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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Kay Mercer, Events Coordinator - Dunedin Public Libraries

Nicky Page, Director - City of Literature

David Hunter, Principal - Taieri College

Suzy Keene, Chair of the General Staff Conference Committee

lan’s combination of humour, insight and wisdom was of the highest quality. His address was as informative as it was entertaining. I would thoroughly recommend him as a motivational or inspirational speaker.
— David Hunter, Principal Taieri College
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