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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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Could you be our new events co-ordinator?

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Our friends at Golden Door have put together an amazing offer for clients of Ovations. If you've never experienced the indulgence and relaxation of a Golden Door retreat, now's your best chance to do so!

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Michael Licenblat featured in CIO India

Monday, 28 March 2016 09:43

Bounce back with IQ and resilience quotient

CIOs and their teams should display a greater sense of tenacity while facing tough challenges, says resilience expert Michael Licenblat in this video for CEO.in

 

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Read an extract from Narelle's new book

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:08

Amid the widespread post-financial crisis soul searching in managerial capitalism, leading thinker Professor Gary Hamel argues bluntly that most big organisational structures aren’t fit for the future.

This is taken from an extract in The Australian from Narelle Hooper's recently published new book - "New Women, New Men, New Economy". 

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Big Book Giveaway

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:32

If you’d like to get up to speed on disruption, discover the inspirational story of Tim and Judy Sharp or find out how to make human nature work for your business, we've got a chapter or seven for you!

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Visiting Internationals

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:28

When a prominent overseas speaker visits our shores it’s a great chance for you to book a world-class speaker without the costs of flights. Ovations always maintains an up-to-date list of travelling speakers, below is just a sample of who’s visiting Australia in the coming months.

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5 Aussie Disruptors for 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:26

How can you ensure your business isn’t on the wrong side of history?

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Three EXTRAOrdinary Aussies

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:18

Meet the extraordinary Aussies who triumph in the face of incredible challenges

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Now a senior economist with St George Bank, Hans Kunnen is economics speaker with depth and broad expertise. With over a quarter of a century's experience that spans a career as an author, university lecturer and senior roles with three major Australian banks, Hans is a leading expert on investment and finance.

In this issue of ONews, Hans delivers a piercing view into the next period of Australia's economic future!

The May Federal budget was designed to put the Australia’s finances on a sound footing. It aimed to lift revenue, curb spending and lift productivity. All major industries will be affected but few can claim that it will drive them to the wall...

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At a time when the recent budget from Treasurer Joe Hockey is being seen as unfair by the general population and is also facing problems passing through the Senate, the issue of economic leadership is brought into sharp focus by Stephen Koukoulas.

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Brett King is the world's foremost promponent of disruptive banking. King does more than just talk - he's put his money where his mouth is (literally!) as the founder of maverick banking startup, Moven.

A multi-bestselling author, Brett King's latest book is the insider's guide to re-booting banking. It's a 'must read' for anyone in the financial services industry, because this is your future.

To give you a sneak peak at Breaking Bank$, we've arranged for you to download a sample chapter!.

Watch Brett King on Fox News "Tech Knowledge" segment after the 'read more'...

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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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