“My biggest lessons, tactics and secrets from a lifetime in recruitment.”

The final national speaking tour Greg Savage will ever do

Don’t miss this one!

Session Overview

To celebrate the 40 th anniversary of starting his first job in recruitment, the RCSA is proud to present Greg Savage in 3 hour keynote where he outlines the lessons, tactics, secrets and mantras he had gleaned from a glittering life-long career in the industry.

Combined with amusing real-life anecdotes, freely sharing his many mistakes, Greg will focus on the key pillars of success as a recruiter, managing your recruitment career, the formula for recruiters to thrive in the future, selling, BD and negotiation tips, the success secrets of the billing manager, the formula for high billing recruiters and highly profitable recruitment companies, learnings about business growth, leadership, as well as wealth creation and building your business for exit.

Everyone in recruitment will love this frank and insightful 3 hour session, where Greg will hold nothing back, and offer the best of his extensive experience in recruitment all over the world, so don’t miss this priceless opportunity.

Recruiters, managers and owners, will all benefit from what amounts to a template for success. There is so much takeaway for everyone, from someone who has truly just about done it all in recruitment and business.

The admission price includes a copy Greg’s book. “The Savage Truth”. Lessons in leadership, business and life from 40 years in recruitment” (RRP $34.95)


RCSA Member Rate
$300.00 + GST

Non-Member Rate
$400.00 + GST

Group specials available.
10% discount offered when purchasing 5 plus tickets for the one event location**
20% discount offered when purchasing 10 plus tickets for the one event location**

**Tickets must be purchased for the same event location and in the one transaction

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Greg Savage has…

  • Interviewed at least 2,000 candidates

  • Been on 2,500 client visits

  • Taken over 2,000 job orders – most of them face to face

  • Hired over 1,000 recruiters

  • Placed over 250 people in jobs personally

  • Had over 500 fee negotiating discussions

  • Sold ‘exclusivity’ on more than 400 of jobs

  • Sold retainers on more than 150 jobs

  • Had over 100 offers turned down

  • Diffused more than 50 “counteroffer’ situations

  • Opened recruitment offices 75 times in 26 different cities

  • Founded 4 recruitment businesses

  • Invested in 12 additional recruitment/HR tech businesses

  • Had 5,000 IRL coaching meetings with recruiters, and thousands more on the phone/video

  • Been on the Board of 25 recruitment/ HR tech businesses

  • Listed his start-up Company on the ASX before he turned 40

  • Is currently on the Board of 14 Recruitment or HR tech business

  • Been on the RCSA NSW council, the RCSA National Council, been national VP and is an RCSA Life Member since 2004

  • Delivered the keynote address at 19 RCSA conferences

  • Delivered over 700 recruitment speeches in more than 50 cities in 18 countries

  • Promoted 150 recruiters to manager positions

  • Been involved in 200 acquisition negotiations

  • Bought 15 recruitment companies in 6 countries

  • Been the CEO of a recruitment business with 35 office in 17 countries

  • Sold retainers on more than 150 jobs

  • Had 400 salary review conversations

  • Sold his own businesses 4 times

  • Sold his shares in other recruitment business another 6 times

  • Been to at least 75 ‘recruitment Christmas parties’

  • Employed and trained at least 30 recruiters who now own their own recruitment businesses

  • Has 315,000 LinkedIn followers, 74,000 Twitter follows and a million blog readers a year

  • Made 5,000 mistakes in his career

  • Is an RCSA Life member (2004), Recruitment International Hall of Fame inductee (2018), voted the most influential recruiter in Australia for the past 60 years(2015), and the most influential business voice on Twitter (2016), a LinkedIn “Top Voice (2018) and RCSA ‘Outstanding Contribution “ award (2011)

What the attendees said

This was a really great session for me. I'm so excited to take what I've learnt and apply it to my work. The session was jam packed with tips, tricks and information that will help you become a standout recruiter. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

 Sarah Solski - Aptitude Recruitment

The savage sell training session has been fun, interesting and extremely insightful when it comes to perfecting what we do every day as Industry Specialists and Influencers. I think it would be valuable for any kind of recruiters... let's say rookies, consultants, senior consultants or even managers. Highly recommended as it reinforces some concepts that we already know and we have forgotten about and also provides novelty and a vision of what will happen in the future.

Ernesto Vinagre – Randstad

The session was excellent for both experienced recruiters and recruiters new to the industry. Greg and Chris were both motivating, engaging and the content was excellent. I also loved the humour they used. Thank you for a great morning.

Kay Watts, On Q Recruitment

I brought 6 of my Account Managers from Kennedy Reid to today's session and they all agreed it was an informative and entertaining session. They all had some great take outs from the session. As a business owner it is great to see members of my team get so much out of a training session.

Stuart Freeman, Kennedy Reid

The Adecco Perth team really enjoyed the Savage Sell Training today. Greg & Chris did an amazing job at delivering this. They were both very engaging and interacted with their audience to ensure we were kept interested through the morning. It's always good to refresh our recruitment strategy! We will definitely take some key points from today and put them to good use in our everyday working lives.

Michelle Kearns, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Adecco Australia

Great value in this action packed session so professionally delivered with humour and expert understanding of the difficult job a recruiter faces on a daily basis. Both Greg and Chris give so much energy and passion to the presentation - you go away feeling renewed , ramped up and refueled! Thank you both and well done!

Bunty Paramor, Paramor Experienced Recruiters

Meet the Presenter

Greg Savage FRCSA (Life)

Greg is a leader of the global recruitment industry, with a career spanning thirty-five years, and is a regular keynote speaker at staffing conferences around the world.

Greg started Recruitment Solutions in 1987 and grew the business to 250 staff and an eventual $60 million IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange. He went on to be International CEO of Aquent for 8 years, running 35 offices in 17 countries.

In 2010, founded Firebrand Talent Search and quickly created a global brand for this specialist digital and marketing recruiter, and successfully sold the business, in 7 countries, in 2013.

Greg now provides board advisory, consulting and keynote speaking services to organisations across the world, focusing on growth, expansion and profitability.

An early adopter of social media for recruiting, Greg’s industry blog - The Savage Truth - is a must-read for recruiters, while his Twitter feed similarly attracts thousands of followers from around the world.

More Information

For more information on event details and how to register, please contact the event co-ordinator:

Jodie Radley
Head of Events