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.
 

Connected leadership: Start with you

Our most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. How can we be expected to lead others, if we can’t even lead ourselves? We live in a society filled with interruptions and distractions and demands for our time. Is it any wonder so many of us are exhausted, anxious and overwhelmed? What do we need to do to have more energy? To live more enriched lives? And to enable ourselves to be our very best? Connected leaders have a strong sense of self. They lead with compassion, curiosity and courage, and they aren’t afraid to ask themselves the hard questions. In this presentation, Mel will navigate you through the foundations of self-connection – what do we need to do so we know, love and trust ourselves as leaders, so we can bring our best selves to work.

 

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.

 

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