Bernard Salt is a leading futurist, commentator, author, analyst and advisor to business and government on consumer, culture and demographic trends. A partner of KPMG Australia, based in Melbourne, Bernard holds Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Management and an Affiliate of Chartered Accountants.
His first best-selling book The Big Shift (Hardie Grant 2001) predicted a surge in the demand for lifestyle and residential property underpinned by the imminent retirement of the baby boom generation. His second book, also a best-seller, is The Big Picture: Life, work and relationships in the 21st Century (Hardie Grant 2006), and was followed by Man Drought: And other social issues of the new century (Hardie Grant 2008), a quirky and immensely popular book that not only attracted global media attention but catapulted new terminology into the Australian lexicon.
He has since written The Big Tilt: What happens when the boomers bust and Xers and Ys inherit the earth (Hardie Grant 2011), which scopes the big questions of where Australian society is headed in the decade ahead, and Decent Obsessions: Why It's Okay to Sweat the Small stuff (Melbourne University Press, 2013), a rollicking journey through the manners, the mores and the minutiae of modern life. His latest work, More Decent Obsessions: The Small Things That Tell the Big Picture (MUP, 2014), takes readers on a playful yet insightful journey, moving forwards to the 2030s and looking back to the 1960s, examining life, manners and mores to sketch a bigger picture of modern life in Australia.
Bernard has directed and authored a number of global studies for KPMG International including 'Beyond the Baby Boomers' (2007) and 'The Global Skills Convergence' (2008), both of which attracted global media coverage. In 2010 he produced KPMG's Future Focus report aimed at business and government and which looked at development options for Australia in the 2010s.
A highly sought-after commentator by media and the business community, Bernard appears regularly on radio and television programs including A Current Affair, Business Sunday, The Today Show, SBS Insight, Today Tonight and 60 Minutes.
Client Comments for Bernard Salt
- An unqualified success... riveting. The anecdotes and verbal illustrations were worthy of the most highly acclaimed entertainer.
Franchise Council of Australia
- I continue to receive very positive comments from attendees who thoroughly enjoyed your lively exposition … Excellent presentation.
CEO of AusCID
- Bernard's presentation style and content was one of the most discussed by delegates. Excellent and entertaining!
- Great presentation and very informative. Extremely detailed and relevant analysis. A tremendous example of how to present complex information effectively.
2005 National public sector speaker evaluations
- Bernard is outstanding - fascinating research and insights presented with energy and humour. First class presentation style.
- Bernard Salt was fabulous. Funny and at the same time informative. He was really great.
RCSA Australia & New Zealand
- Bernard was excellent I have received numerous emails saying his presentation was a fantastic start to the week, and that he was the best speaker they have heard in a long time.
Frankston City Council
- Bernard was a clear favourite for all delegates. I have been flooded with praises for him and his presentation, with delegates saying things like: "I could have listened to him all day". We have not received our evaluation surveys back from delegates yet, but I am expecting Bernard to receive rave reviews.
Australian Sports Commission
- Excellent presentation; thought provoking and presented in a very professional manner. There was a strong message for all of us.
- Bernard has a presentation that can be easily tailored to target many industries. He is very engaging and can turn sometimes 'dry' topics into humourous reflections of the world in which we live. He really made our delegates sit up and reflect on their future plans, and given the broad scope of demographic and social trends he speaks on, he also managed to engage their partners also.
- 5 reasons to be optimistic about Australia's Prospects in 2015
- Changing Mass and Target Markets: The Opportunities For Business
- The business opportunities presented by Australians a-shiftin' and a-shufflin' around their continent
- The business opportunities presented by the rise and fall of baby boomers, Xers, Generation Y and Dotcoms
- The Impacts of Cultural & Demographic Change in Australia
- The Rise of a Third Australian Culture: The Big Shift
- The trends which will emerge over the next 20 years that present both opportunities and challenges to business
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