Keynote presentations

Anecdote’s principals all deliver keynote presentations. This page will help you select the right person for your event.

Shawn Callahan

Shawn Callahan

Bio

Shawn Callahan is the author of the award-winning Putting Stories to Work: Mastering Business Storytelling and the Founder of Anecdote, the world’s largest business storytelling enterprise.

He started his career in technology with companies such as Oracle and IBM, but at the end of the day he realised that it was the human factors that determine the success of any business.

In 2004 Shawn founded Anecdote, a firm that helps leaders and sellers connect and inspire action with oral business stories. He now works with Global 1000 companies all over the world, such as Shell, Danone, Microsoft, TESCO, Allianz and Bayer.

Shawn is based in Melbourne, Australia. He can be contacted at
www.anecdote.com and his LinkedIn profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawncallahan.

Speaker reel

Shawn’s speaker reel can be found at https://youtu.be/LqigVyyqOQI.

Mark Schenk

Mark Schenk

Bio

Mark is the Managing Director of Anecdote and the go-to adviser for some of the world’s leading companies on how to communicate more effectively.

He has worked with IBM, Coca-Cola, AMP, NAB, Fuji Xerox, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Thiess and Microsoft, among many other organisations. When Anecdote started in 2004, most executives’ eyes glazed over when storytelling was mentioned. Today, storytelling is a high priority for many of the biggest companies in the world.

Mark’s early career aspirations included becoming a fighter pilot, a pro golfer and a beach bum. Deciding that the best way to get a degree was while in the military, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and spent 20 years as a logistics officer. His career took a surprising twist in the late 1990s when he stumbled across the incredible power of stories. His work at Anecdote is focused on showing leaders and organisations how to tap into the power of stories to make strategies stick; helping leaders influence, engage and inspire; creating positive culture change; and bringing values to life.

His work takes him around the world: speaking, consulting, and building Anecdote’s growing network of partners. He is a sought-after speaker and regularly publishes his ideas on www.anecdote.com. His LinkedIn profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mschenk1/.

Speaker reel

Mark’s speaker reel can be found at https://youtu.be/4D8OsxCoMeM.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams

Bio

Mike is an expert facilitator and story consultant who has helped numerous national and international companies, across many industries, to tap into story-powered sales. He is also the author of the international bestseller Seven Stories Every Salesperson Must Tell.

Before working at Anecdote, Mike was the CEO of The Story Leader and had leading marketing and sales roles at Schlumberger, Siemens, Halliburton, Spotless, and GM Minerals and Energy.

Mike is a distinguished member of Sales Masterminds APAC and has spoken at major conferences around the world. He has sold more than $1 billion worth of products and services.

Throughout his career, Mike has been a habitual storyteller who captivates his audiences with his wealth of experience.

Mike is based in Melbourne, Australia. He can be contacted at www.anecdote.com and his LinkedIn profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/m1keadams/.

Paul Ichilcik

Paul Ichilcik

Bio

Paul is an expert facilitator and story consultant who has helped C-level leaders across the globe better engage with their audiences.

Prior to joining Anecdote, he worked in executive communications roles in the US for Amazon, Microsoft, and a San Francisco–based brand agency. Paul has presented on diverse storytelling topics at major conferences and is a frequent speaker at leadership events.

As a former management consultant and avid screenwriter, Paul has a natural passion for sharing narratives that resonate with business audiences. He has also coached and written keynote speeches for politicians and industry leaders, most recently for Amazon executives at their annual conference in Las Vegas.

Paul is based in Sydney, Australia. He can be contacted at www.anecdote.com and his LinkedIn profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-ichilcik-89b0301/.

Paul Honeywell

Bio

Paul is a successful entrepreneur who has 40 years of business experience. His career started in Formula One motor racing and has since involved the leadership of Europe’s largest design and marketing agency, work with a highly advanced technology company, and consulting with C-suite leaders at many of the world’s largest companies, including Hilton, Coca-Cola, BP, and Lloyds Banking Group.

Paul is an innovator in storytelling in business, having first used it to engage hundreds of people from different disciplines in the stretch goals for Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which went on to be recognised as the best airport in the world for many successive years.

After founding and leading a UK-based storytelling consultancy, Paul became Chairman of Anecdote and has guided the business in innovating and growing globally.

Paul is an accomplished facilitator and communicator who works with thought-leaders across the globe to drive change and transform the market. As a speaker, Paul can draw on his wealth of experience and a prolific bank of stories to bring business topics to life and inspire audiences.

Paul is based in Northamptonshire, England. He can be contacted at www.anecdote.com and his LinkedIn profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-honeywell-b5b6396/.

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WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT OUR KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS:

“Storytelling was seen as critical to helping people at all levels of Mater to gain a greater understanding of the transitions the organisation is making. We really needed to help our leaders connect with people in a more human way. So Anecdote was brought in to assist with building our storytelling skillset. Their presentation to one of our Leaders Breakfasts was spot-on—the feedback was excellent, and many people continued the conversation about storytelling with their teams for days afterwards. An organisation like ours is full of amazing stories, and Anecdote has given our people the confidence to put their storytelling skills to good use and influence how we communicate with each other—face-to-face and across other channels.“
—Mark Ryan, Mater Education
“Data analysis is a major capability at Macquarie University. We use it to run our business and to conduct research. But to be truly effective, leaders and analysts must communicate their results with impact. Anecdote’s data storytelling training was ideal. It was practical, insightful and fun to learn. It sparked many new conversations with the data community, and they immediately put their new story skills into practice.“
—Sean Preusse, Macquarie University
“Fun, interesting, practical and easy steps to communicate effectively and engage better with your team, or anyone really. Mark was a wonderful speaker!“
—Annette Mitchell, Mater Health Services
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