Ask about Marty Wilson
Key Points
  • Marty has spoken to over 250,000 people since he first conquered his own fear and leapt up on stage in 1997.
  • Marty is the only Australian who has been asked to fly across the third annual "Funny Business" conference in San Francisco to discuss his online course "More Funny, More Money - how to add humour to any speech, pitch or sales presentation".
  • In his first 12 months Marty won Australian Comic of the Year, appeared on The Footy Show, and was invited to the UK to become a full time Stand Up.
  • Now he's a bestselling author of 11 What I Wish I Knew books, a regular on TV and radio, plus he writes for the Sydney Morning Herald wellbeing section.
  • Has interviewed over 1,000 inspirational people for his What I Wish I Knew books and passes on their tips and strategies in profoundly funny programs.
  • Marty's keynotes are rammed full of scientific and takeaway tips and strategies - all wrapped up in countless gut-busting funny stories.
  • The Speaking Circuit's 'Mr Muscle' - Marty "loves the jobs they hate". Put Marty on first day 1... on last day 3... after lunch... his energy handles it all.
  • Take funny seriously. The scientific evidence into staying resilient by using humour TEDx - November 2016, North Sydney Institute.
Topics
  • How fear changes which part of our brain does the thinking, and how this blocks our ability to learn new steps and processes.
  • Why you have to deal with the fear in your people BEFORE you can expect them to embrace new systems, structures and methods
  • Why the best change management models often fail because they're being implemented by human beings with thoughts, fears and emotions
  • The psychological reasons why laughter banishes anxiety and can help replace fear by bringing things into perspective
  • The 7 secret strategies that his What I Wish I Knew interviewees say are the key to success in business and happiness in life
  • Why extreme workplaces - like the Army and Hospital Emergency Departments - encourage humour to manage stress and reduce overwhelm
  • How to take the fear out of selling your products and yourself using the power of stories and humour
  • 3 tips that increase your resilience in the tough times we all go through, and one of them is so easy you'll be able to flick the switch in minutes
  • MC
Testimonials

Marty was incredibly engaging, provided some excellent tips for being resilient and had the whole room laughing!
Westpac

Marty was super prepared and so relaxed on the day. He arrived early (always a sign of the professional). He had ensured he was briefed on the industry and took time to tour the tradeshow to get an idea of the issues/situation. His presentation was funny and relevant and very well received by our audience. 
Visual Connections Australia Ltd.

Over the last 30 years we have had some truly incredible keynote speakers at our annual conference but, as I said on the day, Marty Wilson is one of the best. He skilfully blends inspirational content, deeply touching stories, and "stand up comic level humour" into an hour that will be talked about for years to come. He was relaxed, easy to deal with, and an absolute hit on the day - perfect for any association looking to engage and motivate its members. The conference evaluations were very positive after such a inspiring start.
President
Careers Advisers Association

We engaged Marty Wilson as our After Dinner speaker and, leading up to the event, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. Our company has a diverse range of team members across a wide demographic, and he would be coming on after the awards segment. I’d seen previous speakers struggle in this slot, but Marty instantly connected with us all and totally exceeded my expectations. He had the room in the palm of his hand for a full 45 minutes. Not only was his speech “stand up comedy level funny”, but it was also profound, passionate, and full of great insights that will no doubt contribute the resilience of the team for a long time to come.
CEO
Altius Health Group

We were very fortunate to have Marty speak at our National Foodco Conference in October 2016. Marty is an energetic person with a powerful message for all business owners. He speaks with knowledge and wit, which put the audience at ease and as such enabled them to absorb the key messages. I was delighted to see the level of attentiveness and engagement from over 700 staff and franchisees. He helped us understand that Change isn't something to frightened of, that it should embraced and whilst there's truth to the yiddish poverb of Men plan and God laughs, there's nothing to fear 'from change but fear itself. its just part of the journey of life. Great fun and powerful messages "from one of the best corporate speakers around today…"
Managing Director
FoodCo

Marty’s presentation was well researched, passionate, engaging and thought provoking sharing great insights and delivered with humour.
Fusion5

You elevated our professional development series to another level. All the feedback said your presentation was hilarious but so much more - it was memorable, and had many takeaway lessons. At least 10 people quoted your keynote during the day and our President drew inspiration for his speech at the gala ball that night. 
Your MC'ing of our evening dinner was faultless. I had many people tell me the next day that it was our best Gala Ball ever, and your involvement was key to that success. Thanks again Marty - I wanted to make sure that in my first big APPA event that we left a huge mark, and having worked with you before I knew you would come through.
CEO
A
ustralasian Promotional Products Association

Marty Wilson is someone I’ve seen perfectly nail the delicate balance of the MC’s true role – to orchestrate, not dominate; to give presenters a head start, not set them up on a high wire; and to mould an event into a continuous whole, rather than a series of set pieces. Marty seems effortless in his approach; his experience as a comic was honed in front of some of the toughest audiences in the world, and it shows. He’s great at putting the crowd at ease, pushing the boundaries to break down the walls, and getting audience members to connect with each other and to the speakers. He distills the meaning and the objective of an event, and accelerates the process of its participants getting there.
Global Chief Marketing Officer
Deloitte Consulting

In today’s frantic business landscape where accepting disruption is the 'price of admission' to having a successful business, your people need to meet Marty Wilson. His tips on leading people through disruption, change & innovation with lightness and humanity really hit the mark with my team.
Marty has that perfect style that marries powerful scientific research with deeply human stories that has your people enjoying every minute of his presentation. I'd recommend Marty as the perfect addition to any corporate event.
Executive Director
Macquarie Bank

Marty Wilson is someone I’ve seen perfectly nail the delicate balance of the MC’s true role – to orchestrate, not dominate; to give presenters a head start, not set them up on a high wire; and to mold an event into a continuous whole, rather than a series of set pieces. Marty seems effortless in his approach; his experience as a comic was honed in front of some of the toughest audiences in the world, and it shows. He’s great at putting the crowd at ease, pushing the boundaries to break down the walls, and getting audience members to connect with each other and to the speakers. He distills the meaning and the objective of an event, and accelerates the process of its participants getting there.
Global Chief Marketing Officer
Deloitte Consulting

Marty Wilson combines thoroughly researched, scientifically proven content with an empathetic, human approach to his subject. And he wraps it up in a hilarious presentation style that keeps even the most hardened cynic engaged. 
Chairman, CEO 
MedTech International
Chairman
AusMedtech National Advisory Group

Marty Wilson spoke to my team recently and I really enjoyed his approach and style. While other speakers often approach change as a dry, abstract process, Marty teaches from a uniquely empathetic, deeply personal angle and was able to relate very well to our work environment.
General Manager
Customer Experience and Customer Contact Centres
Westpac Banking Corporation


In today’s fast paced world where the only constant is change, every organisation needs some time with Marty Wilson. He has a mountain of deeply thoughtful, thoroughly researched content that will help your people lose their fear of change. While he is totally hilarious, humour is just one of the many tools he uses to teach new ways of thinking and feeling about being out of your comfort zone. Marty has that unique ability to combine meaningful insights with a delivery style that challenges individuals thinking and at the same time have the room in stitches of laughter. A rare gift. I thoroughly recommend Marty to any corporate event where you are looking for fun and well-researched meaning behind what you do for a living.
Head of AFS Program Delivery & Governance
The Westpac Group

While Marty Wilson is a seriously funny guy, he is also a truly dynamic and thought provoking speaker. His content is thoroughly researched and built upon sharing through the lives of many, which really sets him apart from all other speakers.
Commercial Lead - Global Brands
Pfizer Australia

Marty is one of the most entertaining speakers I have ever seen. His message was also meaningful and thought provoking. I would recommend Marty to any organisation.
Crombie Lockwood Insurance, NZ

Marty is an effective and entertaining speaker who engages every audience with humour and authenticity. He did a great job in bringing patient stories to our sales force and empowering them with the ability to do the same in their roles.
Group Brand Manager
Men's Health Eli Lilly Australia

Marty Wilson is the funniest serious guy I know. He makes me laugh but also challenges me to think. Marty gives every crowd deep insights, a big dose of heart and an even bigger serve of laughter. I love this guy to bits and give him my full recommendation.
Anh Do
Stand Up Comic, Film Maker, Writer, Actor

The light hearted yet thoughtful approach was the highlight of the conference. We are delighted with the extremely positive feedback we have had.
CEO
Royal College of Nurses  

Marty kept the entire evening moving along with his humour, while maintaining the focus on the fund raising purpose of the function. He read the night well, kept everyone engaged and he made an important contribution to the success of the evening.
CEO
Cure Cancer

A session with Marty leaves a crowd inspired to live fearlessly, communicate more openly, and take themselves – and life – more lightly. Forget teaspoons, Marty gives the audience two or three heaped tablespoons of sugar to help the medicine go down.
Siimon Reynolds
Author, Speaker, Founding Director of the Photon Group

Our organisation is filled with scientists and researchers who are not easily impressed, yet Marty Wilson adapted well to the specifics of our audience brief and had us all in the palm of his hand. It takes extraordinary skill to combine detailed scientific research with influential and actionable suggestions for embracing change into an entertaining evening that is casual, yet engaging at all levels. The audience (our members) loved his hilarious presentation and took away some key messages to better cope with the accelerating pace of change in our work and lives.
CEO
ARCS

Finance is one sector where being resilient in the face of constant change is an absolute necessity. Regulation, interest rates, disruptive new business models, housing market trends, the influence of new technologies, etc etc - the only thing you can truly count on is that tomorrow won't be like today. That's why I'd recommend Marty Wilson to anyone in banking or finance. He approaches our inbuilt fear of "new" in a uniquely personal, practical way and gets your people to start the process of change and even embrace and look forward to it. On top of that Marty is always open to tailoring his presentation around your objectives, he's incredibly easy to work with an is just a really good guy. I'd recommend his programs to anyone putting a conference together.
General Manager
Mortgage Choice

I’d recommend Marty Wilson as an awesome MC for any event. He is calm, professional, incredibly easy to work with and instantly bonds with the crowd. He’s also flexible and happy to take on any challenge - at our event he actually compared two rooms at once, with the second staggered 15 minutes behind, and he loved it. You can see all those years working as a comic in the UK as soon as he’s up on stage. Where he gets his energy from I don’t know, but he has a sixth sense for knowing how to transfer it to the crowd and keep your conference bubbling along. When you add to that his ability to do one of his own keynotes, that slot in anywhere on your program, he is also incredible value for money
Director of Marketing and Business Building Programs
Kao Australia

There is one thing I am more convinced about every day: the need for everyone in the Insurance Industry to embrace the constantly accelerating pace of change. On top of the technological innovations and disruptive business models that all companies have to deal with these days, Insurance is also at the mercy of the shifting sands of regulatory bodies. It’s no wonder so many of our members feel exhausted by it all. That’s why we were delighted to have Marty Wilson speak at our annual NSW Gala Lunch on 10 July 2015. I particularly enjoyed Marty’s approach to change management, because he started with how we all feel about it. He explained that systems and processes have to be implemented by human beings with hearts and minds, doubts and fears. Importantly, Marty uses well-researched case studies and scientific data, but he also illustrates all his content with deeply personal stories and hilarious anecdotes to make sure even the most ardent cynic gets on board. And they did. I’d recommend Marty to any industry or organisation facing significant change, particularly those in the Insurance and Finance Sector.
Chief Executive Officer
National Insurance Brokers Association of Australia

Marty delivers an inspiring wake up call to your people, but because his content is delivered wrapped up in so much humour, the audience gets a good shake up but has a great time getting it. They think they’re being entertained, but at the same time you can see some of Marty’s messages having impact on their attitudes. It’s fiendishly clever and a barrel load of fun. I’d recommend Marty Wilson to any business event wanting to know how to stay resilient and motivated in the ever changing world that is modern business.
Chief Executive Officer
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

There are two types of speakers: those who have well-researched, actionable content that has a lasting impact on your people, and those who are incredibly motivating & entertaining. With Marty Wilson you get both. He inspired everyone at our event with some deeply challenging, well thought through strategies for how to stay resilient in the face of relentless change, and he had us in stitches for an hour. I’d strongly recommend Marty for any conference where you want to educate, motivate and give your people a great time.
Vice President, Retail & B2B
American Express

Marty is the funniest speaker I've seen in a long time, but he's much more than that. He is both thought provoking and inspirational, with well researched content delivered a relatable, human way. If your team needs an energy shot to cope with the relentless pace of business these days, they need a dose of Marty Wilson.
Vice President, Acquisition 
American Express

I’ve seen a lot of innovation and change management speakers in my time, but the thing I loved about Marty Wilson’s approach is by making it very personal it becomes totally universal. He speaks about our fear of change in a very human way, which makes his programs just as appropriate for leadership teams as they are for your entire employee group.
National Manager
Vero Insurance

Marty Wilson’s deep knowledge of how you can use stories and humour to engage with, influence and sell to your target market is matched only by his incredible skill at explaining that knowledge to your people. His training is fun, practical and should be mandatory for anyone who wants more clients.
National Sales Manager
Pfizer

Marty Wilson is someone I’ve seen perfectly nail the delicate balance of the MC’s true role – to orchestrate, not dominate; to give presenters a head start, not set them up on a high wire; and to mold an event into a continuous whole, rather than a series of set pieces. Marty seems effortless in his approach; his experience as a comic was honed in front of some of the toughest audiences in the world, and it shows. He’s great at putting the crowd at ease, pushing the boundaries to break down the walls, and getting audience members to connect with each other and to the speakers. He distills the meaning and the objective of an event, and accelerates the process of its participants getting there.
Global Chief Marketing Officer
Deloitte Consulting