I have a passion for motivational speaking and this is a fast-developing career path for me. Most often I am requested to speak on self-empowerment, personal reinvention, and confidence building, using techniques drawn from the performing arts as espoused by artists such as David Bowie and aimed at realising one’s full personal and professional potential. These are lessons I have used extensively in my own life to overcome significant hurdles and therefore my talks frequently incorporate elements of auto-biography.

I am also often asked to speak on related topics, and the subjects of my books. These other talk options include the life and work of artists such as David Bowie and Alice Cooper, the unique phenomenon that was the Dunedin Sound, and New Zealand arts and culture in the 1970s. I also enjoy speaking on the challenges and rewards of being an author. Regardless of topic my talks always include a performance element, ensuring they are as entertaining as they are educational, as I sing and play relevant songs from the world of popular music to help punctuate key points I am making.

Because I don’t work from a written script, I am able to improvise and tailor each talk to the individual audience. I’m told that my talks are funny. Note: This could mean funny (ha ha) or funny (unusual). Probably, it means both :)

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As a highly charismatic, motivational speaker, Ian provided the perfect mix of entertainment, engagement and connection for conference participants. As the final speaker at a two day conference he established the perfect closing climate for our group, leaving people feeling highly engaged, positive and motivated. Our post conference feedback was extremely positive and participants noted that the choice of Ian as the final speaker left them feeling on a high.

Multiple people noted that he was the most motivating and inspiring speaker they had ever heard and this reflects Ian’s true strength. He connects individually with the group as people respond and connect to different elements of his story.
— Suzy Keene, Senior Training Advisor at the University of Otago
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“Ian spoke at our conference dinner for the Otago Southland Branches of the New Zealand Law Society. He delivered a wonderful blend of storytelling and music with a heartfelt and inspiring message for our guests. Ian’s work with us as a professional motivational speaker made my role as Conference Convenor a breeze!”
— Lucia Vincent (Employment Lawyer)