Tag Archives: Professional Speaker

Coming up this week 2nd May 2016

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Last week was all things media…especially given the arrival of #ReadyToSoar in book stores. I also had the pleasure of attending Claire Halliday’s launch of her book Things My Mother Taught Me which and here Benjamin Law’s stories first hand. Big groups at the #TotalSuccess events in Melbourne and Sydney, I shared many a story on the entrepreneurial journey. As we move into the on air week for Shark Tank as well as the book launch there is really a…

No one intends to crash and burn

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  As the new book ‘Ready to Soar’ begins to arrive in book stores I reflect on why I dedicated hours and hours to putting down on paper what is in my brain. The experience of nearly 30 years of being in, or working with small business has given me not just vast knowledge but battle scars. People ask me regularly “I’ve got a business idea, what should I do next?” – and quite frankly the answer to that question…

Coming up this week 11th April 2016

As I boarded a flight back to Sydney again this morning, I thought to myself…boy… I was in and out of the Gold Coast and Melbourne last week busy waving the RedBalloon flag at speaking engagements for Allianz, Siemens and Leading Property Managers of Australia (and who could forget B-School – pictured below working on #IdeaNation), I hardly saw these places while sharing the RedBalloon customer experience story. Often I go from car to airport to car to event without…

Coming up this week 29th March 2016

More of this!

It’s coming up to five years since I left the post as CEO of RedBalloon - not being involved with the detail allows me as a non-executive director to bring different ‘experiences’ or insights to the board table. However, my passion has in no way diminished – I remain committed to great workplaces – I have seen first hand the difference it makes to the success of many businesses when the team is aligned.  This week in particular is all about stepping…

Coming up this week 21st March 2016

Is the world trying to tell me something?

The question I am asked a lot is “what do you do now that you are not the CEO of RedBalloon?” Whilst life is busy, it is not chaotic – it is purposeful. In fact one of the things I do to create my week is to consider “What is the big game I am playing? – and I block out time to that project or calling. Habit creates productivity even in the face of ‘I have 1000 things to get…

No More Excuses: How to Get More Women Presenting Keynotes

No one likes getting yelled at, but there might be a reason. What appears to be anger may in fact be frustration – on both sides. The phone rang at 2.00pm on Friday afternoon and I note that it is Matt Barrie– this is only the second time he has ever called me personally, even though I have known him since 2011 as part of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. Every time we see each other we always have a great…

Live What You Love: Positivity (Extract)

  Positivity in leadership (from Live What You Love) A positive leadership relationship inspires people to become more than they might have been without the relationship. Following an effective leader, people accomplish and achieve more than they may ever have dreamed possible. Rather than coming across as ‘delegation’ it feels far more like ‘all hands on deck’, pitching in for the greater purpose. The foundation of this successful relationship is the leader’s ability to make people feel important. Recognition and…

Live What You Love: Passion (Extract)

  Here is a small extract from my book Live What You Love There’s a notion that passion belongs to artistic types, musi­cians, painters, writers and children at play. The idea of being passionate at work can be met with, ‘That’s ridiculous! We’re all meant to be achievers.’ But think how ridiculous this is. Why would you reserve doing things you are passionate about just for the weekend? That’s how people become conflicted around life equilibrium. Sure there may be…

New Year… new you? Your personal style.

I always find that at the beginning of the year I reflect on what I achieved last year and what I plan to do differently this year. One thing we often avoid considering is our personal style (and the impact our choices have on people around us). Does how you present yourself reflect who you are planning to be this year? There’s a lot of information available to help you to consider what is right for you. You will want…

The day Richard Branson turned me down.

I posted this article on LinkedIn as part of it’s influencer program. I find myself reflective at this time of year – thinking about the wins of 2014 and the opportunities for 2015. I’m excited for the coming year as I have much coming up: the launch of my book in March “Live What You Love”, the airing on Channel Ten of Shark Tank Australia, and being invited to join a global leadership program… There is much to be excited…