Keynote Speakers

Running through a keynote speech is easy – delivering a compelling keynote speaking address is something altogether different. That’s where we come in. A keynote address sets the underlying tone and summarises the core message of your event, while the right keynote speaker will raise awareness of your event and potentially attract more delegates.

Our keynote speakers invigorate their audiences, effectively and in an entertaining way. They are the ideal way to deliver your conference theme and event message. As Australia’s most significant Speakers Bureau, our expert staff can manage the sometimes complicated decision-making process to discover key note speakers that completely satisfy your brief. The keynote speaker you select can make a significant difference to the outcome of your event. We have a huge selection of top keynote speakers that will provide the impact you need.

Discover more about our Speakers Bureau at our definitive guide to selecting keynote speakers, or for personal assistance on selecting the right keynote speaker for your event, call our expert staff on 1300 884 485.

The world is in a continuous state of change. Seasons of great success may be followed by seasons of frustration. A journey marked by innovation can rapidly become plagued by stagnation.

With each transition from mediocrity to prosperity comes a moment where vision is needed. Leaders must rise to provide stability as your organization survives the changes inevitable in our ever changing world.

While every keynote speaker on our team is a well-known personality, not every well-known personality can be a keynote speaker. Our assembly of keynote speakers are equipped to provide you with timely solutions and much -needed insight.

For expert advice on speaker selection, topic choice and effective implementation, speak to one of our consultants on 1300 884 485 today. Discover more about our Speakers Bureau here.

“Gravitas” is a good way to explain an important trait of a keynote speaker. They have a commanding presence which catches the interest of the crowd, when she or he takes the podium. We have chosen our keynote speakers for expertise as well as their experience, but also for the excitement and self-confidence they exude when they take the stage.

There are moments where, regardless of how experienced your leaders are, you’ll need an external perspective to bring life and motivation to your own team. Our keynote speakers choose personal narratives and experiences tailored directly to your needs.

Our keynotes are also well-known in the world of business, leadership, the media and sport worldwide for their popularity. Their name alone will attract interest from managers and workers who might otherwise remain uninspired by unknown speakers.

For further reading, visit Keynote Speakers: The Definitive Guide, discover our Australian Speakers Bureau, or for personalised service on the proper selection of a speaker for your event, call us on 1300 884 485 today.

Deciding on the best keynote speaker could be the difference between a mediocre year or excellent one, where staff and supervisors embrace the energy of a renewed vision.

Through their expertise in an unmatched breadth of industries, our keynote speakers offer methods to rejuvenate and revitalise your mission and focus. They bring a depth of knowledge brimming with actionable events.

As Australia’s favourite Speakers Bureau, we invite you to browse our list of keynote speakers below to find the right style to provide the spark to achieve the greatness you deserve.

Or call 1300 884 485 to get expert advice from our experts on correct speaker selection at your next event.

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Benjamin Roberts-Smith received his Victoria Cross in 2011 for his heroic and selfless actions on his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan, as a SAS soldier. As one of just 9 living recipients of the VC worldwide and the most decorated soldier in the Commonwealth, Ben is without a doubt a selfless leader, and his real-life stories provide inspiration and an insight into true leadership. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Born in 1978 in Perth, Western Australia, Ben joined the Australian Regular Army in 1996 and was posted to the 3rd Parachute Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. In 2003, Ben went on to complete the renowned Special Air Service Regiment selection course.
  • Victoria Cross for Australia
  • Medal for Gallantry
  • Commendation for Distinguished Service
  • Australian Active Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Medal
  • Iraq Medal
  • Australian Service MedalUnited Nations Medal
  • Australian Father of the Year 2013
  • Australian Army
  • Australian Army Reserve
  • Special Air Service Regiment
  • RS Group Australia

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Steven Bradbury was the first Australian to win a gold medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics after winning the 1000m short track speed skating event, and was also a part of the short track relay team who won a bronze medal in 1994. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. His career was forged by his perseverance and determination to succeed, and Steven uses that same mindset as a motivational speaker. He doesn’t like to use the term motivational speaker, as he believes it sounds “un-Australian”, instead preferring to call himself a real life speaker. Steven speaks from the heart using his real life experiences of injury, willpower and achievements to motivate and inspire others.
  • Medal of the Order of Australia 2007Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2011
  • Nine Network

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After months of working 18 hour days 7 days a week at a radio station in Brisbane Australia, Troy Hazard woke up one morning and decided that if he was going to put this much effort into something, then it may as well be something he owned. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Since then, there are few situations in the business world that he has not experienced and survived. In the last 25 years he has become a self-styled serial entrepreneur, who has founded and nurtured twelve businesses, and has consulted to countless successful companies around the world.

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Business entrepreneur and author, Bob Ansett devotes a good deal of his time sharing his business philosophy and experience with the general community. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. His story has been well documented by the Australian media and in his two best-selling books, Bob Ansett – An Autobiography and The Customer. But perhaps his most important achievement was in demonstrating business can put forward a human face.
  • Budget

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One of Australias all time sporting greats, Evonne Goolagong Cawley has been Australian Sportsman of the Year and Australian of the Year. In 1988, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Rhode Island and the following year, was inducted into the Aboriginal Sporting Hall of Fame. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. In Evonnes long and glorious career she won 92 professional tournaments including 7 Grand Slam titles including Wimbledon in 1971 & 1980, The Australian Open 1974-1977 inclusive and the French Open in 1971.
  • Australian of the Year 1971
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Officer of the Order of Australia
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame (1985)
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame (1988)
  • International Olympic Committee's 2003 Women and Sports Trophy
  • Australian Sports Commission

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Hayley Lewis is remembered as the 15-year-old girl next door who swept to fame in 1990 by winning five gold medals at the Auckland Commonwealth Games. This amazing feat placed Hayley into the hearts and minds of Australians everywhere. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. A year later, Hayley went on to greater fame by winning the 200m freestyle World Championship in front of an ecstatic Perth crowd. In 1992, at Barcelona Olympic Games Hayley brought home two medals – one silver and one bronze.
  • Medal of the Order of Australia
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame (1997)
  • Australian Sports Medal (2000)
  • Commonwealth Games
  • The Biggest Loser Australia (TV Program)
  • Summer Olympics
  • World Aquatics Championships
  • Live4

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Michael Sherlock is a high-profile business leader who transformed an ailing set of bakery shops in the late 1990s to position Brumby's as the 2nd-largest bakery franchise system in Australasia with over 320 bakeries by 2007. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Under Michael’s leadership, Brumby’s share price rose from 56c to $3.40 in just over 3 years. Michael resigned as Managing Director of Brumby’s after ASX-listed company RFG purchased Brumbys for $46M.
  • Brumbys
  • Business Review Weekly

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While Samantha Riley's success has already etched her name in Australian swimming history, her enthusiasm, commitment and strong desire to win means she will continue to succeed. Officially retired in 2001, Sam will be forever known as one of Australia's greatest ever female swimmers. Gracious and charming, Samantha is also one of Australia's most popular sporting personalities. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. During Sam’s swimming career her professional attitude and enthusiasm afforded her international success. Some of Sam’s greatest achievements include three Olympic medals, two world championship gold medals, five Commonwealth Games medals (four gold) and nine Pan Pacific Games medals. She’s also set three world and two commonwealth records.

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Kieren Perkins is a hero of the Australian sporting arena. From Captain of Swimming at Brisbane Boys College in 1990 to dual Olympic gold medallist just six years later, Kieren has added an impressively long list of awards and achievements to his name. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Perkins has held 18 Australian records, three world records, and three Commonwealth records and has represented Australia all over the world, including in Monte Carlo, Rome, Auckland, Canada, Barcelona, Atlanta and, of course, at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
  • Medal of the Order of Australia
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Australian Living Treasure
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Swimming Australia
  • Summer Olympics
  • Commonwealth Games

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Alan Patching has often been described as being the Australian project and business leadership guru, and is highly regarded as being one of Australia's most internationally acknowledged consultants, keynote business speakers and leaders in his field. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Alan has held a variety of leadership roles in his time, but he is probably best known as being the Chief Executive Officer of MTM Stadium Management Limited, which owned the Olympic Stadium in Sydney. He was also responsible for controlling the finance, construction, design and the operations on behalf of the owners for the biggest Olympic venue in history.
  • Bond University
  • George Washington University