Andre Alphonso

He will make you laugh. He will make you cry. He will make you think. More importantly he will inspire you to go beyond standard ways of communicating with people so that you will walk away with a practical set of tactics that you can immediately use to turn up the volume on your personal presence and influence. André Alphonso is an entrepreneur, owner and leader of multiple businesses, published author, executive coach and keynote speaker who uses storytelling as a way of communicating his message.

Australia is his base and he works in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is the Managing Director of The Ariel Group in Australia, an organisation that combines best practices from actor training, adult learning, and common sense. Their unique methodology develops presence and influence: the ability to connect authentically, communicate effectively, inspire action and build the relationships that help them achieve results.

André is also Founder and Chairman of The Forum Corporation in India. An organisation he went and set up in 2008 where he says he had “a corporate adventure of a lifetime.”

Andre’s singular focus is to enhance the personal presence of all individuals, be they leaders, salespeople, professionals or individual contributors in all types of organisations. He is passionate about helping people think bigger and be bolder than where they are in their world so that they can claim their value. He will tailor his keynotes to the client and conference outcomes to deliver a session that will engage your people from the start to the end and they will walk away with communication tactics that will be used for life.

He is the co-author of Strategic Connections – The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World released worldwide in 2015.

Topic: Personal Presence - Dramatic Techniques for True Influence

It is said the definition of hell is “that on your last day on earth the person you have become meets the person you could have become.” Andre’s mission is to help you think bigger and be bolder than where you are in your world so you can claim your value. And this is where the personal presence keynote fits in. Presence is not just presentation skills. It is much more than that. It is how you ‘show up’ in high stakes situations as your very best self be it one-on-one or one-on-many. It is the ability to connect authentically, communicate effectively, inspire action and build relationships. Presence will give you the power of true influence - to affect the actions, behaviours, and opinions of others in a real and authentic way.

Surprisingly for some, presence is set of skills that you can learn and in this session you will learn tactics that you can use straightaway. You'll learn the essence of presence through the lens of our PRES model and explore how and when to use it:

Present: The ability to be completely in the moment, undistracted by anything past or future, sharp as a razor, and flexible enough to handle the unexpected.
Reaching Out: The ability to build relationships with others through empathy, listening and authentic connection.
Expressive: The ability to express feelings and emotions appropriately by using all available means – words/voice/face/body – to deliver one congruent message.
Self-Knowing: The ability to accept yourself, to be authentic, and to reflect your values in your decisions and actions to inspire those you engage with.

By attending this keynote you will:

  • Peek into the future and know how presence fits into a digitally disrupted world
  • Have tactics that will allow you to turn up your authentic personal presence immediately
  • Understand how to sell yourself and your ideas with power and passion
  • Discover how to inspire others and create followership through techniques used by actors


“Andre was fantastic. He was highly engaging and the content was relevant, relatable and clear how we could apply to our roles and daily lives.”
- Senior Manager, Financial Services

“I am still buzzing after Andre’s session yesterday. A smile comes to my face when I think about his intro, the F word and the way he helped us understand the significance of the letters P R E S in the word presence.”
- Group Manager - Cuscal

“Absolutely loved Andre. It made me think back to recent interactions with others and how I can change and be more inspiring, motivational and positive.”
- Executive, Banking

“At the start of Andre’s “Personal Presence” keynote address to my team recently, I introduced him as “someone with the power to change lives.” Through the insights, stories and practical advice in his talk, Andre infuses in people the self-belief and confidence to share their true, authentic self to others and in doing so build stronger human connection. Andre brings a beautiful style and persona to this talk which effortlessly traverses humour, empathy, introspection, curiosity, learning, and emotion.
Andre indeed changed a few lives that day.”
- Group Executive, Bank of Queensland

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