Rob had to wait nearly 30 years, and for the ugliest man in Australian business history to be played, before he would land a lead role in a drama series. But when the chance to play Kerry Packer came, he was ready… but only just.
As a jobbing actor, life was tough: in his first ever movie role he had his head flushed down a toilet in The Year My Voice Broke, he got called a ‘flamin’ Mongrel’ by Alf from Home and Away, was shot dead on Water Rats and blew himself up on Blue Heelers. Dying is fun for a while, but something had to change if he was going to make a living out of it.
Rob’s story of stepping up from bit part actor to playing an Australian icon, while along the way raising millions of dollars to produce his own shows is a hilarious ride, where a chance meeting with Tom Cruise, a romantic moment with Michael Buble and a primal fear of being discovered a fraud are all part of the overnight success that took 25 years to build.
Rob’s down to down to earth delivery, astute character observations and self-depreciating humour are a world away from a corporate presentation – perfect.
– Big laughs for a start. A delightful on-message break in the middle of a conference day.
– How to be bold inside a structure.
– Self motivation when the phone isn’t ringing.
– Working creatively in teams.
– Handling curve balls with joy, not fear.
– The rewards of pursuing of excellence.
Rob Carlton’s key note address is a real gem. The lessons from Rob’s career are relevant to anyone in business, especially his message of “what to do when the phone doesn’t ring”. On top of all this, Rob Carlton is genuinely funny. His sharp wit is extraordinary and he will have fun with the audience, without going too far. I cannot recommend anyone more highly than Rob, and he will be a vital element of making your business event a success.– Reid Meldrum, Head of Business Channels - Optus
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Rob Carlton to you as one of the most engaging and inspiring speakers it has been our pleasure to work with. We have had nothing but praise from all attendees, and he was voted the most compelling speaker we have had to date… Give him a go, you won’t be disappointed.– John Sintras, Chairman - Starcom MeidaVest Group Australia
Rob Carlton, not only one of Australia’s most handsome roosters, but also a dynamic and engaging public speaker. His ability to engage with his audience through both humour and integrity is something amazing to be a part of. He shares with his audience a great cross-section of not only his acting and production career but cleverly uses personal anecdotes to enhance his message. Rob worked closely with our conference committee to ensure that his presentation supported our conference theme. Rob was the crowning glory of our conference and we received fantastic positive feedback around Rob’s presentation.– Matthew Gray, Principal - Wagga PPC President
Rob Carlton hosted the FRM Trivia Challenge with 126 people in attendance. The arrangements to enter teams of between 4 and 8 people proved to be a winner with groups bonding through the task of answering trivia. Rob, as host, was able to capture the joyful and playful mood of the evening. Rob’s ability to gauge the tone of the night and manage the attendees ensured the fun and creativity of the evening.– Commonwealth Bank of Australia
I would highly recommend Rob Carlton following the success of our meeting. We have specific code of conduct requirements re educational component during these evenings which Rob worked within for a fantastic result. Rob was responsible for putting the content of the evening together… elevating the evening to a very fun filled, well paced, entertaining yet educational event. I couldn’t recommend Rob’s contribution highly enough, a very worthwhile investment.– Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
What a wonderful night of entertainment! Rob Carlton’s Trivia night filled the room with laughter at a function at Fuel Bistro. His timing and co-ordination with the kitchen ensured a seamless evening for the guests.I would recommend him to any of our customers who require entertainment for their event.– MG Garage
You brought tremendous energy and humour to the conference and importantly kept us moving along with the pace. Everyone thought you had a great balance of theatre, humour and serious recaps when needed. I confess I was a bit sceptical of having an external MC as I had not done it that way in the past, but you made me a believer. You have a great sense for your audience and how they are receiving information and you ensure we tied everything back to our business needs and the focus of the conference. I really appreciate everything you did!– Rick Tyrrell, Vice President Sales – Campbell Arnott’s
Rob consistently impresses both us and our audiences with his no nonsense, polished and punchy delivery. He expertly handles the mechanics of a program to ensure it unfolds on time and has a carefully considered ability to link presentations to provide agenda cohesiveness. His research of both the client and audience is impeccable, and his delivery throughout proceedings seamless.– Mark Hewitt - AFG
Rob is an extremely talented and professional MC. His ability to grasp an organisation’s business strategy and desired outcome from an event, and then translate that in to an entertaining, insightful and meaningful experience is second to none. I highly recommend Rob for any conference or corporate event.– Toby Bowers - Microsoft Australia
Rob did an amazing job at hosting our 2012 Microsoft Partner Awards Ceremony. The afternoon flowed beautifully, his research prior to the event enabled him to combined wit and humour throughout the proceedings to make the afternoon thoroughly enjoyable. His professional attitude was an integral part of our event planning, he ensured I was happy with the structure and content every step of the way. I would not hesitate to recommend Rob as a Master of Ceremonies.– Sarah Arnold - Microsoft Australia
He is more that just a host; he added true value throughout the process. He had obviously gone to great lengths to be well informed, understand our business, organisation and target audiences. During rehearsals, he provided valuable input that helped focus our messaging. During the event, he kept speakers on track and the audience engaged, while remaining on message and consistent with our script. He skillfully managed curve balls and impromptu changes with ease and dealt with business issues capably as the arose. Throughout he also displayed a great sense of humour. Rob truly delivered over and above the call of duty.– Rohan Ganeson - Optus Small and Medium Business
We have used Rob con-currently for 3 National Conference and each time he has added value and diversity. Rob puts a great deal of effort into understanding our business in the lead up to the events so that everything on stage Is not only enjoyable but relevant to the business imperatives at play. Rob has a unique ability to take a brief and write a script that is humorous and engages the audience, Rob will add value to any conference and I highly recommend his services as MC.– Craig Garvin – Parmalat
Rob’s dedication to understanding both subject and audience went beyond expectation adding tremendous value to the presentations he delivered. The collaborative approach Rob took to building his presentation ensured an authentic delivery balanced with fact and humour maintaining the utmost integrity of the content. Having Rob involved in our National Conference created an innovative dimension to the dialogue we have with our colleagues.– Pat McEntee – Woolworths