What I love most about life as a speaker is that in a given week I get introduced to the insights of our greater community. From a small school, to a large company, from a managers retreat to an international corporate, from a government department, to an empowering charity or an elite sports team. It’s an honor to share inspiration, it’s totally awesome when those who pursue excellence respond through a written observation.


Franchise Association New Zealand

"Cam Calkoen was the closing speaker at our recent FANZ (Franchise Association New Zealand) conference. Cam is a remarkable speaker who Dreams Big and Achieves More, with everything he has done in life. Cam’s willingness to share his real story captures the audience with his humour and inspirational message. By the end of the speech emotions were high and every attendee walked away refreshingly inspired to Dream Big and Achieve more. Thank you Cam for closing our conference with such grace, humour and style."

- Robyn Pickerill, CEO, Franchise Association New Zealand

Plastics New Zealand

"Dear Cam, On behalf of Plastics New Zealand, I would like to thank you most sincerely for your entertaining us at our Annual Conference. As Key Note Final Speaker your presentation was a highlight of what was a fantastic event. You shared so many inspiring stories with enthusiasm and humour and I am sure it motivated everyone to “Dream Big and Achieve More”. Equally it was truly humbling to learn how you overcome adversity and tackle challenging activities without self-limiting beliefs. With such an entertaining and fast paced performance, the hour passed very quickly, and everyone left on a high ahead of attending our “Dress for Success” themed Gala Dinner."

- Ken Sowman, Business Manager, Plastics New Zealand

Ironbark Events

"Thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your honesty and thank you for your funny and engaging story telling. You engaged with the audience immediately, you challenged their perspective and you left them with a raft of positive reflections…if only their were more Cams in the world we would truly live in an awesome world. If you could package your energy in to a jar and sell it you would be a very, very wealthy man. Keep up the great work, it shows clearly you love what you do and people love you because of that."

- Peter Pomfret, Director, (Business Development), Ironbark Events

McDonald's Restaurants (NZ) Ltd

"Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you for sharing your story this morning with our assistant store managers from across the country. It is the third time I have had the privilege to see you present and the third is just as good and uplifting as the first! I’ve personally gone through some change in a work capacity recently and your words around grabbing the opportunity and believe to achieve really hit home – so thank you."

- Gareth Cameron, Head of People, Training & Talent, McDonald's Restaurants (NZ) Ltd

Harcourts International

"Thank you for all your efforts on your closing presentations at both our New Zealand and Australian Conferences. I knew you would be a huge hit but with standing ovations at both events it’s clear that you definitely “wow’d” the audiences, your story is moving, inspiring and awesome! I know our people definitely left inspired."

- Kathryn Creech, Head of Events, Harcourts International Ltd

Sport Wellington Sports Awards

"Cam was fantastic - we have had wonderful feedback from our guests and Cam's segment has been identified by many as one of the highlights of the evening."

- Anna Carrington, Event Director, Sport Wellington

Property Brokers Company Day

"Cam was very energetic and connected very well with the audience. Perfect speaker to end the day with and he was very well received by the entire team."

- Julie Jackson, Executive Assistant South Island, Property Brokers

IPWEA NZ Conference

"Cam captured the audience with his humour and provided a very inspirational talk. Received many comments afterwards about how moving Cam’s story was and how well he spoke. Please pass on our thanks to Cam for speaking at our conference and attending at such short notice."

- Marg Craig, The Conference Team

Kitchen Studio National Conference

“It’s always a little daunting booking a speaker for your national conference, hoping they hit the spot, connect to the theme of the conference and endorse the message you want your team to take away. I needn’t have worried Cam smashed it out of the park! He was literally AWESOME!, connected his message with ours and our team were totally engaged. I always judge the engagement of a speaker by how many of the audience want to speak to the presenter after their session and Cam was swamped! The feedback was tremendous from the network and several suppliers we had invited into the session - they were all buzzing!”

Simon Harkness, CEO, Kitchen Studio