At Speaker Buzz, we focus on inspiration with impact and making a difference to people's lives and the world – but how do our speakers define this?
Craig Mathieson, polar explorer
"By showing people that all the barriers which are holding them back in life can be removed. By simply believing in them and their aspirations, fantastic things can be achieved - after all that’s now my job."
Gavin Oattes, former primary school teacher and stand-up comedian turned motivational speaker
"For me, it’s all about if I can inspire and empower someone to make a positive change, take positive action, feel happier, see something in a different light."
Martin Stepek, mindfulness specialist (pictured above)
"If a word I say or write, if a tiny little thing I do makes another person feel less unsure, confused or fearful, or happier or feels hope and possibility, that's making a difference. Every moment is a field of potential, the opportunity to turn something painful into something pleasant or at least more bearable. Apart from making sure you have the essentials to live life - food, clothing, shelter - only kindness matters."
JoJo Fraser, mental health campaigner, author and vlogger
"Having enough passion to work hard to fight for what you believe in and in return help others. Making a lot of noise, but the right kind of noise. There is a lot of darkness in the world. Be the light. We need more light.
"A great talk can change lives. It can wake us up so our passion doesn't just burn, it blazes. This type of passion is impossible to ignore. This type of passion changes lives and saves them too."
John Hatfield, communication specialist & autism advocate
"By opening people’s minds, challenging their prejudices and raising the general level of empathy and compassion."
Cal Major, veterinary surgeon, explorer and ocean advocate
"Making a difference is to make positive change for the greater good; it comes in many forms, and I think to be the most effective it has to be heartfelt and collaborative. The desire to make a difference is usually driven by a personal connection to the subject at hand.
"Making a difference can be enormous, or something seemingly small, but even small and personal positive change can be a catalyst for far reaching movement, and I hope to help inspire and empower this through my speeches."
A great talk can change lives. It can wake us up so our passion doesn't just burn, it blazes.