Clare Bowditch is a best-selling ARIA Award winning musician (Best Female), Logie Nominated actor (for TV Show Offspring), Best-Selling Author (for her recently released memoir Your Own Kind Of Girl), experienced speaker, M.C, broadcaster, and mother of three (including identical twin boys).
As a public speaker Clare was fortunate to be trained and mentored by both Leadership Expert Fabian Dattner and folk singer and group-facilitator Fay White. Later, in 2008, whilst researching her best-selling album ‘The Winter I Chose Happiness’, Clare also agreed to challenge her cynicism and undertake training as a ‘Life Coach’ (turns out, she bloody loved it). This culminated in her forming Big Hearted Business – a company designed to teach creative people about business and business people about creativity. After running two un-conferences and dozens of smaller events, her place as a keynote speaker, M.C. and facilitator was firmly established.
In Oct 2019 Clare released her fist book “Your Own Kind Of Girl” through Allen & Unwin. Its themes of shaping yourself through the stories we tell ourselves and taming your inner cirtic, have immediately found their audience, with a debut position of #7 in the Neilsen Book Chart#, #1 Best Seller on Booktopia, #1 Bestseller at Readings, #1 Bestseller at Dymocks, Book of the month at Dymocks for December, Audio Book #5 bestseller on Amazon.
As a musician, she’s toured extensively with musicians such Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, John Butler, Cat Power, and Gotye, to name just a few.
As the beloved host of the “Afternoons” radio show on ABC Melbourne, she spoke and made friends with over 250,000 listeners daily.
In her work as a host, broadcaster and MC, Clare has interviewed and facilitated hundreds of events and conversations with the likes of authors Jeanette Winterson and Zoe Foster-Blake, singers Linda Rondstadt and Jackson Browne, both local and federal politicans (including former PM’s Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnball – not at the same time), famous sportspeople, astrophysicists, mental health experts, and remarkable people who may not have ‘famous names’ but who have equally fascinating stories to share.
Clare is as confident leading intimate single-day workshops with a dozen executives as she is leading an audience of 12,000 at the M.C.G. in a ‘Mass sing-along’ (she knows how to harness our collective terror of group singing and turn it into a skill-building exercise the likes of which you may never have seen before).
At present, Clare’s most popular speaking topics are:
1. How to Tame Your Inner Critic — skill-building lessons about how to use your brain for self-leadership. Based on Clare’s memoir, Your Own Kind of Girl.
2. Modern Mental Health — skill-building around mindfulness, using your anxiety for good, talking back to your ‘inner-critic’ (neuroscience). and what it actually takes to live your ‘Your Amazing Life’)
3.’If you can talk, you can sing’ – a Masterclass in Courage and Self-Leadership (very fun: works for groups of both 5 and 5,000. Teaches audiences to challenge their limiting stories. Lots of air-pumping!)
4. Women in Leadership/Business (skill-building, capacity-building, confidence-building, addressing and resolving common barriers to “success”)
5. Self Leadership (how to live “Your Amazing Life”, without changing your day-job)
6. Big Hearted Business (small business training, entrepreneurship, confidence, marketing with integrity, empathy as a business super-power)
Clare’s talk at Atlassian’s Design Week was nothing short of inspirational. Everyone could relate to the creative challenges she has faced and were touched by how open and vulnerable she was in sharing her story. Clare’s keynote was one of the most discussed sessions during the week.
Clare was fabulous! She managed to lead the whole room in a rendition of ‘happy birthday’ for Malcolm Turnbull, much to his surprise. Please pass on our heartfelt and huge thanks to her. Yes… she was perfection. She really made the announcement come alive with her warmth, intelligent insights about music and radio, plus her ability to get the whole crowd engaged and excited.
A huge success. The feedback extremely positive.
Clare Bowditch has that deep magic that opens hearts. I’ve watched her made a sold-out theatre of women and men cry, and then laugh hard, and then all sing… within moments. Clare is the beautiful kind of power: pure love with one of a kind talent.
What an amazing performance today – your performance was the only part of the day where the room was actually quiet! You could have heard a pin drop! Loved your warm approach and your challenge to the suits; who else could have got the whole room singing!! I think you really helped everyone connect with what Smiling Mind is all about. SMILING MIND They were all excellent, in particular Clare – thank you for your honesty.
Clare is one of those effortlessly mesmeric communicators. Her rare blend of insight and charisma means that people cannot help but be thoroughly engaged when she speaks. It will be a rare audience member that leaves being anything other than charmed and enlightened.
When Clare speaks she brings everyone in the room with her. Clare injects this special kind of electricity into each and every audience member, making them feel bigger, bolder and braver.