Speaking from experience

Naomi Simson

Naomi Simson, keynote speaking, boardroom briefings, webinars, Q&As

“Trust has never mattered more. I believe that we need more role models, people who can be counted on and believed in. “

“More is being asked of leaders. The need to engage teams remotely and keep stakeholders close, whist nurturing customer relationships is paramount, and still leading purposefully and sustainability.  I have been calling it ‘intentional leadership’. How we do business has shifted, harnessing AI to enhance, augment and progress our teams’ contributions is on every business leaders to do list. This is where I share from experience.

For 25 years I have been bringing people together whether it’s through my experience businesses, my speaking or media. My keynote presentations are vivid and memorable, I tailor each presentation to the audience based on the client brief, my thoughts and ideas as well as research, personal experience and case studies.

I urge audiences to play a bigger game. My personal motto is “If it is meant to be, it is up to me”.  And if there’s one thing I leave my audience feeling, it’s focussed with a sense of possibility”.

To enquire about keynote speaking, online events, podcasts or media, please click below.

I believe that we need more role models, people who can be trusted, counted on and believed in – I’m proud to be that person for others

Keynote Speaking 

Naomi Simson, is a much sought after keynote speaker – speaking on a variety of topics. She listens intently to the client brief and builds her presentations based on how the client is wanting to impact the audience. She speaks on entrepreneurship, personal motivation,  start up to scale up and business growth strategies. She is also called on for her insightful and thought provoking presentations on Intentional Leadership, the Growth Mindset, Customer Obsession and Live What You love – finding your purpose.  Find out more


Do more with less

It is time to make AI a friend to your business. This is a compelling, personable and entertaining  exploration of the profound impact of implementing artificial intelligence in business. Every area of business will be affected, the trick will be in understanding the role it plays, and to ensure that critical thinking is not lost. More detail


Customer Obsession

How customers behave has changed. Everything needs to be faster, better & effortless. The critical thing is to understand the job you’re being hired to do. Having listening posts and hearing customer stories is paramount. Customers are people not targets.  This framework will give you a refreshing approach to truly being customer centric. More detail



Entrepreneurship has a certain romance to it. In this presentation Naomi will cover the three elements to how to grow an enterprise. This is not just for start ups – in fact large enterprises are inspired by the energy. Anyone wanting to create opportunity and build an enterprise will get value from the case studies, stories and the structured approach to growth. More detail


Intentional Leadership

Having a clear vision and working towards it as an organisation is important at the best of times. Having a leadership approach throughout the business creates a consistent culture. And corporate culture takes intentional leadership – Naomi shares from experience and other case studies. More detail


Passion to Purpose

From the best selling book Live What You Love in this presentation Naomi explores the journey from passion (personal energy) to purpose (making a difference.) She is entertaining, inspiring but most of all she urges people to play a ‘bigger’ game. This relevant for all age groups from students to retirees. More detail


Shared experience

As a woman of experience,  Naomi has explored a number of ways to share her experience. Any of the below can be done virtually, though she encourages small groups to do experiences together which she can host.  Find out more

Boardroom briefing

This can be hosted in a private dining room or at an experience. It can also be done virtually. Following a briefing process Naomi will design the experience and content based on the required outcome for the client


In this 3 hour session Naomi will navigate shifting from passion to purpose, from mission to vision, from planning to big hairy audacious goal – this masterclass follows a program through a workbook and presentation. It is about making sure that you know what you stand for, what you believe in and how you can contribute best.


Mentor Program

For organisations wishing to scale this is the ideal program to put your key leaders through. Three  1 hour sessions (2 weeks apart) – Many people struggle to find the words to explain or engage others in their purpose. These sessions with pre-work and exercises what could be possible for your business. 


Hosted Experiences

From an art class to a hot air balloon flight. Choose an experience from the RedBalloon range and I will host the event and share from my keynote presentations leadership insights for your participants. This will be a truly memorable way to inspire your leadership team.


Online Events

Speaking from experience: I have shared my insights, challenges and leadership lessons three decades in business. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It is not what happens, but what we learn from it that makes the difference. Each virtual presentation is prepared the day before, based on audience and the brief of the client. The Salesforce presentation here was commissioned as part of it’s global Leading Through Change initiative. To date it is the most successful of the series with 11.8 Million views in the first 24 hours.


Keynote introduction 

For 25 years as an entrepreneur, Naomi Simson has been bringing people together whether it’s with her experience businesses, her speaking or writing. Passionate about small business and local community, Naomi is considered a home grown success story.

Naomi had a corporate career with Apple, KPMG, IBM and Ansett Australia prior to becoming an entrepreneur. She is a prolific blogger, podcaster and business commentator, and appeared as the #RedShark in four seasons of Shark Tank Australia and she appears regularly on ABC The Drum. She is a non-executive director at Big Red Group, Australian Payments Plus, Colonial First State and Weebit Nano, as we as the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation and the University of Melbourne Business and Economics Faculty.

A true business leader and influencer, with more than 2.7 million LinkedIn followers, Naomi is Australia’s most followed person on the business networking platform. She has four seasons of her podcast ‘Handpicked’, and she has authored two best-selling books Live What You Love, and Ready to Soar, and is sought after speaker.

Please welcome Naomi Simson.


Keynote Speaking Topics

Intentional Leadership

Entrepreneurship has a certain romance to it and what founders often do so well is to align people to the ’cause’. In this session Naomi shares what she does as a leader to focus people on the bigger game. Looking to consumer sentiment whilst staying focussed using community contribution,  she shares her leadership beliefs which will be relevant to anyone wishing to influence others.

By aligning ‘the right team’ to a vision, a deep sense of engagement and purpose she accelerated her idea into something big – but she has not done this without many bumps in the road, and great people around her. During this keynote discussion, Naomi will share her experiences and insights on frameworks, case studies and research, which are anchored around leadership, culture and the customer. She will finish the session by encouraging each participant to think about the ‘one thing’… that, if you worked on it, would make your experience of business easier each day. And whilst the near future is unknown she will connect audiences with her deep sense of positivity.

Business Leadership Success
AI Keynote

Do more with less. 

‘Making AI your friend in business’.

In this presentation Naomi will guide the audience through a compelling exploration of the profound impact of implementing artificial intelligence in business. Showing how it can be useful as a tool, yet not ‘the answer’. She will demonstrate the need for review, critical thinking and how to know where and how to best to use AI as a tool.

In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, businesses face the dual challenge of reducing costs and expanding creative capacities. As a trailblazer in entrepreneurship, she will shed light on how strategically integrating AI can be a catalyst for achieving both objectives. By leveraging AI technologies, businesses can streamline processes, automate routine tasks, and optimize resource allocation, which ultimately will reduce costs.

However, the benefits extend far beyond mere cost savings. Naomi will illustrate how AI can be a powerful enabler of creativity. AI can liberates people to focus on critical thinking, innovation, and problem-solving. Through real-world examples, she will demonstrate how businesses can foster a culture of creativity and harness more from their teams.

She will speak from her own experience on how to do more with less. The Christmas 2023 RedBalloon advertising campaign was created using AI tools. she will let us know the outcome and the impact.

Furthermore, Naomi will delve into the role of AI in customer engagement. In a world dominated by personalized experiences, she will showcase how businesses can leverage AI to understand customer preferences, anticipate needs, and deliver tailor-made offers. From chatbots to predictive analytics, Naomi will explore the myriad ways AI enhances customer interactions, fostering loyalty and satisfaction. And as always Naomi will keep this personable, entertaining and relatable.

Finally, the keynote will address the overarching theme of efficiency. Naomi will share insights on how AI-driven insights and data analytics empower people to review, critique and assess findings to help them make informed decisions. This will allow them to adapt swiftly to market changes, and refine overall performance.

Join us as Naomi Simson unravels the transformative possibilities of AI, guiding us towards a future where businesses not only survive but thrive in the era of digital innovation.



Growth Mindset

We all talk about growth, aspiriation and intent, however too often the daily activities of running an enterprise get in the way of scaling a business. We all have limited time, energy and resources and how we use them will make a difference. In this keynote Naomi asks how you get ‘growth’ into the middle of every conversation. She challenges the thinking on what is important and she demonstrates real outcomes on how this can be done.

There are three key elements to a growth mindset and how one listens for opportunity is equally important. Naomi will talk not just about her own growth story but she will call on case studies, (Shark Tank stories), research and data to show what could be possible. This is a thought provoking but entertaining session that will leave the audience inspired to action.

Experiences at Work
Live What You Love – Personal Development

Live What You Love – Personal Development

This presentation will touch, move and inspire. It is relevant to most groups and is all about making powerful choices to live a life that you love. “If you love what you do every day, you never have to work another day in your life.” This is about putting meaning in your work, discovering your passion, learning about positivity and sticking with it, and being persistent.

This keynote is all about fulfilling your true purpose. Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone, but knowing what drives you will give you the platform for a rich and wonderful experience of life. Naomi will share real and vivid stories from her personal and business life to demonstrate the power of her personal motto, ‘If it is meant to be, it is up to me.’ The one word we consistently hear after this session is ‘inspirational’. You will be inspired to take action.

Customer Obsession

The world has changed and so have customer expectations. People want things faster, they’re more demanding and are easily lost. Customer obsession comes from understanding the job that you are being hired to do. It might be transactional – right place right time, emotional – I feel better because I purchased from you, or social – I am better because I purchased from you.

Naomi has a clear process for living in the customers world, from having listening posts to amplifying customer stories. She will remind audiences that we are all just people doing business with people. Customers are people not targets, numbers or faceless records in a database.

This is an entertaining and productive keynote with plenty of laughs, a few shark tank stories and lots to take away.

Experiences at Work

Customer Feedback

Effervescent and powerful are two words which describe Naomi Simson’s presentation at a recent Stockdale & Leggo company event where she shook the room with her insight, innovation, vision, and wit. One of the best speakers our group has had the privilege to witness, Naomi’s delivery was world class, displaying a phenomenal ability to translate her own learnings and success into a relevant, thoughtful and intimate exhibition for our franchisees and their teams. A delight and a professional. Thank you.

Chiquita Searle

Publicist & Media Manager, Stockdale & Leggo

Animated, dynamic, amusing…Naomi personifies RedBalloon’s culture. As a guest speaker at a Hudson Human Resources celebration, Naomi’s candid insights, self-deprecating humor and unapologetic passion for her business kept the audience engaged, entertained and challenged to think differently. I highly recommend Naomi as an inspirational speaker.

Tracy Noon

Chief Human Resources Officer, Hudson

Thanks, Naomi, for the fantastic presentation at our ‘Talent Xchange Conference’ last week. We have had a stack of unsolicited feedback from delegates saying things like: ‘Naomi was amazing, I am going to implement changes immediately’, and ‘That was great, we will definitely be rethinking our engagement strategy’. Thank you for making our conference such a big hit!

Bruce Morton

Business Development Director, Talent2

Naomi, Thank you so much for passionately presenting to our senior women leaders yesterday. You were an absolute inspiration. Everyone’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Angela Mentis

Executive General Manager, National Australia Bank Private Wealth

Naomi is a dynamic, energetic and passionate speaker. She presents powerful and clear messages that not only resonate because they are personal accounts, but also because they provide a refreshing and honest viewpoint.

Amanda McDonald

Randstad, Stockdale & Leggo

About Naomi Simson

For 25 years Naomi has been bringing people together whether it’s with her experience businesses, her speaking or writing. She is a strong advocate of business owners.

Known as entrepreneur and business leader; following the growth of RedBalloon which she founded in 2001, Naomi co-founded the Big Red Group (BRG) in 2017.

Naomi had a corporate career with Apple, KPMG, IBM and Ansett Australia prior to becoming an entrepreneur. She is a prolific blogger, podcaster and business commentator, and appeared as the #RedShark in four seasons of Shark Tank Australia. She is a non-executive director at Big Red Group, Australian Payments Plus, Colonial First State and Weebit Nano. As well as the Cerebal Palsy Research Foundation and the University of Melbourne Business and Economics Faculty.

A true business leader and influencer, with more than 2.7 million LinkedIn followers, Naomi is Australia’s most followed person on the business networking platform. She has authored two best-selling books Live What You Love, and Ready to Soar, and is an engaging, humorous and insightful speaker. She has four seasons of her Podcast – Handpicked.

Naomi is relatable across a broad variety of audiences and topics, often drawing on her personal experiences to provide thoughtful and valuable views into topics; including the customer obsession, intentional leadership, growth mindset, personal development. She is a regular panellist on ABC The Drum.

To find out more about Naomi’s availability and keynote topics, click here.


Handpicked Podcast

Series four launched Mid 2023.

It could be called a short form mentoring session that gets straight to what business owners need to know. Guests ask their business questions and I handpicked advice around starting or saving a business and gives guidance on how to grow.

“Simson said she wanted to ensure season one had good diversity with rural, regional and metro businesses. “We also wanted start-ups and growth businesses and ones run by people of different genders and backgrounds.” After requesting businesspeople to get in touch, Simson got bombarded with offers. “The age range goes from a businessperson who started at 19 through to someone in their 60s.

“What unites them all are the same challenges – finding more customers, keeping staff engaged and motivated, growing the businesses and making more money.”

Simson has an army of followers across various platforms. She has a newsletter, also called Handpicked (visit to subscribe) and has no less than 2.7m followers on LinkedIn.” Media Week