What People Say

“Having held senior roles in the Australian and European Events Industry for over a decade, working with many of the world’s best business and personal development speakers, including New York Times Best-Selling Authors, multi-millionaire entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other household names, it’s been necessary for me to develop a keen eye for that special “something” each truly great speaker/presenter/facilitator has. It’s a blend of integrity, charisma, experience, generosity and an absolute commitment to making an authentic connection with others All traits possessed by Jo Hilder.

“She’s smart, funny, insightful and a fearless presenter. I’ve personally seen Jo present to and/or facilitate audiences large and small with grace and magnetism.  I’ve known her for more than two decades and if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to have Jo speak or present to your community/group/conference/meeting, make sure you grab her with both hands.”

– Michelle Falzon – We Are Content


“Jo Hilder is one of those rare individuals with both the courage and creativity to make meaning out of the trials and tribulations we each face everyday.  Through her books, blogs, music, drama and public speaking she confronts life’s issues head on and full on. Jo’s great gift is seeing it as it is and telling it like it is in a way that others can hear. Jo tackles difficult subjects in a way that resonates.  She shares her own experiences, bears her heart and is courageously transparent about her own faults and failings.  She has an uncanny capacity to relate to and disarm her audiences allowing the truth of her convictions to touch move and inspire us to action. Like all true prophets what Jo communicates is often raw and not always palatable, particularly for those who would prefer life comfortable, sweet and sugar coated.  Her creative gift however is the way in which she draws people in without judgement or condemnation. Her creativity opens ears to hear and hearts to receive and the depth of her wisdom, borne in the fire of her own experiences resonates in the listener, touches our heart and inspires us to action.

“I’ve known and worked with Jo in a variety of professional and creative forums over a period of nearly thirty years.  I’ve watched her endure and rise above the full gamut of life’s challenges. I’ve seen her mature from a brash, loud and opinionated rebel, into a deep thinking, deep feeling, courageous, compassionate seeker and oracle for what she sees as life’s core challenges and truths.

“Jo’s faith transcends religion.  She translates her deep and personal relationship with God into messages for the everyday.  She is totally unafraid to confront hypocrisy, even her own.  She is a compassionate stand for the untouchable, the unmentionable and the underdog and encourages, exhorts and inspires everyone she meets to live a life that has meaning and makes a difference.

“If you are ready and willing to be challenged, to be touched, to moved and inspired, seek Jo out in print, online and in person.  Your effort will be well rewarded!!!”

– Paul Macklin – Artist and Director, Amazing People


“Are you dreaming about doing something creative? Do you think it’s impossible? I thought so too. Let me tell you …. it’s not.

“This is about my friend Jo Hilder who has been an inspiration to me in my journey. I was struggling with perspective and focus in my life and wanted to do something different. However, I had  been letting the negativity of some people drag me down. I was even talking myself out of what I really wanted to do. I had in mind to write a personal blog. I already had a professional blog up and running, however, I felt that I would like to have one that reflected me, where I could just write openly. Jo was in the midst of having Blog Workshops where she was teaching about setting up blogs …. as the saying goes … just what the doctor ordered!! I was so excited and decided to go along. Jo was very welcoming and her creativity and warmth for people soon had me developing my own blog which you are now reading.

“Jo is a cancer coach who is authentic and passionate about people and life. Her enthusiasm and warmth reflect her passion for life and if you are thinking about creating a blog I would recommend her classes.”

– Kay Marks, Unshackled Counseling, Tea and Tattoos Blog


“Jo and I just stayed up really late tonight (or early this morning) to put the finishing touches on this gorgeous website which we have almost, almost finished together after my cry for help. Despite the fact we only met 2 weeks ago I feel like we have had this planned for a life time. Jo is an inspirational coach, author, blogger and cancer survivor. Thank you Jo for for your love, support, expertise in WordPress, determination, hard work, persistence and your passion to do whatever it takes to help whoever is standing in front of you to follow their dreams. That’s my passion too, and I guess that’s why we are in this together. How incredibly fulfilling and amazing it is when we help each other to live our dreams. Thank you Jo Hilder!”

Kathy Sheehan, author of Believe in Yourself – Seven Steps for Parents and Kids


“Jo has been remarkable in helping me start my blog, she patiently walked me through the workings of my dashboard, and built confidence in me to be able to control it for myself. Not only did she help me with the technical side of the blog, but she also encouraged ways to write better posts. Where else can you get both technical and creative help? When I was ready to take my blog to the next level, Jo came with her design expertise, she listened carefully to what I wanted and she created a blog that creates the right message to my clientele. I feel so blessed to have met Jo, not only for her remarkable work, but more so her wonderfully encouraging persona. She is a pleasure to work with, and I cannot recommend her high enough.

“Thank you beautiful Jo.”

– Lucy Ellis, Lucy Ellis Hypnotherapy


“My book was only a dream until Jo Hilder made it a reality. She has the unique ability to capture another person’s vision and make it happen. Her experience and insight qualifies her to coach budding authors such as myself as we journey together throughout the conception, and gestation then through to the birthing of a book. I have also facilitated meetings where Jo was invited to be the guest speaker and her honest, warm and engaging style delighted the audience. Her workshops are equally as good. I highly recommend Jo Hilder as a coach, publisher, writer and speaker. No one has inspired me as much as she has!”

– Delwyn McAlister, Author and Bereavement Counsellor


Jo has a passion for creative pursuits, is a gifted writer and communicator and enjoys the expressive, therapeutic benefits of visual and performing arts. Jo has a natural musical talent, is a very capable song writer and singer who uses her creative giftings to inspire and motivate others.

“Being able to empathize with others has come out of a deep level of compassion that has been birthed in places of suffering and subsequent overcoming. Jo has been trained as an Advocate for the NSW Cancer Council and has spoken on a number of occasions for their events. The feedback from participants has always been very positive, affirming her as a very good public speaker who has the capacity to speak with conviction as well as inspiration.

“I have had the pleasure of Jo’s participation in creative workshops that I have facilitated over the years and each time she has attended she has brought much appreciated contribution, amazing insight and encouragement to others as well as myself.”

– Robyn Porter, Artist, Speaker and Teacher, Prophetic Art Workshops, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia