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Twenty trends for 2020

Monday, 04 March 2013 20:18

By Paul Wallbank

Now we’re in the second decade of the Twenty-First Century, business is accelerating as a combination of changes in technology and society come together.

Some of these changes are global, such as the continued rise of China and the Western world’s aging. Others affect us on a personal level. All of them will have a big impact on our businesses and the way we work.

Many of these trends have been predicted for some time. It’s the availability of the cheap (almost free!) computing power that’s delivering many of the promises made by technology over the last thirty years. These are worth examining more closely.

Here are the top twenty...

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What takes a demo from NOT to HOT

Friday, 01 March 2013 21:45

I have watched literally thousands of demo videos during my Ovations days.

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Who won the Big Book Giveaway?

Friday, 01 March 2013 20:23

Winners of our Big Book Giveaway!

Congrats to Lena Dubojski (REA Group), Karen Sales (Concept Event Management) , Belinda Peuser (Sanitarium), Nikki Abercrombie Smith (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) and Ann McCormack, the winners of our Big Book Giveaway!

Fortunately, if you're a book lover, we've got another giveaway this month and this time everyone's a winner!

We're giving away eBook versions of Kamal Sarma's the Leadership Leap! 

Grab a copy of 'The Leadership Leap'

The Nature of Leadership

Friday, 01 March 2013 19:06

By Narelle Hooper

First a quick quizz.

  • Q:1 Are you expected to devote extraordinary amounts of time to your work?
  • Q:2 Do you seem to spend more time with your work colleagues than anyone else?
  • Q:3 Has work taken over your life?

Actually I borrowed these questions from reFocus.org, a web site dedicated to helping former cultists recover.

Has work become the new cult?

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By Kamal Sarma

Technology has shaped nearly every aspect of our lives. It has drastically altered the work/life balance many of us had previously enjoyed. In that regard, technology is often viewed as both a blessing and a curse.

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Hottest new speakers for 2013

Friday, 01 March 2013 17:45

While many of the most exciting new speakers for 2013 have been in the public eye for quite some time, they haven't necessarily been available or known as speakers.

We've curated an exciting list of the most exceptional new voices to hit the speaking arena for 2013...

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If you missed out on last month's incredible Sydney Speaker Showcase, don't worry, all is not lost!

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Visiting Internationals

Monday, 04 February 2013 17:13

Once again, Ovations brings you some of the most bookable international names in the speaking world! Coming soon to our shores we have two men who represent some of the greatest success stories of our time, true heroes to millions, a woman who has turned the conventional wisdom of CEOs on its head and a storyteller whose tale inspired millions.

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5 Minutes with Kamal Sarma

Friday, 01 February 2013 17:23

In the leadup to our February National Speaker Showcase, we found five minutes to sit down and chat with leading resilience expert Kamal Sarma.

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Ovations Big Book Giveaway

Friday, 01 February 2013 17:18

Like to win a SENSATIONAL Big Book Prize Pack?

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Paul Wallbank is one of the leading business technology experts in Australia and will be headlining at our National Speaker Showcase on February 19 2013.

I first heard the term "throwing the problem over the fence" from a telco project manager a few years ago, it describes how modern organisations shift risk to others.

Throwing the problem over the fence usually involves contracting out a task, the philosophy is once the contract is signed delivery is no longer management's problem, it's now the responsibility of the contractor. Once the job is over the fence it's out of sight and out of mind.

Governments, financial institutions and most corporations have become very good at throwing their problems over the fence.

10 tips to a top brief!

Friday, 01 February 2013 15:20

It's great to be back on team Ovations after 6 months travelling and writing.

I know the one thing that won't have changed while I have been gone... the length of everyone's to-do lists! As a busy professional you can save yourself precious hours by delivering your brief for us to research.

Armed with your details we recommend and present you with the very best short list of speakers and talent. So here are 10 tips to delivering a top brief in 10 minutes:

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David Thomas recently headed up the Australasian Mission to the 2013 Asian Financial Forum. Asian business interests in Australia are frequently overlooked, however David provides a compelling argument for why our business leaders need to recognise the sheer market force of the coming Asian century and act now to take a place in it.

Watch as David interviews heads of major financial instutions, underscoring the seriousness with which the banking sector approaches Asia's financial rise.

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How to go from ordinary to amazing

Friday, 01 February 2013 15:01

What happens that makes people from ordinary backgrounds turn into amazing, great individuals with inspirational lives and careers?

In last week's Voice America webcast, famed business adviser and marketer Bob Pritchard interviews Telstra's Australian Business Woman of the Year award recipient Liesl Capper about the rise of her incredible entreprenurial career.

We've embedded the interview for you to find out!

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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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