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.
"Cam presented to a large group of our members, half of the group attending in the room and a large number watching via a live webcast. Cam was able to engage with both audiences with ease. He had the audience in fits of laughter at one point and by the next point the room was listening to him so intensely you could hear a pin drop. He held both audience’s attention the entire time and spent time engaging with those in the room before and afterwards. We’d have Cam back in a heartbeat. Our audiences left that day with a newfound view on how to get more out of their day all singing his praises. Cam is AWESOME!!!"
- Kate Creagh, Events Specialist, Auckland & Northland, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand
“When seeking an after-dinner speaker for our annual conference, someone who would motivate and inspire our delegates I was given Cam’s name and told that he would touch the feelings of the most inspired person in the room. What a message he conveyed! A truly amazing inspirational speaker. His message “Dream Big Achieve More” resonated with everyone. Everyone left the dinner on a real high. On speaking to delegates, the following morning, everyone said that they had been brought to tears and would “never say never again”. Cam was funny, humble and connected with everyone on so many different levels. Thank you, Cam, for sharing your life story and inspiring us to be "greater than great"”.
- Steve Downes, Chief Executive, The Institute of Internal Auditors New Zealand
"We would like to thank you for your participation in our annual conference as our keynote speaker. We’ve had very positive feedback from all involved and see this as great indication of the success of the conference. There were many laughs, a few tears and we believe your encouragement to motivate our family of brokers and support team hit right on the mark, so thank you once again in helping to make it such a success."
- Steve Lee and Guy Flynn, NZ Travel Brokers
"We always knew Cam was the right fit for our conference, we knew his presentation was going to connect to our firefighters and we also knew through Cam’s experience our firefighters would be able to relate to him. Our association is going through significant change and with that comes resistance to change, opportunities, and passionate topical discussions. Cam you are a true professional and made a real impact on our event, our firefighters still talk about how much they enjoyed you motivational speech. You were so motivational we had a firefighter put himself forward to be elected on to our Executive Board. AWESOME!!!"
- Helena Paurini, Trainer, Fire Emergancy New Zealand, Region 2
"We were delighted to have Cam as our closing keynote speaker at our 2018 conference. He did a wonderful job of engaging with our delegates and inspiring them to take a positive approach to life and business. Cam had delegates in fits of laughter and tears and he did exactly what we wanted which was to close our conference on a real high. The true measure of his presentation was shown in our formal research where Cam scored 9.5/10 which is our highest ever score for a professional presenter. Cam showed real empathy for delegates and we would highly recommend him to other organisations. He truly is awesome".
- Fergus Brown, Chief Executive, Holiday Parks 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
"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."
"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
"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