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5 Tips for Post-Pandemic Strategy Success

Strategy success - Belinda Brosnan

“Without a compass bearing, a ship would neither find its port nor be able to estimate the time required to get there.” – Peter Drucker

Before the pandemic hit, most organisations had a strategy in place to get them to where they wanted to be. Then covid chaos reigned, and all those painstakingly prescriptive strategies, thoughtfully refined and unanimously endorsed, flew right out the window. Busy triaging emergencies, the focus was squarely on survival. But now it’s time to refocus, gather up your learnings and plot out a sustainable path forward. While we don’t have a post-pandemic playbook for you, we do have strategic leadership expert Belinda Brosnan – and she’s got five excellent tips to help set your new strategy up for success!

While the pandemic may have blown a hole in your old strategy document, the experience gained over the last couple of years is invaluable when it comes to setting your business up for the future. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Use those learnings to build the foundations of your new strategy. And keep these tips in mind if you want that strategy to work.

1. Strategy without culture is senseless
Neither eats the other for breakfast. As an example, if your past strategy was based on the primary operating model of operational efficiency, then switching to a strategy with the primary operating model of customer intimacy cannot succeed without incorporating the culture needed to make that happen. As you get your strategy planning underway, there must be a conversation about culture. Without it, your strategy will go nowhere very fast.

Involve those who matter most in the development of your strategy, as they will make or break your progress. Also reflect on your values and how they should influence your strategy development – they are, after all, meant to be living, breathing words in action!

2. Slow down to speed up
Right now, executives are exhausted. Planning for the future can be overwhelming, especially if they’re already navigating huge change and transformation. Patience levels are often challenged.

One of the quotes I love is from John Legend – “the future started yesterday and we’re already late”.  The trap of the reactionary nature necessitated by the pandemic has meant that strategy has taken a back seat, with many organisations in survival mode. Organisations and their executives feel like they are in a perpetual treadmill of ‘catching up’. As many scramble to piece together a strategic direction for the future that incorporates some of the greatest challenges faced, including the war for talent, exhaustion levels mean good strategic thinking is hindered.

The shift to hybrid working has also meant many people are forgetting how to build connections with each other. Short fuses mean stunted strategy. Make space in your strategy development for thinking and reconnecting. Change your environment. Strategy developed in the same place you work means your ‘at work’ behaviours may sabotage great thought leadership (think phones, emails, interruptions).

3. Ditch vague platitudes, dial up conversation
Just as important as developing a strategy is taking the time to create the foundations for robust conversation.

As a practitioner of Judith Glaser’s work on conversational intelligence, your strategy (and culture) is only as good as the quality of the conversations you are having. Strategy plans need to mitigate the temptation to fall into jargon that ‘sounds’ professional, but ultimately is vague and multidimensional in meaning.

This means being willing to drill down into often-used words that have no ‘active’ meaning. For example, maybe your company’s mission is a brighter future for customers? How will you know the future is bright? How can you see it, hear it, feel it, touch it? If you are to bring your people with you for the ride, your end game (and their important contribution to that) needs to be explicit.

During a culture change program I worked on years ago, the executives were relentlessly communicating to their people the importance of flexibility as part of their strategy. The shift in market pressures on the price of coal meant that cost-cutting alone would not deliver the results required. Strategically, they wanted to explore culturally how to create productivity gains. Flexibility was deemed essential to this.

The only trouble was, most of their people had no idea what flexibility meant for them in action. “When the leadership team say we need to be flexible, does that mean I should drive a vehicle I don’t have a license for? Does flexibility mean they are expecting me to work longer hours for no additional pay? Does flexibility mean I have to take on a different role now?”.

The executive team were equally frustrated. Despite their continuing reference to flexibility, nothing was really changing.  When the executive team realised the missing in translation impact, they were able to engage in real conversation that explored what flexibility meant in action for individuals, and HOW it would make a difference to the results of the organisation. Be clear on what is needed in action. Otherwise, the status quo will remain.

4. Progress, not perfection
The complexity of systems, large organisations and shifting context means that aiming for perfection will see your strategy development become fraught with issues and interpersonal conflict. A strategy with a 3-5-year horizon, and small defined goalposts within that, will ensure there is built-in flexibility. This means a focus more on small, achievable shifts that reduce risk and build in flexibility and resilience. It also means less uncertainty for your people who need stability and hope from their leaders.

As Alex Komoroske, head of strategy for Stripe describes, be less ‘builder’ and more ‘gardener’ with strategy and its application. Remember strategy is a living, breathing thing, rather than a few pages stuffed in the desk drawer.

5. Reframe resistance
As you work through strategy, siloed thinking and ‘us vs them’ pressures can interfere with the alignment of your people and the strategy forward. Resistance through this process may be seen as personal or even political. Leading strategy means you need to see resistance for its simplicity before taking it personally. Resistance is telling you that there is fear or lack of information holding you back from being influential. If you are committed to the process of developing and implementing strategy, then learn to let go more and dial up the curiosity and perspective required to gain full perspective. Influence will follow.

Covid-19 wasn’t the first major disruption in history, and it won’t be the last. But crisis really can be a powerful catalyst for positive change.

We’ve learned the hard way that strategy can no longer be a set-and-forget proposition – you need to incorporate all those covid learnings into a flexible, adaptable strategy that allows you to course-correct if necessary. But even the best strategy in the world won’t succeed if you don’t have the right building blocks in place to bring that strategy to life. With the right culture, taking the time to reconnect, clearly defining what’s required and understanding any resistance, your strategy will get the support it needs to bring you the results it was designed to achieve.


In a time where change and uncertainty is the new status quo, Belinda Brosnan is an expert at finding clarity and direction amidst the chaos. With credentials in executive coaching, conversational intelligence and NeuroLeadership, Belinda is a gifted communicator and powerful motivational speaker. With a relaxed and real approach, Belinda’s presentations are thought-provoking, humorous and supremely practical, inspiring leaders to adapt, level-up and influence in these changing times. If you’d like Belinda to help take your team to the next level, talk to us about engaging her for your event today!

The World’s Greatest: Top 10 International Motivational Speakers

World's Best Motivational Speakers

Along with the emergence of tracksuit pants as acceptable workwear, one of the biggest pandemic silver linings was the escalation of our virtual game. Online platforms like Zoom single-handedly revolutionised the global meetings and events space, opening us up to a world of possibilities – literally! Down here in Oz, the best Motivational Speakers on the planet used to be largely inaccessible to all but those with the biggest budgets. The addition of flights, accommodation, travel time and expenses to venue hire and catering costs prohibited most from hiring a big-name headliner. But now? With Wi-Fi on your side, your options are endless.

To save you trawling through those endless options, we’ve put together our Top 10 International Motivational Speakers – the best of the best. These 10 dynamic and captivating storytellers all have incredible presence online, with a wonderful ability to provide maximum impact and engagement over the airwaves – get ready to be blown away!

Top 10 International Motivational Speakers

1. Bear Grylls
Bear GryllsFormer British Special Forces Soldier, TV Presenter and Best-Selling Author, Bear Grylls, is one of the most recognisable adventurers in the world. One of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest (despite breaking his back in a parachuting accident in Africa), Bear earned his reputation for courage and resilience early on. Millions of fans around the globe now tune in weekly to watch him pit his legendary survival skills against the worst of Mother Nature on some of the world’s most-watched TV shows. Bear is also a best-selling author, having written over 90 books, selling over 15 million copies worldwide – including his autobiography, “Mud, Sweat and Tears”, which spent 15 weeks at Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. Bear’s resilient mindset and astonishing achievements, recounted during his high-energy presentations, are powerful motivators for any team! Read more about Bear here.

2. Erin Brockovich
Erin BrockovichWhile working as a file clerk in a law office, Erin Brockovich uncovered what would end up being one of the most publicised corporate cover-ups in history. Through exhaustive instigative work, Erin discovered that utility giant PG & E had been leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the groundwater in Hinkley, California, with tragic consequences for local residents. This discovery led to the largest direct-action lawsuit of its kind, and eventually the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history. In 2000, Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning movie based on Erin’s life, making Erin Brockovich a household name. Erin continues to be involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide and is one of the most requested motivational speakers on the international circuit, sharing her empowering story and encouraging others to stand up and make a difference. Read more about Erin here.

3. Simon Sinek
simon sinekBest known for popularising the concept of finding your ‘Why’, which was the topic of the second most-watched TED talk of all time, Simon Sinek is a visionary thinker with rare intellect. Passionate about teaching leaders and organisations how to inspire people so that they go home every day feeling fulfilled, Simon’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention. Along with multinational corporations, Simon has shared his ideas with the United Nations, the United States Congress and the senior leadership of the United States Air Force and United States Marine Corps. He’s also authored two best-selling books and shares his optimistic views on stage as one of the most highly-regarded and captivating motivational speakers in the world. Read more about Simon here.

4. Dame Helena Morrissey
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When Dame Helena Morrissey, the only woman in a team of 16 Fund Managers, missed out on a promotion due to ‘doubt over her commitment with a baby’, she decided enough was enough. She resolved to take control of her career, to provide for her family (which now includes nine children) and to help other women. She joined Newton Investment Management, was appointed CEO after seven years and over the next 15 years more than trebled company profits. In 2010 Helena launched the 30% Club to improve the gender balance on UK corporate boards, and as a result women now represent over 30% of FTSE350 directors. There are also now fourteen 30% Clubs throughout the world, including the world’s largest cross-company mentoring scheme. Nominated by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s 50 Greatest Leaders, Helena was also named Financial Times Person of the Year in 2017. As a speaker, Helena offers unparalleled vision, experience and practical solutions for both companies and talent. Read more about Helena here.

5. Colonel Chris Hadfield
chris hadfieldAs children, we are often told to ‘reach for the stars’. And as the first Canadian to walk in space, Chris Hadfield fulfilled a life-long dream by doing just that! Chris is a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot, having been awarded the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Chris was also named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He has flown three space missions, building two space stations, performing two spacewalks, crewing the shuttle and commanding the International Space Station. Oh, and he’s also authored three international bestsellers, co-created and hosted the internationally acclaimed BBC series Astronauts and joined actor Will Smith to host the National Geographic series One Strange Rock! With riveting stories and powerful advice, Chris’ entertaining presentations deliver valuable lessons on commitment, intelligence, hard work and sacrifice. Read more about Chris here.

6. Abby Wambach
abby wambachAbby Wambach is a soccer icon. As a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, FIFA World Cup Champion and six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Abby is also widely considered one of the most dominant players in soccer history. Following her retirement from soccer in 2015, Abby embarked on a mission to empower women, becoming is a vocal activist for equality and inclusion and co-founding the Wolfpack Endeavour in an effort to revolutionise leadership development for women. Her first book, WOLFPACK, became a #1 New York Times Best Seller, while her podcast was named the #1 New Podcast of 2021 on Apple Podcasts. A true leader on and off the field, Abby inspires audiences around the globe by sharing her journey, her winning habits and her leadership insights. Read more about Abby here.

7. Robyn Benincasa
Robyn-BenincasaRobyn Benincasa is a veteran firefighter, World Champion Adventure racer, Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker and best-selling author. She’s also recognised globally as one of the best speakers you’re ever likely to hear. Through 20+ years of gruelling and life-affirming Adventure Racing challenges, Robyn has emerged with a truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of world-class teams that triumph in the face of great adversity. Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes everyone better together than they ever would have been alone. Her keynotes are powerful, impactful and packed with practical, real-world takeaways that inspire peak performance and exceptional leadership. Grab hold of your seats, Robyn’s incredible stories and breathtaking footage of extreme teams in action is an invigorating ride that will leave audiences energised and inspired. Read more about Robyn here.

8. Chris Gardner
chris gardnerIf you haven’t read Chris Gardner’s New York Times and Washington Post #1 Bestseller ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, or seen the critically acclaimed film it inspired, you’re one of the few. Born into a cycle of child abandonment, abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence, fear, poverty and illiteracy – and later as a working homeless Veteran with a toddler son – Chris Gardner overcame immense challenges to create the life he’s living now. Chris introduces audiences to the concepts of Spiritual Genetics (that which makes you You), the Universal Dream (you can do or be anything you want to do or be) and the importance of having the ‘P’s’ in our life – Promise, Passion and a Plan. He also shows us how owning our actions gives us the power to change things. A captivating speaker with a powerful story, Chris inspires audiences to see real beauty in the world. Read more about Chris here.

9. Risha Grant
risha grantRisha Grant has always been motivated by her passion to correct societal “isms” like racism, sexism, classism and plain old stupidism. It’s her personal mission to expose the subtleties and values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion while shining a light on the impacts they create. Featured in publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Financial Times, Risha has received a host of honours including being named one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR in 2021. Risha uses honest, humorous and vulnerable storytelling to talk about the destructive power of unconscious bias, micro-aggressions and other actions that perpetuate discrimination and inequality to motivate audiences to embrace acceptance – without evoking judgement or blame. Audiences leave with easily applied principles for finding respect, understanding and inclusion both personally and professionally. Read more about Risha here.

10. Warren MacDonald
warren macdonaldWarren MacDonald’s inspirational story of survival began in April 1997 when he became trapped beneath a boulder in a freak rock fall when climbing the tallest peak on Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Island. Rescued after two days, Warren’s legs had to be amputated at mid-thigh. Incredibly, with just 10 months of rehabilitation behind him, Warren succeeded in climbing Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain. Then in 2003, Warren then became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, and later that year climbed America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He’s also the first over-the-knee amputee to ascend Canada’s ‘Weeping Wall’, a frozen waterfall. Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including ‘Larry King Live’ and ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, inspiring millions of people to never give up, no matter the challenge. Warren’s gripping story and his natural ability to connect with people also makes him one of the world’s best speakers, motivating others to achieve the ‘unachievable’. Read more about Warren here.


With a world full of incredibly inspiring talent, compiling a list of the Top 10 International Motivational Speakers was no easy task! If you’d like us to curate a list relevant to your specific needs and goals, simply get in touch with us for a chat.

Captivating Kiwi’s: New Zealand’s Top 10 Motivational Speakers

NZ Top 10 Motivational Speaker

From the bustling city and volcanic fields of Auckland to the heart-pumping adventures and jaw-dropping natural wonders of Queenstown, New Zealand is a genuine tourist mecca. More than a rich blend of cultures, laid-back Kiwi charm and an abundance of sheep (at least 10 to every person – true!), its NZ’s world-class natural attractions that steal the show. Think lush green hills and thermal springs, picturesque fjords and glaciers, magnificent mountain peaks and Middle Earth. Their Motivational Speakers also happen to be some of the best in the world – and we’d love to introduce you.

Whether it’s New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister, one of the world’s best rugby players, the first Kiwi to reach the South Pole unsupported or the legendary man behind one of the world’s best-known retail empires, our New Zealand Motivational Speakers are a cut above. Passionate, dynamic and thought-provoking, these 10 master storytellers are guaranteed to captivate and inspire your audience.

New Zealand’s Top 10 Motivational Speakers

1. Ngahihi o te ra Bidois
Ngahi o te ra BidoisNgahihi motivational speaker is ‘The Face of New Zealand’. Blending ancient Maori wisdom with modern solutions, Ngahi cleverly uses his unique life experiences and extensive qualifications to educate, influence and inspire people to be their best. Ngahi’s flawless speaking skills have taken him to all corners of the globe and earnt him worldwide recognition, with awards including New Zealand Speaker of the Year and multiple Inspirational Speaker of the Year awards. His uplifting, powerful presentation will have your audience on their feet, laughing, crying and inspired to act. Read more about Ngahihi here.

2. Tony Christiansen
tony christiansen motivational speakerDespite losing his legs in a tragic train accident at the age of 9, Tony Christiansen’s self-belief and incredible never-say-die attitude overcame every limitation set by others. His disability has never held him back – his list of accomplishments is truly extraordinary and includes: scaling the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro; becoming an athlete, swimmer and Paralympics’ medallist; racing a two-man bobsled down the Utah Olympic Park route; qualifying as an open water scuba diver; becoming a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, as well as motor racing champion, certified lifeguard and qualified pilot. Oh, and he’s also authored 3 best-selling books! In amongst all that, he started his own successful business, married and became a father. His stunning mindset and remarkable life story, told with humour and great passion, leaves audiences inspired to embrace the challenges that lie ahead. Read more about Tony here.

3. Dame Jenny Shipley
Dame Jenny Shipley motivational speakerAs New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister, Dame Jenny Shipley is widely considered a formidable leader, a global economics expert and an authority on global mega trends. She currently sits on the board of The Club of Madrid – a group of around 100 former Presidents and Prime Ministers who give their time and share their expertise to promote democracy worldwide. As a member of the World Women’s Leadership Council and Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, and having chaired Global Women NZ and Champions for Change, Dame Jenny is also an advocate and inspiration for women in leadership. Her business acumen is utilised in board positions across the globe, while she draws on her vast, rich knowledge base to share her tools for success and motivate and inspire the leaders of the future through her commanding presentations. Read more about Dame Jenny here.

4. Michael Hill
Michael Hillmichael hill motivational speaker is a household name in the retail world. Founder of Michael Hill Jeweller, one of the world’s most recognisable jewellery brands, Michael has achieved incredible success, growing his brand from 10 stores in 1987 to a chain of over 250 stores worldwide in 2022. Michael’s personal achievements are also legendary – he’s built a private golf course that has hosted the NZ Open and won numerous design awards, published a book about his success, won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year award, been inducted into the World Entrepreneur of The Year Hall of Fame and been named NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year. He’s also a wonderful motivational speaker, sharing his story and providing practical advice for achieving success in all areas of life. Read more about Michael here.

5. Kevin Biggar
kevin biggarKevin Biggar was a couch potato when he decided to take part in the 5,000km trans-Atlantic rowing race. An unusual choice for someone who hadn’t rowed before and was prone to sea-sickness. But not only did he win, he set a new world record. He then set his sights on an even tougher challenge – the first ever unsupported trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. Is there ayone better qualified to talk about techniques to help teams take on and persevere through big, audacious challenges? With highly visual and entertaining presentations honed through years of experience hosting TVNZ’s series ‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ’, audiences are riveted by Kevin’s delightful combination of rollicking, outrageous anecdotes and insightful, practical advice. Read more about Kevin here.

6. Cam Calkoen
Cam CalkoenBeing born with Cerebral Palsy didn’t stop Cam Calkoen from chasing his dreams. Continually confounding expectations, Cam won gold medals in the 100 and 200 metres in New Zealand, Australia and Canada and went on to become a full-time speaker… not bad for someone who was told that walking and talking would always be a struggle! Cam’s unique message inspires people to believe things are possible way beyond their thinking, providing stories, tactics and strategies to enhance wellbeing, thrive beyond adversity, build a positive mindset and enhance resilience. And he delivers his presentations in authentic, mesmerising style – little wonder he was awarded NZ Speaker of the Year in 2020! Read more about Cam here.

7. Bruce Cotterill
Bruce CotterillBruce Cotterill is a passionate transformation leader and highly regarded advisor to business leaders. As a five-time CEO and professional director with a portfolio comprising six boards, Bruce has extensive experience across a range of industries and is renowned for creating the ‘7 Principles of Profit’. As a master storyteller, he shares his personal stories of business transformation with humour and engaging style, and provides helpful resources and tools to inspire people to become better leaders and improve their business performance. Read more about Bruce here.

8. Gilbert Enoka
Gilbert EnokaGilbert Enoka has worked with the business and sporting elite on performance enhancement for over twenty years, building a reputation as NZ’s leading mental skills coach. Having worked as a mental skills coach for the All Blacks, Canterbury Crusaders, the Silver Ferns and the Black Caps among others, Gilbert cleverly applies his insight into the psychology behind success in world-level sport to everyday life. He thrives on preparing people for the hurdles that life puts in front of them, and presents brilliantly on leadership, performing under pressure, mental management, strategic planning, effective business management and building thriving cultures. Read more about Gilbert here.

9. Jamie Fitzgerald
Jamie FitzgeraldIn 2007, Jamie Fitzgerald became the first Kiwi ever to reach the South Pole unsupported on foot with fellow adventurer Kevin Biggar. Their 52-day expedition created media attention worldwide for the business-like approach they took to reach their goal – an approach that has seen Jamie succeed in many other areas of his life too. A world record for crossing the 5000 km Atlantic Ocean in a tiny rowboat, elite representation with New Zealand Rowing and double New Zealand representation in rowing and surf lifesaving as well as professional achievements on an equally impressive scale. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have benefited from Jamie’s insightful and compelling messages. Whether it’s dealing with uncertainty, team effectiveness, goal setting, communication or dispute resolution, Jamie’s unique approach to success is guaranteed to inspire and motivate. Read more about Jamie here.

10. Sir Graham Henry
sir graham henrySir Graham Henry is one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time, having coached the All Blacks to 88 wins from 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 per cent. He’s also a five-time Coach of the Year award winner and World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee. With experience playing first-class sport himself, and with a successful teaching career behind him, Graham is as comfortable on the podium as he is on the pitch. His speaking skills are in demand around the world, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone better qualified to talk about succeeding in a high-performance environment, team culture, motivation, development and leadership. Read more about Graham here.


With so much incredible Kiwi talent on offer, it really was supremely difficult to select NZ’s top 10 Motivational Speakers! If you have a brief for us we’d be happy to provide you with a curated list specific to your needs… simply get in touch with us for a chat to get the ball rolling!

Lessons from Turia Pitt: Turning Resilience into Results

Turia Pitt Resilience to Results

If there’s anything the last couple of years on the old Corona-coaster has taught us, it’s that we’re a pretty resilient bunch. We’ve navigated our way through a dictionary’s worth of pandemic buzzwords like outbreaks, lockdowns, home-schooling, pivots, unprecedented times and zoom malfunctions, and are finally seeing our way through the ‘new normal’. So how can we build on all that resilience we’ve amassed and set ourselves up for success? We thought we’d share some lessons from the epitome of resilience, the magnificent Turia Pitt.

Chances are you know who Turia Pitt is – whether from the current season of Celebrity Apprentice, or from her inspirational story of survival. But let me refresh your memory…

At the age of 24, Turia Pitt was super fit, ambitious, determined and happy. An athlete, volunteer paramedic and ex-model, with her high school sweetheart by her side and in her dream job as a mining engineer at the prestigious Argyle Diamond Mine, Turia well and truly had the world at her feet.

And then her world exploded. On 2nd September 2011, Turia was caught in a grassfire whilst competing in a 100km Ultramarathon and suffered horrific full-thickness burns to 65% of her body. She died three times on the operating table, was placed in a medically induced coma, had her left foot amputated and lost seven fingers. Turia miraculously defied the odds by surviving, but her battle had only just begun.

After 864 days and more than 200 operations, Turia was discharged from hospital with a full-body compression suit and mask that had to be worn 23 hours a day for the next two years. She had to relearn how to walk and how to feed herself, and was told she’d likely never run again.

But with ferocious determination and extraordinary resilience, Turia rewrote her story. In the 10 years since the grassfire, she’s authored three best-selling books, competed in the Ironman World Championships, trekked the Kokoda Trail, climbed the Great Wall of China, completed an MBA, become a sought-after motivational speaker, coached more than 40,000 people through her online digital courses and raised more than $1 million for Interplast – a charity that helps burn victims get reconstructive surgery. Oh, and she’s also welcomed two baby boys with partner Michael Hoskin! Quite the list of achievements for someone who wasn’t expected to survive her trauma, let alone thrive in its aftermath.

So what can we learn from Turia’s story?

Resilience will get you results. Our response to adversity, that mental reservoir of strength we tap into when the going gets tough, will determine what happens next when hardship strikes. The good news is that resilience, just like any other skill, can be developed.

In Turia’s words, “The only way we become resilient is by going through testing experiences. We’re not born with or without resilience. It’s not a genetic trait. It’s learned. Walking up that steep hill on the bush walk, when you could easily just turn back instead. Going back to uni to take on that Masters Degree, with your kids at home and a full-time job in tow. Pushing forward with your side hustle even when sales are slow and you’re tired and over it all. Paddling a canoe in the pouring rain. Doing the tough stuff makes you tougher.”

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has made us all tougher and more resilient. But if we want the results, we need to keep building our resilience – and we do that by continually pushing our limits and taking on new challenges.

Imagine if Turia had given up. No one would have blamed her – painful surgeries, gruelling rehabilitation, it’s hard to even imagine the mental fortitude it’s taken to get her to this point. But here we have another valuable lesson, and this one’s all about cultivating a resilient attitude rather than a victim mentality.

As Turia says, “The thing is, while bad days are inevitable, how we respond to them is not… when you’re faced with a bad day, choose to feel ‘brave’, ‘confident’ or ‘kind’ rather than ‘angry’, ‘annoyed’ or ‘disappointed’… A lot of what happens to us is outside our control. But how we feel, how we respond to a situation – that’s completely in our control. So, pick a way to feel that benefits you instead of playing victim to your challenge.”

Build your resilience with a positive attitude, confidence, compassion and optimism.

If there’s a key lesson to be learnt from Turia’s experience, it’s that we all have the power to build our capacity to cope when things go wrong. And when things do go wrong (which they will), it’s our attitude that will determine whether we collapse under the weight of it or thrive in the face of it. Turia summed it up best when she said, “A bad attitude is like a flat tyre, you can’t go anywhere until you change it.”


Turia Pitt’s inspirational story about overcoming adversity and never giving up will capture your heart and give you a new perspective on life. Her powerful message and incredible energy will have the audience on their feet, crying, laughing and ready to take on every challenge that lies ahead. If you’d like to talk to us about engaging Turia for your next event, simply get in touch with us for a chat.  

12 Ways to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022

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During the first week of July every year, NAIDOC festivities are held across Australia to recognise and celebrate the extensive history, rich culture and vast achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – the oldest living continuing culture on earth.

This year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ is a call-to-action for all Australians to help acknowledge, protect and maintain First Nations cultures and heritages. It’s a chance for everyone to better understand the challenges facing Indigenous communities, respectfully honour the traditional custodians of our land and help create real, enduring change. So how can you help? We’re so glad you asked…

Take the time to learn

1) Learn about the traditional owners of the land you live and work on using the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia
2) Learn how to deliver an appropriate Acknowledgement of Country

Show your support

3) If your business needs contractors for anything from graphic design to construction, consider choosing from the 3,500+ verified Indigenous businesses listed on Supply Nation Indigenous Business Direct
4)  Visit the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander exhibitions of museums and galleries online or in-person.
5) Looking for a book? Find one written and published by Indigenous authors and illustrators at Magabala Books
6) Support Aboriginal education by donating to Aboriginal education institutions such as the Tranby Aboriginal College
7) Donate to groups like the Australians for National Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation – they depend heavily on voluntary donations. And remember, donations are tax-deductible!

Create a NAIDOC Week event

8) Engage a motivational speaker of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to talk to your team about the challenges they’ve faced and their journey to success. We can introduce you to a number of incredible Indigenous speakers, including:

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Steph TisdellNarelda JacobsCathy Freeman

9) Consider organising a fundraising event, and donating all money raised to charities such as the Healing Foundation, the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency or ANTaR. Our Indigenous motivational speakers are the perfect drawcard for a NAIDOC Week event!

Advocate and create change

10) Create cultural awareness programs or organise Cultural Competency training for staff – you can visit the Centre for Cultural Competence Australia to complete online training as a team
11) Implement a zero-tolerance HR policy for racism. Racist behaviour is never ok
12) Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to advance reconciliation in your workplace

We still have a long way to go to achieve equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians when it comes to issues like life expectancy, housing, justice and economic development. The challenges facing Indigenous communities in the workplace and beyond are real, and only by speaking up can we create positive change. NAIDOC Week is your opportunity to educate, inspire and implement sustainable actions that will endure well beyond the officially designated week.

As Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai said, “There’s a moment where you have to choose whether to be silent or stand up.” This is yours.

How are you going to ‘Get Up! Stand up! Show Up!’?


With NAIDOC Week kicking off on July 3, now is the time to lock in an Indigenous motivational speaker to speak at your NAIDOC Week event. We have a number of wonderful speakers available, each with powerful stories that will bring to life the real challenges faced by Indigenous communities. If you’d like an introduction to Cathy FreemanShelley Ware, Nova Peris, Steph Tisdell, Narelda Jacobs or Isaiah Dawe, simply get in touch with us for a chat.