Marty Wilson - Keynote Speaker | MC
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Marty Wilson



If change is a type of currency, Marty Wilson has been a very, very greedy boy indeed, as his enthusiasm for breaking new ground has led to him follow his dreams and successfully launch into a number of industries.


Marty was a Pharmacist who threw away the white coat to became an Award winning copywriter, working on blue chip accounts like Coke, the NRL and launching Aussie Home Loans. He then decided to chop off his pony tail and began a comedy career full of amazing milestones. In 12 months he went from debut open mike to appearing on The Footy Show; on the way winning the prestigious Green Faces in Canberra – the only national competition judged by audience vote. Then he chased a gorgeous English nurse to the UK where he worked as a headlining artist at all the leading British and Irish comedy clubs, including The Comedy Store, The Gleeclub and Jongleurs. He moistened underwear at the Melbourne and Edinburgh Festivals, and even at the Virgin Rock Festival in London, and appeared every in major comedy showcase in the UK; including Live at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store Live.


After marrying Allie, the aforementioned English Rose, and becoming a dad Marty totally lost his appetite for working every weekend, being on the road, and moved back to Australia to become a writer and speaker. He is now the best-selling author of 18 books, writes for Reader’s Digest, the Sydney Morning Herald and a dozen magazines, and regularly appears on Sunrise. He also has a children’s book coming out next year called “What do you want, the truth or a good story?”


Marty’s life experience, plus his interviews with over 1000 inspirational people for his book series, has given him a unique capacity to notice some profound truths buried in the even the humblest life story; and just as importantly, the skills to pass that wisdom on with integrity, empathy and great big slabs of gut-busting humour.


But Marty isn’t just the funniest speaker you’ll hear this year, he has developed a systematic process – based on mountains of scientific research – to teach your people how to use humour to short-circuit their inbuilt fears and anxieties about change and sales, leaving them able to think more clearly, stay solution focussed and perform at their best.


His keynotes and workshops are rammed full of scientific knowledge and takeaway tips and strategies – all wrapped up in countless hilarious stories – so your people can enthusiastic leap into the two biggest stressors of business in a less painful, far more productive way.


Marty Wilson is also a Corporate MC. Let a Former Australian Comic of the Year Keep Your Event Moving. THEMES – Fun, Unique, Engaging, High Energy.

  • Get your team out of ‘work mode’ and open them up to learn everything on the rest of your program
  • Set the tone for the rest of the conference
  • Close an event or dinner and send everyone home on a high
    Marty Wilson – Keynote Speaker | MC


CHANGE WITHOUT FEAR – Keynote, Workshop


The Science of Managing Stress and Conquering Your Fear of Change


A huge proportion of people are absolutely terrified of change and will use every ounce of strength they have to fight it or avoid it (the good old fight or flight). You need to understand why, and how you can hold their hand through their terror. Marty shares his vast knowledge of all the rigorous scientific evidence that proves the best way to short-circuit fear and get your people to open up to new ideas is to use large doses of humour.


And this is absolutely vital for business because as he says: “When you refuse to change, you don’t hold onto the past, you just lose the future.”


While other change management speakers talk about implementation workflow, process models, and personal transition frameworks, Marty Wilson speaks to your people like they are thinking, feeling human beings. People with hearts and minds, doubts and fears.


Marty teaches that there is absolutely no point giving your employees new systems or investing in the best new software if you can’t convince the real flesh and blood human beings to let go of ‘the way we used to do it’.


When we are scared, the evolutionary processes buried in our brains make them enter survival mode – we stop thinking straight, stick to ‘what we used to do’ and this shuts down our ability to take on new ideas. Marty’s hilarious keynote uses the perfect blend of science and rib-tickling stories to explain why we get so scared of new things in the first place, and how we can use humour to stay light, and embrace change in a powerful, user-friendly way.

In this hilarious program full of takeaway tips and advice, Marty Wilson reveals:


  • How being scared actually changes which part of our brain does the thinking, and how this blocks our ability to listen, particularly to ideas that involve remembering new steps and processes.
  • Why the best change management models often fail because they ignore the fact that they’re being implemented by human beings with thoughts, fears and emotions.
  • The psychological reasons why laughter banishes anxiety and can help replace fear by bringing things into perspective
  • 3 pieces of rigorous scientific research which proves that ‘staying light’ and keeping your sense of humour are absolutely essential for problem solving in times of high stress
  • How extreme workplaces – like Hospital Emergency Departments – actively encourage humour to manage stress and reduce overwhelm
  • Strategies stand up comics use to manage fear before a gig, and how you can use them overcome the ‘fight or flight’ response – which is huge in times of change
  • Why you have to deal with the fear in your people BEFORE you can expect them to embrace new systems, structures and methods
  • The huge ROI businesses get by giving employees time to look after their health and wellbeing through times of change

Marty Wilson – Keynote Speaker | MC

“Marty Wilson gave one of the main plenaries at our annual conference, a prestigious keynote called the ‘Alan Russell Oration’, whose purpose is to point out the opportunities emerging due to the continual transformation of the healthcare sector. Marty delivered on this and gave us much, much more. His keynote resonated with the whole conference and I had delegates coming up to me over the entire event saying how he perfectly summed up what is needed from us in healthcare, and in all business. Marty delivers an inspiring wake up call to your people, but because his content is delivered wrapped up in so much humour, the audience gets a good shake up but has a great time getting it. They think they’re being entertained, but at the same time you can see some of Marty’s messages having impact on their attitudes. It’s fiendishly clever and a barrel load of fun. I’d recommend Marty Wilson to any business event wanting to know how to stay resilient and motivated in the ever changing world that is modern business.” -- Dr. Lance Emerson, Chief Executive Officer, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

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