Laughter, hugs, and real coaching challenging us all to be better human beings. Thank you @KatrinaMCollier

– Zach Brown, Executive Talent Management

Hire me as your keynote speaker

I speak about the impact of tech on recruitment and candidate experience, and how to create hiring ease with better job briefs & proper partnerships!

Audiences leave inspired; energised with tips on building a better recruitment and candidate experience through solid partnerships between HR & talent acquisition and hiring managers.

Over 10 years I have spoken to hundreds of public and corporate audiences across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Always changing my presentation to fit the event and culture, I ensure attendees leave invigorated having enjoyed the learning experience.

Online or in-person I am high energy. I can hold the attention of today’s easily-distracted audience. See what people say below.

Speaking media

Keynote: Virtual 2021

Keynote: Ukraine 2019

YouTube Playlist: Lots Of Talks & Interviews

What makes Katrina stand out is her engaging personality and energy. She captures the attention of the audience and keeps them engaged the entire way through, which is rare. Her content is contextual, relevant and able to be put into practice by recruiters – tomorrow. She’s a fantastic human, I’d highly suggest having a conversation with Katrina!

Pete Radloff

Senior Technical Sourcing Recruiter, Amazon

Katrina delivered a session to our entire TA team at GE. It allowed TA to understand their impact on candidate experience. I loved Katrina’s no nonsense approach; she didn’t shy away from showing what bad candidate experience can do to your brand. Katrina was a pleasure to deal with, very insightful and passionate, which came through in her delivery.

Katie Pawlik

Global Employer Brand Lead, GE

In 2020, we organised an internal regional conference, with over 200 consultants, recruiters and operational leaders taking part from various countries. Was looking for inspiring and knowledgable speaker to share the wisdom of Digital Recruitment and Talent Engagement. Katrina’s presentation was spot on; engaging and positive. Great energy; a lot of knowledge!

Tamara Shenk

VP Marketing EMEA, Kelly Services

Katrina Collier Keynote Speaker IHR Live
Katrina Collier Keynote Speaker IHR Live
Katrina Collier Keynote Speaker IHR Live

Organisers say:

Katrina delivered a fabulous session at The Recruitment Conference, speaking to an enthusiastic audience of industry professionals. Katrina speaks at lots of events and this really shows in her professionalism both on the day and pre-event. She was able to work with me to determine the perfect topic for the event and delivered her slides well ahead of time. During the event she was a real asset in terms of her flexibility, involvement in other sessions and also in the way she interacted with the delegates. I had great feedback on her session from attendees. I always enjoy working with Katrina.

Louise Triance

Managing Director, UK Recruiter

Really enjoyed Katrina’s recent Masterclass on ‘Engaging In Demand Candidates’. As always, she was super engaging, right to the point and had some great tips to share on how to improve your own online presence. Even something simple as checking your own Linked In profile is up to par, to ensure candidates can find you easily, and when they do, that they still want to engage with you having reviewed your skill set and what you stand for. The class was very interactive and is was great to hear what others had to say on the topic as well. Until the next one Katrina!

Anna Douglas

Events Manager, Employment & Recruitment Federation

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Speaking fees



The investment

Without knowing more about your event, it is hard to quote but let me talk plainly, like the Australian I am!

I have earned my stripes over the last 20 plus years so splitting this into categories:

  • Corporates: my rate will depend if this is ‘off the shelf’ or bespoke. Mostly I want to be sure we are a good fit so your team succeeds, so let’s talk.
  • Ticketed event organisers: if you are charging people to attend your event and have sponsors, it is unlikely I will agree to speak for free. Because, if you see the value in paying your team, venue, AV people, caterers, etc. you can definitely see the value in paying the people who attract the attendees. No speakers = no attendees = no sponsors/vendors.
  • HR tech vendors: there will be a fee. You are paying to gain access to my network, for a well-known audience-attracting keynote, and for my name and reputation associated with your product.

A deposit of 20% will be required to secure the dates, with the balance due by the talk date.

This said, organisers and HR tech vendors, if you can offer something genuinely valuable to my business in exchange for my time and expertise, I am happy to discuss your proposal. Book a call, using the from below, and let’s talk.


Too blunt? 😆 Few like the money conversation but I too have bills to pay.

Ticketed event organisers

The ticketed-event business model centres on making money from speakers’ talks & vendors.

No talks = no attendees = no vendors.

People buy tickets to events to hear the knowledge shared by the speakers.

Expecting people to speak for free for exposure or a conference pass, while your company profits, is not a fair exchange. Exposure isn’t currency that can be used to pay bills. Plus, I have learned that there are far easier ways to gain exposure than forgoing other paid work to trek to an event to speak for free. 

I have spoken at leading industry events on 5 continents because my reputation precedes me. Audiences are engaged from start to finish, leaving with tangible information to implement immediately. I draw a crowd and have earned my right to be paid fairly.


How would you feel in this scenario? 

I was recently asked to speak at an event expected to attract 6500 attendees – they offered some free passes but most were €199 each.

💰 6500 x €199 = €1,293,500 but let’s say a mere 20% pay that’s still a whopping €258,700.
💰 Plus they offered sponsorship booths between €1-2500 and there were lots of them.
💰 Plus it was an online event with minimal overheads.

And even though they were prepared to pay themsleves and the website designer and host, I was expected to give my 20+ years of expertise, network and time for free.

Employed speakers, have fewer bill-worries so can usually speak for free. But speakers like me, cannot just drop paid work to speak for free, due to the escalating costs for gas, electric, food etc. we are all experiencing.

🛑 Stop it!

Exposure doesn’t pay people’s bills.

Charity | Not-For-Profit

I do support a number of events each year whose sole aim is to raise funds for chairty. Book a call, and let’s chat about it.

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