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Keynote Speaker & MC

Transform your conference or event into an unforgettable experience by captivating your audience with innovative and cinematic presentations, bespoke keynotes and expert MC services.

Mark’s signature ‘Son et Lumière’ keynotes (Sound and Light) are cinematic pairings. No slides. No clicker. A sensory submersed experience. Alternatively elect a bespoke keynote incorporating some cinematic aspects. All keynotes can be adapted for duration, style and delivery.

  • Value

    Based on the book ‘Add Value, published globally by Wiley. Value is at the heart of decision-making, personal choices and determines our effectiveness and impact in the world. Delivering or adding value also underpins customer engagement and business growth. Discover the five elements of value: each brought to life with creative, personal stories and interaction. Build your value playbook with ideas that may be applied internally, enhancing employee experience, or externally for phenomenal client impact. This MC keynote is also ideal for driving values, vision, mission and a strong business ethos! Sustainability, CSR and social impact are included in the value model.
    * You can also elect the adapted version of value for artificial intelligence:
    The Value, Opportunities & Challenges of AI’

    Key Takeaways
    • The 5 value elements: plus 4 underlying causations for each
    • A playbook for value & VAE’s: Value Added Extras
    • Differentiation, values and human behaviour
    Ideal for

    Customer experience, culture, sales training, values driven business, values based leadership, value creation and business growth. Or looking for a motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, business speaker, values speaker, sales speaker, human behaviour speaker, customer service speaker or artificial intelligence speaker.

    From my very first conversation with Mark, through to him delivering the keynote presentation at FILEX Business Summit, Mark was an absolute pleasure and delight to deal with. In the lead up to the event he was easy to communicate with, very organised. On the day Mark went above and beyond. Not only was the keynote presentation a captivating experience from start to end, he was prompt, energetic, he created a custom giveaway for our audience and stayed around afterwards chatting to people and even offering to help out! I would highly recommend Mark as a keynote speaker for any event. Not just for the amazing experience your audience is sure to love, but for the pleasure of working with Mark, there are very few keynote speakers like him!

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    — Event Manager, Forum Group Events
  • Leadership

    Leadership development is not limited to those who hold official leadership positions. Contemporary theories, such as servant leadership or the belief that ‘everyone is a leader’’, are relevant to this production. This keynote presentation is constructed as an historical journey comprising three parts. In part 1 we examine the evolution of 7 primary leadership theories (spanning thousands of years) to arrive at a single common trait and skill to harness. The mid section, part 2, inspired by HG Wells ‘Time Machine’, explores 3 case studies: including MC’s personal journey developing leaders for over 25 years. Part 3 of the keynote addresses the challenges of modern day leadership in a hyper connected digital age; dealing with the elephant in the room we all have responsibility to be mindful of.

    Key Takeaways
    • 7 Primary leadership theories distilled into a single skill to harness
    • 3 Historical case studies reveal 6 essential modern day leader traits
    • The dichotomy of contemporary leadership and one trait to avoid!
    Ideal for

    Leadership development, leadership skills, EQ, emotional intelligence, development, team building, culture, change, motivation, resilience, collaboration and Adaptability. Or if you’re looking for a leadership speaker, motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, business speaker, artificial intelligence speaker or resilience speaker.

    The entire keynote experience was fantastic from beginning to end. Early engagement with us to assess what was needed and ensure the style and content hit the mark (pun intended). The delivery approach was refreshing, entertaining and insightful. His keynote on leadership was delivered in a way that needs to be experienced to be understood, but suffice to say it is quantum leap from PowerPoint slides and giving his view of the world. The feedback we had from the session was excellent. In addition, Mark ran a breakout training session for LHH to follow on from the keynote, this session was engaging, made great use of interactivity and made a tangible difference to the skill development of the team. I very much look forward to working with Mark again in the future.

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    — Managing Director, Spring Professional, Adecco Group
  • Culture

    When considering the age-old debate between strategy and culture: achieving smart strategies are enabled through harmonious culture. Cultivating your culture can enable you to attract and retain top talent, develop award-winning capabilities, achieve high performance, foster customer loyalty and gain a distinctive competitive advantage. This culture keynote provides insights into challenges of hybrid and remote teams and how to win the battle attracting, retaining and unlocking the potential of top talent. This unique culture journey keynote (incorporating live djembe drum by MC) begins with lessons rooted in the origins of culture from ethnology. Explore and take away culture tools to create and paint your own culture canvas and tap the single magic ingredient of high performance.

    Key Takeaways
    • 4 Traditions, 4 experiences, 4 pillars and 4 killers of culture
    • Your culture canvas template: hiring, onboarding & nurturing talent
    • 5 tribes of culture engagement and single, magic culture ingredient
    Ideal for

    People and culture, culture building, culture development, high performing team building, culture change, employee experience, employee engagement and talent development. Or looking for a keynote speaker, culture speaker, team building speaker, motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, values speaker or business speaker.

    Mark delivered a bespoke Son et Lumiere keynote & workshop at the United Franchise Group National Conference last week. When he started beating the drum, it brought everyone into the moment and kicked off the conference with a bang! The keynote centered around Culture, Traditions, and Candour in Communication, and was a dynamic and engaging journey for our franchisees to follow and learn from. Following the Keynote, Mark then guided the crowd through a workshop on Candour and the room was electric. This is a clear indicator that this subject matter is necessary for any organization to gift their people. Thank you Mark for delivering this passionate keynote presentation and workshop session. Can not wait to see what you create next!

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    — Brand Leader, United Franchise Group
  • Orator

    Presentation skills are crucial for effective communication and to communicate your ideas clearly, concisely or persuasively. Presentation skills help underscore competencies, amplify expertise and spotlight leadership potential. In a world where attention spans are becoming shorter your presentation skills make you stand out and influence your ability to make a lasting impact. Based on a classic popular presentation skills training program in MC’s academy, this keynote shares ingredients to lift the quality of town halls, increase the engagement of sales pitches or improve facilitation skills. It’s also a demonstrable master class in the art of keynote, stagecraft, charisma and personal presence.

    Key Takeaways
    • 7 voice influences, 7 body language essentials, 7 design essentials
    • Audience engagement methods, storytelling and archetypal themes
    • Stage craft, personal ethos, authentic presence and a secret sauce
    Ideal for

    Presentation skills, speaking skills, the power of storytelling, presentation training, sales skills training, confidence, motivation, and team building. Or looking for a communication speaker, motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, human behaviour speaker, keynote speaker training and presentation skills training.

    You tend to get two types of MC’s/Keynote Speakers at conferences: 1) those who seek the limelight, and only talk about what others have done; and 2) those who make it happen and are quietly in the background getting results. Having worked with Mark, across 3 or 4 different events, he is definitely the kind of keynote speaker/master of ceremonies who brings amazing substance to an event and who makes it happen. I am always impressed with Mark’s ability to speak and connect with everyone in the room, the way in which he shares his experiences, aligns it to how we learn, and all importantly how he helps the audience to understand how to apply the learning to both to our business environments and our personal worlds. Mark brings value and adds value, every time he steps on stage or engages with people in a learning environment.

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    — Channels, Partners & Alliances Leader, Top 50 Channel Chief, Red Hat
  • Potential

    Based on MC’s first book (‘Ignite Your Potential’) this keynote targets practical personal development and team development. If you’re interested in bringing to life trending themes of supporting talent (think well being, resilience, mental health, psychological safety) content here will hit the mark. This is a highly interactive and creative keynote with a cinematic storybook backdrop. The audience are engaged throughout with creative activities, participation and stage demonstrations. There’s an additional layer of dynamic sophistication. We have a pre designed keynote presentation version or you can elect to choose your own adventure!

    Key Takeaways
    • Actionable development tools to invest in individuals and teams
    • Elect version original (7 pre selected themes) or nominate 7 chapter selections of your own choosing (min admin fee)
    • Chapters: Self Confidence – Self Control – Attitude– Wellness – Present – Self Reflection – Tonics – Decisions – Adaptability – Goals – Productivity – Consistency – Creativity – Collaboration – Challenge – Strength – Acceptance – Gratitude – Authenticity – Candour – Kindness – Love 
    Ideal for

    Motivation, team building, personal development, team development, wellbeing, mental health, mindset, collaboration and resilience. Or looking for a keynote speaker, team building speaker, inspirational speaker, motivational speaker, personal development speaker, mindset speaker, human behaviour speaker or resilience speaker.

    Wow! Never have I been to a personal development session quite like Mark’s. While personal development can sometimes be a bit bland and boring, Mark made his keynote presentation and workshop session fun and engaging. I’ve learnt tools to help in my personal and professional life and feel even more confident when engaging with others. Having a better understanding on how other personalities present and how best to work and communicate with them, will make my life 100 times easier! I cannot recommend Mark highly enough! You won’t be disappointed.

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    — Membership Manager, Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Sales

    Sales skills and capabilities are the lifeblood without which a business cannot survive. As competitive landscapes, customer demands and technology continue to evolve, sales methodologies and approaches have also adapted. This adaptation is necessary to accommodate the ease of access buyers have to information, options and vendors through technology.  This MC keynote will equip your teams with the essential mindset, psychology, skills and strategies to confidently go to market for growth in the digital age. Tools can be positioned for B2B, B2C or E-commerce as required. Even attendees not directly involved in sales, or carrying sales targets, will benefit enormously from the thought leadership shared and taught in the sales keynote.

    Key Takeaways
    • Sales capability framework blending skills, strategy and technology
    • 3 Essential sales skills, 5 sales triggers, 2 value discovery approaches
    • Behavioural science tools for sales success and sales resilience
    Ideal for

    Sales skills, sales capabilities, sales leadership, strategy, sales enablement, sales growth, customer experience, sales launches and sales kick offs. Or if you’re looking for a keynote speaker, sales speaker, motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, business speaker, sales enablement speaker or a human behaviour speaker.

    What can I say about Mark. He is one of the most engaging, charismatic, inspiring keynote presenters that you could work with. I have known him for over 20 years and his passion, ability to engage audiences for a specific outcome, whilst bringing the audience along the way is, I believe, second to none. I can’t wait to work with Mark again soon.

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    — General Manager, Catch Marketplace
  • Adaptability

    Adaptability is an increasingly desirable skill in today’s world. Those who possess it effortlessly adapt to changes, bring creativity to their work, collaborate effectively and respond swiftly to challenges. The skill is particularly relevant in the digital age, where change is constant, and a post pandemic world, where adaptability is essential. The ongoing nature of hybrid teams or work from home also underscores the importance of flexibility. There’s bound to be other challenges looming on the horizon, or lurking around the next business corner, requiring an aptitude for adopting adaptability! This playful MC keynote also addresses synonymous skills: creativity, innovation and critical problem solving.

    Key Takeaways
    • Improve adaptability, 3 growth mindset tools and breaking complacency
    • Creativity and divergent thinking converted into business strategy
    • Navigating change: behavioural science for resilience & change
    Ideal for

    Adaptability, flexibility, creativity, innovation, disruption, resilience, motivation, growth mindset, change management and human behaviour. Or if you’re seeking a motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, change speaker, adaptability speaker, resilience speaker, innovation speaker, human behaviour speaker or creativity speaker.

    We met first time as a network Mark in Sydney some years ago when we were looking for a keynote speaker for our APR Regional Meeting and we had a session with him about the myth of multi-tasking! The presentation was received with flying colours from our members and loved the interactivity of it! This year, facing the adversities that Covid-10 placed upon us with not being able to travel and hold our Regional meetings live, we had to reinvent them and go virtual! That meant for us investing on valuable keynote speakers that would actually contribute midst with all that our members are facing!
    So for our Summer Summit, which is the Regional Meeting of EMEA, we actually invited Mark to talk about “Adopting Adaptability”…what could be of better value for them?
    We e-connected and attended a session that indeed added value to our mindset! Distributing it to their teams afterwards, had my inbox receiving quite some satisfying emails! Thank you Mark, you made the preliminary work and the actual attendance, although virtual, an amazing experience! 😎 Never stop…adding value!

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    — Event Producer, Congress Rental Network
  • Calmness

    This updated keynote expands MC’s original ‘Breaking Brain Drain!’ In recent years there’s been a growing emphasis on resilience, mental health, mindfulness and psychological safety. All contribute to individual wellbeing. Many triggers for stress, anxiety or distraction can be self managed effectively to bring calm to ones world whilst simultaneously increasing focus, productivity and personal fulfillment. Mark developed a program called ‘Freedom’ whilst mentoring an individual who had experienced agoraphobia. They scored A’s for university courses and landed jobs they’d previously believed beyond their capabilities. Some of the tools implemented serve as the basis for some ideas shared here.

    Key Takeaways
    • Identifying and minimising 5 primary triggers of anxiety and stress
    • Proven daily habits for mindfulness to nurture mind and body
    • Bespoke activity and/or short guided meditation based on tailored briefs
    Ideal for

    Wellbeing, mental health, fitness, fulfilment, team harmony, motivation, mindset, personal development, resilience, calmness, mindfulness and meditation for businesses. Or if you’re looking for an emotional intelligence speaker, mindfulness speaker, motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, guided meditation for teams, resilience speaker or mindset and mental health speaker.

    What can I say other than PERFECTION! Mark’s keynote was engaging and inspiring right from the start! Talking through his experiences, knowledge, and passion in human behaviour Mark was so easy to work with, tailoring his session to deliver on the brief. If you are looking for a professional keynote speaker that will leave a lasting impact on you and your staff then look no further. I without a doubt recommend Mark.

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    — National Sales Manager, MooGoo Skin Care
  • Contiki

    MC often jokes his 10 years of European experiences with TravCorp and Contiki was an amazing environment that prepared him professionally for life! A tour bus being like a petri dish experiment of human behaviour and a great domain to learn how to work with all different types of people. An environment where anything could happen, and often did! Mark gained a unique perspective and developed the necessary leadership skills to lead within this eco system. Even after 25 years developing other leaders for their roles remains the most complex body of training he’s facilitated. This finely curated travelogue keynote is an emotional roller coaster, similar to a tour itself, providing valuable lessons for both business and life. (Ask about the after dinner version keynote!)

    Key Takeaways
    • A curated travelogue of tales from ten years experience in Europe
    • Tools for personal and professional development, character and ethos
    • 3 Rules for life (And 3 rules for business!)
    Ideal for

    Mindset, motivation, inspiration, leadership, human behaviour, communication, relationships, after dinner talks, character, ethos. Or looking for a motivational speaker, travel speaker, inspirational speaker, human behaviour speaker, communication speaker, adaptability speaker, mindset speaker, resilience speaker, entertaining speaker or after dinner speaker.

    I have known Mark for quite a few years now after working with him at Contiki in Europe. On a number of occasions we recognized Marks ability to relate to all levels of people by employing his many talents to train our new Tour Managers how to run tours throughout Europe on 8 week intense Training Trips. Marks engaging personality and approachability were an asset in ensuring trainees were able to make the most of his knowledge and expertise. He trained them in all aspects of the position: organization, administration, history etc but most importantly he trained them to deal with real people and their very real expectations. Mark has the habit of approaching all things in life with great gusto. His natural energy and enthusiasm makes people want to sit up, take notice and be a part of whatever insight Mark is delivering.’

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    — Former Operation Head, Contiki Europe
  • MC - Host

    Having spent a former life organising tour groups across multiple countries as a historian, presenter, navigator, time keeper, financier, leader and problem solver… MCing is a stroll in a park for me (MC!). My diligence in preparation, and ability to think swiftly on my feet ensures that your events remain on track. I will provide suitable commentary, summaries and tie-ins to stitch all components together for a cohesive conference experience.  Furthermore, my expertise and experience in virtual and hybrid environments, since 2008, adds a level of comfort to help mitigate risks.  I’ll often bundle event components such as MCing, keynotes and workshops or awards nights.

    Key Takeaways
    • Diligence in pre event briefings and preparation
    • Professional, fun, summaries, commentaries and tie ins
    • Virtual and hybrid professional, MC and keynote bundles
    Ideal for

    MC, emcee, master of ceremonies, professional emcee, corporate emcee, conference emcee, gala emcee, virtual event emcee, virtual conferencing, event host, awards nights, awards ceremony host, moderator, conferences, events or keynote speaker and MC.

    Mark was nothing short of incredible. The energy, enthusiasm and engagement he brought to every single session (even those at midnight and 2am) was tangible and infectious to the audience. Mark’s vivacity, even virtually, was fundamental to increasing our employee’s focus and engagement in every single session. Mark bounced off every presenter and guest speaker with ease and effortlessness as if they were life long friends and knew their topics off by hand. He was able to prove incredibly effective and engaging summaries after every session and managed the Q&A’s, chats and technical glitches seamlessly. The event we ran simply could not have been what it was without Mark. We can’t recommend his hosting, moderating and MCing abilities more. He really knew how to make every single session more palatable and engaging for our audience members no matter the subject matter.

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    — Event Manager, QBE

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