2022: The Great Reset

The Great Reset

In April 2021, a study of more than 30,000 workers worldwide revealed 41% were considering changing professions or quitting in the coming year. Welcome to the Great Resignation, where the end goal of greener pastures applies as much to life in general as it does to the workplace. After two years of pandemic pandemonium, it seems the power has shifted to the people, and a deflated and exhausted population is ready to press the reset button. And for businesses to thrive in this Great Reset, they’ll need to follow suit.

In the wake of the pandemic, workers are re-evaluating their purpose, their goals and their aspirations and are making the most of the opportunity to strike a better life balance. The Great Reset is all about feeling valued, finding meaning and connection, making a conscious effort not to automatically default back to business as usual. The change train is in motion, and businesses can either get on board or get left behind.

Some of the trends shaping the Great Reset include:

  • A proactive and dedicated focus on employee wellbeing and health
  • Formalisation of hybrid workplaces and flexible workspaces
  • A shift to hiring for skills and capabilities rather than roles, and a focus on internal mobility, reskilling and upskilling of existing employees
  • An emphasis on the employee experience and creating a compelling employee value proposition, with a focus on connection, socialisation and collaboration
  • A commitment to building a sustainable future and creating a purpose-led organisation that employees can connect to
  • Creation and nurturing of diverse and inclusive teams
  • Greater accountability and monitoring for businesses, leaders and employees attached to remote and flexible teams.

It’s time for businesses to take stock of the current landscape and all the lessons learned over the last couple of years and recalibrate to a new normal. We’ll continue to face challenges and opportunities, but putting people centre stage, empowering their productivity, allowing them to reconnect to each other and the company they work for is the key to harnessing the potential of the Great Reset. As Winston Churchill once said, “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste”.

We have some of the best minds in the business ready to help your team get set for the Great Reset – the perfect theme for your 2022 kick-off event! From rebuilding company culture to embracing change, these keynote speakers are experts in their fields, and their entertaining presentations are guaranteed to captivate.

Dr Jess GallagherDr Jess Gallagher: Are you Ready? It’s not what you see, it’s how you choose to see it.

Anthony LayeAnthony Laye: How to Take Action, Create Your Story and Master Your Story.

Turia Pitt:Turia Pitt Surviving against overwhelming odds and rebuilding her life to defy every expectation placed on her.

Gilbert EnokaGilbert Enoka: Getting the team back together and moving forward as one with a simple set of values.

Dr Louise Mahler:Dr Louise Mahler Break the habits that undermine your confidence and clarity.

Margie Warrell:Margie Warrell Change, even change for the better, is always uncomfortable.

Dan GregoryDan Gregory: Rethink the normal; How To Make Smart People People Smart.

Kurt FearnleyKurt Fearnley: Someone who will never stop. Someone who will never give up. Ever.

Christian Boo:Christian Boucousis Mastering your communication and achieving perfect execution.

Michael LicenblatMichael Licenblat: Galvanising your team and building trust, loyalty and engagement.

Claire MaddenClaire Madden: Understanding our times is key in our strategy to respond.

Lisa McInnes Smith:Lisa McInnes-Smith Most people are far more capable than you think, they just need a reason to take action.

Georgia MurchGeorgia Murch: Moving in the same direction, sharing the same vision and working as one.

Michael McQueen:Michael Mcqueen The future success and survival of your organisation rests on the ability to anticipate, prepare for and pre-empt disruption.

Andrew May:Andrew May Embrace constant change and lead with optimism, positivity and clarity.

If you’d like an introduction to any of these presenters, or would like to engage any of our other motivational speakers to talk to your team about harnessing the opportunities that lie ahead, get in touch with us for a chat!

Meet the Incredible Women Blazing Trails for Future Generations

A quick Google search defines a trailblazer as a pioneer, or someone who blazes a trail to guide others. History books are full of incredible stories of trailblazing women, relentless visionaries who bravely challenged the status quo to forge a new path in their field – from activists, artists and discoverers to leaders, athletes and performers. Think Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rosa Parks, Jeanne Baret and Grace Hopper, just to name a few.

Luckily for us, there are some truly inspirational modern-day women blazing some pretty epic trails too. Remarkable women who are strong, determined, courageous and resilient, whose captivating stories will provide inspiration to generations of women to come. These women have stories worth telling, and we’d love to introduce you to some of our favourites…

Jana Pittman Rosie Batty AO Dr Jessica Gallagher Turia Pitt
Jessica Fox Magda Szubanski Tayla Harris Libby Trickett
Grace Tame Dr Bronwyn King Jasmine ‘Jazz’ Young Ariarne Titmus
Gill Hicks Cathy Freeman Mia Freedman Rachel Robertson
Clare Bowditch Shaynna Blaze

Sophie Delezio

Abigail Forsyth
Anna Rose Moana Hope Mia Freedman Lauren Burns
Tiffiny Hall

Elaine Jobson

Emma Murray

Brooke Boney

Jasmine ‘Jazz’ Young Jessica Watson Karni Lidell Sally Pearson

Grace Brennan

Tania Major

Liz Volpe

Sharon Bown

Shelley Ware

JJ Ferrari

Fabian Dattner

International Women's Day 2022On 8th March 2022, we celebrate International Women’s Day, tackling prejudice with the theme #BreakTheBias. Every single one of our incredible Women in Business speakers, all trailblazers in their own right, would make a powerful addition to your event line-up – get in touch if you’d like us to connect you!

International Women’s Day 2022: It’s Time to ‘Break the Bias’

On 8th March 2022 we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), facing prejudice head on in our efforts to #BreakTheBias.

For decades, women have been dedicating their lives to creating an equal world. A world that is diverse and inclusive. A world free of bias, stereotype and discrimination. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Now it’s time to do your part to #BreakTheBias. Planning for your International Women’s Day event starts now!

Let us connect you with some of the most inspiring women you’re ever likely to meet. Women with an unwavering commitment to breaking the bias, whose enthralling stories of resilience, determination and empowerment are guaranteed to captivate your audience.

Here are just a few of the remarkable women we can introduce you to…

Anyier YuolAnyier Yuol
Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, Anyier is an inspiring entrepreneur who is passionate about improving the representation of minority groups through the sport, beauty and fashion industries.

Elizabeth BroderickElizabeth Broderick 
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and respected United Nations adviser, Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men.

Karla GrantKarla Grant 
Karla has spent the last 16 years presenting and producing Living Black, Australia’s longest-running Indigenous current affairs tv program, fulfilling her lifelong commitment to giving Indigenous people a voice.

Tasneem Chopra, OAMTasneem Chopra, OAM
A prominent activist with a passion for addressing social justice issues, Tasneem was named the inaugural 2021 Ambassador for Women of Colour, as well as the Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Penelope TwemlowPenelope Twemlow
Penelope is a true leader of people and operations, passionate about and actively supporting various agencies working in the equity and diversity, domestic violence, mental health and homelessness arenas.

Anoushka GungadinAnoushka Gungadin
As an experienced CEO, Board Director, global entrepreneur and author, Anoushka believes that leveraging the diversity of people, culture, perspective and skill in business is the key to solving major economic and social issues.

Chelsea RoffeyChelsea Roffey
Chelsea is a speaker, author, researcher and Winston Churchill Fellow who has travelled the globe examining the barriers and opportunities of diversity. Pioneering the role of women in a non-traditional domain, she was also the first woman to umpire an AFL Grand Final!

Kemi NekvapilKemi Nekvapil
Having spent her entire childhood in foster care, Kemi uses her experience of disempowerment to inspire others to fulfil their own potential and live their best life.

As we celebrate the incredible achievements of these wonderful women, we also applaud other extraordinary female trailblazers genuinely committed to breaking the bias. Each of these female motivational speakers have powerful stories to tell, and would make a wonderful addition to your IWD event line-up.

Our team here at Keynote is waiting to hear from you – get in touch with us today!

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!

Finding the New ‘Business as Usual’ in a Post-Pandemic World

For decades, ‘business as usual’ meant reporting to the office, meeting with colleagues and sitting at your prescribed desk until home time. In a matter of weeks, everything changed. Covid-19 arrived, and along with it terms like ‘unprecedented’ and ‘lockdown’ – words that would completely and irrevocably disrupt standard operating procedure for businesses around the world. Now the question beckons – in a post-pandemic world, what exactly is ‘business as usual’? And is remote work here to stay?

WIs remote work the new business as usual?hen the pandemic struck, businesses scrambled to transform the way they operate, thanks to a seismic shift that was never part of their 5-year plan. Workers were given a crash course in modern technology and sent home from the office with a remote log-in and a prayer. Working from home was no longer just an option for the lucky few, it was the only option for everyone.

While most workers were happy to skip the obligatory commute to work and have the freedom to customise their days to suit their personal needs, bosses were forced to re-evaluate their attitudes towards remote work.

Bernard SaltAccording to Bernard Salt, leading media commentator, business analyst, demographer and one of Australia’s most in-demand keynote speakers, the view used to be that “if you were working from home, you were having a bit of a bludge, having a day off. That was the unspoken culture.”

But thanks to a new digitally connected world, tools like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams helped ease long-held negative perceptions around remote work productivity. And rightly so. Recent findings from a two-year study of more than 800,000 employees, conducted by Great Place to Work, found working from home was just as productive as working from the office – possibly more so.

Creating value for a hybrid workforce

The 2021 Accenture Future of Work Study found that 83% of workers now prefer a more flexible hybrid work model.

In Bernard’s view, “for 25 years prior to the pandemic, about 5% of workers were working from home according to census results.  But during the pandemic, we developed a taste for this way of working because it delivered empowerment and contributed to our lifestyle. In a post-Covid world, it could be that 15% of the workforce regularly (say 2 days per week) work from home – that net extra 10% equates to more than a million workers working from home in some kind of hybrid arrangement.”

So how can business leaders create a post-pandemic work world that will keep hybrid employees happy and productive?

According to Bernard, that hybrid arrangement is where employers really need to define their value if they’re to succeed. He believes that “work tasks requiring concentration and creativity will be done from home, while the office will become the place for learning, ideation, collaboration with colleagues as well as client meetings, socialising, schmoozing and celebrating. Out with open plan cubicles; in with agile collaboration spaces.”

“In the post-Covid era there needs to be purpose and value in coming into the office – the workplace needs to be a space for engagement and learning, where inhouse or external experts teach and transfer knowledge. Offering workers high-value experiences, like the chance to learn from and be inspired by corporate and industry leaders, is one way to build a happy hybrid workforce.”

Although we all hope we’ve seen the back of pandemic life, the experience has proven that disruption itself isn’t always a bad thing. In Bernard’s words, “sometimes a shakeup like WFH is precisely what is required to test whether the old way of doing things is the best way forward. The post-pandemic era offers the opportunity to rebuild a better version of the world we left behind.”

So maybe the time was right to re-evaluate the old ‘business as usual’ model, and now we’ll re-emerge a more flexible, digitally-savvy, compassionate and productive society. After all, as Henry Ford said, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got”.

Bernard Salt is one of the best minds in the business when it comes to the future of work. As a leading media commentator and business analyst, as well as author of six best-selling books, Bernard is one of the most popular and captivating
business speakers on the corporate speaking circuit. If you’d like to engage Bernard to talk to your team about the opportunities that lie ahead, get in touch with us for a chat!

Funniest Virtual End-of-Year Party Entertainers – Belly Laughs Guaranteed!

We’ve almost made it through another year. And these days, that’s quite the achievement! From remote work to home-school to lockdown (again… and again), there hasn’t been much to laugh about in 2021. But we’ve emerged in one piece – even if that piece is a little bedraggled and frayed at the edges. And you know what? We reckon that deserves one hell of a celebration.

Fun fact. You know how they say, “Laughter is contagious”? Well, it really is. It’s scientifically proven. Laughter triggers a response in the premotor cortical region of the brain, which prompts the facial muscles to smile in response to the sound. Laughter also releases endorphins in the brain via opioid receptors, creating a euphoric feeling (kind of like opioid drugs, without the obvious downsides), as well as serotonin – the same brain chemical targeted by antidepressants. AND it turns out laughter really is the best medicine too, with an anti-inflammatory effect that protects the heart muscles and blood vessels from cardiovascular disease. Seriously.

SO, we think the best gift you can give your team this festive season is a great big belly laugh!

Here are our top picks for virtual end-of-year party entertainers guaranteed to put the smile back on your team’s faces…

Dave Hughes & Dave O’Neil: The two Dave’s team up to host a memorable virtual version of Network Ten’s hit show, ‘Hughesy We Have a Problem’. If Julie from your Finance department is having an issue, Dave and Dave will solve it!

The Umbilical Brothers: This hilarious award-winning duo have been delighting stage, film and TV audiences across the globe for more than 30 years. Their hit performances provide a fast-paced mix of movement and sound that will leave you shaking your head in awe and laughing like a hyena!

Anthony Laye: Let Anthony take your team on an interactive, mind-blowing virtual adventure that will leave them wondering – how the hell did he do that?! Full of gobsmacking mind tricks, magic and laughter, losing your mind has never been more hilarious!

Anthony Lehmann: Accountant turned full-time funny person, Lehmo is one of Australia’s most well-known and in-demand comedians. Having headlined at some of the world’s largest venues and hosted regular gigs on radio and TV, Lehmo’s brilliant comedic talent will leave your team in stitches!

Lizzy Hoo: Lizzy is a writer, noodle enthusiast, designer, actor, rugby lover and rescue-greyhound owner. And she’s also one of Australia’s most popular comics, regularly performing to sold-out crowds at international Comedy Festivals worldwide. Your team will fall in love with her!

Nick Cody: With a heap of Australian and International TV & movie credits to his name, as well as regular radio & podcast gigs, Nick is a comedy superstar. He’s performed sold-out shows around the world, earning rave reviews for his insane ability to make people laugh ’til they cry!

Wayne Shapiro: Throw out every preconceived idea you’ve ever had about the Trivia Quiz! Wayne tailors a quiz for each audience, using his quick wit and incredible hosting talent to bring teams together, maximising engagement, camaraderie and involvement and keeping the laughs rolling.

 Kat Davidson: As a professional improviser, Kat’s unique storytelling ability will have your team in fits of laughter as she tackles relationships, observations and random events with equal passion. It’s easy to see why Kat’s comedy shows are regular sell-outs!

Every single one of these entertainers can turn your virtual end-of-year party into the hit of the year. And you can rest easy knowing that we’ll make sure your entertainment runs smoothly… even if it’s the only part of your year that does!

If you’d like to secure any of these entertainers for your virtual end-of-year celebration, get in touch with us for a chat – but you better be quick, these guys are popular!



10 Ways to Protect Yourself in the Fight Against Covid Cybercrime.

Covid-19 has created the perfect storm for cybercrime. With a large percentage of the workforce now working from home, cybercriminals are finding it woefully easy to prey on the vulnerable. With Cyber Security Awareness Month now underway, it’s the perfect time to make sure you and your team are cyber-safe and secure.

Cybercrime is running hot with a large work from home workforceAs the world’s attention is fixed firmly on the global public health crisis, cybercriminals are waiting in the wings, ready to pounce when opportunity knocks. A look through history shows us that exploiting people and businesses in times of natural disasters and pandemics is not a new concept, with confusion and fear delivering the ideal breeding ground for cyberattacks. According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), in the 2020-21 financial year there were:

  • over 22,000 calls to the Cyber Security Hotline – an increase of more than 310% from the previous financial year.
  • over 67,500 cybercrime reports, with losses totalling more than $33 billion.
  • more than 1,500 cybercrime reports of malicious cyber activity related to the coronavirus pandemic, with over 75% resulting in Australians losing money or personal information.

Hackers are extremely clever when it comes to disguising their activity, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to spot a hacking attempt. Phishing, malicious links, email compromise, malware, ransomware, fake landing pages… the list is long and disturbingly creative. By simply clicking on a link, you can unwittingly give hackers open access to all your data, setting in motion an unstoppable chain of events.

So what can we do to stay safe and secure while working from home?

We asked Brian Hay, one of Australia’s most renowned Cyber Security specialists and winner of McAfee’s international award for Cybercrime Fighter of the Year (yes, really!), for his expert advice.

Ok Brian, first of all – how do cyberattacks happen?

Think of it like this. Every time you get in your car, you increase your risk of an accident. And when an accident happens, what’s generally the cause? The failure of the motor vehicle technology, or the behaviour of the person behind the wheel? That’s right, the behaviour of the person. The challenge we face with cyber security and cyber safety is that we think it’s all about the technology, when in fact it’s all about the people. Up to 95% of all data breaches are caused by people, not technology failures. 96 – 99% of cyberattacks are directed at the person – not the network – why? Because we are the soft target – the vulnerability!

Well that’s just scary. How can we reduce our risk of falling victim to a cyberattack?

First, we need to get our attitude right:

  • Understand that there’s no such thing as privacy on the internet – when you connect to it, it connects to you!
  • Appreciate that in the eyes of a cybercriminal, we are all legitimate targets.
  • Accept you will be approached – by email, by phone calls, by SMS messages – so prepare.

Next, we need to work on our behaviours, and arm ourselves with some tools to help us in our fight.

Here are 10 specific ways you can protect yourself against cybercrime:

  1. Dodgy links: Never click on an embedded hyperlink or button in an unsolicited email, and you will never fall for a phishing attack.
  2. Phone protocol: Develop your own personal phone protocol – don’t answer calls from numbers you don’t know, if it’s important they’ll leave a message. Likewise, don’t respond to unsolicited SMS messages (friends excepted).
  3. Authentication: To elevate your security through the roof, always enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  4. Strong passwords: Create strong passwords or passphrases and remember – 1 password = 1 account, don’t double-dip!
  5. Safe passwords: Consider using a Password Manager – life will become so much easier and safer.
  6. Not for kids: Don’t let the kids on the work devices.
  7. Oversharing: Don’t overshare on social media, you never know who’s watching!
  8. VPN: Use a virtual private network (VPN), it’s a simple way to secure open wifi and prevent prying eyes.
  9. Antivirus: Ensure you’re using antivirus and your systems are set for auto-updates.
  10. Whoops: Sometimes accidents happen – so back up every day!

And here’s one more tip for good measure. Did you know that no government body, including the ATO, AFP, MyGov and Medicare, will ever send you an email or SMS asking you to click on a link to provide login, personal or financial information, or to download a file or open an attachment? They’ll also never use aggressive or rude behaviour, or threaten you with arrest, jail or deportation.

If you’re one of the unlucky ones to be targeted by cybercriminals, make sure you report it via ReportCyber. You can also contact the ACSC via email or through the Australian Cyber Security Hotline on 1300 cyber1 (1300 292 371) for advice and assistance.

And remember… if you connect it, protect it. Cyber security is everyone’s job, so do your part and #BeCyberSmart!

As well as providing expert cyber security services to the corporate world, Brian Hay is also a highly sought-after presenter thanks to his engaging, humorous and down-to-earth approach. A virtual cyber security presentation from Brian will provide your remote workforce with the knowledge and practical advice necessary to keep them cyber-safe, and help prevent an online disaster from derailing your business. If you’d like to engage Brian to speak to your team,
get in touch with us for a chat.


Top 5 Resilience Tips to Get You Through the Week

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards

History is full of inspiring examples of human resilience. People who have overcome incredible challenges and adversity to not only survive, but thrive.

Did you know that JK Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 major publishing houses before being picked up? Or that Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor thought he lacked imagination? And Thomas Edison failed over 10,000 times in his efforts to invent a commercially viable electric lightbulb before he hit the jackpot.

While perfecting the art of resilience won’t necessarily make you famous, it will help you navigate your way through testing times – and Coronavirus has certainly thrown some doozies our way. With Mental Health Month coming up in October, and Australia once again in lockdown limbo, there’s never been a better time to shine a light on strategies, like resilience, that will help get you through.

Resilience gives you the power to cope when things go wrong, to adapt and bounce back even stronger. And while resilience is a long-game, we thought we’d start small and ask Chelsea Pottenger, accredited mindfulness and meditation coach (and one of our most popular Keynote Speakers), for 5 actions you can take today to help you get through the week. One week at a time is manageable, right?

1. Start the day the right way.
How often do you wake up, roll over and reach for your phone first thing in the morning? Most of us are guilty of this. But did you know this can cause the release of cortisol (our stress hormone)? When the first thing you see when you open your eyes is negative news, an email from your boss or client that triggers your emotions, or your social media feed, it can start your day off on the wrong foot.  Try leaving your phone in a different room when you sleep and use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake you in the morning.

2. Practice gratitude.
Research shows that just a small amount of gratitude goes a long way. Practicing gratitude can positively shift your mindset, build resilience and even improve your overall general health. Try thinking or journaling three things you are grateful for when you first wake up and sit with this feeling for a moment.

This simple exercise will put you in a great frame of mind for the rest of the day. If you’re feeling worn out or stressed throughout the day, try thinking about those three things – it will give you a new perspective.

3. Add movement to your day.
Exercise releases endorphins, which makes us feel good for the rest of the day. And we don’t have to engage in a vigorous workout or run 20km to experience the benefits. An article published in the Journal of Occupational Science found that just 10 minutes of walking at lunchtime improved people’s resilience and energy. So take 10 minutes today and get walking!

4. Start a meditation practice.
Research shows meditation can positively change your brain structure, helping you regulate your emotions and build resilience. Start small and build up to a 10min meditation practice.

5. Mindset reset.
Ruminative thought patterns can derail our day. When we are stuck thinking about a problem, stress or worry, we lose focus on what is essential. Dr Lucy Hone, a Professor and Well-being expert uses a powerful question to re-centre our thoughts. By asking yourself, “Is this helpful or harmful?” we can take a moment to reset our focus and start being productive again by breaking the negative thought pattern loop.

These 5 simple actions will help you build your resilience, enabling you to better tackle the challenges ahead… one week at a time. And who knows? Maybe you will make the history books!


Looking for ways to help get your team through the months ahead? We have some incredible speakers, including Chelsea Pottenger, available to present during Mental Health Month. Our Mindfulness and Resilience experts are available for live and virtual events of any size – get in touch with us for a chat!

Sophie Delezio – An Inspiration Beyond Measure

“We are put on this planet to live, create as much happiness, joy, love and positivity as possible and to make the world a better place for the next generation”. These are the spoken words of one of Australia’s most inspirational humans – Sophie Delezio.  

Sophie’s start to life was unimaginable. At the age of 2, Sophie was involved in a horrific car accident, leaving 85% of her body covered in burns, and both legs below the knee along with one hand amputated. Three years later, Sophie was involved in another car accident, leaving her with multiple fractures and a brain injury, which resulted in 2 months of hospitalisation. Heart-breaking and overwhelming, Sophie’s journey has been one of hardship and fight.

Many years, several surgeries and therapy later, Sophie is now a confident, ambitious young woman ready to take on the world.  Sophie has never let the accidents define who she is, and her positive energy has driven her to get on with her life – from sky diving to studying in London and finding love, this courageous young woman has a truly inspirational story to tell.

Sophie’s story of courage and determination is one to raise your spirits.  Living her best life, Sophie will inspire many audiences, and that feeling of ‘you’ve got this’ will linger in conversations long after Sophie finishes speaking.

View Sophie on Anh’s Brush with Fame:

To book Sophie for your next conference or event, call us on 1300 661 904 or send us an email with your details. You can find out more about Keynote and our team of inspirational and motivational speakers here.




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.