Four-Time Olympian, motivational speaker
Shane Heal has a long list of successful roles to his name: four-time Olympian, winning basketball player, coach, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, brand ambassador – and one of Australia’s most recognised personalities and sporting figures.
He was the first-ever Australian player to be signed to the NBA from the NBL and he also captained the Sydney Kings to their first-ever title, helping to raise the profile of basketball around Australia. He has represented Australia at four Olympic Games and played professionally for more than 20 years in Australia, Europe and the NBA. In February 2012 he was appointed Head Coach of the Sydney Kings.
An inspirational, highly articulate, entertaining and engaging speaker, Shane Heal is definitely both a client and audience favourite, regardless of whether he is presenting at a sporting, business, corporate or community event.
Following his retirement from playing, Shane earned a reputation as a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He built up a successful business in fast food franchising with more than 30 stores across six different brands which, at its peak in 2010, employed over 350 people. After his company was severely affected by the collapse of an ASX listed company in which he had purchased a 10-year contract, Shane had to start all over again.
Shane has experienced the most intense highs and lows during both his sporting and business career and his experiences of working through these challenging times inspires others to do so. Shane’s relaxed, charismatic style and his positive message resonate with anyone who understands that the road to success is never easy and life frequently throws obstacles in one’s way.
Shane’s corporate clients have included St George, GIO, Australian Society for CPAs, Westpac and NAB.
He has also held hosting, commentary and columnist roles with ABC, Channel Ten, Nine Network and Fox Sports.
Shane Heal talks about:
- Establishing a culture of success
- Success through hard work
- Change Management
- Leadership and Mentoring
- Determination and Perseverance
- Managing a high performance team
- Moving learnings from the sports arena into business
Shane Heal is a consummate professional, as seen recently when we had Shane speak to a group of clients across entertainment, lifestyle and technology companies. We decided to approach Shane to speak because not only is his story inspiring; Olympian, NBL champion, NBA player and Head coach, but because there are so many correlations between business, entrepreneurship and sports. Shane had everyone engaged from the moment he started. Whether it was a story about inspiring others around him to do better or taking on Charles Barkley, it was the underlying messages of leadership and not giving up when you're faced with failure that really resonated with the group. I would recommend Shane for any speaking engagement, not only because he's an Australian sporting icon but he's funny, engaging, inspiring and also a good bloke to boot.
-One Meaning Communicated Differently
Shane was sensational at our event. His demeanour naturally gelled with the audience, and they were fully engaged from the get go. Our people saw a lot of synergies between what is required to be successful in their roles, and what Shane has had to do both in sporting and business environments, and he communicated that in such an easy and interactive (not to mention entertaining). 10/10!
Shane has worked with St George over the past three years across multiple forums, including Team-building & Leadership workshops, Keynote presentations, Corporate Client Events, Golf Days & Sports Panels, from groups as small as three to more than 200. In that time he has proved to be extremely versatile and effective in communicating a range of key messages. The passion and drive he has displayed throughout his career is evident in his presentations and his messages are recalled by audience's months after the event. He is articulate, works equally well in both formal and informal settings, and is consistently received with the highest regard, going out of his way to spend time with his audiences after his workshops and presentations.
-St George Bank
Shane Heal exceeded our expectations at the BizConnect Event Series, where he was engaging, motivating and humorous in his story of basketball and business. Through all he has been through, he showed that everything can be turned into a positive, not only in sport but business as well. He stressed persistence, passion and vision. Shane took it upon himself to join in the networking session prior to his presentation endearing himself to the guests and sponsors alike.
-Maroondah City Council
Shane Heal was a brilliant in all circumstances that he was put in. With the primary school children, he had them in his hand like putty. His presentation was balanced and engaging, relating his astonishing feats with challenges that kids face every day in the classroom. He was comfortable and flexible with all requests made of his time and energy. I strongly recommend Shane as a presenter at any corporate or community event.