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Get more clients, donors, customers, supporters, students or influence with Hootville Communications. We deliver savvy media, marketing and communications training. We also develop websites and PR campaigns. Founder Brett de Hoedt is a journalist-turned-marketer who regularly speaks and emcees events. 600+ clients and rave reviews since 1999. Our motto: Communications for good not evil.

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Diversity in Disaster Conference
Diversity in Disaster, a unique international conference to be held in Melbourne April 17 and 18 will explore how Australia can be more inclusive in its preparations and responses to natural disasters and emergency management. The conference brings together more than 400 researchers, emergency management practitioners, policy-makers, first responders, government,... More »

How I got 28,000 Change.org.au signatures
Late last year I angrily sat down and did something I’ve never done before – launch a Change.org.au petition. It aims to combat Apple’s Victorian government-approved plan to knock down a fair swathe of Federation Square to build a corporate megastore. Frankly I always thought Change.org.au petitions were somewhat naff... More »

Want media coverage? Think visually.
Join me April 27 for my Media Savvy workshop. Whether or not your story idea results in media coverage depends on many factors: timing, talent, exclusivity, topicality and many others besides. This bizarre form on the left, a creation by Australian artist Paula Piccinini at the behest of Victoria’s Transport... More »

How to facilitate
How to emcee or facilitate a session The call comes unexpectedly. It’s the event organiser: “Would you mind facilitating a session at the upcoming event? No big deal. A few speakers, some intros, some Q&A. You know the deal. Cool?” “Sure. Why not.” Now what? A facilitators’ role is to... More »

How to fake confidence
I recently delivered my public speaking workshop Presentation Savvy to a global NGO.  The room was full of smart, serious, accomplished people – world travellers, post-nominals, senior gigs – you get the drift. Yet one question created such interest that I thought it was worth a blog. The question: how do... More »