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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.


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.


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.


Without challenge there can be no meaningful growth

Adventure thinking is about bringing an expedition mindset to everyday life challenges, stages and situations.

It’s a state of mind and methodology for making the impossible possible. Its turns big dreams into reality, challenges what’s normal, and turns the unimaginable into the doable. It allows you to take on the unknown and risky with confidence. Adventure thinking means you won’t die with FOMO. Its foundation is the belief that we are all adventurous.


Visiting Internationals 2019

Friday, 01 June 2018 18:28

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.


3 Keys to Business Success in China

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 19:25

For businesses who wish to break into the Asian market, one of their most critical needs is to become confident in their understanding of the culture. With relationships being at the heart of business in Asia, learning to build long-term, sustainable businesss relationships can only be developed when you understand and respect the culture.



Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:54

Some act as if they believe that as long as they get the latest technology, their organisation will automatically be more innovative. Nope. It’s all about how you use technology.


In 2009 two friends and I launched Shoes of Prey - an online custom shoe shop. We were full of excitement, but also quite apprehensive. After all, we had left our well paying jobs and really had no idea what we were doing - although only faintly aware of this at the time.


Organizations are both transforming themselves with digital innovation and being transformed by it.

Apart from the financial benefits, organizations with reputations for successful digital innovation often garner strong followings among customers while becoming magnets for technological talent.


AI. Not working as expected.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:37

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the kind of teething problems familiar to any technology trying to escape the lab: it doesn't quite work as expected in real life yet.


The art of driving dangerously

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:35

Dale Beaumont brings us an innovative new way of consuming news... something so efficient you could do it while driving. Not that we're recommending you should!


Tech Vs Touch

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:24

Are you all about the heart? Or is the mind where it's at?

Do you crave interaction.... with the latest device, or with your fellow human beings?

It's no secret that different strokes energise different folks, but when it comes to digital vs. analog in today's world, there's a clear divide.

No matter whether it's tech or touch that floats your boat we've got a speaker for you!


Top 10 New & Hot Speakers in 2018!

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:28

It's a natural consequence of starting a new year - we want the new shiny things!

And don't fear we have some new, shiny speakers who're about to have a big impact to share with you. But we'd also like to remind you of a few fantastic speakers who are just so hot right now - topics that are new, or simply aligned with the zeitgeist, topics that resonate with audiences today.

Snap them up for your next event... or someone else will!


How to lead so people will follow

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:19

Leadership. There must be thousands of blogs, articles and books written about it. It's certainly front of mind for almost anyone who works in a team.

However, being an effective leader today is implicated by the inter-generational workplaces that are emerging. Where Baby Boomers and Gen Zeds, who have different expectations, learning habits and communication styles, collide.


Trust the world I see.

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:18

Part of my journey in becoming a keynote speaker has been the reflection and understanding that my unique and somewhat extreme experiences have raised, formulated and subsequently reinforced in me the importance of trust in my livelihood. In every direction I look the more I realise the importance trust holds in our various worlds, whether it be business or life.


2018 - How to make it your best year yet!

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:14

Do you want to get healthier this year, but not quite sure of how to do it? It's easy to get focused on the wrong thing with all the misinformation out there, or to ignore areas of your life that may in fact have considerable impact on your health and wellbeing.

Making vague resolutions to eat less sugar or do more exercise really won't cut it. Get more focused, set proper goals and feel the difference to how you feel this year. Here are 5 tips to set you on a healthier path this year.


Though the message often gets submerged in our workaholic culture, it’s okay to just want a break. Taking a vacation is a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Breaks build resilience, helping you to perform better when you return, and they allow you a space for reflection and insight. If you want a vacation and can afford to take one, you probably should.

That being said, for the sake of your physical and mental health, it's important to be able to tell the difference between wanting and needing a break. In my years spent working with leaders, I've noticed that exhaustion can take on many forms and not all of these forms are commonly recognised or addressed… But all of them can lead to severe consequences if ignored. It's therefore essential to learn how to separate these feelings of deep tiredness from an uncomplicated desire to kick back and relax


Lisa McInnes-Smith in Action

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:25

Lisa has an extraordinary gift to communicate, connect and shift behaviour. Raised in a family of sporting professionals, she grew up surrounded by achievers from around the country and around the world. Observing the traits of high achievers, she set out to understand why they were different to most others. This took her on a journey that would immerse her in Sports Psychology and Human Performance.

After twenty-five years connecting with corporations and business people, Lisa knows what it takes for people to change – to change direction, change attitude, change behaviour and change outcomes. Lisa is a Performance expert and a master of shifting behaviour. She enables individuals to become better team players (and potential leaders) by discarding negative habits and building on their strengths.

She also knows that how we learn is a key component to the speed of our progress. Lisa has developed a unique process of teaching her principles. Her fast-paced keynote presentations take her audience on a journey; a participative experience where they are challenged to try a different way of thinking and influencing. She inspires people to grow.


This past month I had the extraordinary privilege of speaking at the 10th Annual PCOA event on the Gold Coast about The Future of Events.

As someone who has hosted more than 2000 sessions in over 45 cities worldwide, this is clearly something that is close to my heart, so we brought our A game and created a unique research packet that captures leading insights, stats and commentary on exactly what it takes to make an event resonate in the hearts and minds of people long after it is done.

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