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Experience speaks - Professional Member of Professional Speakers Australia


A powerful speaker & inclusive facilitator, Martin delivers powerful messages which accelerate the adoption of strong leadership.


Immersed in a Naval career for 37 years with Command at sea & operational service in the Middle East, Afghanistan & the Pacific, his experience encompassed strategic roles including driving New Generation Navy–a comprehensive organisational change program.


His fascination with the Narrative of Leadership, the rise of the Accidental Leader, & the impacts of both at a broad economic through to an individual level has driven a post military career focussed on strengthening leadership capability.


Martin Brooker’s keynotes are drawn from lived experience leading men and women in harms way through personal leadership stories. He talks about the mistakes, the critical lessons learned and the success in powerful keynotes which include: 


In a powerful exploration of the challenges ever-present in command-at-sea and international operational roles against the Naval backdrop, Martin challenges the current illusion of choice that exists in leadership; that we can always choose who we take with us and who we leave behind. Skilled in lifting diverse conscripted teams to high performance levels, Martin draws on insights and lessons from lived experience, the development of his own conscious commitment to the Human-to-Human Connection to create strength in leadership, and just why the leadership narrative must change for the betterment of our future Boardrooms.


A deeply personal look into the way we have been conditioned to work and to lead, to the questions Martin has unpacked in his own career as steps have unveiled deeper challenges and issues that we all have to navigate in the quest for leading diverse terms invested in increasing inclusion and engagement. Introspective, compelling, and complete with the moments that shifted his perspective forever when it comes to moving from masculine-dominated leadership thinking to the core thinking, questions, and skills we need to create truly high performing teams, this powerful keynote will leave your audience with the confidence to step in and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion.


Wrapped around a provocative look into what is destroying leadership in the corporate sense, The Leadership Imposter Syndrome strips back the complex and overwhelming information surrounding leadership and what it means to simple, powerful principles – in the process uncovering just why Leadership Development Programs are responsible for a real-time, observable regression in leadership capacity.  Deliberately crafted to work with the Accidental Leader to understand first why they chose – or had to – lead, LIS leaves audiences committed to being deliberate in considering their own personal leadership legacy, with powerful insights in just how to make this shift



Great Feedback

“Your presentation 'Leadership under Fire' hit the mark beautifully and we were able to build upon the themes you introduced to the group later in the day. The success of your presentation was reflected in the lively question and answer session that you generated and a number of my staff privately expressed their thanks and approval. Once again thank you for taking the time to share your valuable insights and its application to private enterprise leadership.”

Andrew Rushbrook, Operations Manager JACOBS Australia

“Martin is clearly a skillful presenter whose messages appeal equally to both men and women.  As a woman in the audience I was able to easily relate to his stories, enjoyed them and felt that he had a great deal of respect for people in general. Gender was not introduced to the conversation, which unfortunately has not been my experience with some others. I found Martin to be someone that brings great value to leaders and potential leaders within our community.”

Claire Fountain, Director Sorted 4 Life

“Martin's highly engaged style and entertaining presentation provided a great springboard for us to talk about working together and getting the most out of our TEAMs. The energy and enthusiasm was evident and his personal anecdotes lent further credence to his message...a great way to start our conference. ”

Air Commodore Andrew Elfverson
Australian Department of Defence

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