I'm passionate about educating and entertaining audiences locally, nationally and internationally.
I want to assist you and your audiences to cut through the bullshit and be recognised as individuals who can make a real impact. I can provide you with important tips to ensure you can simplify your communications to amplify your message. I am able to assist organisations, associations and individuals with their development.
My speaking topics are practical, useful, and provide actionable content which audiences can take with them and improve what they are doing.
My presentations, training and workshops can be tailored to your audience’s needs.
We have important messages to share but often we fail to articulate our words in a way that allows us to make the biggest impact. In our workplaces and in our lives, we communicate in many different forms and in many different environments. But our communication isn’t just a helpful skill, it’s an imperative tool to progressing forward. The most critical thing is being able to connect with your audience and communicate in a way that reaches them. That is understood by them. That connects with them.
Crafting a message that is simple enough to understand, but also packs a punch is a difficult task. Our messages can make an impact. But how can those messages be heard?
In this presentation, we work through how you can simplify your language to amplify your message. We look at ways to gain your speaking and communicating confidence, allowing you to be recognised as someone who has important things to say and as someone with influence. This presentation looks at all of our forms of communication – beyond that of just speaking, but also written text, emails and audio/visual. This presentation will help you to cut through the shit, have your voice heard in a clear way, and allow you to make an impact.
Communication is the key to action. Almost everything we do requires some form of communication. In a professional position, being an excellent communicator means you are able to get more done and achieve outcomes. In life more generally, being able to communicate well assists with being able to progress further; getting the basic things that you need.
Where you are not understood or where there is a gap between what you are intending to say and how it is received, there can be a significant power imbalance. There is nothing worse than the feeling like you are not understood. Particularly for those people who use technical language in our jobs, we do not want what we communicate to be “gobbledygook.” You need to cut through the bull to be heard and recognised.
This keynote presentation aims to look at our communications – through verbal and written communication – and how it can be improved. This is a practical and fun session filled with stories, innovative additions, and key learnings. The session will provide skills and techniques for how we can convert our words into an innovative and creative format that can be understood by your intended audience. This keynote will provide the audience with the means to be considered trusted through their words and their communications and empowering them to make change and make an impact.
"Collaboration" is one of those corporate buzzwords that isn't well understood. Often, we like the idea of working together but in reality, it may simply end up being cc'ing someone into an email and considering that to be collaborative.
In order to demonstrate your value, your contribution to customers, the organisational strategy, your group assignment (or any endeavor), and your impact, it is critical to work with others to get things done. When feeling disconnected to what you're doing, working with others in a collective way can assist with levels of engagement and bringing joy back to what you're doing.
This presentation looks at practical steps to create a collaborative environment. Through real-life examples and stories on successful ways to create collaborative environments. Real collaboration allows your voice to be heard, your input to be recognised and your ability to cut through and make a real difference.
The presentation looks at how some simple changes to approach can lead to better and stronger working relationships based on trust and regular communication can lead to improved results and work getting done faster and better than ever before.
How our words say more than we think
A presentation where our way of communicating is analyzed and our daily practices are put under the microscope. The idea was originally developed through the TED Masterclass program.
How 'Karen' has made us stop before we talk
2020 saw 'Karen' rise like no other figure in our society. The Karen example is used as a template of what not to be. This talk focuses on how our words can have a real impact on those around us and the influence our communication can made.
How to be a kickass negotiator: Turning conflict into a conversation
Negotiation is a skill we use every day - sometimes without even realising it. Negotiation in its simplest form is a conversation. This presentation talks through some of the key techniques one can use through our communication, both verbally and through our body language to put your best foot forward for success.
I have other topics available. In addition to the leadership and communication topics available, I am happy to present on a range of legal and legal operations topics.
Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
How our words say more than you think.
TED Masterclass video
"I recently had the pleasure of hearing Theo speak. Given the year that was, the conference was entirely online. However, that did not sway Theo, he was engaging, inspiring, and innovative in his presentations. The range of topics he presented demonstrated his wealth of experience, dedication, and ability to juggle many roles. Despite not being able to see the audience, Theo still managed to keep us all engaged as evidence in the live chat forums in each session. It was particularly inspiring to see Theo achieve great success but also volunteer his time and effort to help others do so too. Definitely look forward to hearing him present again."
- Faten Awad, Melbourne (2020)
"I was lucky enough to recently listen to Theo speak at the ACC Conference about 'talking the client's language'. Despite the online nature of the event, Theo was engaging, informative and I came out of the session with a clearer view on the topic than when I went in. I look forward to hearing Theo present again."
- Kate Sherburn, Melbourne (2020)
"Theo’s presentation at the ARMS Conference in Wellington (NZ)was one of the more relevant and engaging talks at the event, and highlighted innovative approaches to structuring research management teams. The concepts raised in Theo’s talk made an influence on similar discussions within our own team."
- Justin Manzano, Melbourne (2021)
“We engaged Theo as a virtual panellist for our online “Respect, behaviour & governance” briefing with the Governance Institute of Australia. Theo was engaging, well spoken, and provided clear understanding of industry insight into the topics. His experience and knowledge provided the perfect addition to our professional panel and Theo was very well received by our audience. I would highly recommend Theo as a professional speaker at any of our future events.”
- Amanda Rahim, Governance Institute of Australia (2021)
“Theo was a panelist for us at one of our monthly Mindful Risk Community of Risk Management Zoom events which are professional development events aimed at risk and legal professionals. Theo is an energetic and well-spoken presenter who demonstrates a thorough and well-researched approach to the subject matter he presents. We would gladly have him join us as a speaker for future events and would recommend him for other keynote speaking events."
- James Ritchie and Bronwyn Smart, Mindful Risk (2021)
“I’ve had the honour of seeing Theo shine in the spotlight, as well as being the trusted advisor helping others find their stage. Theo is recognised for his broad expertise in helping individuals and groups with keynote presentations, workshops and programs on communication, connection, and personal branding. He has fast become a stalwart in the industry and has a knack for delivering content in an accessible (and often hilarious) way. As the captain of the TEDxHobart conference, Theo is a driving force behind local innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a privilege to know him as an influencer, an educator, a trailblazer and a generally top bloke. I recommend Theo most highly!"
- Danielle Conlan, Kindred Life & the University of Tasmania (2021)