Tony Wilson

Australia - QLD

Specialty Areas

Tony Wilson is highly sought after for keynote presentations, workshops and one-on-one performance coaching and executive mentoring. He is changing the way people work and lead.

​Tony Wilson, MBA, BSc., has a passion for Human Performance. He has spent his entire working life helping the countries biggest brand and athletes reach a higher performance zone. Now, because of his ground breaking tools to achieving ‘HYPERformance’ Tony can be seen regularly featuring on The Project and ABC.

Originally a performance coach for elite athletes and sporting teams throughout Australia and the USA, Tony combines cutting edge performance science with contemporary management theory to put a unique slant on high performance in and out of the office. With a focus on high performance, Tony works with leaders around the world to help create the environment for their people to thrive, and works with individuals on managing their own performance and productivity.

Tony's Specialties include:

  • High Performance Culture
  • Building High Performance Teams
  • Leadership
  • Human Potential and Human Performance

Speaking topics

Leading for high performance

How do we lead our people to perform at their best in the 21st Century? Most leadership lessons are observational, but in this keynote, Tony focuses on the science behind why our people do and don't perform at their peak and how leaders unknowingly affect this equation.

Performance Science shows us that there are four universal human factors that drive performance, behaviour and emotional conflict. When we use these Performance Triggers, the chemicals that keep us focussed and motivated increase, and activity shifts to the most effective brain regions. This helps keep people focussed, proactive and able to choose the most effective behaviours.

The audience will take away four key things that undeniably boost performance in today's workplace and will better understand what drives behaviour and ultimately the performance of their people.


  • An understanding of what triggers high performance
  • A clear realisation of how leaders impact people's ability to perform at their best
  • How to use the concepts of Autonomy, Belonging, Consistency and Status to influence performance
  • The high-performance environment

Performance and Productivity

In the new economy, there is a new definition of performance. We need to consistently do our best thinking and perform at our best mentally. We can't keep doing the same things we did last year and expect to be more successful. But how do we continually operate at full intensity without burning out?

This session shows how we are actually wired NOT to do our best work in today's environment and how our current way of working is at odds with what the science tells us would be most effective.

Through some entertaining thought experiments and fascinating presentation of performance science, participants will leave with strategies to get into the Performance Zone more often and stay there for longer - helping them do their best thinking and perform at their full potential every hour of every day.


  • Understanding the performance zones
  • How we are hardwired NOT to perform at our best in today's workplace and what we need to do about it
  • Strategies for beating procrastination and other unproductive, low-motivation behaviours
  • Strategies for managing emotions and stress so we can perform at our best more often and for longer

Managing and Changing Behaviours

Why do we find it so hard to change habits that we know are unproductive?

How do we influence other people's behaviour so that we get the best outcomes?

Behaviour has been studied for centuries, but the basic rules are pretty simple. In this session, Tony shows the audience two sets of rules.

Firstly we explore some universal guiding principles that explain why we choose the behaviours that we do. And secondly, we look at some hard and fast rules that we need to follow if we want to change behaviour. By understanding the performance science and physiology behind how new behaviours are formed, the audience will leave with clear strategies to change their habits, behaviours and thought patterns as well as an understanding of how to influence the behaviour of others.


  • An understanding of what drives behaviour
  • 'Facing the truth' about why we sometimes choose unproductive but comfortable behaviours
  • Strategies for identifying and executing high-performance behaviours
  • The keys to forming habits

Other topics Tony can customise to for your team:

Winning mindset

We need to constantly push to be the best versions of ourselves - if we want to thrive in this challenging environment. In this presentation, Tony will show you some of the tools that high performers use to keep that winning mindset, and constantly push the boundaries of high performance - in and out of the workplace.

Teams that thrive

To help people and teams do their best work, managers need to create an environment of clarity and ownership and keep people engaged and passionate about their work. Tony shows us the secret to building teams that really care about themselves, others and their performance and how we create the environment for people to thrive, to build ownership, clarity and constant improvement.

Building resilience

One of the keys to performance and wellness lies in our ability to bounce back from adversity. Over more than 20 years, Tony Wilson has dealt with high performers who have to keep picking themselves up when they’ve been knocked down. He shows us how people boost their attitudes, their motivation and how to work on the skills of optimism and happiness, which have been shown to drive resilience and grit.

Resurrecting work-life balance

Work-Life Performance is the new Work-Life Balance and it is essential to performing at our best in and out of the office. In this presentation, you’ll find out why. And when work-life-balance is done right, you not only get improved relationships and personal achievement, but you get better at your job as a result.

Thriving through change

Change is happening faster than we like. People are finding it hard to stay focussed on the things that really count, and managers are finding it hard to keep their people performing at their best. Tony helps staff embrace change and focus on their high-performance behaviours, and he shows managers how to keep their people engaged during these periods.

Leading in the face of change

Managing people through change can be difficult. Tony shows us why constant change affects people’s behaviours and attitudes so profoundly and shows leaders how to make the most of the situation so that their people don’t only survive the change but actually use it as a tool to take control and perform even better.


Tony's keynote on "motivating staff" was a motivation in itself. The feedback from our clients has been overwhelming, and those who have implemented some of the suggestions have made a marked difference in their staff performances and operations
- State Mgr, Challenger Financial Services

Tony Wilson has been our Performance Coordinator for seven years. He has been an integral part of our success during this period through his willingness to be involved in the development of our team dynamics. Quite simply, he has taken the Qld Bulls to a new level.
- Jimmy Maher, Former Qld Bulls Captain.

During the challenges offered up to our clients and our team in 2020, we felt the need to have someone address performance and mindset.
We decided to have Tony Wilson run a virtual session for us. After receiving great feedback from the audience, we then chose to have Tony deliver another two sessions for us. All three sessions were run virtually and Tony’s delivery style, along with his content was excellent.
Tony definitely delivered on point to the brief for each session.
- Managing Director KAO Australia

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