Well-spoken, engaging, and enlightening, Bernard Salt is one of the most well-known writers, media personalities, and business advisors in Australia.
Bernard Salt is arguably today's foremost advisor to leading property investors and developers. Over an outstanding career, Bernard Salt has established an enviable reputation in business matters with his acute understanding of market forces.
Best known to Australian business for his media commentary, Bernard Salt specialises in the business implications of demographic and social change. He is a columnist with The Australian, Wish magazine, and Property Australia, and is the author of the popular best-selling book 'The Big Shift: Welcome to the Third Australian Culture', and his 2006 release, 'The Big Picture'.
Entertaining and persuasive
An entertaining and persuasive speaker, Bernard Salt has been operating at the high end of business for more than a decade, so the market has had ample opportunity to test his advice. Bernard Salt's blue-chip client base just gets bluer each year.
- Bernard Salt is a KPMG Partner based in Melbourne who has established an enviable international reputation as a trend forecaster for business and government.
- Bernard is engaged by both the private and public sectors to present a perspective of how social, cultural and demographic change might shape the future business environment.
- His presentations stimulate thought provoking discussion at conferences, seminars and workshops.
- Bernard is the best-selling author of three popular books on demographic change and a columnist with The Australian and Melbourne Herald Sun newspapers. He is also one of Australia's most quoted social commentators, appearing regularly on many radio and television programs.
- An entertaining and persuasive speaker, Bernard has operated at this level for more than a decade and the market has had ample opportunity to test his advice his blue-chip client base just gets bluer each year.
Bernard Salt, partner at KPMG, is one of the most well-known writers, media personalities, and business advisors in Australia. Used to large crowds and the cameras, Bernard has the uncanny ability to explain even the most complex ideas in a way that everyone in the room can understand. Well-spoken, engaging, and enlightening, a business event featuring Bernard is sure to be a hit.
In business, Bernard’s specialties lie in tracking and understanding demographic and social changes in his country of origin and the rest of the world, including the United States, New Zealand, and Asia. He focuses on the evolution of consumer cultures, how the most recent generation will fit into today’s business world, and how companies can get the most out of their customer base and employees.
Bernard Salt works regularly as a columnist for The Australian and Wish magazines, and has authored two books, The Big Shift: Welcome to the Third Australian Culture and The Big Picture. He routinely appears as a commentator on a variety of television shows in both Australia and the US, including Business Sunday, A Current Affair, 60 Minutes, Today Tonight, Today Show, and Nightline.
His experiences and insights have earned him speaking engagements at numerous outlets, including: Suncorp Metway, Colonial First State Property, Shopping Centre Council of Australia, Australian Property Institute, Macquarie Equities, Australian Council for Infrastructure Development, Franchise Council of Australia, Byvan Property Management, Australian Centre for Retail Studies, Coles Myer Limited, NSW Department of State & Regional Development, Westpac Regional Investment Services, Property Council of Australia, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, and Queensland Treasury.
“Excellent. Very entertaining, gives a different perspective.
Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd
“An unqualified success … riveting …the anecdotes and verbal
illustrations were worthy of the most highly acclaimed
Franchise Council of Australia
“I continue to receive very positive comments from attendees who
thoroughly enjoyed your lively exposition … excellent
“Your presentation was excellent and was the perfect mix of fun and
fact. The participants left with much to ponder in terms of the impact on
their business (and personal lives) of the very interesting demographic and
cultural trends you identified. I would be surprised if you do not get
some speaking invitations.”
IMA Pty Ltd
“Excellent presentation style… clear, humorous and
Finance & Treasury Association Ltd
“Excellent - informative, but good fun too. Had obviously put some work
in to make the presentation relevant to Adelaide - everyone could relate to it .
Feedback has been excellent.”
“Excellent. Bernard would rate in the top five speakers we have ever had.
His delivery was seamless and professional, his content very relevant and most
importantly his data up to date and easily interpreted. His is one of those
presentations that will be referred to by our members for a long time to
Farm Management 500
“Excellent. He presented with energy, enthusiasm and passion. He
obviously knows his subject matter well. His presentation hit the mark and
provided the framework for the morning session as well as setting the tone for
the remainder of the business sessions during that
“Excellent. Participants at the UDIA Congress were very impressed
with Bernard’s presentation – he had everyone’s attention from beginning to end
providing an excellent mix of fact, positive comments and light heartedness. His
presentation was easy to follow and provided very interesting cultural and
demographic trends – something for everyone present.”
UDIA SA – Urban Development Institute of Aust (SA Div)
“Fantastic presenter. He had the audience in every state fixated. Bernard
is an entertaining, informative speaker that I would highly
“Bernard was a outstanding presenter. What impressed us most was his
subject matter knowledge and the thought and intelligence with which he
delivered his messages.”
“The presentation was well received by the delegates. The feedback from
the delegates on their feedback form was very positive. The information
presented was relevant and well prepared and
Showstopper Events Pty Ltd
“Bernard Salt was excellent and our Rotarians enjoyed hearing his
thoughts on the future for us all. He was both informative and
Rotary District 9640 Conference
“Bernard was an entertaining and insightful speaker who was very well
received by our customers. He was able to tailor his speech for each state, so
that the audience could relate more closely to the information provided. Bernard
mixed well with our customers and the feedback we received was very
Kimberley-Clark Australia Pty Ltd
“Bernard’s presentation was a total surprise to the audience who I am
sure were geared for a ‘dry’ paper.He took the room totally by surprise right
from the beginning and they loved him. We have not as yet received back the
Evaluation Sheets from Adelaide, however, the energy in the room was palpable
and Bernard totally met their enthusiasm and kept them completely enthralled
throughout his session. Consistent comments: this is how statistics should be
presented…..I love it!”
“Topical, focussed and importantly entertaining presentation. Bernard’s
depth of knowledge on his subject has significantly enhanced his ability to
deliver not only the prepared presentation, but also to further delve and
discuss broader issues relative to the topic and particularly relative to the
Southern Cross Broadcasting
“Bernard Salts presentation “Australia’s Changing Demographics” received
an overwhelming response of 99% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing
that the presentation was engaging and interesting. Respondents were acutely
impressed with Bernard’s ability to deliver statistics in such an interesting
and entertaining format.”
National Employment Services Association
“Bernard's style was really good for a dinner, which is a time that can
be difficult to work. I haven't heard any negative comments from the people I
have spoken to about his presentation. He has certainly generated a lot of
interest and discussion.”
Toowoomba City Council
“Bernard’s presentation was outstanding , his topic was excellently
researched and was presented in an extremely professional manner, and his
audience have been overwhelming in their praise of his presentation. We would
have no hesitation in recommending him as an exceptional speaker.”
City Of Burnside
“Excellent. Bernard spoke well and for an appropriate length of time. He
also contributed to the Panel discussion and audience participation section as
we had hoped he and other panellists would which benefited the event. He seemed
well prepared and well-disposed to the event.”
City of Melbourne
“Bernard was an excellent presenter. We have had feedback from our
delegates that he 'certainly knew his business'. He made an impact for most of
our financial planners in the way they operate their business and make contact
with prospective clients. We thank you Bernard for your business
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