Great Client Feedback
Some Positive Thoughts from our Clients and others that have used our skills appear below. You are probably also an organisation that is looking for some expertise to help answer some key questions for your future and want to feel comfortable knowing you’ll get the results you want. Read for yourself what others have said and then contact us with any questions you may have: Email or 613 96 444 588
An excellent facilitator, an inspiring speaker and a knowledgeable mentor! It has been a pleasure to work with Marcus Barber on the City of Greater Dandenong Ignite 2021 Program. His experience with start-ups, and excellent mentoring and coaching, have allowed our participants to start their businesses, with more confidence, networks and knowledge
Economic Development Team
‘We appreciate the time and effort you spent in preparing for your role as MC and providing a futurist’s view on the conference content. Delegates have commented to me on the smooth running of the event, and we found that your engagement and insights stimulated a great deal of discussion during the Conference.’
Victorian Water Association
Brilliant – thanks for your presentation last night Marcus, a Platinum highlight for 2013!’!
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agency marou @AgencyMarou
Rowan Barnes @RowanBarnes
Murray Galbraith @MurrayDG
@rightfuture Just wow.
Brad Paton @Brad_Paton
Kylie Eddy @KylieEddy
Laney Galligan @laneygalligan
Marcus the Victorian Industry Water Association (VicWater) would like to express its most sincere gratitude on behalf of the Sustainability Task Group…Your presentation provided high quality and pertinent information to the delegates on how to do more with less, balance priorities and engage customers and stakeholders in the sustainability debate…’
Chief Executive Officer
Thank you for the outstanding presentation you gave at our recent conference at the Grand Chancellor in Hobart.
Your captivating talk was inspiring and insightful, there was so much useful information that was of benefit to all those who attended on the day.
You were a big hit with all of our delegates, your energy and enthusiasm was infectious, thank you for such a memorable and enjoyable presentation.
National New Business
Australian Scholarships Group – Supporting Children’s Education
Good morning Marcus,
A belated thank-you for your contribution last week at the Victorian Regional Produce Summit held in Wangaratta. Your energy and enthusiasm were
definite factors in making the day the huge success that it was. Feedback has been extremely positive and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to think
outside the square for a few hours. Thank you also for your time the following day meeting with Council senior officers to bounce ideas around.
Your customer service in the lead up and during the event was exceptional and greatly appreciated.
Manager – Tourism Development
Rural City of Wangaratta
“On behalf of the Progress Association and the Industrial Park Committee we would like to thank you for doing such as wonderful job as MC and giving such a thought provoking presentation making us think about ideas that will shape the years to come. You were able to cleverly pull together several threads that were explored in different presentations.
Judging from the positive feedback we have received from the Community, your contribution played a major factor in the success of the day. We have had many comments about the friendly yet professional way you handled the day, and we are sure that the other speakers and audience all appreciated your skill of keeping the program to time. Your expertise was very much appreciated and we would also like to thank you for your other contributions in the lead up to the Forum and post Forum assistance.”
President Lockhart & District Progress Association.
“It was a pleasure to meet you this morning. As a last-minute replacement to this morning’s breakfast I wasn’t sure what to expect. I found your presentation to be very informative, inspiring and it was quite eye opening. You’re clearly very passionate about driving change and sustainability and definitely got me thinking. I’d love to keep in touch and would be happy to recommend you to clients and other colleagues.”
|Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC)
“A presentation that was both relevant to our sector and stretched us to think outside it. The delivery style was excellent and engaging combining facts and complex ideas with humour and audience involvement resulting in a session that matched or exceeded expectations of all involved”
Southport Engineering Pty Ltd
Marcus I just wish to thank you for providing such an interesting, informative & entertaining session AND for all the information I wasn’t able to write down. I’ve never taken so many notes at a breakfast meeting in my life, nor will I ever take so few again. I can already see many opportunities to apply your teachings with one of them being a presentation on Monday.
Thanks heaps… Best Regards
Gold Coast Water
‘…Marcus’s facilitation skills were probably some of the best I’ve seen to date. A combination of broad multi-disciplinary knowledge and high calibre interpersonal skills were evident in his ability to facilitate and contribute to the industry related discussion without imposing on the clientele…”
Fosters Australia Foresight Group
‘The Accelerated Scenarios process was enthusiastically embraced by the team here at Foster’s. This approach to futures thinking led to a re-perceiving of where we saw the market heading and the future opportunities and threats…”
Fosters Australia Foresight Group
“Through his teachings Marcus has left a legacy at Foster’s. Over the past year we have learnt that looking for insights in the ‘safe areas’ provides less value than looking for ‘signals’ in the ‘right’ areas. This changed perspective has been largely due to the influence of Marcus”
Gold Coast Water
Frontier Media & Marketing
UNESCO sponsored ‘ Committing Universities to Sustainable Development’ conference
Fosters Australia Functional Beverages
South East Business Networks
“In the multi-company sessions that Marcus facilitated for us, he displayed the uncanny ability to challenge the very essence of the participants’ thinking process and the potential (and often untapped) opportunities within their business, allowing them to leave with not only theory, but the ability to implement!”
These are among the many clients and training sessions available – ask away…
Our Experience Means You Benefit
Acquiring this level of skill can only come through well developed ‘travels’ across industry sectors, positions, functions and outcomes. It requires a willingness to walk the ‘paths less travelled’ and to show how the richness of the journey can be of benefit to those who have enjoyed the alternative.
With direct exposure to the Financial Services, Policing, Education, Advertising, Manufacturing, and Recruitment sectors, we are able to draw upon functional understanding across businesses of all types and purposes.
This means you get access to our ability to identify the very best of ‘cross industry’ opportunities – customer retention strategies; employee engagement methods; sales processes; strategic development initiatives; marketing excellence; innovation creation and many, many more.
The really important thing to note is that we do not bring a ‘cookie cutter’ with us. Whilst your business may share similarities with others in the same sector or different sectors, it is unique. Applying ‘model x’ regardless of what you really need is not our style. EVERYTHING will be tailored specifically to what you need and for the purpose you need it.
All of our personnel and facilitators bring with them extensive trainng and real life operational experience. Specifically it is probable that our personnel will have qualifications in at least one of the following disciplines:
- Post Graduate Qualifications in Strategic Foresight
- Certification in Spiral Dynamics from the National Values Centre in the United States
- Certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
When you add these exquisite and precise thinking skills to extensive experience across a wide variety of business sectors, you have available to you an exceptional business asset that will transfer skills into your business.
Queensland Rail Strategic Foresight & Planning Session
Last night the ABC program ‘A Difference of Opinion’ looked at the issues of the housing affordability ciris. The panel provided some quality perspectives as to what was causing the challenge and what kind of actions might need to occur in order to address the issue with Ross Gittins’ early observation that the debate completely…Read More >
Dan Atkins, former manager of Environmental policy at Toyota and now Director of Sustainable Business Practises and Strategic Futurist Marcus Barber will speak at the South East Networks / VicUrban Business Breakfast at the Sandown Racecourse on Wednesday the 27th of June. Both Dan (who’ll discuss how Toyota applies its Environmental Policy in order to…Read More >
Looking Up Feeling Good’s advanced signals reporting service ‘Future Alerts’ is now available as a monthly subscription offering. Designed to provide your organisation with signals indicating potential change, each report comes with analysis of the signals and how they might impact your business. Applying some advanced Environmental Scanning process, including the ‘VSTEEP’ model, you can…Read More >
Futurist Marcus Barber has been invited to present at the Stockholm International Water Institute’s prestigious World Water Week conference to be held in Stockholm later this year. His abstract submission ‘Life versus Lifestyle: the emerging clash between consumer demands and water availability’ forms part of the key workshop item of ‘Managing Future Consumer Demands’ which…Read More >
The May Brainnovation session is open for bookings. If you’d like to be invited to attend this highly focused, creative and thought provoking session please contact us. We’ll send you an invite and as these sessions are strictly limited to no more than 15 people, it’s ‘first in – best dressed’ for acceptances! You’ll be…Read More >
Every now and again you discover something well ahead of the general public that is worthy of further investigation. That is the key advantage of being a futurist – you get to spend a lot of your time just looking for signals of change. In this case it is the soon to be opened Barleycorn…Read More >
Marcus Barber joined Brigette Duclos on the Channel 10 program ‘9am with David & Kim’ to discuss strategy and the game show ‘Con-Test’ How do game shows reflect our approach to strategy and what does it mean for the business decisons we make? This will be the subject of an upcoming ‘Ideas Piece’ to appear…Read More >
Your Advanced Organisational Strategy events coincide with a specific need for your business and lead to excellent outcomes. These events are customed tailored to help you solve an organisational challenge or to answer a key exploratory question for you. The AOS focuses on two main objectives – to create a specific ‘How to’ for solving…Read More >
The idea behind Innovation is to create something new, that has yet to be conceived. A lot of the times that requires Counterintuitive thinking and that can be a very difficult challenge because it needs to break the habits in our thinking styles. For me the essence of being a futurist is the essence of…Read More >