Motivation Inspiration Speakers

Chris Bonington

Chris Bonington is one of the most successful expedition leaders in the history of mountaineering and has established a reputation as an outstanding motivational speaker. He uses the superbly illustrated story of his two major expeditions to Everest as a case study that is linked and tailored to the needs of the cli­ent. He has spoken to companies and organisations around the world and was a vi ...

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Chris Fydler

One of swimming veterans, Chris Fydler continues to be a consistent performer for Australia in the sprint freestyle events. Chris has been a member of the swim team for the past 12 years and team captain for the last four. He has represented Australia at three Olympic Games, three World Championships and three Commonwealth Games. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Chris realised a life long dr ...

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Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organization. Gardner is the author of the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller that has been translated into over forty languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the acclaimed movie “The Pursuit of Happynessâ ...

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Chris Helder

Chris Helder is a business communication genius and master storyteller whose presentations have radically transformed how thousands of people worldwide communicate with clients, customers, colleagues, staff and teams. He has been a professional speaker for 16 years and has done over 2,000 presentations around the world.

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Chris Hughes

Co-founder of Facebook and the mastermind behind My.BarackObama.com, two of the most successful startups in modern history, Chris Hughes has spent his brief career developing technologies to make social communication and political organising easier and more efficient. Chris is now an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs who ar ...

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Christine Nixon

Christine Nixon is the head of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, an authority created to rebuild communities following Victoria's devastating bushfires of February 2009. Prior to this appointment she was the 19th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia. Nixon was a police officer for over thirty years and prio ...

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Ciaran Gribbin

From the war-torn streets of Northern Island to reaching the pinnacle of pop music as the lead singer of INXS, Australian-based Ciaran Gribbin is now finding favour as a keynote conference speaker with an inspirational story to tell. His journey from a young boy growing up in a bitterly divided society in North Ireland, to falling in love with a girl from the wrong side of the conflict, and then following his dream to make it in the cut-throat music world is a captivating story and one that is now capturing the attention of corporate event planners.

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Clint Paddison

Clint Paddison is one of Australia's finest stand-up comedians. Admired for his fresh and intelligent style of stand up comedy, Clint is a regular at all of the major comedy venues in the country. As a corporate entertainer or MC, Clint can deliver high-quality, clean humour to major events. Clint has dozens of satisfied clients including The Australian Wallabies, Pizza Hut and BP. ...

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Clint Robinson

Australia's greatest ever kayaker. With 48 National titles in kayaking and surf lifesaving, Clint wrote his name in the record books in 1999 by passing ironman legend Trevor Hendy for the most number of gold medals in Surf Lifesaving Australian Championships with 23 golds. Clint won gold in the K1 1000m at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Clint is one of Australia's most admired sports people. ...

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Colin Bockman

Melbourne-based, Colin Bockman is an Innovative Business Thinker! He is considered one of Australia's premiere business, inspirational and motivational speakers. He's an achiever who literally started at the bottom. He has progressed from hands-on Manufacturing to Sales Management to National Sales Management, and at the time when he decided to leave the corporate scene in 1984 he was a Marketing ...

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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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