Achieving the accolade of being known as Australia’s #1 Business MC is not something that happens easily. Toby’s entire focus in his role as MC is to make you and your organisation not only look good, he’ll make you look great.


He brings over 29 years of experience as a consultant, keynote speaker, sales person, manager and facilitator into his role as an MC. Being expert in a number of industries and well-versed in most of the rest, he’s more than just intros and housekeeping. He will capture and motivate audiences by ensuring that the key messages from each session are highlighted and linked with each other and with the theme of the conference, and that conference strategies and desired outcomes are consistently reinforced. Toby has been described as “a link presenter” as he often adds content value in addition to the seamless management of the conference program.


One of the main ways Toby prepares in his role as MC for a conference is in the many hours of research he does on the industry, the organisation and any products. He’ll have enough knowledge to make supportive comments or to challenge them in a panel discussion or interview. It’s about knowing the industry or product or company without passing himself off as an industry expert.


He’s also funny without being a comedian; he’s able to delve into the human psyche without being a psychologist; he can speak business without being an economist; interview without being a journalist; play a role without being an actor; and can provide knowledge and useful tools without being a professor (but he is a member of the Adjust Faculty at the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW).

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Toby Travanner - Conference MC, Training Facilitator, Event MC, Business Coach, Corporate MC, Keynote Speaker