ABOUT US

IT ALL STARTED BACK IN ’97

We’re Missing Link – Presentation Powerhouse. We were founded by Richard Mulholland. In his time as a Rock n’ Roll Roadie, he discovered that it’s not just the visuals or fancy lighting that makes a presentation great but rather the speaker’s ability to deliver with conviction. And thus, Missing Link was born and we have been helping presenters engage their audiences and drive action for the last 25 years!

Our team of presentation specialists help presenters of all levels, professional and corporate build their narratives, design slick slides and deliver a provoking message to start a movement.

Missing Link has not only helped presenters in-person on grand stages but also virtual conferences and events to massive virtual audiences across the globe.

In short, we are a bunch of punk rock presentation specialists here to make your next presentation/event suck less! We’re saving the world, one bored audience at a time.

OUR SMART HUMANS

We know what you’re thinking… Not another “meet the team” page. Well, when your people are as smart, skilled and special as ours, you’d want to feature them on your website too.
Rich Mulholland

RICH MULHOLLAND
Visionary, Corporate Presentation Coach, Professional Presentation Strategist

Having spoken in over 30 countries on six continents, rock and roll roadie turned entrepreneur Rich Mulholland knows first-hand the impact that memorable presentations can make. That’s why he works with executives and speakers around the world, helping them deliver unforgettable presentations that activate audiences and generate income.

He’s the founder of presentation powerhouse Missing Link and has written three books; Legacide, Boredom Slayer and his latest; Here Be Dragons.

Dani Balona Teal

DANIELLA BANOLA
Professional Presentation Strategist

Dani has the combined unicorn skills of design thinking and narrative structures that work. Having spent 15+ years in above the line, below the line and through line advertising for global brands such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Audi, Dani understands what it takes to get audiences to pay attention. And she’s got the awards to prove it, having won awards at Canne Lions, New York Festival and London International as well as the Powtoons International Presentation Award. Dani is one of Missing Link’s most sought after coaches and strategists due to her boundless energy within executive coaching and narrative expertise within the story seller program. Some of Dani’s students have gone on to win presentation and speaking awards while others found their way to the TED stage. Dani is the author and illustrator of a children’s book and holds an Honors degree in Graphic Design from the University of Hertfordshire in London, and a degree in Brand Strategy from South Africa’s Vega school of advertising.

Richard Berg

RICHARD BERG
Professional Presentation Strategist

Richard is an expert at crafting compelling narratives that deliver business objectives. This superpower is a result of his MBA where he specialized in design thinking. As a leading Presentation Strategist at Missing Link, Richard draws on a decade’s worth of change management and design thinking consulting. Having worked with some of South Africa’s largest listed companies over the years, he brings incredible on-the-ground perspective and depth to his courses at Missing Link. If anyone knows what your business’s presentations need to activate an audience, it’s Richard. When he’s not perfecting presentation narratives, he’s doing anything outside or in the ocean. Except shark cage diving. Because sharks.

Kevin Dike

KEVIN DIKE
Master Trainer, Professional Presentation Coach

Kevin has been leading the Missing Link Academy since 2015. A former award-winning drummer, the stage (both online or in-person) is Kevin’s natural habitat and his energy is magnetic and inspiring. With thousands of training hours under his belt, Kevin has fostered relationships with TED globally and continues to train future TED speakers. Not only will you walk out of your training with Kevin fully activated, but you’ll learn to do the same for your own audiences.

Josh Peterse

JOSH PETERSE
Professional Presentation Coach, Academy Trainer

Josh is a globally-recognised, disruptive authority on presentation design principles, with leading presentation brands such as Prezi frequently inviting him to share his knowledge with the world. He also happens to be Africa’s first presentation specialist to have an accreditation with the Presentation Guild. With his unparalleled creativity and a keen eye for the bigger message, Josh helps some of TedTalk’s most dynamic speakers as well as leading brands – such as Nandos, Samsung and Avon – with their presentations. If you’re looking to elevate your presentation design thinking, you couldn’t be in better coaching hands.

Ruan Labuschagne

RUAN LABUSCHAGNE 
Academy Trainer

With more than 20 years industry experience under his belt, Ruan has directed and produced top-rated mainstream television broadcast shows, worked with some of South Africa’s top celebrities, global brands & celebrities and interviewed film producers from Will Smith to Michael Mann as a entertainment journalist.  He’s managed marketing campaigns the likes of a guerrilla campaign to launch Adidas originals in South Africa, worked on large stage and online events, trained and directed many presenters over the years, but his real passion is to help ordinary people present and deliver like the pro’s.

Pierre Du Plessis

PIERRE DU PLESSIS
Academy Trainer

Pierre is no stranger to the speaking stage. He has been featured regularly on TEDx stages, and his speaking clients have included BMW, KFC, Adcock Ingram, Alan Gray, LASIK. He leads a contemplative community with a strong focus on meditation, retreats, and inner work in Cape Town and was the co-founder of Palaestra. He is also an award-winning author, having received the Desmond Tutu, Gerrit Brand prize for literature for his book titled Train Naked. As someone who cares deeply about human development and people becoming better people, Pierre’s coaching style is based on leveraging ancient wisdom in order to solve modern business challenges. He believes he is the love child of Getrude Stein and Jason Bourne and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife, two kids and his iPhone.

Alon Zahavi

ALON ZAHAVI
Academy Trainer

Alon boasts an impressive decade of training experience. Having been in sales and customer service for 18 years and an Apple-certified trainer for 8 years, Alon brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in training and facilitation best practices. Not only has Alon trained and coached hundreds of retail employees throughout Southern Africa, he has also presented at numerous businesses and media events. He is a UCT graduate in Training and Development Management, a certified Life Coach and was a prime-time radio show host. Passion, infectious energy and a whole lot of learning are just some of the things you’ll get from a session with Alon.

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