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Join WNA members and friends for an evening of deconstructing the myths of public speaking with Simone de Haas.

We are constantly being told that public speaking is the way to go if we want to build our business. However the ways in which we ‘publicly speak’ has changed significantly over the years.

With the arrival of AI, ChatGPT, 30 second video reels for example, we are being bombarded with messages that are showcasing businesses from an artificial rather than authentic viewpoint.

In this presentation, Simone de Haas will deconstruct the myths of public speaking and provide strategies and tips to help you connect and engage through sharing your authentic voice.  As Simone says “It’s not about getting through your speech – it’s about getting through to your audience”.


A multi-award-winning Theatre Producer, Director and Actor, Simone de Haas has directed major musicals throughout Queensland such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, CATS, West Side Story and Sound of Music as well as over 100 comedies and dramas, as Artistic Director of her own professional theatre company.

As an international speaker, Simone de Haas has spoken on stages around the world including New Zealand, Singapore and Las Vegas as well as most capital cities in Australia. Her topics include The Theatre of Leadership, Conscious Communication & Business Storytelling as well as Stagecraft for Speakers. She is an experienced Interviewer, a masterful communicator, and a highly sought-after insightful Coach and Mentor, working with international speakers, thought-leaders, authors and experts to prepare keynotes, presentations and TEDx talks – both in person and virtually.

Simone has worked as a Lecturer at Griffith University (Qld Conservatorium) and Queensland University of Technology in Acting for Musical Theatre and Performance Studies, and as Guest Director for the Opera Studio at the University of Southern Queensland.

Her client base includes organisations in Finance, Investment, Real Estate, MLM, Creative Industries, Regional and Rural Business Development, as well as individual C-Suite Executives and Professional and Emerging Speakers.

Simone's creative capacities move effortlessly and pragmatically between stage and boardroom. Whether she is singing, directing, telling quirky leadership stories, or displaying the power of creative improvisation, her presence brings extraordinary insights into the new world that is evolving.

Tickets include a drink on arrival and delicious canapes, but amazing company!

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