audio close compressed excel CS_logo_icon_solid_yellow_alt Created with Sketch. x image insta-black menu pdf Print Share Asset 1 word


Change, health and well being, MC


On the way to creating his 11 books (and counting) in the bestselling What I Wish I Knew series, Marty has interviewed over 1000 inspirational people on how to do business, and life, well. From footy coach Wayne Bennett to a Buddhist Nun who works with prisoners on death row in L.A., from Comic Anh Do to a mother of eleven children, from a 9/11 survivor to chef Maggie Beer.

In his speaking work he distills all that wisdom down, adds in his own scientific research, and delivers the result interwoven with laugh-out-loud stories as only a former Australian Comic of the Year could.

This makes his presentations incredibly human and instantly relatable to a wide variety of audiences.

The Speaking Circuit's 'Mr Muscle', Marty Loves the Jobs They Hate.

Marty’s hilarious, high-energy style is perfect for opening your conference and getting your people out of their work mindset. He is superb at closing your event and sending everyone home buzzing, and he is just the ticket for those low-energy spots all the other speakers hate. Give Marty the "day three, after lunch" spot and watch the crowd start grinning again.

Because Marty is also a sought after MC and After Dinner Speaker, he can give a keynote, MC your awards night, and seamlessly compere for your event, giving you incredible value for money.

Previous experience

Speaker: He has spoken to over 520,000 people since he first conquered his nerves and leapt up on stage in 1997. In his first 12 months Marty won Australian Comic of the Year, appeared on The Footy Show, and was invited to the UK to become a full time stand up. He returned home in 2007 and is now a powerful business speaker.

Talking Points


The Science of Being Resilient Through Times of Change

THEMES - Change, Innovation, Future, Leadership

This keynote is perfect for:
• Sectors being bombarded by the need to adapt to new technologies
• Leaders needing to convince their people of the benefit of (sometimes even the need for) new systems and structures.
• Businesses feeling battered by constantly changing regulations
• Companies in the middle of change programs being resisted by their employees
• Sectors buffeted by the constant appearance of disrupted new business models
• Conference organisers wanting to energise and inspire delegates and get them to open up to the nuts and bolts of the rest of the agenda.

Some of the topics covered:

When you refuse to change, you don’t hold onto the past, you just lose the future.
- With advancing technology, connected customers, continual changes in regulations and the constant appearance of new, disruptive business models, accepting and even embracing change is the ‘price of admission’ to a successful business.

Your business can’t embrace change until your people do.
- Other speakers deal with change from an intellectual, left-brain perspective, like it’s a system to be laid down on top of your business. But even the best change management models often fail because they ignore the fact that they’re being implemented by human beings with doubts, fears and emotions. Marty helps your people embrace change on a deeper, unashamedly more emotional level, getting them to accept WHY change is necessary in the first place.

“You can’t train people who are terrified.”
- Thanks to the forces of evolution, being scared actually changes which part of our brain does the thinking and makes us want to revert to ‘what’s always worked before’. This blocks our ability to even listen to ideas that involve remembering new steps and processes. You have to acknowledge, validate and deal with your people's fear of change BEFORE they can embrace new software, new systems or new company structure.

“If success has a flavour, it’s not ham & pineapple.”
- Because relentless change is an undeniable truth, continually getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things is the path towards business success, and a full and meaningful life.


THEMES - Leadership, Influence, Presence, Culture

Some of the topics covered:

This keynote is perfect for:
• Executives leading people through difficult times
• Leaders needing to convince their people of the benefit of (sometimes even the need for) new systems and structures.
• Businesses with people who are feeling overwhelmed
• Companies in the middle of change programs being resisted by their employees
• Sectors where business is tough and this is impacting on company culture
• Conference organisers wanting to energise and inspire delegates and get them to open up to the nuts and bolts of the rest of the agenda.

We Are Drawn to People Who Laugh
- on eHarmony EVERYONE puts down GSOH, Good Sense of Humour, we are naturally attracted to and influenced by people who laugh
- Those who can keep a sense of humour through stressful times show a greater sense of authority and seem to be more in control
- Being funny is a risk most people are scared of, so in the business sense we are hugely drawn to those who do it well

We Trust People Who Laugh at Themselves -
- being able to laugh at yourself shows huge emotional maturity and comfort in your own skin - which is also very charismatic and trust building
- Sharing laughter = shared meaning and human connectedness
- This also means more productive meetings. One study found that humour was found to “facilitate a transition from a feeling of tension and defensiveness to a realization of relative safety and playfulness."

Leading with Humour Aids Retention
- In one survey of over 1000 people, Ipsos asked employees to rate their boss’s sense of humour. Those who rated it above average were 90% likely to stay in their job for a year, those who rated it below average were only 37%

Great Places to Work Outperform the Average by a Factor of TWO!
- In the Annual Great Place to Work survey - fun and humour ranks very tightly in correlation with being an Employer of Choice, and the annual 100 best places to work outperform the Fortune 500 by a factor of 2

We Admire Funny, We Hire Funny (or Double your income by doubling your people up with laughter)
- The Harvard Business Review ran an article on a Hodge-Cronin & Associates survey of 737 CEO's of major corporations that showed an amazing 98 percent said they would hire a person with a good sense of humour over someone who seemed to lack a sense of funny. It also found that executives with a great sense of humour earn more money than those who are sticks in the mud.


How to Help Your People Achieve Work/Life Balance, and Why It’s Great for Your Balance Sheet.

This program is perfect for
• Businesses whose people overworked and overwhelmed
• Employees who are performing at a high level and need to make sure they can keep it up
• Divisions that need a boost because performance is dropping
• Teams where absenteeism on the rise, and disengagement has become the norm
• People who would love to feel a bit of TLC from above because they’ve been working their butts off lately
• Teams who could benefit from some simple strategies to improve their work/life balance

Some of the topics covered:

Work Isn’t Meant to Be a Holiday - The Difference Between Working Hard and Burning Out
- All jobs, and all lives, go through tough times. As the old saying goes ‘Problems are an opportunity to give your best.’ Marty explains how we can tell if we’re coping - even growing - through our hardships, or if we’re hitting the wall and hurtling towards burnout.

Face Your Stuff, Don’t Stuff Your Face
- In spite of what advertising tells us, you actually can’t really Eat/Drink/Smoke/Shop/Facebook Yourself Happy. Marty explains why our “avoidance coping strategies” and other addictions actually push us towards burnout, and how facing the underlying causes of unhappiness makes all those bad habits seem unnecessary.

How To Set Health Goals You Can Actually Keep
- If you want to get healthier - in fact, achieve anything - you will have to set some goals. Yet almost none of us have learned the scientific basics of goal setting. In 14 minutes Marty will run through 7 revolutionary new ways psychologists have discovered about setting goals that maximize your chances of success.

The Seven Psychologies Of Resilience - Questions For Leaders To Keep The Team Going On The Inevitable Bad Days
- When it really is hitting the fan, here are seven questions that open up psychologically proven ways to build resilient thinking.


  • Mastering Leadership
  • Change Management


  • Inspiring Stories
Marty Wilson is the teacher we all wish we had at school. He has that rare ability to deliver belly-laughing stand up with mind expanding concepts. Forget teaspoons, he gives the audience two or three heaped tablespoons of sugar to help the medicine go down. A session with Marty always leaves a crowd inspired to live fearlessly, communicate more openly and take themselves - and life - more lightly. I strongly recommend him to you as an exceptional speaker in the areas of change, leadership, motivation, and removing the stress of uncertainty from the workplace. Photon Group
View more
Let us know

and we'll send all the latest Saxton updates and news direct to your inbox
Thanks, you have been subscribed
View Shortlist