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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US election commentator with a southern perspective
Now based in Washington, DC Kevin Matthews is a native Kentuckian and often writes about politics from a Southern perspective. For more than 30 years Matthews has covered US politics as a print and broadcast journalist and as an academic. While based in London, he also covered both British and Irish... 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 »

One of our most recent websites…
We ventured a tad from our usual client base to create this new website for Hootville neighbour and fellow dog lover Dr Anne Hartican. Dr Hartican specialises in workplace culture, leadership and injecting humanity into organisations. If you have a workplace issue perhaps you’ll scroll down and complete the People... More »

NOW BOOKING: Presentation Savvy October 10, Melbourne
Public speakers don’t just talk to conferences. They talk to clients, colleagues, donors and shareholders. If you talk to people as part of your job you are a public speaker. Get the public speaking training you need to be a dramatically better public speaker in Melbourne on Monday, October 10.... More »

Nominations please
Brett is researching cults. Not cults of the spiritual kind but of the brand kind and he wants your nominations. He wants to see what makes them tick and to detect any lessons for the mere mortals out there. He’s after a list of individuals, companies, causes or events that... More »