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.


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

Barfoot & Thompson Convention

"Cam, you opened our Convention superbly and I cannot thank you enough for doing such a fine job. The combination of humour and a relevant message is so powerful and engaging. I have heard you speak before and have always been impressed, but on Friday you took it up a notch and simply nailed it. Congratulations and thank you, thank you, thank you. As far as our theme "Opportunity Knocks" is concerned, we could not have done better than being in your capable hands as the day got under way.”

- Wendy Alexander, CEO, Barfoot & Thompson

RMHC APMEA Regional Conference

"Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is dedicated to equipping the board and staff of local Chapters with the skills and knowledge needed to grow professionally while fostering a culture of organizational excellence and compassionate hospitality.  As the closing key note speaker during the recent 2016 RMHC APMEA (Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa group) Regional Conference, Cam played a vital part in helping achieve this goal by inspiring all those that serve children and families at our Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile programs. Thank you for helping us keep families close."

- RMHC Global & RMHC New Zealand Conference Planning Teams

Entrepreneur's Organization

"I have now heard Cam Calkoen talk five times and every single time he leaves me feeling grateful and inspired to continue to live my dream. Cam’s story is so inspirational that I have seen him move a room of teachers and educators, secondary school children and a room full of incredibly successful entrepreneurs.  His story not only captures the entire audience but it also inspires everyone at the same time!"

- Maria Johnson, Co-Learning Chair of EONZ, Owner and Managing Director of Little School and Life Learning 

New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council

"Cam provided our conference with the perfect finale, sending delegates away with smiles on their faces and a spring in their steps. A truly inspiring story of achievement told with humour, passion and the obvious belief that anything is possible."

- Garry Carnachan, Executive Director

Mortgage Express Ltd

"What can I say about Cam but AWESOME – I have had so many people come up to me and say how wonderful Cam was and one of the best speakers they have ever seen. His determination to achieve his goals regardless of obstacles is incredible – he has a powerful message and he executes it exceptionally."

- Sarah Johnston, General Manager

NZMA Hamilton

"Nostalgic week brings me to reflect and share my story to hopefully convey my "thank you" to an Awesome, Inspiring person Cam Calkoen. During the speech in front of a full house of students, I witnessed sparkling eyes, passion and transformation of belief in so many lives which for me is unbelievable.

A Positive thought to dream big is everybody's right and when that merges in the education environment it sends powerful ripples of uplifting confidence in an individual - I met so many students during this week after Cam left with powerful reflection of what they felt about the session, some openly posted their heart on social media raring to take on life and dream big and be Awesome!!!!

In bringing this inspirational journey for the students I ended up with a powerful experience in seeing positive change in learner's thoughts and confidence, which I am sure will lead to great future pathways for our students."

- Hiren Sheth, Student Advisor, NZMA Hamilton