Successful Speakers P/L is a specialist bureau that presents people who have earned the right to speak from experience. Individuals with extraordinary success in their chosen field and have hard - won learning’s to share with audiences. They deliver speeches, corporate presentations and trainings that are educational, motivational and entertaining.
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This Months Top 40 Successful Speakers
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Defence Force Leader
General Cosgrove had a highly decorated and respected military career spanning over four decades. He is an internationally renowned speaker with vast experience on a range of world affairs topics. Awarded in 2001 with Australian of the Year this recognition sums up an inspiring and accomplished career of excellence as a great leader who embodies the personal characteristics of strength, courage and commitment.
Commonwealth's Highest Decorated Soldier
Ben was on his second operational tour of Afghanistan in 2006 when he was awarded the “Medal for Gallantry” for his actions as a patrol sniper in the Chora Valley. It was his fifth tour of Afghanistan, when on 11 June 2010 he was involved in his “Victoria Cross” action. As a commander and key planner for Special Operations missions, Ben has fascinating insight into the processes and protocols that are critical in producing success in competitive environments. Ben will not only drive your team to succeed but will provide the vision of a leader who has been charged with providing the Australian Government with positive strategic outcomes in some of the world’s most dynamic environments for over 17 years.
Pitch Doctor/ Marketer/ Entrepreneur//Staff Engagement/ Presentation Skills
Rising from mailboy to CEO of Australia's biggest ad agency Ian Elliot became the industry's most prolific new business winner. He has adapted his pitch winning skills to apply to every business, big or small and documented the tools in the best selling Book 'Stop Bitching, Start Pitching'. He also regularly speaks internationally on subjects including, Staff Engagement, Customer Delight, Brand Building and Life Planning. He is also a professional public company director. If increasing revenue is your goal then Ian can provide the usable tools and motivation to ingrain a successful sales culture in your business.
Antarctic Expedition Leader
Rachael Robertson had the unique honour of leading a 12 month expedition to the Antarctic’s Davis Station, and is only the second female to do so. No ordinary leadership role, Rachael shares her leadership and team building experiences of a group of 18 people she barely knew faced with 9 months in isolation together, whilst juggling the responsibilities of her role in the highest, driest, coldest and windiest place on earth. The photo images are breathtaking.
John Eales has left an indelible mark on the world of Australian rugby and cements his standing as one of the all-time greats. In 1991 John made his debut and quickly followed that same year with his first World Cup winner's medal at age 20. As Wallabies captain he led the team to their second World Cup victory, and holds the record for the highest number of games as captain. A player of outstanding ability, admired coach, and in-demand public speaker, John commands respect as a player and person.
CEO World Vision
In his “Tips from a travelling soul seeker” Reverend Costello shares his experiences of people far less fortunate than ourselves. A well known face and voice to audiences around Australia, Tim is known for his work with the homeless and marginalised people, and his stance against the excesses of gambling. In February 2004 he became Chief Executive of World Vision, Australia’s largest overseas aid organisation, drawn to the organisation’s philosophy of helping the poorest of the poor.
Sydney- Hobart Rescuer
From one of the worst marine disasters in Australia’s history, Peter tells his story in his role as paramedic aboard the first rescue helicopter, amidst some of the toughest weather conditions in sailing history. Peter shares the incredible experience that tested his mortality on two occasions, in humbling contrast to the six who lost their lives that day. A powerful story that illustrates the capability of ordinary, well trained and dedicated people, complete with incredible rescue video footage.
Baker from Beechworth -"Ingredients for Success'
One of Australia’s greatest success stories, be inspired by the “Baker from Beechworth” who turned a poorly performing regional bakery into a thriving business that not only enjoys $4 million of annual turnover, but is credited with reviving an entire community. A self confessed kindergarten drop out, Tom’s instinctive business skill and acumen has him at the top of his game, and his business model emulated world-wide. Audiences relate to his Aussie larrikin style and charming guile.
Journalist & Ex-Wallaby
Former Wallaby and highly respected columnist, Peter FitzSimons is described by ABC’s Andrew Denton as "Australia's finest sports journalist." Peter has flexed journalistic muscle interviewing every Australian Prime Minister since Gough Whitlam and a host of international figures including George Bush and Diego Maradona. He has authored eighteen best-selling books and is the biographer of several, great Australian personalities. One of the most popular after-dinner speakers in Australia, Peter is a lively and humorous raconteur.
Test Cricketer/ Commentator
A few of the first things you’ll notice about Kerry is wit, wisdom and a penchant for sport. This former Test cricketer turned media personality packed up his vast sporting knowledge and became a regular presenter on popular TV show The Fat. He has continued a strong and successful media career commentating for ABC radio, and combines it with his role as a specialist tutor with Adelaide’s AIS Cricket Academy. His presentations are jam packed with inside stories and humour.
Diplomat /Corporate Leader
Ken Gillespie rose through the Australian Army beginning as an apprentice Brickie and ending as the Chief of Australia’s Army. He is recognised for his skills in ‘the business of army’ having overseen significant strategic and structural change at all levels. He conceived and implemented the largest structural change in 40 years involving 48,000 people and a $6 Billion operating budget. He was instrumental in implementing major people strategies relating to gender equality, workforce rehabilitation, career and talent management, workforce communication and safety. He successfully managed high output rates in complex financial, security and political environments while overseeing a complex capital investment plan.
Young Australian of the Year
From a Vietnamese refugee boat bound for Australia, to an enviable list of film and community awards and honours. The Director and co-writer of critically acclaimed film Footy Legends, Khoa Do has achieved extraordinary success with courage, resilience and hope amidst incredible opposition. Khoa’s outstanding ability to inspire and motivate has seen him repeatedly called upon to represent his community and Australia on a number of pressing social issues.
Wallabies captain, natural leader and inspirational team-mate the Nick Farr-Jones story finds pride of place amongst the pages of Australia’s rugby history. He was the captain who brought home the Rugby Union World Cup in 1991, the 1992 Bledisloe Cup and while at the helm shared victory of 36 successive tests for the side between 1998 and 1992. Known as a motivational leader with strength of character. Nick is a qualified lawyer and international banker. He has become one of Australia's most popular speakers.
Sports Personality and Swimmer
In a career that began at just 14 years old Nicole Livingstone remains in the hearts and minds of Australian’s as one of this country’s greatest swimmers. Her achievements are numerous, encompassing all major international competitions in which she was a member of the Australian Swimming Team for 12 consecutive years. On retirement Nicole turned to the media where she has notched up a successful career as a sports commentator. Her energy and on-camera presence have made her a popular and entertaining TV personality.
Mr Body Language
Allan Pease has mastered the art of communication from verbal and non verbal perspectives. He coaches audiences how to interpret the words and actions of any conversation or negotiation. He is in great demand for TV appearances because of his entertaining and informative style. Two quotes probably sum him up best. "When Allan and Barbara Pease write, I read. And underline. And learn. and laugh. And steal." - Tom Peters. Empower yourself with these simple strategies for greater impact in your communication". - Anthony Robbins
Swim Coach & Motivator
One of Australia’s most successful Olympic coaches, Laurie’s unique style of motivation and guidance saw his star pupils break records in a number of gold medal winning performances. In his own sporting life, Laurie overcame the challenge of having a single lung, and asthma, to join the Wallabies and tour NZ in 1964. Today, he is a highly successful businessman, motivator and speaker who supports the “knuckles down the wall” approach in pursuing his personal credo of “Striving for Excellence”.
Multi- Skilled Communicator
Robyn’s 30-year career in education, advertising and the communication /entertainment industry has enabled her reputation as an entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking presenter who wields "the Power of the Word". Delivering on a range of customised, personal and workplace development topics, Robyn’s ability to engage and energise her audience is described as life changing. From "How Green Was My Cactus" to the voice of 'Blinky Bill" Robyn is a unique and humerous Australian communicator.
The Beaconsfield Hero
Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb have a team of rescuers to thank for their lives; none more so than Darren Flanagan. Emotions charged to the limits Darren was acutely aware of the pressure he carried. For 29 hours straight Darren slowly carved his path to within 300mm (one foot) of the trapped men by firing explosives. The world had never seen a rescue of this kind before. The moving story of this humble hero is both inspirational and courageous.
International Affairs Commentator
Best known for his expert commentary role on global affairs on the Seven Sunrise program, Keith is a huge thinker. His depth of understanding of global issues, terrorism, law, cultures, and business is extraordinary. He's a leading academic and member of the exclusive 'Club of Rome'with only 100 members which include Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Gates and Al Gore. He was voted 'Australian Communicator of the Year in 2004.
Demographic and Social Change Expert
Bernard is a leading commentator and advisor to corporate Australia on consumer, cultural and demographic trends. He is sought after by blue-chip companies to stimulate thought provoking discussion, and property investors and developers on matters of trend forecasting. Author of best-selling The Big Shift, Bernard has released two other books, is a magazine and newspaper columnist, and guest on television programs including Business Sunday, SBS debate show Insight, and 60 Minutes. Bernard is a compelling and entertaining speaker.
Retired wicket-keeper-batsman, former Australian vice-captain and integral member of Australian Test and One-Day International line-ups. Gilly occupies a position as one of the worlds most exciting cricketers. His rise and success saw him captain the national side to victory over the West Indies in Adelaide during the 2000-01 season and score his way to a long list of accolades.
Environmental ambassador and Macquarie University Professor Tim Flannery took it upon himself to mobilise humanity into countering the effects of climate change. His book, The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth made the New York Times best-sellers list. Honoured in 2005 as Australian Humanist of the Year, his continued efforts earned him Australian of the Year in 2007. Tim is an inspiring and passionate man who motivates and educates his audience.
Founder – IBISWorld – Futurist and Strategic Leader
Australia’s foremost strategist, futurist and forecaster, Phil Ruthven’s big picture insight has made his company, IBISWorld, the leader in its field. Company director to several organisations, advisory boards and charities, Phil’s comments on business, economic and social issues are dispensed across radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries. He continues to be one of the nation's most frequent and prolific commentators, delivering numerous speeches and addresses each year to eager audiences.
Customer Service Expert
Graeme Alford is one this Australia’s foremost authorities on Customer Service. Having spent years with Bob Ansett at Budget Rent a Car his passion for the customer has no bounds.
Graeme Alford is the author of the 6 module video series “Legendary Customer Service” and is the permanent guest columnist in The Customer Service Bulletin. Graeme Alfordwas an inaugural member of the executive that set up the Australian Customer Service Association in 1990.
Founder - Video Ezy
At just 13 years of age Ray left school unable to read or write. By 27 his aptitude for business saw him amass a fortune in the millions, whilst revolutionising the video movie industry. Ray went on to establish well known franchise Video Ezy which now operates in five Australian states and stores in New Zealand. Today, Ray manages a range of import/export enterprises, along with manufacturing innovations, event management and retail training.
The Power of Commitment
Tony Mowbray became the fastest Australian to sail solo, non- stop and unassisted around the world. He endured 6 months of incredibly challenging conditions including freezing temperatures, isolation and mountainous seas. 2years earlier, Tony and his crew on board his yacht 'Solo Globe Challenger' were part of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race which resulted in the worse race conditions on record and the tragic loss of 6 men.
Executive Director, The Children First Foundation
Captivated by the work of Mother Theresa, Moira Kelly stuck to her childhood vow to work with the revered nun and was inspired to begin her own journey of humanitarian aid. In 1999 Moira opened the doors on The Children First Foundation, an organisation run to connect children the world over with the medical treatment needed to live. From Bosnia to the Bronx Moira has given hope and life to hundreds of families, facilitating the treatment of their children, and overseeing their after care on her farm outside Melbourne. Moira is driven by her philosophy, "Wherever there is the greatest evil, the greatest good can be achieved."
Rugby Leagues's Super Coach
Wayne Bennett was Coach of the Brisbane Broncos for 21 years from 1988 until 2008. In 2009 he was appointed Coach of St George Illawarra in 2010 he took the team to its first NRL victory in 31 years. Wayne Bennett is recognised in Rugby League circles as one of the most influential and innovative of modern day coaches. He is the longest serving coach of a single club, has one of the best winning percentages, and ranks second in the number of premierships won as a coach at an elite level. A former state and international player, Wayne began coaching in 1976 at club level, and in 1986 became Queensland Director of Coaching. In 1987 he became a full-time coach with the Canberra Raiders. In his first season with the Raiders, Wayne coached them to their first-ever Grand Final and was named Coach of the Year. In 1988 Wayne joined the Brisbane Broncos as their inaugural coach. He guided the club to five premierships; two World Club C
Louise was among a squad of six cyclists training on country roads in Germany when an oncoming, out of control car hit the pack leaving them scattered and one of their team mates dead. Louise recounts her three year journey to “normality” in her powerful and emotional presentation. Courage and strength, depression and forgiveness – her experience covers the full gamut of emotion. Louise is regularly called upon to share her heartfelt story to inspire and motivate others.
Futurist, Science and Technology
Dr Deane Hutton is one of Australia’s best-known Science Communicators and Futurists. For more than 25 years, he has been sharing his enthusiasm for science and technology with others through nation-wide television, as well as through books, radio and the internet. His work on television has included programs for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Australia's National Nine Network. For 18 years he was a writer-presenter of the international award-winning Curiosity Show, and over 8 years as science presenter on Australia’s top variety program Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
Australia has never had a basketballer like him. A true legend in the sport, Andrew Gaze is a five time Olympian and became the first Australian to play professionally in Europe. Andrew began his illustrious career in the NBL at the age of 18 and, in 1993, realised a life long dream when he captained the Melbourne Tigers to victory in the NBL Grand Final. He is the first NBL player to shoot over 1,000 points in a season, and named the NBL’s Most Valuable Player an unheard of seven times. Andrew’s talent and consistency are truly outstanding and make him one of Australia’s most popular sportsmen today.
Futurist and Demographer
Steve Tighe is one of Australia’s most compelling speakers on the future and innovation. He is recognised for his thought-provoking observations on today’s society, and his ability to express key insights about the future in an engaging and entertaining fashion. Steve is renowned for his clever use of metaphors, images and case studies, taking his audience on a virtual journey into the future, whilst alerting them to the drivers of future change and the implications for their business. Steve’s presentations focus on Australia’s evolving values and emerging trends and how these changes are re-shaping every aspect of our lifestyles including commuting, housing, employment, consumption, and the cities we choose to live in!
Test Cricket Great
He is one of only five Australian’s to have played more than 100 Test matches, and has the exclusive honour of having played the greatest amount of matches by any keeper in international history, at 119. For eleven years Ian Healy was a permanent fixture in the Australian Cricket Team, missing just one Test because of a broken thumb. Off the field, Ian joins the Nine Network team as sports commentator, and enjoys guest appearances, speaking engagements and MC roles.
Olympic Skating Gold
The events leading to Steven’s rise to fame in men’s speed skating took place all in a matter of moments, leading to victory and a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. It would be Australia’s first gold at a Winter Olympics. Steven’s inspiring story has conceived the phrase “He’s done a Bradbury” and given it a home in the Australian vernacular. His theme is "Passion and Persistence"
Prof Fiona Wood, an established plastic surgeon and mother of six, became world renowned for her patented invention of spray on skin for burns victims. Her exceptional skill and leadership received deserved praise in 2002 when she and her team at Royal Perth Hospital treated the largest proportion of the Bali bombings survivors. This highlighted the ground breaking research into burns treatment taking place in Western Australia and subsequently led to Fiona receiving the 2005 Australian of the Year Award.
Founder – Planet Ark
Passionate environmental champion and lobbyist, Jon Dee, founded Planet Ark in 1991 with former tennis great and friend, Pat Cash. Planet Ark’s meteoric rise enjoys support from celebrities the world over including Richard Branson, Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Newton-John, among many others. His initiative and innate drive directs a flood of media promotion and business ventures all focussed on improving the condition of our planet, and our lives.
Founder - Boost Juice
The founder of hugely successful Boost Juice Bars, Janine has grown it to become the number one juice bar business in the Southern Hemisphere. With plans to open throughout the UK and Asia. Janine admits she never imagined she would be leading a multi-million dollar empire, turning over $100 million annually in sales. A working Mum she epitomises the company slogan "Love Life".
Community & Sport
George is a well respected community figure who has supported some of the most vulnerable members in our community. Over the past 15 years he has coordinated innovative services and programs that have changed the lives of many Australians. Following completion of a psychology degree, George has worked extensively in the government and community sectors on various ground breaking projects. He has used his skills to find unique ways to involve the corporate world in his projects, such as the recent 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne.
Miss Universe & Supermodel
Planet Jennifer just keeps growing. Since her crowning as Miss Universe in 2004 Jennifer Hawkins has gone on to achieve many of her professional goals: as Channel Seven personality fronting popular shows The Great Outdoors and Make Me A Supermodel, Pepsi and Myer spokesperson and ambassador for HIV/Aids awareness. Jennifer shares the story of her incredible climb to the top in numerous corporate speaking engagements.
World champion surfer
Layne has achieved outstanding success in the surfing world. Winning multiple world titles has secured her reputation as the greatest professional female surfer in history. Layne’s competitive drive is renowned as is her commitment and tireless efforts to publicise women’s surfing. Her media role extends to television appearances as a sports reporter and commentator.
Why Book a Motivational Speaker?
Motivation can drive us to reach higher goals in life regardless of where we come from or what our specific goals may be. For those that aspire to achieve greatness and success in their chosen field or in life, there's nothing more inspirational or motivating than hearing the life experiences from a celebrity or well known public figure. Quite often the celebrity speakers will have tales of hardship and challenges that they themselves faced and overcame to be where they are today.
Motivational speakers come from all walks of life. Sporting heroes, business leaders, celebrity entertainers and charity workers to name a few. There has never been a better time to engage a motivational speaker with your audience as the Internet has made guest speakers accessible to the public. At Successful Speakers our mission is to be able to recommend an excellent motivational speaker from our database for whatever occasion you are looking to make a success.
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