Not Business as Usual

Everything was going along fine. Jobs were coming in, people were saying ‘well done’, but there wasn’t anything outstanding about Rob’s acting career. “Promising” sums it up. But who’s happy with that?

Then, an OPPORTUNITY. The ugliest man in Australian business history, Kerry Packer, needed to be portrayed and there are only so many guys with the natural gifts (a strange looking chin and nose) that could pull that off. But could he? What if he wasn’t good enough? What would he have to CHANGE to his every day routine to ensure SUCCESS?

NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL is a story about STEPPING UP. From bit part actor playing characters that always died to playing an Australian icon in a leading role. A chance barbecue with Tom Cruise, a romantic moment with Michael Buble and a huge respect for ordinary detail are all part of the overnight success that took 25 years to build.

Rob Carlton is a natural born story teller. An actor with a background in stand-up comedy, your audience will enjoy huge laughs from the stories Rob tells while gaining an insight into how to shake up their routine and super-charge their process so they can step up and become INDUSTRY LEADERS.

Rob’s down to earth delivery, sharp character observations and self deprecating humour are a world away from a corporate presentation — perfect!

Audience take outs:

  • Big laughs, for a start. A delightful on-message break in the middle of a conference day.
  • How to be bold within a structure.
  • How to prepare to be calm in moments of extreme pressure.
  • Discover ways of striving for expertise.
  • 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’s Brief CV.

LOGIE winning Actor. TROPFEST winning film maker. AUSTRALIAN WRITERS GUILD winner for Best Comedy. Multiple AACTA and LOGIE nominee for producing, directing and acting.


“Rob Carlton is 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. Rob was the crowning glory of our conference” Matthew Gray, President for the WAGGA PPC.

“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 MediaVest Group Australia

“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

“Rob’s keynote was a highlight. This was required to bridge two parts of the event but also to set a clear tone for the business moving forward. Rob nailed it. The team were engaged and the next part of the day was so much better for having the context he provided. I can’t recommend Rob enough for your event. You will not regret it. His Enthusiasm, drive and attitude are infectious. You’ll be laughing from start to finish — both on and off stage.” Jody Barlow ONE HUB Managing Director — Brett Thompson ONE HUB Marketing Director.


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