Just a short note to say thank you for all your efforts in making our National Conference another huge success again this year. We really appreciate your engagement and participation with our Franchisee's, your unique sense of humour and your ability to work the crowd indicates that you understand them well and they respect and value you as a MC.

Anyone can MC, but only a few can actually be part of the family and we certainly feel that you're part of ours.

Joe Siriani - Smartline Director Victoria

Our staff wanted fun, laughter, time to network and get to know one another at our annual gathering. Malcolm made sure they got everything! His flexibility, insight and intuitive responses gave me total confidence that our 2015 organisational day out with over 100 staff would be a huge success. And thanks to Malcolm, it was.

I would highly recommend Malcolm for any function whether in the corporate or not for profit sphere.

Sheila McHale - CEO Palmerston Association

Malcolm is the consummate professional. We engaged his services to MC our state conference in Adelaide and on the final night deliver a comedy hoax. The information that Malcolm gleaned throughout the few days he spent with us was perfectly woven into the hoax and had everyone in raptures of laughter. Malcolm’s ability to keep the conference running smoothly and create an energetic and fun atmosphere was what made the conference such a great success. A fantastic person with an incredible gift!

Steve Sanders - Vice President - Association of School Business Administrators SA/NT

Malcolm’s imagination and performance skills helped BP design and deliver a safety learning event that was entertaining, engaging and effective. Malcolm is a master at setting the right mood and guiding an audience on its way to the intended outcome. A total pleasure Malcolm – thanks!”

Liana Cobby - Manager of BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd

Over the years we have booked Malcolm on five seperate occassions to facilitate our highly demanding week long State Conferences. These events bring together a variety of people from all over Australia and Malcolm constantly delivers. He is quick thinking, flexible, professional and develops a great rapport with Delegates, Guest Speakers and Politicians alike. He keeps delegates engaged, chairs debates, runs Q & A sessions and keeps the whole event on track. We look forward to seeing him back at our next Conference.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! People have been raving about the event non-stop. You were a smashing hit and just the perfect 'ingrediant' we needed!

Dee Faulkner - GESB Manager of Communication and Culture

Thank you so much Malcolm. You certainly made a lasting impression...I was sitting with some conference delegates three days later and we were still laughing thinking about your hoax. One gentlemen even told me he had never laughed so hard in all his life. Simply wonderful.

Janet Hewitt - Manager of Tourism Ipswich City Council Victoria

Malcolm created a new character for our 'Paint & Panel Conference' for smash repairers. His European 'crash repair expert' was totally spot on, brilliantly received and thoroughly researched. Not only was the presentation very funny, it also effectively hammered home the main themes of the day.

Sam Street - Sydney Editor of Australasian Paint & Panel May

Thankyou Malcolm for your contribution to the success of our Staff Development day. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very happy to finish on a humour high!

Always a pleasure having you as part of our sessions and hope that it may continue into the future.

Peter Beaton - MercyCare Director of Family and Community Services

I knew that choosing the right MC would 'make or break' the tone for the day...thankfully we chose Malcolm. His research into our organisation along with his interaction and humour left the room buzzing and delegates loved him. Thanks so much Malcolm.

Marcia Barclay - CEO of 'Read Write Now'

Hiring Malcolm for a corporate hoax to motivate my sales team was the best career decision I have made to date. Not only did he have everyone laughing and engaged, but he also managed to get across a crucial motivational message that reinvigorated the team’s excitement around a product portfolio that had preciously struggled to meet budget.

Malcolm is a true professional who is not only a pleasure to work with but also an outstanding entertainer.

Tessa Busbridge - Victorian Marketting Manager IDEXX Laboratories


HIdden Pages

A letter from a mum...

I'm loving the articles in this weeks West Australian, written by mums to their children. The letter below is one I particulalry enjoyed and offers some wise words to all us parents. See what you think.

In the second of our week-long series 'letters from Perth mothers to their children', local designer Kylie Radford writes a letter to her sons Baxter, 9, and Louis, 7.

To My Beautiful Boys,

There are so many words of advice that I would love to share with you. I want to protect you from hurt and I want you to always feel happiness and security.

But this is not the reality of life and your life is your journey, not mine.

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'Parenting Ideas Magazine' out now

Hi all,

The latest edition of Parenting Ideas Magazine is out now. It's packed full of Parenting Gold.

You'll see my little ole article too.

Head on over to...





Barry the Baker...

Yesterday I came across this blog Post from an old friend - Tom O'Toole. (

Tom runs one of Australia's most successful bakeries and he is also a trainer, speaker, leader, entrepreneur and all-round bloody legend. He is a man in high demand and is speaking in Kalgoorlie this weekend. If you get the chance try and see him. You won't be disappointed.

Check out his sight and make sure you visit his bakery if you are ever in Beechworth!

Have a read...

A little while ago one of our top apprentices, Barry Pope, finished his apprenticeship… as Australia’s oldest baking apprentice. He had just turned 71! He’s great-grandfather, but he’s not willing to “let an old person in” and give up on challenging himself.

Barry’s story made the papers, and he also had most of the TV stations chasing him for an interview, plus lots of radio stations. But he did not have the time to do the interviews, for he had to take his wife to the hairdressers. Plus, he’s busy as a volunteer bus driver for the elderly.

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Wonderfully troubling

The world is more magical, less predictable, more autonomous, less controllable, more varied, less simple, more infinite, less knowable, more wonderfully troubling than we could ever have imagined being able to tolerate when we were young.
James Hollis

I love this quote from Mr J Hollis. He’s clearly one wise dude.

Personally it’s taken me nearly two years of sobriety to learn how to joyfully embrace the uncertainties of life, the frequent paradox’s I cannot ‘fix’ or ‘control.’ It’s taken me this long to learn how to ‘let go’ and enjoy the ‘wonderfully troubling’ events of day to day living. (I still have far to travel)

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Da Ninja Easter Bunny does cometh

As parents we are faced with ongoing dilemmas and challenges that require our full imagination and sneakiness. The Easter Bunny, along with Santa and the Tooth Fairy, are creatures of immense psychological power best approached with extreme care. Children are believers (in the case of my two older children, until they were both nine) and in order for them to develop a sense of the world around them, it is crucial that kids believe in truly great stories, magical beings and mindblowing mythology.

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Emergency Emergency

'Life isn't an emergency unless you make it so'.

Some people enjoy an emergency and thrive on the energy and buzz that goes with it. I'm not one of them. It's taken me some years to realise that simply because someone throws you the ball doesn't mean you have to catch it, respond or get involved. You can simply refuse to play and watch the ball bounce harmlessly on bye. However some people won't like it because it then forces them to retrieve their own ball and that's not in the book of 'I throw and you catch' rules of life.

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The deafening joy of silence

My youngest son and I having a bush brekkie

Listening is much more invigorating than giving voice to all the thoughts and prejudices that anyway keep me company 24/7. And it's only by going nowhere - by sitting still or letting my mind relax - that i find that the thoughts that come to me unbidden are far fresher and more imaginative than the ones I consciously seek out. Trying to find a quiet place in the midst of a crowded day open up unsuspected space

Pico Iyer

Until twelve months ago, I wasn't very good at slowing down. I would run, leap or spectacularly stumble from one thing to another.

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Seth Godin and the Circus

Today's article from Seth (see below) is the reason is why I'm a big fan of his.

Personally I've just arrived in Kalgoorlie ready for tomorrow's Goldfields District DCP Conference. I get to work (Facilitate the day and perform a keynote) with a wonderful, diverse and committed crew who are travelling from far and wide to attend. The tent is 'pitched', 'tickets sold' and 'tables set'. Looking forward to a mighty day. May we have a most excellent and worthwhile conference.

And now over to Seth.

Oh and if you haven't subscribed to Mr Godin's daily emails I strongly encourage you to think about it. I really think you'll enjoy them.



"Too often, we wait. We wait to get the gig, or to make the complex sale, or to find the approval we seek. Then we decide it's time to get to work and put on our show.

The circus doesn't work that way. They don't wait to be called. They show up. They show up and sell tickets.

When you transform the order of things, the power shifts. "The circus is going to be here tomorrow, are you going?" That's a very different question than, "are you willing to go out on a limb and book the circus? If you are, we'll come to town..."

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Truth tellers - Carl Sagan

My friend and colleague, the wonderful Mr Warwick Merry, sent out the following email today. I think it worth sharing - particularly the brilliant clip from Carl Sagan. Says it all really. Enjoy.

'Let's Do Better'

I am tired of all the disrespect and lack of tolerance.

Whether it is road rage, bombing, messy divorces, frivolous legal suits or over entitled celebrities, it is NOT progressing our planet or our existence.

Let's do better.

Once you have some perspective, you see how unimportant we are to the universe and how important we are to each other.
If you need some perspective, watch this short video from Carl Sagan, legendary astrophysicist.

Let's do better.

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New Year Greetings - quick survival tips

Happy 2015 good people.

Santa has weaved his magic for another year, the reindeers are in therapy, 2014 has come to an end and next week Easter Eggs will start appearing in the shops!

It also means parents have the January holidays to negotiate. This is both a wonderful and challenging time for parents and communicating clearly is crucial, especially if you are separated and have an ex partner to negotiate with.

My Ninja dad survival tips are as follows:

Firstly when dealing with your kids:

  1. If you make promises to your kids these holidays be absolutely, positively, friggin sure you can carry them out. Childhood memories of broken promises can linger for years. Never take them lightly.

  2. Don't let kids rot in front of the TV and/or computer/Xbox/Wii blaa blaa for the duration of the holidays. Get them out and walking, running playing every day.

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