Cam Barber – message man

Cam is a speaker, speaking coach and speechwriter.

His background as a radio executive helped him understand how to get inside the mind of an audience and trigger message recall.

He developed the Vivid Method for Public Speaking as a response to the mechanical acting skills being taught for business presentations and media settings. The first version was built on natural style and message transfer – hence the nickname ‘message man’. Delighted participants also found that this simple, practical focus reduced public speaking anxiety.

Clients now rave about the ability to relax under pressure, the power of Vivid Messages and the simple approach that generates twice the impact using half the effort. Cam Barber has helped craft presentations for dozens of Top 100 companies and coached speakers, CEOs and other presenters to make their message more powerful.

When he’s not speaking, coaching or writing, Cam consults on message management.




Alastair ClarksonAlastair Clarkson, Coach Hawthorn Football Club
“We’ve been using Cam and the Vivid Method at Hawthorn for 7 years now. He’s helped us enormously in getting our ideas across – and that’s been really important for our progress as a football club.”

Jules LundJules Lund, Television & Radio Presenter
“Cam is the Magic Man! He has an amazing ability to distil complex ideas into simple, practical steps. He’ll show you how to sort your ideas and deliver vivid messages that persuade. He’s helped me a lot.” 

Janine AllisJanine Allis, CEO Boost Juice
“Cam’s Method cuts through the rigid rules and unnecessary crap often associated with public speaking and shows people how to communicate clearly and effectively. Thank you for the fresh approach Cam.”



Recent Press…


Daily Telegraph logoTips on how to be a better public speaker
PRESENTATIONS are here to stay. Far from shying away from them, public speaking coach Cam Barber suggests turning tradition on its head and viewing them in a new light and allowing your personality to shine through…[more]

Business Insider logo10 Reasons You’ll Improve Your Presentation By Using The ‘B’ Key
Most people have had to sit through a few terrible PowerPoint presentations. Communications coach Cam Barber, says “Too often PowerPoint is seen as the master,”…[more]

5 Tips For Becoming A Better Speaker Spice logo
Need to make a speech at your company’s annual holiday party? Look no further than these tips from expert speaker Cam Barber. Public speaking can define you as a leader and can give you credibility…[more]

Dynamic Business logoTop 5 Communication Tips for Entrepreneurs
1. Great entrepreneurs craft vivid messages – messages that are passed onto others. A vivid message is short. One or two sentences maximum…[more]

Crikey logoStyle guide: image consultants assess Victorian leaders
Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss asks professional image consultants what to make of Dan Andrews and Denis Napthine. They cover messaging, media savvy and style….[more

News-com-au logoHow to conquer your biggest work fear
Presentations are here to stay, regardless of whether we thrive on delivering them or spend sleepless nights fearful of failure on the day. Public speaking coach Cam Barber suggests…[more]

On Leadership: Is ‘excellence’ a dirty word?Business First2 logo
Leaders love the word ‘excellence’. But is it overused? (Yes!). Cam Barber talks to Steve Waugh about problem with the dogged pursuit of ‘excellence’…[more]

Business Insider logoAustralian Cricket Legend Steve Waugh’s Top 5 Leadership Tips
Great leaders are associated with great leadership messages. This is no coincidence. The inspiring way they speak help make them great leaders. I picked Steve Waugh’s brain on his top five leadership messages…[more]

IIDM logoThe end of job interviews as we know them
Do you want to achieve better hiring decisions? Instead of using the traditional Q and A approach, try changing the dynamic of the interview into a peer-level conversation…[more]

She Said logoThe one thing that makes you stand out in a Job Interview
There is so much contradictory advice about job interviews. However, the one thing that will make you stand out is a vivid message about yourself…[more]

Business Insider logoMYOB CEO Tim Reed just used the ‘B’ key trick to get the room’s attention
MYOB CEO Tim Reed used the B key trick to get the room’s attention at the company’s roadshow in Melbourne today. Communications coach Cam Barber has previously said it’s important to understand that the speaker makes the presentation, and the slides are support…[more]


Get your great ideas out of your head and into the world!


Keynote speeches Book Cam Barber to speak at your event and he will customise a session to suit your needs.

Conference Sessions Customised sessions to clarify messaging or teach doctors

Presentation Skills Training

Personal Coaching

Media Training

Message Development Sessions


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