Keynote Speaking

Speaker, educator, expert in executive presence, and inspiration

Award winning speaker, Amanda’s dynamic, engaging and expert delivery style keeps audiences captivated from start to finish.

People want to listen to speakers who ‘hold them in the palm of their hand’. Not only can Amanda do this for your participants, she can teach them how to do it themselves. Expertise comes from dedication, practical experience and constant refinement. Enjoy this impressive list of achievements that Amanda has attained in her career to date as evidence of her commitment to being the best:

  • 2007 Carrick Australia Award for Excellence in University Teaching
  • 2006 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
  • Teaching feedback scores consistently above University average for her entire 16 year academic career
  • Ranked in top 10% of academics for University teaching (nationally) and top 3 in her field
  • Taught 8,000 students, 15 advertising and marcom units, through eight degree programs
  • Wrote, taught, moderated and examined undergraduate and postgraduate units: Speech and Performance, Professional Communication Foundations, Copywriting, Integrated Communication Campaigns, Marketing, Marketing Management, Advertising Strategy, Advertising Operations and Introduction to Advertising, Advertising Strategy G, Advertising Operations G, Marketing Communication Practice G – online and on campus, service taught in Entrepreneurship
  • Recruited, trained, mentored and managed, two to three teams, of part-time staff, per semester, achieving excellent student and staff satisfaction ratings
  • Maintained 100% retention of top six Captivus clients
  • Conceived, managed extensive research /coaching programme to improve audience engagement during Lecture Performance. Invited to share the resultant knowledge through coaching:
    • More than 160 staff at the Australian National University
    • More than 60 staff at Western Sydney University
    • More than 80 staff at Monash College
    • More than 120 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students
    • More than 245 new University of Canberra staff
    • More than 200 University of Canberra sessionals
  • Amanda’s UC students won an International Advertising award For a programme to combat Novice Driver deaths – a programme conceived of and managed by Amanda. Sixty campaigns and 42 @ 30 second TVCs were made.
  • National Brokers Forum, Gold Coast, 25th– 26th June 2008, Make Your Brand Simply the Best. Demystified the marcom construct for white labelling to brokers, resulting in 7 new white label partners for Wilson National, (now Urban Money), writing > $20 million loans within 5 months.
  • Dec 2008, appointed Curriculum Developer, Speaker Training Division, for Beyond Success. Amanda’s blended learning modules, assisted in developing two new, six figure generating, professional speaker businesses, within 12 months.
  • Amanda has written and delivered more than 30 conference papers in Australia and internationally


Amanda shares her secrets, skills and tools with you and your audiences when presenting as a motivational or business speaker.


Speaking topics and formats

Walking, talking example of vibrance, presence, authenticity and excellence in work and life.  Treat your audience to a presentation by this vivacious, dynamic, inspiring and gifted speaker.

Amanda prides herself on tailoring every presentation to the audience so that no two presentations are the same. She engages people deeply with content, humour and passion. Such energy can’t be created with fully scripted speeches. Please speak with Amanda about your speaking needs to tailor your presentation today.

Possible topics include:

  • Lecturing as performance
  • The reflective lecturer
  • The lecture is not dead…
  • The key to building a powerful peer review culture
  • The theatrical antidote for academic stage fright
  • Stimulating creativity in group work
  • Group work – fairly assessed
  • Strategic intention – infusing your brand in all the work you do
  • Make your brand simply the best
  • The reflective executive
  • Executive stage fright – the hidden struggle
  • Be quiet and stand still – it’s good advice for great speakers

Each topic can be tailored to suit the following formats:

  • 30-40 minute breakfast
  • 60-90 minute keynote
  • half day workshop
  • full day workshop
  • Multiple day seminars
  • Convention sessions
  • Panel discussion
  • Retreats
  • Master of Ceremony

Prices for your event will be given upon request following a discussion to best assess your needs. Please Contact Captivus directly, on 0412 154 321, to express your interest in Amanda Burrell speaking at your event. You will be glad you did.

What people are saying about Amanda Burrell

“Amanda Burrell is a gifted communicator. Her contributions to our organisation are highly valued and significant. She presents with finely tuned communication skills to the extent that sessions performed by Amanda are always clearly aligned with her brief.

Regular participant feedback confirms that few of our speakers/trainers can match the authentic people skills that Amanda demonstrates so easily. She has the ability to balance the warmth and enthusiasm of a tried and true ‘people person’ with the professionalism and follow up of those who tend to be more administratively focused. This is a rare talent.”


“ I already have recommended Amanda to several colleagues. She is an amazing force of energy and enthusiasm and got me thinking about lecturing and audiences in a completely different and I think really creative and constructive way. It was a great way of also getting to know some of my faculty colleagues and was overall a really rewarding experience I feel lucky to have been able to undertake”


“Without a doubt, Amanda Burrell is a dynamic and entertaining speaker. It is always a treat to have her present at Beyond Success events and she is one of the few presenters that other speakers make sure they remain at the event to watch. No matter what topic we throw at her, Amanda delivers – and then some! At any multi-speaker event, I evaluate the audience for feedback. Amanda is always repeatedly mentioned in the responses to ‘the best section was…’ for her content and the way in which she delivers the material in an upbeat yet highly informative way. I welcome any contact regarding my opinion of Amanda’s presentation and training abilities.”

Booking information


You are encouraged to book you choice of dates well in advance. Dates are only confirmed when a contract is signed between Captivus and yourself and a 50% deposit is paid.

Speaking Fees

Fees will be determined based on the requirements of the event organiser. A final arrangement will be put in writing in a contract prior to the booking being confirmed.

Fees do not include product. Additional arrangements are welcome for events requiring product for the participants.

50% of fees are payable upon signing of the contract. The remainder of the fee is payable 10 days prior to the event.


Amanda may require expenses such as travel costs, accommodation, transportation, and food. These can be discussed at the time of enquiry as they will vary depending on Amanda’s schedule and proximity to your event.

Product sales

Amanda reserves the right to sell her products and services at any speaking engagement. A pitch will not be made during any presentation unless requested by the event organiser. Amanda is mindful of respecting the audience and is sensitive to perceived sales pressure. Captivus will be responsible for merchant services for all sales and will retain 100% of the takings.


Wow your audience with Amanda Burrell of Captivus


You are encouraged to connect with Amanda and her team to discuss how she can bring something special to your event.