Speakers, Trainers and Presenters

Dynamic group facilitation! You held everyone's attention and you were sensitive to individual needs.
The course was well researched, with exceptional training and it far exceeded our clients' expectations.
Debbie Tong
CRS Australia

"Art of Communicating boosted me to a new level. No matter how experienced I thought I was as a communicator, Charmaine and her associates taught me so much more - effortlessly & effectively.
I was astounded how quickly I changed.
There is no substitute for the professionalism, quality and respect they offer to their clients.

E Richardson
Director, Thanks 4 Pty Ltd.

"Charmaine Burke is an inspirational leader, developing and delivering unique training programs and organizing events with great success.
She has the ability to lead her team in an inclusive and consultative manner. She is a very generous, warm person, able to encourage people to perform tasks so they may see beyond their capacity.
Because of her inspirational, friendly, professional manner, she is a wonderful mentor."
Maria-Elena Chidzey,
Multicultural Consultant
World Champion Speakers Workshop

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Charmaine Burke


Founder and Training Director


Charmaine Burke founded Art of Communicating in 2007.

She started her career at IBM, developing a strong passion and rich understanding of the power of communication and interpersonal relationships in the business world.

The desire to create her own business took hold in 1990 when she developed her own successful business, supplying academic institutions around the world with specialised programs and training sessions to help people read, write and communicate in English.

She holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE 40110); NLP Practitioner; Distinguished Toastmaster in Leadership and Communication; Voice and Speech Specialist (NIDA); Business Administration Cert IV. Charmaine has 20 years experience in creating, managing and leading teams in 2 previous communication businesses, as well as 10 years creating and facilitating training programs.

Charmaine Burke, Award-winning public speakerCharmaine an award-winning public speaker - runner-up at National finals 2011 and 1st Place Winner at Club, Area, and Division Levels of the 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011 Toastmasters International Speech Contests.

"Helping people find their voice and speak with confidence is my passion. When people know how to communicate positively and powerfully, they can influence the world and lead themselves and others to a more caring, balanced and fulfilled life."


Alfa Jones, Corporate and Vocational TrainerAlfa Jones

Corporate and Vocational Sectors


Alfa brings more than 20 years of private and government sector training experience to Art of Communicating from a diverse array of industries including recruitment, finance, insurance, industrial, construction and education.

Alfa is a fully qualified Adult Educator and Trainer (B Ad Edu) with Adv Dip Commerce, and Cert IV Training and Assessment (TAE 40110).

She is a Distinguished Toastmaster and Leader. She chartered the highly successful Manly Multilingual Toastmasters Club in Sydney and was Toastmasters Area 22 Governor, District 70, 2011-2012. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Training & Development, and a member of UTS Alumni Association.

Alfa’s success is founded on a commitment to delivering exceptional customer experience and building strong, long-standing relationships with clients to obtain the best possible outcomes.

"I enjoy the diversity of people, experiencing various cultures and multicultural projects. I design and deliver behavioural change programs where employees focus on taking personal responsibility for their careers and life, which improves their perceptions, attitudes, relationships, confidence, and engagement at the workplace."


John PearsonJohn G Peason

Executive Leadership and Management


John is an experienced senior executive with an extensive track record of leading and developing high achieving teams in Australia and New Zealand in the information technology industry.
He is currently appointed to NSW State Government and Not For Profit Boards. With strong conceptual, strategic and analytical skills he has developed and enabled many successful teams.

  • Building and structuring successful sales strategies
  • Identifying and qualifying key client requirements
  • Negotiating joint outcomes
  • Leading transformation and change projects in global businesses.
  • Delivering solutions across many industries including Federal and State Public Sector, Local Government, Higher Education, Banking and Financial Services and SME’s.

Qualifications include:

  • MA (Banking Management)
  • BA (Economics)
  • Summit Advanced Management & Leadership - Boston University
  • Advanced Negotiation, Ethics and Value Creation – (Singapore)
  • MIT – Advanced Leadership
  • Oracle Asia Pacific and Japan Leaders Forum
  • IBM Asia Pacific Leaders Academy
  • IBM Sales Profession Council
  • IBM ANZ Integrated leadership team


Brian Prior, Training FacilitatorBrian Prior

Adult and Youth Education

Brian has more than 40 years professional experience in engineering, manufacturing and the computer industry. During that time he had to hone his communication skills to make presentations on behalf of his companies and their products, and services to major Australian organisations such as Woolworths, Coles, Toyota, Specsavers, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Brian is an Advanced Toastmaster and is currently President and Vice President of Education of Newcastle Toastmasters, and a member of Charlestown Toastmasters. In the past he was Area Governor, Club President, he has assisted in chartering two clubs, conducted Speechraft courses for adults and Youth Leadership courses in schools.

"Working in technology I had to continually update my skills because my industry evolved at such a rapid pace. As I worked on my communication skills, I realised this is one of the few skills that can sustain and accelerate one's career and business prospects."