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A very different opening...

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 22:47

We recently brought our new show, The World is Better Than You Think, to the PCOA Conference on the Gold Coast. What an event! A room full of some of Australia's top event organisers, in a beautiful location, and probably the largest screen we've ever seen. Plus the food. Oh my god the food.

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The Future Makers

Monday, 09 October 2017 19:10

THE ‘PURPOSE ECONOMY’ IS HERE. Right now, it is unevenly distributed and poorly understood, as the future often is. But in the coming year, the purpose economy will redefine how we conduct business and derive meaning in our lives.

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The Art of Booking a World Class Speaker

Monday, 09 October 2017 17:41

While the Internet and online research tools have made researching speakers easier too many options make it much harder to decipher which speakers are ‘world class’ and which speakers are the ‘wannabes’!

Lets face it…we are in an age where anyone can claim to be a speaker, influencer or game changer. How can you tell the difference, and how do you ensure you are investing in a speaker that has the skills and the profile to deliver the right solution for your next conference or event?

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Making it Meaningful for your Millennials

Monday, 09 October 2017 17:33

Meaning is very quickly becoming the most powerful driver of engagement, fulfilment and performance in the workplace.

The movement towards meaning has been bubbling away for some time, but it’s still pretty misunderstood. A few years ago a major report from the Career Advisory Board made a couple of eye-opening findings. When asked, managers felt the most important factor for millennials was securing a high-paying job. But when that question was asked to millennials themselves - money was secondary. For millennials, meaningful work was the single most important factor in defining a successful career.

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Turning Fear Into Courage

Monday, 09 October 2017 17:29

lessons from adventure and elite sport

In the years since my solo voyage around the world, I’ve had the incredible privilege of meeting a wide range of sports stars, from surfers to cricketers and rugby players. What’s more, I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with and count myself friends with a crowd who have an impressive appetite for pain, suffering and isolation: adventurers. And I’ve come to an interesting revelation about this crowd of overachievers: they are very often not the gung-ho, adrenaline junkies you might expect. Many have overcome fears to achieve what they have.

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Three Cups of Tea

Monday, 09 October 2017 14:28

In today’s fast paced world of instant communication, short deadlines, e-mail, text, online chat, social media, speed networking and deal-making, I think we can all agree that the old fashioned art of relationship-building has been somewhat diminished in its importance, if not lost altogether?

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THE RETAIL REVOLUTION

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:49

“Sometimes people want to shop. And sometimes people want to go shopping.” Tim Kobe is the lead designer behind the Apple store and we talked at length about the future of retail when we met at the World Retail Congress in Dubai earlier this year.

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BY MARK BUNN

Gym memberships, fruit packs and on-site massages are old news. Pedometers, mindfulness and in-house yoga classes will not be far behind.

Yet, despite constantly evolving technologies, we are seeing constantly declining worker and workplace health. How so? What’s ahead? How do we embrace technological and digital advancement without destroying the foundations of individual and collective health – connection to Mother Nature and even more importantly, interpersonal relationships and human connections?

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Teamwork

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:24

"People acting together as a team can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about"
- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Transitions

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:22

Lately there has been a lot of TV and online discussion about athletes “transitioning” to a life after sport. Some say more should be done to assist our sports stars to make sure the move from sport to life, is easy, supported and managed by the federation, admiration or team that the athlete represented; others are of the opinion that an athlete retiring from sport to a life in “the real world” is just like a university student needing to find a job after they get a degree from years of study, focus and sacrifice. Basically, just get on with it.

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The Three Steps of Marketing

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:56

There are some marketing consultants out there who like to make marketing very complex. Lots of words, lots of pages, lots of complexity. Whereas I like to make it simple. And let’s face it, if we make marketing too complicated, how will the poor old target market ever be able to follow it?

I think there are really only three steps to any good marketing strategy:

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Change Your Morning. Change Your Day.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:36

Everyone wants to have a great day . No one wakes up and consciously thinks "I want to have a terrible day today!” But having worked with thousands of staff and managers over the last 20 years, it is obvious that very few people decide they are going to have a great day. In fact most people don’t even know how it starts.

Most people set up their day poorly. In my productivity workshops, when I ask people when they are most effective, the vast majority will say in the morning. But people rarely capitalise on this. Mornings are unproductive affairs - and here’s what the average morning looks like:

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Booking a professional speaker for your next conference or event can seem overwhelming, and it is a decision that will determine not only the success of a conference but also the success of an organisation's culture, performance and productivity long after the event is over.

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By Michelle Watts, SANE EVENTS GROUP

There’s very little that good PCO’s don’t cover in the realm of services these days, but it’s worthwhile knowing there’s an yawning chasm of difference between delivering logistics and adding value to your business bottom line.  Whilst every program has differing objectives, there’s a few things that take your event from being ‘just an event’ to an experience that they’ll talk about for years to come.

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Register for Ovations Speaker Showcase 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:54

We'll shortly be announcing our first speaker showcase for 2017. If you've never joined us, it's an experience enjoyed by all. Set in the best event venues around, with a sumptuous breakfast and headlined by some of the foremost thought-leaders Australia has to offer, it's sure to make your event-planning year an easy win!

If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, why not check out our Melbourne Speaker Showcase?

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Top 10 Recommendations for 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:20

Who's trending for 2017? 

A trending new face could be a hit with a younger event demographic, while a seasoned pro will ensure your conference success. We've carefully curated the top 10 speakers we think will really make an impact in 2017!

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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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