Speaking

Mel is an experienced speaker, delivering presentations that provide an up-to-date, relevant and practical approach to connection, communication (including social media) and collaboration.

She delivers practical advice using an entertaining and informative style. Presentations are tailored to meet the needs of your organisation, and they are interactive so attendees can absorb the relevant information and quickly start implementing it when back in the office.

If you are looking for a speaker at your next event, conference, in-house seminar or workshop, please get in touch.

Mel headlined our Hotels & Hashtags event as our key note speaker on the “Future of social media” What a professional! Right from the beginning, all conversations with Mel were amazing as she completely understood what we wanted from her. Mel nailed it on the day, she had the audience in the palm of her hand and the feedback has been very positive. Thank you so much for contributing to our hotel community in such a memorable way.

Kimberley Malcolm, Senior Manager, Membership and Industry Engagement, Australian Hotels Association (Victoria)

Choose from one of Mel’s signature keynotes, or ask for customisation:

Connectable: How leaders can unlock the power of connection

The irony of our increasingly connected world is that we – as individuals and as organisations – are becoming more disconnected than we ever have before. As we spend more time being digitally distracted, we often forget it’s the human relationship that is most important. The love we have for technology and for our devices is leading to shorter attention spans, increased anxiety and depression, sleep deprivation, and declines in creativity and critical thinking, and this is impacting all areas of our lives. As leaders, we want to be connected to our colleagues, our customers and our community. The challenges we face include increased stress, anxiety and depression, and significant disengagement at work – according to Gallup research, only 13% of our workforce is engaged at work. These factors have a huge impact on our people, our productivity and our profits, and directly impact your customer satisfaction AND your bottom line. In this presentation, Mel will share the behaviours that make us more connectable, along with real-life examples and practical ideas to help you unlock the power of connection.
 

Strategic communication for leaders

Leaders today need to know how to communicate so we genuinely and effectively connect and engage with our people – offline AND online. One of the challenges is working out how to most effectively communicate so we can genuinely engage with the five generations in our workforce. Gallup also tells us only 13% of people feel engaged at work, and this has a massive impact on our productivity and profit. The list of options for communication today seems endless – meetings, email, events, social media, intranets, internets, newsletters, video, podcasts. How can we cut through the communication clutter to increase engagement of our workforce, and ensure they understand our vision and organisational priorities? What platforms do we need to focus on? How do we communicate so our messages are clearly understood? What messages do we need to prioritise? In this presentation, Mel will share real-life examples and practical ideas to help you communicate with clarity, conviction and compassion so you can increase engagement and productivity.

 

Disconnect to reconnect – how to control your technology so it doesn’t control you!

The irony of our increasingly connected world is that we – as individuals and as organisations – are becoming more disconnected than we ever have before. With the average person spending around 12 hours a day in front of a screen – and about 4 hours of that on their phone, it’s no surprise we are becoming so digitally distracted! As our love of screens flourishes, we often forget it’s the human relationship that is most important. This shift in how we consume information is leading to shorter attention spans – not surprising as we check our phones 58 times a day! It’s also leading to increased anxiety and depression, sleep deprivation, and declines in creativity and critical thinking, which is having a major impact on all areas of our lives. In this presentation, Mel will share real-life examples and practical ideas to help you put aside the technology become reconnected in a human way.

 

From the Hunger Games to harmony – harnessing the power of collaboration

We know that creating collaborative teams that work across disciplines, divisions and departments can increase ideas, save money and result in better project outcomes. And yet, too often we sit independently within our siloes, frantically working on projects with looming deadlines, wondering if we’re doing the right thing. Successful collaborations have a clear purpose, strong leadership and a solid strategy. As well as achieving your goal, collaborative organisations also have more engaged people who are healthier, motivated and productive. In this presentation, Mel Kettle will share real-life examples, insights and practical ideas to help you create a collaborative team in which people choose to participate and contribute.

 

Communicate to connect – and improve your relationships, reputation and revenue

We are being bombarded with more messages than ever, meaning a lot of our communication isn’t actually connecting with our audience. What do we need to do so we can actually reach our audience with our message? How do we provide messages that are meaningful and will lead to the action we want? Effective communication has clarity, conviction and compassion. Good communicators also know their people – their workforce, customers and their broader community – because they are skilled at asking, listening and observing. This helps them understand the problems their people face, the information they seek, and how, and where, they like to be communicated with. With five generations in many workforces and in the marketplace, it is critical that business owners understand how to effectively communicate.  In this presentation, Mel will share real-life examples and practical ideas to help you become a more effective communicator – using digital and social media, as well as more traditional communication methods – to increase your influence, build trust, enhance your organisation’s reputation, attract better people and increase revenue and profits.
 

The importance of saying thank you in business

In our fast-paced society, it is often the little things that slip by. Saying thank you is often the first to go. There is evidence to show gratitude is good for our physical and mental wellbeing (thereby reducing sick leave and presenteesim at work), but it’s also good for repeat business. Mel shares simple and practical strategies to thank your customers, staff and suppliers so that they will say thank-you back in the form of repeat business.

 

Contact me on 0404 600 889 or email mel@melkettle.com for more information or to book.

 

Some previous keynote speaking events:

  • Local Government Association of Qld LGx Conference
  • #DisruptHR 2019
  • Qld Department of Premier & Cabinet Think Talk Series
  • Valley Chamber of Commerce 2019
  • Ranbuild 2019 Sales Conference
  • ConnectingUp 2019: Closing Keynote
  • Queensland Country Credit Union Management Forum
  • 2019 Australian Pharmacy Professionals Conference
  • 2018 International Boarding Conference – Using social media and technology as a force for good
  • CEO Roundtable – Becoming a social CEO
  • Queensland Business Writers’ Conference – Social media in 2018 – so many channels, so little time
  • 2018 Australian Hotels Association (Vic), Hotels & Hashtags
  • 2018 Great Association Meeting and Events Symposium (GAMES): Using social media to generate a buzz before, during and after your event
  • International Association of Business Communicators: Highlights from Social Media Marketing World
  • 2018 Australian Pharmacy Professionals Conference: Marketing to Women
  • 2016 Australian Pharmacy Professionals Conference: Social Media and Your Pharmacy – a how-to guide
  • 2017 Australian Pharmacy Professionals Conference: How to Build Goodwill and Improve Customer Loyalty
  • 2016 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference: Life, Follow, Tweet, Share, Comment – Social Media 101
  • 2017 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference: Marketing to Women
  • South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce: Social Media for Business
  • Translational Research Institute: Twitter for Researchers
  • Dieticians Association of Australia: Blogging for Business
  • WordCamp BNE: Creating Compelling Content to Cut Through the Clutter
  • International Association of Business Communicators: Highlights from Social Media Marketing World
  • Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation: Social Media for Business
  • University of Newcastle: Twitter for Researchers
  • Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation: Social Media for Business
  • CPA Australia: Social Media – developing your strategy
  • AXA Financial Advice Network: Doing Business Using Social Media
  • The Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society: Healthcare in the Age of Social Media
  • National Speakers Association of Australia: Twitter for Speakers
  • Queensland Arts Council: Business in the Age of Social Media