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Michael
Pope

Versatile humourist and entertainer.

Profile

Michael Pope holds a unique place in the Australian entertainment industry. A former TV presenter himself, Michael has been the first choice for audience warm-up since 1990 and has worked on more studio audience-based programs than anyone else. Whether it’s the raucous noise of The Footy Show crowd, or the more intimate audience of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell transforming a disparate group of 200 into one cohesive audience is what Michael does better than anyone else through his energy, quick wit and great sense of fun.

It is this same sense of entertainment that he brings to his corporate work, whether it be as MC of an Awards Night, Gala Dinner, as conference facilitator or any event where an audience gathers. In addition, Michael can perform any number of 'acts' ranging from five to 45 minutes. His forte is in improvisation and inclusion, and guests feel very connected to the event during any one of his 'you had to be there' moments of Mentalism! With over 30 years’ experience in the corporate sphere Michael can be relied upon to bring a professionalism, enthusiasm and sense of fun to all his work.

Current work

In this new era of online meeting, Michael Pope is the obvious choice to hold such an event together - and to add value. With his TV presenter experience, as well as a TV producer for a decade - Michael is well aware of the challenges and skills required to hold a ‘virtual’ audience’s attention. Add to that his 30 + years as the country’s leading TV warm-up guy and you have someone uniquely placed to grab the attention, hold it - and pass it on to others on screen. In addition, his work in the live corporate event scene for over three decades means he respects content, and he knows how an event should run. With a producer’s mind, he can work with you too to create an online event that delegates will talk about - and importantly, want to return to.

Known for his lightning quick wit - his eye for detail and professional attitude, Michael is guaranteed to deliver all you expect as an online host - and more.

Expertise
Talking Points

_Points On Presenting Explained

Do your people have to present in front of a group?

Are they nervous? Hesitant? Uncertain?

After nearly 30 years of being the loudest voice in the room, Michael has distilled the lessons learned in presenting before a crowd and has packaged these into a 30-40 minute presentation. Covering such topics as focus, status and keeping the audience engaged and more, Michael can guide and enthuse anyone to be more confident when presenting. Whether its to a crowd of 10 or 10,000, there are common tips and pitfalls to avoid, that will leave your group fighting to be the next on mic.

Presenting Matters

Distilling his experience over the years, Michael presents a keynote address titled PRESENTING MATTERS: a 45 minute presentation well suited to anyone who needs to address an audience - whether it's around the boardroom table of 20, or to a larger group, delivering sharp and insightful messages in an entertaining and interactive way. He also spends his time as a speaker coach for people wanting to improve their presenting skills.

It’s Who You Know

This 45 minute award-winning piece of entertainment comes from the Melbourne Magic Festival.

Through a series of mentalistic stunts, (is there such a word?) Michael will find connections within the audience leaving you wondering if it’s all in the lap of a higher power…..His. With his lightning quick wit - and superhuman powers of mind-reading - ‘IWYK’ is a fun and daring, fast-moving show where you'll doubt the ‘randomness’ of just who you’re sitting next to …

Winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne Magic Festival 2019 and playing to packed houses, ‘IWYK’ is now available for the corporate audience. Running 60 minutes, and perfect for after dinner entertainment or a breakout from the work of the day - ‘IWYK’ promises audience engagement, surprises and plenty of laughs.
Media
Feedback
The event ran seamlessly. Some sensitivity was required around certain issues that emerged and he handled these with the respect required. He was also poignant and entertaining. The event was a great success and Michael played a key role. SMS Management & Technology

Your huge contribution, hard work, and sense of humour were greatly appreciated. Without your co-operation, flexibility and professionalism, this event would never have kept together in times of need.

David Grant Special Events

We received many very positive and complimentary remarks from our clients and staff and I would like to echo those comments by thanking you for your sterling efforts.

Allhank Trading Company

Michael is a very funny, flexible and spontaneous performer who is a pleasure to work with. His quick wit and charm makes him relate to the audience instantly. He is fantastic!

Outloud

I am sure you could tell by the attention that you were a huge success, really capturing our attention. There was much laughter and lots of smiling faces and I received lots of positive comments, you really warmed out hearts.

Albert Park Inc

Michael please accept my thanks, you were a wonderful MC for the evening, you had the audience laughing and having fun in minutes of taking over the lectern. We all appreciate the amount of effort that went into preparing your material, it was topical and effective, most comedians would prepare a show that would be used over and over again, but you prepared for just the one evening, this is why we think you were so special.

Star City Sydney

You have an amazing ability to capture the attention of children, while amusing their parents at the same time. I have not seen you perform for sometime in public but Saturday reminded me of why your name has remained familiar to me.

Victoria Racing Club

Management and staff take this opportunity to thank you for a night which will not be forgotten. Your professionalism in managing the night was nothing short of sensational and we could not have chosen a more enthusiastic and crowd pleasing MC.

Union Steel

Just a note to congratulate you on a job well done. Everyone I talked to about the event commented on the way the MC made the night. Your sense of timing, sense of humour and sense of propriety was an excellent mix.

Peninsula Institute of TAFE

Your great sense of humour along with the wonderful anecdotes were contributing factors to the success of the Education Launch. We appreciate your involvement with the program, and believe there couldn't have been a more interesting and talented launcher.

Rialto Towers

Once again thank you for your wonderful effort. You really are extremely good at the old warm up... and that my friend is truly an art.

Hilary Inness (Exec. Producer, The Aria Awards)

Thank you so much for a truly funny, witty and entertaining evening. Honestly, the feedback from the staff and management alike has been terrific. The prizes and funny activities put everyone in a great mood. You kept the night flowing and I was floored by your quick wit and constant funny gags. Thanks to your professionalism, everything just fell into place. Even the band was impressed by your talent. All I can say is that we certainly would use you again in some capacity for a long time to come.

The Franklin Printing Group

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful job you have done in hosting a variety of Master Builder's events over the years. The entertainment that you have provided our members, both at regional and state events, where numbers range from 150 to 600 has been outstanding. Michael, your brilliant wit and wide repertoire has charmed the various audiences that have attended these events. From pre-function to stumps, you are always 'switched on'. Our guests speak highly of you well after the event. A true professional who is a delight to work with!

Master Builder's Association

Michael's a true professional. He has the knack of commanding the attention of all the people in the room, can quickly convey to the audience the purpose of the function and what is expected of them as an audience. All this is done with authority and a wonderful sense of humor. Michael is a master of thinking on his feet and is always on hand to add more than required to make any event a great success.

Pam Barnes (Exec. Producer, The Logies)

Just a quick note to let you know that Michael Pope stole the show on Saturday night - every single bit of feedback from guests has been that 'Michael was the star!' He more than earned his keep on stage and they simply loved him! He is an absolute professional who reads his brief, does his homework and never misses a beat.

AFI Awards - Kerry Freer Events

Thanks for your fabulous performance - it really gave our evening the feel we were looking for. We've had great feedback - immediately after and continuing today. The general feeling was that people admired the fact we could poke fun at our industry, and not be so serious all the time. Your performance ensured our clients will be talking about our event today and in the future.

Hay Group

Michael is a great MC, he was very easy to work with particularly because he did this event last year and knew the demographic of the group. Michael was professional and kept the formalities running smoothly as well as entertaining the guests during a lengthy Awards presentation.

Fuji Xerox

Thank you so much for a truly funny, witty and entertaining evening. Honestly, the feedback from the staff and management alike has been terrific. The prizes and funny activities put everyone in a great mood. You kept the night flowing and I was floored by your quick wit and constant funny gags. Thanks to your professionalism, everything just fell into place.

Franklin Printing Group

It was such a huge pleasure working with you Michael. Despite all the ongoing changes you remained calm, accommodating and on the ball. Nothing was ever a problem... a talent and attitude that made my role so much easier - thank you! I really look forward to working with you again soon.

Venables Creating Entertainment

Just to tell you we had a fabulous evening last night. Michael Pope worked like a charm, especially the 'roving reporter' segment he did on the Vision truck with our Marketing Manager. It is hard to keep the audience's attention when it comes to product presentations, but Michael made it happen. I was very impressed with his professionalism and involvement in the night as if it was his own. Our mining manager said, 'it sounded as if he knew what he was talking about!'

Mack Trucks Australia

I just wanted to say a belated thank you for the fantastic job that you did as MC for the Restaurant & Catering Australia National Awards for Excellence. Your ability to entertain and maintain the interest of the audience ensured that the night was not the dry, predictable Awards night that so often happens. Thank you for your guidance along the path and for the outstanding job that you did on the night.

Restaurant & Catering Victoria

I've had the pleasure of working with Michael Pope on a number of occasions and I consider him to be one of the most experienced and professional comperes, hosts, producers et al that I know. His interaction with people is fantastic and his public speaking is interesting, knowledgeable, humorous and reflects many years in the entertainment industry.

Bert Newton

We couldn't have asked for a better conference. We worked hard through a lot of heavy sessions and Michael kept it all flowing and used great techniques to highlight key messages in the most fun and entertaining ways. His unique skills helped make our conference work to its best... a true professional, flexible and easy to work with.

Rheem

Michael is such a highly talented and skilful MC who engages audiences in a way that he puts energy and buzz into any audience. He goes above and beyond in his preparation and research of the client, their audience and key messages and themes. Michael is also able to 'wing it' and ad lib when necessary due to technical issues or last minute changes to agendas or presenters which is a highly valuable asset to any producer in the live events space.

CiCreate

Thank you Michael for contributing to what was another outstanding conference at Hamilton Island. As MC your ability to manage the agenda with a perfect blend of humour made for a memorable conference for both the delegates and the plenary and break out presenters. Should you wish to ever promote the plenary session you delivered on Presenting Skills, I would gladly offer myself as a referee. The content of the presentation was outstanding and the talk amongst the room afterwards was that it will surely help our franchisees to run more effective seminars and customer meetings.

Mortgage Choice

This is the 3rd year we have used Michael to MC our Annual Awards Night. Michael understood and interpreted our brief throughout the evening, adapting to his audience and ensured just the right mix of fun & serious. He is an experienced professional who does his homework and takes control, ensuring that timing is kept and everyone is comfortable and entertained. Before we knew it 4 hours had passed and the evening was over!”

Apprenticeship & Traineeship Employment Partners - ATEP
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