Andrew Horabin is a professional speaker, facilitator, author, comedian and award-winning singer/songwriter.
Over 22 years, he has worked with big and small business, Government departments, local councils, professional associations and NGO’s across Australia and overseas – with groups and audiences totalling hundreds of thousands of people.
He has trained state, federal and international police, including undercover officers, surveillance operatives, informant handlers, intel analysts and senior managers of serious crime – working with police from 40 countries.
Andrew is the author of three books including BULLSHIFT: How to get more honesty and straight talk at work.
Clients who’ve engaged keynotes or workshops on BULLSHIFT have included: ASIO, HBF, Metcash, Bankwest, Woodside, BHP Billiton, Department of Finance and Deregulation, Australian Federal Police, Australian Tax Office, Horizon Power, Corruption and Crime Commission, VICPOL, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Australian Commercial Lawyers Association, Australian Institute of Company Directors, KPMG, Water Corporation, Apache Energy and the councils of Franklin, Bendigo, Stirling, Gosnells and Roebourne.
Andrew has won state and national song writing awards and wrote, directed and produced a sold-out musical called WHAT A MAN’S GOTTA DO. He has played two seasons of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and in 2012 took his one-man show on a national tour of 45 towns in five states.
He has worked with five of Australia’s state orchestras and with 60,000 students, parents and staff in 110 schools.
Andrew began his business at age 18 with no qualifications, experience, equipment or capital. He is now 41 years old and travels around Australia and overseas from his base in Fremantle.
BULLSHIfT | How to get more honesty and straight talk at work
How much more effective could we be if our team members, colleagues and managers were all able to be open and honest and talk straight to each other? Imagine if we could give and receive feedback? Imagine the increased energy and the saving of time and money.
This hilarious, interactive session explains the practical things we can do to shift the bull. As a result, the participants may get the following outcomes:
- Inspiration to be more professional, mature and robust.
- Insight into why we struggle to be open and talk straight.
- Practical things we can do to be more open and honest ourselves.
- Practical things we can do to encourage others to be more open with us.
When teams practice the principles of BULLSHIFT, they report: more efficient meetings, quicker negotiations, more honest and useful performance appraisals, greater enthusiasm, better ability to accurately analyse and solve problems and better relationships.
Andrew’s book BULLSHIFT contains fourteen principles. He usually addresses seven in the presentation. The first is the most important and forms the basis for the rest of the work. It is: Don’t be defensive / Be curious
Andrew uses his skills as a stand-up comic and expert facilitator to gently draw people’s attention to the many and varied defensive reactions that typically flare up whenever we receive critical feedback or hear things we don’t like. He then explains what is really going on beneath the surface – how the ego is protecting itself – and how to replace that defensiveness with curiosity. He calls on all to replace defensiveness with professional curiosity; to make it easier to have more robust, open, clear, professional, mature and critical conversations.
The other principles include:
- Don’t make excuses / Say what happened and take responsibility
- Don’t have an opinion if you don’t need one / Stay open
- Don’t express opinion as fact / Express opinion as opinion
- Don’t get too emotionally invested / Detach and reflect
- Don’t mutter / Speak up
Participants laugh and gasp as they see themselves and their workmates. They also see the folly of wasted energy and feel inspired to commit to more open, honest, professional dialogue.