Ask about Samuel Johnson and Aaron Williams
Key Points
  • Samuel Johnson OAM, has enjoyed a storied career as a performer and fundraiser. He has reached the pinnacle of showbiz, winning a Gold Logie for his portrayal of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, but is perhaps best known as ‘that guy who rode a unicycle around the country for his sister’.
  • Samuel’s efforts to raise $10 Million for cancer research in the face of his sister Connie’s diagnosis with breast cancer earned him the title of Victorian Australian of the Year in the Queen’s Honour’s List of 2018.
  • In 2019, Samuel danced his way to success as the winner of Dancing With the Stars. His ascension to the upper echelons of the entertainment industry and the Not-For-Profit sector has garnered him enormous reach, broad public support and a string of significant accolades.
  • Aaron Williams is the CEO and Founder of Mindstar, a leading wellbeing and mental health organisation. Aaron is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who has spent much of his career working in homeless shelters, hospitals and emergency departments.
  • As an expert on Workplace Wellbeing and Leadership, Aaron has provided keynotes and workshops  to conferences and organisations including ANZ, NAB/MLC, Zurich Australia, Macquarie, NRL Men of League Association, Telstra Business, AFA, Sunsuper, St Hillier’s Construction, AIA Insurance, University of Queensland and Suncare Community Services.
  • Aaron has appeared widely on television, radio and in print media including the Triple J Breakfast Show, ABC-NEWS-24 Television, Channel 7,9,10 news, A Current Affair, Mix-FM, My Weekly Preview and ABC Drive Radio.
Topics
  • Life stuff - The 2 hour experience
    • Samuel keynote
    • Aaron keynote
    • Samuel and Aaron Q&A Panel
  • Life stuff - The half day
    • Part One
      • Samuel keynote
      • Aaron keynote
      • Samuel and Aaron Q&A Panel
    • Part Two
      • Life Stuff Workshop – Facilitated by Aaron and Samuel
        Includes:
      • What is mental health? i.e. it’s really about being mentally healthy
      • How do I know if someone is struggling? Difficult, because at times we all fake it…
      • Some help on what to look out for when someone you know or love may be struggling…
      • How to approach someone you think is struggling? What to say and how to say it…
    • Part Three
      • 30 minute book signing and opportunity to chat with Samuel and Aaron
  • Life stuff - The 1 hour keynote
    • Samuel keynote
    • Aaron keynote
    • Samuel and Aaron Q&A Panel
Testimonials

The keynote delivered fantastic feedback and was an incredibly impactful 90 minutes. Aaron and Samuel Johnson were able to get to the heart of the issue for the largely male audience, while still engaging with the women in the room as well.

Aaron’s messages about the power you have over your thoughts, as well as how you can train your mind as well as your body really hit a chord with the audience.

I would thoroughly recommend engaging Aaron & Sam to speak with anyone who is in the business of dealing with human beings and understanding what makes them tick a bit better and how you might help someone really in need.
Queensland State Manager
MLC Advice Partnerships Consumer Banking & Wealth
National Australia Bank Limited

We have had the pleasure of booking Sam for News Corporation corporate events on many occasions. Having produced more than two-hundred events, it is rare for us to see a speaker who can engage with the crowd, have them crying with heartfelt stories and have them crying with laughter, all in the same hour. Sam is meticulous in his planning; his delivery is authentic and his story-telling draws the guests into his world.

He is gracious with photos and autographs and we think he is simply amazing. We love working with him, whenever we have the opportunity to do so.
News Corporation Australia

Samuel Johnson provided an emotion-filled, raw and thoroughly inspiring presentation that provided our members with plenty of food for thought. I could not recommend Samuel highly enough.
CEO
Institute of Public Accountants

Aaron Williams & Samuel Johnson were the keynote speakers at OnePath’s “APEX Inspire 2018: Beyond Advice” national roadshow, which took place over five locations in May 2018 and was attended by over 450 advisers.

The keynote was titled “Being Your Best” and focused on why it’s important to be aware of mental health and wellbeing, and how to identify people who are struggling with their health and wellness.

Aaron shared with delegates tips and strategies for helping advisors and their clients with mental health and wellbeing, provided access to online tools and resources, and presented a helpful outline on how to have the sometimes difficult conversation “Are you okay?”.

The feedback we received from attending guests was very positive.
Head of Mental Health & Wellness
Life Insurance, ANZ Wealth

Aaron’s plenary presentation was rated highly with an overall score of 4.5 / 5.0. The feedback from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive. Aaron’s approach was exceptional as he related the difficult topic of mental health to the audience and provide simple techniques to help the audience maintain their own mental health.

In my view he is one of the top speakers in the mental health area in Australia and I highly recommend him.
AFA Vice President and 2018 National Conference Chair

Just wanted to pass on our thanks for helping to organise Samuel to be at our conference. He made an incredible speech that ended the conference on exactly the note we were after. Samuel was very generous with telling his story.

He truly deserved the standing ovation he got.
Volunteering Victoria