24. June 2021
I’m not one to cry poor, but there’s a huge issue that I believe needs immediate attention. Not only for the sake of the system itself, but for the future of Australia’s disability sector. And it all starts with one simple classification... There’s no secret that a lot of organisations depend on Government funding to purely exist. This is especially true for those with philanthropic intentions – charities, Not for Profits (NFPs) and organisations who are looking to improve society as...
14. June 2021
I recently had an unpleasant experience online. It wasn’t my first – nor, unfortunately, do I think will it be the last. But it left me reflecting on our online behaviours and why social media can provide so much good while also harbouring so much bad. Social media is a tricky beast to navigate. You need to make sure whatever you post you can not only stand by, but also back up – whether that be with facts, statistics, or your own belief rhetoric. There are certain public identities who...

Turbocharging your opinions
07. June 2021
Have you ever been playing Uno and your opponent, with one card in their hand, sits smugly looking at your handful of cards thinking they’re going to win. But little do they know you’re armed with a Draw 4 card that’s going to bring them crashing down to earth? That’s the way I would describe data-based opinions. I’ve been to many presentations where the speaker is both engaging and interesting, but their presentations are based purely on opinion. While there is nothing wrong with...
14. January 2021
Music the Movie proves tone deaf for our community I’ve made no secret that I’m a big music lover, But I’m afraid that doesn’t translate on screen with the upcoming release of Music falling on deaf ears within the disability community. The directorial film debut of Australian singer/songwriter Sia, the movie is a musical drama that tells the story of an autistic non-verbal teenager called Music who can only communicate through – you guessed it – music. Sia also wrote the screenplay...

05. January 2021
Freelance consultants. Sole Traders. Creatives, business owners and agencies. All of them have had at one time or another considered how much they should be paid for providing a service. So, as a public speaker, how much do you think you’re worth? Australians can often struggle to define one’s worth. As George Lucas would say, “the tall poppy syndrome is strong in that one”. Or, something along those lines. So how can you put a price tag on something when you don’t know how much...
15. December 2020
I’ve spoken about the dangers of falling into assumptions before. But what if your assumption literally rested on the knife’s edge of life or death? I’m going to assume for the majority of you don’t know what autonomic dysreflexia is. If you do, fantastic: feel free to share this article with friends and family, and encourage them to help spread the message. Autonomic dysreflexia may not mean much to you now, but for me it could literally be the difference between life or death....

01. December 2020
I don’t know about you, but I used to hate to admit when I was wrong. To me it used to be a sign of weakness, that I was backing down from my beliefs. That was until my accident when all of a sudden I was forced to confront my long held assumptions. No one likes to be wrong. Not just being wrong, but having your foundations shaken to the core. It’s honestly a gut-wrenching moment when you can identify a mistake in your beliefs, and that can be especially true when it is something deeply...
15. November 2020
Self Reflection before Projection When you’re standing on stage addressing a paying audience, you really ought to know your subject matter pretty thoroughly. But what if the focus of your presentation is, in fact, you? If you answered yes, there’s some groundwork you really need to do first... The first time I publicly spoke about my accident was absolute shambles. About three years post injury I was asked to speak at my old high school. Looking back, it was clear I was absolutely not ready...

04. November 2020
Professional speaking can often seem a glamorous profession. The bright lights, packed auditoriums and the insatiable feeling of all eyes on you. But being on stage delivering your keynote is just the tip of the iceberg... I wear many hats in my life (literally – you should see my collection!) but one I feel very fortunate to wear – and indeed get paid to do – is public speaking. To be given the platform of talking to a captive audience for an alloted amount of time is a real privilege,...
19. October 2020
I’ve stumbled across a term recently which I feel perfectly summarises what I try to do every day, as both a professional speaker and inclusion advocate. It explains the language that I often use, the certain clothes that I wear, and yes – it even explains the moustache. It’s called Social Engineering. Social engineering is the act of ‘tricking’ someone into divulging information or taking action, usually through technology. It’s a phrase commonly associated with the world of...

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