Testimonials

WHO AM I…?     Is not for the faint hearted. It is for those who love classic story telling, for those who are looking to delve into the life of another human being, sharing their thoughts, feelings and desires, and those who love suspense.

Russell Cheek is a master narrator. He takes the audience on a wild ride through the history, glamour and bad attire of 1990’s commercial television. The story follows Russell’s life as he recollects his experiences on Sale of the Century. Using his cutting wit and auditory skills, Russell recalls this bygone era and stressful, yet exciting time in his life.

The carryover champion’s story telling skills are incredible. His voice is calming and soft, his actions and gestures are those of a well-experienced actor. As the tension mounts the emotion is visceral. Russell conjured such creative tension that one audience member was so caught in the climax of the show that she stood up and announced that she “couldn’t bear the tension” any more. Ever the gentleman, Russell dashed off the stage and reassured her by whispering the ending to her, just in case. She stayed and gave a standing ovation at the end of the show.

Russell Cheek’s inspiring and hopeful tale reminds us of the power of goals and dreams. He will draw you in and you will share the joys, the tensions and the laughs as he recalls a very important time in his life.

Rupert Hogen-Turner – ADELAIDE FESTIVAL – “The Upside News”

“Lucky enough to go the opening of Who Am I?, Russell Cheek‘s wonderful one man show about his journey on ‘Sale of the Century’, at Riverside Theatres at Parramatta last night. This is the second time I have seen this piece and it really is a delight…
This is one of those fab theatre pieces that keeps offering up new perceptions for you on many levels: Russell Cheek as a warm and charming performer; the tension of competition in our lives and how it affects; method acting on TV; and a dose of gentle audience participation.
Last night was made all the more enjoyable as my partner on opening night was my old friend, Victoria Nicolls, the original Sale of the Century hostess who made that role her own!! Great night….  As another Aussie legend from that era would say “:Do yourself a favour and go and see it!!”

RALPH KERLE, Entrepreneur

YOU WERE WONDERFUL

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Russell, I really loved your session.  Thank you, thank you!  it was all the more stunning given how little time you had but I was amazed at how you handled yourself and how well you worked with our team. I’m pretty sure they loved it too and that it was very cathartic for those who cried.

I so hope we get to work with you again.  I think I need one of those masks.

Gabrielle Tourelle,
Global Talent Development Director, Text 100 Global


Individual training:

Steve Lawler, CEO Surdevel 

Preparation & Calmness

… leads to Confidence & Rhythm

… which provides Delivery & Timing

… resulting in Audience Captivation

…. & ultimately Self Satisfaction.

This is what a series of professional lessons with Russell on Public Speaking gave me. As CEO of SurDevel (a large multi-disciplined development consultancy) my skills in communicating effectively to boards, employees, & large audiences is essential for a successful career. Up until I worked with Russell, public speaking was hard work and something that I constantly worried about. Nervous energy & cold sweats were the norm in the lead up to a speech, which in turn never allowed me to imbue audiences with the confidence they deserved. It was a downward spiral in self esteem & motivation.

Once my sessions started with Russell, I began quickly to develop the tools necessary to orate confidently in public. Russell’s skills in developing body movement, rhythm and speech is exceptional. His work allows me to feel calm and positive leading up to a speech. Long gone are the wasted energies of nerves, negativity and self doubt… now it’s all confidence and clarity. To be able to express myself in a professional manner mixed with my ‘own’ personality in front of an audience is totally satisfying and fulfilling.

Recently i spoke in front of a professional group of +400 people & found the experience enjoyable. Every positive part of that experience is all thanks to the wonderful training Russell provided me.

Stephen Lawler
Registered Surveyor
Chief Executive Officer
Surdevel Pty Ltd


Corporations Training:

Russell ran a series of training workshops for CommSec as we transitioned our company executives into on-air talent.  The brief was to unlock the potential of six individuals and empower them to achieve authority on live national television.   These ‘office workers’ were apprehensive about taking  a leadership role in the national conversation about investment markets and required individual handling to unlock both their beliefs and abilities to build an impressive on-air team.  Russell was a vital part of this process, he drove a lateral and controlled approach to an outcome that allowed each individual to find their personal strategy to reach for peak performance.  Some memorable moments involved a bass drum and a face masks…. yes – lateral, but effective, enjoyable and the enduring effect gave us a substantial return on investment for this training.

Bronwyn Delaney
Brand and Media Strategist
Snr Manager Advertising & PR
Commsec


Cate Blanchett’s email

Dear Russell

Thank you for the incredibly detailed and thorough Manga Faust presentation the other day…

….The potential of your incredible idea is huge and what we saw in the loft was wondrous…

Thanks again, it was truly illuminating.

Cate