Anthony Ackroyd
Location: Sydney
Country: Australia

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Anthony Ackroyd

Make no mistake as Australia’s leading authority on the application of humour and positive mood to produce outstanding business results Anthony’s presentations are full of fun and laughter but the long term benefits for clients are tangible and profitable.

Anthony’s talents as a speaker and workshop leader have seen him positively impacting companies such as Qantas, Insurance Australia Group, Bakers Delight, BOC, News Limited, Greenpeace, BHP, Wespac, and NSW State Parliament.

As one of Australia’s most successful comedy writer-performers Anthony is uniquely qualified to speak on the power of humour. He rose to prominence as one of the stars of the ABC’s legendary comedy series “The Big Gig”. He has worked extensively throughout Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand, and Asia. Anthony has performed and written for over sixty Australian and international TV shows, radio programmes, and feature films (he’s even been a question on “Wheel Of Fortune”!).

Anthony has produced laughter live in front of audiences ranging in number from a private party of 10 to 110,000 at Stadium Australia.

In the mid 1990’s Anthony began to apply his unique talents to entertaining and inspiring the business and corporate world. He is CEO of his company Not Drowning, Laughing! which specializes in creating and presenting training events that are immensely enjoyable for the participants and produce exceptional business outcomes for the client.

Anthony teaches a methodology to create intentional fun, laughter, play, and positive energy within the work environment and he shows how to use this as a technology not just to improve but to produce a paradigm shift in staff relations, service climate, and customer satisfaction.

Anthony’s keynote delivery “Humour Power!: How to turn fun into profit!” is a conference and after dinner highlight. His half or full day workshops are the most fun a group of people can have while learning and honing skills critical to optimal work practices such as team synergy, communication, and creativity.

Results reported by Anthony’s clients include:

• Improved productivity, efficiency, and morale • Increased staff satisfaction and loyalty • A work environment that has people performing at their best consistently • Climate change enabling negotiation to take place within the context of mutual respect • An energy that attracts customers and ensures return business • Greatly enhanced communication at all levels • Increased motivation and accelerated creativity • A forged identity of pride and personal ownership of a worthy vision • Increased profile and differentiation of brand name from competitors • Increased profits

Comprehensive research is a key part of Anthony’s approach. Each talk or workshop is specifically tailored to meet the needs and desired outcomes of the client. Anthony walks into the room having researched to deeply understand the company culture and individual dynamics of his audience. Follow up is also provided to ensure results are reinforced.

Anthony Ackroyd highly enough. He was brilliant and his efforts over the last 2 days helped lift us to heights not seen before in my time at this organisation. He managed to get us out of the box!!! Not an easy task! Well done!! We all agreed Anthony’s work stimulated us to produce excellent outputs that will be very valuable for our business in years to come. We would be happy to give Anthony a reference for any future corporate events.


Surely there can be no greater positive reflection and testament to the success of Anthony's flawles

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