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Turbocharge 2024 with a Team Planning Day

Imagine setting off on a cross-country road trip without a map or GPS. You might eventually reach your destination, but the journey would be filled with detours, setbacks and missed opportunities. That’s the risk your business takes when it doesn’t dedicate time for a team planning day!

In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day operations and lose sight of the bigger picture. That’s why taking time out for a strategic planning day, where your team can step back, refocus and set a clear course for the year ahead, is just so important. It’s a brilliant opportunity to get everyone on board with the company vision and facilitate some good old team bonding, preparing your business (and your team) for a successful year ahead.

Of course, you can’t just wing a planning day… ironically, you need to plan it. Here are some key elements you need to consider when you’re mapping out the day’s activities.

1. Setting the GPS for Success

Your annual planning day is a time to review the past year’s achievements and challenges, identify what worked and what didn’t and chart a course for the year ahead. It provides a rare chance to get everyone on the same page, and help your team align their efforts with the company’s strategic goals.

It’s your chance to help everyone understand the ‘why’ behind their daily tasks, giving them a real sense of purpose and direction. Studies show that 72% of employees are driven by having purpose and meaning in their work, so this plays a huge part in helping engage, motivate and retain your staff.

2. Encouraging Collaboration and Engagement

Your annual planning day isn’t just about executive decisions and strategic direction; it’s a team-building opportunity too. Bringing your entire team together to brainstorm, share ideas and contribute to planning can unleash some fabulously innovative solutions and give everyone a sense of ownership over the company’s goals.

When employees from different areas of your business come together to plan, they naturally gain a deeper understanding of each other’s challenges and needs too, fostering empathy and cooperation that lasts long after the day’s activities have concluded. This collaborative approach promotes a more cohesive and effective work environment and helps break down those tricky departmental silos.

3. Breaking the Routine

Your annual planning day should be FUN, something everyone looks forward to. After all, this is your chance to step away from the rinse-and-repeat office routine and infuse some excitement into your workplace. Consider holding the planning day offsite or in a unique location to shake things up.

Think about incorporating team-building activities, icebreakers and games into the day to keep the atmosphere light and engaging. The goal is to encourage creativity and open dialogue, so think outside the box!

4. Getting Expert Insight

Ever heard the saying, “Sometimes it’s not the message, it’s the messenger?” It’s true. In fact we wrote a whole blog post about how true it is. Having an expert business or sales strategist share their insights can be a game-changer. It’s not about cheesy motivational speeches or empty buzzwords – it’s about tapping into the knowledge and experience of someone who has walked the walk.

An external speaker can provide a fresh perspective, challenge your team’s assumptions and introduce cutting-edge strategies. Input from the right speaker can really light up your team and be a huge catalyst for innovation and growth. Luckily, we have some of the best business and sales minds in the business ready to share their insights and expertise!

5. Accountability and Follow-through

A successful planning day is just the beginning. To ensure your efforts bear fruit, it’s essential to establish clear goals, assign responsibilities and set deadlines. Regular check-ins throughout the year are also important to help you track progress and course-correct as necessary. Your annual planning day sets the stage, but the real magic happens when you put those plans into action!

We understand that planning days require time out of your usual operations, and that costs money. But investing in a dedicated day to reflect, engage and strategise as a team really does set you up for a successful year ahead. In fact, it might just be the best investment you make all year!

We have some of the world’s best Business Speakers and Sales Speakers ready to help you turbocharge your 2024 Planning Day. If you’d like us to introduce you to any of the speakers above, or talk to us about curating a list of speaker options specific to your needs, simply get in touch with us to get the ball rolling!

Australia’s Top 10 Sales Speakers

Regardless of whether it’s property, eyewear or fancy footwear, sales can be a really tough gig. Fierce competition, immense pressure, big targets, long hours, cynical customers, constant rejection. Without the right energy and a supremely resilient attitude, it’s a difficult environment to thrive in. That’s where our specialist sales speakers can help.

Engaging a sales speaker is a strategic move that can provide a huge boost to your team’s performance. Bringing fresh perspectives and innovative strategies and techniques to the table, our expert sales speakers can inspire creative thinking, ignite enthusiasm, help your team maintain the right mindset and empower them to perform at their best.

From the sales floor to the boardroom and on to the main stage, our world-renowned sales speakers have helped transform businesses, reignite careers and shape industries on a global scale. They’ve mastered the art of persuasion, negotiation and relationship-building, and they’re ready to share their insights to help your team take their sales game to the next level.

They’re the best in the business, and we’d love to introduce you.

Australia’s Top 10 Sales Speakers

1. Yvonne Hilsz

Yvonne Hilsz is on a mission to help people find their power, confidence and maximum potential. With more than 20 years’ experience, she’s an expert at lifting sales and leadership capabilities, and knows how to bring out the best in new and experienced teams. With a gift for synthesising information into simple, easy-to-follow strategies, Yvonne gives teams confidence and clear frameworks to close sales, communicate better and develop opportunities for the future. Read more about Yvonne here.

2. Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens is passionate about the customer experience. She blogs about it, writes books about it and has been wowing audience around the world for more than a decade talking about it. Widely regarded as one of the funniest speakers on the circuit, Amanda brings complex research, trends and insights to life with relatable and authentic personal anecdotes. She delivers practical strategies for turning customers into advocates that can be applied to any industry, and does it all with fabulous entertainment value. Read more about Amanda here

3. Anthony Laye

Anthony Laye is a behaviour expert with an exceptional ability to understand how people think. His insightful presentation will elevate your team’s communication skills and help them create deeper connections, win trust and amplify their influence – just imagine what they could achieve if they knew the secret to reading people and guiding their thoughts and choices! Anthony’s skills as a mentalist allow him to create unforgettable experiences for audiences, combining breathtaking illusions, mind-reading and games to keep them on the edge of their seats. Read more about Anthony here.

4. Chris Helder

Chris Helder is a renowned expert on human connection, and a master storyteller who has transformed how people communicate with staff, colleagues, customers and clients. Using a captivating combination of humour and high energy, Chris has presented at more than 2,500 events worldwide, including an opening keynote at TEDxMelbourne to an audience of 3,000. He’s also authored three bestselling books, including ’Useful Belief’, one of the highest-selling Australian business books of all time. Read more about Chris here.

5. Brittany Baldwin

Brittany Baldwin specialises in helping individuals and teams boost their sales performance. Author of ‘Database to Dollars’ and founder of ‘Tick Tock Sales’, Brittany is also a vibrant storyteller, able to illustrate powerful, proven strategies to secure sales and increase team potential. As a sales star who facilitated over $115m in sales over just three years, her thought-provoking presentations provide audiences with a clear roadmap that will take everyone’s abilities to the next level, boost morale and improve teamwork. Read more about Brittany here.

6. Abbie White

Abbie White spent more than 15 years in sales and management – including a stint at IBM where she managed a $100M AUD portfolio, helping them becoming one of the highest performing companies in the world. With a track record that boasts over $500M in sales, her innovative approach integrates psychology and emotional intelligence into high-performance, customer-centric sales strategies. With a strong focus on delivering a high return on investment, Abbie is a global leader in the sales industry. Read more about Abbie here.

7. Keith Abraham

If you want to know how to bring out the best in your people and your business, there is no-one better qualified to help you than Keith Abraham. As the global authority on goal achievement, Keith can teach you the formula to discovering what energises and engages people, driving them to achieve the unimaginable. Recognised as one of the very best speakers in the world, Keith has also authored five bestselling books, is a regular media contributor and frequent guest on business podcasts. Read more about Keith here.

8. Rik Rushton

As Peak Performance Coach for leading organisations including Emirates, Holden, NAB, Collingwood Football Club and Cricket Australia, Rik Rushton is one of the world’s most in-demand speakers. His success drivers have been shared with over 200,000 people through more than 1,500 rousing presentations in training rooms, boardrooms and conference venues all around the world. Rik has also authored the best-selling book ‘The Power of Connection’ – a must-read for anyone trying to improve their sales performance. Read more about Rik here.

9. Maz Farrelly

What do Big Brother, The X-Factor, Dancing With The Stars, Farmer Wants A Wife and Celebrity Apprentice have in common? Maz Farrelly. As the brains behind some of the world’s most watched reality TV shows, Maz is the person to turn to if you want to really learn how to hook someone in! With a creative media career that has taken her to the heights of global success, Maz entertains audiences with hilarious personal anecdotes and valuable insights about how to sell everything from ideas to products – it’s all about Entertainment, Engagement and Emotion. Read more about Maz here.

10. Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Anders Sorman-Nilsson is passionate about teaching brands how to win over tomorrow’s customers. A futurist and innovation strategist, Anders helps leaders interpret trends, understand what’s next and develop strategies that expand minds and inspire a change of heart. He’s worked with global brands including Microsoft, Apple and Facebook and regularly features in the international media. He’s also authored several books and is a highly sought-after speaker, having given TEDx keynotes in the US and Australia, and shared the stage with the likes of Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates and heads of state. Read more about Anders here.

With some of the world’s most highly regarded sales experts to choose from, selecting Australia’s top 10 Sales Speakers was no easy feat! If you’d like help creating a thriving sales culture, and have a specific event brief for us, we’d be happy to provide you with a curated list of speaker choices… simply get in touch with us to get the ball rolling!