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Barry Bull

What do you get when you put a musician, a record company executive, a multi-award winning retailer, writer and record label owner together? You get an inspirational, energetic, fun presenter with a unique message! Meet Barry Bull – a top business speaker who will inspire you with entertaining tales of his incredible journey through retail and beyond.

Here's what others have to say about Barry

I have just finished reading your latest book and just wanted to thank you for a great experience. I really enjoyed it and found it both extremely informative and intriguing as well as inspirational. It was great to learn more about you and your incredible journey within the music industry. I absolutely loved your chapter on ‘No is Negotiable’ and honestly couldn’t agree more with this concept especially when relating to it as a singer-songwriter.

Florian Tarpinian, July 2015

“I just finished your latest book ’Take the bull by the horns’ – loved it. What an interesting life you’ve had.”

William Martin, Byron Bay Australia

A compelling true story from Barry Bull who is an inspiration to everyone who has something to sell. This book is full of innovative real life examples of a clever marketer who never gives up and has a passion for his product and knows how to attach it to his customers. Barry combines business and people experiences and shares the influences that drive him and the digital revolution that nearly broke him. This book changed my business and improved the experience my customers now receive. A must read!

Colin Dunkerley, iPadLessons.com.au

Barry Bull is a true professional and really knows how to wow an audience! He had my guests totally engaged in his story and his message on differentiating yourself in a crowded market is one every business person needs to hear. If you’re looking for a fabulous speaker or an inspiring book to read, I highly recommend Barry Bull.

Terri Cooper, Terri Cooper Networking Events

I really loved how you relate the theory back to real life!!

Liam Richards, Mick’s Meat Barn

Love your work Barry. You’re are great communicator and story teller.

Wayne Slager, Platinum Direct Finance Australia Pty Ltd

You are truly an inspiration to everyone and your positive attitude is very infectious. I am already sinking my teeth into your book and finding it just as entertaining as you are!

Angilique, Varsity Lakes Travel August 2014

Once you start it’s an unstoppable read. Once finished you want to start again from the beginning. Barry’s latest book hooks the reader in with a skillfully delivered narrative. It is essentially a textbook for business, but the message is delivered gently, and illustrated with intriguing stories about working with music biz celebrities from the “top end of town”. The author has cleverly mixed together business acumen with human experience via a journey from the 1950’s to the current digital age.

Eloise Gallagher – Leading Vocational Teacher Music, TAFE East Coast

Barry wraps his stories in parable form. Simple wisdom with valuable lessons for the pursuit of happiness, and therefore success. The man is a inspiration of legendary proportions.

Robert Brock

I have just finished reading “Take The Bull By The Horns” and the memories you have penned of our beloved music industry are both entertaining and inspirational. Your journey of life is to be admired and the messages of success you convey in your working experiences are surely one of Australia’s greatest memorable moments of personal achievement.

Mel Mayer

Our Rotary Club was fortunate to have Barry Bull as our guest speaker. A natural showman, we all found Barry reflections on how he attained success, starting out playing the guitar, working for a record company, owning Toombul Music to his Music for Cruizin’ compilation CD’s and now his latest book ‘Take the Bull by the horns, highly entertaining and inspiring. We are hoping he will come back and address us later on at a larger forum.

Janet Lawrence , Vice President 2014-15, Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium, October 2014

Barry’s mantra “No is Negotiable” has helped me on a number of occasions on a business and personal level. ‘No’ is the easiest word people can use but by applying CPR (Consistent, Persistent, Resilient) I have found ‘No is Negotiable

Greg Quigley, CEO Jazz Music Institute, October 2014

“Barry, what a great morning. It’s always good listening to a great presenter tell their story and even better when the messages in those stories give me something to take back to life and business”

Adam Loxley, JDL Strategies, September 2014

Brilliant presentation, loved every minute, got some great ideas- but then that was what I expected from you.

Geoff Kirkwood, August 2014

I have been a fan of yours for many years and there were so many points that you made during your presentation “Take the bull by the horns” that resonated with me. I was particularly interested in your views on adapting to change – no other industry, that I know of, has felt the winds of change as much as the music industry over the last two decades. Your ability to embrace and adapt to change, lead to your legendary success with Toombul Music, (in those heady days of Rock and Roll) , then to extract every opportunity from it with your “no is negotiable” approach, and leave the bricks and mortar shop with dignity when the new era arrived.

Noel Millers, Distributor Nuskin Enterprises August 2014

I was thrilled to hear your story and purchase your book. You certainly touched my heart and I am grateful to you.

Karen Millers, Business Development

Your presentation was superb in every way.

Martin Wiltshire , Risk Protection Specialist August 2014

Thank you so much for speaking at the breakfast yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of it … I’m half way through your book already – which I’m just loving.

Peta I’ve got time for that. Aug 2014

If you missed breakfast with Barry Bull you missed out big time. Not often you have a speaker who engages on an emotional level. Wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Terri Cooper networking breakfast Aug 2014

Without blowing smoke up your ass, damn I got some brilliant ideas out of your talk.

Beanie the Social Tradie, Jark projects June 2014

You are an inspiration, Barry. I’ve taken a lot of lessons from your new book and your speaking presentations. Never give up on telling your story because it appears the message has a really positive ripple effect on all those that hear it.

Eloise Gallagher, June 2014

The client feedback was fabulous! You keep proving you are one of the best speakers we have available.

Sue Davies, ICMI Speakers and Entertainers, December 2008

“Barry Bull is a wealth of business know-how. He is passionate motivator, a master negotiator, and an excellent teacher who knows from first hand experience how to be successful at business and life. And that is no bull !”.

Neil Mooney, General Manager, Seven Queensland Television Network – July 2012

“Great book Barry, it’s inspired me to look at and consider opportunities from a different perspective, and of course, no is negotiable!”

Jeanne Treloar, Sassy Branding

“Your book was a ‘golden key’ that unlocked endless ideas to kick start a new business.”

Dave Evans

“Your feelings, emotions, hard times, successes, love for what you did and do, come through on each page. I did not want to put the book down! You are inspirational with a courageous way of embracing the new pages of your life.”

Marisa Wiman, Greymouse

“Over the years I have heard many professional speakers and once in a while there will be one that stands out from the rest. When I heard Barry speak I was captivated by his presentation and message. I would highly recommend booking him.”

Keith Banfield – Results Marketing

“What I need is a Barry Bull in every town and every country I visit. If only!”

Sir Cliff Richard

A highly entertaining evening of stories and music – different and most enjoyable.

Halcyon Landing Village, Bli Bli Qld, Feb 2015

Unexpected Hero delivers something for everyone in this skillfully crafted blend of storytelling and song.

Eloise Gallagher, Sunshine Coast TAFE March 2015

Fantastic entertainment as Barry talked, played and sung in his unique Rock and Roll style to the ultimate enjoyment of every person present.

Michael Binney, March 2015

Was fantabulous!!! My friends were astounded, thrilled and so entertained. THANK YOU Mr Fender Bender!!!!

Roslyn Tilley, March 2015

It was wonderful to finally see, hear and feel the Unexpected Hero.

Robert Pugsley, March 2015

“Barry Bull’s live show is a wonderful trip down memory lane for anyone who visited his Toombul Music Store and the Unexpected Hero really shone through – the guitar solos were brilliant”

Thanks for sharing your interesting life with us Barry

The Amity Club Kurrajong Village Burpengary Qld November 2015

Barry manages to captivate the most seasoned player through his sensational guitar tones, which are inspiring and unforgettable and rarely achieved nor heard these days.

Dexter McMullin, Retail Store Manager, Mooloolaba Music Centre – March 2015

It was such a lovely afternoon…I was so glad to be a part of it! Congratulations on a great show.

Vicki Bridgestock January 2016

Barry’s performance had his audience enthusiastically involved in going back to the ‘50s and ‘60s, and singing along to many # 1 tunes of those times. A great show!!!

Peter Rigby Maroochy Surf Club 27 January 2016
What Others Say
  • 'No stranger to releasing bestselling books, you will see another side to music icon Barry Bull in UNBREAKABULL. Barry opens up about life behind the glitz and glamour of his role in the Australian music industry and share how pivotal his wife Kayleen was to his success. This moving tribute to her not only documents Barry’s life, their love and his passion for all things music, but it serves as a beacon of hope for those who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. By sharing this book, which started as narrative therapy for Barry, he is providing a raw and honest blueprint of how he journeyed from grief and depression to regaining a spark and living to honour his beloved wife. From tears to laughter, this is a read that will take you on a ride through all of the emotions, but will leave you feeling filled with love.

    Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane - Writer, February 2021

What Others Say
  • Congratulations on writing a great book. The comprehensive coverage of the grief journey is shared in a vulnerable yet enlightening way. It was heartening to read your path back to the creative life and that has to be the centre of the joy of life rediscovered!

    Diane Murphy, Donate Life, Family Support Coordinator/Bereavement Counsellor

  • It was a privilege to launch local legend Barry Bull’s 5th book “Unbreakabull” before a crowd of 120 people. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it. It’s a book about love, music, family, business and so much more. It really is a terrific read written by an amazing Australian. If you’re a child of the 50s, 60s or 70s the trip down Australian rock’n’roll music memory lane is worth it on its own. There’s a lot of wisdom and humour in this book.

    Andrew Wallace MP - February 2021

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