. This has led to very successful outcomes for both clients and investors.


    John began his career with The First National Bank of Chicago, where he completed the graduate training programme and worked in the swaps team. Following his MBA, he worked for Mercury Asset Management (Europe’s largest independent fund management firm, which was acquired by Merrill Lynch). John co-founded a software company and then worked in sales & marketing, in the UK and Continental Europe. (He speaks French, German and Spanish.)


    John is the (co)author of three published books: How To Be Headhunted, Brand You (Pearson), and The Power of Letting Go (Hachette). He is a regular speaker on executive search, personal branding and personal development.

    The Power of Letting Go by John Purkiss

    Turn Your Talents into a Winning Formula

    Most of us try to get what we want in life by ‘taking control’ and leaping into action. The Power of Letting Go takes the opposite approach, which allows things to happen much more easily.


    Letting go will bring you better health, happier relationships, more creativity and greater prosperity – all without the stress of trying to control everything.


    The Power of Letting Go will help you if you:

    • Work hard but aren’t getting where you want to be
    • Find your old success formula has stopped working
    • Want to develop more intuition, creativity or empathy
    • Want to thrive regardless of changes in technology, the economy or politics
    • Have learned mindfulness/meditation, and want to go further
    • Have learned to meditate without success
    • Would like a lot less stress and a lot more happiness and fulfillment.

    We are part of something infinitely intelligent that we can tune into. All we have to do is let go of the urge to control, and the thoughts and emotions that are holding us back. When we tune in, things happen much more easily. The Power of Letting Go will help you do this consistently, with far better results.


    Brand You by John Purkiss

    Turn Your Talents into a Winning Formula

    You already have a brand. As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room”. The best way to market yourself is to build your brand.

    This new, extended edition is the definitive guide to personal branding and is packed with new material on social media, charisma and discovering your mission, as well as new exercises and examples. It is supported by valuable extra tools.


    To succeed in today's fast-paced environment, you have to know yourself and be able to communicate your brand to the outside world. This book will show you how. Highly recommended.- Gemma Greaves, Marketing Director, The Marketing Society.


    A must-read for everyone, from trainees to board members.- Sanjay Shah, Chief Financial Officer, The London Clinic.

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    your authentic brand?

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  • John Purkiss Speaking Clips

    John Purkiss presents on Personal Branding and Effortless Business around the World.

    Speaking at London Business School

    Understand Yourself so you can Market Yourself.

    What if your purpose is the way you serve others?

    Improving Your Business Relationships

    How Letting Go can be the key to Success

    Can you be fully present in stressful situations?

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