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David Penglase

Friday, 28 March 2014 11:52

When an audience member tells you they spent the weekend with one of the world's most famous US speakers but got more value out of a 45 minute session with David Penglase, you take notice. David is all about demonstrating value and he definitely 'walks the talk'. He is an authority on the ethics of selling and his decades of experience as a corporate educator has led him to a fascinating new field: Intentionomics - maximising human potential and the impact of your intentions in every single interaction you have. We asked David what he thought the one key to a good sales pitch was, and it came down to one thing...


When Trust Is At Risk...

Sales Speakers – Top 5 staff picks!

Friday, 28 March 2014 11:29

Top 5 Sales Staff Picks

Everyone is a salesperson.

It doesn't matter whether you're in a front-line role or crunching the numbers at head office, some part of your role demands that you convince others that they should buy in to your work. Selling isn't about products, it isn't about prices, it isn't about features or benefits - it's about solving the real problems of real people. If you can understand your customer's pain and communicate a solution, you've made a sale.

So how do the best minds in sales approach selling, sales and solving problems?

Top 5 Sales Gurus

  • David Penglase

    When an audience member tells you they spent the weekend with one of the world's most famous US speakers but got more value out of a 45 minute session with David Penglase, you take notice. David is all about demonstrating value and he definitely 'walks the talk'. He is an authority on the ethics of selling and his decades of experience as a corporate educator has led him to a fascinating new field: Intentionomics - maximising human potential and the impact of your intentions in every single interaction you have. We asked David what he thought the one key to a good sales pitch was, and it came down to one thing...


    When Trust Is At Risk...

  • Kieran Flanagan

    At just 20, Kieran Flanagan was one of the youngest Creative Directors to lead a multi award winning advertising agency. One of the only female Creative Directors in the world of MadMen, Kieran’s impressive career now sees her as the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at research, training and innovation think tank, The Impossible Institute, teaching and lecturing at The Miami Ad School and speaking to audiences around the globe. It would be fair to say she’s come across her fair share of sales people in her time, and here she shares with us her top selling tips...

    ...and it's not all about you! 

    It's ALWAYS Personal

  • Chris Helder

    With his high energy presentations, jam packed with the latest research, incredible humour and specifically tailored content, Chris Helder is a firm favourite with sales dependent industries like real estate, finance and travel. Chris is a firm believer that in today’s changing environment, it is more important than ever that people are learning to develop their skills in closing business.  

    Asking For The Sale

  • Kamal Sarma

    Author of the upcoming release WinWinConversations, Kamal Sarma is the director of Rezilium, a strategic leadership firm which has been involved in giving back to communities around the world, supporting a variety of projects including raising funds to rescue child soldiers, and rescuing victims of sexual trafficking in Cambodia, Nepal and India. His latest release is the result of over 10 years or research and development on ways to help people truly connect and communicate. WinWin is now being adopted by companies to deliver superior results, reduce decision phobia, increase client advocacy, staff engagement and sales.

  • Amanda Stevens

    Described as a pocket-rocket, a whirlwind of ideas and a breath of fresh air, Amanda Stevens is a vibrant, energetic and humourous speaker and a renowned specialist in sales, marketing and customer service - with a twist. She incorporates powerful research, insights and data, infused with relationship anecdotes and current social commentary. The result is a unique perspective that packs a punch in content and take-away strategies plus delivers serious entertainment value.

    5 Simple ways to create WOW moments


Dare Jennings is now EXCLUSIVE to Ovations!


Join Rob Edwards for Breakfast!

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:00

Recharge with Rob Edwards

It’s a prerequisite for sustained high performance.

As event planners we know you're in the business of putting others' needs before your own. So we've arranged a very special Christmas treat to help you recharge and refresh in the new year!

Ovations has 10 tickets to Rob Edwards' "Be Your Best" seminar at Sydney Hilton on February 6, 2014 and we'd love you to be our guest!


Climbing for a Cause 2013

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:00

After facing agressive breast cancer at just 36, avid mountaineer Sharon Cohrs and her equally adventurous husband Allan embarked on the toughest journey of their lives.

Just nine months after finishing a punishing battle with chemotherapy and three months after reconstructive surgery, Sharon and Allan returned to Nepal to scale the imposing 7000+ metre peak of Mt Baruntse. Despite doubts her weakened body could withstand the trek, Sharon triumphed against challenges most would have deemed impossible.

And now in 2013 Sharon and Allan have done it again, continuing to raise money for breast cancer awareness through the charity they founded, Climbing for a Cause.


The accolades keep rolling in for serial entrepreneur Jodie Fox!

Jodie has already won a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year award and has featured in SmartCompany's "Hot 30 under 30" for three of the four years her runaway hit online store, Shoes of Prey has been in operation.

Now, she's taken the battle to fashion's home ground of Paris - and won!


You'll be bowled over by these great speakers!

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:00

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.


Disruption 2014

Friday, 22 November 2013 16:25


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?


Neuroscience 2014

Friday, 22 November 2013 15:53


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.


Sustainability 2014

Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:49


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?


Economics 2014

Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:22


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!


Mini breaks at wOrk

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 23:22

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!


The Big Mini Break Giveaway!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 23:11

Mini Break Giveaway

No-one knows better than Matthew Johnstone how important it is to take the time to recharge and reflect.

Which is why Matthew and The Golden Door, Hunter Valley, have partnered with Ovations to give you the chance to recharge in style in 2014!


What's HOT for 2014?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 22:42

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.



Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:57

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.



Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:49

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.



Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:33

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.


Leadership from within

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:45

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.


Trending Authors

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:21


Don't you just love a good book?

One that challenges, inspires and takes you on a journey. Fortunately some of our favourite authors in the House of O are both compelling and prolific!

And we've got four sensational TRENDING books from our speakers to give away!


Dare Jennings - creating the trend

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:47

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.

Exclusive boardroom breakfast with Dare Jennings at Deus Ex Machina!

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.

Call now - only 6 places available! (02) 9818 6622

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