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Speakers Australia and its principal Peter Physick have provided the most convenient and professional service we have encountered.

In over 25 years of our Institute providing members with current, thought provoking and topical issue speakers for our conferences and forums, we have come to rely on the outstanding judgement of Peter and Speakers Australia.

Whether it be entertainers for a broad audience or the most challenging conference topic, Speakers Australia has never failed to deliver. We at the AMInstitute are faced with the dilemma of providing our delegates at conferences with new and exciting presenters year after year and as many of our delegates attend each year, we need presenters and entertainers with new and fresh material.

This challenge has been made obsolete by Speakers Australia as they have taken the time to know our business, our target audience and our history………

Sonya Maloney
Executive Manager Administration
AMInstitute Ltd

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We at the East Coast Eagles AFL Football Club take great pride in entertaining, rewarding and acknowledging our sponsors, members and supporters. Our luncheons are renowned for their quality, in particular that of the speakers and entertainers we secure.

Speakers Australia is the only company we turn to for advice and service in this key field.
Anthony Dignan
General Manager

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The service we received from Speakers Australia has been exemplary from the beginning. Peter Physick and his team worked very hard to ensure that Keith Scott was available to MC our event under what could be described as challenging logistical circumstances given the time constraints we were faced with.

We would highly recommend Peter and his company Speakers Australia.
David Carter / AgriPlex Group Pty Ltd

I have had the pleasure of dealing with Peter Physick at Speakers Australia since the year 2000 and have never been let down by his recommendations. I tell Peter the type of speaker or act that we require and he supplies a number of names and CV's of the speakers or acts which fit our requirements. It is as simple as that.

Peter’s professional attitude and friendly manner makes it an absolute pleasure to deal with him. I can not recommend him highly enough to any one or to an organisation which needs help in arranging, organising or advising on the best fit for their special event.

David Tuxford
Conference Organiser
NSW Local Government Professionals

Presenter Profile
Alan Patching
Topics:   Leadership, Management, Business, Communication, Negotiation, Olympics, After Dinner, Strategy, Change, Project Management, Vision, Culture, Innovation
Travels ex:   Brisbane or Gold Coast
Based:   Queensland
Type:   Speaker
Style:   Brilliant, Powerful, Creative, Well Researched, Engaging, Impactful, Thought Provoking, Practical, Fun, Content Rich, Authentic
Fee range:   $5,000 to $8,000 + GST
Video:   View video

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Cutting edge leadership learning and management skills ...  

Alan Patching is internationally regarded as one of Australia's most outstanding leaders, consultants and business presenters in his field. He has been described as the Australian project and business leadership guru.

Patching challenges and inspires corporate and government leaders and potential leaders to take steps and make changes to foster the innovation necessary to ensure continuing relevance and sustainability of their business to make their business Futureproof. His vast business and academic lecturing experiences combine to make his corporate presentations the ideal blend of cutting edge theory and down to earth use-immediately practical wisdom. Alan Patching is a masterful platform presenter. His presentations are a high-energy mix of humour, take home content, audience involvement and anecdotes.

Alan founded, grew and sold a number of consultancy businesses before holding senior executive positions in major corporations across a range of industries. He is Managing Director of Alan Patching and Associates Pty. Ltd. and Chairman of the Asia Pacific operations of US based Management Concepts, which partners with Regis University to deliver education programs to corporations.

Perhaps his best known business roles were as Chief Executive Officer of the entity which owned Sydney's Olympic Stadium and as the stadium project director. He was also project director on the $280m redevelopment of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Alan has managed or directed over $7 billion of major projects throughout Australia, and in the early nineties negotiated the country's largest ever property deal valued at $1.4 billion, and its largest commercial lease. His business negotiations range from the sale and purchase of jet aircraft to the bulk buying of designer lingerie from leading international suppliers.

Patching is the author of a number of books and audio albums and has shared the international speaking platform with such luminaries as Dr. Tom Peters, Dr. Denis Waitley, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Zig Ziglar and Robert Kiyosaki. His major interest is educating leaders to understand the importance of stirring purpose based passion within organisations to provide a greater sense or satisfaction for their people and increase the potential for higher profit for shareholders.

He is a former army reserve officer, a jet endorsed private pilot, a kayaking ultra-marathoner, and husband to Annie and father to Mark, Anthony, Courtney and Georgia. He lives on The Gold Coast in Australia.

Building a Futureproof Corporation

In a world where increasing competition and change are more than ever the significant constants, organisations are more and more seeking to attain the attributes that will ensure long term growth and success; attributes that will equip them to deal with whatever the ever changing market place serves up; attributes that will make them Futureproof Corporations.

Futureproof leaders understand:

The importance of the innovation based Basic Entrepreneurial Model
how individual attitudes amass to create corporate culture
how collective employee values generate the driving force of the corporation
how to access the innovation that is so essential to continuing success
·         the
psychology behind achievement of corporate vision
·         the difference between corporate purpose and corporate vision

Lessons for Life from The Sydney Olympic Stadium Experience

Alan Patching's lessons learned as owner's Chief Executive Officer and Project Director of the development of the world's largest ever Olympic Stadium.

Look up to those beneath you - the valuable lesson learned from some of the most unnoticed people involved with the project.
·         The innovative thinking that saved 'months and millions' can offer similarly spectacular performance improvement to any organisation.
Recognition and celebration of success kept busy people energised. It will work with the same outstanding effect in the general corporate workplace.
·         The Personal 'Offendedness' Factor was the emotions control technique Alan Patching developed to track his moods and the level that his own ego was contributing to problems rather than solutions.

21st Century Leadership and Success Essentials

A passionate and powerful presentation - a wake-up call designed to inspire people to choose to act as entrepreneurs or franchisees within the organisation which employs them.

Audiences are encouraged to:

embrace the warp-speed change impacting the global business environment
accept that personal leadership is the key to managing this change into the future
understand that the 21st Century Leader is an adaptable and inspirational visionary who understands the importance of being a role model, who divests control in favour of empowerment, who subordinates ego in favour of helping others to develop and grow, and whose core value is personal integrity.

Alan Patching draws on extensive experience on major business and development projects to foster teamwork and the leadership necessary to move to a higher level of performance.

Powerful Commercial Negotiation

Negotiation is no longer an optional business tool, but rather a mandatory skill for life and business success in the 21st century. When it comes to negotiation skills, what you don't use, you will soon lose!


moves audiences from a basic comprehension of negotiating tactics and strategies to an understanding of the higher level achievable by a focus on the human behaviour aspects of negotiation
inspires and explains how to weave advanced negotiation skills into everyday life communication.

Alan Patching negotiated some of the largest ever property transactions ever in Australia.

The $ole - Soul? Thing That Matters

While profit might be the goal of a business, people will always be the soul of the business.

This presentation reveals how:

Alignment of business values with those of the people who make up the business is the key to any business tapping into its true source of creativity and corporate spirituality - it's human capital.
How an organisation can benefit from creating a workplace environment wherein people feel connected and are free to become the best they can be, and to express their highest level of creativity
Why fostering an open, trusting, and ego-less working environment can lead to higher productivity, reduced staff turnover, and an increased attitude of ownership
Applying the intrinsic motivation factor of higher corporate purpose instead of extrinsic motivators such as corporate vision to ignite passion and increase profit
Analysing how some of the key foci of corporations clash vigorously with really important issues at the level of the individuals who make up those corporations.

The leaders of tomorrow understand that the spiritual life of their human capital, their raison d'etre, should not be put on hold during working hours, but rather actively fostered so that people can always be seeking to attain their highest image of themselves.


Your presentation was inspirational, and as MC of our Gala dinner, you were an outstanding success. In a word, you were sensational. I would be delighted if you would join us again next year in Paris.
Colin Bold
Marketing Manager, Group Incentive and Sponsorship
Colonial Financial Services

I wanted to congratulate you on an excellent presentation. My wife and I were impressed with your philosophy on both business and life. As an aside, I believe your presentation did more for Australia in this region than any number of trade shows.
Richard Palk
Consul General
Australian High Commission in Malaysia

Alan Patching was excellent. The presentation was very entertaining. Alan really understood the briefing we gave him. He also facilitated the industry panel very effectively.
Leonie Stanfield
Chief Executive Officer
Meetings Industry Association of Australia

Alan Patching is a sensational presenter with a seldom seen mix of entertainment, presence and take-home-and-use content.
Felycia Sugarman
Vice President NBC
Olympic On Site Operations.

I admit to being a little wary when I booked an Australian to present to our leading clients. I need not have been concerned. The feedback was amazing, and people are still asking 'how did you get onto that guy?' Alan Patching's presentation was thought provoking yet very entertaining. From his vast business experience and the thorough pre-event research he undertook, he tailored the perfect presentation for us. I doubt a single person left that room without immediately making some changes in the way they conduct their life and business.  This speaker delivers great content – great wisdom actually – and he does it with personality and humour. He literally inspires a group from the moment he walks into the room.
Karen Tappis
WPG Design Group
New York

Alan was also the opening keynote speaker at the Institute's conference…he was rated the conference's best presenter.
Mark Kotorac
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Institute of Credit Union management

Alan Patching was brilliant, a great opening. Delegates' comments included thought provoking, inspirational, excellent, educational, etc. etc. Top ratings for him.
Conference Organiser
Australian Association of Friendly Societies

The feedback from our customers concerning your presentation has been excellent. I very much appreciated how well you interpreted the brief we gave you.
Tony Howath
Chief Executive Officer
Challenge Bank

What a pleasure it was working with you in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Your energy and drive really engaged the audience.
The Zig Ziglar Corporation 

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Alan also delivers keynote presentations and workshops on the following management and leadership related topics, and, because these presentations usually need to be highly tailored to meet the needs of individual clients, details of the content of these presentations are available on request:

·         The Psychology of Persuasion - How to get everything you want
Project Management 
Achieving and Maintaining Corporate relevance and Sustainability
Presentation skills
Advanced Business Communication Skills
Risk Management in the Project Environment
Contract Administration
·         Achieving Strategic Objectives using Project Management

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Business, Communication, Change Management, Corporate Culture, Future Trends, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Organisational Change, Strategy