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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

We'd love to Chat!

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!

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


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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