Leading Your Team Out of the Pandemic and Into Success

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Effective leadership has always been critical to the success of a business, but the definition of what it takes to be a good leader has evolved greatly over the last two years. While the fundamentals of good leadership hold tight, our pandemic learnings have necessitated a whole new set of critical leadership skills for future leaders. So as we head into a post-pandemic work world, what exactly will it take to be a good leader?

For businesses to flourish in a post-Covid work world, where a hybrid workforce is likely to be the norm, the next generation of leaders needs to embrace the lessons learned through the pandemic and lead their team with empathy and integrity. Leaders will need to be humble, tech-savvy, collaborative, trustworthy, kind, flexible, positive, authentic and innovative. They’ll need to possess emotional intelligence, be a visionary guide and an enthusiastic cheerleader for their team. Not much to ask, right?

Leadership expert Lisa McKinnes-SmithAccording to Lisa McInnes-Smith, renowned performance expert and author of 7 best-selling books, heading into the post-covid era the best leaders “are not only self-aware and clear in purpose, but they have also developed daily habits and patterns that motivate and influence their team in a flexible working environment.”

Lisa believes that best-practice bosses of the future need to demonstrate their leadership by:

1. enabling their team to feel cared for while they work from home
2. focusing on the high-value behaviours that bring results both personally and professionally
3. helping people transition between workplace situations
4. creating an atmosphere of open communication
5. developing a culture where different views benefit the team
6. helping people manage their own performance and monitor their personal wellbeing
7. helping people keep a sense of humour about their situation
8. leading discussions around personal and team wellbeing

LinkedIn Learning’s 2021 Workplace Learning Report revealed similar findings, with communication across remote or distributed teams and emotional intelligence ranking as two of the most important skills required.

Revered American business executive and philanthropist Sheryl Sandberg once said, “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”

If you’re looking for a prime example of this, someone who embodies all the key attributes of a good leader, look across the ditch to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s treasured Prime Minister. Her live Facebook chats, relatable style and kind actions resonate with people on an emotional level, while her clear, decisive political leadership has earned an unparalleled level of trust from her countrymen.

As Lisa McInnes-Smith says, “the quality of an organisation’s performance depends on the quality and depth of its leaders.” And it seems that to be a good leader in the post-covid era, you need to lead with genuine care and compassion. As far as silver linings of the pandemic go, we think that’s a pretty special one.


Lisa McInnes-Smith is a gifted communicator, passionately inspiring people to elevate their performance with simple, practical steps. She’s presented to more than 2 million people across 26 countries, authored 7 best-selling books and is the first person outside North America to be inducted into the international Speaker Hall of Fame. Imagine what she could do for your business! One of the most uplifting and entertaining motivational speakers out there, Lisa will inspire your team to greatness – talk to us about engaging her for your event today!

‘Virtually Impossible’ Interactive Showcase

In this new era of virtual communication, we need to create experiences that can take a group of people, separated by distance, and make them feel present and connected.

Break up the monotony of Zoom meetings and conferences and let Anthony Laye, celebrity Mentalist and TV regular, take your team on an interactive and hysterically mind-blowing virtual adventure that will leave them wondering – how the hell did he do that?!

Anthony’s gobsmacking mind tricks are the ultimate virtual team-bolstering experience, full of wonder, magic and laughter. Losing your mind has never been more hilarious… or welcome!

For your chance to win one of 20 exclusive invites to Anthony’s ‘Virtually Impossible’ theatre showcase on 8th September at 2pm, simply email us with your details.

Find out more about Anthony, or get in touch to talk to us about engaging him for your next event.

Shaynna Blaze – Winner of Celebrity Apprentice Australia 2021

Shaynna Blaze captured our hearts and attention when launching herself onto the screen as a guest judge of The Block and most recently, winner of The Celebrity Apprentice 2021 where Shaynna showcased her business excellence and design skillset.

Entrepreneur, Businesswoman and an Award winning interior designer, Shaynna has an eye for detail and style.  Having established her Interior Design Business Blank Canvas Interiors, Shannya continued to expand her brilliance authoring two books and has penned regular columns on design, style and interiors for Stellar Magazine and The Herald Sun (to name a couple).

It was during The Celebrity Apprentice 2021 that we learnt more about Shaynna’s passion to be a voice for women and a social justice campaigner.  Shaynna is a Co-Founder of The Charity ‘Voice for Change’, a charity that is using the arts to amplify the voices of victims-survivors of abuse, and to change the cultural attitudes that underpin family violence. Shyaynna is working to create change in the family violence arena.

With an ever growing portfolio and work across various fields, Shaynna will embrace audiences with her business acremen, inspire with her flair for design and shine a light on our social environment and how it affects how we live and communicate.

Shaynna raised an incredible $470,000 during the season for her charity, Voice of Change. Photo: Channel Nine

Shaynna Blaze along side the shows Celebrity Advisors, Lorna Jane Clarkson and Janine Allis.

Photo: Channel Nine

Having sat in the elimination seat more times than any other competitor, Shaynna showed her grit and determination and it this type of drive that Shaynna brings to her keynote speaking, learn more or make an enquiry by clicking here.

Dr Louise Mahler – Speaker of the Year 2021

One of the industry’s favourite speakers Dr Louise Mahler has been awarded the 2021 Keynote Presenter Award for Excellence.

The recipient of this award has to cover several criteria, they need to speak to a diverse range of audiences, have a captivating style, their delivery needs to be first class, their message needs to engage the audience, they need to have a sense of humor and most importantly they need to be able to educate and inspire.

No wonder Louise was this year’s recipient as she has manage to continue to do all of this through 2020 both virtually and at live events. Louise was also engaged to present to large audiences in the United States with outstanding feedback throughout the year.

Louise is a communication specialist and expert in the psychology of personal engagement. She has a PHD in Business and degrees and post graduate studies in service management and Music as well.

Some of the topics Louise speaks on include:

  • Use your voice to build relationships with clients
  • Find your leadership voice to inspire and motivate
  • How to make difficult messages easy for people to hear
  • Building a culture that breaths harmony and teamwork

We are proud to work with Louie and you can read more about her specialty by clicking here.

Top 20 Motivational Speakers to Inspire you in 2021

As we head into the new year, many of last years challenges may still be with us. That is why it is important to rebuild your company culture and to re-energise your team in 2021, and we are here to help you bounce back.

At Keynote, our core value is simple, we help good companies continue to perform at a high level and move to the next level through motivation and education.

And the way we do this is providing you with the best motivational and inspirational speakers in the country. Couple this along with our unmatched ability to be able to help you pick the right motivational speaker for your organisation, and it is the perfect formula to help you to continue to grow.

In line with this, we have put together a list of some of the most inspirational speakers in the country, and they are here to help you drive a new pathway forward.

We hope you can take some time to look at each of the below individuals, but of course if you are wanting some assistance with assessing the best person to meet your values, then we are here to help and happy to chat at any time  on either info@keynote.net.au or 1300 661 904.

Yours sincerely

The Keynote Team, Your Partner in Motivation.

Turia Pitt is likely to be the most inspirational person in Australia. She is also one of the most booked speakers in Australia. Turia delivers inspiration and motivation to those who thought there goals were out of reach. Click here to read more about Turia Pitt


Dr. Richard Harris SC OAM and Dr. Craig Challen both become national icons from their heroic in the Thai Cave Rescue. A truly remarkable story that has to be heard first hand from the men that lived it.

Click Here to read more about Dr. Richard Harris 

Click Here to read more about Craig Challen





Jess Gallagher is Australia’s only summer and winter Para Olympian, Jess is training to compete at the Summer Olympics in her third discipline, Rowing, to go along side her skiing and cycling Olympic success.

Click here to read more about Jess Gallagher

Anthony Laye is on a mission to inspire you, and he does this teaching you how to live a more conscious life.

Click here to read more about Anthony Laye



Samantha Gash is the first woman and the youngest person, to complete the Four Deserts Grand Slam, armed with the philosophy, if you want something you’ve never had you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

Click here to read more about Samantha Gash

Kurt Fearnley is a 5 time world champion and two Para Olympic Gold Medallist for the Marathon, one of the most inspirational speakers in Australia.

Click here to read more about Kurt Fearnley


Emma Murray is a mindfulness and high performance coach and considered the secret weapon behind Richmond FC premiership success.

Click here to read more about Emma Murray


Justin Langer is the coach of the Australian Cricket team and the driving force behind their revival.

Click here to read more about Justin Langer



Rachael Robertson is one of the only two females to lead a team to Davis Station in Antarctica developing advanced leadership skills.

Click here to read more about Rachael Robertson


Toss Sampson is an adventurer, award-winning documentary-maker and pushing the boundaries of the body and mind.

Click here to read more about Todd Sampson




 Lisa McInnes-Smith shifts attitudes to improve the performance on teams and increase productivity and the bottom line.

Click here to read more about Lisa-Mcinnes-Smith


Gilbert Enoka is leading mental skills coach and works alongside the All Blacks to help mentally prepare them for better performance.

Click here to read more about Gilbert Enoka



Margie Warrell Empowers people to be resilient and embrace change through her personal experience and business success.

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Dan Gregory helps make the impossible…possible through behaviour and belief systems, he is the master of human behaviour.

Click here to read more about Dan Gregory


 Elizabeth Broderick AO is a world leader in gender equality and creating change in the workplace, she has worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers and inspire people to a better workplace.

Click here to learn more about Elizabeth Broderick



Sir Peter Cosgrove is the Leaders Leader and displays characteristics we value most as Australians.

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Louise Sauvage is an amazing athlete and a 9 time Para Olympic Gold Medallist, she is an inspiration to any team.

Click here to read more about Louise Sauvage


 Damien Thomlinson is a soldier and Para Olympian and an inspiration to many,  his determination and commitment saw him face terror and come out triumphant.

Click here to read more about Damien Thomlinson


Sharon Bown is a Nursing Officer who narrowly escaped death in a near-fatal helicopter crash to go on an inspire people with her award winning novel: One Woman’s War and Peace.

Click here to read more about Sharon Bown

 “Our Gift To You’ with Antarctica Team Leader Rachael Roberston

The next speaker in our “Gift To You Series” is  Rachael Robertson

Rachael was one of only two females to lead a team to David Station in Antarctica. She led eighteen strangers for twelve months, which makes her a perfect person to share her tips on surviving the shutdown.

In this short video Rachael shares one of the techniques she used in isolation to help build a cohesive and inclusive team.

We hope you are continuing to enjoy “Our Gift To You” series of videos.

Please feel free to get in touch with us on 1300 661 904 to discuss how a virtual presentation can help your company stay connected in lock down.

Our Gift To You with Michael Licenblat

The next speaker in our webinar series “Our Gift To You”  is Michael Licenblat.

He is a is a resilience expert and motivational speaker who draws on his Psychology background to ‘Pressure Proof’ businesses and their staff.

In his short video he will share some advice on healthy habits to assist you in getting through the current crisis by focusing on rituals and routines to help ensure you stay grounded focused motivated and to help you to keep moving forward.

Your normal routines just don’t work in these new environments and these thoughts will help your mind body and soul to get through the coming months.

We have a limited number of Michael’s book ‘Pressure Proof’ available free of charge – How to thrive in times of disruption, change and pressure.

For your chance to receive a copy please email info@keynote.net.au

We are hoping you are continuing to enjoy “Our Gift To You” series of videos.

Should you have any queries about any of our Motivational Speakers, please feel free to get in touch with us on 1300 661 904

Our Gift To You with Donna McGeorge – Making Work From Home Work

Donna McGeorge is a dynamic transformer of company culture and the next speaker in our “Gift To You” series. She specialises in encouraging individual problem-solving, initiative, empowerment and self-responsibility.

One of Donna’s Motivational speaking topics is titled “Anywhere, Anytime” which focuses on virtual teams. Her belief is that we should stop talking about virtual teams, because virtual means not real. We are dealing with real people, so let us also stop talking about how hard it is. When you get the basics right and lay a decent foundation, you can achieve twice the results you expected with half the effort.

We have a limited number of Donna’s book ‘The First Two Hours’ available free of charge. This book will show you the way to get more done with your day.

For your chance to receive a copy please email info@keynote.net.au

We are hoping you are continuing to enjoy “Our Gift To You” series of videos.

Should you have any queries about any of our Motivational Speakers, please feel free to get in touch with us on 1300 661 904

Our Gift To You

“Be Kind” to one another is something we are can all easy embrace at no cost or expense.  One positive thought in the morning can change your whole outlook for the day.

In reflection of those comments our team at Keynote Entertainment would like to give you the gift of inspiration and education from some of our best thought leaders and brightest minds.

Once a week over the coming months we will post a short 2-3 minute video recorded specifically for you, from a Inspirational and Motivational Speakers.

These videos will give you a little bit of education or a little bit of inspiration, from speakers such as Peter Switzer, Michael Licenblat Anthony Laye, Jess Gallagher, Lynne Schinella, Mark Squirrel, Donna McGeorge, Lisa McInnes-Smith, among many other of Australia’s best keynote speakers.

No need to sign up or register, just set a reminder in your calendar for 11:30am every Tuesday adding this link: https://www.keynoteentertainment.com.au/blog/ as we don’t want to bombard you with a newsletter every week, because we are all getting enough of those at the moment.

This first video is from Communication Expert Anthony Laye with body language tips for virtual communications.

We have a limited number of Anthony’s book ‘Get Ready for Impact’ available free of charge, for your chance to receive a copy please email info@keynote.net.au

Next weeks video will be productivity expert Donna McGeorge, who will share some advice on making working from home work!

Stay safe and keep smiling!

Virtual Conferences – What Smart Companies are doing during this crisis

Virtual Presentation

Digital Presentation

Smart Companies know that the coronavirus, like everything, will eventually pass…

However, during this uncertain period, it is vitally important to educate and inspire your team for morale and productivity. A tailored, interactive keynote presentation that is relevant to your team’s needs, concerns and professional development!
So, whether your team is working from home or they are still in your office, it is important to bring your group together to stay inspired and as a cohesive unit.
Social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnection! 


Stay connected with your teams by streaming an online live presentation from one of the country’s best motivational speakers, thought leaders or crisis management speakers. 
They can inspire and educate you on relevant subjects, including: 
  • Crisis Management – how to stay on track when it feels like the world is crumbling 
  • Resilience – to help you adapt, endure and overcome the unique and overwhelming changes and challenges that you are currently facing 
  • Leadership – calm and confident with critical decision making 
  • Disruption – how to adapt in changing times 
  • Mindfulness/Health and Wellbeing – dealing with anxiety in the workplace 
  • Motivational and Inspirational – it’s important to keep a positive energy in the team 
  • Communication – it is more important than ever to have clear communication with your team 
Why are companies scheduling virtual presentations?
Offering a real experience, just like a conference or event, allows your team to keep safe whilst giving them applicable inspiration and skills required to navigate challenging times and at the same time keeping your community safe. 
Audience members will come away with strategies to recover and refocus, both in their personal and business lives, so that they can return to being creative, working efficiently and producing their best results. 
There are tough decision been made and people’s work and personal environment do not look the same. This cannot be ignored as an employer, however, one of the golden rules of crisis management is to not try and handle a crisis on your own. You need some assistance to help ease the anxiety and get people to continue to grow. 
A virtual presentation with a highly qualified motivational speaker can help share the load for the entire organisation, tailored for and relevant to their specific needs. 
So, how does it work?
There are two options:
A live professional studio broadcast with a dedicated link sent to your team in the best quality that meets your companies highest standard of presentation. Alternatively, the presenter can broadcast from their office on one of the popular broadcast platforms, Skype, Zoom etc. 

An interactive live broadcast is the most effective way to communicate, the speaker will make their tailored presentation and your team will be able to post questions during the presentation for the speaker to respond to in a Q & A style. 

A tailored pre-recorded broadcast that you can stream through a platform and post on your intranet or we can provide you with a dedicated secure link.
An important tool to also remember is an education and training interactive workshop. This includes a practical interactive workshop which can also run as an education series where the speaker continues to develop your team’s skills and educate them. 
All presentations can include a PowerPoint presentation with infographics as the speakers presentation would normally include. Live presentations can also be recorded for team members who were unavailable or in different time zones.
Keep in mind running a well-curated virtual event takes a lot more than just hitting ‘Go Live’ on Facebook, YouTube or a webinar platform. You’ve made the decision to run your event virtually, so do the pre-production work to ensure a quality experience for your audience. 
We can provide, as part of the presentation, the first-class broadcast with one of our studio partners.