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The Unexpected Always Happens

Posted on September 3, 2019

By Mental Health Speaker Angela Lockwood. Living on a farm has it perks; open space, no neighbours, peace and quiet. Then there is the other side; wildlife … they also love the open space and peace and quiet. My kids and I arrived home from a typical day at work and school and as my son stepped into his bathroom to put his shirt in the laundry basket I heard a high pitched scream followed by him running towards me with a look of terror on his face screaming, "Mum there’s a...More

Us and Them - How Deep is the Divide

Posted on September 3, 2019

By Educational Speaker Steve Francis. I have a hypothesis that the more times “THEY” is used by the leadership team when referring to the teaching staff (and vice versa), the lower the staff morale is in that school. “They just don’t get it!” “They don’t understand!” “They don’t know what we put up with!” “They don’t now how hard we are working!” The use of the term “They”, is indicative of a deep divide. Jim...More

Limit Yourself in Order to Create Unlimited Ideas

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Hot Keynote Topics

By Lifestyle Speaker Nils VeskAt some point in the innovation process, it pays to limit yourself. As poet T.S. Eliot said, “When forced to work within a strict framework, the imagination is taxed to the utmost—and will produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom the work is likely to sprawl.” Working with existing restrictions or imposing new restrictions can lead to the most creative leaps of all. Yes, it’s true that even though limitations can sometimes prevent us from...More

4 Time Saving Tips

Posted on August 9, 2019

By Business Communications Speaker Debbie Mayo-Smith Nifty Word Document Formatting Trick If you are having trouble lining up your content; or you are tab, tab, tabbing – forgettabout it!!!! As the Italians would say. Instead, insert a table and use that to line up your text and images beautifully. Each cell (the intersection of a row and column) can individually hold content. And here’s the thing: The most important fact – you don’t have to show borders so no one will ever...More

Why We Need to Change How We Do Change

Posted on July 23, 2019 in Hot Keynote Topics

By Change Management Speaker Kieran Flanagan.Perhaps the most common response I get when I talk to people about how their organisational cultures are tracking is, “They’re a bit change fatigued.” You may even be feeling a little of this yourself. One of the root causes of this fatigue is not necessarily that the change in question isn’t positive, or that the underlying rationale for change isn’t understood or even considered critical to the team’s success. Rather,...More

5 Steps to Accelerate Trust Development

Posted on July 19, 2019

By Futurist Speaker Ross Dawson Participating in the network economy requires very actively developing new and existing relationships with customers, suppliers, and partners. As you saw earlier in this chapter, companies’ external relationships are becoming both deeper and broader. Some firms do whatever seems right each time they take on a new customer, supplier, or alliance partner. Others have careful and detailed processes for building closer relationships that benefit both parties. IBM...More

Why Trust Matters for Organisations

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Hot Keynote Topics

By Business Skills Speaker Jane Anderson.In 2016, the Thunder River Rapids ride at the amusement park Dreamworld, in Queensland, experienced a mechanical failure that resulted in the deaths of four people. Forty-eight hours later, the board for Ardent Leisure (the owners of Dreamworld) held its Annual General Meeting as if nothing had happened. The CFO was forced to defend the bonus payment of $843,000 to CEO Deborah Thomas, promising to hold a memorial for the victims and “donate...More

Loosen The Grip to Allow Your Service to Fly

Posted on July 17, 2019

By Business Speaker Jaquie Scammell. It is hard, at times, to let go of things. Let go of control, let go of the rules, let go of trying to get it right. We all get a little wound up at times and think we must hold on tight to what we want and the outcome we need by trying harder and gripping more firmly. Hmmm … so how is that working out for you? For me, not so well. I notice that when I hold on tightly, it can feel like pressure and stinks of effort. As a result, I find it leads to being...More

4 Tips to Save You Time

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Hot Keynote Topics

By Business Skills Speaker Debbie Mayo-Smith.1. Google Search Trick Easily filter out results from the past or an incorrect timespan. Here's how: Type whatever you're looking for into Google's search field on either your computer or mobile, followed by the time frame for results you want to see. For example, if you wanted to find tips on using your smartphone contacts you would put "top tips smartphone contacts after:2019-02-02 " - this would show you results appearing after the 2nd of...More

ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Hot Keynote Topics

By Innovative Speaker Lynne Cazaly. It’s natural to want to do well - at work, in study, in life, to do our best.  But what happens when striving for the best becomes something more ... the pursuit of perfection?  Perfectionism is on the rise and it has dire consequences for how we think and feel about ourselves and others, how we think, live, and work. Perfectionism has been seen to cause over-thinking, over-working, burnout, sleeplessness, and mental health problems like depression...More