Liesl's strongest interest is in emerging trends, new forms of connectivity/technology interface between people, and how that impacts society and commerce. She pays particular attention to the impact of technology on the relationship that businesses have with customers. Liesl Capper is co-founder of and a dynamic and proficient speaker. Winner of the 2012 ICT Woman of the Year h ...

Bringing audiences to their feet!

Ovations, founded in 1988 by Leanne Christie, was the first training brokerage company in Australia. The business rapidly moved into Motivational Speakers, Inspirational Speakers and Keynote Speakers specialising in conferences and corporate events.

As one of the most respected and established Speakers Bureaus in Australia, Ovations lead the way with Australia's first Speakers Showcase. Leanne and the Ovations team have now organised events in over 20 countries.

Our Managing Director has served on the board of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus. Ovations has also been awarded the annual IASB (International Association of Speakers Bureau's) top award for service. The first time the award has been won by a person or bureau outside the US.

The team at Ovations is truly the most professional and reliable to work with and have a well-established and proven track record.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Vision Statement

"To be recognized by our clients, presenters and industry as the bureau."

Mission Statement

By standing in the shoes of our clients, we use our knowledge and creativity to connect objectives with the experts who bring them to life.

The ripple effect of our work enables clients, audiences, presenters and the community to reach their personal and professional best.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Personal Growth
  • Collaboration
  • Openness
  • Kindness
  • Supportive language & behaviou
  • Interspersed with Fun
  • Kaizen!


This June we held an unprecedented THREE showcases in one week across the eastern coast of Australia!

Now you can watch the Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney showcases online in their entirety right here!

This month we've come up with a list of the most incredible mobile apps that the modern event planner can't afford to do without!


This month saw an incredible outpouring of energy and excitement surrounding our National Speaker Showcase.

For the first time our showcases were streamed LIVE via webcast allowing hundreds more to join us and take part in the conversation via Twitter and Facebook, where we reached over 24,000 followers!

And of course, now you can join in too and watch all three events!

James O'Loghlin - Innovations is a state of mindInnovation is the force that drives human progress. It has taken us out of the cave and into houses, cars and aeroplanes. Innovation has created Wi-Fi, smartphones, beach towels and whatever you are reading this on. The ever increasing pace of change in the world is exciting, but also scary, because it means that almost everything that you do now in your business, no matter how brilliant, cutting edge and state of the art, is soon going to be out-dated. 2012's world's best practice isn't going to cut it in 2020, just as world's best practice in 2004 wouldn't cut it now.

The way to ensure your business is in good shape in the future is to ensure that you are constantly innovating. That is, that everyone who works in the business is constantly trying to work out how to do things better.

I met hundreds of inventors and innovators while hosting 'The New Inventors', and there are three things that they do better than the rest of us.

The first is that they think. You probably think you spend your whole day thinking. That's why you're so tired. But do you? A lot of people don't have time to think because they're so busy coping, reacting and responding: coping with problems, reacting to requests and demands, and responding to email, other people, the phone and the other phone.

We should all try to find some time each day to think about how we can improve what we do. During your working day make a note of any problems that pop up, and any opportunities you suspect you might not be taking full advantage of. Then turn off your phone and spend some uninterrupted time thinking about them. Find some time to just think every day. Prioritise it. It can be the most important work that we do.

The second thing inventors and innovators do is that when they have ideas, they treat them as something valuable. No one knows whether an idea is any good when they first have it. Every great idea started out sounding like a weird idea. The only way to find out if an idea is any good is to grow it, nurture it, and see where it takes you. Maybe it will end up being a dud, but how are you going to know, unless you give it a go? Dozens of people have said to me, 'that thing you had on 'The New Inventors' last week. I had that idea years ago.' It's great to have an idea, but that is just the beginning. You need to do something with it.

Thirdly, inventors and innovators test their ideas. They develop them, they refine them, they trial them and, if they work, they implement them. If they don't work, they learn from the experience, put it behind them and get on with thinking of the next thing.

Innovation is not something that only geniuses, experts and those who work in the innovation department can do. It is something that we all can do, and it's something that we all should do.

This Month we're giving away copies of all the Books We Love to anyone who asks.... Lots and lots of books!

All you need to do is to pop over to our Facebook page and write on our wall asking for the book you'd like from the list below! If you share with your friends, they can ask for copies too!

We've asked around for recommendations for some of the newest book releases to hit stores this month. Here's our top picks of the Books We Love:

Sharmila is the negotiation queen and has managed to secure names that I didn't believe we could get. 10 out of 10 with every speaker booked - now I expect nothing less!

Sharmila, I wanted to personally thank you for your guidance and recommendations this year in helping us choose our keynote speakers. It is great to work with a business partner who really gets what we are after and understands what we do – Thank you!

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