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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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Dare Jennings - creating the trend

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:47

Dare Jennings, the founder of iconic Australian clothing brand Mambo is at it again.

When Deus Ex Machina first hit the Sydney landscape with its funky, retro motorcycles reminiscent of classics from the WWII Italian era, no-one could have imagined the international success that would follow. Now in his 60's Dare Jennings stands at the head of another clothing empire, again strongly incorporating elements of surf culture. Deus has become a lifestyle brand that speaks to those who love freedom and individuality, much like the man behind the brand.

In this video Leanne Christie, Chief of Everything O, dropped into the Sydney store to chat with Dare about his incredible capacity for creating polarising products that create and lead fashion trends throughout the world.

Exclusive boardroom breakfast with Dare Jennings at Deus Ex Machina!

Are you looking for a trendsetting speaker with a proven history of creating iconic brands?

We're offering event planners a one-off opportunity to meet with Dare at an exclusive boardroom breakfast event on the 22nd of October 2013. Tour the fabulous Deus Ex Machina premises and hear one of the most compelling and relevant business speakers in the industry.

Call now - only 6 places available! (02) 9818 6622

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Danielle Di-Masi was recently featured in News.com.au's piece on the decline of eye contact and its effect on a business' bottom line.

As one of our sales trends specialists Danielle believes that eye contact is fundamental to business life.

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Our resident BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) expert David Thomas was recently interviewed on ABC News for his views on China's ongoing economic diversification. As a specialist in the region's economy, David urges Australian businesses to come to grips with the motivations behind Chinese investors before they're left behind.

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wOmen on trend!

Monday, 01 July 2013 13:53

SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

"Sisters are doing it for themselves" 1985 was the year when the Eurythmics teamed up with Aretha Franklin and released this track. It was around the same time our CEO, Leanne Christie, started Ovations Speakers Bureau! But sadly for the speaking industry there weren't many 'sisters' on the speaking circuit back then.

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hOt trends!

Friday, 28 June 2013 16:04

One of the most challenging tasks for any leader is to navigate the ever-changing attitudes and trends of your industry, your market and your customers

This month we thought we'd make your job a little easier and pick out four of the top fields that are trending right now. And the specialists we've picked to represent each trend are at the very peak of their own personal relevancy curves - with no downward turn in sight!

Welcome to our pick of the top four hot trends in business right now!

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5 Minutes with Avis Mulhall

Saturday, 01 June 2013 16:19

This month our Chief of Everything O, Leanne Christie had the pleasure of spending 5 Minutes with Avis Mulhall - perhaps the living embodiment of this month's theme of Corporate Social Responsibility!

 

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Fix the wOrld! CSR Industry Panel

Saturday, 01 June 2013 14:25

One of the most difficult initial challenges on the path to building a platform of corporate social responsibility starts with deciding what causes to support and how. We've put together a small panel comprising Sam Cawthorn, Adam Smith and our own Erin Hillier to discuss how your team can get started down the path of CSR - and why they should!

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Ovations Biggest Morning Tea

Friday, 31 May 2013 16:39

Twenty years ago people all over Australia gathered in living rooms, community centres, schools and workplaces to celebrate the first Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. From these humble beginnings grew one of Australia's most popular fundraising events, now enjoyed by over a million Australians each year.

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The Pursuit of Happy-ness

Thursday, 30 May 2013 20:06

Chris Gardner visits Australia

More than 1 BILLION people have watched the blockbuster movie The Pursuit of Happy-ness . Will Smith plays the amazing Chris Gardner and was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his role. So to say we were excited to partner with TRET (Total Real Estate Training) to bring Chris to Australia for the first time is a slight understatement!

The movie itself depicts just one year of Chris Gardner's life. While we couldn't wait to hear that part of the story, we knew there was so much more to the man...

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Ovations IASB Community Service Award

Thursday, 30 May 2013 16:34

Ovations International was delighted to be awarded the IASB Community Service Award at the recent 2013 IASB Conference in Miami. Aimed at increasing awareness on the ways in which speakers bureaus can make a difference in their local community, Ovations took out the Award for our continued support of the Australian Human Rights Commission throughout 2012.

Jane Rowland-Smith, Ovations Chief of Relationships, was the driving force behind our involvement with the AHRC. We're exceptionally proud of the work Jane has done for this cause. 

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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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