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Neryl
East

Expert in Communication, Crisis & Reputation Management

Be heard. Stand out. Command influence.
Profile

If you want to build a stand-out reputation for yourself and your organisation, you want to learn from someone who’s been a leader in that arena for more than three decades.

Dr Neryl East’s deep expertise in media, marketing, influential communication and credibility spans the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Current Work:

In a world full of hype and fake news, Neryl brings her unique blend of down-to-earth, warts-and-all experience, considered and insightful perspective and irreverent humour to events.

Who else could bring so much life to a story about an anti-corruption case that the audience is laughing while they learn the lessons?

And because Neryl has many years of experience both as a professional speaker and a television reporter, she’s equally at home speaking from a stage to a large audience or through a camera lens to a virtual community. Whether your event is in-person or online - or a hybrid of the two - you’re in very safe hands with Neryl as your speaker.

Neryl works with leaders who want to be heard, stand out and command influence.

She has a PhD in Journalism and is the author of five books, including an Amazon best-seller.

Neryl is also a Certified Speaking Professional - an international designation awarded to only a small percentage of professional speakers globally.

Previous Experience:

Neryl started as a cadet journalist in the (then) male-dominated environment of radio, and remembers being told to wear high heels so she could “kick the TV cameramen” if they got in her way during all-in media interviews.

She moved to the world of television and for ten years reported and presented every conceivable type of story - from grisly murders to over-sized vegetables and everything in between.

Neryl then “crossed to the dark side” into corporate communication where she quickly realised organisations knew very little about how to manage issues before they spiralled out of control, and many completely floundered when it came to putting their best foot forward in a crisis.

In 2000, she took to the microphone as an Olympic announcer where her voice was heard by hundreds of thousands of people.

Moving into government, Neryl thrived on the daily barrage of contentious issues and dramas that came her way - in fact she likens her role to juggling hand grenades while pedalling a unicycle across a flaming tightrope suspended over a crocodile-infested gorge!

One morning she was meeting with the CEO of a local council when his PA came to the door and informed him, “Some people from the Commission Against Corruption are here to see you”. What followed was a snowball of events leading to one of the biggest sex and corruption scandals ever seen in Australia. Neryl later wrote the book about that infamous episode, Named and Shamed, which was serialised in the media.

Expertise
Talking Points

Be Extraordinary, One Choice at a Time

How to take more action, break through obstacles and achieve beyond expectations.

A global pandemic has disrupted our lives. After having the world turned upside down, what does your future hold?

Long before COVID-19, each of us faced different kinds of disruptions. For Neryl East and her husband, Mike, that involved a life-altering motorbike accident.

Rather than accepting a bleak “new normal”, they went from their darkest night to an incredible triumph - all through small, moment-by-moment choices.

In this joyful, compelling and invigorating presentation, they share how setting a “giggly goal” changed the course of their lives and how you can take that approach to transform your business, relationships and life.

You’ll take away:
- How to use the momentum of negative experiences to propel you to the next level of success in any area of life.
- The keys to making high-quality choices that will shape your extraordinary future
- A clear path of action to take your results beyond what you dreamed you could achieve

Leading in the Spotlight

How to be a leader who commands attention through outstanding communication in a global crisis.

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that leaders must have the skills to communicate clearly and confidently in any situation - especially when the stakes are high and eyes are fixed on you.

Because the whole world is now one giant media platform, your performance has the potential to go global in an instant. Many people are counting on you and your message.

What does it take to be a leader in this often blinding spotlight? You need to be an astute, credible and strategic communicator, able to persuade and influence while remaining authentic - and always respecting the critical contribution of your team.

Dr Neryl East shows audiences how to level up their leadership so they bring credibility, confidence and influence to all their interactions. She draws on her vast media experience - and in coaching leaders in the public eye - to this vibrant presentation.

Who this is for: Leading in the Spotlight is ideal for leaders in any sector or organisation who are serious about creating and sustaining an outstanding reputation. It can be delivered in-person, virtually or
in a hybrid environment and can be tailored to any length between 30 and 120 minutes.

Specific audience takeaways:
- The keys to turning reputation risks into communication triumphs
- Communicating under fire: What to say in a crisis
- How to stand out (for the right reasons) when the world is watching

Ignite your Influence

The keys to communicating with confidence and credibility so that you’re a champion influencer in business and life.

Ignite Your Influence is perfect for audiences who want to increase their influence and success, and businesses and organisations requiring inspired and confident staff. It can be delivered in-person, virtually or in a hybrid environment and can be tailored to any length between 30 and 120 minutes.

From the hidden stories we tell ourselves to powerful lessons learned in a career spanning TV, the Olympics and some of Australia’s biggest public scandals, Neryl takes you on an entertaining journey that will ignite the influential communicator within you.

Changed work environments mean many of us are caught in an endless cycle of virtual meetings. Leaders and teams are crumbling under the extra time and effort that entails. Now, more than ever, you need outstanding skills as a credible and influential communicator.

Poor communication is crippling organisations and hindering careers. Across every sector, shrinking confidence is holding people back from performing at their best in video calls and meetings.

From the hidden stories we tell ourselves to powerful lessons learned in a career spanning TV, the Olympics and some of Australia’s biggest public scandals, Neryl takes you on an entertaining journey that will ignite the influential communicator within you.

Who this is for: Ignite Your Influence is perfect for audiences who want to increase their influence and success, and businesses and organisations requiring inspired and confident staff. It can be delivered in-person, virtually or in a hybrid environment and can be tailored to any length between 30 and 120 minutes.

Specific audience takeaways:
- How to build trust so that when you speak - online and in-person - others sit up and take notice
- The secrets to communicating so clearly that you get your message across the first time, every time
- Say goodbye to your fear of conflict and get excited that friction is essential for outstanding results

The Keys to Firing up your Team

How to unleash the power of your staff as reputation ambassadors for your business.

In our reputation-driven world, people are making snap judgements about your business based on what others (even strangers) tell them. Often, those third-party comments carry more weight than anything the organisation actually does.

On top of that, research shows your staff have more credibility than the CEO when they talk about your organisation. The question is, do you know what they’re saying?

Everyone in your team has a new and pivotal role to play, regardless of their position. Whether they know it or not, they’re your organisation’s secret reputation weapon.

This presentation shifts thinking as leaders and team members gain a new perspective on the critical importance of clear communication within your business - particularly after the changes driven by COVID-19.

Who this is for: The Keys to Firing Up Your Team is perfect for leaders and team members who want to communicate effectively and build a stand-out organisation. It can be delivered in-person, virtually or in a hybrid environment and can be tailored to any length between 30 and 120 minutes.

Specific audience takeaways:
- The four communication secrets that build trust between leaders and teams
- How to be so influential your team hears you, gets your message and acts on it
- The keys to calming conflict without burning team relationships
Media
Feedback
I've not come across anyone with the range of skills and experience that Neryl offers. Shellharbour City Council

Very motivating, inspiring, funny and full of fabulous advice.

Australian Local Government Women's Association

Insightful and dynamic!

NSW Trade & Investment
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