TESTIMONIALS

KEYNOTE TESTIMONIALS

Find out here why conference organisers all over the world rave about the extraordinary value Darryl offers as a speaker and gala dinner entertainer.
“Thank you for your excellent presentation and delivering it with passion to the MDRT audience. You are such an amazing talent. Not only is your story inspiring, but also your voice brings me to another level. You touched so many hearts and MDRT is grateful for your sharing your gift with us.”
Michelle Hoesly
2014 President, Million Dollar Round Table (USA)
“We recently held an event for 100 of my key people. The purpose was to drive culture and inspire them to take the business to another level. Darryl did a fantastic presentation that supported the objective of the event and incorporated incredible opera that was uplifting and inspiring. The team gave him a standing ovation and set the scene for the balance of the event....well done”
Jordan Hawke
CEO Asteron
“In the twenty years I have been delivering excellence to my clients, I have drawn up (very) short lists of speakers and entertainers that have exceeded my highest expectations. After your time with us on our recent Aon Conference, I can confirm you went straight to the top of both lists. Your truly memorable keynote session at the end of a very long day deserved the standing ovation you were given – and your truly stunning outdoor post dinner show under the Northern Territory night sky left every single person breathless. It was simply superb!”
Steve Rawlins
MD dmp marketing (PCO)
“Darryl is outstanding and versatile. His presentation is full of pertinent points that relate to life in general as well as business. He is a dynamic entertainer and the conclusion of his presentation is the only one I have ever attended where everyone ends up on their feet and there is a spontaneous standing applause - fabulous way to end a conference. Darryl also performed at our gala dinner and was fabulous. Undoubtedly one of the best performers we have engaged.”
Peter Daly
Former CEO, AFS (Australian Financial Services)

"We recently held a conference in Sydney for 350 attendees and had Darryl as the closing speaker. His presentation was nothing short of extraordinary. He's engaging, funny, insightful, entertaining and of course highly inspirational. Many people commented that he was the best out of 14 speakers at the conference. So what would I say to someone thinking about hiring Darryl Lovegrove? Just do it."
Dale Beaumont
MD Business Blueprint; Author of the best-selling ‘Secrets Exposed’ series
“Darryl’s story is an inspiration to audiences of all kinds. His message can be tailored to suit all themes, as his is a real story of never giving up or taking no for an answer. Darryl delivered a keynote address to an auditorium of Accountants and Actuaries (a tough gig by any measure) and walked out to a standing ovation and scores of “excellent” from over 85% of attendees in the post conference feedbacks. This is how good he is. More importantly however is that Darryl takes the time to listen to what you as a conference organiser want from him – making it certain you get the value you want!”
Chris Old
FSAA (Financial Services & Accountants Association)
Conference Chairman – 2013
“I was deeply moved on a profound level. Your keynote/performance sent shivers down my spine. You are an inspiration on so many levels. You took us on an extraordinary journey that just got more and more exciting as it evolved.”
Lisa Messenger
Managing Director, Messenger Publishing
“An entertainer with a real message for business success… Absolutely BRILLIANT!”
David Jay
CEO Australian Settlements Ltd
“Engaging, dynamic, flawless, captivating. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Darryl Lovegrove’s presentation. Darryl is a born raconteur and held the audience spellbound with tales of his extraordinary background. He exuded a high energy that never wavered and held everyone in rapt attention during the entire time. Every aspect of his presentation was infused with electricity, captivating the audience. Far from being just an entertainer, Darryl delivered his presentation with an eloquence and passion that engaged everyone from the beginning through to the dramatic finale.”
Peter Hayward
CEO Carpet Court
“Darryl was the star attraction at the 2016 Direct National Combined Principals’ Associations’ State Conference. We required a show-stopping speaker and we got it in spades with Darryl. Darryl’s keynote was entertaining and inspiring – and his ability to rouse 400+ delegates to their feet to join in the final notes of Nessun Dorma from the Puccini opera Turandot (made famous by Luciano Pavarotti) brought the house down. Many delegates gave feedback that this conference was the ‘best ever’ – in part due to the excellent contribution of Darryl Lovegrove who we thank sincerely.”
Magdalene St Clare
QASSP Business Manager and Conference Manager
“Darryl was incredibly entertaining with the whole team unequivocally positive about his key note. He was fun, passionate and warm – with a great business message to share that was really relevant to us. Everyone got something out of it. Simply brilliant!”
Kellie Lewis
Sentis
“Darryl delivered a motivational presentation with a highly compelling message and was a resounding success with our clients. I can state unequivocally that he has been one of the best speakers we’ve had. I want to extend my thanks on the outstanding keynote he presented at our Annual Convention.”
Ninette Maddrell,
Pittard Training Group
“Thank you for your incredible keynote speech at the ‘Women in Focus’ conference in Port Douglas. The room was clearly moved by your speech and performance. Accolades have ranged from ‘totally inspired’ through to ‘best conference keynote and I travel the world’! Our purpose is to open doors for women and to ensure we inspire, inform and connect – we believe your keynote represented them in both a unique and articulate way. I also wanted to thank you for your performance during the evening dinner and your engaged participation in the conference over the three days. Many keynotes ‘fly in/out’ with little to no engagement with the guests – your visible interest in our conference was noted by so many of our guests. Your energy, warmth, humour, talent and purposeful message are a standout and we look forward to working with you in the future."
Karen James
‘Women in Focus’. Commonwealth Bank
“If you are looking for a truly successful way to engage your conference audience from the beginning, look no further then Darryl! As a speaker he delighted and entertained the audience who couldn’t believe what an amazing voice he had. We also had the pleasure of Darryl singing at our final dinner. He had the audience in the palm of his hand and I have never seen them so engaged.”
Laura Younger
GM, Australia Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC)

“That was amazing. Made me laugh, made me cry. Outstanding talent and a story well told.”
Penny Burke
Essence Communications
“Darryl was fantastic! As the keynote speaker for our conference he delivered a great story of success with a passionate, enthusiastic presentation that thrilled our delegates. What a voice! The delegates gave Darryl a standing ovation. As MC of our Gala Dinner Darryl was outstanding. I would have no reservations in recommending Darryl to any conference organiser.”
Geoff Brennan
Stream Solutions
“Thanks for an outstanding main platform presentation to our group. Personally, your performance to our teams was the highlight of the conference. You captured everyone with your energy, enthusiasm and passion for your business. Your story was totally relevant to the theme of our conference and you showed us how if we apply the focus and the passion to the vision, we can achieve anything. Without exception, your session has won all the accolades.”
Maurice Trapp
Maurice Trapp Group (NZ)
“Everyone loved Darryl. He was just the right pitch for the time in the program and for our audience. He was professional, highly talented and very engaging. Darryl was amazing – what a talent. We all fell in love with him! And our delegates have requested that we have him again.”
Tracey Hamilton
Intimo Lingerie
“Darryl was the perfect closer for the conference with a brilliant blend of entertainment and message. Our delegates had already had two days of serious sessions and his energy sent them home with on a brilliant happy note.”
Jenny Wills
Richardson & Wrench
“Our intention was such that the clients left pumped and excited and after your exceptional delivery they have left just that and much more… The feedback was so positive. They loved your singing obviously but really felt as though they had travelled your journey also and came away feeling as though they too can achieve their dreams and goals not only for their business but also for themselves personally.”
Lisa Kershaw
Procter & Gamble NZ
“Darryl Lovegrove is a knock out awesome speaker. He is a performer, entrepreneur and what the corporate world needs. An injection of rock and roll values willing to have a go and confront the status quo, he is in my mind a perfect conference opener or closer. I am a big fan of his and reckon Dazza rocks!”
Matt Church
Founder, Thought Leaders
“I loved the message of staying focused on the core product but being flexible and exploring other ideas while working on the central message, selling your business and still moving forward.”
Paul Timms
AIPT
“Amazing delivery of an inspiring story. To hear your sensational voice emerge in the middle of a presentation was stunning and a revelation of your talent.”
Sue O’Brien
Organisations that Matter
“Thank you for your inspiring energy and awesome performance. Such openness about the highlights and challenges of being an entrepreneur was refreshing. Your performances were also extraordinary.”
Sally-Anne Cotton
CTT Trainer, Executive Alchemist
“Darryl Lovegrove’s performance was nothing short of outstanding. His ability to hold the attention of the delegates during his keynote address followed by a stunning performance at the gala dinner encapsulated everyone’s attention. Darryl’s performance was absolutely sensational - the pinnacle moment of the conference. A must have at your next conference or event.”
Luba Richards
Director, Conference Plus Australia (PCO)
"Your keynote was entertaining and inspiring. The grand finale with our entire conference room on their feet joining you in an exuberant performance of 'Nessun Dorma' sent shivers down the spine and the standing ovation was thoroughly deserved."
Marina Nola
Managing Director, Eventive Ltd (PCO)
“I just wanted to past on my sincere thanks for your ‘performance’ on Tuesday – it really was an inspiration for me and our members - and a special thank you for being such a good sport with the encore!”
Jeremy Blockey
Director, Blockey Consulting
“Darryl was professional, entertaining and hit the right spot for our audience."
Suzanne Morland
Westpac
“Your contribution to the Aon conference was more than significant in creating what has been described as the 'best conference ever'.
Tony Lye
Aon Wealth Management

“What an incredible success story. Humorous and funny, entertaining and witty and above all delivered with raw passion and enthusiasm. Rock’n Roll all around. Darryl, I take my 'hat off'. You are a genius.”
Martin Klopfer
etm group (PCO)
"As President of the AFA I am fortunate to see and meet many many speakers. Darryl is a person who I have known for some years and can say, he is one of the best speakers I have heard. Darryl is a person with passion, and a drive to provide excellence in everything he does. If you are looking for a person who will leave a lasting positive memory then look no further than Darryl Lovegrove."
Jim Taggart
National President, AFA

“Darryl’s presentation to the AFA Conference ensured that a great event has already become the most memorable of the last 10 years.”
Richard Klipin
(Former) CEO, Association of Financial Advisers Ltd


“Just a very quick email to say a HUGE thankyou for presenting at our recent event – you were truly amazing, and we all loved you – both for your presentation and of course for your amazing performances! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would hear 500 Financial Advisers singing the final lines of one of the most amazing Arias from the world of Opera! A sound to truly be heard to be believed!”
Meryl Davison
Sales Manager, Asteron

“You brought tears to my eyes. Your business message was relevant to me and your story so inspiring and presented in such an exciting way.”
Anne Rolfe
Mentoring Works


“One of the most entertaining lunches I have ever attended and this sentiment was reflected by all of our guests who would have loved to spend the whole afternoon listening to Darryl.”
Steve Moon
Chief Strategy Officer

“Darryl amazes me, always has. His story is uplifting but what's even better is the lessons and inspiration you take from it. Here is a guy who has walked the talk - actually that's not right - he sprinted it! Easy to work with, personable and very client focused Darryl is one of the good guys on many different levels.”
Nigel Collins
Director, Thinkativity
“I’m a veteran of conferences and I’ve seen my share of keynote speeches and inspirational stories so I can be tough to impress. Your presentation at our National Conference was a highlight and one of the most entertaining sessions I’ve ever attended. The story of your success was inspirational and as if that wasn’t praiseworthy enough, you packaged it into an hour of entertainment. Well done!”
Jeff Proud
Director, Canberra Life and Superranuation
"I have attended a number of business events where there have been some great presentations, but Darryl's was moving. The story of how his passion became his business was innovative and very fresh. A great story, great entertainment and I have never seen anybody else make a room full of people get up and sing the end of Nessun Dorma 'vincerò, vincerò!' Book him for your next function, the story will move you."
Rob Worthington
Business Agility

“I have been attending the Cairns Chamber of Commerce meeting over the past 2 years and I must say that Tuesday's meeting was one of the best that I have had the privilege to attend as the guest speaker was truly amazing.”
Sue Creighton
Facilty Manager, Cairns Mail Centre
"Last year it was my Pleasure to invite Darryl to speak at the AFA conference on the Gold Coast, he received a standing ovation and well deserved, he is a very engaging and personable speaker with a great story and excellent delivery - your audience will love him."
Brian Boggs
Leading Minds Academy

“The audience reaction to Darryl was outstanding. He was the ultimate professional, very easy to work with and exceeded all our expectations."
Malcolm Dixon
Hawkes Bay Primary Principals Assoc (NZ)
“Thank you for your inspirational after dinner speech you gave at the 18th Rainmaker Excellence Awards for 2013. We will have a big problem trying to top you in 2014, perhaps we should just use you every year. Our audience of sales and marketing executives, who attend many conferences each year, were delighted with our choice. You're a speaker and entertainer of the highest calibre."
Christopher Page
MD, Rainmaker

“We were fortunate to secure Darryl Lovegrove as our main entertainment. It was an extremely memorable experience which left the clients with an aura of excitement after the performance. The songs, the story and the presence of Darryl on stage was extremely impacting. You are a speaker and entertainer of the highest calibre."
Shan Zavahir
Platinum Strategies
“The solo show you performed for the Western Sydney Academy of Sport fundraiser was sensational. Every song was a crowd-pleaser.
You made us laugh and made us cry but either way, we were mighty impressed!”
Dr Jim Taggart
MD The Taggart group
“Darryl's words, music, and message will stay with me forever. His clever combining of his story and an actual 4 part message for businesses to reflect on and take home was helpful and real for businesses in this current climate.”
Jennifer Downs
Cassowary Coast Regional Council.

“Darryl’s stage presence and unique presentation invigorated and inspired our delegates at the end of an intense conference program. His performance, incorporating audience participation, was surprising and uplifting; his life-story a motivation to make the most of all opportunities.”
Helen Conlin
Council of Ambulance Authorities
“On Sunday night at the dinner he was fabulous! He started with a bang (from his chair in the audience) and absolutely wowed the audience with some wonderful stage musical numbers - and even did an encore. We also all really loved the fact that he engaged with the whole group - photos, chats, and joined us on the buses on the way back into town. On Monday he did a really good job of his speech, and related it to the boarding staff audience well. My delegates absolutely loved him!”
Richard Stokes
Australian Boarding Schools Assoc
“Spine tingling and great key messages in amongst entertainment. Darryl’s call to action to do something different - he practised what he preached. An inspirational speaker with real impact.”
CPA Congress

“A very entertaining speaker who kept the audience enthralled throughout. He has a great story to tell and presented it well.”
Viv Hanley
Australia Furniture Removalists Association

MC/PERFORMANCE TESTIMONIALS

“Darryl was amazing, brilliant and world class. Everybody is raving that it’s the best Export Awards ever.”
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Catherine Mullane
Export NZ Awards
“The stunning outdoor post-dinner show you performed for AON insurance under the Northern Territory sky, left every person breathless – simply superb!”
Steve Rawlins.
MD, DMP Marketing

“Your solo show for the gala dinner of the AFA conference knocked every person’s socks off – we had tingles up our spines and tears in our eyes. Your ability to perform rock, opera, Broadway or contemporary left us speechless and you were a joy to work with."
Brian Boggs
Founder Leading Minds academy
"As organisers of the Asian Conference Awards we were under the critical gaze of the industry. We needed a professional to announce the winners but also entertain the audience at the celebratory dinner. Darryl came highly recommended and he did not disappoint! We have had numerous comments about how great he was and would not hesitate to recommend Darryl Lovegrove to industry colleagues in Asia and elsewhere."
Rory Ross Russell
Co-founder of the Asian Conference Awards 2012, Singapore
“Just an outstanding talent! We engaged Darryl as our MC for the Master Builders Australia National Awards, Parliament House Canberra. Darryl did an outstanding job as MC wowing the audience in song and engaging the audience throughout the night whilst ensuring a very busy program of awards flowed along beautifully working perfectly within our time frames. The feedback from guests was nothing but praise for an excellent job. Daryl is an absolute professional and a delight to work with and I look forward to working him again this year.”
Steve Keys
Events Manager at Master Builders Australia
“I first employed Darryl’s services in late November 2011 where he was the MC and performed at the Institute of Internal Auditors NZ Awards Dinner. After this dinner I knew Darryl would be perfect for the 2012 NZI and Business Partners Awards Dinner. Darryl is a unique and class act offering incredible value not only as a slick MC but also as a dynamic performer. He draws from his operatic and music theatre background and leaves a stunning effect on an audience. My client said, “he made a huge and lasting impact, with everyone just wanting more...” The balance of Awards presentations, dinner and entertainment ran spot on to time – now that in itself is a challenge for any MC. Congratulations Darryl see you next year!"
Carlene Martin
Director – EventMergers Ltd
“Darryl’s awesome voice combined with his MC skills provided a magical night for our guests”
Christine McGee
Manager Marketing and Fundraising Marist Youth Care
“Darryl’s ability to sing and perform as well as fulfil the brief of MC was the perfect offering for our evening.”
Katherine Saunders
Suncorp Bank
“We recently booked Darryl to wow our VIP customers, the Registered Master Builders Federation at their annual gala dinner. He undertook a lot of time to plan and better understand the audience he was emceeing for – something that was clearly apparent in his immediate engagement with everyone on the night. The fact that he could host as MC but also deliver the most awe-inspiring musical performance to our customers was just awesome. If you want something outstanding and memorable for an event then just book him!”
Brent Spillane
Director XPO Exhibitions NZ
“Hey Daz. Thanks a million for last week, you're a legend. You and Harmony really nailed that song, it was without doubt a highlight of the night. I've had so many comments about how awesome it was. I really appreciate you coming on board as MC, you really made ‘A Night at the Rock Opera’ so special. Thanks so much to you and Harmony."
Marc Christowski
Empire Touring Events
“I would highly recommend Darryl Lovegrove as a host or MC for your event. I had the pleasure of working with Darryl for a large YWCA NSW fundraising event at the State Theatre with an audience of 1700 including incoming CEO, Ms Anna Bligh and Patron Rachel Ward AO. The feedback from guests and sponsors was excellent. On top of all that, his performance with Harmony was a highlight of the night. Thanks Darryl – you rock!”
Nicola Reeves
Head of Marketing, YWCA NSW
Darryl, many thanks for the fantastic job you did as MC of our NZ 2012 CIO Summit Awards this week. As a PCO I know how important the MC is and was thankful for your deep theatrical experience and your ability to read the audience. It was a faultless performance from a seasoned, enthusiastic professional. Thank you.
Steve Scott
MD, Conferenz Ltd.


“It was fantastic having Darryl as we got such great feedback on his performances and everyone wanted him to sing more! It was a great choice and his jokes really lightened up the mood after a long business day.”
Francesca Duck
Beacon Events, ’Mines and Money’ Conference Hong Kong


“Your solo performance for the Swans Hall of Fame dinner was another stunner!”
Empire Touring Events
“I wanted to thank you for your outstanding contribution which enabled our event to be as successful as it was. Your professionalism, talent and excellent sense of humour exceeded our expectations and helped us deliver an amazing night for our delegates, Board and guests!!"
Fiona Hellings
Events Coordinator, YMCA Australia
“We were fortunate to secure Darryl Lovegrove as our main entertainment. It was an extremely memorable experience which left the clients with an aura of excitement after the performance. The songs, the story and the presence of Darryl on stage was extremely impacting.”
Shan Zavah
Platinum Strategies

“As MC of our gala dinner, Darryl was outstanding. I would have no reservations in recommending Darryl to any conference organizer”.
Geoff Brennan
Stream Solutions
“Darryl was a fantastic MC and performer – and kept the crowd’s attention from start to finish. I would have no doubt in recommending Darryl to any organization wanting an MC/performer with a difference”.
Natalie Mackenzie
Events Coordinator, Housing Industry Assoc. ACT/Sth NSW
“Thank you so much for being a part of our Manly Social Summer Lovin Ball. We have received so many positive comments about what a great MC you were and how amazing Harmony was. A number of our friends even admitted to being brought to tears by yours and Harmony's singing.”
Krystyna Weston
CEO Manly Social
“Thank you so much for yesterday. You made the party very special. My husband was really excited and had a wonderful celebration. You sounded amazing and I have had phone call after phone call complimenting you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Glenda Kalyk

“Darryl, thank you so much for bringing your extraordinary talent and charisma to our Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Awards night. The accolades keep pouring in, including ‘where did you find him?’ People are still talking about your ability to mix the MC role with your amazingly powerful voice. You have set such a high benchmark for next year and in the process gave me success.”
Janice Miller
Events Coordinator, CILT NZ
Thank you Darryl for your part in making our signature event of the year. You were the consummate professional to deal with and your experience in making events become truly special was gratefully appreciated. On the night, you wowed our audience right from the get-go with your dramatic introduction and you held their attention until the conclusion performing your MC duties brilliantly and providing stunning entertainment. You made the entire team look great and kept us all on track expertly. We will highly recommend you to anyone who wants to add an X-factor to their event."
Matt Bellingham
Director, AIMES Award
“Darryl’s performance was excellent and much appreciated by the guests. His approach and attention to detail were very professional and accommodating. His experience was invaluable in both the timing of his songs in the program and his interaction with the AV staff at the Fairmont Resort. I would recommend Darryl without hesitation.”
Jeff Cleary
Blue Mountains Events Management

“Your Entertainment and Master of Ceremonies Performance, without a doubt contributed enormously to the overall success of this event. The accolades we have received regarding your performance has been phenomenal.”
John Collett
Marlborough Hospice Foundation, NZ
“Darryl was the star attraction at the 2016 Direct National Combined Principals’ Associations’ State Conference. We required a show-stopping act and we got it in spades with Darryl. From the moment he stood on a chair during the opening ceremony and stunned the audience with a rousing rendition of the Toreador Song from Carmen to his stunning dinner performance of popular standards from musical theatre Darryl provided the occasion with the polish and class of a performer with a national and international reputation. As emcee, Darryl was immediately engaging with the audience and worked exceptionally well with the conference organisers, rolling with the inevitable variations of a planned program with initiative and élan. Throughout the conference Darryl provided surprise after surprise to an audience who have seen a lot of conferences come and go. Many delegates gave feedback that this conference was the ‘best ever’ – in part due to the excellent contribution of Darryl Lovegrove who we thank sincerely.”
Magdalene St Clare,
QASSP Business Manager and Conference Manager
“Darryl’s unique ability to engage with an audience as well as entertain was on full display. The audience clearly loved him and appreciated the effort gone into providing a host of such high caliber. Best of all was that despite making a big impact, he made sure the night was all about the attendees.”
James Robson
Event Coordinator (Metro EXP)
“You simply blew all 197 delegates away with your brilliant voice, sharp wit and your willingness to interact with the client and delegates both before and after the event made the night even more of a success. Your professionalism from the time I contacted you until after the event shone through. Thank you Darryl, you certainly helped turn the night into one of the best Gala Dinners we have had with this group.
Vickie Scobie
Conference iN Style
“What a find you were for our special 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House! Your beautiful operatic voice and theatrical flair was the perfect fit for the venue. Along with your fabulous performance, you kept our guests entertained with your MC duties on the night, which resulted in many laughs and smiling faces. We can’t thank you enough for creating such an amazing vibe on our special night and would highly recommend you to anyone wanting such a talented artist/performer/MC for their special event.”
Sarah Bachman
CEO National Precast Australia
“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for hosting and performing at our Event. It was really outstanding! We received brilliant feedback from our guests and staff commenting on the variety of your amazing performance. A true compliment to your work was that many of the guests came from an Asian cultural background, but yet you were able to communicate perfectly with everyone with your splendid performance and MC skills. It was entertainment of the highest value.”
Heng Li
Bank of Communications