This is the story of one man who desperately wanted to play Rugby for Australia, to represent his country – and the pursuit of that dream which led him to his destiny.
Failing at numerous attempts to gain any notoriety at Rugby or other sports/hobbies, it was quite by chance that he came across a puzzle that had international followers, and soon he was to take three of his best mates to form the first Australian Team at the International Sudoku Championships in India.
Mick did achieve the goal of representing his country even though it wasn’t exactly in the field or the way he expected. There’s a myriad of laughs and stories within that leave you breathless with the Aussie spirit, mateship, creative thinking, and laughter. There is already discussions of a movie in the making (ala The Castle) which will be a Blockbuster. Mick is widely regarded as Australia’s most entertaining after dinner speaker/comedian.
Mick Colliss is an author, writer, rugby commentator, emcee, guest speaker and modern day poet. He was also the vice captain of the first ever Australian Sudoku team. The team travelled to India to compete at the World Sudoku Championships. They didn’t know how to play, but that didn’t bother them.
Determined to represent Australia at something, Mick had originally hoped for success at the sport of rugby. Unsuccessful, he then tried other sports. His run of luck continued until he finally discovered Sudoku. He and three of his best mates became “Australian champions" and were soon on a plane to India to compete at the International Sudoku Championships in India.
Mick did achieve the goal of representing his country even though it wasn’t exactly in the field or the way he expected it to occur. Mick’s is a laugh out loud true story about mateship, having a go and never giving up, no matter what the odds. It's ideal for corporate, sports and school functions.
Mick’s presentation had the right mix of humour and optimism that hit the spot with our audience. Our organisation has experienced a number of challenges in recent months and Mick’s story provided a unique and thoughtful perspective on overcoming failure and persevering to achieve one’s goals.
Coffs Harbour City Council
Mick was fantastic, he was hilarious without being crude, or offensive. All the feedback from the guests was positive.
Mick was a great entertainer and very generous with his time. He interacted well with all of our guests and everyone loved his story. His style was perfect for our function.
Civil Contractors Federation NT
Mick was so incredibly entertaining! He had the whole room in tears of laughter, and his delivery was flawless. He was a pleasure to deal with, and we’d gladly have him back! He emcee’d the night wonderfully, and so many people have told me he’s the best they’ve seen.
Kepa: The Advisers Institute
Mick had everyone in stitches. Such a funny true storyteller! Everyone from the company thoroughly enjoyed Micks recount. Superb!
Mick is a fabulous entertainer and MC.
Was a fantastic presentation and well received by all!
Exclusive Investor Alliance
Mick was fantastic for our dinner event and I would highly recommend him! Our 200 guests could not stop laughing about his story and continued to talk about it the next day.
SFDC Australia Pty. Ltd.
Brilliant!! So very funny and a great story from an Aussie chasing his dream and winning!!!
Distributive and Allied Employees Association of Western Australia
Excellent speaker, the guests thoroughly enjoyed his talk.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Mick was very engaging and gave us all a good belly laugh!
Santa Maria College
Excellent. Mick was fantastic – his speech was hilarious and the feedback has been very positive. It was great to have Mick at the conference – not just as a presenter, but as a guest for the dinner too. Great guy and not an ounce of ego to him. He was on time, professional and even checked the AV himself to make sure it went smoothly.
Consolidated Pastoral Company
He was a terrific act and we certainly got value for money.
Property Council of Australia
What a fabulous, lively performance and funny story, delivered beautifully by Mick – nice guy, down to earth, very funny and clearly – very competitive!
JR Events PCO
Everyone loved Mick, such a great way to end Day 1 of conferencing. A huge hit!
Engaging with the audience and had them in stitches throughout his performance.
Liquor Marketing Group
The comments received afterwards were simply glowing. Apart from being a very nice guy and true gentleman, Mick is, without question, the most entertaining after-dinner speaker we have had at the REINT Awards.
Real Estate Institute of Northern Territory
Mick was a very professional speaker with great delivery of his presentation. He had the right combination of comedy and dramatic impact to deliver a very funny story and kept you interested right until the end. Everyone was very impressed and thought it was hilarious.
Galvanisers Association of Australia
Very engaging, great story telling.
As always, Mick was wonderful.
A natural story teller with a great Australian story
Aim High Marketing
Simply brilliant. Our guest feedback was just awesome. We had guests who had seen Mick speak before and were still amazed. Would definitely recommend.
Very well received - particularly for the first presenter of the morning!!
Mick was simply fantastic! For our end of day keynote we were looking for someone to help the audience unwind after a long, intense, content heavy day. And Mick did just this - he had the whole room in fits of laughter from start to finish. Mick was the talk of the cocktail party that followed his session and, without being asked, happily stuck around to talk to our guests for well over an hour. He is a truly lovely man and great storyteller - I would not hesitate in recommending Mick.
Mick had the room in stitches, people were actually crying with laughter which is an awesome thing to behold and no mean feat in a room of sales people. Our delegates were just mesmerised by his story and the way he delivered it, with everyone demanding to know where we found him. ThanksMick.
Mick’s keynote presentation was excellent and very funny and he emceed our awards night like a true professional. Would highly recommended Mick, very easy to work with.
Mick was excellent and had the entire crowd in stitches laughing. He really did have everyone engaged the entire time he was on stage and really made our event so enjoyable.
Richard Crookes Constructions
Mick was suggested as a dinner speaker last year, however at the time we hesitated because there was some concern that Mick’s story may have become fatigued given how long ago it happened, and that Mick seems to be very active on the speaking circuit. We were worried that there would be guests at our dinner who have previously heard his story. (Our AV Technician from our day conference said he’s ‘done Mick 3 times, but don’t worry, he’s hilarious’.) However, I am very glad that we ended up booking Mick! I didn’t get any ‘fatigued’ feedback at all. He delivered brilliantly, was quick-witted and had our guests in belly LOL laughter! Mick stayed till the end of our function, chatted with our guests all night long, and was on the last bus back to the hotel – a really nice guy.
Intelligent Transport Systems Australia
Mick was a great presenter and gave us the perfect finish to the first day of our conference. His unique story and presentation style was a hit with all the delegates and had the group talking about his amazing story throughout the remainder of the event.
National Mortgage Brokers
Mick is amazing! He had all 160 delegates in tears with laughter. He has a great ability to engaged and hold an audience with his fantastic story! On behalf of our client and their customers – Thanks for a great night.
Everyone was in stiches, thoroughly enjoyed Mick, his ability to tell his story in such a humorous manner was fantastic.
Outstanding. By far the best feedback we have had from our guests for a guest speaker. Keeping him under wraps until he walked on stage worked perfectly as no one had the chance to google his story. He is also a great bloke.
QLD MND Centre
Mick was an excellent choice for our group – lightening up our day considerably after a hard day defining projects for our industry. Mick was good to work with even though we had power failures and it was a muggy 38 degrees – thanks Mick,
Regional Cropping Solutions Network
Mick was great, had a rough crowd, but the majority were very impressed and enjoy his delivery.
Choice Home Loans
Mick was simply brilliant and had our 450-strong audience in fits of laughter. He certainly nailed it for us.
Otago Medical Research Foundation
Mick was great, he had the whole audience in stitches of laughter and everyone left the conference on a high.
Penske Transportation Group International
Very Funny and a great story that’s relatable.
Australian Independent Rural Retailers
Mick was professional, accommodating, easy going and most of all extremely entertaining and our clients loved the presentation.
Eagles Plumbing Plus
Hilarious, highly recommended.
"Mick certainly met our expectations. He was very well received by our audience, I don’t think there was a single person in the room that didn’t have a smile from ear to ear and sore cheeks from the continuous laughter that he provided on the night! A fantastic laugh out loud story, and an all round brilliant entertainer! "
AICLA/ANZIIF Claims Convention
"And a HUGE thank you to YOU, rave reviews from everyone and they are still talking about it today, you were brilliant! It was fabulous to work with you and I hope to do so again in the near future, shall stay in touch. "
Events Manager, CCF South Australian Branch
"Very well received - we've had very positive comments from guests"
Community Newspapers Australia
"Mick was a fantastic speaker, very easy to deal & work with"
Mortgage & Finance Association
"We were very happy with Mick I have received a lot of good feedback and there was a lot of laughter in the audience. Just to let you know I have a lot of very positive feedback about your talk yesterday from many people present. This has also included emails and phone calls which is unusual. A common theme was a nice entertaining, interesting happy story without a lot of swearing. It should lead to a few more gigs for sure. Well done mate"
"Only the second 10 out of 10 performance I've seen in 25 years!!"
"Excellent, very funny and engaging."
Mick was absolutely outstanding and wonderful to work with. Staff are still speaking about him today.
The tension of the unknown guest speaker was broken brilliantly by Mick with a well delivered story that captivated the audience and had them in stitches. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from all that attended. His presentation set the atmosphere of evening up to be a thoroughly enjoyable night
Opteon Property Group
Never give up on your goals and aspirations. What a story!
Craig Parker, Affinia
He was brilliant. He did his research and mentioned having started on the course at Uni and dropped out after 6 weeks. It made him relate-able to the audience and it worked brilliantly.
Australian Information Security Association NSW
Mick's story was terrific and all our customers thought he was entertaining, funny and unique.
Eagles Plumbing Supplies
A brilliant presentation. Second time I have heard Mick speak, and it was just as entertaining the second time around. 3 of my clients were so impressed they want to book him for their own functions in the future.
Battistella Financial Services
Mick is a very entertaining speaker
NSW Department of Industry
Outstanding speaker, presentation was polished and hilarious, had guests in tears of laughter. Would definitely have him speak again!