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Find great Speakers and Trainers for times of crisis and beyond

Specialists with expertise in Leadership, Mental Health and Resilience for Online Events and Webinars



Committed to assisting you in choosing the most suitable Motivational Speakers, Trainer or Entertainer for your Conference, Training Seminar or Special Event.

  • We provide professional presenters based on your brief.
  • Give us your brief and we do the hard work for you!
  • Un-biased information and advice at your fingertips
  • Utilise our experience and knowledge - at no extra cost

New and Featured Presenters

Julie Cross

Julie Cross

Travels From Brisbane, QLD

A multi-award winning speaker, Julie Cross can customise her ...

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Julie is not all about reciting clichéd quotes and retelling ‘same-old, same-old’ stories. Julie believes in the power of authenticity, of telling it how it is, of sharing her own journey and being both brave and vulnerable at the same time, which leaves a long-lasting impression on those fortunate enough to experience one of her shows. Today Julie is one of the industry’s most sought-after speakers thanks to her unique style and commitment to empowering her audiences.
Kirryn Zerna

Kirryn Zerna

Travels From Sydney, NSW

Brand and reputation specialist Kirryn Zerna helps ideas, ...

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Donna Thistlethwaite

Donna Thistlethwaite

Travels From Brisbane, QLD

Donna Thistlethwaite experienced a mental health crisis ...

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On a Sunday afternoon in 2012, Donna Thistlethwaite told her partner she was going out to buy groceries. Instead she drove to Brisbane's Story Bridge and tried to end her life in the wintery waters of the Brisbane River. Donna was lucky enough to get a second chance at life, thanks to a confluence of 'miracles' that helped her survive. She now inspires conversations about mental health and building resilience both at home, and in the workplace.
Lucy Bloom

Lucy Bloom

Travels From Sydney, NSW

Lucy Bloom is a change maker, exceptional communicator and ...

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Fiona O'Loughlin

Travels From Melbourne, VIC

Much-loved comedian and 2018 I’m A Celebrity… ...

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Kieran Flanagan

Kieran Flanagan

Travels From Sydney, NSW

Kieran Flanagan is a speaker, author & thought leader ...

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Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Travels From Melbourne, VIC

Hugh has been working in education for over 13 years, teaching ...

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Ahmed Fahour

Ahmed Fahour

Travels From Melbourne, VIC

Ahmed was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Latitude ...

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Testimonials

  • The entire team at Great Expectation are an absolute pleasure to deal with, nothing is too much trouble! They’re professional, friendly and most importantly they take the time to listen to the clients requirements, ensuring you can rely upon them to follow through on finalising every possible detail. Their follow up post event, always with a phone call, is a nice touch too. 

    Ultimate Events
  • Marg and the Team at Great Expectation are always happy to help with recommendations and information. Everything is very simple when it comes to the paperwork and bookings as they don’t overcomplicate things. They’re a real pleasure to work with!

    SPAR
  • The Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals has a long and valued relationship with Great Expectation Speakers and Trainers. Great Expectation always has excellent ideas about enhancing our professional learning events and their staff are wonderful to work with - always resourceful, efficient and professional. Great Expectation has been able to take some of the stress out of organising our often complex events and putting back the enjoyment – their speakers are truly inspiring.

    Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals
  • It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Great Expectation over the years. Their professionalism and reliability is second to none and I highly recommend their exceptional service.

    Real Estate Institute of Victoria
  • You have a very helpful, outstanding team and it's a pleasure working with you.

    Norwex
  • Marg and her team at Great Expectation always provide exceptional service and it is always a pleasure working with them. I highly recommend their professional services for any guest speaker needs.

    Adbri Masonry
  • We have had the pleasure of working with Marg and her team for the past 10 years and they have been second to none with their professional and refreshing approach to speaker and entertainment management.  Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble whilst the creative thinking of the right presenter for the right theme or function has been a massive help in creating unforgettable events.  Very much look forward to working with you for the next 10 years and my thanks for all your help to date.

    HI Events
  • It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Great Expectation over the years. Their professionalism and reliability is second to none and I highly recommend their exceptional service. 

    Real Estate Institute of Queensland
  • Great Expectation enable us to hear speakers at events before booking them, which is a great service as it allows you to hear for yourself before making the booking commitment.  They also continue to research for speaker solutions and provide options, even under strict restrictions such as timings, budget and location.  They really are fantastic to work with and a great partnership to have.

    INDUE
  • Our relationship with Great Expectation Speakers & Trainers spans many years and we are always impressed by their service and professionalism.  Marg and her staff are extremely prompt and thorough and we have no hesitation in recommending them to other clients for entertainers, speakers and bands.

    Corporate & Leisure Events
  • I have worked with Great Expectation for the past six years and over a few different roles - I take them with me!   In short, their service is brilliant, they not only offer advice on the best speakers for your event, they also make the process easy and straight forward, they bend over backwards to make sure they deliver what you want when you want and if there are ever any issues, they are onto it before you know about it! This is the kind of service I appreciate when running a large scale conference and what keeps me working with Marg and the team at Great Expectation. 

    Q-Comp, Brisbane
  • Our work with Marg and her team at Great Expectation has always been professional, with outstanding customer service. What we appreciate most about working with the team, is their friendliness and willingness to meet our specific needs, with an amazing ability to deliver high-quality speakers for our events that are always audience specific - which makes my job so much easier.

    St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School
  • Our first point of call when looking for that speaker ‘with a difference’ is Great Expectation. The experienced team know their presenters and can recommend  a speaker for any topic. We have used Great Expectation for the past 8+ years and will continue to do so well into the future.

    Leading Age Services Queensland
  • Picking the right speaker for the right event is difficult and there can be a lot riding on the choice.  Great Expectation helps me through that process and haven’t got it wrong yet.  I think that is because they are always willing to spend the time talking about my needs and are honest about the strengths of each of the possible presenters.  I feel like they are an extension of my team, contributing to the success of each of our events.  I will keep going back!

    Local Government Managers Australia, Queensland
  • Since 2007, Marg and her team at Great Expectation have made the conference design process SO easy. Great Expectation have a fantastic range of speakers and facilitators, some of the absolute best in their fields. 10/10 for Great Expectation every time!

    Business Innovation & Improvement Network
  • As the organiser for the annual strategic executive conference  I need to be fussy about who arranges our keynote speakers. These speakers are normally on the international circuit and time poor so it is the fine detail that needs to be sorted out - I use Great Expectation because that is exactly what I have and I get - Key note speakers who are thoroughly briefed and the logistical detail taken care of. 

    Logan City Council, Queensland
  • We have been working with Great Expectation for well over 10 years now – and they have never steered me wrong.  Great Expectation is able to give a myriad of suggestions for any brief, and I always have confidence in recommending anyone that they put forward.

    Iceberg Events, Queensland
  • The girls at Great Expectation are wonderful to deal with – friendly, helpful and always with a smile on their faces. They take the time to ensure they develop a good understanding of their client's requirements, always follow up with you and you can rely upon them to follow through on finalising every possible detail.

    Real Estate Institue of Victoria