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Click! Colours is fast becoming THE industry tool for improving relationships, teamwork and decision-making. Created by David Koutsoukis and Greg Barnes, themselves leading professional speakers and facilitators, Click! Colours is a fast-track to facilitation success.

David and Greg will be personally facilitating this course, so you'll be in great hands!


Bestselling author, speaker and mental health and wellbeing advocate Matthew Johnstone has been invited to Geneva to deliver a keynote for the World Health Organisation.

Matthew, a survivor of the perfectionism and workaholic tendencies typical of the advertising industry he was once a part of, he is now a writer, illustrator and speaker. Four of his (self-illustrated) seven books have become international best sellers , these books help explain the fragility of mental health, how to develop resilience, mental fortitude and wellbeing. His first book, I Had a Black Dog, dealt with a subject so few of us are willing to discuss: depression.



Vivid Sydney is an event unique to Sydney. A festival of light, music, art and technology, it's where high-tech brains meet the creative soul

Who else would paint the sails of the Sydney Opera House in spectacular lightshows as part of their public art installations?

It's also a festival for those who approach commerce creatively - something Dare Jennings knows a thing or two about...

Monday, 09 June 2014 14:08


Whether you're planning your first conference or a seasoned events professional, the Event App Bible is an indispensable tool for ensuring that your event comes in on time, under budget and runs smoothly.

Written by passionate events industry blogger Julius Solaris, the Event App Bible is in its second edition and features price guides, strategy tips and the results of research with over 500 event professionals.


As a bonus, Julian Solaris was kind enough to answer a few questions on the new era of app-run event management:

Monday, 09 June 2014 13:51


Inspire Ex is the number one industry event for NSW. As organisers increasingly need to demonstrate the bottom-line results of their labours, Inspire EX has been designed from the ground up to give buyers the inspiration and support they need to make this a reality.

With over 25 years experience as the leading speaking bureau in Australia, Ovations is proud to announce its partnership with this year’s inspire EX conference - a globally recognised summit for the business events industry.

As part of Ovations partnership, three of Australia’s most prestigious speakers will be headlining at the event.

Monday, 09 June 2014 13:36


Leadership is a talent that can't be quantified until it's tested.

Whether it's the highly visible leadership of politicians, the quiet assurance of an airline pilot or the need for courage under fire during military action, leaders are as diverse as the occupations that attract them.

A truly great leader isn't measured by ordinary events. This is a celebration of the extraordinary leaders that emerge when rising to the challenges of business, sport, war, politics and life.  


Brett King, Breaking Banks

It's three fantastic speakers in one radio show!

Anders Sorman-Nilsson and David Thomas join Brett King on his Breaking Banks radio show discussing the future of digital innovation. Listen now:


If you’re a regular to O News, you would have heard of Matthew Johnstone, author and illustrator of the beautiful ‘I Had A Black Dog’ series and regular on the speaker circuit. Matt speaks on mental health and wellbeing, creating purpose in life and working towards being genuinely happy. Matt will be presenting at the upcoming Happiness and It’s Causes Conference in Sydney on 29 & 30 May and has offered to share his 20% discount code with O News readers. Simply quote WDRC when you book tickets to Happiness & Its Causes online at


Interested in booking Stephen Koukoulas or David Thomas for your next event? Contact  for details!

26th March will see the 28th Melbourne International Comedy Festival kick off in style with their Opening Night, Comedy All Stars, Supershow! (phew that’s a mouthful!) Running for 3 weeks, the MICF will showcase the top local and international side-splittingly funny talent, before taking the best of the best on its annual roadshow. A new face we’ve been tickled pink with here at Ovations is Jordana Borensztajn, whose show ‘Like Me, Love Me, Retweet Me’ runs through her desperate attempt to be ‘liked’. 

Sydney was awash with Baseball fever recently as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks flew in to open the Major League season, and take on Team Australia in exhibition games. Michael Crossland who we know at Ovations because he defied the overwhelming odds of life threatening cancer, 3rd degree burns to nearly his entire body and a severe heart attack all before his 13th birthday, was providing commentary (Michael can add elite baseball player to his list of major accomplishments), and can you guess which Ovations team member has a family connection to one of the players?

One to mark in the diary: TEDx Sydney is ready to take centre stage once again at the Sydney Opera House on April 26th. With one particularly intriguing line up, we can’t wait to see what new talent Oliver Percovich and Mary Jerram can bring to the table - and of course we’ll be glued to our seats when favourites like Stella Young and Markus Zusak add their 10 cents to this melting pot of ideas. 

7 Key Consumer Trends You NEED to Know About

Having just had an incredible 4 month road trip around Australia with her family, our favourite marketing guru Penny Burke is recharged and ready to share with you and your team her insights into the 7 key consumer trends you NEED to know about. Backed by the meticulous research of Penny and her team at Essence Communication, we’re giving O News readers the inside scoop with a free download of Penny’s latest e-book .

Do you know your Gamification from your SOLOMO?


Game Changing Book Giveaway!

Friday, 28 March 2014 12:33

The Game Changer - Book Giveaway

Dr Jason Fox is a business game-stormer and an idea-liberating academic rogue. Having completed a PhD, authored two books and lectured at three universities (all by the age of 25), Jason now shares his cutting edge research in motivation science and game design with forward thinking leaders who want to boost productivity, influence behaviour and make clever happen.

His latest publication ‘The Game Changer’ has unofficially been described as ‘a heretical text’, ‘a slap to the face of conventional motivation’ and also ‘a brilliant contribution to the field of human behaviour’. This pragmatic book shows forward thinking folk how to use the science of motivation with the power of game design to drive progress and change at work.

We have 6 copies of The Game Changer to give away to the first O News readers who can tell us:

‘What does motivation science + game design = ?’



Amanda Stevens

Friday, 28 March 2014 12:28

Described as a pocket-rocket, a whirlwind of ideas and a breath of fresh air, Amanda Stevens is a vibrant, energetic and humourous speaker and a renowned specialist in sales, marketing and customer service - with a twist. She incorporates powerful research, insights and data, infused with relationship anecdotes and current social commentary. The result is a unique perspective that packs a punch in content and take-away strategies plus delivers serious entertainment value.

5 Simple ways to create WOW moments


Kamal Sarma

Friday, 28 March 2014 12:20

Author of the upcoming release WinWinConversations, Kamal Sarma is the director of Rezilium, a strategic leadership firm which has been involved in giving back to communities around the world, supporting a variety of projects including raising funds to rescue child soldiers, and rescuing victims of sexual trafficking in Cambodia, Nepal and India. His latest release is the result of over 10 years or research and development on ways to help people truly connect and communicate. WinWin is now being adopted by companies to deliver superior results, reduce decision phobia, increase client advocacy, staff engagement and sales.


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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