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Monday, 09 June 2014 13:36

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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.  

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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:

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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 https://www.happinessanditscauses.com.au/

 

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?

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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 = ?’

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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

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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.

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Chris Helder

Friday, 28 March 2014 12:12

With his high energy presentations, jam packed with the latest research, incredible humour and specifically tailored content, Chris Helder is a firm favourite with sales dependent industries like real estate, finance and travel. Chris is a firm believer that in today’s changing environment, it is more important than ever that people are learning to develop their skills in closing business.  

Asking For The Sale

Kieran Flanagan

Friday, 28 March 2014 11:59

At just 20, Kieran Flanagan was one of the youngest Creative Directors to lead a multi award winning advertising agency. One of the only female Creative Directors in the world of MadMen, Kieran’s impressive career now sees her as the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at research, training and innovation think tank, The Impossible Institute, teaching and lecturing at The Miami Ad School and speaking to audiences around the globe. It would be fair to say she’s come across her fair share of sales people in her time, and here she shares with us her top selling tips...

...and it's not all about you! 

It's ALWAYS Personal

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David Penglase

Friday, 28 March 2014 11:52

When an audience member tells you they spent the weekend with one of the world's most famous US speakers but got more value out of a 45 minute session with David Penglase, you take notice. David is all about demonstrating value and he definitely 'walks the talk'. He is an authority on the ethics of selling and his decades of experience as a corporate educator has led him to a fascinating new field: Intentionomics - maximising human potential and the impact of your intentions in every single interaction you have. We asked David what he thought the one key to a good sales pitch was, and it came down to one thing...

...Trust

When Trust Is At Risk...

Sales Speakers – Top 5 staff picks!

Friday, 28 March 2014 11:29

Top 5 Sales Staff Picks

Everyone is a salesperson.

It doesn't matter whether you're in a front-line role or crunching the numbers at head office, some part of your role demands that you convince others that they should buy in to your work. Selling isn't about products, it isn't about prices, it isn't about features or benefits - it's about solving the real problems of real people. If you can understand your customer's pain and communicate a solution, you've made a sale.

So how do the best minds in sales approach selling, sales and solving problems?

Top 5 Sales Gurus

  • David Penglase

    When an audience member tells you they spent the weekend with one of the world's most famous US speakers but got more value out of a 45 minute session with David Penglase, you take notice. David is all about demonstrating value and he definitely 'walks the talk'. He is an authority on the ethics of selling and his decades of experience as a corporate educator has led him to a fascinating new field: Intentionomics - maximising human potential and the impact of your intentions in every single interaction you have. We asked David what he thought the one key to a good sales pitch was, and it came down to one thing...

    ...Trust

    When Trust Is At Risk...

  • Kieran Flanagan

    At just 20, Kieran Flanagan was one of the youngest Creative Directors to lead a multi award winning advertising agency. One of the only female Creative Directors in the world of MadMen, Kieran’s impressive career now sees her as the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at research, training and innovation think tank, The Impossible Institute, teaching and lecturing at The Miami Ad School and speaking to audiences around the globe. It would be fair to say she’s come across her fair share of sales people in her time, and here she shares with us her top selling tips...

    ...and it's not all about you! 

    It's ALWAYS Personal

  • Chris Helder

    With his high energy presentations, jam packed with the latest research, incredible humour and specifically tailored content, Chris Helder is a firm favourite with sales dependent industries like real estate, finance and travel. Chris is a firm believer that in today’s changing environment, it is more important than ever that people are learning to develop their skills in closing business.  

    Asking For The Sale

  • Kamal Sarma

    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.

  • Amanda Stevens

    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

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Dare Jennings is now EXCLUSIVE to Ovations!

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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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