Dr. Neryl East

If you want to build a stand-out culture and reputation, 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 influential communication, credibility and media spans the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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

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.

After a distinguished career that encompassed radio and TV, Olympic announcing and advising executives during major public crises, Dr Neryl East now channels her expertise into developing credible leaders and connected teams through clear and authentic communication.

She's worked with leaders at the highest level, from the Chief of Defence to CEOs and State Premiers, and has inspired teams to rebuild trust during times of challenge and change.

As well as being a regular media commentator and the author of five books including an Amazon best-seller on media and reputation, Neryl has a PhD in Journalism and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

Dr Neryl East is not just a speaker - she's a magnetic force of inspiration and transformation.

Speaking topics

Harness the power of AI without killing your credibility

AI can save time and resources but use it unwisely and your credibility will take a hit.

This keynote unveils the sweet spot, where the time-saving brilliance of ChatGPT and other forms of generative AI can co-exist with your personal and business reputation.

Your audience will:

  • Implement a new awareness of generative AI tools, well beyond ChatGPT
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the benefits and risks of using generative AI in their role
  • Take away a framework for how to use generative AI to speed up tasks without impacting human relationships or reducing trust with clients and customers

ChatGPT and other forms of generative AI offer businesses incredible opportunities to save time and money - and they also come with risk that needs careful management.

There's a good chance staff in your organization are using ChatGPT and other platforms as time-savers and research tools- most likely under the radar of any regulation.

This presentation gives you essential insights and tools to use generative AI to enhance, not destroy, your reputation.

It's ideal as a stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half-day workshop program.

Leading in the spotlight

How to be a transformational leader who commands attention through outstanding communication.

Today's leaders must be exceptional communicators, especially in spotlight situations - when the pressure is on and stakes are high.

In this keynote, Dr Neryl East draws on her extensive experience in the spotlight and reveals the secrets of communicating with such clarity and credibility that people sit up, take notice and act on your message.

Your audience will:

  • Super-charge their credibility in pressure situations by knowing how to authentically communicate the right balance of strength and warmth
  • Implement a unique framework that ensures they connect with their audience - whether in high-stakes conversations, presentations or media interviews
  • Be equipped with a highly effective structure in crisis situations so they know what to say and when to say it

It's ideal for senior and mid-level leaders in any sector or organization who are serious about creating and sustaining an outstanding reputation. It can be delivered in-person or virtually as a stand-alone presentation or extended into a highly engaging half-day Intensive.

Whether in the board room, on a stage or Zoom call, or in the glare of media lights, in our changed world it's never been more important for leaders to step up with confidence and certainty under pressure.

Ignite your influence

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

Confident, credible and influential communication is vital for high performing teams and effective leadership, especially in a world where hybrid workplaces are here to stay.

By engaging Dr Neryl East to deliver this keynote, your audience will:

  • Rapidly establish trust and rapport so others listen, respond and act on their information
  • Communicate so clearly that their message is understood the first time it's heard
  • Break through fear of conflict with a positive, confident approach to difficult conversations

This session will transform your internal messages and your external performance!

From the secret stories you tell yourself to powerful lessons learned in a career spanning TV, the Olympics and some of Australia's biggest public scandals, Neryl takes you on an enthralling journey that will awaken the influential communicator within you.

Ignite Your Influence is perfect for audiences who want to increase their influence and success, and businesses and organizations requiring inspired and confident staff.

It can be delivered in-person or virtually and can be tailored to any length between 30 and 120 minutes. It can also be extended to a half-day workshop or Intensive.

Be extraordinary, one choice at a time

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

After having the world turned upside down in recent years, what does your future hold?

Long before a pandemic, 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 a similar 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.
  • Implement the keys to making high-quality choices that will shape your extraordinary future
  • Take a clear path of action to springboard your results beyond what you dreamed you could achieve

After hearing Mike and Neryl's story you'll realise you can, at any time, disrupt your own life and create the extraordinary.

This presentation can be delivered by Neryl or Mike solo or as a double act and can be tailored to any length between 30 and 120 minutes.


Her passion, energy, immense knowledge and easy style has made her a favourite.
Director, CMA Events

Neryl is no doubt the best speaker I have ever heard.
Somerset College, Gold Coast

Very motivating, inspiring, funny and full of fabulous advice.
Australian Local Government Women's Association

A fantastic presentation.
Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc.

We highly recommend Dr Neryl East. Her stories were highly engaging for our members and her presentation was very practical.
CPA Australia

She was fantastic. Each pillar she focused on seemed deeply experiential and road tested.
CEO, Melbourne

We have received lots of positive feedback on your session - lots to think about!
CEO, Local Government Professionals Australia SA

I can't recommend her more highly
CEO, The Housing Trust

Thank you for an amazing presentation. I found it extremely powerful.
HSE Advisor, Telstra

Neryl not only provides practical advice for communicating with influence, she also showcases how it should be done. She is engaging and charismatic; she understands and connects with her audience; and she shares highly quality, relevant content. Highly recommended.
CEO, Local Government Professionals Australia

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