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Testimonials for Geoff Knight
When I need to deliver a powerful and motivating presenter for a key client, I look for a number of things...Looking is one thing, finding is the other. So when we know a presenter who will tick AND kick all the boxes, then we ALWAYS book Geoff Knight. At 6 foot + forever and ridiculously good looking, audiences always sit up straight and start to listen before Geoff opens his mouth! His story is remarkable AND surely it can’t be true…And then he starts to sing! OMG, sing! Absolutely superb! He knows my clients names, he works the room and interacts, and he wraps our brief around his presentation. Talk about value for money. After each encore you just know this guy has blown open your event big time.
We loved him. Geoff Knight’s presentation exceeded my expectations. He really reached this audience well – some people loved his life story, others his wonderful tenor voice, others his gentle humour all wrapped up in what can only be described as a truly charismatic personality. The women drooled (including me!) and the men admired. Geoff set the tone for the rest of our conference time together, and had a lot to do with the great success of the conference, as after he gave his personal testimony, the other conference delegates were more inclined to be real with each other. Geoff was worth every cent and we are very proud of him as one of our own! West Coast Tertiary Education Trust
Motivational speaker and opera star, Geoff Knight held the 70 attendees spellbound with his inspirational and thought provoking keynote; ‘The road less travelled: A student’s journey – from Highway 61 gang member to international opera singer.’ Geoff’s message clearly demonstrated the influence we as educators can have on the direction our students take. The importance of valuing our students as individuals, respecting them and allowing them to strive to reach their potential cannot be overemphasised.
Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Fee Range: $5001 to $10000
Geoff Knight's Biography
Underneath the stage presence and operatic bravado is a remarkable story. Like the songs and arias he sings, Geoff’s journey from overweight and bullied schoolboy to the world of bikie gangs, to stuntman, actor, and accomplished performer is remarkable.
Not only does this story drive a compelling onstage performance but it is the foundation for enthralling presentations. With experience in dramatic Film and TV productions and a voice of beauty and power, Geoff brings his story to life through speech and song and holds an audience spellbound with the incredible journey that is his life.
It is a story full of humour, pain, intrigue, delight, love and dedication and needs to be heard to be believed. If you ever thought ‘you can’t’ you will now think ‘you can’ or if you were ever in doubt that good will always prevail, think again.
Geoff Knight is an expert at personal transformation and his life has been one of operatic proportions; an adopted child, overweight, bullied choirboy in small-town New Zealand, driven to become one of the youngest members of the notorious ‘Highway 61′ bikie gang.
A five year stint which saw him almost lose everything in a near-death motorcycle accident. After this life-changing experience, Geoff dared to dream a new life for himself – a dream which has led him from working as a stunt man with Lucy Lawless in Xena, to gaining a Performing Arts degree and working professionally on stage and television, to the pivotal moment of being noticed by internationally renowned bass, Grant Dickson. An opportunity which has seen Geoff rediscover his voice and realise his true potential as an international tenor.
An experienced performer with a deep desire and commitment to inspire all he comes in contact with, Geoff delivers a very human and inspiring story of total transformation, overcoming adversity, discovering his passion for Opera, and breaking through limitations to achieve success as an international tenor.
Geoff really connects with his audience and speaks openly about his formative years and the circumstances and events which led to him going from being the lead singer of his school choir to running off the rails and becoming the right hand man to the president of the largest motorcycle gang in New Zealand.
He then takes you on the almost unbelievable roller-coaster ride that was his life during his wilder years, sharing some of his experiences which you would only expect to read about in fiction or see on a movie screen; including how he mustered the courage to turn his life around and the price he had to pay to get out of the bikie gang alive!
With warmth, passion, and humour Geoff offers up his own journey of personal transformation and delivers a truly unique, authentic, entertaining, and inspiring story unlike any you will ever hear. He speaks candidly about confronting his demons and taking full responsibility for his life, while sharing his blueprint for creating lasting change and the steps he had to take to pursue his passion and make his dreams a reality.
Geoff presents powerful story of personal mastery in the pursuit of artistic excellence which incorporates some of the world’s most beautiful and popular arias and songs from opera, musical theatre, and popular classical crossover.
Geoff stands up for what’s possible and makes you believe that with determination, guidance, commitment, focus, and a little talent, the sky really is the limit!
Speaking Topics Include
The road less travelled: A student’s journey – from Highway 61 gang member to international opera singer.’
Some of the key messages Geoff leaves an audience with are:
• Outstanding results take practice, and we all possess the capacity to change our patterns of behaviour for the improvement of all…its better to do it before the compelling event.
• Achieving excellence is a way of life, it requires self awareness and a commitment to contributing your best always while constantly moving the goalposts.
• Get comfortable with high expectations and surround yourself by people who expect more of you than you do of yourself, because settling for less is selling out on your life.
• Being your best self is way more fun and it won’t get you arrested.
• You can either be a reaction waiting to happen, or choose who shows up.
• Being authentic takes courage, make sure you are heard and contribute, sing as loud as you can always.
As an inspirational motivational speaker to open or close your event or conference, the unique combination of Geoff Knight’s powerful and moving story, plus his beautiful tenor voice and superb singing; will leave your audience quite literally struck with awe!