Conference Speaker

Trusted and Empowering

Over 1000 speeches

 on 4 continents

in 12 countries


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Empowering people with value-driven strategies


John has spoken at thousands of conferences including the Global Speakers Summit. His popular keynotes are: 

Growing Leaders – Nurture your future leadership team.
Creating a Strategic Mindset – Future-proof your thinking.
When Worlds Collide – Enhance your ethics and negotiation skills.
Whole and Healthy – Boost health, productivity and workforce wellbeing. 
Basic Instincts – Know yourself and understand others.
Growing Digital Wings – Leverage business growth using technology.

John’s work with leaders in hundreds of organisations, including global companies and elite sporting programs, allows him to share value-driven strategies around leadership and human performance. His messages include powerful models, metaphors from his life and narratives from many sources. John’s presentations are uplifting, memorable and often redefine the future agenda for an industry or business culture. Learn more…


Beyond the conference stage, John is committed to helping business owners and leadership teams take the smart and courageous steps needed to drive value well into the future. John provides transformative mentoring and facilitation. He mentors men and women, business owners and leaders to enhance their leadership, creativity, negotiation skills, relationships, confidence, health and intuition with three, six and twelve-month programs. Learn more…

He helps business owners, boards and c-suites to create a strategic mindset and future proof their business over three high-level days. Learn more…

While some have fears about the future, John sees fear as an invitation to come home, re-assess, reframe and innovate. Whether it’s what he speaks about to conference audiences or leadership clients, John communicates with authority, commercial clarity, compassion and humour. He helps leaders overcome inertia, tackle entropy and reduce bias, by creating the space necessary to re-focus, take purposeful actions and drive future value. 


John has held Visiting Professor and Adjunct Professor positions. He has taught Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Strategy and Project Management at Singapore Management University, Bond University, Melbourne Business School and the University of Queensland. He has taught in Schools and is often invited to share ideas and knowledge in centres of education. He holds degrees in Architecture and Computing, postgrad degrees in Education and Human Performance and a Master of Business Administration.

John has been an educator in the public domain, collaborating with corporations to create the Westpac Spirit of Business™ and the Telstra Next Step Workshops™ annual series for business owners and corporate managers. He has also facilitated hundreds of weekend workshops over many years, inspired by the work of Robert Moore, David Deida, Buller Iyengar, Koretoshi Maruyama, Hsi Lai, Acharya Rajneesh and Avikal Constantino, across the domains of men’s work, tantra, yoga, aikido, chi gong, meditation and zen inquiry.

If you are considering booking a conference speaker for your next event, hiring a mentor, engaging a strategic facilitator or visiting teacher, please contact John.  

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We hired Hale Consulting Group to assess our culture and help us modernise the way we operate as an organisation. The result was fantastic. John delivered an action-packed and magical day of team building and awareness raising games and exercises. Morale is much higher and we are working much more cooperatively and effectively as a result.

Mark Pidcock - Dealer Principal, City Toyota

John Hale has spoken at our national dealer conference for three years in a row. Customer service is important for our dealers, yet we wanted an extra customer service effort right through the buying process. John led this change by crystallizing the benefits of extra effort with great results. It is rare to have a business advisor passionate about the issues and who balance changing attitudes with the discipline of personal action plans.

Bruce Loxton - Managing Director, Kimberley Group

The Board identified the need to bring new and current Board Members up to date with the responsibilities of being a Director. The Board Governance Training Day John Hale from Hale Consulting Group facilitated for us was well received by new and experienced Directors alike. John’s knowledge, professional experience and entertaining style kept the Board engaged and made for a highly effective day.

Paul Welch - Company Secretary, NSW Sugar Milling Co-op

We invited John Hale from Hale Consulting to facilitate our Company Development Forum. John is a skilful presenter – he extended us both as individuals and as a group. His positive energy and enthusiasm served to break down barriers, build a strong cohesiveness within the group and gave us valuable communication and relationship – building skills. I highly recommend John as a facilitator for any organisation looking to improve its internal and external communication skills.

Craig Zerk - Director, GeoLINK.

I invited John Hale from HCG to be the keynote presenter at our inaugural company development day. John helped us become more aware and cooperative as a team. He has given the entire organisation and me a great platform from which to drive the changes necessary for our future growth and success.

Brett McLaren - Chief Executive Officer, OEM Dynamics

Whether it is organising highly successful information technology forums for our members or performing focus group consultations for thirty small rural communities of less than 5000 people and then developing appropriate health care service models, John Hale’s breadth of experience and professional approach ensures I can be confident of a quality outcome every time.

Dr. Susan Page - National President, Rural Doctors Association

We were delighted with John Hale’s keynote presentation Growing Digital Wings at our annual digital conference. John’s presentation was so well received, that we scheduled it again on the second day of the conference, so even more people could learn from John.

Margaret Blade - CEO, Regional Development Australia

I think John’s ‘Basic Instinct’ presentation to our members was one of the best presentations we have seen at AIEA. As a speaker, John captured our attention early and earned our trust quickly, so that the true nature of the leaders in the audience could be revealed, shared and celebrated. I recommend John as a highly skilled professional speaker, who can adapt quickly and add significant value to a leadership audience. We look forward to having John back to speak again next year.

Mal Walker - Chairman, Australasian Interim Executive Association

John Hale is a popular speaker with our members. His presentations are engaging, with serious information provided in a light and fun way. We thoroughly enjoyed his two keynote presentations to us last year. John has a rare combination of business knowledge and intuition with people. I highly recommend him as a professional speaker who can engage and interact brilliantly with any audience. We are looking forward to having him back to speak again this year.

Kathleen Lewis - President , Brisbane Southside Chamber of Commerce
John Hale’s keynote speech “When Worlds Collide” to our members was highly entertaining, educational and extremely well received. The feedback after John’s talk included comments and remarks like “Great learnings”, “Very thought-provoking”, “I loved the interactivity” and “I can apply what I learnt to my workplace.” This was the second time I have heard John present and I am really looking forward to hearing him speak again soon.
Andrea O’Halloran – Convenor, AHRI Diversity & Inclusion Network & AHRI Mining & Resources Network
John Hale delivered an entertaining, interactive and informative keynote presentation on “Doing Leadership Differently” at our annual IPA Victoria Congress. The feedback from our members was overwhelmingly positive and John was mentioned a number of times in response to our survey asking members what they enjoyed most about the Congress.
Sarah Cooke - Professional Development Executive, Institute of Public Accountants


Hale Consulting Group cut quickly through to the core issues and then supported me in establishing simple yet valuable habits to manage my life more effectively, habits that I continue to use in my daily life years later. Their insight and skills provide solutions for personal as well as corporate growth. They operate at maximum integrity and come highly recommended.

Christopher Dean - Founder, Thursday Plantation

We called on Hale Consulting Group when our company was struggling with its direction. They gave us a clear overview and proposition of options that was invaluable in leading us to make brave decisions and actions. Five years later our Company is a leader in its field and has just won the NSW Telstra Business Award as best business in its category.

Will Evans - Founder, The Purist Company

Hale Consulting’s greatest strengths lie in their ability to think strategically and to guide others along that path. They demonstrate very effective people management skills and can adapt their style to suit variable client groupings and scenarios. They played a significant role in the development of this Council’s overarching 2020 Strategic Plan and this required intense workshop exercises with Councillors. Soon after I invited them to assist with a radical restructuring of the organization’s management team. I found their input invaluable and importantly both of these key exercises have proven to be success stories for Lismore City Council.

Paul O’Sullivan - General Manager, Lismore City Council.

Hale Consulting Group’s lateral and clear thinking has been of immense help in those times when I have felt backed into a corner. Our company and management have benefited enormously both financially and personally due to their creativity, commitment and expertise.

Terry Pitt - Managing Director, Byron Bay Taxis & Limosines

I realised we had plenty of options going forward and I needed some help in evaluating them and choosing the right ones. I found working with Hale Consulting Group amazing. They are so grounded and able to quickly and powerfully choose the right pathway out of many and offer the most suitable and sustainable strategies to make sure we arrive successfully.

Natalie Purcell - Founder , Byron Bay Detox Retreats
In my first 2 years working with John, I have grown Nickel Energy by over 150%. John made sure I set goals that were right for me. He helped me navigate the future at multiple levels, he delivered the skills and awareness my management team needed and found me the key senior management personnel I needed. John has tremendous wisdom, expertise and skill and his level of integrity are second to none.


Nick Lake - Founder, Nickel Energy

I had lots of ideas and not enough focus, which is great as a new photographer but not as a business owner. John asked me the right questions at the right time to move my business from existence and survival to a growing success. Around 85% of all new ventures fail and thanks to John, I am not one of them and I am now riding wave after wave of success.

Craig Parry - Surf & Oceanography Photographer, Craig Parry Photography

Creating a strategic plan that was mindful of our finite resources and the multiplicity of demands and views within our community required expert facilitation. John Hale’s skills in bringing our key stakeholders and issues to the table and reaching consensus on a plan were brilliant and we continue to be delighted with the outcome.

Arthur Piggot - General Manager, Kyogle Council

John asked me some tough questions that needed to be answered. His goal was not to undermine us, but make us successful. He concentrated less on the things we do well, and more on the things we must never do badly. He helped us find the opportunities where we had and could build unfair advantages.

Sein Lowry - Managing Directo, Byron Arts Factory

Our Board was only happy to go ahead when John offered us his short pay option. At the end of our initial strategy retreat with him, this gave us the freedom to pay any amount less than the agreed fee by simply writing down our ideas on where he fell down. This didn’t happen, the process was thorough and the results were extremely valuable. We then kept drawing on John’s expertise in the areas of strategy development, securing a government grant and ongoing project management supervision, over the following five years.

Allan Rush, Founding and Managing Director, Permo–Drive Group
When I had the privilege to meet John Hale, 4 years before I became a client, I was deeply impressed by his healing generosity, amazing intuition and grounded tranquillity; So when the ‘chips were down’ and the time came to prepare for and deliver on the most precious project of my life, my decision to call on John was automatic. And I never regretted it. I recommend John to anyone as a world-class therapist and mentor.
Nathalie Belle-Larant - Founder, NBL Solutions Pty Ltd
The Chairman of our Board was very supportive of engaging John as a leadership mentor to extend me. I believe that you never stop learning and John has challenged my boundaries and expanded my outlook at both a business and personal level. His incredible understanding of organisations, people and human nature will change your life. I am truly blessed to have him as a mentor and coach.
Glen Eagles - General Manager, Hurford Group

John provides you with the understanding and tools to make informed decisions about your future, your key relationships and the future of your business. He guides you through a process of diagnosis and prompting to focus on solutions to problems that you have put in the too hard basket or are preventing your life and your business from developing. We would without qualification recommend John as an outstanding personal and business mentor.

Paul and Lynne Thompson - Directors, Colonial Meatpackers

I engaged John for 12 months as a mentor and counsellor to assist me with staying whole, healthy and compassionate through the, at times, painful deterioration and eventual death of my father earlier this year. John taught me how to relax and breathe from my centre. Under his guidance, I was able to release aspects of inter-generational trauma from my father’s heritage, personality and traits. John helped me learn to let go of judgment and anger around my father so that the words “I love you” could finally be spoken, received and felt in Dad’s final weeks. John helped me let go so that Dad could let go and go peacefully.

Julia - Special Counsel, Brisbane Law Firm
I called on John at a time when I really needed the motivation to shift things quickly. John’s diagnosis and advice was spot on and he provided me with some excellent resources to refocus and take charge of my life. I recommend John to anyone as a top-shelf executive coach and confidant.
Chris Condon - Chairman, Condon Group
John created space for me to feel safe, adventurous and authentic. I joined John’s men’s circle 6 years ago, having just graduated from an 18-year relationship. I was an anxious and reluctant man, fearful of life and love. With John’s business mentoring and life coaching programs, I have created a new life, full of love and integrity with business, physical, mental and spiritual growth. John’s knowledge and passion for life and love was the stimulus I needed to grow again. I feel blessed to know John and to continue my work with him.
Hugh McCaffery - Owner, Cleanskincare


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