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The new Hybrid world of events is changing and evolving in every micro-moment. Just as we finally got our heads around Zoom, Microsoft Teams and finding the right angle for our ring lights, all of a sudden we’re being tasked with juggling online audiences, in-person audiences, and remembering how to properly dress for real-world business events. 


During this pandemic we have heard the word pivot frequently. And now it's typical to hear phrases like "all Zoomed out". In the world of events and training we are seeing a mixture of virtual, hybrid and face to face.

While we continue to navigate this landscape it is helpful to know what speakers you can trust to deliver with certainty. Speakers who are tried and trusted. Presenters who have a history of delivering for clients, on and off the stage and can successfully translate that into our current circumstances.

It's not easy to narrow it down to only 6. So I intentionally chose a range of quality speakers different styles and topics for your virtual, hybrid or face to face event.


Consent starts with a conversation

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 14:52

Australia is currently experiencing a time of reckoning with regards to sexual consent. The approaches being taught in schools have failed young people, and the consequences have been allowed to flow through to our workplace and social environments unchecked.

At Ovations we present three speakers who are experts in the field of consent training. Our speakers invoke the much the needed discussions using the latest research on the subject of sexual consent, and provide a catalyst for all organisations in all sectors to make the much needed changes to enable people to understand and get better at sexual consent.


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.


Alchemize today’s fear, uncertainty and disruption into a massive opportunity for you, your team and your organisation. The Australian Financial Review calls Nick a “digital transformation guru“. 


Anthony Bonnici - Are you a blinkered leader?

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:20

With all the challenges leaders face right now, it’s easy to forget to work on ourselves. Research suggests leaders unconsciously “blinker” themselves, and this can lead to poor results in many facets of their business & personal lives.


Keith Ferrazzi - Leading Without Authority

Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:13

The Roadmap for Organisations Going forward to Work. By helping global organizations recognize and transform behaviors that unlock or block strategic goals, Keith Ferrazzi helps create new, more profitable habits throughout every level of the businesses he works with.


Evolve Your Workplace Culture… Pronto

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 18:08

After so much upheaval and disruption it is no wonder so many organisations went into ‘survival mode’. It is time to prepare for the future. Time to dust off the organisational ‘values’, refocus and take your culture to the next level with Karen’s proven SmartCulture® strategies.

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