Iconic Australian Personality, MC, Keynote and After Dinner Speaker
The consummate professional, Max Walker is well educated, well travelled, a wonderful story teller and a successful businessman. One of Australia's favourite sons of sport, he is an Australian speaking and MC phenomenon. Max Walker has spoken or hosted over 4,000 different events throughout Australia and the world, and presented approximately 3,000 hours of television.
Max Walker was one of a select group of sportsmen who played both Senior VFL/AFL Football and Test Cricket. He played 94 senior games with the Melbourne Football Club and 13 years of first class cricket with Victoria and Australia.
Max played Test Cricket in a golden era under the captaincy of Ian and Greg Chappell. He proudly pulled on the baggy green cap for Australia to tour New Zealand, England and The West Indies, playing through 34 test matches. Max took 138 wickets at an average of 27.47 and supported his team with 12 catches. He contributed 586 runs (avg. 19.53).
During the years 1977-79, when World Series Cricket was launched, Max and his team mates were in the thick of the action. Max played through 6 Super Tests, and took 26 wickets at an average of 23.7 (best 7/77). He scored 144 runs (avg. 13.00), 3 n/o and a highest score of 30
Max Walker has experienced most speaking scenarios in diverse locations - from magnificently appointed high-tech theatres and glamorous ballrooms, to the outdoor arenas of the Australian desert. His speaking roles have included formal Master of Ceremonies to hosting complex award events, keynotes, workshops, after dinner and gala ball extravaganzas. It is his experience, confidence and ability to deliver that takes the risk or "unknown quantity" from the speaker equation.
Max has hosted 3,000 plus hours of "live" television. In the early eighties he was Channel 7's cricket expert on World of Sport. With Channel Nine he was both host and commentator on programs including Wide World of Sports, Nine Network Cricket, Nine News and The Footy Show.
A practicing architect for 10 years, Max is also a successful entrepreneur; a hands-on director of four companies, the author of 13 books (with sales in excess of 1,000,000 copies), his latest being the compilation of cricketing yarns, Caps, Hats and Helmets. Max Walker has also been the face and voice of numerous multi-million dollar advertising campaigns.
Max Walker talks about:
- Wickets, Words, Widgets - Success in a multi-dimensional world
- Life's a Pitch - The Power of Storytelling
- The Sex Life of an Idea - How to link your creative dots
- Maxxing your attitude - The signposts to the future
- Open the doors and windows of the mind - Maxxing your neck-top computer
- The bottom line is people - Communication is directly proportional to success
- 10 Steps to Embracing Change - How to build a change pyramid
- Average never wins - Lifting the bar, stretching capabilities and possibility thinking
- Maxxing presentation skills - Being un-ordinary, being authentic
- Marketing to the Heartland - Bring memorable, marketable and remarkable 24/7
- The Architecture of Reinvention - Reimagine, Reinvigorate, Redesign, Refresh
- Leadership - Raising the bar - innovation, team attitude, communication
Master of Ceremonies: As a national television presenter and anchor of more than 3000 hours of live television, Max Walker brings professionalism, relevance, flexibility and an injection of personality to a presenting role. He will quickly and easily connect with audiences of all ages.
Conference Host: Hosting a 1, 3, or 5 day event is a regular assignment for Max. He draws on his business, sporting, architectural and media background to stimulate and educate.
Workshop Facilitator: Max draws on his business, architectural, sporting and television background to stimulate and up skill workshop participants. Max's workshops include: Communication, Building teams, Life balance, Creativity and Manifesting the future.
After Dinner Speaker: Be entertained after dinner with Max's many hilarious stories that connect with all audiences. You do not need to Know Max or his stories to have a truly enjoyable evening hearing from one of Australia's great After Dinner raconteur's.
The team raved about how well you hit the mark and are all drawing many ideas from your speech.
Max was able to keep the program progressing smoothly with his humorous ‘add libs’ and strong stage direction.
Telstra Corporation Small Business Awards
The team loved Max, in fact they said they could have listened to him for another half hour.
Colonial First State Global Asset
Max Walker has the complete package for any conference organiser. He can MC, deliver a thought provoking inspirational message or entertain and captivate his audience with his genuine relatable stories. Your conference is guaranteed to be an outstanding success in your delegates eyes, if Max is anywhere on the program. Max Walker is the consummate professional.
Keith Abraham CSP, Best Selling Author
Max Walker gave a brilliant presentation at our AGM that left everyone talking. Feedback from members is totally positive. Max gave a presentation that was full of humour yet made you think and question. A stellar performer.
Max spoke at the end of a long day of conference papers and provided just the light relief we wanted at that point. He did have serious points to make about dealing with people but these were made in an interesting and entertaining manner. His down to earth and humorous approach was ideal for the audience of mobile library operators. He also stayed behind for some time afterwards enjoying a drink and a chat with the participants.
Public Libraries Victoria Network
Max gave a brilliant performance that held and motivated the audience. Max was available before and after for photos and nothing but positive comments about his speaking abilities have been received since.
CPA Adelaide Geelong Branch
Max delighted the crowd not just with his raconteur but his ability to tell his story and connect with all as we were able to visualize his dreams as a boy imagining being presented with his “Baggy Green”. It was a truly remarkable presentation. Max stayed the evening and welcomed our members and guests to come over, sit with him for a photo and experience the feel of a "Baggy Green". People left not only entertained but also inspired.
Australian Renderers Association
An authentic, genuine speaker who was received very positively. He was very generous with his time and willingly engaged with the audience.