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A discord appears to have emerged between what employers and their employees explain as the underlying motivations for this sentiment. In this article speaker Rocky Scopelliti investigates the discord that many employers worldwide are desperately rethinking about policies believing that structural changes to work is the secret to address this work-force threat.


Leanne Christie, Chief Of Everything O shares five tips to #breakthebias when planning your next conference.


For International Women's Day 2022, Leanne Christie, Chief Of Everything O shares five tips to #breakthebias when planning your Agenda for your next event.


Home-grown Heroes to inspire your team

Thursday, 03 February 2022 16:41

Our growing roster of home-grown heroes makes not just Ovations but all of Australia proud. This month we present a list of home-grown heroes and pioneers, blazing trails here in Australia and across the world. Each of them, polished professionals who've devoted their lives and entire careers to achieving excellence. Included among our roster of illustrious speakers are Olympic athletes and Gold Medal Winners, pioneers in working with those struggling with disabilities, as well as several who've recently won 2022 awards for Australian of the Year. We at Ovations could not be more proud of their efforts and achievements this 2022. See for yourself how these heroes are changing our world.


The exponential growth of the Chinese consumer market is certainly nothing to ignore. Understanding this huge market can create opportunities. But with such a significant cultural divide getting your foot in the door can come with considerable challenges.  

This month Ovations presents a selection of keynote speakers who understand how business operates in China. Their fascinating (and sometimes harrowing) experiences have given them unique insights that just might give you and your business the edge.


Australian and International Olympians are available to speak at your event

The Olympics teach us that excellence is available to anyone willing to practice. It’s not just understanding and engaging in strategy and vision that improves productivity and performance, but a fundamental pride and sense of purpose that motivates, inspires, and energisers people to commit to excellence.

As a bureau, we have access to any Olympian around Australia and internationally. We can help you connect with the right person. Would you like a past Olympian, present Olympian, an Australian Olympian, an international Olympian to speak to your audience? Let us know who you would like to book, and we can help make the connection.


Events may have changed but the need for your audience to be engaged and motivated hasn't changed. Our Ovations team chief of talent Annik Petrou has created a series of video interviews with some of the Australian speakers who are considered experts in their field.

Their stories and insights of resilience, leadership, performance and grand ideas will inspire and educate your audience.


Having the right speaker to address your clients or delegates is key in providing the relevant message, tone & atmosphere for your event. The six Speakers I have chosen are able to tailor their presentation for any industry & theme.


The value of an MC is magnified many times over at a virtual event because the number of distractions (and ease of the delegates using them) is also magnified. So having someone who can command attention, give a reason to bring attention back to the screen, is going to have a direct effect on how much information is learned and retained.

An experienced and qualified MC is a vital resource to have on hand for those moments where the wonderful technology that makes virtual conferencing possible, glitches.


Like us, many event planners had their favourite speakers that they knew would hit it out of the park every time. One of the biggest questions event planners are asking themselves about speakers these days is "have they transferred well into this new virtual environment?"

Some speakers have spent time and invested money in getting themselves reskilled and investing in state of the art home studios.

Wonder no more, here are six of my tip picks for speakers who are tried & trusted in the virtual and online world.


Download "Australians post COVID-19" report

Monday, 01 February 2021 19:02

While 2020 began with excitement for not just a new year, but a new decade, that all quickly changed in March when COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns reached Australia. As a result of the imposing restrictions and cancelled life events, it has been a challenging year for many. Almost nine in ten Australians (88%) are excited to close the door on 2020 and start 2021. Yet before we embrace the new year, we have an opportunity to reflect on our experience of COVID-19 and explore what the long-term impacts of this year may be on individuals, businesses and society.


Top Speakers for International Women's Day

Friday, 29 January 2021 18:21
We loved to see women dominate the stage at the Australian Day awards this year. At Ovations we believe that women belong on all stages every day not only on International Women’s DayWe want to introduce you to some women we love to book on stages in Australia and internationally every day

October is Mental Health Month, giving us the opportunity to bring new attention to the lives and experiences of those who live with mental illness.

This month, our speakers share their tips and challenge us to face our own assumptions about what living with mental illness looks like and to reevaluate our notions of recovery and healing.


Tracey Spicer - The 3 R's of Resilience

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:35

In this wise, witty and fast-paced presentation, Tracey Spicer, well known author, broadcaster and journalist will teach you how to rise to life’s challenges, shake off the shackles that are holding you back, and fight the good fight! This proud bogan from the outskirts of Brisbane will make you laugh, cry, and change the way you think.``


Scott Dutton - Fighting fair

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:32

We are the most resilient when we feel connected. The rapid onset of remote work has challenged us both personally + professionally to keep centred + connected. Scott combines the ancient wisdom of mindfulness with modern virtual technologies to strengthen workplace collaboration + wellbeing.


Helena Popovic - Don't waste this crisis!

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:31

Our mind can be our most powerful tool or our most forceful opponent. How can we harness it to our greatest advantage? A crisis can be the ultimate catapult into creativity. Dr Helena Popovic will provide a step-by-step plan, backed by neuroscience, for how to emerge as a victor, not a victim, of any crisis.


Julie Cross - Resilience… Our super power!

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:29

As we negotiate this pandemic we not only need to attend to our physical wellbeing but also our mental and emotional wellbeing. It is time to rediscover and reconnect with our resilience, and remember we have the power to live an inspired life, no matter the circumstances. It is time to let our light shine and lead the way. 


Future Crunch - The Adaptability Quotient

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:27

The most important skill for the 21st century and how to start cultivating it right now.

Drawing on the latest insights from the worlds of technology, neuroscience and management, Future Crunch reveals why the best predictor of success is how individuals and organisations embrace rapid experimentation. You will walk away with an understanding of what it takes to foster AQ, how to identify it in others, and how it can be a superpower for anyone looking to maintain an advantage in the next economy.


Ronni Kahn - How I Lead

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:26

Ronni Kahn AO is the CEO and founder of the food rescue charity, OzHarvest. After realising how much food was going to waste in the hospitality industry across the country, Ronni was instrumental in changing the existing legislation across four states that had prevented food donors from supplying excess food. Recognised as a leader in the fields of entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation, Ronni has been awarded with numerous achievements for her work and commitment to the community.


With practical and friendly tips for every sort of gathering both in the real world and virtual, Leanne and James take you through each of the stages of presenting and show you how to keep your audience sitting up and eager for more. 

From researching your topic to adding humour and interest, from using your voice effectively to conquering your nerves, The Virtually Brilliant approach will see even the most inexperienced speaker improve their skills enormously.

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