Brett de Hoedt

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Categories: MCs & Hosts

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Master of ceremonies, facilitator, host – whatever you call it – Brett de Hoedt is a little less conventional, a little less predictable and 72% less boring* than the MC you used last year. That’s why Brett was chosen to share the bill with former U.S Vice President Al Gore at the 2014 Climate Reality training event in Melbourne. He keynoted to >520 passionate environmentalists from 21 countries.  Was his 60 minutes thought to worthwhile? In showbiz parlance: he killed.

Your conference attendees, awards recipients, gala dinner diners and graduation ceremony goers deserve an MC who does more than declare your event the “night of nights.” Audiences want more than a frocked up autocue reader with little understanding of your sector and even less of how to make people laugh.

As emcee he’s hosted blue-blooded Lady Mayoress’ Balls and global conferences for United Way. He’s introduced and interrogated more cabinet ministers, celebrity ambassadors and local mayors than you can point a roving microphone at. The Communities in Control conference has used him 11 years running, Disability Employment Australia for eight years and counting. You get the drift.

Every public presentation Brett makes is aimed to provoke, entertain and provide practical advice. He utilises current real-life experiences and examples. He constantly involves his audience. Some of his presentations are more akin to a conversation.

Brett is funny – his testimonials testify to that. He also treats his audiences as intelligent adults who wish to be informed and challenged. He is less predictable than most, never sticks to a script but will try to your schedule. He’s low-maintenance, refreshingly free of contemporary speaker jargon and weird exaggerated choreography.

Brett is also an accomplished and entertaining speaker in several areas:

  • Marketing – the key to gaining more customers, job candidates, members, donors, volunteers and influence. Better marketing assists every part of the business from sales to HR. It’s part culture part practice. This presentation looks at how any organisation can dramatically improve its marketing using a combination of high and low-tech, free and paid options.
  • The Internet: not just a phase we’re going through.  How many organisations are making the most of websites, eMarketing and social media? Almost none; including yours. This presentation aims to set you on a path to digital domination. Minimal jargon and delivered from a communications – not technical – perspective. Discovering your inner media tart.
  • Media Training:  As delivered at Al Gore’s Climate Reality event. The meek shall not inherit the Earth – nor will they gain significant media coverage. Gaining media coverage is still the best boost you can give your organisation or career – but how does it happen? Whether as an organisation, sector or individual, Brett de Hoedt will tell you what it takes to gain your share of the media spotlight.  He looks at the culture you’ll need to cultivate and the many ways you can ensure the media come knocking on your door.
  • Industry Makeover :  Does your company or sector suffer from an undeserved lack of respect, understanding and adoration? Brett can help with that. Let him talk you through understanding your audiences, their perceptions and how to market yourself to a place in the hearts and minds of the many.
  • And Now for the Good News:  This is a little different. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the world’s problems. Takes your audience’s mind off the day-to-day with this ad-hoc selection of positive developments big and small, scientific and social. It will leave your audience more-than-a-little pleasantly surprised. Some of the good news will be vaguely familiar, most won’t. A presentation that will make you laugh, think and glad you came.
  • So you Want to Break into the Nonprofit Sector:   The Australian nonprofit sector is worth billions and continues to attract more private sector businesses and consultants keen to service the sector and make a profit in doing so.   Brett’s consultancy has successfully worked exclusively with the nonprofit sector since 1999 and understands NFP culture. Newcomers to the sector – recruiters, accountants, investment advisors and the like can benefit from Brett’s extensive experience 

*Wholly unsubstantiated.

Brett de Hoedt - MC & Host

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