What is Speaking Out?
Speaking Out is a boutique speakers agency. We are small, passionate and ready to challenge your ideas.
We work with many of the best thinkers, writers, entertainers and performers in Australia and are dedicated to finding the right speaker for you.
Our speakers are excited about their work and each has a strong focus on justice, personal development and empowerment. Speaking Out offers fresh ideas, a new take on an old problem or an inspiring speaker to suit your brief and to motivate your audience. When you choose a speaker through us, you can be confident your audience will be engaged — during, and for well beyond the end of each talk.
At Speaking Out we aim to inspire positive change through conversation, new ideas and a touch of humour. Let us know what you have in mind for your event, we like to listen as much as we like to talk.
A little bit of Speaking Out history
Speaking Out is the sister agency to Booked Out. We have honed our skills through over 20 years experience working with schools, public libraries, councils, universities and conferences organisers.
Established in 1994 by former English teacher, Lauris Pandolfini, Booked Out started life as a niche agency with the sole purpose of organising school visits for children’s authors and illustrators. Working out of a small home office, pens and paper (and the occasional fax) were the tools of the trade.
Things grew organically to include different kinds of speakers relevant to schools and by 2004, inspirational speakers were a significant part of the business.
Speaking Out now offers a diverse roster of daring, ground-breaking, and, at times, hilariously funny speakers, who touch on everything from mental health, gender diversity, climate change, and more. And who speak to audiences of all different ages, shapes and sizes.
While we’re proud of our continued work with Australian schools, we’re excited to be representing our speakers to an ever broader range of clients through Speaking Out. We’re still bookworm nerds though and our range of speakers will continue to be linked to the written word.