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Friday, 01 February 2013 13:19

National Speaker Showcase

Ensure your seat at the most inspirational table in town!

We're showcasing Australia's hottest speakers for 2013 all while offering a luxurious breakfast in the fabulous ivy ballroom, Sydney.

register nowIt's always a sell-out event so book now to avoid disappointment.

Like a taste of what to expect from a speaker showcase? Watch our previous showcases online!


Entrepreneur and CEO of virtual assistant startup, MyCyberTwin, Liesl Capper was recently featured in ARN magazine following her presentation "Machines to replace humans completely?" at the Australian Computer Society's Youth IT Conference.

Her presentation highlighted that in many cases virtual humans offer a superior value proposition to both business and consumers, with a growing body of evidence to support the statement that many people prefer interacting with computers over real humans.

Liesl accounted for this burgeoning acceptance as part of the proliferation of mobile technology - its integration into our daily lives is proving in this case to be the doorway to widespread acceptance of virtual humans. 


The Chaser MCs Human Rights Awards

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:36

Ovations 'don' their community hat once again!

Jane Rowland Smith at Ovations secured Craig Ruecassel for this year's 2012 Human Rights Awards coming up on the 10th December at the Hilton, Sydney

Craig Reucassel was a founding member of the satirical multi-media group The Chaser team, and worked to produce their satirical newspaper, as well as television shows on ABC TV including 'The Election Chaser', 'CNNNN', 'The Chaser Decides' and 'The Chaser's War on Everything'. He has been one of the main presenters on The War since the pilot episode. He and his wife Keisha have three children together, and their son Ollie has appeared on some of the sketches on The War. Reucassel is presently a Patron of the Left Right Think-Tank, Australia's first independent and non-partisan youth think-tank. 



It's that time of the year again where we start casting our gaze forward, planning for the successes of the year to come.

No doubt, you've already started planning for the first round of events and conferences for next year - all that's left is to find the perfect speaker.

We can help make that decision easier, not only with our incredible staff standing ready to find the perfect speaker for you, but because when you book a speaker, trainer or entertainer before December 24th 2012, for any event in 2013, we'll give you a bottle of bubbly on us!

Why not get in touch now and make sure this Christmas is a merry one?


Are you a business neanderthal?

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:32

By Paul Wallbank

"Bringing a knife to a gunfight" describes showing up hopelessly ill-equipped for the task at hand.

Two recent conferences, the massive Dreamforce in San Francisco and the smaller, but still fascinating, Australian Xerocon in Melbourne illustrate just how radically the commercial world is changing and how many business leaders are poorly equipped for today's times. 

In July, the Melbourne Xero Convention bought together 400 Australian partners of the cloud accounting service which showed how how one New Zealand based company is building it's business through engaging other suppliers who add features to the basic service.

Vend, a Point Of Sale cloud service provider, was one of the companies exhibiting at XeroCon. In the past POS systems have been a pain for retail businesses with most suppliers' business models being about locking customers into expensive contracts.


Book a Speaker, Get a Bubbly!

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:17

It's nearly Christmas and we're giving away the presents!

If you're looking at booking a speaker for any event to be held in the coming year, get in before Christmas 2012 and we'll send you a bottle of bubbly on us!

Don't forget, Ovations has access to any speaker anywhere in the world and our incredible staff love nothing better than to match the perfect speaker to your event!


How do you make decisions?

Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:06

This month we find out how Anh Do, Penny Burke and David Koutsoukis make their tough decisions.


New Showcase Dates for 2013

Sunday, 04 November 2012 10:12

National Speaker Showcase

The first of our National Speaker Showcase series for 2013 will be held on February 19 in the Ivy Ballroom.

We'll have an incredible lineup of inspirational speakers, the best Australia has to offer, accompanied by a luxurious breakfast in one of Sydney's premiere conference rooms.

It's always a sell-out event so we've opened registrations early to avoid disappointment!

register now

For anyone booking a speaker for any event to be held in the next 12 months, now is the time to secure them: Book between now and Christmas 2012 and we'll send you a bottle of bubbly with our compliments.

Find out more about our Annual Christmas Bubbly Giveaway on the special promotions page of this ONews!

Best Wishes,

Leanne Christie

Chief of Everything O


Following on from the outstanding success of our 2012 National Speaker Showcase series, Ovations International has announced their first showcase date for 2013. This highly anticipated event will showcase some of Australia's finest speakers and entertainers.

Founder and CEO of Ovations International, Leanne Christie said "our speaker showcases allow us to present the exceptional quality and fresh new trends in the professional speaking world. Our clients really enjoy being able to discover new ideas and experience speakers in action before booking them. Event organisers have enough stress on the day of an event without the added pressure of an unknown speaker.

We're very pleased to once again be partnering with the Merivale group at the Ivy in George St, Sydney for this event. Merivale will showcase their best venue space, and "a fabulous full hot breakfast" to invited clients and guests.

Ovations first National Speaker Showcase for 2013 will take place in Sydney on Tuesday, 19th February in the stunning Ivy Ballroom from 7.30am – 10.00am

To register for an invitation please fill out the form on this page.


First Speakers Bureau Open 24/7!

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:00

Chat with us 24/7!

We know what it's like to run events, there are never enough hours in the day!

Ovations are here to help you create events to wow any audience and we have created the first Speakers Bureau LIVE CHAT open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Come chat to us any time at - just look for the 'Chat With Us' bar at the bottom right of every page!

Chat 24/7 with Ovations

We'd love to Chat!

What's Hot at Ovations?

Monday, 08 October 2012 15:45

Intentionomics with David Penglase

For a chance to WIN one of 5 copies of Amazon Besteller Intentionomics® by David Penglase, just click around Ovations new website and tell us what speaker do YOU think is hot right now? 

There is no wrong answer - we want to know YOUR thoughts!

Either Email  with your answer or jump on Facebook and let us know!

What Inspires You?

Monday, 08 October 2012 15:38

A special evening with W. Mitchell

Monday, 08 October 2012 14:14

W. Mitchell is a speaker we have featured several times in O News over the years and is a speaker we hold close to our heart.

Our Chief of Everything O, Leanne Christie, recently booked W. Mitchell for a small private function for staff, family and friends of Ovations to hear his message personally.

Keith Harwood, our Chief of Client Experiences, describes the evening:



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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