- From bullied choirboy to badboy bikie Geoff turned his life around to become an acclaimed tenor and keynote speaker
- Was a stuntman for TV’s Xena, Warrior Princess and actor, and earned a degree in the performing arts
- Clients include Harcourts International, Commonwealth Bank, Goldwell, Fuji-Xerox and more
- If failure wasn’t a possibility, what would you do?
Geoff Knight quite literally roars onto stage with an inspirational true story packed with hard-won wisdom for both leaders and individuals. As a former member of one of New Zealand’s most notorious bikie gangs, Geoff was faced with a tough choice; continue on his path to jail or the grave, or to recognise and grasp his second chance and take the opportunity to completely change his life’s trajectory.
Now an internationally acclaimed tenor and keynote speaker, Geoff’s sessions are compelling, moving, humorous and packed with valuable insights that will help you recognise those times in your life when you should get out of your own way, lose the doubts, and just say “YES - let’s do it!”.
This session will inspire your delegates to:
- Smash limiting beliefs and push towards self realisation
- Look inward to navigate ego vs self
- Inspire your delegates to adopt a mindset of possibility
- Stop putting your team in a box and unleash their potential
- Use the profound power of encouragement
Powerful crescendo to the meaning of ‘Transformation’! Geoff is an innovative, creative and passionate storyteller who brings a powerful crescendo to the meaning of ‘Transformation’. He has the ability to be as one with his audience and is meticulous in doing his research to ensure he articulates your goal in a manner that guarantees cut through with the team. As a keynote speaker, our leadership team found him highly engaging, his attitude was contagious and he brilliantly articulated the rewards of teamwork. I would highly recommend Geoff!
Fuji Xerox Australia
A big thank you! Geoff Knight was a fabulous addition to our line-up of conference speakers. His roller coaster life story and current success was on point with our conference theme and his talent is undeniable. I would very much recommend Geoff in the future and know the feedback for Geoff from our conference delegates was overwhelmingly positive.
Tourism Export Council of New Zealand
Geoff well and truly ‘knocked it out of the park’! Geoff Knight was the closing keynote speaker at the Future Firm Forum 2016, a conference for discerning leaders from Australia and New Zealand law firms held at Millbrook, Queenstown. Geoff gave an outstanding presentation recounting his life story of challenge and change, topics of great relevance to the audience. His singing at the conclusion of his session and at the conference dinner was the icing on the cake. His 94% rating was testament to the fact that he well and truly ‘knocked it out of the park’. Recommended to all event and conference organisers looking for an engaging speaker with talent and authenticity.
Future Firm Forum 2016
Our Franchisee’s were gripped by his presentation and loved his magnificent voice! Geoff’s message is about recognising that it’s the choices we make that play a key part in the outcomes we seek. A powerful real life story that teaches and inspires us that our past does not have to define who you are, with some guidance and support, hard work, focus and determination we can become what ever we dream to be. Our Franchisee’s were gripped by his presentation and loved his magnificent voice!
Smartline Mortgage Brokers
Truly motivating and a live example of transformational change! “He was fantastic!” “Geoff has really turned his life around. He showed us how it is possible to take control of your life no matter what setbacks you have, and how important the love of your family can be. Getting to really know yourself and forgive yourself is a vital ingredient to becoming a better man. Thanks Geoff for your powerful story.” “Truly motivating and a live example of transformational change”.
Commonwealth Bank Audit and Assurance Conference
Audience captivated as his story unfolded, and the finale was breathtaking! What an unbelievable experience it was as Geoff Knight took our delegates at the Heritage Bank Retail Conference on a journey through his story of overcoming adversity and turning his life around. I know for a fact that they did not know where the story was heading, and were not expecting the story to take the turn at the end that it did. Geoff certainly had the audience captivated as his story unfolded, and the finale was breathtaking!
General Manager Retail
A roof-raising rendition of ‘you raise me up’ – definitely one of the most powerful voices I’ve seen! Finishing off the program with true human spirit was the highly surprising and impressive Geoff Knight. Geoff has gone from being a rugged deep sea trawler-man and patch wearing member of New Zealand’s notorious Highway 61 motorcycle gang, to a burgeoning international operatic tenor with a wonderful voice. Nobody has faced overcoming stigma and pre-conceived ideas like Geoff. The audience found Geoff to be a truly charismatic personality who really knows how to connect. He captivated guests by telling a thrilling tale of success and strength that has the power to move a listener through laughter and tears, leaving them motivated and filled with inspiration. He finished off with a roof-raising rendition of ‘you raise me up’ – definitely one of the most powerful voices I’ve seen.
Goldwell’s National MBE Melbourne Conference
Geoff held the audience spellbound! nMB recently had Geoff Knight present at our National Broker Conference. Geoff was a pleasure to work with and spent a lot of time with our delegates. He really reached the audience, holding them spellbound throughout his conference keynote and again later during his performance at our Annual Awards dinner. The group feedback has been excellent. Geoff is certainly an engaging speaker and was eager to ensure he met our expectations.
Marketing, Communications & Training Manager
National Mortgage Brokers Association
After each encore you just know this guy has blown open your event big time! When I need to deliver a powerful and motivating presenter for a key client, I look for a number of things First impressions: walking out in front of a crowded room is a critical moment for an audience, as initial connections and receptiveness levels are set Something different: a presenter with an unusual story, a hard to believe tale But wait there’s more: there are a myriad motivating & unique stories out there –is there something more that will create that INDELIBLE memory
Personality: dictates the potency of the delivery – without great delivery, the story is just another
Good ears: listen carefully to OUR brief and my client’s objectives – and then make the glove fit!
Worth the $: without all the above then the fee probably was too high! But enquiry and new bookings underline extremely good value!
Looking is one thing, finding is the other. So when we KNOW a presenter who will tick AND kick all the boxes, then we ALWAYS book Geoff Knight. At 6 foot + forever and ridiculously good looking, audiences always sit up straight and start to listen before Geoff opens his mouth! His story is remarkable AND surely it can’t be true…And then he starts to sing! OMG, sing! Absolutely superb! He knows my clients names, he works the room and interacts, and he wraps our brief around his presentation. Talk about value for money. After each encore you just know this guy has blown open your event big time!
DMP Marketing & Events
We were thrilled to have you join us in Marlborough and you delivered a fantastic closing address at our conference! Not only did we have the opportunity to hear your very human and inspiring story, we were privileged to hear your wonderful singing voice …. You completely met my hopes and expectation as our closing speaker. As a conference organiser, the closing address to me is extremely important, it is important to me that delegates leave the conference on a real high. You succeeded … your warm personality and great story enabled our people to really connect with you. As you know, there were even a few tears. Thank you so much.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand
Geoff Knight was excellent in every way! Catch-up, performance, presentation, topic and voice – all absolutely wonderful and we would have him back at any time!
Corporate Services Executive
We loved him! Geoff Knight’s presentation exceeded my expectations! He really reached this audience well – some people loved his life story, others his wonderful tenor voice, others his gentle humour all wrapped up in what can only be described as a truly charismatic personality. The women drooled (including me!) and the men admired. Geoff set the tone for the rest of our conference time together, and had a lot to do with the great success of the conference, as after he gave his personal testimony, the other conference delegates were more inclined to be real with each other. Geoff was worth every cent and we are very proud of him as one of our own!
New Zealand’s National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Motivational speaker and opera star, Geoff Knight held the 70 attendees spellbound with his inspirational and thought provoking keynote!
‘The road less travelled: A student’s journey – from Highway 61 gang member to international opera singer.’ Geoff’s message clearly demonstrated the influence we as educators can have on the direction our students take. The importance of valuing our students as individuals, respecting them and allowing them to strive to reach their potential cannot be overemphasised.
New Zealand’s National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Geoff spoke without referring to notes which was good! He’s very passionate and his singing is very powerful and was a great ending to the conference.
Geoff captivated our 750 students with his inspiring story of beating the odds and discovering his amazing vocal talents! We invited Geoff to come and speak to our students as part of a school-wide focus on bullying. What we actually got from the visit was so much more. Geoff captivated our 750 students with his inspiring story of beating the odds and discovering his amazing vocal talents. What Geoff delivers is a powerful message about personal responsibility and taking control of life’s myriad of choices. It has empowered our students to be more aware of the implications of their actions upon themselves and on others, and focused their thinking about how to get the most from their precious time at school. Geoff’s superb singing at the end of his presentation is the icing on the cake! In terms of having a deep impact on our entire student body, and as a way of reinforcing our school values, using Geoff Knight was a very wise choice!
Bucklands Beach School
The children were awe struck when you sang and you could see the wonder in their faces! On behalf of Stoke School I would like to sincerely thank you for coming and sharing your life story with us. You have a great ability to relate with all ages and the children really responded to you and appreciated the humour you included. The children were awe struck when you sang and you could see the wonder in their faces. Your story is a tale of success and strength and our children need to hear these stories to realize their own potential. We need to build aspirations in our children and you have helped to do this. Your statements about “What would you be if you couldn’t fail” were thought provoking and prompted great discussions in the classes after you left. We really appreciate your willingness to structure your programme around our needs and the seniors appreciated the one on one time afterwards. Thank you for making a wonderful contribution to our school and community. All the best for a promising future and career.
Our children really enjoyed Geoff’s presentation! Geoff Knight has an important story to tell that includes being ridiculed at school and labelled the ‘worst student in the school’. His time as a member of a motor cycle gang gave him cause for reflection. The key message Geoff leaves children is that everyone can turn their lives around – he is living testimony to that. My advice to schools – let your students hear Geoff’s story while he is still available to them because it won’t be long before the world of opera claims him! Our children really enjoyed Geoff’s presentation.
Nelson Central School