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Brett De Hoedt

Media trainer Brett de Hoedt has an electic resume. Before becoming a media trainer, keynote speaker and master of ceremonies he worked as a print journalist at Truth, New Idea, contributed to the Sunday Age, wrote opinion pieces for the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio National and many more.

Brett loves radio. He produced and later hosted talk radio on Melbourne’s 3AK and 3MP racking up thousands of hours on the air dealing with the news of the day, reporting live on the Bali bombings and from New York on the first anniversary of 9-11.

A stint in television saw him serve as publicist with the Seven Network looking after Bruce McAvaney and Seven News as part of his portfolio. He gets media – what they want and how to deliver it. 

As a spokesperson he has been interviewed by ABC Melbourne, ABC RN, The Age, all the major TV news services and more so he understands his clients’ perspective. 

In 1999 he branched out and founded Hootville Communications which consults in media, marketing and communications largely for the nonprofit sector.

When not media training CEOs, athletes, economists, environmentalists, sex workers, academics, young offenders, asylum seekers, celebrities, political candidates and experts in every field, Hootville generates media coverage, creates campaigns, websites and videos for clients. Brett also delivers six other workshops.

Brett has made overseas volunteering sorties to India, Sri Lanka and Ghana with Habitat for Humanity and other charities.

In 2018 he co-founded Our City, Our Square which defied Apple and the Victorian Government to keep a proposed Apple superstore out of Melbourne’s Federation Square.

In 2019 Brett created the award-winning podcast The Hardest Word which is unique among its 2,000,000 peers. Each episode features a real person making a real apology.

The show has gained media coverage and contributions globally.

Brett has trained an extraordinary range of clients.

Brett focuses on your substance, not just style.

Brett specialises in media talent with niche, complex and sensitive issues.

Brett happily works with introverts, extroverts and everyone in between.

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