Melo Calarco

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Melo Carlarco

Mindfulness and High-Performance Coach

Multi award-winning author of ‘Beating Burnout-Finding Balance, (Wiley) Melo is a mindfulness and high- performance expert, keynote speaker and corporate programs facilitator. His work has helped many CEO’s, leaders, corporate executives, surgeons, elite athletes and other high performers to build resilience and perform at their absolute best, without burning out.

Melo personally learned to manage highly challenging and stressful situations (including near-death experiences), build mental endurance and rise above adversity when he cycled, trekked and travelled over 30,000km’s around the planet on his mountain bike. He traversed remote areas of Africa, India, Nepal, Australia, America, Europe and Asia.

He now shares that deep experience in his keynotes, workshops and programs.
His work has been described as ‘truly transformational’!


Melo regularly shares his knowledge and passion on a large variety of topics aimed to inspire, challenge and empower any audience.
• Burnout Prevention
• Mindfulness for High Performance
• Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Mindful Leadership
• Productivity and Performance
• Work-Life Balance
• Digital Wellbeing

Talk One:

Staying Energised as a High-Performer (without burning out!)
In this session we will explore various tools and techniques to help you and your team stay energised as a high performer. You will learn effective ways to manage stress, build resilience and avoid burnout, while still remaining a high- achiever.
We will discuss the difference of good stress vs bad stress and the evolution from Stress to Burnout and how to optimise your performance with the right amount of stress. We will learn to recognise the main signs of burnout and how to prevent it.
We will also learn positive mindset strategies, mindfulness techniques and ways to reclaim your self-care habits and your work-life so you can maintain your mental wellbeing for the long term.

You will walk away with implementable tools and techniques that can help you for the rest of your life!
Key takeaways include:
– How to use stress positively to optimise your performance
– Eustress (good) vs Distress (bad)
– The neuroscience of the stress response
– Signs of burnout and prevention
– Techniques to ‘nip stress in the bud’ in 90 seconds

Talk Two:

Staying Focused and Maximising your Potential
Trying to wear too many hats at work and continually switching your attention from task to task can be stressful and tiring. When you lose focus on your task at hand it causes stress, overwhelm, anxiety and can eventually lead to burnout.

This talk is a great opportunity to step back and look at the way you are working and make some positive changes to maximise your workflow and focus on a daily basis. We look at ways to stay focused on important tasks and ways to drive the business forward. We explore the cost of context switching (multitasking) and the shocking truth of lost time and energy.

We also explore different brain states to optimise your performance throughout the day depending on the task at hand and how to block out your time in three distinct work-modes.

This session will help you and your team work more efficiently, proactively and with much less stress.

Key takeaways include:
– The cost of context switching in terms of lost productivity
– Myth of multitasking
– Staying focused on what matters
– Different brain states for optimal performance and productivity
– Managing your time and energy more effectively
– Managing a team with clarity and focus
– How to work proactively, not reactively

Talk Three:

Mindfulness for High Performance
In this fast-paced modern world that we live in, mindfulness should no longer be considered a ‘nice to have’ it’s a must have.

This talk explores the evidence based concept of mindfulness for high performance and how you incorporate it in your daily life.
Many of the worlds top performers practice mindfulness, like olympic athletes, top CEO’s, corporate executives, actors, surgeons and many high performing professionals.
We discuss the neuroscience of mindfulness and how you can use it to optimise your performance everyday (without burning out)

Key takeaways include:
– Neuroscience of Stress and Mindfulness
– How top performers use mindfulness
– The difference and similarities of elite athletes vs corporate athletes
– Using mindfulness to stay calm under high pressure
– Help your decision-making processes
– Increase problem solving skills
– Different brain states for optimal performance
– Breaking the myths of meditation
– Increase your energy and vitality



Melo has the rare ability to guide each individual on their own reflective journey – often to a surprising destination!

Scott Chapman - CEO, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Australia

Melo was able to deliver a very engaging and insightful session for us here at Channel 7. His ability to connect with the group was impressive and his session exceeded our expectations.

Rosie Nahma, Group Safety & Wellbeing. Channel 7

Melo’s presentation at the HR Directors Forum was a breath of fresh air after many deaths by PowerPoint presentations! He connected with the audience and gave valuable takeaway tips that are easily implementable.

Matthew B , HR Director - Sydney

‘Melo is a great presenter and our team loved it! Attendees rated his workshop excellent! His delivery style is very natural and makes learning both fun and accessible to everyone. The team found it very beneficial and relevant.

Linda L – Westpac Group