Client Spotlight | Shane Mallory MC

Shane Mallory is a man of many talents. He’s a professional speaking coach, MC, presenter and an actor – just to name a few. I remember the first time I met him. I was blown away by the immensity of his presence. I think that Shane is one of those rare unicorns who could talk with anyone on any level about anything.

I approached Shane for this session. He was definitely a fella I wanted in front of my lens and I wanted to see if I could lift the lid on his public persona. What an enigma! 

Tell us a little about what you do for a living?

I’m a Speaker Coach. I help people learn how to speak good or even better. I’m also an MC and a general voice for hire. 

Why did you start your business?

I love storytelling and performing. More importantly, though, I love seeing people grow as individuals when they get to see how much confidence they get from being able to tell their stories to anyone, be that in one-on-one situations or large groups. I started my business to help people overcome the greatest fear that so many people have – the fear of public speaking.

What has been the biggest challenge or fear you have had to overcome in business and how did you manage it?

The biggest fear for me (believe it or not) was believing in myself and as the product/service. Imposter syndrome was HUGE! When I realised that my value to people was over three decades of experience in speaking public, performing and knowing how to tell a story, this is what turned the light on for me.

How do you achieve balance between relationships, work and personal needs (or kids, family and time out for yourself)?

This is a bit of a struggle, especially given that my MC work is often on weekends but it is important to plan as much as you can. I’ve had the luxury of not starting my business until my children were adults which have made things easier. My partner and I also plan to do things together regularly.

How did you prepare yourself to start your business?

For a long time, I ran my business while I was working for other organisations (it was a side hustle that fermented for a loooonnnggg time). In the end, it was the organisation that I was working for that pretty much forced me to go out on my own with the business. I had to resign to keep my sanity which made me have to work the business as a necessity!

How do you know when you are ready to do something?

For me it all about feeling whether that be in performing/storytelling. If it feels right, I go for it.

What have you put in place as a reminder to nurture your soul?

This is something that I have to work on…

In the beginning, how did you attract your first good clients?

Word of Mouth was the way my business started. I also had to look outside of my local area as the need for my services in Ipswich was very foreign to a lot of people.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I do a lot of things during a week but my day often involves the financial side of things – keeping onto of the books. Given that most of my work happens in the evenings, this is when my day really starts. You have to be an ‘owl’ in my game.

What do you love most about what you do?

Seeing the confidence that grows in people’s eyes when they really tell stories. When I’m MCing it’s the joy that I see in people’s face knowing they are having a great time at the event I’m working at. As a performer, it’s when I know that people have truly been entertained.

Who are your biggest role models or influencers that have impacted your career?

This is a tough one. My dad and his brothers are probably some of the best storytellers I know so I’ve always tried to model myself off them and teach the skills I have learned from them. As for performers, I love any work done by Geoffrey Rush. From a comedy perspective, I have always been in awe of the work of Robin Williams.

Tell us something you we may not know about you already?

I was a police officer for 26 years.

Any words of wisdom to those thinking of taking the leap?

Never have regret.

How has working with Amanda as your photographer contributed to your business?

Amanda really knows people. She gets you VERY quickly and this is reflected in the work that she does and the subsequent results. I have been able to use the images that Amanda has created to show people my true self which in turn has increased the number of people seeking my services.

Who are you listening to right now?

Anything 80s. I’m sorry but I’m hopelessly nostalgic for my time as a teenager. It’s where my personality was forged and I love using the music of the time to take me back there.

Quotes for inspiration right now?

When one door shuts another one will always open. 

It will be alright in the end and if it is not alright it is not the end.

What are your values?

Loyalty, Honesty and Family

What’s next for you and your business?

Just continue to help people as much as I can but by making sure that I’m enjoying myself too.

Favourite movie?

That’s a no brainer – Dead Poet’s Society (although Top Gun comes a close second)

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Hi there! I'm Amanda Waschevski

I AM A HEADSHOT AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN IPSWICH, QLD. I help people be themselves in front a camera.