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How Did You Get So Good?

Posted on October 2, 2019

By Personal Development Speaker Warwick Merry.I saw this meme on the internet recently and shared it with the fans of our singing group. But the message is not simply for musicians and artists. This message is for you too! Too often people discount our skills because they think it is something we just know how to do, not something we have continually worked at for years. Sometimes the people doubting ourselves are other people and sometimes it is ourselves! Often we don't give ourselves credit for...More

How Can Teachers Address Teen Depression and Suicide?

Posted on October 2, 2019

By Bulling and Self Esteem Speaker Adam Voigt Almost every educator that I speak to agrees that we have a national problem with teen depression and suicide.  They’d also fervently like to contribute to solving that problem. I know also that teen suicide is a complex and distressing social phenomena with multiple contributing factors and it’s easy to get lost in case study and personal experience.  This scourge in some way has touched us all. In no way do I contend to have all...More

Future Proof Your Business

Posted on October 2, 2019

By Strategy and Planning Speaker John Hale.The word ‘strategy’ seems to have fallen out of favour in recent years. This may be due to increasing levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.  Faith in strategy has perhaps also waned due to a plethora of bad experiences with superficial and half-baked strategy processes. Yet, a definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. To obtain a different and better result,...More

The Truth About Trust

Posted on October 2, 2019

Written by Innovation Speaker Bernadette McCelland If we hang out with those we know, like and trust, then why, when someone says, ‘trust me’, don’t we? Trust is one of those words – we know it when we feel it. And we feel it because it is more than finding someone with whom we can entrust a long-held childhood secret. Trust is a survival mechanism. It is a resource that we have access to that will either keep us safe or help us identify a threat, regardless of our environment. Because...More

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