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“Ideas elevate humanity. Hopefully some of my ideas help to elevate the people and businesses that I come into contact with”.

- Melanie Gard

Personal Experience

Mel draws on her own experiences and shares personal stories and anecdotes.


Mel makes technology easy to understand and keeps jargon to a minimum.


Mel teaches as she speaks, with practical, actionable insights.

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Digital Marketing Expert & Motivational Speaker

Mel Gard is a Digital Marketing Expert and Motivational Speaker based in Durban, South Africa. Mel has a long entrepreneurial history and this, combined with her technical knowledge, make her a unique and exciting guest speaker.

Mel’s approach is straightforward, practical and with a good dose of humour thrown in. She avoids technical speak and jargon to deliver excellent advice to a range of audiences.


Industry Leading Woman In Business

  • 2016-2017 Chairperson of the KwaZulu Natal Women In Business (KZNWIB) Organisation
  • Finalist in the Businesswomen's Association (BWA) Regional Business Achiever Awards 2016 in the KwaZulu Natal Region
  • Member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa



Frank , down to earth and honest to the core is how I would describe Mel Gard's presentation. No matter where you are in your business journey or maybe you need a little reality check then this is what you need. No mess, no fuss practical tools that ARE attainable that can help any business owner ! I loved it !

Tanya Visser

Garden Guru & Founder of The Gardener


Mel is a confident, strong and successful business woman who is equally patient, kind and humourous.
She has the ability to ‘translate’ tech talk and simplify concepts to ensure she is easily understood by the less technically minded in her audiences.
Mel speaks with authority and confidence. She is clearly well researched in her subject matter and yet she is equally down to earth and authentic.
It is a real pleasure to listen to Mel presenting and I look forward to further such opportunities.

Lucie Bowyer

Vice Principal Student Services, The IIE’s Varsity College, Durban North


On behalf of the Expert Community Network (ECN) and Outline, it is our privilege to extend our gratitude to you for the value that you added through your presentation to the delegates who attended the ECN meeting on the 14th of May 2016, at the Durban Country Club. Your contribution and sharing of your expertise is highly valued and appreciated.

The delegates appreciated the inspirational and practical information you shared with them.

Daleen Pretorius

Owner, Outlined


Melanie was a highly engaging and relevant speaker at our recent ISMA Meeting. Her quality content, thorough knowledge and friendly nature meant that everyone was both entertained and gained new insights and useful tips from her talk. Thank you!

Bianca Woolley

Marketing Manager, Highbury Preparatory School


I had only initially heard rumours of Melanie’s charisma, boldness and charm. It was only after inviting her to speak at an event, that I truly understood how accurate the rumours were.
Melanie made a complex topic comprehensible, brought the audience to life with her wit and authenticity, she was fluid and clear in her approach.
I feel this arises from how Melanie strives to lead her everyday life and it carries through in her ability to speak so confidently and with a sense of transparency.

Faye Blumenfeld

Career Centre Co-ordinator, The IIE’s Varsity College, Durban North Campus.


I invited Mel Gard to participate as a speaker at a women's conference in KZN in the field of Social Media and found her to be a delightfully interesting speaker as well as an obvious specialist in her field. She has the rare ability to make complicated concepts easy to understand and connects with her audience in a most personable manner. Since then, I have attended a LinkedIn course run by Mel and have also been at KZN WIB meetings facilitated by her. Without exception, Mel is punctual, professional, and highly organized. Her extensive experience in entrepreneurship adds to her ability to consult effectively with women business owners and her lovely manner in front of an audience makes her a firm favorite of mine! I recommend Mel highly for anything related to social media, IT consulting and search engine marketing.

Ingrid Roberts

Motivational Speaker, Teacher & Event Planner


Mel, has a natural ability to speak with confidence on topics provided. She has the knack of drawing in the audience to engage and find out more about her topic of discussion.
She is very efficient, well prepared and a born speaker. When Mel spoke at our recent client breakfast event, we received various compliments on how insightful and relevant the talk was.
We thoroughly enjoyed having Mel as our speaker, we will definitely keep her in mind for any future upcoming events.

Celeste Grant

Career Centre Coordinator, The IIE’s Varsity College Westville Campus


I transitioned under Melanie's guidance from fearful and ignorant, to confident and more competent in the presentation of my on-line business presence and communication.

Steve McCurrach

Owner, Airserv