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179 Queens Parade
Clifton Hill, VIC, 3068

I create and deliver speeches and capability programs that lift the project performance of individuals and organisations.

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Conference and Corporate Speaking

Telling stories and making people smile is something I've always loved doing and now I combine that with more than 20 years of project and program delivery experience in the UK, New Zealand and Australia to deliver keynote speeches that make audiences sit up and think. I use humour, statistics and real life experience to champion the profession I love while bringing to light the details of why and how it needs to change.

While successful projects and delivery are at the heart of what I do, my keynotes and presentations also reflect the times we live in now and the challenges facing organisations, leaders and teams today and in the future. I'll talk about the role of leadership and culture building in project success; I’ll talk about accountability, the importance of feedback, what the real performance metrics are and why and how to be the kind of leader that teams want to do their best work for.

This is not your usual project management presentation because I am not your usual project manager! There'll be laughs, inspiration and perspiration! If you'd like to engage me to speak a your conference or corporate event please take a look at my speaker brochure and contact my business manager Jodie at You can also see me in action below!

Here's what some of my clients have to say: 

"At last, a passionate and energised project management speaker who talks without jargon, tells it like it is and inspires too!"

"Colin engaged the audience like no other speaker we’ve had before. His talk was interactive, funny and generated discussion about what people could change about themselves the very next day. That, is the mark of a great speaker."

"In a different league! Outstanding presentations – highly visual, engaging and inspiring."

"I had the pleasure of attending Colin’s talk at Cisco Live Melbourne 2017. Colin delivered an engaging and motivational talk on what would ordinarily be the dry topic of project management.
His energetic delivery held the attention of the audience with loads of real world examples. His views and experiences were freely given, offering an array of common sense approaches and strategies in delivering great projects. Highly recommended."

"Colin was a guest speaker at HPE's Virtual PPM Event (PM Con 2017). He was most engaging with his global audience (around 3,000 registrations) throughout the entire session, despite the virtual nature of the event. I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation as it gave some great insights, some real-life examples and the content focused really well on the leadership side of project management."

"I had the immense pleasure of seeing the vibrant, energetic, and dynamic Colin D Ellis present at Convergence 2017. Colin engaged the audience right from the minute he stepped on the stage, delighting us with humour whilst at the same time challenging our thinking. I can't wait for the next opportunity to attend one of Colin's workshops or presentations."

"The Australian Institute of Management ACT were privileged to have Colin speak to our members and guests on the impact of culture and leadership on successful project delivery. Colin is an engaging speaker who is professional and a pleasure to deal with. Feedback from attendees was extremely positive."

"A true straight shooter. Even if you don't like what he says, you'll probably acknowledge that it's true, and his action orientated ideas can take even the most stubborn organisation on a journey of project improvement."

"With an engaging style and passion for developing project leaders and creating awesome cultures, we had fantastic feedback from our team after a session with Colin. Highly recommended as a speaker or facilitator."

“Colin lifts engagement through his insights and experience. His powerful stories inspire individuals and teams to take action. Simply outstanding.”

“Colin delivers his message with a great professional presence, charisma and passion.”

"Colin’s presentation on conscious project management was vibrant and engaging. Delivered with great humour, his message was clear, authentic and memorable."

"Highly recommended as a great speaker, particularly at leadership level."

“Colin created such a buzz during his presentation that the vibration among staff continued for days. Thoroughly recommended for an energetic and entertaining key note with take aways for all project leaders.”

My corporate and conference speaking clients include:


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