Graeme Bowman was put on this planet for two reasons:
To stop people falling asleep during conferences and events.
To inspire people to think more creatively.
“When we were planning our National Conference, we had a number of requirements. We were looking for an MC who could engage the audience, keep things on track, and be entertaining. We were also looking for someone who could do some comedy at our opening night dinner, and then someone who could entertain the delegates at the Awards Dinner on the final night. We found them all, and his name is Graeme Bowman.”
Elders Financial Planning
“Graeme joined us for a 3 day conference as our Master of Ceremonies. His style was a perfect mix of fun, comedy, creativity and seriousness, and his involvement was a big part in this year’s event being labelled the 'best ever'. Graeme also brought a number of hilarious elements to our Awards Dinner, and his hoax speech had a room full of geologists staring bug eyed at the stage wondering what on earth was happening. I would recommend Graeme to any organisers of large and complex events like ours.”
“During ‘Uncork Your Creative Genie’, which combines a hoax speech with a creative thinking presentation, Graeme pretended to be a visiting American agribusiness expert. It was fascinating to see the expressions on people's faces as the hoax gradually unravelled - confusion, amazement and much laughter. Importantly, there were also valuable tips on how to think laterally. Graeme's comedy during the evening was heavily tailored towards the audience, and people loved to hear the names of their colleagues suddenly appearing in a wide variety of jokes and routines.”
Commonwealth Bank Regional & Agribusiness Banking
How does Graeme stop people falling asleep?
As a Corporate Comedian, Master of Ceremonies and Hoax Speaker, Graeme has many years of experience at turning ho-hum into ha-ha at conferences, events, product launches and awards presentations. An audience that is laughing is not sleeping:
- At an awards evening or gala dinner, nothing relaxes an audience like a good laugh.
- Humour can help to launch a new product in a way that is quirky and memorable.
- Laughter gives conference audiences a mental breather, when it is interspersed throughout the business sessions.
- Humour can be used to address serious issues through interactive Devil’s Advocate Characters.
How does Graeme inspire people to think more creatively?
As an experienced Lateral Thinking Facilitator, Graeme offers an entertaining keynote address that will motivate your people to challenge their current thinking style, then give them valuable tips on how to think more creatively, in order to kick-start the process of innovation. This keynote, ‘How to Suck Great Ideas Out of Your Head’, can also extend into a workshop. Graeme can also facilitate his range of creative, energising Better Business Workshops.
Can Graeme mix and match these types of presentations?
Graeme's great advantage over other speakers, comedians and MCs lies in the versatility he brings to each event. For example, at a 2-3 day conference, he may appear at the welcome dinner as a hoax speaker, then next morning deliver his creativity keynote, and also MC the entire conference, sprinkling impressions, humorous songs and comic routines throughout.
Graeme can also combine his hoax and MC talents, to create a Hoax MC character – very popular at awards presentations. Or he can combine a hoax speech with a genuine creativity keynote – a truly unique conference presentation called ‘Uncork Your Creative Genie’.
Because so much can be achieved through just the one person, Graeme is often referred to as a simple solution for complex conferences, and a cost-effective answer for roadshows and incentive trips. (One air fare, one hotel room - get the picture?)
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Graeme's work often takes him interstate, and he has also appeared overseas at conferences in New Zealand, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China and the USA.
Graeme's expertise is also available to you through his Presentation Design and Delivery Coaching and Speechwriting, Scriptwriting and Copywriting service.
Read what blue-chip clients in your specific industry have said about Graeme by selecting from the drop-down menu above. You can also download a pdf full of Testimonials from numerous clients across many industries.
"A truly professional job as Hoax Speaker, MC and Comedian for our Industry Awards of Excellence.”
Real Estate Institute of Queensland
“You proved to be a very big hit - from the hoax Frenchman, to the MC work, and to the AC-DC close. You had clearly researched our business well and gave the conference a huge dose of energy at the right moments.”
“During our dinner Graeme acted as MC, bogus food waiter, Bruce Attenborough, Hoax Speaker and rock star. This range of characters is testimony to a natural talent which entertained guests and ensured the night’s success. Expect the unexpected. 11 out of 10.”
Construction Benefit Services
“What a man – unassuming, funny, highly perceptive, truly convincing – a great professional. Your MC work and comedy stints helped break up the intensity of the conference. The hoax speech was fantastic and truly had the audience bewildered.”
“At our national conference, which was themed around 'change', Graeme Bowman contributed to the outcome in a variety of ways. Apart from serving as Master of Ceremonies, facilitating discussion and injecting a good dose of humour, he also played a key role in three specific sessions: firstly, he delivered a comic hoax speech to open the conference, then opened up the delegate's minds with his presentation, 'How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head', then ran a 'team identity' session that fostered much interaction between delegates and helped identify what the Go Vita brand really meant to them. The feedback conducted was overwhelmingly “excellent” in the delegates comments, with quotes of what was said and what actions they were going to take as a result of Graeme’s presentations.”