Speaking at public events has been one of the highlights of my career so far! I love the interaction with the audience, and making people laugh is tremendous fun.
My first talks were to gardening clubs where I realised it came naturally to me, sharing stories and amusing anecdotes. Since then I have talked to thousands of people at events ranging from Dymock's Literary lunches with an audience of 900 eager book-lovers; to small groups interested in travel (France in particular); Himalayan trekking and the joys (and agonies) of memoir writing.
For ten years I was an Australia Day Ambassador, travelling around rural NSW to speak at community gatherings celebrating Australi'as national day.
I have spoken at many charity fund raising events, as well as corporate lunches and for institutions like the Art Gallery of NSW (there I spoke on the history of Claude Monet's garden at Giverney).
'Mary was a resounding success, so much so, that even still today (some 3 years after the event), I STILL receive positive feedback from attendees on their experience - some even asking if we would have her back to do it again!
'Her energy, enthusiasm and warmth provided us all with a real appreciation of her life's journey from her childhood days spent at Balmoral Beach to the stark contrast of life on a farm near Bathurst. I still have woman comment on her talk.'
'Mary Moody was our special guest speaker in May 2011 and attracted one of our largest crowds (150+) and had all the ladies enthralled with her 'tales of adventure'.
"The Royal Motor Yacht Club runs a 'Ladies' Lunch' program where guest speakers are invited to share, entertain and enlighten us with their personal experiences. Four of these events are held annually with well known business women, celebrities, authors and even a chef!
Mary Moody was our special guest speaker in May 2011 and attracted one of our largest crowds (150+) and had all the ladies enthralled with her 'tales of adventure'. Mary to us is a true "woman of the world" - she has done and is still doing, many things most of us only get to read about, so thank god for her books! Her very down to earth approach to everything made Mary a very entertaining speaker and our ladies could have listened to her all afternoon!"
Karen Baldwin, General Manager, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Broken Bay, NSW