Now that the Ashes are in full swing, it's that time of year that Australians everywhere go cricket crazy. So why not put an Australian sporting legend front and centre of your next event?
As always we've got some great suggestions for incredible cricketers, past and present, who bowl over every audience they entertain.
The pace of digital disruption will only accelerate in 2014 and beyond. It's easy to look at the collapse of household brands like Kodak and SAAB and blame technology - but the true blame lies squarely on the heads of those enterprises who failed to see their looming irrelevancy.
Will your business be one of those consigned to a footnote in history?READ MORE
As our understanding of the human mind grows in leaps and bounds, business is slowly coming around to the idea that science can help improve the performance and well being of businesses and teams by focusing on the most important common denominator - the individual.
2014 will likely prove the tipping point where neuroscience and business are finally considered indispensible allies - allowing your business to get the edge in an increasingly competitive world.READ MORE
While sustainable business practice has been a trending topic for some time, 2014 will be a truly hot-button year for environmentally-focused businesses. As the current government bucks the global trend, sustainability experts have begun talking up the positive ROI for business in going green.
How will your business contribute to the growing future of sustainability in 2014?READ MORE
Is the Aussie dollar about to make a resurgence? Or will exports boom on the back of reduced pressure on overseas buyers? Is your business prepared for the Asian Century and is Australia's real estate market set to boom or bust?
Answers to these questions will have a direct impact on all Australian businesses in 2014 - if you need a quick peek around the corner, read on for our HOT Economists for 2014!READ MORE
It's easy to forget that for many of us, the silly season provides little in the way of downtime. While we continue to work through the silly season, it's still vital to find the time to do a mental reset and take the time to recharge - even if it's just soaking up the sunshine from the office window.
We asked a special panel of experts for their quick tips to recharge and revive while at work this holiday season - read on to find our best Mini Breaks at wOrk!READ MORE
At this time of year we like to take a moment to look forward to the trends shaping our world and provide an insight into those that we think are going to be HOT in 2014.
From the surging Aussie dollar, to advances in neuroscience that are helping team performance or the new breed of experts who prove that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand, we've collated a select group of speakers, disruptors and thought-leaders who can lead your business into the future.READ MORE
The world of sales is in the midst of the greatest upheaval in history.
Radical internet pioneers continue to redefine the sales experience online, while digital communications have fundamentally changed the way we interact business to business. Our bricks and mortar businesses are not immune to these changes, even those few without websites struggle to deal with how business has changed in an interconnected world.READ MORE
One of the greatest trends in our understanding of business performance has been the shift towards addressing the underlying needs of staff beyond just remuneration.
While everyone loves a bonus, employees care more about their day-to-day quality of working life and business is in the midst of a quantum shift towards more people-friendly environments.
It's an acknowledgement of one of the core truths of business: a fulfilled workforce is a productive workforce.READ MORE
Being a futurist isn't about having a crystal ball - although it might sometimes seem that way!
More realistically a futurist is able to spot the trends that are occurring right now and divine what that means for business and technology in the near future. Our favourite futurists don't just help businesses stay ahead of the game - they create it, inventing ground-breaking products that can change the world.READ MORE
In the last few years we've started to see a trend in the corporate world towards embracing and supporting employees through more than just remuneration. Intrinsic motivation has become the order of the day, where staff are rewarded with loyalty, appreciation and space for personal and professional development.
It's a trend that champions creating more meaningful workplaces, personal responsibility and ownership of their role in the organisation.
The speakers below represent the new wave of leadership best practice, helping organisations the world over to discover a new path to leadership success.READ MORE
Dare Jennings, the founder of iconic Australian clothing brand Mambo is at it again.
When Deus Ex Machina first hit the Sydney landscape with its funky, retro motorcycles reminiscent of classics from the WWII Italian era, no-one could have imagined the international success that would follow. Now in his 60's Dare Jennings stands at the head of another clothing empire, again strongly incorporating elements of surf culture. Deus has become a lifestyle brand that speaks to those who love freedom and individuality, much like the man behind the brand.
In this video Leanne Christie, Chief of Everything O, dropped into the Sydney store to chat with Dare about his incredible capacity for creating polarising products that create and lead fashion trends throughout the world.
Are you looking for a trendsetting speaker with a proven history of creating iconic brands?
We're offering event planners a one-off opportunity to meet with Dare at an exclusive boardroom breakfast event on the 22nd of October 2013. Tour the fabulous Deus Ex Machina premises and hear one of the most compelling and relevant business speakers in the industry.
Our resident BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) expert David Thomas was recently interviewed on ABC News for his views on China's ongoing economic diversification. As a specialist in the region's economy, David urges Australian businesses to come to grips with the motivations behind Chinese investors before they're left behind.READ MORE
"Sisters are doing it for themselves" 1985 was the year when the Eurythmics teamed up with Aretha Franklin and released this track. It was around the same time our CEO, Leanne Christie, started Ovations Speakers Bureau! But sadly for the speaking industry there weren't many 'sisters' on the speaking circuit back then.READ MORE
One of the most challenging tasks for any leader is to navigate the ever-changing attitudes and trends of your industry, your market and your customers
This month we thought we'd make your job a little easier and pick out four of the top fields that are trending right now. And the specialists we've picked to represent each trend are at the very peak of their own personal relevancy curves - with no downward turn in sight!
Welcome to our pick of the top four hot trends in business right now!READ MORE
One of the most difficult initial challenges on the path to building a platform of corporate social responsibility starts with deciding what causes to support and how. We've put together a small panel comprising Sam Cawthorn, Adam Smith and our own Erin Hillier to discuss how your team can get started down the path of CSR - and why they should!READ MORE