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Invite Our Founder to Speak at Your Event
Tap into lived experience and professional knowledge in mental health and wellbeing for your event.
Melanie Costas, our Founder and CEO has a lifetime of personal, lived experience and 23 years professional expertise and knowledge
Booking Melanie to speak at your event, conference, meeting or workplace will benefit so many because she has the ability to connect with an audience in a compassionate, relatable, and engaging way.
Let's hear from Melanie herself:
"When I’m preparing for a speech or presentation, the first thing I do is research my audience and tailor my approach accordingly. I always make sure to use visuals, props, stories, and anecdotes to keep them engaged throughout my talk.
Depending on the size of the crowd, I may adjust my delivery style, as well. For example, in terms of accessibility and inclusion, I may need to speak more slowly, using language that the audience can all understand, and clearly so that everyone can hear me. After the speech, I measure success by checking in with the audience members to see how they felt about the presentation and what kind of feedback they have.
There are always 'light bulb' moments and the audience, no matter what their background or knowledge, learn something different from hearing me speak."
Photograph shows Rural Mental Health Matters' Founder and CEO, speaking into a microphone to an audience in a church. She is standing on a raised area in front of a projector, wearing a flowered dress and bright pink and purple hair to match her cardigan.
Melanie's lived experience includes:
- Chronic pain
A breast cancer survivor herself, our CEO relates to those who’ve faced or are going through this trauma. Given that 1 in 2 of us will get cancer at some point in our lives, this is an extremely important topic.
Image shows Melanie Costas, our CEO sitting in a supportive chair talking to an in-person gathering of people at Shaftesbury Welcome Centre. She is wearing a colourful flowered dress and is gesturing with open hands.