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Journeys & Challenges

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:26

During my 15 years as an army officer and U.N. Peacekeeper I faced many challenges, in many different locations around the world. But challenge is a regular part of everyone's lives - not just those in high-pressure positions.

The great irony is that we often resist challenge, despite knowing that the outcome will frequently be enormous personal growth, and potential improvement in our lives - whether that be career, family, relationships or financial rewards.

So why do we resist challenges so thoroughly?

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Becoming Blind Helped Me See

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:24

It is impossible to predict all of the challenges that life will throw our way. There is absolutely no point even trying to predict and prepare yourself for challenges that haven’t occurred yet. What is important is that with every challenge that you do face, resilience is built, lessons are learnt and opportunities arise.

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Leadership lessons from the ocean

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:22

Sailing, whether for survival or competition, is an unforgiving business. The teams that excel in such environments provide a multitude of learnings for leaders back on dry land. So, by drawing on my experiences, as well as those of some of Australia’s best sailors, I set out to explore the most important and universally applicable leadership lessons from the oceans.

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Time to take charge

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:19

Here’s a question: How often do you allow your mobile phone to go flat?

If you’re like me, the answer is almost never probably because you’re never too far from your charger – at home, in the car and, oh, the tragedy of forgetting to pack the charger when you’re travelling, right?!!

So now consider that you are actually not dissimilar to your mobile phone. Highly sophisticated multi-tasking capabilities, indispensible and absolutely unable to function effectively unless regularly recharged. Yet most of us don’t think to manage our energy levels as astutely as we manage our phone’s! It’s quite astounding how much we take ourselves for granted.

The need for a personal energy management plan is something I learned early on in my sporting career. High performance athletes have to learn to master their energy in order to bring the best of out themselves when it really counts. There are many habits that helped me do this and they can work for you, too.

Start by observing yourself over the course of a week and see if you can identify a pattern in your energy levels. Most of us can relate to Wednesday hump day or that mid-afternoon slump but see what comes up for you. Start to work out times or days when there’s a natural drop in your energy when you can schedule in an energy booster.

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Without challenge there can be no meaningful growth

Adventure thinking is about bringing an expedition mindset to everyday life challenges, stages and situations.

It’s a state of mind and methodology for making the impossible possible. Its turns big dreams into reality, challenges what’s normal, and turns the unimaginable into the doable. It allows you to take on the unknown and risky with confidence. Adventure thinking means you won’t die with FOMO. Its foundation is the belief that we are all adventurous.

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Visiting Internationals

Friday, 01 June 2018 18:28

When a prominent overseas speaker visits our shores it’s a great chance for you to book a world-class speaker without the costs of flights. Ovations always maintains an up-to-date list of travelling speakers, below is just a sample of who’s visiting Australia in the coming months.

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3 Keys to Business Success in China

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 19:25

For businesses who wish to break into the Asian market, one of their most critical needs is to become confident in their understanding of the culture. With relationships being at the heart of business in Asia, learning to build long-term, sustainable businesss relationships can only be developed when you understand and respect the culture.

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DOES NEW TECHNOLOGY CREATE INNOVATION?

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:54

Some act as if they believe that as long as they get the latest technology, their organisation will automatically be more innovative. Nope. It’s all about how you use technology.

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In 2009 two friends and I launched Shoes of Prey - an online custom shoe shop. We were full of excitement, but also quite apprehensive. After all, we had left our well paying jobs and really had no idea what we were doing - although only faintly aware of this at the time.

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Organizations are both transforming themselves with digital innovation and being transformed by it.

Apart from the financial benefits, organizations with reputations for successful digital innovation often garner strong followings among customers while becoming magnets for technological talent.

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AI. Not working as expected.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:37

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the kind of teething problems familiar to any technology trying to escape the lab: it doesn't quite work as expected in real life yet.

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The art of driving dangerously

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:35

Dale Beaumont brings us an innovative new way of consuming news... something so efficient you could do it while driving. Not that we're recommending you should!

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Tech Vs Touch

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:24

Are you all about the heart? Or is the mind where it's at?

Do you crave interaction.... with the latest device, or with your fellow human beings?

It's no secret that different strokes energise different folks, but when it comes to digital vs. analog in today's world, there's a clear divide.

No matter whether it's tech or touch that floats your boat we've got a speaker for you!

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Top 10 New & Hot Speakers in 2018!

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:28

It's a natural consequence of starting a new year - we want the new shiny things!

And don't fear we have some new, shiny speakers who're about to have a big impact to share with you. But we'd also like to remind you of a few fantastic speakers who are just so hot right now - topics that are new, or simply aligned with the zeitgeist, topics that resonate with audiences today.

Snap them up for your next event... or someone else will!

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How to lead so people will follow

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:19

Leadership. There must be thousands of blogs, articles and books written about it. It's certainly front of mind for almost anyone who works in a team.

However, being an effective leader today is implicated by the inter-generational workplaces that are emerging. Where Baby Boomers and Gen Zeds, who have different expectations, learning habits and communication styles, collide.

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Trust the world I see.

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:18

Part of my journey in becoming a keynote speaker has been the reflection and understanding that my unique and somewhat extreme experiences have raised, formulated and subsequently reinforced in me the importance of trust in my livelihood. In every direction I look the more I realise the importance trust holds in our various worlds, whether it be business or life.

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education

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