Tag Archives: Professional Speaker

One word on happiness.

Today is International Day of Happiness – 20 March every year is set aside to focus on the human emotion of happiness. Governments, industry and education facilities all know that happy people are more able to be creative and far more productive. So they have given ‘Happiness’ it’s own day of celebration. Given that I am fundamentally curious and have been exploring vast reams of research on happiness for many years, I have learned much. Firstly happiness is only one…

What Is Your Legacy?

As the year draws to a close – one begins to reflect on the year, it’s ups and downs – and then what the next year might look like. I have not been blogging quite as often – simply because I have been setting aside that time to write a book. One of my highlights for 2013 was being a speaker at ‘Wired for Wonder’. Better to have a mind opened with wonder …..than closed by negativity. Wired for Wonder…

Stump the Strategist

It is pretty great when you get to a point in your career when people are interested in what you have to say. It can of course be challenging and personally confronting when put forward to an event called ‘Stump the Strategist.” But what is great about it is that I can use my ‘talent’ as a speaker to raise money for the causes that are important to me. I’m excited to contribute to an organisation very close to my…

Clever Corp the hypothetical

  Geoffrey Robertson with panelists at the Telstra CIO forum in Melbourne I find myself on a board with David Thodey, Anna Bligh and Graeme Samuel and . And we are the new board of Clever Corp – and fictitious corporation invented by hypothetical luminary Geoffrey Robertson. For more than an hour Geoffrey weaves his questions around corporate governance, ethics and growths in a new world of business. I listen intently never sure when he will turn to me –…

Coming up this week 15 October 2012

Monday saw the end of school holidays… which means that Christmas is fast approaching. I cannot believe it is only eight weeks until the festive season is really upon us. I think I did move the game forward last week. I am enjoying my blogging for linked in – and I had very productive corporate meetings. I enjoyed getting to know this years finalists for the Ernst & Young Eastern Region Entrepreneur of the Year host at the Qantas service…

Coming Up this week 27 August 2012

Last week was a great week of learning – Early in the week I attended the Entrepreneurs Organization event with Tessa Marshall on ‘Powerful Conversations’. Later that day the deputy commissioner of NSW Police – Catherine Burn (and National Telstra Business Woman of the year 2011) spoke at a RedBalloon lunch and learn about her career – which began in 1984 prior to the royal commission – and now she is accountable for a $2.7billion budget. A great story of…

Coming Up this Week 13 August 2012

Some weeks you feel that you move the game forward, others you stand still, and sometimes you go backwards. I was running a two speed life last week – working very productively on project work – but I had a melt down in my Outlook, lost my calendar, contacts and tasks – as well as double up on emails… and yes of course I have back ups – but all these things take time. It was the weirdest thing looking…

Coming up this week 6 August 2012

Last week I spent a very long time in airports and on airplanes…I spoke in Phuket on Tuesday for L’Oreal – and by Thursday I was speaking in Trafalgar for the Gippsland Business Women’s networking group. I had a wonderful time at both – imploring each group of how they can make a difference to those people around them. This Week Monday: One on One’s, Customer Focus Group Tuesday: Monthly Company Meeting with the theme launch, Sydney Sings Choir practice…

Coming Up this Week 29 July 2012

These are exciting times at RedBalloon – but then again when has it every been boring. New initiatives, lot’s of upgrades and change – we even have new ‘outfits’ for the fleet. We managed to get 27 people in total into both mini’s… truly. This Week. Monday: In the office and cramming in as much as I can with meetings Tuesday: Phuket Thailand for a speaking engagement Wednesday: Return to Melbourne from Thailand Thursday: Client meetings & Speaking engagement in…

Coming up this week 4 June 2012

The end of financial year is fast approaching and like my colleagues I am focused on finishing this years plan; as well as creating the RedBalloon plan for 2013 and beyond. This does not negate the fact that I still need to keep doing all the other things that I do. In the last few weeks I have been in Adelaide, Sydney and the Gold Coast for speaking engagements…  enjoying myself sharing what we have discovered about customer intimacy and…