What they say

René’s keynotes and retreats are life-changing! Read what they say…

René’s Workshop Was Fantastic

René’s workshop [Diversity & Inclusion] was fantastic, his words and stories will stay with me for a long time.

Lucy Adamson - Meetings and Events Manager / Chelsea Football Club

Thanks for Speaking With Your Usual Power and Impact

Just wanted to send a note of thanks for speaking with your usual power and impact at the first day of our Symposium […]. I am so appreciative of your generous support and the message is, of course, so important for our times (all time). You could see I hope, that even though we were online this year – the participants were hanging on every word.

Dr Sionade Robinson - FRGS Associate Dean, People and Culture, Associate Professor (Education) / The Business School (formerly Cass)

Enticed Me to Make a Difference as a Leader

This was clearly the most enthused and excited I have been after attending an event, it has made me take a good look at my own behaviours and understand how they affect my team. It has given me many of the tools I will need to transform my team and enticed me to make a difference as a leader.

Mark Langdon - Head of MI / Travelopia

Fantastic Session

I wanted to thank you for a fantastic session. You promised storytelling and emotion and you certainly delivered! Thank you for supporting us on our Inclusive Leadership journey, your energy has helped us make a great start.

Liz Richards - Head of Employer Brand / Credit Suisse

One of The Most Inspiring Speakers

Without a doubt, you will feel uplifted by this engaging, thought-provoking session [Diversity & Inclusion] delivered by René, one of the most inspiring speakers I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to.

Tom Ellis - Deputy CFO / Unite Group PLC

Powerful Speaker

I just wanted to let you know how inspiring and thought-provoking this session was today. What a powerful speaker Rene is.

Thank you for opening up these sessions to hospices free of charge, this is so generous and without this support we wouldn’t get to hear speakers like Rene, and many other of your high calibre speakers I have been fortunate to hear.

Feedback from one of the participants of LBF virtual events

Huge Thank You

A huge thank you for today, really powerful as always… I have already had several members of the team who were watching commit to making changes and speaking out – so thank you.

Dr Catherine Goodwin - Organisational Culture and Workplace Wellbeing Lead / Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Really powerful!

Really inspiring presentation that should be rolled out for all NHS teams to watch. Really powerful!

Feedback from a Senior NHS employee / Participant of René's 1-Day Inclusive Leadership Course

Making a difference

Wow. What a powerful and incredible presentation to our team […]. I have had such brilliant feedback about your session, the insights, and how you have given people the confidence to listen, share, and really start to take steps to be more inclusive. We really appreciate the time you shared with us and thank you so much for making a difference.

Charlotte Macartney - Group People & Talent Director / CSM Sport & Entertainment

Thank You a Million

From the bottom of our hearts – thank you… […] The room is still buzzing. The team can’t focus on anything else. It was the best presentation I could imagine to energize and nourish my team. Thank you a million!

Tatiana Stadukhina - Marketing Director, UK & Ireland / Budweiser Brewing Group @ Anheuser-Busch InBev

A Massive Thank You

Just a short note to say a massive thank you from all at the LMA. […]

I found (as I know a lot of the guests did as well) that your ruminations and reflections on various leadership experiences added a thoughtful and quite special narrative to the afternoon which was really appreciated.

Elena Murphy - Partnerships & Events Manager / League Managers Association

Amazing Speaker

Just wanted to drop some feedback on Rene’s lecture yesterday – for me, it was the best one I have been to. What an amazing speaker!

Ed Cracknell - Head of Marketing / BT Sport

Nothing is Best Done Alone Anymore

I had the pleasure of hosting René Carayol for the final Marketing Academy Scholarship Lecture of 2019 on the topic of “Nothing is best done alone anymore”.

René is the world’s #1 keynote speaker, coach to Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Richard Branson, author of “SPIKE: What are you great at?” and a friend of the Marketing Academy.

I really enjoyed our conversation before hand […] and have taken to heart what [he] said.

Crystal Eisinger - Head of Marketing Strategy & Operations / Google UK & Ireland


The feedback from the participants on your training was sensational and I also hope that we will work together more often in the near future. […]

The power, the energy, the esprit you bring to the people is extraordinary and fantastic!

Petra Reinold - Human Resources / Voestalpine AG
BBC Children In Need

We Turned a Corner Today

Rene & Zak, A huge thanks for this afternoon – I think you really helped us turn a corner today . Onus is on us to now deliver the change we want to be !

Have had terrific feedback – below is one example. Very much hope we can keep you on our leadership journey – it’s been a pleasure and privilege to hear your insights and share your own experiences

Tommy Nagra - Director of Content / BBC Children in Need
BBC Children In Need

The Best Leadership Away Day

I want to thank you and all the Exec for what was, in my opinion, the best Leadership away day that I’ve been to. Thank you for rearranging things so that we could have the entire afternoon with Rene. He is incredible and the session was so informative, engaging, thought provoking and impactful – I could go on but I think you know – Claire telling her story made me cry 🙂 I am going to go away and process everything I’ve heard and decide on the actions and behavioural tweaks I need to make to enable me to become a truly inspirational leader. Sessions such as this make me feel hugely valued and supported by the organisation and I wanted to show my appreciation.

Stefanie Rees / BBC Children in Need
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“[…] the SuMMit struck a note with the attendees. Absolutely everyone […] has been overwhelmingly positive and genuinely appreciative.

It is our privilege to you have you [René] as part of the ‘MLN’ team, your passion for the M&L agenda is infectious! Your insights and understandings are inspirational. Your contribution to the success of the morning is immeasurable. Thank you so much and as you say another Belfast memory for us as well.”

Bill Manson / Podiem
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Tangible Difference

“René has made a significant and tangible difference to how we build and align our top teams, and pushed us to lead a lot more and manage a little less. In the two years he worked with the President and his direct reports, they have been totally transformed”

Sean McGrath / VP of HR The World Bank
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Stronger Team

“René has continuously assisted me and my team in better deploying our Spikes that has made us a much better and stronger team – and it has made our very challenging targets so much more fun”

Nomkhita Nqweni / CEO, Wealth Management – Barclays Africa

Become Far More Performance Driven

“We were recommended René by Jim Yong Kim (President of The World Bank) to help my recently assembled Senior Management Team to accelerate our alignment and become far more performance driven. Suffice to say that we have him on a two year retainer to work with both myself, my team and or Board of Directors”

Akinwumi Adesina / President of the African Development Bank

High Performing Team

“René has been my personal executive coach and has worked closely with my direct reports over the past two years – he has pushed us to transform ourselves into a high performing team”

Garry Sinclair / CEO, CWC (Cable and Wireless Caribbean)

Refreshing and Well Constructed Content

“Rene presented to the ILM recently and it was refreshing to hear some simple logic and well constructed content on how to get the best performance from staff and teams. I enjoyed the charismatic style and confidence on the topic of Spike.”

Neil Sutch / Vice President at Kymeta Corporation, FinstILM

Strong Leadership

Thank you for sharing your insight with us. You’ve helped me to reflect on what strong leadership means and, more importantly, why it matters. Leadership is no longer about the leader. We cannot simply focus on instilling in others a sense of confidence in ourselves. We need to shift more towards instilling a sense of confidence and passion in others so that we strengthen collectively. Thanks for illuminating a new path on what continues to be a fascinating journey.

Curtis Baron / Managing Director, Barclays

Renee's presentation on inclusive leadership was impactful, open and thought provoking.

Carol Cooper    25th November 2020   Inclusive Leadership   

Listening to your key note has made me released that we are all leaders and we all have special qualities .

Ada Uchegbu    4th October 2020   BA conference   

A stirring and inspired focus on simply what doing the right thing in these current times looks like. Brilliant to here from such a iconic speaker reminding us to engage more, without an agenda, to just be more empathetic to all. Thank you!

Jo Evans    28th May 2020   ITG Exclusive Seminar   

Hugely insightful, useful, thought provoking & absolutely relevant to the issues many businesses face today. Most businesses are over-managed & under led & all organisations could benefit from today’s session.

Edward Kerrigan    23rd February 2019   Executive Masterclass   

I thoroughly enjoyed René’s talk. It was entertaining, informative and thought provoking. I will use some of the slides for team building in my business!

Mick Leahy    12th June 2018   The Business Day at Bridlington Spa   

Thank you René, you were superb. As the founder of creative agency WeAreFearless, I am completely aligned with your leadership philosophy but listened to every word, left inspired to push this agenda much further & committed to create genuine psychological safety with our fearless team. Being fearless is about breaking through fear to take the brave decisions and break new ground. Your own courage and humility shone through powerfully. Thank you. It was one of the best hours I've spent in years. All the best Garry

Garry Dods    4th December 2019   The Marketing Academy Breakfast Seminar   

Great speaker, important notions.

Niki J. Welling    15th November 2018   AmCham Finland - Luminary Series   

Within twenty minutes of sitting in the presentation, I knew that I had made the right decision to attend. This was a transformative and enlightening presentation which has been well received. I am so much more confident in realizing and magnifying my spike and will utilize the knowledge that I have digested to assist others to realize and magnify theirs. Thank you, Rene.

Kenneth Ferguson    21st June 2019   Senior Leadership Event, Cayman Islands   

Wonderful presentation. Very inspiring

Boualem    21st April 2018   ECCBC leadership meeting   

René helped me to think differently and care about the present moment, observe people and how to impact by influencing and not manipulating. How it is important to tell a story and allow colleagues to count for collaborating and raise ideas

Philippe Dasse    16th December 2018   Philippe Dasse   

A truly uplifting speaker. Rene engages the audience with emotion and drive that leaves everyone feeling positive and ready to take on the world!
Neil Hodgkinson
Editor-in-Chief Trinity Mirror North East, Humber and Lincolnshire

Neil Hodgkinson    10th June 2018   Yorkshire Business Day   

I attended the The Business Day at Bridlington Spa on the 8th June, I thoroughly enjoyed Extraordinary times demands extraordinary leadership talk by Rene. Very inspiring and thought provoking. I have already shared the key points with our directors and management team.

Norman Mortell    11th June 2018   The Business Day - Extraordinary times demands extraordinary leadership   

One of the insights from our session that really resonated with me was "if you are doing the tasks, who is leading?". I came away inspired to be a better leader by more effectively delegating some of the task oriented work I'm doing to free up more of my time to focus on developing and inspiring our team to help them be the best they can be. Another thing that really stood out is that to be successful as an organization it is critical to have the right people on the team and have everyone "on the bus" and working together with a strong sense of a shared purpose.

Dianne Spatz    6th April 2019   Travelopia Global Leadership Conference   

René is a force of nature.
Very enjoyable and highly inspirational.
He learned from the best and he coaches the world's best. I felt honoured to experience a glimpse of his wisdom.
Highly recommended, engaging and very useful for my personal development and my organisation
Three UK

ToM Malleschitz    10th June 2018   Marketing Academy Fellowship   

I was introduced to Rene by a close friend when looking for a motivational speaker for our Money Matters workshop.

He was truly professional and very powerful with his message that we can all find our spikes and succeed.

The workshop was for homeless young women in West London. All of the women were impressed by René’s presentation and the dignified way the workshop was conducted.

Rene is one of the kindest and most decent business figures I have met. He is thought provoking and ‘in it for the right reasons’.

I strongly endorse his style!

Rawle Beckles

Rawle Beckles    6th July 2018   Rawle Beckles   

A fantastic blend of insight, inspiration and challenge.

Phil Avery    23rd November 2018   Unlocking Potential Leadership Symposium   

Very inspiring presentation.

Oliver Scheef    8th June 2018   BI Animal Health Global Conference (Malta)   

By far the best part of the day, very relevant to the overall theme and and a truly captivating presentation. I've certainly taken notes from it and have signed up for the #spikespark daily updates which also sound like they will help me as a leader and a manager.

Matthew Goacher    11th June 2018   Bridlington Business Day 2018   

Saw Rene many years ago in Harrogate. Really enjoyed this session in Bridlington - one of my 2 highlights of the day and well worth attending for. Lots of great 'take-aways' that reassured how we currently manage our business plus some new ideas to consider adding. Excellent content well delivered!

Andrew Harrison    14th June 2018   The Business Day - Bridlington   

Rene your session was very inspiring and I have come away with a lot more motivation and knowledge than I was expecting to. Looking forward to reading your books.

Saya    27th January 2021   Wihtl   

The Senior Leadership Retreat facilitated by Rene was unlike any other I have attended, with a focus of engaging real-world stories and examples that conveyed the messages of leadership in a heartfelt way. The workshops seemed simple enough once presented but always carried a hidden message that helped reveal small details that we would have otherwise not thought of. Rene lead by example all day by inviting and encouraging participation the way a leader should. I would highly recommend Rene to anyone looking for the SPARK to find your SPIKE.

Robert Tatum    27th June 2019   Senior Leadership Event - Cayman Islands Government   

Fantastic talk with very emotive and relevant video clips that enforced the message. Rene had a great presence, captivating the whole room

Suzanne    23rd July 2018   Prostate Cancer Leaders Summit - Extroadinary Leaders   

René is one of the most inspirational speakers I've heard in a long time. I have already downloaded his presentation from the event and passed it onto some colleagues!

Hellen Tordoff    11th June 2018   The Business Day - Bridlington Spa   

René is one of the most inspirational and insightful speakers I have ever experienced to date. He has an outstanding ability to emotionally engage his audience while at the same time delivering clear messages and action steps one can implement for his company and teams. I am very happy to having had the privelege to attend his sessions.

Alex Metzler
Founder & CFO Enchanting Travels

Alex Metzler    8th April 2019   Travelopia Leadership Conference   

The inspiring talk by Mr. Rene Carayol has deeply made change in my way of thinking and finding leadership. Senior Leadership should denifetely set example and have the culture right in the company. I am delighted to know a person like Mr.Carayol is helping organisations find the right leadership and leave a legacy.

Harinatha Raju    7th May 2019   Cass Business School - London Symposium 2019   

Always inspiring and rewarding to listen to René Carayol's presentations - this time in person. Many thanks.

Kati Hamalainen    15th November 2018   The Luminary Series Featuring René Carayol   

Powerful presentation from Rene, reminding us all to challenge upwards and support downwards and to be inclusive in all that we do as leaders.

Katherine    24th November 2020   Inclusive leadership - Future Focused Finance   

Execellent session

CLAIRE FINN    26th November 2020   fff   

Exceptional presentation, I learned and enjoyed a lot. Thank you Mr Carayol.

Maguette Diouf    27th April 2018   ECCBC Leadership meeting   

René was captivating from the first word. Loved the emotional and personal elements to the presentation. Truly inspiring and makes me want to be the best leader from the middle of the pack. You should really carry on where James Earl Jones has left off 🙂

Hayley    6th November 2020   Glacier Sales conference   

The presentation had lots of examples and René Carayol gave encouragement and ideas for where to start this conversation and work

Louise Wellesley    25th November 2020   Inclusive Leadership   

I've seen many talks about leadership but this one really stands out - it was truly inspirational and, unlike many really great talks, has stuck with me.

Richard Keegan    27th June 2018   Business Day at Bridlington Spa   

Outstanding insights delivered with humility, grace and passion. This isn't the first time I have heard Rene at Business Day, or YIBC as it was previously, and every time he has been thoroughly good value. A real pleasure to listen and learn.

Nick Thompson    11th June 2018   Bridlington Spa Business Day   

Very inspirational presentation ! Loads to implement for myself and cascade to my Teams-Plans & actions to follow . Thank you

Line Abadie    10th April 2019   Travelopia Leadership Conference   

As someone who started a new role of Programme Manager one week ago and now have responsibility for a team of staff for the first time, listening to this inspiring presentation has ensured that I will strive to become a Leader rather than a Manager.

Thank you.

Phil Hall    19th June 2018   The Business Day 2018   

A very insightful delivery that is life transforming. you can not remain the same after being exposed to these concepts Rene talks about. A true leader himself, Rene shares time tested values and principles that delivers results. I have been impacted for life!!.

Bethel Yeboah    20th April 2018   MAKE IT HAPPEN, ECCBC LEADERSHIP MEETING- BARCELONA 2018   

An amazing engaging session , you really made everyone in the room feel at ease to talk about any subject , the tone and pace of the conversations where on point and left an impression on all that attended, the team certainly practice what you preach and it is about how you make people feel and I was certainly left with a feeling of hope and energised that we can make a difference

sheena birch    30th September 2020  

Excellent delivery with superb content and examples.

Peter Conneely    27th February 2019   Executive Institute   

Excellent Moment.. Unique in his "genre"

SOGBOSSI Ange    26th May 2018   BootCamp   

For me it was by far the best leadership talk I have ever attended. I have been absolutely blown away by René’s talk. Many ideas have rushed through my mind since then on how I can authentically become a great leader in the 21st century. As René delivered the SPIKE talk I began to feel increasing excitement within me as I knew I was discovering a rear diamond that would transform my life for good. I am still in awe. Thank you Rene. I am indeed so grateful to have attended.

Adjoa Adjei-Twum    13th October 2019   Adjoa Adjei-Twum   

This was clearly the most enthused and excited I have been after attending a conference, it has made me take a good look at my own behaviors and understand how they affect my team both good and bad. It has given me many of the tools I will need to transform my team and enticed me to make a difference as a leader.

Thank you!

Mark Langdon    4th April 2019   Travelopia Global Leadership Conference 2019   

Rene was an inspirational speaker, provoking thought and reflection that changes the way you think about business. The VUCA world that we live in today, requires a next generation business model, that Rene helps to shape, with intellectual and emotional engagement. Despite the fact that we are a globally iconic business, we are certainly in a better place to meet the challenges ahead, after only two hours with Rene.

Gary Burrows    7th September 2017   IKEA Centre Days - Stockholm