Once the director of Australia’s largest advertising agency and responsible for iconic campaigns such as Pro Hart’s ‘Stainmaster Carpet’ and the ‘Not Happy Jan’ campaign, Penny’s vision is indelibly stamped into the DNA of Australian advertising.

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Why do people panic buy toilet paper? Why is it that in an era when we’ve never known more about healthy food and healthy living – that we’ve never been as obese as a population? And in this me-too era of empowering equality and authenticity – why is it that the worst of so-called reality TV continues to rate so highly?

Penny Burke is an expert social commentator on understanding human behaviour. She blends statistics and demographics of the population with research and insight into behavioural science to explain why people do what they do.

Penny started her life in advertising, working on famous and much-loved Australian advertising campaigns such as Pro Hart Stainmaster Carpet (‘Meester Hart, what a mess!’) and ‘Not Happy Jan’. Having successfully driven sales for many Australian brands Penny spent 15 years understanding what worked – and why. Knowing the demographics and statistics of the population is one thing – but understanding why and how to change their behaviour is another. 

What makes Penny different in the world of speaking? She is an expert consultant who speaks. She works every day with commercial clients and government at all levels to successfully change behaviour. Want to get more people transacting online? You need to change their behaviour. Want to get more people to vaccinate? You need to change their behaviour. Want to get your whole team motivated and heading in the right direction? You might need to change their behaviour!

Penny is compelling, witty and highly practical - with access to relevant case studies and research Penny's sessions have the capacity to revolutionise workplaces. If you want your buyer, your people, or your team to do something different tomorrow than they did yesterday – then Penny is the speaker for you.

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When selling your product or service, the logical thing is to sell what makes your product different or unique, right? Well yes – but FIRST you have to understand who you are selling to, and how they currently behave. And because people aren’t rational, it might just be that what you think is the best thing about your product – doesn’t actually float the boat of your customers.

In this keynote Penny unpacks the science of behaviour change theory and explains;

  • What the statistic and demographics tell us about the population
  • What behavioural science tells us about how people think and behave
  • Common myths and mistakes about changing behaviour
  • Tips and suggestions of what will work better

How to build your FAME

Fame: The condition of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements. What are you famous for? How do you build fame in business? When Penny Burke talks about Fame it's not in the celebrity context, it's fame within the corporate world for individuals, leaders, companies and brands. In the world of marketing and advertising Penny Burke was a Director of Australia's largest advertising agency and has been recognised by her peers as a member of the all time best advertising agency 'Dream Team'. In this role she helped create some of Australia's most iconic brands and campaigns such as Pro Hart Stainmaster Carpet ("Meester Hart, what a mess!"), "Not Happy Jan" (Yellow Pages) and the randy milkman ("Milk. Legendary Stuff"). How do you work out what you’re famous for? Whether it’s building famefor your personal brand; building FAME for your product or service, or building FAME for your leaders, Penny shares the secrets of finding your fame:

  • How to work out what it is you are famous FOR
  • How to build your fame to attract more customers
  • How to build your personal brand fame and be a better leader
  • How to build a 'lighthouse brand' to attract more customers - and then build a long term relationship with them

Who are my customers of the future and how will they find me?

COVID has changed virtually every aspect of the sales channel – from sourcing and manufacturing to getting it on the ‘shelf’ (virtual or physical). Perhaps the greatest area of change is connecting with customers in a changing marketplace. In this keynote, Penny unpacks the key secrets of identifying and selling to customers of the future, including:

  • How have people’s shopping and buyer behaviour changed?
  • What are people looking for today?
  • What will they be looking for in the future?
  • What this will means for you – ways your business can better connect with customers of the future.

How do you build culture in the workplace?

Peter Drucker was right when he said "culture eats strategy for breakfast" – but the real question is, how do you do it? And especially when our workforce is more hybrid than ever before. If we want people to think or behave differently tomorrow than they did yesterday, then we need to understand how to engage them like never before. In this keynote Penny will share:

  • What the statistic and demographics tell us about the workforce
  • What behavioural science tells us about how people think and behave
  • What do people want from their workplace – and how that has changed during COVID, and differs by age and stage of life!
  • Common myths and mistakes about changing behaviour
  • Tips and suggestions of what will work better

How do you lead a team if you rarely see them?

COVID has changed virtually every aspect of life - but in particular, the workplace which is not largely hybrid. As a leader, how do you lead in these changing times, and in particular, how do you lead people if you barely see them? In this keynote, Penny share the key issues of leading with a behavioural change lens, including:

  • What the statistic and demographics tell us about successful leaders and the workforce
  • What behavioural science tells us about how people think and behave
  • What do people want from their leaders – and how that has changed during COVID, and differs by age and stage of life!
  • Tips and suggestions on how to be a better leader

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Penny Burke is a masterful workshop facilitator, having moderated literally hundreds of sessions, that extend the learnings from a keynote and help delegates and workshops participants embed implications into their own work practice or lives. As an experienced Non-Executive Director (GAICD) of a number of commercial boards, Penny is uniquely placed to facilitate workshops with senior C-suite executive teams and boards, given she knows and faces the same issues professionally. Penny is equally adept with a room of 100 middle managers in workshops up to three hours, hot-seating individuals and tailoring content to suit each audience.

If you need a thoroughly experienced business consultant who can run workshops either to extend her keynote sessions, or as stand-alone topics on demographic trends, marketing, sales, behaviour change, or leadership, then Penny is an outstanding choice.

Feel free to get in contact – Penny is only to happy to work with you to design the optimal workshop session, from 2 hours to full day; from virtual to face-to-face, Penny will run a fast-paced, interactive workshop with actionable outcomes and learnings for all participants.

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