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10 tips to a top brief!

Friday, 01 February 2013 15:20

It's great to be back on team Ovations after 6 months travelling and writing.

I know the one thing that won't have changed while I have been gone... the length of everyone's to-do lists! As a busy professional you can save yourself precious hours by delivering your brief for us to research.

Armed with your details we recommend and present you with the very best short list of speakers and talent. So here are 10 tips to delivering a top brief in 10 minutes:


David Thomas recently headed up the Australasian Mission to the 2013 Asian Financial Forum. Asian business interests in Australia are frequently overlooked, however David provides a compelling argument for why our business leaders need to recognise the sheer market force of the coming Asian century and act now to take a place in it.

Watch as David interviews heads of major financial instutions, underscoring the seriousness with which the banking sector approaches Asia's financial rise.


How to go from ordinary to amazing

Friday, 01 February 2013 15:01

What happens that makes people from ordinary backgrounds turn into amazing, great individuals with inspirational lives and careers?

In last week's Voice America webcast, famed business adviser and marketer Bob Pritchard interviews Telstra's Australian Business Woman of the Year award recipient Liesl Capper about the rise of her incredible entreprenurial career.

We've embedded the interview for you to find out!


Don't Miss Australia's LARGEST Showcase!

Friday, 01 February 2013 13:19

National Speaker Showcase

Ensure your seat at the most inspirational table in town!

We're showcasing Australia's hottest speakers for 2013 all while offering a luxurious breakfast in the fabulous ivy ballroom, Sydney.

register nowIt's always a sell-out event so book now to avoid disappointment.

Like a taste of what to expect from a speaker showcase? Watch our previous showcases online!


Entrepreneur and CEO of virtual assistant startup, MyCyberTwin, Liesl Capper was recently featured in ARN magazine following her presentation "Machines to replace humans completely?" at the Australian Computer Society's Youth IT Conference.

Her presentation highlighted that in many cases virtual humans offer a superior value proposition to both business and consumers, with a growing body of evidence to support the statement that many people prefer interacting with computers over real humans.

Liesl accounted for this burgeoning acceptance as part of the proliferation of mobile technology - its integration into our daily lives is proving in this case to be the doorway to widespread acceptance of virtual humans. 


The Chaser MCs Human Rights Awards

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:36

Ovations 'don' their community hat once again!

Jane Rowland Smith at Ovations secured Craig Ruecassel for this year's 2012 Human Rights Awards coming up on the 10th December at the Hilton, Sydney

Craig Reucassel was a founding member of the satirical multi-media group The Chaser team, and worked to produce their satirical newspaper, as well as television shows on ABC TV including 'The Election Chaser', 'CNNNN', 'The Chaser Decides' and 'The Chaser's War on Everything'. He has been one of the main presenters on The War since the pilot episode. He and his wife Keisha have three children together, and their son Ollie has appeared on some of the sketches on The War. Reucassel is presently a Patron of the Left Right Think-Tank, Australia's first independent and non-partisan youth think-tank. 



It's that time of the year again where we start casting our gaze forward, planning for the successes of the year to come.

No doubt, you've already started planning for the first round of events and conferences for next year - all that's left is to find the perfect speaker.

We can help make that decision easier, not only with our incredible staff standing ready to find the perfect speaker for you, but because when you book a speaker, trainer or entertainer before December 24th 2012, for any event in 2013, we'll give you a bottle of bubbly on us!

Why not get in touch now and make sure this Christmas is a merry one?


Are you a business neanderthal?

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:32

By Paul Wallbank

"Bringing a knife to a gunfight" describes showing up hopelessly ill-equipped for the task at hand.

Two recent conferences, the massive Dreamforce in San Francisco and the smaller, but still fascinating, Australian Xerocon in Melbourne illustrate just how radically the commercial world is changing and how many business leaders are poorly equipped for today's times. 

In July, the Melbourne Xero Convention bought together 400 Australian partners of the cloud accounting service which showed how how one New Zealand based company is building it's business through engaging other suppliers who add features to the basic service.

Vend, a Point Of Sale cloud service provider, was one of the companies exhibiting at XeroCon. In the past POS systems have been a pain for retail businesses with most suppliers' business models being about locking customers into expensive contracts.


Book a Speaker, Get a Bubbly!

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:17

It's nearly Christmas and we're giving away the presents!

If you're looking at booking a speaker for any event to be held in the coming year, get in before Christmas 2012 and we'll send you a bottle of bubbly on us!

Don't forget, Ovations has access to any speaker anywhere in the world and our incredible staff love nothing better than to match the perfect speaker to your event!


How do you make decisions?

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:06

This month we find out how Anh Do, Penny Burke and David Koutsoukis make their tough decisions.


New Showcase Dates for 2013

Sunday, 04 November 2012 10:12

National Speaker Showcase

The first of our National Speaker Showcase series for 2013 will be held on February 19 in the Ivy Ballroom.

We'll have an incredible lineup of inspirational speakers, the best Australia has to offer, accompanied by a luxurious breakfast in one of Sydney's premiere conference rooms.

It's always a sell-out event so we've opened registrations early to avoid disappointment!

register now

For anyone booking a speaker for any event to be held in the next 12 months, now is the time to secure them: Book between now and Christmas 2012 and we'll send you a bottle of bubbly with our compliments.

Find out more about our Annual Christmas Bubbly Giveaway on the special promotions page of this ONews!

Best Wishes,

Leanne Christie

Chief of Everything O


Following on from the outstanding success of our 2012 National Speaker Showcase series, Ovations International has announced their first showcase date for 2013. This highly anticipated event will showcase some of Australia's finest speakers and entertainers.

Founder and CEO of Ovations International, Leanne Christie said "our speaker showcases allow us to present the exceptional quality and fresh new trends in the professional speaking world. Our clients really enjoy being able to discover new ideas and experience speakers in action before booking them. Event organisers have enough stress on the day of an event without the added pressure of an unknown speaker.

We're very pleased to once again be partnering with the Merivale group at the Ivy in George St, Sydney for this event. Merivale will showcase their best venue space, and "a fabulous full hot breakfast" to invited clients and guests.

Ovations first National Speaker Showcase for 2013 will take place in Sydney on Tuesday, 19th February in the stunning Ivy Ballroom from 7.30am – 10.00am

To register for an invitation please fill out the form on this page.


First Speakers Bureau Open 24/7!

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:00

Chat with us 24/7!

We know what it's like to run events, there are never enough hours in the day!

Ovations are here to help you create events to wow any audience and we have created the first Speakers Bureau LIVE CHAT open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Come chat to us any time at - just look for the 'Chat With Us' bar at the bottom right of every page!

Chat 24/7 with Ovations

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What's Hot at Ovations?

Monday, 08 October 2012 15:45

Intentionomics with David Penglase

For a chance to WIN one of 5 copies of Amazon Besteller Intentionomics® by David Penglase, just click around Ovations new website and tell us what speaker do YOU think is hot right now? 

There is no wrong answer - we want to know YOUR thoughts!

Either Email with your answer or jump on Facebook and let us know!

What Inspires You?

Monday, 08 October 2012 15:38

A special evening with W. Mitchell

Monday, 08 October 2012 14:14

W. Mitchell is a speaker we have featured several times in O News over the years and is a speaker we hold close to our heart.

Our Chief of Everything O, Leanne Christie, recently booked W. Mitchell for a small private function for staff, family and friends of Ovations to hear his message personally.

Keith Harwood, our Chief of Client Experiences, describes the evening:



Tim Gard visits Australia

Monday, 08 October 2012 14:06

Tim Gard has been in Australia this past month, secured by Ovations for local clients. He also stopped by the office to keep us updated on his latest presentations and topics in person.

It wasn't just incredible product knowledge for the team to secure, or an invaluable resource to draw upon when trying to find exactly the right speaker for an event. It was a rare treat to watch him in action as he presented segments from "Developing a Comic Vision" and "The Tao of Humor" ably assisted by his plethora of custom-made props.

Absolutely hilarious, Tim always brings tears to the eye with so much laughter and fun!

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