A high-level conference or prestigious event is no place to experiment with an inexperienced MC, comedian or speaker. Graeme Bowman has a strong track record with blue-chip clients in the Finance, Insurance and Legal industries.
He's a proven performer as a Hoax Speaker, Master of Ceremonies, Corporate Comedian, Creative Thinking Presenter, Workshop Facilitator and Writer. All this adds up to someone whose ‘seriously quirky' approach adds genuine value and versatility to conferences, events, product launches and awards dinners.
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You'll also discover, throughout this site, brief audio clips recorded in front of live audiences.
"A surreal journey through a forest of fact, fiction and humour."
GE Commercial Finance
"Well researched, hit the target audience really well, very funny, without being rude or crude. Highly recommend Graeme."
Association of Super Funds Australia
"Outstanding contribution to our inaugural ‘Rewards and Recognition' evening. Your performance as our MC combined with comedy and impersonations made sure our people enjoyed the evening."
ANZ Private Bank
"The unanimous feedback was that you were sensational and really made the evening."
Merrill Lynch Investment Managers
"Your combination of humour and substance delivered the message very well. The feedback I have received has all been very positive."
"The session you delivered was tremendous. Conference feedback scored it at 93% . . . the best ever result from any conference we have participated in. It is truly amazing that you are able to 'assume' such technical knowledge about our industry, and moreover you fooled the experts in our field! Thank you for making us look great!"
"Graeme was brilliant. At a function for an important client of the firm, Graeme's speech managed to break the ice and reduce the formality of the occasion."
"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
"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
"Thank you for an amazing performance. You certainly helped to pull a very challenging afternoon into a successful event, ensuring the message was well received. Your evening component was thoroughly enjoyed, with many commenting after the event on how entertaining your various acts were, and the professionalism of the MC'ing."
ANZ Rural Banking
"We have received an enormous amount of feedback in regards to the Vero session from delegates at the conference. It seems that this workshop was the most well received, enjoyable, and above all useful workshop conducted on the day. It has certainly assisted Vero in setting ourselves apart from our competitors. I believe that the success of the workshops was largely due to your preparation and discussions with key Vero staff prior to the event. You clearly had an understanding of the insurance industry, the challenges our audience is facing in the future, as well as a thorough understanding of the key messages and differentiation Vero wanted to promote."
"Feedback from the attendees was very favourable. . . many were impressed at your mastery of the southern drawl of a Mississippi academic."
Insolvency Practitioners Association
"I thought you were superb! Everyone I spoke to thought you were a rather eccentric German from head office, and didn't twig until the end."
"One of the most successful and entertaining performances we had during my time as president of the NAB Vic Club. His preparation was excellent and enabled him to customise his presentation to our business and a number of the "personalities" working in it."
"Your hoax had everyone in tears of laughter. You certainly created an excellent mood that set the tone for an enjoyable night."
"At a recent conference dinner for our leadership team, we engaged Graeme Bowman to impersonate the American chairman of the global accounting group to which we belong. It was fascinating to see the expressions on people's faces as the hoax gradually unravelled - confusion, wide-eyed amazement, hysterical laughter. In the current economic climate, we all need a good laugh, and our people certainly got that! And, days later, they are still talking about it."
"Our firm recently hosted the International Conference of the International Association of Practicing Accountants. Our audience comprised attendees from most European countries, the Americas, Asia and Australasia, and Graeme's presentation was really appreciated by all in attendance. Graeme impersonated an American professor and had many in the audience fooled for quite a long period."
Haines Muir Hill Chartered Accountants
"Your preparation was extremely thorough and your knowledge of the industry and the critical issues made you a credible 'expert'".
"Graeme tailored his material to this corporate audience, which gave his performance the edge we were looking for. He certainly delivered what he promised . . . a real asset to our function."
"Your David Attenborough opener was instrumental in setting the mood for the evening and was a wonderful icebreaker with our staff."
"With little preparation time, Graeme was able to tailor his presentation to our complex industry, and facilitate a worthwhile two hour workshop. The response from my management team was very good. They enjoyed the session and saw value in the creative thinking tools."
"As Master of Ceremonies, Graeme's ability to continually entertain and focus the audience was well received by the diverse audiences present in each state. He also performed a hoax speech during dinner and presented a thought provoking lateral thinking presentation at the conclusion of each conference."
"Whilst the humour was a part of what we were trying to achieve as the last session of the conference, the crucial element was how you assisted the team through your creative thinking hints and tools. Later that night, many were debating which was most important - the joy of humour or the lessons learnt."
National Transport Insurance
"Your appearance really got the evening off to a fantastic start ... created a fun atmosphere that lasted for the rest of the event. A couple of the ladies later said they had to re‐do their mascara afterwards, they laughed so much."
Self Insurers of South Australia
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