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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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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It was at the control of the worlds largest and most advanced commercial jetliner when Richard de Crespigny was faced with his greatest challenge. The date was November 4 2010. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Melbourne born and educated Richard de Crespigny got his first taste of a future flying career as a fourteen year-old when his father organised a tour of the RAAF Academy at Point Cook in Victoria.

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Seven time ASP Women's World Champion Layne Beachley is one of Australia's greatest athletes, dominating the sport of surfing for almost two decades. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. At the age of 16 Layne made her debut on the ASP Women’s World Tour and by the time she was 22 she was ranked number three in the world. Her first tour event win came in 1993 and in 1998 Layne won the first of her six consecutive world titles (from a total of seven) in her illustrious career, making her the most successful female professional surfer of all time.
  • Laurels World Sports Award: Action Sportsperson of the Year (Surfing)
  • Australian Sporting Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Order of Australia.International Surfing Association - World Champion
  • Surfing Australia
  • International Surfing Association

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Comic, Author, Playwright, Director, Keynote Speaker. Ben Elton is a hugely successful and influential stand-up comedian, scriptwriter, playwright, librettist and novelist whose work includes some of the funniest and most successful comedy of our time. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Ben’s sitcom credits include The Young Ones, Happy Families, Thin Blue Line and The Blackadder, collectively winning five BAFTAs, an EMMY, a British Comedy Award and Jury Awards at Reims. His own hit television shows include Saturday Live, The Man From Auntie (winner of the 1991 Royal Television Society Writers Award) and The Ben Elton Show. In 2007 Ben Elton was awarded the Special Golden Rose D’Or at The International Television festival in Lucerne Switzerland for his lifetime contribution to the Television Arts.
  • Rose d'Or Festival: Honorary Rose for lifetime achievement
  • an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester. BAFTA Best Comedy Series - The Young Ones
  • BAFTA Best Comedy Series - Blackadder the Third
  • BAFTA Best Comedy Series - Blackadder Goes Forth
  • Olivier Award - PopcornOlivier Award - We Will Rock YouRoyal Television Society Writer's Award - The Man From Auntie
  • Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for Crime Fiction - Popcorn
  • Swedish Kaliber Award - Popcorn
  • WH Smiths People's Choice Fiction Award - High Society
  • Prix Polar International Crime Writer Award - Amitiès Mortelles for Past Mortem (French edition)
  • The Young Ones (TV Series)
  • Alfresco (TV Series)
  • Happy Families (TV Series)
  • Filthy Rich and Catflap (TV Series)
  • Blackadder II (TV Series)
  • Blackadder the Third (TV Series)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (TV Series)
  • The Man From Auntie (TV Series)
  • The Ben Elton Show (TV Program)
  • Stark (TV Series)
  • Andrew Llyod Webber

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award winner event host and MC

One of Melbourne's most respected legal authorities David Galbally QC has a profile amongst the legal fraternity, and the wider community, that is second to none. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. David is regularly called upon by channel’s 7, 9 and 10, as well as top rating radio programs, to provide comment and expert opinion across a broad range of topics ranging from corporate governance, workplace relations, human rights, privacy and superannuation regulation.
  • Member of the Order of Australia
  • TWUSUPER

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Michael Groom grew up in the wild Australian mountains, in a family of mountain climbers. During his very first abseil, at the tender age of 10, his dad talked him over the edge of a 100-metre cliff. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Somehow, he got to the bottom, but had experienced a life-threatening fear that he would carry with him for the rest of his life. The fear that Michael will tell you has saved him many times, when others have died. In the Himalayas, fear and respect are comfortable bedfellows. The big mountains demand your respect, and respect your fear.
  • Medal of the Order of Australia

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Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona, is the Chair of the Australian Republican Movement and has written over 27 best-selling books. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. He has been Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author in the last decade and in November 2013 released his current best-seller on Ned Kelly. The most popular after-dinner speaker in Australia, Peter is married to Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper)
  • Foxtel
  • The Back Page (TV Program)
  • The Sun-Herald (Newspaper)
  • 2GB (Radio)
  • ANZA Centenary Advisory Board
  • Sydney Writer's Festival

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Larry Quick is a strategist with significant global experience in both the corporate and civic sectors. He is the co-author of "Disrupted: Strategy for Exponential Change", the original developer of the Strategy in Action framework and the founder of Resilient Futures. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers.

For over twenty years Larry has researched the areas of disruption and resilience while helping organisations get on the front-foot in leveraging disruption – in all its forms. In his view disruption promises significant strategic opportunity and must be approached as a tailwind and not a headwind.

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Michael McQueen is a speaker, bestselling author and trends analyst helping organisations and leaders win the battle for relevance. Areas of speciality include Keynote Speakers. Michael understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Having dedicated the last nine years to tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front of the curve.

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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.