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Recharge with Rob Edwards

It’s a prerequisite for sustained high performance.

As event planners we know you're in the business of putting others' needs before your own. So we've arranged a very special Christmas treat to help you recharge and refresh in the new year!

Ovations has 10 tickets to Rob Edwards' "Be Your Best" seminar at Sydney Hilton on February 6, 2014 and we'd love you to be our guest!

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After facing agressive breast cancer at just 36, avid mountaineer Sharon Cohrs and her equally adventurous husband Allan embarked on the toughest journey of their lives.

Just nine months after finishing a punishing battle with chemotherapy and three months after reconstructive surgery, Sharon and Allan returned to Nepal to scale the imposing 7000+ metre peak of Mt Baruntse. Despite doubts her weakened body could withstand the trek, Sharon triumphed against challenges most would have deemed impossible.

And now in 2013 Sharon and Allan have done it again, continuing to raise money for breast cancer awareness through the charity they founded, Climbing for a Cause.

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The accolades keep rolling in for serial entrepreneur Jodie Fox!

Jodie has already won a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year award and has featured in SmartCompany's "Hot 30 under 30" for three of the four years her runaway hit online store, Shoes of Prey has been in operation.

Now, she's taken the battle to fashion's home ground of Paris - and won!

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Now that the Ashes are in full swing, it's that time of year that Australians everywhere go cricket crazy. So why not put an Australian sporting legend front and centre of your next event?

As always we've got some great suggestions for incredible cricketers, past and present, who bowl over every audience they entertain.

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Disruption 2014

Friday, 22 November 2013 16:25

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The pace of digital disruption will only accelerate in 2014 and beyond. It's easy to look at the collapse of household brands like Kodak and SAAB and blame technology - but the true blame lies squarely on the heads of those enterprises who failed to see their looming irrelevancy.

Will your business be one of those consigned to a footnote in history?

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Neuroscience 2014

Friday, 22 November 2013 15:53

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As our understanding of the human mind grows in leaps and bounds, business is slowly coming around to the idea that science can help improve the performance and well being of businesses and teams by focusing on the most important common denominator - the individual.

2014 will likely prove the tipping point where neuroscience and business are finally considered indispensible allies - allowing your business to get the edge in an increasingly competitive world.

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Sustainability 2014

Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:49

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While sustainable business practice has been a trending topic for some time, 2014 will be a truly hot-button year for environmentally-focused businesses. As the current government bucks the global trend, sustainability experts have begun talking up the positive ROI for business in going green.

How will your business contribute to the growing future of sustainability in 2014?

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Economics 2014

Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:22

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Is the Aussie dollar about to make a resurgence? Or will exports boom on the back of reduced pressure on overseas buyers? Is your business prepared for the Asian Century and is Australia's real estate market set to boom or bust?

Answers to these questions will have a direct impact on all Australian businesses in 2014 - if you need a quick peek around the corner, read on for our HOT Economists for 2014!

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Mini breaks at wOrk

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 23:22

It's easy to forget that for many of us, the silly season provides little in the way of downtime. While we continue to work through the silly season, it's still vital to find the time to do a mental reset and take the time to recharge - even if it's just soaking up the sunshine from the office window.

We asked a special panel of experts for their quick tips to recharge and revive while at work this holiday season - read on to find our best Mini Breaks at wOrk!

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The Big Mini Break Giveaway!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 23:11

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No-one knows better than Matthew Johnstone how important it is to take the time to recharge and reflect.

Which is why Matthew and The Golden Door, Hunter Valley, have partnered with Ovations to give you the chance to recharge in style in 2014!

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What's HOT for 2014?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 22:42

At this time of year we like to take a moment to look forward to the trends shaping our world and provide an insight into those that we think are going to be HOT in 2014.

From the surging Aussie dollar, to advances in neuroscience that are helping team performance or the new breed of experts who prove that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand, we've collated a select group of speakers, disruptors and thought-leaders who can lead your business into the future.

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The world of sales is in the midst of the greatest upheaval in history.

Radical internet pioneers continue to redefine the sales experience online, while digital communications have fundamentally changed the way we interact business to business. Our bricks and mortar businesses are not immune to these changes, even those few without websites struggle to deal with how business has changed in an interconnected world.

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One of the greatest trends in our understanding of business performance has been the shift towards addressing the underlying needs of staff beyond just remuneration.

While everyone loves a bonus, employees care more about their day-to-day quality of working life and business is in the midst of a quantum shift towards more people-friendly environments.

It's an acknowledgement of one of the core truths of business: a fulfilled workforce is a productive workforce.

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Being a futurist isn't about having a crystal ball - although it might sometimes seem that way!

More realistically a futurist is able to spot the trends that are occurring right now and divine what that means for business and technology in the near future. Our favourite futurists don't just help businesses stay ahead of the game - they create it, inventing ground-breaking products that can change the world.

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In the last few years we've started to see a trend in the corporate world towards embracing and supporting employees through more than just remuneration. Intrinsic motivation has become the order of the day, where staff are rewarded with loyalty, appreciation and space for personal and professional development.

It's a trend that champions creating more meaningful workplaces, personal responsibility and ownership of their role in the organisation.

The speakers below represent the new wave of leadership best practice, helping organisations the world over to discover a new path to leadership success.

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Don't you just love a good book?

One that challenges, inspires and takes you on a journey. Fortunately some of our favourite authors in the House of O are both compelling and prolific!

And we've got four sensational TRENDING books from our speakers to give away!

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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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