As owner of 'The Speaker - Speak Smart... LIVE BIG', Verity Robins is behind the dream to help as many entrepreneurs as possible 'Speak Smart and LIVE BIG'.
Verity brings passion, humour and some cheeky sass to business speaking. Her experience and expertise, coupled with understanding and warmth, help all her clients to surpass their dreams.
Verity has been in the speaking industry since 1995. In that time she has learnt at the hands of some of the best speakers, trainers and presenters that Australia and the UK have to offer.
With her love of speaking established, thanks to Toastmasters International, Verity pursued a career in speaking and training. In 1998 she achieved NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner qualifications and in 1999 she travelled to the UK and Wales where she achieved prestigious NLP Trainers certification.
When she returned to Australia she created 'Preferred Futures - Coaching, Training and Public Speaking'. In 2003 Verity studied with Results Coaching and added coaching to her compliment of skills. Achieving success with a multitude of coaching clients she sat on a coaching panel and became a New Coach Assessor. Verity set up a training studio in North Balwyn Victoria until 2005.
In 2004 Verity became the Australian Champion of Public Speaking, winning the Toastmasters District 73 Australian Final. Proceeding to the United States, she defeated all other Australian Representatives in the International Final of the International Speech Competition. Verity again won the Australian title for District 73 in 2007 and won a sensational second place in the International Interdistrict Final in Phoenix, United States of America.
In 2006 determined to work smarter with greater work/life balance Verity changed her focus from Preferred Futures and streamlined her business to create 'Argent Star - Speaking Brilliance (now The Corporate Speaker)'. Argent Star focused solely on exceptional speaking skills for executives and corporations.
As an Associate with National Speakers Association in 2008 Verity attended their speakers academy and has since studied with Matt Church 2009, Joanna Martin 2010/11 and Mark Hunter (2009 World Champion of Public Speaking) in 2012 and Taki Moore 2013/14, further developing her speaking, business and training skills.
In 2012 Verity published her book, 'Public Speaking is Sexy - Kiss goodbye the 10 Major Mistakes and take your speaking from fizzle to sizzle!'. Having so much fun working with entrepreneurs and business speakers she decided it was time to create a new business as a keynote developer, helping entrepreneurs speak and sell from stage. The Speaker - Speak Smart... LIVE BIG was created to run alongside Argent Star which she re-branded to 'The Corporate Speaker' in 2019.
In 2013 Verity won the Australian Speech Coaching (evaluation) Competition for Toastmasters D73, which she thought was perfect as coaching other speakers to success is her passion in life. In May 2015 she placed second in the district 73 national final of the International Speech Competition and decided to hang up her competing shoes and focus on business speakers and the secrets for dynamic, successful speaking from stage.
Verity is the 'Keynote Coach', it's the sole focus of her business. She works with established business owners who speak and sell from the stage... professional speakers, coaches, authors, trainers and corporate workers so they can speak smart and truly LIVE BIG. She absolutely loves what she does, and her passion, experience, competence, enthusiasm, drive and understanding shine through all her work.
Marlene is a positive, enthusiastic and witty presenter. With a background of 30 years in sales, that passion combines with her 27 years of presenting and keynote addresses Australia wide, meaning you get a power-house of energy, experience and depth of knowledge. She is a District Champion of public speaking and has been heavily involved in running Public Speaking courses for the public and in the corporate sector.
With a belief that “anything is achievable” Marlene loves challenging her clients to achieve their speaking dream.