"I have just witnessed the best MC I have seen so far,
in all the years I’ve been doing this - Jonathan Holloway.
You’ve got to have him at your next event, live or online”
Ian Stephens, Speaker / Trainer / Author
Reimagining Conferences in a Time of Extreme Crisis
ENERGY AND CLARITY ARE THE FUEL OF SUCCESS
The success or failure of every venture balances on shared direction,
on clarity of decision-making and communication,
and on the passion and energy of everyone involved.
For decades, the system has been clear:
the opportunity to learn, inspire, energise, team-build
(vision and mission)
the chance to strategise, shape, plan, refine
where the progress is monitored in real time
where the plan gets carried out and delivered
AT A TIME OF GLOBAL CHANGE AND A REMAKING OF EVERYTHING,
there has never been a more important time for inspiration and clarity.
AT A TIME OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND A SHIFT TO DIGITAL PLATFORMS,
it has never been more difficult to ensure shared beliefs and direction,
and create a sense of team.
Zoom is great for sharing and for discussing.
For clarity, rigorous debate and tough decision making, it needs external moderation.
Those who address this, who rapidly rethink everything they have already perfected in a pre-pandemic world,
will emerge from this current situation in the best position to enter the new decade.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING MC'd
"If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people.
If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you."
Aaron Sorkin, Sports Night
A great MC - like a great conductor ... or football manager ... or chef - is transformational.
They will quite simply DOUBLE the value and effect of everything else you have in place.
A great MC will...
bring out the best in everyone
keep focus and time
ensure the audience is inspired and buoyant
find the links and themes through the event
re-land the key points, to ensure the messages
are not only heard, but also understood
a great MC will transform any conference.
This was always the case, in the conference centre.
Now we are all trying to do this online, under huge pressure,
great MCing and facilitation is more important than ever.
GUARANTEE YOUR SUCCESS
As a former stand-up comedian, literature festival director and CEO,
Jonathan has MC’d and facilitated hundreds of events around the world,
live and online, and across every sector,
events featuring people from
Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) to the Managing Director for Chevron Australasia
sixty of Melbourne’s top barristers to Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
US Vice President Joe Biden to Yale University alumni
Philip Glass to Dame Judi Dench
and most recently he
MC'd the Professional Speakers Association Annual Conventions
in Australia (live onstage) and in Spain (on Zoom).
Jonathan commands the room or the screen with ease and charm,
setting a tone, style and energy that gets people into a
thinking, listening and actively engaged place.
In advance, Jonathan can work with you on how to structure and design your conference or meeting or event,
advising on the best platform, ideas, schedule and potential guests,
in order to make the event totally unforgettable and utterly effective.
During the event, his energetic and enthusiastic style puts energy into the room
and excites the participants in a way that ensures the messages last long after the event has finished.
Online, Jonathan plays Zoom like Jean-Michel Jarre plays keyboards:
improvising between imaginative camera use and real-time polling,
interactive chat and Q&As, great imagery and energising musical stings,
in order to create the excitement normally reserved for a major conference stage.
At the end of the event, he will humorously and smartly wrap the whole thing up
by re-landing the key points from the event, making a line through the whole thing,
suggesting how to use what you’ve learned,
and ultimately make the audience leave on an incredible high,
with action points to carry them into the next months.
Post-event, Jonathan will do a five minute to-camera piece with a more prepared summing up,
reflecting on the event and restating key points and learnings,
that can be distribute to attenders and other interested parties.
MC testimonial video compilation (short : 1m 35s)
MC testimonial video compilation (long : 5m 45s)
To book Jonathan as a speaker or MC in Australasia contact ICMI
To talk about mc-ing or facilitation:
To book Jonathan as a speaker or MC in Europe contact Leading Minds Worldwide
“I had the pleasure to speak at an online convention on Zoom with well over 100 attendees where Jonathan was the MC.
His performance was brilliant, injecting loads of energy and passion into an event of well over 2 hours.
The deadlines were tight but he kept us on track throughout, keeping everyone focused by interjecting
brilliant flashes of humour that made the whole convention unforgettable.
I would not hesitate to have him MC again and would be happy to attend just to see his performance!”
Peter McKenzie, CFO of Anticipa Spain
“Jonathan MC'd a conference I attended just as the world was starting to see the impact in Europe of Covid-19.
No restrictions had been implemented in Australia yet, however, the mood at the conference was sombre.
Jonathan held the space for the intensity of the moment and yet also enabled the delegates to stay
positively connected and to maintain high energy. He was masterful.
If you are looking for a professional to lead your delegates you couldn't be in safer hands than Jonathan's.”
Tasha Broomhall, MSc (Psych), Adjunct Snr Lecturer