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Wayne Pearce OAM

Wayne Pearce OAM

Wayne Pearce knows a lot about what it takes to succeed in high-pressure environments; he’s been doing it for nearly 40 years. He has plenty of real-world anecdotes and insights to share around themes like “personal best”, “overcoming adversity”, “teamwork”, “everyone’s a leader”, “creating a high performing culture” and “leading through a crisis”.

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Testimonials for Wayne Pearce OAM

"We recently had the pleasure of engaging Wayne Pearce as a key note speaker and facilitator at out biennial conference. His presentation was enlightening, motivating, humourous and very entertaining. He was able to get the key messages across to the entire audience of 450 people. I would highly recommend Wayne as a key note presenter and also encourage anyone to participate in one of his seminars which will benefit you both personally and professionally".

Executive Director Harvey Norman


"Wayne is a true high achiever who has the ability to connect with people at all levels in the organisation; this is what makes Wayne so special. I asked Wayne to attend a series of events nationally and speak to our people. What a success, the feedback was phenomenal. Wayne's inspirational stories touched everyone from the CEO to the customer service officer. At CSR we are building a constructive and positive culture and Wayne's message for us was really about having a goal, staying positive, bouncing back from life's setbacks and following your dreams. Thanks Wayne for making our events such a success!"

GM HR and Safety CSR Lightweight System


“Wayne Pearce delivers a compelling message about leadership, motivation and teamwork in a language that resonates with his audience. His unique background of sporting achievement combined with his understanding of the science and psychology of performance make him a highly engaging and credible presenter. Our Caltex franchisees greatly benefited from Wayne’s blend of humour, business content and thought provoking ideas.”

Caltex National Manager-Retail


Wayne Pearce infused his winning style in a room of 60 all female Bra’s N Things retail managers with a clearly communicated and very uplifting seminar. He left our managers feeling empowered in both their business and personal lives.”

Brad Dransfield (National Sales Manager, Bras N Things)


We use Wayne Pearce Advantage to coordinate our people and culture development strategy throughout the south-east Asia region and the results have been fantastic. Wayne has developed an effective framework complete with tools and techniques that enabled tangible, sustainable outcomes for our business."

Mark Spring (GM Asia Pacific BGC International)

Wayne Pearce OAM Travels from NSW
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Wayne Pearce OAM's Biography

An outstanding career in rugby league, Wayne Pearce is a passionate and inspirational speaker who drives key messages in areas of leadership, change, business and motivation.


A successful Wayne’s reputation as a professional rugby league player and coach precedes him. His rise from humble beginnings growing up in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain to become an International rugby league player is one of those great inspirational stories that never fails to stir the Australian spirit.


Wayne’s many rugby league accomplishments include being voted ‘Players player of the tour’ for the undefeated 1982 ‘Invincibles’ Kangaroo Tour, winning the Harry Sunderland medal as Australia’s best player in the 1984 test series against Great Britain, and captaining the New South Wales Origin team to the first ever clean sweep in 1986. Wayne later coached the Blues in 2000, when he became the only person to both captain and coach a series clean-sweep in the history of State of Origin.


Wayne’s contribution to rugby league and the community was sighted when he was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1988. And these days his undying passion for the game of rugby league is still fuelled in his role as an inaugural member of the Australian Rugby League Commission.


Wayne’s strength of character and commitment to optimal performance is also now fervently focused on the corporate world. He is directly involved in all services provided by Wayne Pearce Advantage and his aim, when working with an organisation, is to help it transform from a place where people simply turn up and do their job to a place where they are accountable, want to do their very best as individuals and as a team.


After developing and successfully trailing his corporate programs, he launched his Wayne Pearce Advantage programs into the business community in January 2001 and the results have been outstanding.

In addition to conducting business workshops, Wayne is also a popular and widely acclaimed keynote speaker with extensive experience right across the South-East Asia region.


A gifted Master of Ceremonies is the bond that binds corporate functions together and gives them their unique flavour. Wayne Pearce’s inimitable blend of humorous, authentic and uplifting delivery, not to mention endless anecdotes from sporting days and beyond, never fails to engage his audiences.


Wayne’s ability to win over a broad range of audiences with his contagious optimism will help you set the right tone for your function whether it’s a fund raiser, product launch, conference or award ceremony. So next time you need an MC, ask Wayne. Your audience will be talking about your function for days to come.


Over the past thirteen years, Wayne has built up an impressive list of clients such as Bunnings, Harvey Norman, Telstra, ANSTO, Commonwealth Bank, John Holland and Coates Hire but you will never catch him resting on his laurels.


Wayne is an innovator who continues to refine his programs in pursuit of best practice methodology. Just as he did during his legendary rugby career, Wayne stays ahead of the game by applying the latest research in psychology and neuroscience so his clients get the best possible outcomes.


Wayne Pearce understands that the key to delivering an inspirational speech is engaging with, and then energising the audience. He is highly skilled at crafting and then articulating targeted, persuasive messages that resonate with the audience.


Wayne knows a lot about what it takes to succeed in high-pressure environments; he’s been doing it for nearly 40 years. He has plenty of real-world anecdotes and insights to share around themes like “personal best”, “overcoming adversity”, “teamwork”, “everyone’s a leader”, “creating a high performing culture” and “leading through a crisis”.


With his unique combination of wisdom, fervour and humility, Wayne will share with you the tools and insights that will enable your business to achieve the outcomes you’ve been striving for.


Wayne's pivotal leadership role of the NRL's Project Apollo team, during the COVID-19 global pandemic will provide an inspiring leadership keynote presentation that your audience won't forget.


Together with his extensive experience and proven record of success, Wayne is the natural choice as your keynote speaker.

Speaking Topics Include

  • Become your best - breakthrough any restrictive habits to fulfil your potential
  • Fast track to high performance teamwork - a must have ingredient for successful business outcomes
  • Effective team leadership - develop strong self-leadership skills and enhance your ability to influence others to commit to delivering the desired outcomes
  • The secret to business success - learn how to align your employees to your company's core values and the desired behaviours
  • Accelerating the change process - learn how to identify and overcome barriers to change

  • The art of personal motivation
  • The Lighter Side to the Game - Entertaining stories and anecdotes
  • Coaching your staff to greatness
  • Achieving work-life balance

Training programs include:

Personal Ignition

Team Ignition

Leadership Ignition

Culture Ignition

Change Ignition

Process Communication