Small business speaker to inspire & inform your audience

Flying Solo founder, Robert Gerrish is a small business speaker, presenter and facilitator with experience spanning more than twenty years.

Alongside creating the largest Australian community of solo and small businesses, the Work your way course at soloism.com and co-authoring a business bestseller, Robert has delivered scores of keynotes at small business conferences and events and been a commentator on ABC Four Corners, A Current Affair, Sky Business, Fairfax Digital and numerous regional and national radio programs.

Robert is immersed every day in Flying Solo's community of 100,000+ Australian small businesses, understanding their needs and challenges better than most.

His presentation topics focus on the main pain points for small business, notably: marketing; handling overwhelm; improving efficiency & productivity and small business growth. See the breadth of his expertise in the Work your way course curriculum.

He's an experienced interviewer and roundtable discussion host, having a relaxed, jargon-free presentation style that encourages audience interaction and inclusion.

See testimonials below and many more on LinkedIn.

Recent engagements include

  • Three events across regional NSW in support of the NSW Government, Back to Business Week
  • MC, keynote presenter & workshop facilitator for four consecutive years for leading bookkeeping franchise,  First Class Accounts
  • 4 Presentations over the last decade at the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) Annual Small Business Summit 
  • Over 20 CBD and regional events for the NSW and Victorian State Governments
  • 6 facilitation events for The City of Sydney
  • Small business keynote for NBNCo
  • 12 keynote presentations, roundtable discussion facilitation and video presentations for PayPal
  • Presentations for Visa, QuickBooks, Canon and Suncorp
  • Host of over 20 online presentations with audiences from 150-1500

He's written and presented over 80 video tutorials for our Work your way online course, hosts the fortnightly Flying Solo Podcast and his own Mellow Brick Road show aimed at older entrepreneurs. Robert is based in the Sydney CBD and is readily available to discuss your event plans. Just get in touch.

Testimonials and feedback

"The feedback from Robert’s small business breakfast presentation was 100% positive. I would rate him as one of the top presenters on Business in Australia today and highly recommend him to any business group that wants to benefit from his knowledge and expertise." - Suzanne Kiraly, Small Biz Intelligence, Canberra

"Robert was our keynote speaker at an event staged for around 80 independent landscapers. He engaged the audience very effectively and demonstrated a great understanding of both their business and ours. The feedback was very positive and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him." - Craig Rich, Operations Manager, Alpine Nursuries, Dural

"Robert presented recently at one of our small business breakfast events and despite the early hour, he kept the audience fully engaged and motivated. He scored an outstanding 9.3 out of 10 in the feedback forms handed out at the end of the talk. We hope to have him back again sometime."   - William Adames, Community and Business Engagement Ku-ring-gai Council

"Robert recently was the Keynote speaker at our annual AAPO conference. His after dinner presentation was fun, entertaining and most importantly, informative. All the attendees had a great evening and Robert’s contribution was a major part of that." - Wendy Davie, President, Australasian Association of Professional Organisers

"Robert presented to the Warringah Chamber of Commerce of which I am secretary. His talk to the group was creative, enthusiastic with a great ability to connect with grass roots small business people. I would recommend Robert to any business group needing a small business speaker who talks from the heart." - Sue Heins, Councillor at Warringah Council & Founder of Inspiring Women

To fix a time to talk through your event plans with Robert,  simply get in touch and you'll get a response quick-smart.

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