Shirley McKinnon is an international author, speaker, master coach and business consultant.

She is the founder of McKinnon Sales Centre Pty Ltd, which trains managers and team leaders how to develop high performance teams.

She has extensive business experience and seems to have a seventh sense for human nature. Her training has created a breakthrough, using experiential training to train teams and their managers to consistently exceed budget through new levels of peak performance.

As an experienced and entertaining speaker, Shirley is that rare professional speaker who manages to combine practical content with style, humour and energy. Her passion breathes new enthusiasm into her audience, delighting them with her uncanny observations on human nature and leaving them with practical steps on how to move their team to the next level of success.

In demand by the media, she has been profiled in articles and features stories in numerous business magazines and newspapers. Shirley was the behavioural expert for the local Perth reality show, Suburban Survivor on 92.9FM. She was the Relationship and Communication Coach for Singles WA with scallywags Gary Kay and Paul Redman. Her practical tips and techniques created a demand for weekly talkback sessions on Mix 94.5FM for over 18 months. Channel 7 took the show to the television audience.

Subjects covered are:

  • Team building
  • Tips and techniques for busy business owners
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Understanding and managing differences in people
  • People skills
  • The Art of Persuasion
  • Money and wealth
  • Self-development, the first requirement of a good Leader or Manager

Some feedback on Shirley’s conference presentations.

On behalf of LexisNexis Professional Development I would like to thank you for the integral role you played in ensuring the success of the Human Resources Conference WA. We trust you found the experience both useful and rewarding.


  • Engaging speaker, very knowledgeable.
  • Will be buying Shirley’s book “Team Play”.
  • Very relevant!
  • Great.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the content and delivery.
  • Excellent content and presentation.
  • Relevant information, excellent presentation.
  • Good workshop – I’m stealing the motto “Face It, Deal With It, Manage It”!!
  • Provided excellent overview and key issues/strategies with good practical examples = interactive and enjoyable presentation.
  • Well delivered – exercise was good. Examples reinforced the message.

86% marked you excellent on content

90% marked you excellent on presentation style.

Amanda Mamari – LexisNexis

This is a brief note to express my gratitude to you for taking time to participate in the recent conference – People Management for Maintenance Excellency (Duxton Hotel, Perth) and to provide you with some feedback about your presentation.

Overall the event was very well received by the delegates, with an average overall rating of 7.7 out of 10 for the quality of the event and a significant number of favourable comments. All of the speakers were rated highly. Your own presentation was very well received with a rating of 8.2 so well done!!!

Comments on your presentation included:

  • Good industry examples
  • Very informative and insightful
  • Very good – well researched and presented
  • Very informative
  • Good content
  • Good and relevant statistics from real-life surveys
  • A different approach and views from the norm
  • Excellent!! This speech provided problems and solutions and recommendations. This is how all presentations need to be to be of any use to us.

You were clearly a highlight for many delegates. These are exceptional results, so congratulations on a job well done.

From my side I would especially like to thank you for stepping in at the last minute and for the high quality of your contribution to the event. I look forward to working with you again on future projects and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jon Cohen, Senior Project Manager, marcus evans (ANZ) Ltd


“The level of Shirley’s performance was excellent. She was able to portray the message that we desired out group to receive absolutely perfectly.”

Murray Forster, Hannaford Seedmaster Services (Aust) Pty Ltd.


“Excellent speaker. Shirley brought the staff together, and kept everyone’s interest from the moment she started talking. She made a very interesting presentation that included everyone.”

Michelle Plowman, NSP Buck


“On behalf of the WA Australian Teleservices Association chapter committee thank you for the presentation that you gave to our members. The feedback we received was that they found it to be interesting and thought provoking. I certainly have been revisiting how the personal attitude to money of my staff impacts on their performance.”

Jenny McClelland, WA A.T.A Chapter Committee Chairperson


“Shirley, we wish to sincerely thank you for your participation as a speaker and giving of your time, knowledge and experience to all of our attendees. We have received a very good response from attendees which indicate that our event is as good as our speakers, and all reports say you were great.”

Steve Hanson, WA Chapter President, Franchise Council of Australia


“Shirley provided great energy and life to our conference by involving the group in her sessions – a polished professional.”

Kathleen Yan, Garrisons


“I received some very positive feedback from delegates at the conference. No negative responses were received at all. Many people wished the sessions had been longer.”

Jane Berriman, Executive Support Officer, Online Access Centre Association, Tasmania.