Many world class journalists and motivational speakers call Australia home. Some of the most sought after motivational speakers are journalists like Peter FitzSimons and Lisa Wilkinson. Others are decorated military members like Lt. General Ken Gillespie, still others are retired athletes like Nick Farr-Jones, others are retired supermodels like Jennifer Hawkins, and many others are retired politicians like John Howard. The list of stars who are willing to give keynote speeches or motivational talks at various events is long and impressive. The following section takes a brief look at some of the country’s most notorious motivational speakers.
Perhaps Australia’s most admired journalist, Lisa Wilkinson is the current co-host of the TODAY show with Karl Stefanovic. Over the last two decades, she has progressed through successful stints in the publishing industry followed by time on various radio and television shows. At her current position, she has helped to rocket the TODAY show to ratings that are higher than ever.
As a motivational speaker , Wilkinson tends to be relatively relaxed but still very informative. The combination of these qualities endears her to almost any crowd. Recently, she and Karl covered some of the most important national events on their show, and she was also an integral player in launching the careers of several top Australian stars including Nicole Kidman and Miranda Kerr. Wilkinson is married to fellow motivational speaker and retired Wallaby player, Peter FitzSimons, and they have three children together.
Craig Harper is one of Australia’s top professional speakers. He has authored five books that have inspired thousands of readers. Currently, he is the host of the show Living Life Now on Foxtel, and he is a regular feature on the 9AM morning show on Network Ten. On both shows, he talks to listeners about how to meet their personal and fitness goals. Over twenty years ago, he founded the company Harper’s Personal Training. Through this organization, Harper spearheads the personal training efforts of close to 80,000 people per year. His most popular speaking topics include team building and personal development, and he has worked with hundreds of organizations and companies on multiple continents over the last two decades.
Professional speaker, Ian Elliott currently serves on the board of several top ASX companies, and he is the author of several books. While speaking, Elliott draws on his vast experience as an entrepreneur, as a CEO, and as the valedictorian of his class at the Harvard Business School AMP. He retired from the advertising industry at the age of only 48, and now uses his past successes to motivate others. In spite of his impressive career, Elliott had very humble beginnings. In fact, he started in the mailroom at his first job. Because he worked his way up, he now understands how to help others meet their own goals.