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Geoff
Knight

From bikie gang to the operatic stage

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Geoff Knight knows how to truly wow an audience. His onstage energy is infectious, weaving the at-times shocking true story of bootstrapping his way out of a shadowy criminal bikie gang and into the limelight.

Current work
As a keynote speaker he is utterly unique; interspersing anecdotes from his awe-inspiring journey with spellbinding operatic performances that leave the audience breathless.

Geoff’s path from bullied choirboy to notorious bikie to international operatic tenor is a compelling true story, as inspirational as it is instructive. These lessons from Geoff’s life are applicable to leaders and individuals alike, and will teach delegates how to push doubt aside, find an attitude of gratitude, and to look inward to navigate the perilous dichotomy of ego vs self.

His authentic delivery and vulnerability on stage drives deeply into the hearts of his audiences.

Previous clients
With clients including Harcourts International, Commonwealth Bank, Goldwell, Fuji-Xerox and more, Geoff’s appeal is clear; he provides an outstanding story delivered in an outstanding way that leaves conference delegates invigorated, uplifted and inspired.

Expertise
Topics
  • Change Management
  • Inspiring Stories
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Feedback
Geoff spoke without referring to notes which was good. He is very passionate. His singing is very powerful and it was a nice ending to the conference. BLAST

We were thrilled to have you join us in Marlborough and you delivered a fantastic closing address at our conference. Not only did we have the opportunity to hear your very human and inspiring story, we were privileged to hear your wonderful singing voice. You completely met my hopes and expectation as our closing speaker. As a conference organiser, the closing address to me is extremely important, it is important to me that delegates leave the conference on a real high. You succeeded, your warm personality and great story enabled our people to really connect with you. As you know, there were even a few tears. Thank you so much.

Conventions and Incentives NZ

Geoff Knight was a fabulous addition to our line-up of conference speakers. His roller coaster life story and current success was on point with our conference theme and his talent is undeniable. I would very much recommend Geoff in the future and know the feedback for Geoff from our conference delegates was overwhelmingly positive.

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand

Geoff Knight was excellent in every way - catch-up, performance, presentation, topic and voice - all absolutely wonderful and we would have him back at any time.

Gallagher Group

Motivational speaker and opera star, Geoff Knight held the 70 attendees spellbound with his inspirational and thought provoking keynote; ‘The road less travelled: A student’s journey - from Highway 61 gang member to international opera singer.’ Geoff’s message clearly demonstrated the influence we as educators can have on the direction our students take. The importance of valuing our students as individuals, respecting them and allowing them to strive to reach their potential cannot be overemphasised.

National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

We loved him. Geoff Knight’s presentation exceeded my expectations. He really reached this audience well - some people loved his life story, others his wonderful tenor voice, others his gentle humour all wrapped up in what can only be described as a truly charismatic personality. The women drooled (including me!) and the men admired. Geoff set the tone for the rest of our conference time together, and had a lot to do with the great success of the conference, as after he gave his personal testimony, the other conference delegates were more inclined to be real with each other. Geoff was worth every cent and we are very proud of him as one of our own! -

West Coast Tertiary Education Trust

We were thrilled to have you join us in Marlborough and you delivered a fantastic closing address at our conference. Not only did we have the opportunity to hear your very human and inspiring story, we were privileged to hear your wonderful singing voice …. You completely met my hopes and expectation as our closing speaker. As a conference organiser, the closing address to me is extremely important, it is important to me that delegates leave the conference on a real high. You succeeded … your warm personality and great story enabled our people to really connect with you. As you know, there were even a few tears. Thank you so much

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand

Geoff held the audience spellbound! nMB recently had Geoff Knight present at our National Broker Conference. Geoff was a pleasure to work with and spent a lot of time with our delegates. He really reached the audience, holding them spellbound throughout his conference keynote and again later during his performance at our Annual Awards dinner. The group feedback has been excellent. Geoff is certainly an engaging speaker and was eager to ensure he met our expectations.”

National Mortgage Brokers Conference

A roof-raising rendition of ‘you raise me up’ - definitely one of the most powerful voices I’ve seen! Finishing off the program with true human spirit was the highly surprising and impressive Geoff Knight. Geoff has gone from being a rugged deep sea trawler-man and patch wearing member of New Zealand’s notorious Highway 61 motorcycle gang, to a burgeoning international operatic tenor with a wonderful voice. Nobody has faced overcoming stigma and pre-conceived ideas like Geoff. The audience found Geoff to be a truly charismatic personality who really knows how to connect. He captivated guests by telling a thrilling tale of success and strength that has the power to move a listener through laughter and tears, leaving them motivated and filled with inspiration. He finished off with a roof-raising rendition of ‘you raise me up’ - definitely one of the most powerful voices I’ve seen.

Styleicons - Goldwell’s National MBE

What an unbelievable experience it was as Geoff Knight took our delegates at the Heritage Bank Retail Conference on a journey through his story of overcoming adversity and turning his life around. I know for a fact that they did not know where the story was heading, and were not expecting the story to take the turn at the end that it did. Geoff certainly had the audience captivated as his story unfolded, and the finale was breathtaking! -

General Manager Retail

Our Franchisee’s were gripped by his presentation and loved his magnificent voice! Geoff’s message is about recognising that it’s the choices we make that play a key part in the outcomes we seek. A powerful real life story that teaches and inspires us that our past does not have to define who you are, with some guidance and support, hard work, focus and determination we can become what ever we dream to be. Our Franchisee’s were gripped by his presentation and loved his magnificent voice!

Smartline Mortgage

Geoff well and truly ‘knocked it out of the park’! Geoff Knight was the closing keynote speaker at the Future Firm Forum 2016, a conference for discerning leaders from Australia and New Zealand law firms held at Millbrook, Queenstown. Geoff gave an outstanding presentation recounting his life story of challenge and change, topics of great relevance to the audience. His singing at the conclusion of his session and at the conference dinner was the icing on the cake. His 94% rating was testament to the fact that he well and truly ‘knocked it out of the park’. Recommended to all event and conference organisers looking for an engaging speaker with talent and authenticity.

Future Firm Forum 2016

Powerful crescendo to the meaning of ‘Transformation’! Geoff is an innovative, creative and passionate storyteller who brings a powerful crescendo to the meaning of ‘Transformation’. He has the ability to be as one with his audience and is meticulous in doing his research to ensure he articulates your goal in a manner that guarantees cut through with the team. As a keynote speaker, our leadership team found him highly engaging, his attitude was contagious and he brilliantly articulated the rewards of teamwork. I would highly recommend Geoff !

Fuji Xerox Australia
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