Heidi Dening

Heidi Dening is an award-winning businesswoman, author of the bestseller Her Middle Name Is Courage, and an engaging storyteller who has dedicated her career to inspiring thousands of people all over the world - from small children on remote Pacific islands to professional teams across 19 different industries.

Her goal is to elevate the professional resilience of audiences so they can tolerate their tough times better. This enables them to make better decisions, be more innovative, have more energy, optimism and empathy, and successfully deal with change, stress, and uncertainty.

Heidi creates unforgettable and uplifting keynote presentations because she is:

1.    Empathetic - researches and understands the challenges that the audience is currently experiencing.

2.    Empowering - gives actionable content and models that are memorable long after the presentation has finished.

3.    Extraordinary - her storytelling ability and the insights that she shares from her incredible background are inspiring. (She has survived a gunpoint kidnapping, a life-threatening tsunami, paralysing illnesses, and being burnt alive by petrol bombs.)

4.    Engaging - brings enjoyment, laughter and connection to all her keynotes.

5.    Experienced - has an impressive business and health education background.

Heidi has delivered onstage and virtual presentations (and programs) to tens of thousands of professionals globally. Her impressive list of delighted clients includes Coca-Cola, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, MDRT, Oracle, WWF, Financial Planners Association, Metcash, University of Sydney and Westpac, to name a few.

She was named 'Best International Keynote Speaker' in the Asia Pacific region and is the author of an Amazon best-selling leadership book called ''Her Middle Name is Courage - How Self-leadership Transforms Pressure into Performance, Chaos into Clarity and Rage into Resilience".  

Working with Heidi is stress-free because she is adaptable, calm and organised throughout the entire process, so please reach out to us today to book her for your next event.

Speaking topics

Thriving Teams: A Unique Recipe for High Performance

Creating a culture of high performance does not come by accident. It requires the right ingredients and a commitment to improvement from an individual and team perspective.

In this presentation, I will share how we can create a workplace where individuals feel more connected, heard, supported and valued, which leads to better performance and engagement within our teams.

During this enriching presentation, attendees will learn about the following three ingredients that create a recipe for high performance:

* Courage

The social, moral and emotional courage that we need at work and how we can create a more connected, energised and equitable team environment by having a diverse collection of these types of courage.

* Wellbeing

We can't work at our fullest potential nor make a difference to the bottom line of our organisations if we are physically and mentally depleted. This 3-part wellbeing formula will show your attendees how to safeguard themselves against overload when they are in the midst of demanding work projects.

* Amplification 

When we learn how to genuinely amplify the good contributions of our team members, we make them feel seen and heard, and when we feel seen and heard, we feel valued. This results in an environment where everyone works more effectively and efficiently together.

Tough Times Don't Last. Resilient Professionals Do.

To have a resilient organisation we first need resilient leaders and teams.

This presentation has a unique perspective (one you have not heard before) on how your attendees can replenish their professional resilience resources.

Whether they are experiencing change fatigue, financial challenges, disengaged teams, or feelings of overwhelm, this impactful keynote will lead to an increase in productivity, more self-accountability and better clarity on how to persevere during challenging times.

As a result of this uplifting keynote, audience members will learn about:

* High-Performing Habits

The number one daily habit they need to prioritise to be able to safeguard themselves against performance pressure and an inability to switch off. This will lead to them being able to adapt more easily and deal more effectively with this ever-changing business environment.

* Tough Times Tolerance

When there are stressful projects, difficult colleagues or constant organisational change it is important to recognise the warning signs that indicate a lack of tolerance for tough times. This could be behaviour shifts, diminished productivity, or changes to physical and mental health.

* Power of Perseverance

How to proactively replenish their resilience resources with Heidi's signature 5-part formula

Obstacles into Opportunities: The Courage to R.E.B.U.I.L.D.

In today's business environment, our greatest professional skill lies in embracing change and using our challenges to our advantage, enabling us to adapt and evolve.

If your audience needs a fresh perspective on how to lead their team, their business or themselves through what appears to be unmanageable, this presentation is for them. They will learn how to R.E.B.U.I.L.D. their own path ahead after obstacles disrupt their goals, their plans, their teams' culture and/or their expectations at work. 

In this powerful keynote, audience members will learn:

* Adapting and Thriving in Change 

By reshaping mindsets and learning how to nip negativity in the bud they can bring their most productive and optimistic selves to work. This contributes to the establishment of a psychologically safe workplace where change, connection and innovation are embraced.

* Resetting Priorities 

How to effectively let go of unhelpful beliefs and unrealistic targets that no longer serve them so they can focus on relevant solutions when they are struggling to make progress.

* Driving Performance 

When using the concept of micro-wins to acknowledge the small milestones that are accomplished, they will break through performance limitations and start to achieve significant goals that have previously felt unobtainable.


Heidi is an inspiring and engaging storyteller who has turned her extraordinary experiences into practical, clear strategies that we can all implement immediately into our corporate lives. Her stories are incredible and as I looked around the room, I could see that everyone was completely spellbound.
Real Estate Institute of NSW

Heidi was absolutely outstanding. Her story, along with her ability to connect with the audience makes her one of the most inspiring and engaging speakers I've seen in years. Thank you Heidi for your rawness, honesty and resilience, you truly are an inspiration!
Corporate EA/PA Summit

I've never seen a more engaged and inspired audience! During a time when staff needed respite from the array of challenges, Heidi was a shining light - so authentic and genuine in her delivery and sharing her story with such warmth and vulnerability. Thank you Heidi for sharing such timely messages and inspiring our staff to pause and take some time to care for themselves.
Deakin University

Heidi has the unique ability to mesmerize her audience through her engaging storytelling that not only moves listeners to tears but also fills them with immense hope. Heidi is both a poised professional and a pure and calming presence who delivers her inspirational messages in a way that is interactive, memorable, and deeply impactful. She truly cares about her audience and tailors her session to ensure it encompasses the concerns of the attendees and the environments in which they live and work. I could not have imagined a better speaker to close out my virtual Women of Real Estate conference which had attendees from our US, Canada, Asia and Europe offices. The world could learn a lot from Heidi and her resilient, yet compassionate spirit. She is a delight on and off the stage!

I see a lot of speakers and every so often, one stands out and you remember them. Heidi is a standout for me.
Mortgage Choice

Superb storytelling, audience interaction, emotional rollercoaster, practical takeaways - your keynote had everything.
Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) - Financial Services and Life Insurance

What really stood out was her ability to bring fun and engagement as well as practical takeaways.
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

Heidi gave 4 keynotes over 4 days for our virtual event at Service NSW. The experience with Heidi was amazing. From the initial contact to the actual keynote at our events, everything felt so personal. Our employees loved Heidi's energy, her story and the very practical tips she shared. She clearly cares about her clients and will go out of her way to tailor a keynote that works for you. We are so grateful for Heidi at a time when resilience is key.
Service NSW

There are at least two things that differentiate Heidi's work from that of many others who are out there presenting on the same or similar topics. The first is her passion and skill in engaging her audience. In a word, she presents with heart. Secondly, she presents clear, specific and practical tips and strategies, including calls to action, ensuring that her content is brought to life.

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Speaker Video

Cruise Liners International Association conference |  Heidi Dening

Cruise Liners International Association conference | Heidi Dening

Mortgage Choice Roadshow for the Aspire program | Heidi Dening

Mortgage Choice Roadshow for the Aspire program | Heidi Dening

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy | Heidi Dening

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy | Heidi Dening

Million Dollar Round Table, Nashville USA |  Heidi Dening

Million Dollar Round Table, Nashville USA | Heidi Dening

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