I strongly believe that every one of us has the potential to do great things, to be great in some way.
My mission as a coach is to elicit that greatness in every one who chooses to work with me.

Des Walsh business coachHi, I’m Des Walsh. I support business owners and entrepreneurs by providing attentive listening, fresh thinking and new perspectives. I’m an independent sounding board and strategic “thinking partner”.

As a social media early adopter, certified social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist, I show business owners how to cut through the hype and jargon, and make sensible, strategic business decisions about social media.

My mission is to help business owners and entrepreneurs be great at what they do and who they are.

I’ve been in business for 20+ years, previously a senior executive in the Australian Government, then a business sector CEO, communications consultant, industry training specialist and executive coach.

Coachville logoMy coach training is from Coachville and its Graduate School of Coaching (now merged into the School of Coaching Mastery).

I was a founding member of the International Association of Coaching (IAC)International Association of Coaching (IAC) logo® and served for a time as a member of the IAC Board of Governors.


I’ve been actively engaged for over 20 years in promoting the business opportunities of the digital economy and I’m a certified specialist in social media strategy, from the Society 3 Social Media Academy.

I’ve been blogging since 2003 and co-authored of one of the first ever books on the LinkedIn platform, the best-selling LinkedIn for Recruiting, I’ve been the owner of various groups on Yahoo!, LinkedIn and Facebook and I’m a podcaster (the Let’s Talk Leadership show). I know my way around the socialmediasphere, with its hazards and its opportunities.

I have the good fortune to live, with my life and business partner Suzie Cheel, in walking distance of great surfing beaches on Australia’s Gold Coast.

I coach mostly by live video or phone, which saves you and me time and money: or in person just about anywhere in the world (no war zones), by request, and it’s extra.

More details at my LinkedIn profile.

It has been my pleasure to have Des as my business coach for the past 14 years. Des combines all the fundamentals of a good coach – expert knowledge; clear manner; guidance and suggestion rather than didactic instruction – with a leading edge knowledge of the way social media can improve my business. He is a trusted colleague and a key part of the continued success of my firm.

Kris Gale

Chairman, Michael Johnson Associates

Bio – The Bigger Picture

mountain top, reaching upI’ve made major life and career changes when I realised I was “spinning my wheels” and no longer challenging myself.

I’ve had to hold firm to my belief in a vision when others were predicting failure.

I’ve had great successes, sometimes acknowledged, sometimes with others taking the credit, and more than once I’ve had to learn the hard way how not to do things!

I’ve invested time, energy and money in developing knowledge and skills for my future, even when there was a lot else going on in the day to day.

For all the effort, all the setbacks – and yes, failures – I feel good each day knowing that I keep aiming up and not settling.

What I Offer

As a successful entrepreneur and experienced senior executive, with many years experience in business, government and the non-profit sector, I work with business owners and other entrepreneurs who value having:

  • the support of someone who is independent, experienced, and with good strategic and creative thinking skills
  • someone to test ideas and potential strategies with, and not have to share their thoughts with the world too soon
  • the focused attention of someone outside of but informed about the business, as a sounding board for issues, ideas and strategies
  • access to my programs and resources for professional growth and social media strategy

When you work with me

You get the benefit of the knowledge, skills and practical wisdom I’ve acquired through building and leading teams, creating and managing multimillion dollar programs, negotiating at a high level with leaders in government, business and the not-for-profit sector, communicating at a corporate level with the media, and working with small and medium business owners and solo entrepreneurs.

You have access to the coaching programs I’ve developed over the past 14 years, for professional development, social media strategy and effective use of LinkedIn.

You have my proven skill in helping you get complete clarity about how you see your business and career developing, including the creation or finessing of a business vision and a roadmap to achieve that.

When it comes to coaching Des brings a range of expertise, as well as business and life experiences to the table. And he truly cares about you and your success.

Des has an uncanny ability of quickly understanding your business challenges, cutting to the chase, but in a gentlemanly fashion, and guiding you through a solution process. Although Des focuses on senior-level management, a smart company would be wise to bring him into work with mid-level people who are tapped for next generation c-suite responsibility.

Des is among the digital economy pioneers and his social media strategic ability complements the traditional business and marketing skills he offers.

Toby Bloomberg

Founder, President, Bloomberg Marketing

If you’re ready to take some practical steps to turn your business and professional dreams into your lived reality, if you’re ready to work on practical strategies to enhance your success, and be fully supported in taking the necessary action, just hit the button below to grab a time in my schedule to discuss how we might work together – let’s talk!