Transformative 

experiences combining a depth of learned-wisdom with passionate performance 

and the story-telling of a seasoned poet.

Speaking

Take your event to the next level of creative experience

Joel McKerrow is a highly sought after speaker within conferences, gatherings, corporate conventions, festivals, educational settings, faith-based communities and more. With an engaging and motivational style Joel combines his poetic performance talents and storytelling ability with his wealth of experience as a full-time writer and performer within the creative industries. He also brings to the stage 17 years of in-depth work/Academic study focussed on emerging adults and their identity, self-understanding, worldview and vocational formation.

"Joel is in the uppermost tier of speakers I've worked with, so much so that I hired him again, and again.”

~ Brooke Shaden – Promoting Passion Conference ~

Major Keynote Presentations for Conferences

Creativity doesn’t just happen. Neither does transformation. Every successful writer, storyteller and artist goes through a risky, uncomfortable and yet incredibly fertile creative process that transforms germinating ideas into reality. The individual and the organisation must embrace creative process in the same way if they too are seeking innovation. Based on the very intentional process of Joel Mckerrow’s creativity this presentation gives people a practical framework for developing their burgeoning ideas into existence.

Transformational Creativity:
How the creative process can move you forward
Transformational Creativity:
How the creative process can move you forward.
The Foreboding Blankness
of an Empty Page

Where do we go when inspiration has left the building?

For a writer, an artist or those seeking innovation, creative blocks are most often the product of our fears. To push past these blocks, to confront the fear, takes a great deal of courage. Yet, every time they show up at the page or the canvas, this is where artists play, just outside the comfortable, in the world of RISK. It is in this place too where inspiration is found, not as some elusive thing, but rather through the very intentional choice of slowing down to be present to both the inner world and the outer world. This presentation gives people the courage and the practical steps to both push through their fear and to tap into the inspiration all around them.

The Foreboding Blankness
of an Empty Page:

Creative expression is not about presenting information, it is about calling a response out of people. Central to the work of all great writers and performers is that they have learnt how to communicate in a way that connects deep enough to stir something inside us. The artist desiring to change peoples perception, the leader wanting to inspire, the organisation hoping their message will be heard, they all must learn the same. This presentation provides the steps for taking what one wants to share with the world and working out the best way to catch people up into its message.

The Art of Evoking Response:
Communication that
genuinely moves
people
The Art of Evoking Response:
Communication that genuinely moves people
Story-Formed:
How understanding narrative will bring about a better story
Story-Formed:
How understanding narrative will bring about a better story

Story-telling is not just something writers and film-makers engage in. Story sits at the very heart of the individual, of organisations and of society as a whole. The stories that we tell become who we are. It is imperative then to understand how story constructs both individual and corporate identity, and how the frameworks within narrative, from books to films to mythology, can give us a way to live out a better story as people and as organisations. This presentation invites listeners into a narrative process of re-thinking their individual or corporate identity and re-storying who they are desiring to be.

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Creativity doesn’t just happen. Neither does transformation. Every successful writer, storyteller and artist goes through a risky, uncomfortable and yet incredibly fertile creative process that transforms germinating ideas into reality. The individual and the organisation must embrace creative process in the same way if they too are seeking innovation. Based on the very intentional process of Joel McKerrow’s creativity this presentation gives people a practical framework for developing their burgeoning ideas into existence.

Other Presentations
Deep:
The Art of Self Examination

Creativity speaks into and flows from both the aching pain and the delicious hope of our inner world. Tapping into this inner world is crucial both for the artist and for creative organisations desiring the best out of themselves and their people.

Deep:
The Art of Self Examination
DISRUPTION:
The Creative
Interuption
you need
Disruption:
The Creative Interruption You Need

Creatives live always on the edge, on the border between normalcy and difference. They see things slightly askew. It is this posture that allows them to challenge the way we have always seen things. And it is this unique way of knowing that is much  dneeded to remake our settled ways of seeing.

CALLING:
Learning how to Listen

A sense of purpose and meaning and contentment in life does not come from having the biggest toys. It comes from the choice to listen to what your life is trying to tell you that it wants and then connecting this desire up to something larger than oneself. For they who have ears to hear.

CALLING:
Learning how to Listen
SUBVERSIVE:
Creativity and Social Change

The society we live in is a story-telling society. The values upheld, the shape of relationships, the search for meaning, all of these things are influenced by the stories that we listen too. Our creativity, therefore, when it seeks to tell a new story, actually has the potential to change the society around us.

SUBVERSIVE:
Creativity and Social Change

Finding Creative Freedom | Finding your Voice | Performance Poetry 101 | Creativity and Spirituality | Empathetic Citizenship | Identity Formation | Finding Your Vocation | The Spiritual Journey of Adolescents | The Art of Crafting an Engaging Story | The Spiritual Journey | Social Justice and Creativity | Going Beyond Charity | Practical Theology | Contemplation | Shaping a Rhythm of Life | Holistic Youth Ministry

Testimonials

“Joel McKerrow is one of those people you discover and know you need to hold onto forever. He is a masterful wordsmith, a transfixing performer, and is one who’s words flow out of all that is in his heart.I am excited for the rest of the world to discover Joel McKerrow.”

Vickie Reddy- Executive Producer, The JUSTICE Conference

 

"Joel is a powerful presence in any room. He makes each individual feel seen, valued, and connected to a deeper place. His poetry is booming, spectacular; but his message even more. He is in the uppermost tier of speakers I've worked with, so much so that I hired him again, and again.”

Brooke Shaden – Founder, Promoting Passion Conference 

 

Very few people can engage people like Joel can. After seeing him present in varied contexts over many years, I am sure that he is one of Australia's most compelling speakers. His ability to capture the attention of an audience in a moment is remarkable and breathtaking. I always look forward to when has Joel the stage. 

Helen Parker OAM- CEO, The Babes Project

 

Joel is a master craftsman with words, able to tell stories to entertain any audience, making them laugh, imagine, wonder, and think. He engages with secondary students well, leading students to laugh at the quirkiness of life, while moving them to think deeply about social issues. Joel is a skilled communicator and I highly recommend him as a keynote presenter.

    Dr Fiona Partridge- CEN Executive Officer | Professional Learning Presenter

 

Joel Mckerrow is a captivating, engaging, poignant, challenging, passionate speaker who takes his audience on a soul-searching journey, leaving them wondering how words could hold so much power and evoke such emotion. He comes highly recommended.

Jenny Willetts - Managing Director, StableOne

 

Joel makes creativity and poetry come alive. Through his large group presentations and workshops he discusses what inspires him, how he writes and, best of all, he actually gets students writing poetry!

Marissa Joyce- Head of English- Siena College