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Happiness

Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:59

I read and hear so much about the secretto happiness, it seems that there is nothing new to say. But often with sharing stories we find the answer is as simple as doing happiness.

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Creative Content

Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:55

Creative content is more important now than ever before because the digital world is noisy. It’s more than noisy. It’s loud, chaotic and it’s so easy to get distracted, right?Every hour, every minute, every second, millions of people around the world are posting, commenting and chronically oversharing.

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Trust

Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:36

Which one of the following three core drivers of success for your organisation in 2019 would you choose?

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Risk

Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:33

Aviation is a very safe form of transport, in fact THE safest by a large statistical margin. This culminated in the perfect score of 100% fatality free year in 2017. Not bad when you consider over 45 million commercial flights took place with the equivalent of half the global population or 2 billion people travelled by air that year.

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Leading in the Next Economy

Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:03

Agile, adaptive, resilient, collaborative, creative, emergent, regenerative - we live in a VUCA world: Volatile; Uncertain; Complex; Ambiguous. This most definitely is not new news to most of us. Everyday we hear stories about how the world, business and our economy is changing at a velocity we’ve never experienced.

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19 Trending Topics for 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:55

This coming year is shaping up to be full of exciting challenges. Our speakers give you an insight into what trends to follow, what thought processes to consider, and what innovations should be on your radar.

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Andrea Slattery - CEO's & Startups

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:49

Amazon is a corporate behemoth, the largest Internet retailer in the world based on revenue, selling everything from books to groceries to garage door openers. It’s also an electronic commerce and cloud computing giant, its very success since its founding in 1994 based on remaining ahead of the technological curve. As such, this Seattle-based company is a microcosm of much of today’s corporate world – a business that’s underpinned by technology.

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Dale Beaumont - Time management for leaders

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:42

Dale Beaumont is best known as an award winning entrepreneur, technology enthusiast and a passionate promoter of education. Having started his first business at the age of 19, Dale went on to build three different million dollar companies before the age of thirty.

In this video Dale proposes seven ways smart business owners can manage their time.

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Brand and reputation specialist Kirryn Zerna helps ideas, businesses and teams to stand out in the age of online influence. Kirryn is a captivating and creative keynote speaker whose presentations immediately translate into action.

Widely recognised as an expert in brand communication strategy, Kirryn’s passion is to help individuals and teams to stand out in the age of online influence. Having spent almost two decades working with corporate and public sector clients large and small, Kirryn’s passion is to help clients get the attention they deserve and the cut-through they desire.

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Cathy Burke - Unlikely leadership

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 01:22

More than ever we need to broaden what it means to lead. Leadership has a too limiting definition. It seems to relate to only the chosen few, and we need to challenge this perspective.

We can respond by starting to build in our organisations unlikely leadership. The founding principle of unlikely leadership is knowing that leadership is inherent in everyone if it is developed and empowered. There is so much untapped human potential hidden within every work place. Increased complexity and constant disruption means that organisations need as broad a leadership bench as possible. Developing unlikely leaders - unleashing leadership from unexpected people and places makes sense. 

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Stevan Premutico - The Start Up Guy

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:51

Stevan Premutico is one of Australia’s leading tech entrepreneurs. In 1997, in the middle of the GFC he conceptualised Dimmi on the back of a napkin and went on to revolutionise the Aussie restaurant industry. In 2015, his startup was acquired by one of the great tech businesses of our time, TripAdvisor.

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Who are you giving your energy to?

Think back to your last week. For most of us, we'll have given all our energy to our work, then come home exhausted, drained and disconnected from our partners, children and friends. 

We're giving our worst energy to the people that matter the most.

This is just one of three (critical!) elements Kamal Sarma has identified that prevents us from living an incredible life. One where we have clarity, connectedness and congruency. A life of balance, peace and prosperity.

Watch this incredibly powerful and insightful TEDx, where Kamal Sarma gives the three steps to a life worth living.

VIEW KAMAL SARMA'S SPEAKING PROFILE

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Journeys & Challenges

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:26

During my 15 years as an army officer and U.N. Peacekeeper I faced many challenges, in many different locations around the world. But challenge is a regular part of everyone's lives - not just those in high-pressure positions.

The great irony is that we often resist challenge, despite knowing that the outcome will frequently be enormous personal growth, and potential improvement in our lives - whether that be career, family, relationships or financial rewards.

So why do we resist challenges so thoroughly?

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Becoming Blind Helped Me See

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:24

It is impossible to predict all of the challenges that life will throw our way. There is absolutely no point even trying to predict and prepare yourself for challenges that haven’t occurred yet. What is important is that with every challenge that you do face, resilience is built, lessons are learnt and opportunities arise.

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Leadership lessons from the ocean

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:22

Sailing, whether for survival or competition, is an unforgiving business. The teams that excel in such environments provide a multitude of learnings for leaders back on dry land. So, by drawing on my experiences, as well as those of some of Australia’s best sailors, I set out to explore the most important and universally applicable leadership lessons from the oceans.

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Time to take charge

Saturday, 02 June 2018 16:19

Here’s a question: How often do you allow your mobile phone to go flat?

If you’re like me, the answer is almost never probably because you’re never too far from your charger – at home, in the car and, oh, the tragedy of forgetting to pack the charger when you’re travelling, right?!!

So now consider that you are actually not dissimilar to your mobile phone. Highly sophisticated multi-tasking capabilities, indispensible and absolutely unable to function effectively unless regularly recharged. Yet most of us don’t think to manage our energy levels as astutely as we manage our phone’s! It’s quite astounding how much we take ourselves for granted.

The need for a personal energy management plan is something I learned early on in my sporting career. High performance athletes have to learn to master their energy in order to bring the best of out themselves when it really counts. There are many habits that helped me do this and they can work for you, too.

Start by observing yourself over the course of a week and see if you can identify a pattern in your energy levels. Most of us can relate to Wednesday hump day or that mid-afternoon slump but see what comes up for you. Start to work out times or days when there’s a natural drop in your energy when you can schedule in an energy booster.

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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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