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Discover how to boost your brain, turn stress into success and perform at your peak.

Dr Helena Popovic is a medical doctor, leading authority on improving brain function, best-selling author and international speaker. She graduated from the University of Sydney and her philosophy is that education is more powerful than medication.

She is passionate about showing people how to live longer, stronger, healthier and happier. To this end, she doesn’t just deliver compelling presentations, she creates life-changing experiences.

Dr Helena brings audiences to life with her incisive health messages, razor-sharp insights and dynamic delivery. She shows how great health is not a distant decision – it’s a daily decision. And great health is your great advantage because it’s rare. Ninety-five percent of employees underperform in the workplace because they’re not in great health. They might not be overtly sick but they’re not as healthy as they could be. This impacts dramatically on their productivity and on the bottom line. If you want to get ahead, get healthy – because everyone else is moving in the opposite direction.

Dr Helena is Founder of the Centre for Excellent Health and Ambassador for The Gut Foundation of Australia.

She was a Sydney TEDx Fast Ideas finalist and her book NeuroSlimming won Bronze medal in the international Living Now Awards for its contribution to positive global change. She is also the author of In Search of My Father – Dementia is no match for a daughter’s determination.

You can hear Dr Helena presenting ‘Healthy Bites’ on ABC radio Brisbane Gold Coast every Thursday afternoon.

Discuss your core values and desired outcomes with Dr Helena and she’ll bring the WOW factor to your event.

Webinars & Virtual Offerings

Keynotes for successfully navigating the Corona crisis

Description: Each keynote draws from neuroscience to deliver powerful and uplifting messages to help leaders, managers, team members and individuals emerge as victor not victim of the corona virus.
Choose one or several keynotes that are relevant to your situation and industry. Even better, forge ahead with the complete series, one day per week for 5 weeks.
Duration: 20-30 minutes each + question time
Format: online presentations delivered through your chosen webinar platform
Preparation: Prior to each webinar, Dr Helena will speak to you about your specific circumstances so that her message is tailored to you and your team.

Don’t waste the corona crisis!

When was the last time you had time to stop and really think about every aspect of your life and work? There’s no denying that the whole world is going through tough times on many different levels. However:

Every crisis brings with it opportunity. And the bigger the crisis, the bigger the opportunity. This is not a cliché to be cynically shrugged off. It’s a call to action.

The media see the difficulty in every opportunity. The true leader sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Turning obstacles into opportunities is a skill that can be learned. And there’s never been a more critical time to learn it.

Winston Churchill was a master of managing crises and he operated by the dictum: ‘History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.’ Whether you’re a leader, manager or team member, this presentation will give you a step-by-step plan to:

  • Clarify your personal and professional values in a new way
  • Create your success story
  • Inspire those around you to emerge more focused, united and productive than ever before.

Don’t waste this crisis! As Abraham Lincoln urged: ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’

The many masks of mental struggle & How to manage uncertainty

The coronavirus has disrupted careers, lifestyles, and people’s overall sense of calm and security. These are inevitably challenging times. Business leaders and individuals are feeling increasingly overwhelmed trying to decide what to do next. How do we maintain our mental health in the midst of so much uncertainty?

The human brain does not like uncertainty. Our brain is geared to make predictions about what will happen next so that it can reliably guide our actions. When we’re not able to do this, the rational part of our brain (prefrontal cortex) shuts down, and the emotional centre (limbic system) takes over and triggers anxiety and erratic behaviour. Fear of uncertainty is what drove the toilet paper buying-binge. People were literally grasping at something they could control. Declining mental health has many masks but it follows a predictable pattern.

This presentation reveals the inner workings of our brain in crisis and provides answers to critical questions:

  • What are subtle signs of declining mental health?
  • How can you help avert a mental health crisis for yourself or a member of your team?
  • How can we strengthen our mental immune system?
  • How can we create an environment (even a remote one) that supports everyone’s optimal mental wellbeing?

Pivot or perish

The game has changed. Before corona virus, the world was playing tennis: fast, fierce and forceful. We’ve now been thrust into playing chess: deliberate, strategic and nuanced. The people and the businesses that not only survive but thrive will be those that learn how to pivot their message, products and services to satisfy the demands of the new game. It’s not an inferior game, it’s simply a different game. It’s a slower, more tactical game. So you have to play it differently. Winston Churchill understood this when he said: ‘Everyone should ask themselves each day, whether they are too readily accepting of negative solutions.’

What do your clients and customers need now that they might not have needed before? People’s needs have not disappeared, they’ve merely shifted in response to their altered circumstances. Even if you don’t generate immediate revenue, the moves you make now can significantly enhance your relevance and integrity as you embrace a fresh future.

How can you redirect your focus from setbacks to strategies? How can you use this crisis to showcase your creativity and resilience? Brain science gives clear guidelines for bringing out the best in people.

This presentation will demonstrate:

  • How crisis can make people come alive
  • How you can guide people from fear and uncertainty to clarity and confidence.

Create your own luck

There is a science to serendipity.

Consider the Yiddish saying: ‘If an unlucky man sold umbrellas, it would stop raining; if he sold candles, the sun would never set; and if he made coffins, people would stop dying.’

Never has there been a time when we needed more luck on our side. The lucky news is that decade-long studies have shown that we can learn to be lucky! Lucky people hold beliefs that make them behave in ways that increase their luck. They listen to lucky hunches and they instinctively know how to maximise their chances of being in the right place at the right time. How?

Join Dr Helena Popovic to learn the skills of serendipity and the logic behind luck!

Comeback after corona

‘Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.’ The words of Winston Churchill have never been more apt. Yes we’re going through hard times. But hard doesn’t mean bad, even though our culture perceives it that way. Success is filled with inevitable mistakes, obligatory disappointments and most importantly, unwavering persistence. What you do now will set the stage for your triumph over troubled times.

When the world slowly opens its doors again, how will you and your business show up? What do you want to be remembered for? How do you remain important without being intrusive?

This presentation provides a roadmap for your powerful comeback.

Speaking topics

Boost Your Brain

Most people work on building up and boosting their financial assets. But how many people work on building up and boosting their greatest asset: their brain?

The emerging field of neuroplasticity has shown that the brain can change its own structure and function. It can grow new cells, new circuits and new connections in response to what we do, what we think and how we behave.
We are far more than passive victims of our genes: we play an active role in how our brains develop throughout our lives. However most of us are yet to realise the enormous personal power this gives us.

For the brain to stay healthy and operate at its best, we need the right nutrition, rest, stimulation, challenge and reward. It also requires that we take charge of our thinking, since our thoughts play an integral role in wiring our brains for optimal performance.

This presentation distils the essence of the neuroplastic revolution and gives immediately implementable, practical suggestions to improve the functioning of the brain. By applying this knowledge, we can:

  1. tap into brain potential we never knew we had
  2. sharpen our thinking
  3. improve our concentration and memory - at any age
  4. expand our creativity
  5. increase our capacity for learning and problem solving
  6. reduce our risk of developing depression, anxiety disorders and Alzheimer's disease
  7. prevent the cognitive decline we?ve mistakenly believed was inevitable with ageing
  8. perform at our peak on a daily basis
  9. achieve far more than we ever thought possible

Boost Your Brain is an ideal conference opener - it switches people on, opens their minds and gears them up for the learning that?s ahead. 

Turn Stress Into Success

Stress is an inevitable part of life.

Intermittent, mild stress is not a bad thing. It assists in building up our resilience and it switches on our adrenal glands to release performance-enhancing chemicals. However, chronic or severe stress has a detrimental effect on our performance as well as on our physical, mental and emotional health. Unchecked stress is a contributing factor in every major disease we suffer and can lead to erosion of brain function and obesity.

Turn Stress Into Success explains how we can use stress to our advantage and turn stressful events into successful outcomes. It also shows:

  1. how to fortify the mind and body to raise our stress threshold
  2. the five steps to deal with stress when we're in the middle of it - so that we not only survive but thrive.

Master Your Mind    

Is your work a creative experience or an exercise in damage control? 
Is your life a playground or a battlefield? 

The mind is our most powerful tool and our most forceful opponent.  The mind is the key to motivation, and motivation is the key to leadership - of ourselves and of others. 

What is the mind and how does it operate? 
Can mind really overcome matter?

This presentation delivers the latest cutting edge research on the neuroscience of success.  Mastering our mind is not about forcing ourselves to think positively but choosing to think constructively.       

In this thought-provoking session participants will discover:

  1. the role of the conscious and subconscious mind
  2. the power of possibility thinking
  3. the power of mind over mood
  4. how to harness our internal dialogue to generate the outcomes we desire
  5. how to turn mistakes into mastery
  6. the X factor for excellence
  7. how to create an upward spiral to success

Live Longer, Healthier And Happier

Everyone wants to live longer, healthier and happier.  Yet all three of these goals are sliding in the wrong direction.  Australia has overtaken America as the fattest and unfittest nation in the world, and if we continue with our current lifestyles, the present generation of children will die at a younger age than their parents.

The pace, pressures and demands of 21st century life are actively working against us being healthy.  In our existing environment, a healthy lifestyle seems to take too much time, effort and energy in an already over-stretched existence.  Not to mention the confusing and contradictory advice about what it actually takes to be healthy and happy. 

In this session participants will discover:

  1. how moment by moment we're making choices that either improve our health or strain our health; that either lift our mood or lower our mood
  2. how to take charge of our own health and happiness
  3. the small things that make a big difference
  4. the big things that make a big difference
  5. how to create and sustain a dynamic workplace culture that actively supports everyone?s health, happiness and longevity

Elevate Your Energy

Fatigue is the plague of modern life.  The most common complaint presenting to doctors is 'feeling tired all the time'.  Exhaustion has become the new normal.

Be prepared to get a new lease on life, to re-ignite your zest for living and to have more energy and vitality than you ever remember having.  This highly motivating, fast-paced, information-packed presentation reveals the key steps to boundless energy and vitality.  Energy management is more important than time management, and energy management facilitates time management. 

Having vibrant health and abundant energy enables us to bring the best of ourselves to the people we love and the things that we do.  Elevating our energy is about waking up and truly feeling alive, connected and fulfilled.

Elevate Your Energy is the perfect way to close a conference: it leaves delegates invigorated, fired up and inspired to take action.       

Mission Slimpossible 

Despite the extraordinary advances in science and technology and the explosion in information on health, nutrition and exercise, maintaining a healthy bodyweight has proved Mission Impossible.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 63% of adult males, 48 % of adult females and 25% of children were overweight or obese - and the numbers have continued to climb.  The Medical Journal of Australia reported that the cost of overweight and obesity in Australia was $21 billion, most of it funded by the tax payer.

Where have we gone wrong? 

We are not addressing the true cause of obesity: we are starving our bodies instead of feeding our spirits. 

Mission SlimPossible is unlike any other weight-loss program.  It is built on three key principles:

  1. Living not dieting
  2. Fun not force
  3. Being you not new

It doesn't matter if you have a slow metabolism, a genetic predisposition to putting on weight or a frenetic lifestyle that lends itself to weight gain.  It doesn't matter if you have no idea why you haven't achieved your desired body weight.  In Mission SlimPossible participants learn the skills of successful slimming, regardless of what's stopped them from losing weight and keeping it off in the past.  

Achieving a lasting, healthy body weight is possible for everyone - without rigid, restrictive, gruelling regimes; without the need for pills, powders, potions or lotions.  Mission SlimPossible is for anyone who is sick of battling their weight and who wants to live a vibrant life of joy, freedom and vitality.


Helena is the most extraordinary person I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I have never known someone who is so positive about everything they undertake, and her enthusiasm for anything she does is infectious. She throws herself into her work with passion and drive and she has the unique ability to motivate, captivate and inspire those around her. I find her spirit uplifting. Anything is possible with energy and enthusiasm. Helena is a testament to that. She is a truly inspiring individual.
- Monique Aarts Consular Official, Australian Consulate General, Frankfurt, Germany

Wow! Helena is an amazing source of motivation, innovation and inspiration. Her message will change the world!
- Jasmin Tohadze, Senior Policy Officer

The feedback from your session was extremely positive. I had many people coming up in the following weeks stating they had made changes to improve their health (mostly via diet or exercise) and that it made perfect sense to do so. Funnily enough, when people usually say something like this, there is a certain tone of voice used – as if they are dragging their feet along the ground and not really wanting to make these changes. This has not been the case after your workshop with us and the changes have been expressed in a positive manner. That was a few months back now. As for the longer-term changes.... Well I can say we have doubled the number of teams going in the corporate triathlon already for this year, there is a weekly jogging effort, some staff members are cycling to work, the commitment to Friday golfing is clearly evident, and there has been a steady increase in what was once the monthly Friday social lunch in the company of colleagues to what is looking like a weekly / fortnightly event (this is not on the same Fridays as golf – we do actually work on Fridays). I think we are off to a good start for the year!
- Katie Nicholls - OHS Manager Hastie Air Conditioning

There are very few conference speakers as passionate and memorable as Helena. She has a special gift for communicating with an audience using great intelligence, humour and wit. She is truly outstanding!
- Patricia Noble Director of Medical Centre Nursing Workshops

The audience of around 300 business owners were glued to their seats in one of the finest presentations I have seen in years. Helena is skilled, highly polished, engaging and eminently practical in her delivery. Thank you!
- Founder of Flying Solo

Helena received a standing ovation! She is an enthusiastic, energetic, generous and knowledgeable speaker, and had her audience taking notes and taking action. She left the audience absolutely inspired.
- Founder and CEO - SHE Business Australia

Absolutely fantastic! I love Helena's powerful, polished and profound presentation. What a sensational speech!
- Business Chicks

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