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Keynote Speaker

When you are looking for a unique Business Keynote Speaker for your next conference, seminar or special event, try The Persuader!

Steve Semmens, The Persuader, is a passionate and experienced Keynote Speaker, in the areas of Leadership, Sales and Marketing, Change Management, Emotional Intelligence and Strategic Networking.

Known as the King of Networking, Steve is one of the world’s leading experts in assisting medium businesses and large corporations  to work smarter by utilising Networking as their primary marketing and collaboration tool. He has been networking and building informal strategic alliances for over 30 years.

Steve left school at age 17, and was a Farm Labourer and then Freezing worker, before trying his hand at several other occupations, before being confident enough to apply for a Business Degree at age 27, assisting with the gaining of several promotions within a number of corporations. After a decade of running other people’s businesses he started his own company in 2003 and in 2017 graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Honours), at Charles Sturt University, where he is also a Sessional Lecturer, in the School of Management and Marketing. Steve is a Professional Member of Professional Speakers Australia and the Australian Institute of Training and Development. He has a strong interest in the development and growth of entrepreneurial leaders within regional organisations. Steve strongly believes that lifelong leaning is critical to life and business success and still makes time to attend over 100 professional development and Networking events each year.


Networking Rules! Tools and techniques to help you meet, engage, and develop relationships with colleagues, ideal clients and suppliers!

An essential keynote for every conference! It takes a considerable amount of time, money, and effort to organise a conference and there are always networking events. Most attendees, as soon as they hear the word ‘networking’, feel uncomfortable, and some are petrified to walk into a room of strangers. This entertaining and practical keynote quickly demonstrates to attendees how to easily, effectively, and confidently network with others to get the most out of their conference experience. Every successful business leader lists networking as a key success factor so why not make it one of yours?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Networking!

This Keynote is an entertaining and inspiring story of the successes, mistakes, and absolute disasters you can make, when out and about networking. This presentation will give you some great tips on how to comfortably start conversations, successfully network, and avoid the pitfalls of any potential awkward situations.

It will educate and inspire your audience to, generate more sales leads through referrals and Networking activities the right way!

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

A thought provoking presentation on the decline of corporations and their reputations, due to the influx of technical task orientated people, running company’s and Government Departments and/or mismanaging critical projects, who have low or no emotional intelligence. It is a great environment for the psychopaths to get ahead and thrive but not for the rest of humanity! Put people first in your strategic and operational everyday decision making to ensure the sustainability of your organisation! EQ Rules! 

The building blocks to create High Performing Companies! 

Exploring eight eternal building blocks, to help leaders and managers, to create high performing organisations, where employees become actively engaged.

Potential outcomes:

  • More engaged and empowered employees
  • Increased productivity
  • Empowering and creating leaders
  • Dedicated and loyal employees
  • Low turnover of staff
  • Improved organisational communication
  • A profitable and sustainable business

Leadership Excellence – The Care Factor – Positively Engaging Staff, Suppliers, and Customers

“Just having satisfied customers isn’t good enough anymore. If you really want a booming business, you have to create raving fans.” – Ken Blanchard

The customer is King! Hale to the Customer! Well, that is how it should be, and yet so many businesses, treat their customers as an inconvenience, rather than an opportunity to be of service.

Customers are an integral part of any businesses success but with the advance of technology many businesses have appeared to have forgotten how to connect and retain the main reason for their existence, yes, the humble customer.

If you are serious about having a successful and sustainable business then you must realise customers have so many options now regardless of what industry you are in. You have to ensure your organisation is customer service focused, providing exceptional customer service to all customers. Love and care for your customers and they will support, love, care, and rave about you!




Upcoming Keynote/Plenary Sessions for 2020

AITD 17th March 2020 Luna Park

EAN Sydney Conference 25th March 2020

Previous Clients:

Australian Computer Society

Australian Institute of Credit Management

Autism Link

Bathurst Regional Council

Bathurst Jobs Expo

Bathurst Business Chamber

BT Financial Group

Cenwest Innovate – Next Stage Growth Program

Central West Business Leaders

Charles Sturt University

CPA Australia

Dubbo Regional Council

Griffith University

Gulgong Business Awards

Key Business Network

Lithgow Business Association

Lithgow Council

NPA Worldwide

Professional Speakers Australia

Rapid Solutions

Redcliffe High School

Redlands College


Sheldon College

Western Sydney University

Women’s Network Australia