"In 2005 a partnership was established between the Headroom Project auspiced by the Children Youth and Women’s Health Service and Onya Soapbox to develop and stage the inaugural My Happiness Exhibition. This initiative was designed to raise awareness about young people’s mental health as well as a fundraising event with the proceeds of live and silent auctions going to the Headroom Project to support arts activities for young people. The My Happiness Exhibition was held in June 2006.
Onya Soapbox provided staff and co-ordinated all aspects of planning, staging and finalising the event. From our perspective, the event was efficiently and effectively managed. In working with Onya Soapbox we particularly valued:
Working with Onya Soapbox on the My Happiness Exhibition has been a highly successful and worthwhile collaboration not only because of the fundraising outcome achieved but in providing the opportunity for us to work with a highly professional, community-minded management company and staff team. It was an event that was very well received by the artists, entertainers and sponsors who contributed to the event as well as the audience in attendance.
Planning for the 2007 My Happiness Exhibition is well underway and we have every confidence that Onya Soapbox will manage the event in a professional manner. We believe that Onya Soapbox has established a solid foundation for the event and we can only see the My Happiness Exhibition growing from strength to strength as a fundraiser and community awareness raising campaign to support the Headroom Project and promote the positive mental health and young people."
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"Hills delivers stand up so effortlessly brilliant you wonder why some comedians even get out of bed"
“Alex’s wealth of financial services experience, his deep digital industry knowledge and proven success in creating and leading technology teams to world-class implementation is second-to-none.”
“Alex is a recognized speaker and panelist in the financial services space he will continue this thought leadership role with the full support of the Movenbank family.”
"One word - AMAZING! Alisa’s ability to overcome adversity, physical, mental and emotional challenges really left the audience inspired, motivated and ready to lead! The breadth of the presentation was phenomenal. She was able to share and freely talk through extremely personal stories in a professional manner which made a huge impact on the audience. Alisa was able to share her sporting accomplishments and relate her learning's and the tools she used during this time to the corporate working environment. She brought fantastic personality and authenticity to the presentation which helped keep the audience connected and sitting on the edge of their seats!"
"I've never seen such positive feedback on our leadership meetings. People really left energised and engaged!"
“Andrea Kirwin has a rare voice that runs deep.... deep enough to carry you back to an era where the way an artist delivered their message was everything.”
"Andrea Kiwrin is jaw-droppingly good. Her voice, her guitar playing, her songwriting - she's the complete package. Whether she has a band behind her or it's just her and her guitar she's superb. Definitely one to watch...and listen to."
"We recently worked with Andrea for an intimate corporate dinner we produced in Adelaide, and cannot recommend her highly enough. Her voice is absolutely beautiful and complimented our event so well. Not only that, many guests also commented that she was a delight to work with. We'll certainly do all we can to work with Andrea again for future events!"
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"Cosi perfectly performed his MC role. He went with the flow and did a great job in revving the audience up prior to the author talk. We’ll certainly consider using Cosi again."
“I would like to pass on a huge "Thank you" from CPA Australia for your excellent presentation last night. You went well over and above what we usually expect from a speaker - making an effort to mingle with the crowd and making a point of saying goodbye to each person at the end of the night. You are a true professional! After last night’s session, I feel that we are in a great position to make a success of it (a regular event) here in Adelaide - and a lot of the credit goes to you! The feedback I have received from the members this morning has been fantastic.”
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“Irrepressible good humour, infectious energy and bright optimism.”
“Simply amazing, he received a standing ovation!!!”
“Anna Lumb's hula hoop routine is a spectacular mix of sass and well executed tricks. Truly wonderful, engaging the audience with masterful skill, wit and charm.”
“Adorable retro schtick.”
“A fusion of daredevil skills with alt-vaudevillian stage theatrics.”
“Pocket Rocket circus queen Anna Lumb combines the art of burlesque and circus in a breathtaking trapeze performance.”
“The true standouts of the night though are the circus-style acts. Anna Lumb, channeling the Metropolis robot with gold suit and staccato movements, delivers a virtuosic hula hoop performance.”
“A highlight is a hula hoop routine by Anna Lumb who also manages a trapeze solo in a pair of killer stiletto heels.”
“The enchanting Anna the Pocket Rocket, entertains with her highly skilled hula hooping and beautiful static trapeze routine.”
“Stunning aerial work and super cute hula act.”
“So bizarre and quirky you quickly question what is folly and what is genius.”
"Crafting a unique voice in the ever evolving circus genre.”
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“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your time and effort during the Clipsal Contractor Trip last week. It was an absolute pleasure to not only meet you, but to hear the stories you had to share and advice you had to give. It’s truly a remarkable life's journey that you have travelled on thus far and I believe that the lessons learned from your presentation were invaluable to our audience. We received nothing but positive feedback from our guests who thoroughly enjoyed the experience with you, most notably your sense of humour, mental strength and certainly the demonstrations. I felt it was only appropriate to relay this information back to you. I would personally like to thank you for the photos you allowed me to take with you and your medals, as it is something that I will certainly treasure.
“There’s a joie de vivre to this album of songs… sung in French and often in unison or harmony. C’est tres bon.”
“Baby et Lulu shine a dazzling light on the French songbook”.
"Lara Goodridge and Abby Dobson combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic. After hearing some of their tunes it is hard not to appreciate the talent that is Baby et Lulu”.
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“I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic performance Ben, or should I say Tom Cruise, John Howard, even Arnie!!! You truly are an amazing impersonator - the feedback we received after your performance was overwhelming to say the least: brilliant, hilarious - book him again. Ben, keep up the great performance and truly hope to engage your services again.”
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"The magic of the man behind the mask.”
“Brett delivered extraordinary insights to Google’s clients and partners in his BIG SHIFT presentation. At Google we are used to some big ideas and even bigger names, but Brett delivered a unique view that was truly surprising...”
“The examples King brought into the room were captivating. His perspective on the importance of customer behaviour is critical. Organisations must instead listen and adapt to customer behaviour”
“We truly appreciate your insights about the bank and customers of today and the future...their changing behaviour and lifestyles, their attitudes towards new technologies, and their role in changing the future of financial services. It was indeed an honour and a rare privilege to have you as our guest speaker.”
“Brett, you were an absolute pleasure to work with! I cannot fault your professionalism. I have received constant compliments about your presentation, and would be delighted to work with you again. It is rare to find a speaker that can both command a stage and work one on one so successfully!”
“Everyone that attended walked away with lots to think about and a new direction on which to focus. We would highly recommend scheduling Brett to speak at your next function!”
"Bryan was fantastic - a perfect way to end our breakfast function. People were talking about his performance all day!"
"….. a work of art"
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"Catherine was absolutely wonderful all day. Every Casey staff member that came in contact with her was impressed by her relaxed and down to earth personality. More importantly feedback from the public has been outstanding. Many children have told us meeting Catherine at the GP Run was the best day of their lives. A lot of feedback we have received from the public was that this year was the best GP Run ever and I’m sure an enormous amount of that feedback came to us because of Catherine’s performance on the day."
"One of our most gifted stand-ups at the top of her game."
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"Charming company and a natural raconteur."
“The sprightly Hooper shines. Her animated expressions and dynamic movement sequences are precision quality.”
“So funny, I cried.”
“A supercharged showman.”
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“Damian is a stand out, gifted Comedian and MC with a great ability to tune in to any audience. I first saw him as MC of the annual “Opera in the Otways" [Cape Otway/ Apollo Bay - 300 people] He was very funny and entertaining. The second time was as Comedian – ‘Troy the country football coach’ at the Bendigo Bank State Conference [450 people - Bankers and Partners] He had the room in stitches. Thoroughly recommend.”
“Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you Damian for your fantastic efforts as our MC on the night. We have had so much great feedback about you Damian – you really did help to make the night even better than it has been in previous years. Thanks for being so flexible and accommodating around timing, seating and the program. We would be very interested in exploring having you as MC again next year.”
“Damian made our first day at work a really great day. Everyone laughed and enjoyed every minute. He was able to capture so many points related to teaching and put them into true and comical situation. Well done, Damian.”
“Thanks so much for creating and bringing to life your comic Dafydd Lewis Alumnus character for the Dafydd Lewis Dinner last Friday night. I personally was greatly amused by the absurdity of the country football player describing so proudly the wondrous cultural post season tours he had been on. And looking around me I could see lots of our Alumni and current scholars were also. Well done you!”
“On behalf of the convenor, Dr Bill Watkins and the organising committee of the Fertility Society Annual Conference, thank you for the wonderful performance at our dinner. Your show ‘Spaznuts’ could not have been more appropriate for our delegates and they enjoyed every moment. Your performance was, without doubt, one of the stand-outs of the conference and was discussed and re-lived in detail throughout the next day! We greatly appreciated the work you put onto ‘personalise’ the show to our delegates and the conference.”
“I just wanted to thank you for last night and let you know that we've been getting some fantastic feedback. You did an excellent job, especially at getting the students involved! Students keep telling us about how much they enjoyed the activities and how they'd like to do it again! So great work, your activities were just what we were after. I wish you well in your upcoming ventures. Hopefully we'll see you again soon. Thanks again!”
“On behalf of the Walking on Words committee I would like to thank you for your fantastic dinner speech and terrific MCing at our conference. It was wonderful and we appreciate the time and effort that you put into your work. 100% of Conference delegates gave your performance the highest rating, which is a huge result and has never happened before. Dinner participants also raved about your very funny and clever performance. So thank you, it was a pleasure meeting you and I wish you every success with your tour.”
“I want to thank you on behalf of all the Roaring Forties members for your absolutely fantastic support of our event at such incredible short notice last Friday. You are rated as one of the best comedians we have had in 29 years and I have already been requested your contact details for other events! People with your skill and willingness to help are rare and we really appreciate your contribution ... you were very, very, good!”
“Dan's talk had the room engaged from the outset and took our team on a 90 minute journey, resulting in eyes and minds being opened to new opportunities. The feedback after the event was overwhelmingly positive and we wouldn't hesitate in working with Dan again in the future.”
“Rarely have I heard anybody articulate their thoughts with such clarity and vision. His intelligence and insight provides a much greater understanding of how to engage your customers, consumers and the community. I would whole heartedly recommend Dan, you will never be disappointed.”Horticulture Australia Ltd
“Anybody who can attend Dan's presentations should consider themselves very privileged.”
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"Dave was a big hit on Monday night...our MD loved him!! She whooped it up on the evening (with Dave directing jokes at her) and she has since commented that she thought he was very funny. Although, she said that she is still getting used to our Aussie humour (she's a New Yorker), so missed some jokes, but still enjoyed it. Overall, a big success. I found Dave to be punctual, prepared and personable. And VERY funny!! We were very happy with his service, and would consider him again for other functions."
“He’s razor sharp and very funny.”
“Don’t miss this.” ★★★★★
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"Derrick was excellent! The audience feedback was great and they loved his presentation and story. If people could adapt the qualities Derrick discussed in their lives, we would all be much better off. Thankyou for your assistance."
"If Derrick could conjure up all the will power to endure what he did, and win through, then so can we. This is exactly the commitment we were looking for in our people."
"Derrick McManus was very good to deal with leading up to and on the day of the event, he was accessible, easy to talk to and very professional I would recommend him, he is a great communicator with a great story. Speaking personally I though he was one the of best presenters I have seen - I think this is because of his down to earth approach and the unique story and experience."
“Dominic is a fantastic, dynamic presenter who really demystified the whole ‘technology’ thing for us. His presentation was engaging, entertaining and – best of all – really valuable to us in the way we work.”
“Dominic presentations for our senior client audience. They were right on brief and really inspired people about the potential to unleash collaboration and innovation. He speaks the language of business, understands business models and tailors his message to suit the audience. His dynamic and engaging style affects real behavioural and attitudinal change and made him a l hit with the audience.”
“Dom Thurbon made us think very differently and we were all buzzing with new ideas at the end of the session. I would highly recommend Dom to work with your team – you will certainly be engaged, challenged and very creative with your approach.”
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“The Living Life to the Fullest Expo was fantastic. Dorinda and Michael were a real draw card and I've had nothing but positive feedback about the Q&A session. Very funny too!”
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"I would like to commend you on your presentation to the Arglye Diamonds leadership team recently. Being an after-dinner speaker, following a long day for conference attendees, and competing with food and wine, is no easy thing. However you managed to have the audience rapt - and even educated us in the process! The interactive multimedia approach was particularly engaging. Your topics and examples were very apt for an engineering type business, but even more relevant were you comments and role modelling of the importance of storytelling for leaders. You also showed that we must embrace rapid innovation, and we should see this as opportunity, not threat. All the best for 2008. May the new technology not outstrip your ability to humanise it!"
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“Sally was great to deal with. She listened to our brief and tailored her presentation to our specific needs. I would not hesitate to use her again!”
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"Dylan was very well prepared and spoke excellently with the crowd sitting on the edge of their seat. He knew his argument and put it forward with hilarity."
"ELECTRO SWING AT ITS BEST!”
"The Electric Swing Circus pulled one of the largest crowds we've ever seen at the Shambala main stage and they surely hold the record for the most audience members jumping in unison! Their sound is huge, their energy is infectious and the show unique - a real no brainer for bookers and festivals across the world.”
"The Electric Swing Circus have become an annual fixture at the Twinwood Festival. They deliver an exciting and vibrant sound that hits the spot every time. The arena is always packed with an adoring crowd who would definitely lynch me if I didn't have them back every year!”
"Jump Like a bean. More Soul than all of dover. And Hotter than the hottest chilli. The perfect menu of festival madness.”
"One of the highlights of Glastonbury Festival…”
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"We were fortunate to have engaged Emma Hack to deliver an inspired body art installation as part of our exhibit at the 2013 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Emma was fantastic to work with; relaxed, accommodating and very professional. Emma’s design exceeded our expectations and she was a huge drawcard, attracting media and general interest from show participants. I would be happy to recommend Emma to any future clients."
"I wanted to email to say a HUGE thank you for doing SUCH an amazing job with the models on Wednesday for the Westfield Campaign. Westfield were absolutely thrilled with the results and how gorgeous and life-like the models outfits looked! As I’m sure you’ve seen, we’ve had some amazing media coverage of the event, in large part thanks to you and your assistants – please also thank them and your models from me and the team. Thanks again Emma, and hope to work with you again in future."
"Emma Hack and model Tegan were a pleasure to have at this event and were a stand out for the hosts, Urbantech Finance. Not only because of Emma’s skills but her down to earth personality made her a pleasure to have as a guest at the event once she had completed the body art. Emma and Tegan visited the tables and talked to guests when the body art was complete which the audience loved."
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"Relentless... easily her best Fringe show to date." ★★★★★
“you must leap out of your chair and sacrifice life and limb to buy a ticket”
"As universal as it is timeless"
"Endlessly inventive mirth-making"
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“From a publicity/pr point of view, Guy was great with the media and very professional to work with. He knew the key messages about the event, was familiar with his role and kept on track with messages. We have had a lot of feedback from guests, all saying that he was a natural as a host and was fantastic in that role. He was genuinely enthusiastic about the night which came across in interviews and when he was meeting guests, media, fans. Guy was a pleasure to work with.”
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“Australia's funniest comedy character.”
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"My legs are still shaking after your presentation today – it was life changing, so thank you very much. I loved the combination of actually seeing moments from your journey, and hearing the lessons you learnt along the way, and the inspiring quotes. Thank you so much for sharing your story as it is certainly jaw dropping."
"What I loved most about Heather's presentation was that we not only got to hear her speak about her amazing experiences but we also saw real footage of them (as she spoke) which made you feel like you were there witnessing it first hand. Heather is an amazing woman and a fabulous speaker with loads of passion and energy. I couldn't help but rush home to tell my husband and two children about her story. I walked away feeling inspired and empowered!"
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“Ian Thorpe is arguably the greatest swimmer ever... His abilities and skills have inspired a generation of young swimmers.”
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“Her performance was electrifying, surprising and above all-completely hysterical. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Her routine is fun, original, and brilliantly clever and she will not only win you over with her wicked sense of humour, but also the depths of her many talents! You’d be utterly mad to miss her show!”
“Thank you for working your magic as MC last Monday at the NSW Premier's Awards. We've received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding the awards ceremony with many mentioning just how much they appreciated your work!”
“We were thrilled with James and the way in which he facilitated the panel discussion. He understood the brief, the aims and the target audience. He made the panellists feel incredibly comfortable and kept the discussion on track and on time. And he injected his wonderful sense of humour!”
“Thank you for a great presentation - absorbing, thought-provoking and energetic. You were singled out as one of the conference favourites.”
“Thank you for your great keynote – we got great feedback and you really helped the event focus on how 'the individual' in an organisation can make a difference.”
“Feedback from everyone I talked to afterwards was fantastic and you were entertaining without taking away from the significance of the awards, so thank you.”
“What a great day and there has been such great feedback about you. Thanks for your flexibility, energy and humour. Look forward to working with you again.”
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“Jane Doyle captivated her audience at the Mallala Football Club. Not only was she a very down to earth, genuine and witty lady, she brought a personal touch and engaged extremely well with her audience. After addressing our guests, she was more than willing to stay and mingle. I would highly recommend Jane for any future bookings.”
"Our client was thrilled with Jane. They loved her style and the effort she put into the job. She connected very well with the delegates - and the speakers who she interviewed."
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“Our session on Friday was very successful and Jane exceeded our expectations.
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“Thank you so much for this morning – Janine is a true inspiration and I left feeling invigorated, motivated, and willing to say ‘yes!’. I hope that I can do amazing things like Janine. I would recommend (and will) this seminar/breakfast to anyone and everyone.”
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“A collection of some of Australia’s most talented musicians were pulled together to create what can only be described as soulful poetry. The masterminds created the vibe allowing Power to reach a level most soul singers can only dream of – pumping out strong, layered grooves and allowing the roof-busting vocals to command everyone’s attention.”
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"Jean was absolutely OUTSTANDING. She was careful to do her research and cover the core topics and weave in the theme of diversity and inclusion in an engaging, insightful and humorous way. We have had so much terrific feedback – she was the perfect MC for our end of year executive luncheon!"
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"Thank you for your outstanding contribution to our recent Leadership Conference in Glenelg, South Australia. Your performance was one of the highlights of the Conference – we all had a real belly laugh. It was a privilege to have you perform for us and our thanks, once again, for your fantastic contribution to our event."
“One of the greats of pure laugh-out-loud comedy.”
"Jessica was wonderful at the event and received rave reviews. her approachability, passion, and her honesty make her one of the best performers I have ever seen."
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“Jim Wilson is one of Australia's most refreshing and effective presentation trainers. Unlike so many of his competitors, Jim has a relentlessly energetic with a positive approach, tailoring his manner and style for the specific needs and requirements of each client.”
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“Inspired... comedy so deceptively bright it almost blinds you... in an age of warped wit he is disconcertingly inoffensive, but traditional stand-up is rarely so appealing... he is not so much stand-up comedian, more stand-up David Attenborough... this is the comedy of the highest order.”
“The comedy festival’s most junior player is also one of it’s best… fiercely funny.”
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“Julia Zemiro as host of Opera in the Vineyards 2009 - what can I say.... this lady has it all, she’s brilliant, clever, witty and totally stunning. She was an absolute professional and a great pleasure to work with. I really hope we can work together again very soon!”
“An unforgettable performance… his jokes are intelligent, witty and very entertaining. You should not miss this. Absolute stand-out.”
“One of the most original and dignified talents to emerge in Australian Entertainment in a long time. She manages to be both imperial yet vulnerable.”
"Andrews is on an inspiring and passionate musical journey. A must see."
“Commanding and brilliant.”
“Soulful and bluesy, with so much heart and pain, delivered with so much class.”
Sound of Oz
“Karen Lee Andrews doesn’t need a band behind her to fill a room with music. Her voice is big enough on its own.”
“Karen Lee Andrews has a vocal tone that is undeniably powerful.”
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“Kate is the best…do yourself a favour!”
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"Your speaking was so motivational, inspiring and your presentation was so relaxing. Once again such a great motivating way to commence ones day."
“Thank you for your time, your advice and your experience. I have gained so much simply from listening to your story and am excited about the way forward. I am looking toward a more focused, streamlined life where I can achieve all of my dreams, no matter what they are! Thank you for all that you have given me and please know that I consider myself extremely fortunate that your invitation to speak at this conference did not fit into the 'no' category!”
“The absolute best presenter I went to. I didn’t lose interest at all. She captivated the audience. Valuable tips that I can actually complement in my personal and professional life. Wonderful. I loved it. Katrina is an amazing person. Inspirational, excellent speaker and presenter.”
"Our 220 guests were thrilled with her presentation, her warmth and openness towards the questions asked, and she held nothing back. The feedback from the event has been fantastic. It was a delight Kerri-Anne, thank you."
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"Layer upon layer of magic, making this show a joyful, sidesplitting wonder” ***** (yep that is five stars!!)
"Layne was fantastic. She spoke well and her story was shared with great passion and humour which was well received by our clients. The feedback has been fantastic with many saying she is the best speaker we have had to date. The auction of her surfboard and her book signing afterwards was a huge success. Layne was great to work with and interacted extremely well with our client. She was perfect for our Client Breakfast!"
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“Lehmo is a fantastic personality to work with and ensured that the our dinner was a huge success, I would recommend him to any organisation looking to put some fun and enthusiasm into an evening.”
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“Personally I found Li excellent to work with and a thoroughly lovely man with a great story.”
“Everyone here at Zenith Optimedia was singing your praised for days afterwards. As far as I'm concerned you absolutely made the party.”
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“Ventriloquist to the stars, you have to see her perform, the lovely Lindi Jane.”
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“Lisa Wilkinson was the perfect touch to our exclusive launch.”
“Amazing percussionist and hang player.”
“A masterful and sensitive musician.”
“Ridiculously deft electro-acoustic percussionist” - Toronto Star
“Very very melodic, great beats, great soundscapes, really interesting songwriting...a beautiful record... comes highly recommended from me.”
“The world’s leading hang player.”
“Playing on a not so well known Swiss instrument called the Hang, was Manu Delago. To use words like spellbinding and mesmerising don’t do justice to the sounds he created.”
“What a non-stop affair of creativity, surprise, beauty, harmony, wit, art, invention, energy, entertainment.”
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"The Living Life to the Fullest Expo was fantastic. Dorinda and Michael were a real draw card and I've had nothing but positive feedback about the Q&A session. Very funny too!"
“Our clients were well entertained with Michael’s presentation at your premium client event, it was both informative and humorous and was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you for making this event so special Michael.”
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‘Inspirational – best speaker I have heard in a long time.’
‘Very inspiring session. A lot of good learning that can be used in day to day business.’
‘Michael was a very entertainingpresenter, I found myself laughing several times. He is a true inspiration and made a significant effort to relate his presentation to Toyota employees. His casual approach made him personable and credible.’
‘I thought Michael…would open the eyesof the players to the possibility that if they really want to achieve something it is hard work and mental toughness that will help get you there. I wanted someone with a story that highlighted that no obstacle should get in the way of achieving your goals. Michael's presentation definitely achieved these outcomes.’
‘As the project managers for a three-day Deutsche Bank conference, we needed a great keynote dinner speaker who could also lead physical sessions the next day to reinforce the workshop messages. Michael was perfect. He was entertaining, personable, motivational but, more notably, he took the time to understand his role in the overall project. He’d had a cycling accident the week before but even that didn’t stop him. As if skiing on one leg isn’t tough enough – Michael also had one arm in a sling. Great to deal with, wonderful to listen to and very talented.’
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“The head of the SA Zone was a little apprehensive with having Michael because of what has been said about AMP in the news. So he was pleasantly surprised to find Michael was very professional, and very well received. He reinforced the message to keep things in perspective in today’s current market. Taking into consideration the type of audience and topic he amazed them with his good sense of humour and story telling. What came across positively was the fact Michael took the time to stay around and mingle.”
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“This was the seventh North Shore Heart Research function and Michael from the outset was the total professional. From the minute he walked in he was very giving of his time and extremely receptive to the many requests made of him throughout the afternoon. As a keynote speaker he worked very well with the master of ceremonies (Ray Seager) and had the audience captivated for the duration of his presentation. Granted that the audience was mainly corporate and had a vested interest in what Michael had to say but he was able to adapt his anecdotes to the guests very well. An extremely humble, considerate professional; myself and all the team would like to thank Michael for adding a special touch of magic to the day.”
“Fascinating! You should also write books on presenting technology topics to non-technology people. It’s a skill very few technologists have."
“Mike was a pleasure to work with. His presentation was perfectly pitched reflecting his research prior to the event to tailor his presentation to our audience and he also took the time to meet with some of them prior to the presentation. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone interested and would love to work with him again."
“I would highly recommend Mike Walsh to any company who wants to get a clearer understanding of not what might be, but what is very likely to be.”
“Mike is highly inquisitive and original, not only in his thinking but also in his presentation, taking complex issues and turning them into simple and digestible themes. Mike is very valuable at helping challenge whatever your conventional wisdom is, and in setting out a clear set of views on how things might shape in months and years to come. I recommend him highly."
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"On a hot December day, in a tight space filled with people in jovial Christmas mood and wanting to be impressed ..... Mr Spin came through with flying colours!! Entertaining - certainly, skilled and clever - absolutely and probably without peer - daring - the Uni-Cycle act held 100 festive drinkers speechless! And to finish people queued to speak to him. Talented and a nice guy to boot!"
“Naomi was brilliant! She was very accommodating for our event needs and then provided an insightful keynote. We have received so much positive feedback.”
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"Nicky did a phenomenal job at our conference this year; there was a lot that we wanted to deliver as part of the program, and Nicky played an important role. She also facilitated the tribute to Sue wonderfully."
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"Nuala Hafner was a pleasure to work with. She is a wonderful role model for young women, and has a great story of hard work and determination. We were glad to have her involved in our event."
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“Peter was a brilliant speaker and the audience bonded with him. He was funny and entertaining but also spoke of the potential disasters that were averted and became learning curves. I had spoken with Peter prior to his speaking engagement, requesting that he tell his story "warts and all" which he did on a level that resonated with the audience. Question and answer time was the longest in our Business Week history, perhaps it was the pair of Peter Alexander pyjamas that Peter bought along for the most unusual question he has been asked! Following his talk, Peter was mobbed like a movie star, I'm sure he thought he would never get out of the Karralyka Centre.”
“We thought Peter was success for our event. His story was well received and inspirational and many people came up to the table afterwards thanking Peter and asking more about how to become involved. Notably also, Peter stayed after the speaking engagement concluded to give people a chance at doing that. I received some great feedback from clients in regard to his presentation.”
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“Peter Berner is funny, reliable and reliably funny. He gets a brief, understands different audiences and is a safe pair of hands. We’ve booked Peter for NSW Seniors Week events knowing he’d adopt the perfect humour and appropriate tone for our audience, whilst also respecting their intelligence.”
Anthony Hills, Senior Events Coordinator, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Government.
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“Phil was fantastic; could not be happier. To the crowd he seemed genuine, interested and very compelling and slotted in a great – extremely professional.”
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"Poh brings a natural curiosity, a warm, an honesty and a terrific sense of humour to the screen. She will share her unique, innovative and very exiting approach to food and I’m sure will continue to surprise us"
"Poh was an absolute delight to work with and very well received by the public. Early figures have shown a 20% increase in our festival number which predominately can be attributed to the extra publicity having someone like Poh brings to the festival. Poh really appreciated and got what a little country festival is all about and really helped up celebrate the passion of our local farms and the amazing produce that they produce. Coupling this with the art side of our festival and Poh fitted the purpose like a glove."
“Rachael was engaging and responded well to the group. Her experiences are extraordinary and she did a great job of relating what she learnt. She was also able to illustrate the similarities between her roles and those of my team. In one word, ‘Terrific!’”
“We were delighted with the feedback on Rachael from our advisers. Evaluation forms contained phrases such as: "Excellent", "Truly inspiring", "Interesting" and "Fantastic presenter - very informative and interesting". Working with Rachael over five events around Australia was a delight. She has a very professional and flexible approach.”
“I have seen a number of speakers over the years, however Rachael was amongst the absolute best of them. I took so much away from her amazing story, and have relayed some of her messages to other people. Love the bacon war!”
“Rachael is a passionate and enthusiastic speaker. She has that magic mix of tangible down-to-earth stories that give way to strong and inspiring messages on leadership, relationships and life. She fully engages with the participants from the moment she arrives right through to the moment she leaves.”
“Rachael was fantastic. She gave engaging presentation that left the audience wanting more.”
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“Physical and vocal illusions that balance magic with homespun wisdom, whimsy and humanity.”
"Raymond Crowe is a very professional and polished entertainer. He had the audience totally engaged throughout the performance and tears of laughter were seen from many. His unique segments display talents rarely observed. A real treat!"
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"Rosanna was utterly professional and very easy to work with. She was happy to speak with guests and be part of the dinner as a guest in between her work as MC. Her welcoming nature on the stage kept the audience attentive."
“You are the most extraordinary person that I've ever met. Your courage and will to overcome adversity is commendable. I truly feel privileged to have witnessed such an amazing talent. You are changing the world one person at a time. You've changed us.”
“Inspiring and entertaining the room was transfixed by Sam's message of optimism in both business and in life.”
“Sam is a very engaging speaker and his message of “bouncing forward” resonated with our team. He’s a living example of how important it is to stay positive, to be resilient and to keep pushing forward no matter what challenges come.”
“I have been coming along to these type of conferences for over 15 years, this session is by far the BEST session that I have ever attended.”
“We engaged Sam Cawthorn to address our National Sales Team... Not only was Sam's story inspirational he directly related it to the challenges our team face daily. I highly recommend Sam to any organisation seeking to motivate their staff.”
“Among some of the most high profile speakers in the world, Sam was the highest ranked speaker in the history of our annual conference.”
“Sam has that rare ability to really inspire change through his own personal journey and the powerful way he tells his story. Today, 1 week after meeting Sam, I had 6 people tell me how they were Bouncing Forwards!”
"Sam Simmons’ show is a comedy masterpiece.”
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"Barry Award-winning Sammy J and Randy are probably incapable of a bad show." ★★★★½
“Stunning fragility and intensity, with the guitar technique to rival Ben Howard. A rising star!”
“Sebastien is a very musical and dedicate musician. He feel really close to him. He could be my brother.”
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“Steve's presentation was very well received by our delegates.”
"Her brand of inspiring and actionable advice is transforming lives across the world and is exactly the movement for the moment. If there were any justice in the world, Taryn would be on all the front covers in the newsstands spreading happiness and hope."
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"The Crooked Fiddle Band are completely surprising: the music is original and quixotic, and yet has the strength of some deep and strong roots. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anything else like it!"
"This set has been absolutely jam-packed with mind-blowing, face-melting, jaw-dropping, head-spinning moments, and will surely stay in the minds of those lucky enough to witness it for a very long time."
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"A cappella is sometimes thought of as being minimalist, but when you can sing and entertain like The Idea of North a band would just get in the way - such musicianship!"
"You haven't truly experienced music until you've heard Stayin' Alive done a cappella. The way this quartet tackled it, complete with in-sync disco dance moves, showed just why they are so highly regarded around the world."
"In terms of quality of ensemble and elegance of arrangements, this group's work is in the same league as that of The Swingle Singers in their heyday. On top of that, they incorporate a wry, deadpan Australian sense of humour that made their performance immensely entertaining."
"The Idea of North a four member a cappella group, were measured and absorbing. Like ABBA dipped in velvet, Trish Delaney Brown, Naomi Crellin, Nick Begbie, and Andrew Piper, were witty, in tune and certain contenders for an award."
"The success of the show lies in the precision of the music, and a narrative that lures the audience, rocking with laughter into a totally unsavoury, insular world".
"If Dame Edna ever retired to the Outback and procreated, the result might be something like the Kranskys."
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"Last night was fabulous. Tim is the most amazing MC, so easy to work with and really figured out the crowd early. He definitely mentioned all the points we needed and everyone really enjoyed his comedy. Please pass on our thanks again to him – he really made the night flow wonderfully!”
“Tim was the perfect opening speaker to our workshop. He inspired our group with his personal Polar projects and experiences, showing them that big ideas can be made into reality. His key message stayed with the participants throughout the workshop, enabling them to channel the “thinking is good, doing is better” philosophy into innovative thinking in sustainability.”
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“If you’re going to play big spaces, this is the way to do it; with a 55-piece orchestra and a juggernaut full of showmanship, making this a big show in every sense…a superlative night out.”
“Minchin…the insanely gifted Australian is rounding off the year with an audacious show that sees him accompanied on stage by the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra…Taken all in all, a thing of jaw-dropping wonder.”
“Tim Minchin comes on and the crowd explodes… the kohl-eyed, back-combed, piano-playing Minchin… lives up to the hype. A slight, barefoot figure, he is a consummate pianist as well as an excellent comedian.”
“If there’s an artist more naturally disposed to a hybrid of pop and orchestration, I do not know his name”.
“Minchin gave full rein to his musical genius, launching satirical songs like hand grenades into the crowd’s sensibilities”
“Don’t be conned by the use of “vs” in the advertising. Minchin and his orchestras work magnificently together for 2.5 hours”
“All up, Ready For This? is one of the most entertaining 2 hours of comedy you could experience. It’s a night of constant laughter, entertainment and deep thinking peppered with witty lyrics and first class musical prowess. An absolute must…”
“Tim Minchin is a genius, pure and simple. He is to musical comedy what Charles Darwin was to evolution and what Einstein was to physics and moustaches. You’d be hard pushed to find a more sublimely talented comedian. Handsome, hysterical and divinely musically gifted – you can go off people, you know!”
“One of our all time favourite comics. This remarkable Aussie is a musical genius and quite unlike anyone else out there.”
“Guaranteed to bring the house down.”
“One of the funniest and most amazing shows you will ever see.”
“Simultaneously an excellent stand-up comedian, a purveyor of physical comedy, an accomplished musician and a lyricist of diabolical ingenuity. Witty, smart, and unabashedly offensive.”
“Minchin is a genuine musical virtuoso, whose songs are constructed and sung with an attention to detail that would make Rufus Wainwright sit up and look nervous. And that’s even before we get to the jokes.”
“Articulate, thoughtful, dry and unashamedly polysyllabic… dark irreverent and talented… excellent, provoking, funny.”
“Take out a second mortgage, sell the car, and put the money on the safest bet you’ll ever make in this uncertain world: that Tim Minchin will be the next big thing in musical comedy”.
“He plays like an angel, sings like the rock star he always wanted to be and has a devil of a sense of humour. This is an extraordinary performer.”
“Tim Minchin is simply superb in the role. He sings amazingly well, but it is his face full of weary intelligence that keeps the heart of the show pure, in the midst of all the amplification (the sound is very much that of a rock gig) and razzmatazz…But it is Minchin who proves that Jesus Christ Superstar is a work of conceptual genius.”
“Tim Minchin’s Judas Iscariot commands attention from the moment he steps on stage. Understated, focused and powerful, Minchin’s vocal oozes raw emotion and tells the story in an array of compelling colour. When Minchin is on stage all other sensation is lost, you live, you breathe to hear and see what he has to say or do next.”
“Tim Minchin, as Judas, is possibly the real star of the show, looking every inch the rock star and with an astonishing voice to match. His portrayal is both menacing but compassionate.”
“Tim Minchin’s voice and performance are impeccable and his Judas is charismatic and strangely alluring. His rendition of Superstar is bold and fervent, and his death scene is the most poignant moment of all.”
“It is Minchin, though, who dominates — as he must.
Two of his set pieces are bookends of the show. He reveals a fine higher vocal register as he bursts out of the blocks with Heaven on Their Minds and then leads the full ensemble cast of 50 in the rousing finale of the title song, Jesus Christ Superstar, which had the audience on their feet.”
“[Ballard’s] material, most importantly, absolutely kills…It’s tightly paced, it’s perfectly delivered and it’s funny as hell… ★★★★★”
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"Tom Gleeson was a huge hit at our 2013 Employee of the Year dinner. It was obvious that he had researched the audience and tailored his act to be relevant to them. The guests were in fits of laughter throughout the routine, and Tom was a consummate professional both onstage and off."
“His wit is lethal.”
"Tall-tale-telling manner that constantly engages."
“Wickedly witty and wonderfully wise.”
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"One of the funniest things happening in Edinburgh right now, or possibly the world, there's hardly time to catch your breath in between bouts of uncontrollable laughter. These guys are unbelievable musicians too. Sometimes five stars just aren't enough."
"Turia is the definition of unique. Above all I know her to be thoroughly disarming - warm, funny, and enganging with a wicked sense of humor. She is a woman of great strength, courage, and character who sets her own course in life, and refuses to take herself too seriously. She makes you feel good about life."
“Spectacular, inspiring, emotional, breathtaking... all of these superlatives and more have been used by delegates who were privileged to hear you. You have touched many hearts with your wonderful story and people who have now read your book following the conference keep talking about ‘this inspiring man called Yossi Ghinsberg.”
“Yossi, thank you! Your story was truly amazing and your message was right on target with the entire audience.”
“Thank you for your invaluable contribution to our recent Nokia Day conference. Your address was perfectly suited to our theme. Feedback received from the group was outstanding which can only be attributed to your ability to communicate the events you experienced whilst in the Amazon. The storytelling at the themed dinner was superb with all staff mesmerized by your presentation.”
“It's always a challenge to find speakers of the right calibre for these high profile events. Your story was both fascinating and challenging. You possess the extremely rare gift of a great storyteller with the ability to create word pictures which capture the imagination of an audience and take them on a journey with you. We look forward to an opportunity to work with you again in the future."
“A force of nature.”
“An interstellar ride with the most exquisite psychedelic rock goddess around! Tipping a hat to the doors, but not only that, flipping it up into the air and catching it as a different hat and looking damn good in it, moments of intimate 5th dimension genius, then taken down to the roots of rock ’n bluesy soul to lift the hearts and feet in order to kick down those doors of perception!”
“Z-Star has a surreal presence that draws you in and puts you under her spell. She commands attention with her powerful voice and well-crafted musicianship.”
"A force of nature!"
"Zee puts you under her spell."
"Z-Star Delta offer up a smorgasbord of tunes, effects and rhythms. One minute you’re rocking and then you’re in a science fiction movie! Deep down and dirty rendition of ‘I Put a Spell on You’ – complex and enthralling, and how does she drum like that AND SING!"
"Nitrous-injected hyper-blues that spiritually hail from the Mississippi Delta....Z-Star Delta feature Zee Gachette’s driving drums, acoustic guitar and Earth mama vocals (often all at the same time), and Sebastien’s hypnotic psych and slide guitars. Charismatic, vibrant, original...sending a shock wave of sonic power throughout the venue."
"Some bands open doors in your mind but Z-Star Delta are what’s on the other side. This is the rock fusion, blue soul illusion, voodoo cooking, graveyard looking, super sliding band that will slip inside your soul as soon as look at you and light you up days to come. They are the most authentic musical adventure I have seen in years."