Speakers

Australian Speakers Bureau

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Dr Karen Brooks is an author, newspaper columnist, social commentator and academic. She has a Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies and has taught and published internationally on all things popular culture, specialising in youth culture. Areas of speciality include Speakers. An award-winning lecturer, for years, she has conducted professional development sessions for teachers across Australia and keynoted at many education conferences. Nowadays, Karen has slowed down somewhat and finds greatest contentment in writing fiction, conducting workshops and giving motivational talks.

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Sam Mac is a clever, quick witted media performer who has developed his own unique presenting style that works a treat on TV, radio and the digital space. Areas of speciality include Speakers. In 2014, Sam was co-host of The Thursday Night Sports Show live on Channel One with Mel McLaughlin. He’s also a regular on Network Ten’s The Project and injected his own flavour to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games coverage for Network Ten. Sam is one half of Comedy Football Team ‘The B-League’ and is also a member of the extended family on Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa show.
  • Fox Sports
  • Wake Up (TV Program)
  • Network Ten
  • Nova FM (Radio)

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Weather patterns may just prove to be as dynamic as Sara Groen's media career, which has seen her report on everything from cocoa flavanols in remote northern Brazil to climate patterns in Sydney and fashions on the field at The Melbourne Cup. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Joining the Sydney Seven News team in 2007 where she worked until 2010 as the weather presenter and reporter, Sara Groen’s popularity and talent grew quickly. By 2008 she was presenting the local and national news updates, stepping in to present Today Tonight, and singing her heart out on the high-rating celebrity singing show, It Takes Two.
  • Network Seven

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Sue Williams is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written for all of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines along with those in the UK. She appears regularly on TV and radio, has had her own TV segment on SBS TV’s popular Hotline program. Areas of speciality include Speakers. A bestselling author, Williams has written a number of books, on a wide range of topics. Her books include Love Is In The Air, about a group of dancers who defy all the odds to achieve excellence; Women of the Outback, telling the astonishing life stories of 14 remarkable women, from high-achievers to everyday heroes all living in the outback while battling drought, flood, harrowing isolation and often horrific accidents to survive and thrive.

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Talitha Cummins is an established Australian television and radio journalist currently occupying the seat of news presenter on Weekend Sunrise alongside Andrew O’Keefe and Monique Wright. Her experience and outgoing personality makes her a versatile operator with an ability to cover a vast array of roles from newsreader, to weather presenter to reporter. Currently residing in Sydney, she can also be heard on the airways presenting breaking news across the Austereo Network for both Triple M and 2Day FM. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Talitha’s career began in Cairns where her talents were quickly recognised and she was promoted to be the Seven News weather presenter in Queensland; a role which put her at the coal face of some of the most horrific weather events and disaster zones.
  • Hello Sunday Morning
  • Network Seven
  • Weekend Sunrise (TV Program)
  • Triple M (Radio)
  • 2Day FM (Radio)

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Raised in Arizona before moving to Australia in 1992, American stand-up star Tommy Dean occupies the top echelons of Australia’s headline comedy artists. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Tommy’s astute observational style and pleasantly soothing drawl consistently make him a standout winner with theatre audiences, corporate clients, festival producers, TV and radio shows alike. With pin-sharp banter, a genial manner, and vast stock of hilarious routines with broad appeal, Tommy interweaves the foibles of his adopted Australia with the dark reality of his home country. Tommy never fails to connect with and impress any audience.

Tommy’s impressive media CV includes appearances on Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Stand Up Australia, Rove Live, Joker Poker, Sunrise, The Today Show and The Sideshow. Tommy has lived in Sydney long enough to carve out a career that has him consistently booked as the go-to crowd warm-up for ‘smart’ TV shows; including the very popular Q and A, Gruen Planet, Gruen Transfer and the Prime Minister’s Australian of the Year awards ceremony.

  • ABC TV: Spicks and Specks
  • Network TEN: Good News Week
  • Network TEN: Rove Live
  • Channel 7: SunriseChannel 9: The Today Show
  • ABC: Gruen Planet
  • ABC: Gruen Transfer

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Since their earliest shows Tripod have made a consistent habit of juggling comedy, music and narrative in endless exhilarating combinations, consistently evading neat definitions whilst always striving to stay worthy of their fans' time. Areas of speciality include Speakers. The boys started out in the thriving Melbourne pub scene of the mid 90s, a strange anomaly even then, opening for cranking horn-driven party bands with a meager three voices and one guitar, harmonising quirky pop oddities before a largely nonplussed punter. Miraculously they gained a keen following, who happily stuck with them as they underwent the first of many metamorphoses – in this case, into regulars of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
  • 2003 Australian Comedy Awards People's Choice Award
  • 2005 ARIA Awards Best Comedy Release - Middleborough Road
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Nim Gholkar, author of the bestselling 'Diary of an Immigrant Bride' is an international keynote speaker and author based in Sydney, Australia. Areas of speciality include Speakers. An immigrant bride herself, she has combined her own insights into persuasive communication learned from her ‘arranged marriage’ of 22 years with her extensive experience in sales and business and come up with her immensely popular & humorous signature talk: ‘Professional Success through the Art of Persuasion.’ While this is Nim’s signature topic, she also speaks on several other topics which are hugely popular with her audiences worldwide.

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Subby Valentine is an Australian comedian and radio presenter who first came to prominence in 1997 after winning RAW Comedy, a national competition for new comic talent. He has since worked as a writer and performer for radio, free-to-air television, internet campaigns and pay TV. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Subby is much sought after as a Radio Personality, raconteur, stand-up comedian, TV pundit, writer and as an excellent MC who can adapt to any situation. Subby has proven himself to be a skilled interviewer as well as entertainer; he has quizzed such notables as Michael Buble, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, James Blunt and Daniel Radcliffe, just to name a few.
  • Raw Comedy
  • The Tom and Subby Show (Radio Program)
  • Sammy and Subby in the Morning (Radio Program)
  • The Men’s Room (TV Program)

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Tony is a leading self-empowerment expert with over twelve years’ experience as a speaker, author and coach. His understanding and integration of mind and body concepts bridges the gap between self-empowerment, human behaviour and spiritual leadership. Areas of speciality include Speakers. Tony has developed a comprehensive self-empowerment program, The Power to Navigate Life which he presents to corporate companies across Australia.
  • Triathlon Victoria