About Noel Bentley
For three decades, Noel’s attempts at public speaking were like the Hindenberg crashing into
the Titanic; unbelievable disasters. In between these travesties, he plodded the traditional
career route of obtaining a University Degree (in Psychology) and slowly working his way up the
corporate ladder as a Human Resources professional specializing in recruitment. In 2010, there
was a personal renaissance. Noel attended a Toastmaster meeting where he, found an
encouraging community, an outlet for his creativity and humour and most surprisingly, small
and medium-sized victories in public speaking.
Today Noel is an accomplished public speaker who emcees TEDx Surrey, contributes writing to
various projects and engages audiences with his thought-provoking and humorous talks. He’s
also a coach and mentor for public speaking in addition to creating a new template for keynote
addresses. Noel’s natural habitat is the coffee houses and stages of the Lower Mainland.
Noel’s journey as a speaker has taken him through a decade of public speaking, coaching, and storytelling. His diverse experience has given him the ability to challenge and entertain audiences with his unique perspectives and connect ideas with his unique signature humour. Noel offers a fresh and innovative keynote program called “Power of 3 Speaking” and is the face of EDxBearCreekPark, as the Host and Program Coordinator for the annual event. He’s the co-creator and enjoys coaching speakers for “Surrey SHARES”, a project designed to help people find their voice and improve their health through the power of public speaking. Noel believes that a speaker presents the audience with a gift, his philosophy is that it’s the speakers responsibility to ensure that gift is something the audience appreciates receiving.
Noel has a solid foundation for hosting events and a commitment to ensuring their success. His experience ranges from hosting western Canada’s premiere TEDx event annually, to taking the podium for weddings, running AGM’s and hosting special occasions. Noel understands the role of Emcee is not just on stage; planning ahead, engaging audiences and taking care of details behind the scenes are part of every successful Emcee’s process. Noel takes it a step further by getting to know the group, encouraging and supporting other participants success and creating tailored humour and storytelling for the event. He’s committed in his role as Emcee to doing everything possible to facilitate a memorable and successful event and to being prepared for whatever challenges arise by embracing them and turning them into genuine human moments.
Humour lifts, empowers, entertains and unites audiences. Noel enjoys treading this risky ground that many speakers fear to walk. His unique perspective and insight on the human condition give him the uncanny ability to see the potential comedy in almost anything. Noel has entertained thousands with his stand-up routines, wildly creative stories, satirical rants, imaginative solutions to common problems and the bravery to take the stage as one of the world’s worst ventriloquists. He believes that humour plays an important role in virtually every talk, presentation, event and gathering. Noel has coached speakers to tap into their comedic abilities and bring more life to speaking, writing and entertaining.