Not everyone is comfortable standing at the front of the room and ‘directing traffic’. This is where Heart of the Bush Marketing comes in…

Meeting Facilitation

Sometimes you need someone who is objective and external to your organisation to lead a meeting.  You want everyone in the room to contribute and to keep on track, and that is hard if you are closely involved with the issue at hand.

We are the original Devil’s Advocate and not afraid of asking the ‘dumb’ questions to get people really thinking about the issue in a new or strategic way.

WorkshopMeeting Facilitation, Heart of the Bush Marketing style, is highly structured and efficiently run but with plenty of opportunity for a laugh along the way.

Most importantly though is the outcome.  Time is too precious to have a lovely day chatting without producing something tangible and ‘implement-able’ at the end.


Would you like to do some in-house training around a specific topic? Grant writing? Governance?

Melanie can design and deliver a customised course to solve your training problems.

Community Consultation

TeamworkIf you have a difficult message to communicate or require some honest feedback without things getting out of hand, then Heart of the Bush Marketing has a Community Consultation service that will take the pressure off.

Melanie is happy to stand in front of a group and lead tricky discussions or fiery community meetings.

In addition, all the practical arrangements can be attended to – venues booked, catering arranged, media releases prepared, general promotion of the meeting, as well as the reporting of findings after the meeting.

Need a different talking head? Contact Melanie to see if she can help or refer you to someone who can.


What others think:

rwn-25-yearsNSW Department of Primary Industry – Rural Women’s Network: Melanie Trethowan facilitated a workshop on governance for the Rural Women’s Network in May 2017. She is a highly creative and efficient professional. Melanie is a contractor who listens to your needs and consults regularly to ensure the best result and no unexpected surprises. Her flexibility to adapt and refine promptly with updates was greatly appreciated. She engaged easily with the workshop group and pitched the learning activities at their level with practical examples. Melanie is very experienced  facilitator and workshop designer and we look forward to working with her again on other projects. I would recommend her to any group needing a customised approach to tackling an organisational challenge.

Sonia Muir, Manager Business and Social Resilience Programs

Baradine & District Progress Association: The expertise of Melanie Trethowan, Heart of the Bush Marketing, has given members of the Baradine & District Progress Association the tools and information needed to prepare a risk register and case study for our NSW Government funded project.  Melanie immediately understood our needs and utilised her skills as an accomplished facilitator to deliver a professional and highly enjoyable workshop with very satisfactory outcomes.

Elizabeth Cutts, Community Economic Development Coordinator