Keynote Speaker

Dynamic and Memorable Presentations

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I am a highly-skilled keynote speaker that can inform and inspire your audience. I am in demand as a presenter on the travel, Social Media and cruise ship speaking circuits.

My presentations are very different from the norm.

I do not stand behind a lectern nor heavily rely on PowerPoint to convey my message; instead, I utilise my 30+ years of public speaking experience (including numerous speech contest victories) and more than 1000 presentations to deliver my message eloquently and passionately.

I’m regarded by many who see me speak as the master storyteller.

My subject areas include:
– Social Media (content, conversation and community, brand building, working with Social Media influencers)

– Inspirational Tales (including life lessons learned from travel)
– Destinations (from 100+ countries and territories I have visited)
– Travel & Tourism (responsible and ethical travel, travel markets, travel trends)

I have delivered presentations to international conferences in Malaysia, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Estonia and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, I have given lectures in Kurdistan, Australia and on cruise ships, and numerous other speeches in countries such as Russia, Ethiopia, Namibia and Nigeria.

A memorable speaker is one that evokes some form of emotion.

I can craft my presentation to best suit your audience and occasion.  No two presentations of mine are the same.

I put enormous time and effort into preparing my presentations, and the results speak for themselves. Speaking references can be provided on request.

Please contact me if you require further information.

My recent public speaking engagements and speech subjects (not speech titles):
Langkawi Social Media Week Social Media Success Stories – Langkawi, Malaysia – December 2019
ICTT India Tips to Becoming a Good Digital Photographer – Kochi, India – September 2019
How Travel Challenges and Changes Perceptions – Riga, Latvia – September 2019
Travel Massive
Effective Photography Tips for Social Media – Webinar – May 2019
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) –
Organised and Moderated 3 Social Media Sessions (How to Use Social Media to Reach Russian and Chinese Tourists, How to Positively Change the Perception of Destinations Using the Power of Social Media, Using Social Media to improve customer service and encourage your staff to become your online ambassadors) – Dubai, UAE – April 2019
Theme Parks & Entertainment Development ForumConference Chair – Dubai UAE – April 2019
Nigeria Social Media Summit (NSMS)
– Presentation on Social Media Conversation and Conversion, Workshop on Social Media Communities. Abuja, Nigeria – August 2018
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Organised and Moderated 3 Social Media Sessions (Branding & Selling on Social Media, Mastering Your Social Media,  Successful Social Media Influencer Partnerships) – Dubai, UAE – April 2018
Malaysia Social Media Week (MSMW) – Using Social Media to Build Sales & Workshop on Becoming a Thought Leader on Social Media – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – November 2017
Travel Massive Global Trends for Online Travel Partnerships – Nairobi, Kenya – November 2017
ATM Using Social Media to promote less travelled destinations – Dubai, UAE – April 2017
Conde Nast Traveller Middle East Luxury Forum 2016 –
Moderated sessions on Destinations, Technology, Social Media – Dubai, UAE – November 2016
Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Asia
 – Reaching Millions With Google+ – Manila, Philippines – October 2016
Pangkor Dialogue Sustainable Travel and Tourism for Global Peace (Keynote) – Ipoh, Malaysia – September 2016
TBEX Europe
Reaching Millions With Google+ – Stockholm, Sweden – July 2016
 – Social Media Campaigns for Success (3 sessions) – Dubai, UAE – April 2016
– Dreams Are Born on Social Media (Keynote) and Using Social Media to Reach Millions (Workshop) – Putrajaya, Malaysia – March 2016
 – Making Money from your Online Presence (Keynote) – Utrecht, Netherlands – January 2016
Namibia Network 2015
 – Social Media Overview – Windhoek, Namibia – June 2015
Arabian Travel Market (ATM)
 – Social Media for the Travel Industry (4 sessions) – Dubai, UAE – May 2015
Social Travel SummitPublic Speaking Workshop and Closing Session – Hamburg, Germany – April 2015
Ping HelsinkiSocial Media is Where Dreams Are Born (Keynote) – Tallinn, Estonia – March 2015
Middle East Food & Travel Blogger Conference – How to be a Professional Blogger – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 2015
MATKA (Nordic Travel Fair) – Social Media and the Travel Industry (Keynote) – Helsinki, Finland – January 2015
Celebrity CruisesTales from the road less travelled (5 lectures) – Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise – December 2014
Celebrity CruisesTales from the road less travelled (6 lectures) – Broadway & Beaches Transatlantic Cruise – November 2014
Club WorldsAfrican Adventures and Travelling Tips – Moscow, Russia – September 2014
Celebrity Cruises – Tales from the road less travelled (8 lectures) – Celebrity Eclipse Trade Winds Transatlantic Cruise – April 2014
The Social Travel Summit
Public Speaking Workshop for Bloggers – Leipzig, Germany – April 2014
Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) AcademyRelationship between travel bloggers, social media and the travel industry – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – March 2014
Malaysia Social Media Week (MSMW)How to promote your travel blog – Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – February 2014
Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Europe How to nurture and grow your online community – Dublin, Ireland – October 2013
Malaysia International Tourism Blogger Conference & Awards (MITBCA)
Can social media change perceptions of destinations – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – March 2013
Malaysia Social Media Week (MSMW)Can social media change perceptions of destinations – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – February 2013
University of SulaimaniResponsible Tourism lecture – As Sulaymaniyah, Kurdish Region of Iraq – February 2013
Malaysia International Tourism Blogger Conference & Awards (MITBCA)How to write an effective blog – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – April 2012

Watch Presentations

This video from September 2019 entitled ‘Challenging and Changing Perceptions Through Travel’ is my most important and thought-provoking presentation. It was a keynote speech delivered at iNOVUSS in Riga, Latvia.


This video is of a speech entitled “Once Upon A Time” that I delivered to 500 people at Malaysia Social Media Week in 2014.


This video is of a speech entitled “You Want Publicity? Use Google+ To Reach Millions!” that I delivered at TBEX in Stockholm in 2016.


My blogs on speaking at international fora:

MITBCA 2012 MSMW 2013 TBEX 2013 MSMW 2014 STS 2014 Celebrity Cruises 2014