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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!

Dan Gregory MCs for Sir Martin Sorrell

Monday, 08 October 2012 11:27

When The Growth Faculty approached Ovations to secure an MC for an upcoming session with Sir Martin Sorrell, we knew immediately who was the most obvious choice: Legendary Australian marketer and The Gruen Transfer regular, Dan Gregory.

Sir Martin is the CEO of WPP, originally a manufacturer of shopping baskets and now one of the world's largest communication services group. Speaking on The Importance of Digital and Emerging Markets, who better to understand Sir Martin's world than Dan Gregory? Further, Dan's firm The Impossible Institute is one of the few advertising agencies in Australia not owned by Sir Martin, allowing the choice of MC to bring an impartial perspective to the event.

Andrew Roe, Director of Golden Key International Honour Society won tickets to the event in last month's Special Promotions and had this to say about the breakfast event:

Thanks for the invitation to the event this morning. It was great to listen to Sir Martin Sorrell, I thought his perspective was fantastic, very international and relevant to anyone, not just advertisers!"

Ovations has a new look!

Monday, 08 October 2012 10:51

New Look for Ovations

Dear clients and colleagues,

You asked... We Listened!

On the 25th Birthday of Ovations we announced that big changes were afoot, starting with the introduction of our O Exclusives model. We've since overturned every aspect of our brand, marketing and service, all led by a very special consulting group: our very own clients!

To all of you my deepest gratitude. Not only for your loyalty and support for so many years but for caring enough to let us know how we can serve you best. In phase one of our new "The Client is our Hero" programme, we have incorporated the top 25 hot ideas that you had asked for in our brand new website. There are another eight ideas to be released before the end of the year.

These changes are all about you: a new quick and easy search, more speaker videos prominently featured on the site, a quick contact option available on every page of the site and our personal favourite: "O Help Me!". We're also now available to chat 24/7 with our on-site Live Chat (Even our toughest Board of Clients didn't think we could do that!)

Welcome to the NEW Ovations, please look around and see for yourself.

The biggest compliment you could give would be to let us know if there's anything you love - or anything you really feel needs changing. Please email me with any suggestions you have on 

Best Wishes,

Leanne Christie

Chief of Everything O


What's hot right now? Intentionomics

Thursday, 27 September 2012 17:50

What's Hot right now is David Penglase latest book "Intentionomics®" which achieved Top 10 on Amazon’s best seller listing in 2 categories:

  • #2 In Self Help/Inner Child
  • #8 in Business/Business Health

It has also held the top 50 best seller position in Business Health for 3 weeks.

Intentionomics® is a hot topic for sales, service, leadership, engagement, teamwork and success cultures. It deals with the impact of your intentions on living a happy, flourishing and prosperous life


Top 10 Booked Speakers

Thursday, 27 September 2012 17:27

Who do our clients love? Find out our Top 10 Booked Speakers!


The House of O is ready for Finals!

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:00
With both the NRL and AFL finals right around the corner, it's time to ask the team who they've picked to win their code's ultimate showdown!   READ MORE

Visiting Internationals September 2012

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:00
Booking international presenters that are already coming to Australia gives you a great draw card for your event and a fresh point of view. It also shares the cost of international travel. VISIT OUR LIST OF INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS.   READ MORE
Ovations International are proud to be a part of the upcoming visit by Randi Zuckerberg who will be the headline speaker at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit. The founder and creative director of Zuckerberg Media and also an early employee at Facebook, she created and ran the social media platform's marketing program. Randi also led the company's political strategy and crafted Facebook's livestreaming services during the 2008 Presidential Inauguration. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her integrated online and TV coverage. Don't miss your opportunity to see such a dynamic speaker at this year's informative… READ MORE

Dan Gregory MC's Global Leadership Event

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:00
And you can win tickets for this Friday's breakfast seminar! Sir Martin Sorrell is the CEO of WPP - a company that started out making shopping baskets and is now the largest communications and advertising group in the world, employing hundreds of thousands internationally. This Friday, Sir Martin is speaking in Sydney as part of the Global Leadership Series, MC'd by our own Dan Gregory.   READ MORE

FREE EBOOK! The 7 Secrets of Building Fame

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:00
By Penny Burke Many organisations I work with want to be 'famous' with their customers. They want their customers to think of them first, to visit them always, to pay extra for them and them alone, to follow them on Facebook and Twitter – to LOVE them above all others. But to be frank, many businesses don't deserve to be famous in the eyes of their customers! Some companies think they can just turn up and do the very barest of 'an OK job' – and in return, expect to build fame. Expect the customer to be loyal. Expect to… READ MORE

5 Minutes with Shivani Gupta

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:00
Shivani Gupta is an expert in Passion, the CEO of a company dedicated to putting passion into work, life and organisations. After moving to Australia at age 11 and encountering racism, then later working in a male dominated environment at senior management, Shivani developed the belief that passion helps us stay connected. She gave up a highly successful career to dedicate her life to helping others find their passion and is one of Australia's few female business speakers.    READ MORE



ONews - September 2012

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:00
Between the Olympics and the upcoming NRL and AFL Grand Finals, Australia is rarely happier than when we've got a sport to support - or a team to rally against! While we've got one eye on the (literal!) ball, it would be remiss of us not to highlight our greatest sports-star speakers! These are champions of the field who have parleyed the grit, determination and leadership shown throughout their career into valued advice and counsel to a different type of leader - those who do battle on the field of business! READ MORE

Watch our June Showcase!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:00

This June we held an unprecedented THREE showcases in one week across the eastern coast of Australia!

Now you can watch the Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney showcases online in their entirety right here!


Certified Male Tickets - Perth & Hobart!

Monday, 20 August 2012 13:49
Would you like a double pass to see Glynn Nicholas' smash hit comedy stage showCertified Male? If you live in Hobart or Perth, you're in luck! We've got a double pass for each city for the return tour this August and September - and all you have to do is call and ask! First in, best dressed! Certified made its UK debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007 to critical acclaim and sell-out houses and now returns to the Australian stage for a limited time only! The Age review of Certified Male says it all: "Nothing can match it… READ MORE

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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