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“Dear Esteemed One, I am Prince Ahmed Zumar from the royal family of Nigeria. I have a proposition that may be of interest to you, greatly. My late father the King left behind a fortune…”

Ah, fond memories of the “Nigerian Prince” who generously promised unimaginable riches in exchange for just a small transaction fee. If only today’s hacker attempts were so wonderfully transparent. But armed with a little help from generative AI, today’s Nigerian Prince now speaks perfect English (and French… and Italian) and can craft highly targeted messages ingeniously tailored to specific profiles – with not a wayward apostrophe in sight.

Unfortunately, our Prince also now comes cleverly disguised as a CEO, supplier and fellow employee, and is devastatingly effective at running scams that are costing Australian businesses millions of dollars every year. And it’s no longer a straightforward plea for money either. Thanks to AI, we now have an abundance of deceptively authentic-looking content being used to ‘legitimise’ requests, like corporate websites, landing pages, social media accounts and LinkedIn profiles, complete with AI-simulated profile photo’s.

But technology alone isn’t to blame. In fact, according to Brian Hay, renowned Cyber Security expert and winner of McAfee’s international award for Cybercrime Fighter of the Year, up to 95% of all breaches are caused by people. He says that “96% – 99% of cyberattacks are directed at the person – not the network – why? Because we are the soft target – the vulnerability!”

Because scams essentially succeed when someone, somewhere, feels compelled to click on a link, unintentionally providing hackers with open access to data and setting in motion an unstoppable chain of events.

How big is the problem really?

Optus, Medibank Private, Latitude Financial, Woolworths, Pizza Hut and Dymocks are just some of the big businesses that reported significant cyber incidents between July 2022 to June 2023. In the first half of 2023 alone there were 23 data breaches, affecting more than 11 million Australians.

But despite the media storm, it was small businesses (0-19 employees) – which account for 97.3% of all Australian businesses – that bore the brunt of 92.6% of business cyberattacks.

The Australian government’s 2023 Cybercrime report found that 22% of small businesses were impacted by cybercrime in 2022 – which, according to the latest Targeting Scams report, equated to $13.7 million in losses – a 95% increase on the previous year. Across the total Australian business community, there was a 73% increase in losses, totalling $23.2 million.

And with 47% of Australians saying they would close their account or stop using a product or service provided by an organisation that experienced a breach, the impact could be catastrophic for the businesses involved.

Worryingly, the 2023 Cybercrime report also stated that most cybercrime went unreported, meaning official statistics significantly underestimate the size of the issue.

So how big is the problem? It’s big… and it’s getting bigger.

What does business cybercrime look like?

The 2023 Cybercrime report identified the biggest contributor as the payment redirection scam, also known as business email compromise (BEC) – basically phishing messages masquerading as legitimate communications, compelling its target to download a file, provide information or click a link.

It’s no coincidence that there’s been a 1,265% increase in those phishing emails since the launch of ChatGPT. And custom AI platforms like WormGPT and FraudGPT, which can create believable phishing scams and generate fake websites to support those campaigns, are also frighteningly adept at supporting criminal cyber activity.

Just think… if you received an email from a colleague or associate – correct sender address, correct email signature, company links in place and usual tone of voice – instructing you to review a relevant document… would you think twice about clicking on it?

In an even scarier turn of events, ex-hacker turned leading cyber security expert Bastien Treptel revealed in a recent ABC interview that you don’t even need to click on a malicious email or file now. He says, “If you use Outlook as a browser, or even Gmail, it’s got the option to automatically download pictures, if you turn that on, you’re at risk.” Frightening.

What can you do?

In response to growing concerns around cyber security, the Australian government has just announced an $18 million package as part of their new 2023–2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy to help small and medium businesses prepare for and respond to cyber-attacks. The first phase of the rollout (between 2023 – 2025) will give businesses access to free cyber security ‘health checks’, supported by tailored guidance on improving their cyber security and dealing with cyber-attacks if they arise.

In the meantime, here are three relatively simple actions you can take to secure your devices and IT infrastructure, and strengthen your ‘human firewall’ against attack.

1. Employee training and culture

Cyber Intelligence Strategic Advisor Katherine Mansted believes that “Training and testing staff to ensure that cyber security remains an organisation-wide priority is critical to ensuring that gaps in your cyber defence are avoided, and to increase the likelihood that attacks are detected and disrupted.”

Conducting regular cyber security training sessions for all employees, and teaching them about the latest threats, phishing tactics and safe practices online, will help them understand their role in avoiding and reporting malicious activity. Try mixing it up with a combination of phishing simulations, online and face-to-face training, and consider bringing in a cyber security speaker – with expert knowledge and experience, they can really help transform behaviours and inspire a more security-conscious culture.

And that security-conscious culture, where everyone feels responsible for safeguarding sensitive data, is critical. As Cybersecurity expert and Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec says, “To establish a secure environment, it is crucial for employees to embrace a cyber security culture and prioritise security on a daily basis. This will help minimise the vulnerability caused by human error, which is often the weakest link in cyber security.”

2. Beef up your security

With remote work now commonplace, it’s more important than ever to add an extra layer of security to make it more difficult for hackers to gain access.

Enforce the use of complex passwords and multi-factor authentication (MFA) where possible, and provide guidelines and tools for securing home networks. Encrypted Wi-Fi networks and Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) should be mandatory for accessing company resources remotely. Also, limit access to sensitive data and systems to only those employees who require them for their roles, and regularly review those user permissions to help prevent unauthorised access.

3. Update and back-up

Cybercriminals often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software. So when your computer tells you it’s time to shut down so it can install updates, don’t click ‘ignore’! By ensuring all software, including operating systems, applications, firewalls and antivirus programs are regularly updated with the latest security patches, you’ll have the best chance of holding hackers at bay.

But if those hackers do get through? You’ll want to be able to recover your data without significant losses. So make sure you establish regular data backups and have a recovery plan in place. You’ll also want an incident response plan, outlining steps to take in the event of a cyber-attack, including who to contact, how to contain the breach and the steps for recovery.

And if your business has been targeted, don’t forget to report it to SCAMwatch or the Australian Cyber Security Centre. You can also contact the Australian Cyber Security Commission via email or through their Hotline on 1300 cyber1 (1300 292 371) for advice and assistance.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller once famously said, “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be.” Whether your business is big or small, the evolution of the ‘Nigerian Prince’ has upped the ante when it comes to cybercrime – it’s no longer a question of if, but when. And while securing your IT infrastructure is critical to keeping those cyber crooks out of your systems, it’s even more important to strengthen the weakest link in your security chain – and that’s your staff. If you can train those who connect it to protect it, that Nigerian Prince may just have to find a new kingdom to conquer!

We have the most knowledgeable and captivating cyber security speakers in the business, including Jess Modini, Brian Hay, Robert Herjavec, Katherine Mansted, Matthew Miller, Susan McLean, Robert Potter, Bastien Treptel and David Leaney, ready to share their wisdom with your team and help your business stay cyber secure. If you’d like us to connect you, simply get in touch with us for a chat!

Australia’s Top 10 Futurist Speakers

Great Scott! Strap into your DeLorean and rev up the flux capacitor, because we’re about to give you a sneak peak into the future! Just like Doc Brown’s time machine gave Marty McFly a look at what’s in store, our expert futurist speakers have valuable insights that will help your business stay ahead of the game.

In today’s dynamic, ultra-competitive environment, businesses need every strategic advantage they can get. And while we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have access to some incredibly talented visionaries who can give you a precious glimpse into the future. As advantages go, it doesn’t get much bigger!

Our futurist speakers are renowned for their ability to translate data, research and experience into educated projections about emerging socio-cultural and technological trends. Predictions that can help you identify potential risks and opportunities, inspire creative solutions and shape business strategy for the future.

So if you want a distinct edge in this ever-evolving business landscape, engage one of our futurist speakers to talk to your team – they’re the best in the business, and we’d love to introduce you!

Australlia’s Top 10 Futurist Speakers

1. Future Crunch

Future Crunch Futurists

Dr. Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter created Future Crunch to unite the world’s most innovative minds in science, art, technology and entrepreneurship. Their aim? To promote thinking that creates a more peaceful, transparent and abundant world. Their dynamic presentations generate hope for the future, inspiring and empowering audiences to pioneer innovations that create a better planet. Read more about Future Crunch here.

2. Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen Futurist

Trend forecaster and Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael McQueen, has authored 9 bestselling books and worked with some of the world’s top brands empowering them to thrive amidst disruption. He’s a regular commentator on TV and radio and has shared the stage with luminaries including Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak, speaking to more than 500,000 people across 5 continents. Read more about Michael here.

3. Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Anders Sorman-Nilsson Futurist

Anders Sorman-Nilsson, a global futurist and innovation strategist, is passionate about decoding trends and translating research into valuable foresight. He has authored several successful books, and his innovative strategies have helped global brands including ING, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Lego expand minds and win over tomorrow’s customers. Anders also delivers regular TEDx keynotes and has shared the stage with the likes of Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates and global heads of state. Read more about Anders here.

4. Katharina Kuehn

Katharina Kuehn Futurist

Katharina Kuehn, a prominent neuroscientist and published author, excels at unravelling the subconscious aspects of human decision-making. Katharina works with some of the world’s biggest brands to create profound emotional connections and deeply human personalisation, combining science, technology and strategy to drive positive outcomes for the brand, their employees, their customers and society as a whole. Read more about Katharina here.

5. Gihan Perera

Gihan Perera Futurist

Gihan Perera is a futurist and author of more than a dozen bestselling books who helps people welcome change, act on opportunities and live happier lives. From robotics and artificial intelligence to leading a team building the infrastructure for the early Internet, Gihan has always embraced emerging technologies and trends – and now he empowers other organisations and leaders around the world to do the same. Rated by Forbes magazine as the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise, Gihan is passionate about getting people ‘fit for the future’ so they can thrive in our fast-changing world. Read more about Gihan here.

6. Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell Futurist

Chris Riddell is a global trend spotter, strategist and digital expert whose unparalleled insights into human behaviour have made him Australia’s most sought-after futurist. With a passion for analysing data and unlocking new perspectives, Chris has shaped masterful digital strategies for iconic brands such as Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers. He’s also a regular media commentator, and has spoken to more than 230,000 people in 27 countries worldwide, captivating audiences with his exciting, uniquely immersive presentations. Read more about Chris here.

7. Simon Kuestenmacher

Simon Kuestenmacher Futurist

Simon Kuestenmacher is an expert in the demographic and global trends shaping the future of Australia. A media commentator on demographic and data matters and regular contributor to publications including The New Daily and The Australian, Simon has amassed more than 600,000 global social media followers. With a monthly reach of over 35 million people, he now ranks among the world’s Top 10 influencers in data visualisation. Read more about Simon here.

8. Nils Vesk

Nils Vesk

Nils Vesk has been applying, teaching and researching innovation around the world for over 15 years. A published author, Nils is Australia’s pioneering ‘Innovation Architect’, having reinvented the innovation process, simplifying it to help everyday people create rapid commercial innovation. He is passionate about empowering people to be able to spot change and create killer ideas, generating millions of dollars of additional revenue. Read more about Nils here

9. Holly Ransom

Holly Ransom

As a Fulbright scholar who’s been awarded the US Embassy’s prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence, Holly Ransom is globally acknowledged as one of the world’s most vibrant and engaging thought-leaders. Her impressive credits include co-chairing the G20 Youth Summit, delivering a peace charter to the Dalai Lama, authoring a bestselling leadership book and interviewing influential figures like Barack Obama, Nobel laureate Muhummad Yunus and Richard Branson. Read more about Holly here.

10. Dr. Jason Fox

Dr Jason Fox

Dr. Jason Fox, often described as a modern-day wizard, is a best-selling author and avid researcher who advises some of the world’s largest companies – including Microsoft, Red Bull, Vodafone and Sony – on the future of leadership. His research is often featured in media such as Smart Company, Huffington Post, BRW and The Financial Review, while his captivating live presentations earned him the title of Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year. Read more about Jason here.

With some of the world’s best futurist speakers right on our doorstep, selecting Australia’s top 10 was no easy feat! If you have a brief for us, we’d be happy to provide you with a curated list of speaker choices specific to your event… simply get in touch with us to get the ball rolling.

Australian Alternatives to Big Name International Speakers

Simon Sinek. Brené Brown. Jay Shetty. James Clear. You’ve listened to their Ted talks, read their best-selling books and watched them stride across the global stage, weaving their inspirational tales of leadership, resilience, courage and personal growth. You’ve marvelled at their compelling stories, so full of insightful wisdom, and been spellbound by their captivating presence and extraordinary ability to inspire action. They’re the A-Listers of the speaking circuit, with booked-out calendars, millions of faithful followers… and a speaker fee to match.

If only you had the budget, right?

Unfortunately, we can’t help you with that. But we can help you source a brilliant Australian alternative to those big name international speakers – one that will blow your audience’s minds, without blowing your budget.

We understand how important your speaker is to the success of your event, it’s at the heart of everything we do. And because we also appreciate the need to keep your budget in check, these Australian-based speakers – visionaries every bit as compelling, insightful and inspiring as their big name international counterparts – are the perfect solution for your next event.

If you like Simon Sinek…

Simon Sinek motivational speaker

Simon Sinek is an acclaimed author, speaker and leadership expert best known for his TED Talk on ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action’ (viewed over 63 million times) and his global best-selling book ‘Start with Why’. He emphasises the importance of purpose-driven leadership and communication, and achieving success by understanding and communicating core values and motivations.


dan gregory motivational speaker
Dan Gregory
Darren Hill motivational speaker
Darren Hill
Margot Faraci

If you like Brené Brown…

Brene Brown motivational speaker

Brené Brown is a motivational speaker renowned for her work on vulnerability, courage and empathy. With bestselling books including ‘Daring Greatly’, and hit Ted Talks including ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ (viewed over 63 million times), her research on human connection and resilience has helped people embrace vulnerability for personal growth and stronger relationships.


Kieran flanagan motivational speaker
Kieran Flanagan
Dr. Amy Silver
Ciara Lancaster

If you like Jay Shetty…

Jay Shetty motivational speaker

With over 32 million social media followers, the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast ‘On Purpose’ and best-selling books including ‘Think Like a Monk’, Jay Shetty is one of the world’s most popular health and wellness influencers and speakers. As a former monk, Jay blends Eastern wisdom with modern life principles, inspiring people to find purpose, wellbeing and mindfulness in their daily lives.


Emma Murray
Mark Visser
Toni Powell
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Darren Flanagan
Darren Fleming

If you like James Clear…

James Clear motivational speaker

World-renowned habits expert and popular speaker James Clear is best known for his bestselling book, ‘Atomic Habits’, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. He shows how miniscule changes can have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships and your life, delivering lasting behavioural change through simple life hacks.


Chris Helder
Holly Ransom
Alison Hill
Alexandra Laws

If you’re looking for an Australian-based speaker who will meet your budget and exceed your expectations, talk to us about curating a list of options for your next event. And if you’re looking for a world-class speaker without any associated flight costs, make sure you check out our local Top 10 Motivational speaker lists for Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Queensland and New Zealand… or simply get in touch for a chat!

International Women’s Day, 8th March 2024

United Nations Women Australia has just announced the theme for International Women’s Day 2024, to be held on Friday 8th March. The 2024 theme, ‘Count Her In: Accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment’, examines the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women, highlighting the vital role it plays in creating a gender equal world.

When you empower women with equal opportunities to build their capacity to earn, learn and lead, it doesn’t just help them – it helps entire communities. Economies grow, families thrive and women have the critical resources they need to leave abusive or untenable situations.

To bring that vision to life, we need to shift behaviours and perceptions that marginalise women so they can reach their full potential. That includes removing the barriers that prevent them from improving their financial literacy and accessing funds that provide education and employment opportunities.

Thankfully, there are some remarkable women using their expert skills and knowledge to break down those barriers and pave the way for future generations of financially empowered women.

Let us introduce you to these incredible female changemakers inspiring a more inclusive and equal future. Their unwavering commitment to empowering other women, and their uplifting stories of resilience and determination, are guaranteed to captivate the audience at your International Women’s Day 2024 event.

Planning for International Women’s Day 2024 starts now!

Larisha Jerome is a proud Jarowair, Wakka Wakka & Wulli Wulli woman, passionate about using stories to inspire and empower women to achieve long-term financial prosperity and economic independence. With an extensive background in banking, government and the not-for-profit sector, specialising in women’s health and legal services, Larisha is committed to her role as First Nations Foundation’s Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment. Along with her work as host of her Rich Blak Women podcast, Larisha is dedicated to redressing the economic injustice faced by Indigenous women. Read more about Larisha here.

Rosie Batty turned her own personal tragedy into a tireless crusade against domestic violence, earning the Australian of the Year title as well as a Pride of Australia National Courage medal and Order of Australia honours. She believes that women’s economic inequality and insecurity are at the heart of gendered violence, and her role as Ambassador for Good Shepherd sees her engage with policymakers to advocate for increased investment in economic safety measures to combat the issues impacting women, girls and families. Her work has contributed to the development of the new National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children. Read more about Rosie here.

Elizabeth Broderick is Australia’s longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner, renowned for her tireless commitment to promoting gender equality and breaking down barriers preventing women from reaching their potential. Elizabeth founded ‘Male Champions of Change’ to tackle gender inequality in the workplace, and her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to comprehensive cultural reforms. Elizabeth also chairs the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls, is a trusted adviser to the UN, the World Bank and NATO, and is an Officer of the Order of Australia and NSW Australian of the Year recipient. Read more about Elizabeth here.

Effie Zahos is a leading figure in personal finance, passionate about making financial advice accessible and comprehensible to all. She started her career in banking before transitioning to broadcast TV, becoming the go-to finance expert for shows including the Today Show, A Current Affair and Sky Business News. As the former editor of Money Magazine, Effie turned her journalism skills, Economics degree and real-world experience into best-selling finance books that include ‘Real Girl’s Guide to Money: From Converse to Louboutin’s’ and children’s financial literacy book, ‘The Great $20 Adventure’. Read more about Effie here.

With more than 17 years’ experience in financial services with CBA, Macquarie Bank and Zurich, Jessica Brady is one of Australia’s leading Financial Advisers. She founded The Greenhouse Money Growing Program and co-founded award-winning Financial Advice firm Fox & Hare as well as free online platform Ladies Talk Money, advocating for financial empowerment – especially for women and the LGBTIQ+ community. As resident financial advice expert for Domain and Yahoo Finance, she also regularly appears in major media, with her shame-free, stigma-free approach to money helping thousands of people make smarter financial choices. Read more about Jessica here.

CEO of the Western Australian Cricket Association, Christina Matthews, is a game-changer in the famously male-dominated sport of cricket. As Australia’s most capped female Test player who also holds the record for the most dismissals by an Australian wicket-keeper, she is one of only three women in the world to hold the position of CEO of a first-class cricket association. She has inspired players of all genders and abilities while actively working to create a more gender-equal sport. And she’s succeeding. Female cricket participation has increased 550% across WA, and the WACA now has equal gender representation in leadership positions. Read more about Christina here.

Dr. Clio Cresswell is a talented mathematician and University mathematics lecturer determined to highlight the many mathematical elements that make up everyday life. Widely renowned for her best-selling book ‘Mathematics and Sex’, Clio also contributes articles to various magazines and Q&A columns and is a regular guest on popular TV and radio programs. Her international background and actuarial experience brings diversity to her perspective, while her authentic, funny and thought-provoking style never fails to incite a good chuckle along with genuine lightbulb moments. You’ll never look at maths the same way again! Read more about Clio here.

Known as the ‘bug whisperer’, Dr Paola Magni is a globally-recognised forensic science specialist. Her expertise on the behaviours of insects and other small creatures is used by law enforcement to solve murders and cold cases, even inspiring a character on Italy’s ‘CSI’ where she consulted to ensure a realistic portrayal. Currently a Lecturer at Murdoch University, she shares her insights through podcasts and publications – including her first forensic entomology book, which she published at just 25. Paola also volunteers her skills to investigate animal cruelty and wildlife deaths for the RSPCA, demonstrating her commitment to the local community. Read more about Paola here.

Margot Faraci challenges conventional thinking about leadership and business in today’s corporate world. With two decades of experience leading cultural transformations at prominent Australian companies, she emphasises the importance of leading with love to create a more respectful culture, better performance and a better society. She believes that by leveraging our most powerful human emotion, businesses reap the rewards of profitability and growth – they get the best out of their people, create engaging and respectful workplace cultures, create meaningful connections with staff and clients and attract the right talent. Read more about Margot here.

Perth locals will recognise Roanna Edwards’ voice from her hosting duties at ABC Radio’s Saturday Breakfast program and Aunty’s hugely popular gardening program ‘Roots & Shoots’. She is a proud Ballardong and Whadjuk woman who is loving living back on Noongar boodjar (country) after spending much of her life in regional WA. Since 2011, Roanna has worked in a variety of Aboriginal Affairs roles, including Media representative for the nation’s most powerful Aboriginal Land Council, and in the utility industry working for a remote government trading enterprise. Roanna now focuses on economic development in her role leading the WA office of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, is the Chair of the Aboriginal Lands Trust and serves on the board of her beloved Swan Districts Football Club. Read more about Roanna here.

As former Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay dedicated a decade to empowering women and advancing gender equality on a global scale. She’s served as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force and has led the QLD Male Champions of Change for over a decade, advocating for gender equality in male-dominated industries. Julie has received several awards for her leadership and cultural change work, including Young Australian of the Year, Young Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year and the National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. Read more about Julie here.

Jan Cooper is a trailblazer in the AFL community, and one of the driving forces behind the AFLW national women’s league and the talent pathway for women, growing AFL female player numbers from 16,000 to over 480,000. She has worked hard to overcome societal bias and implement strategies for improved diversity, inclusion and wellbeing in the AFLW, and was recently inducted as the first woman into the WA Football Hall of Fame for her tireless efforts. She also holds a number of other accolades, including an Order of Australia Medal, number one Ticket Holder of West Coast Eagles FC and Football Woman of the Year. Read more about Jan here.

Prabha Nandagopal is a world-renowned human rights and discrimination lawyer with 18 years of experience across various domains from business and human rights to asylum seeker and refugee policy. An innovative changemaker who challenges the status quo, Prabha is known for coming up with achievable solutions to intricate systemic problems. She’s played a pivotal role in numerous groundbreaking workplace cultural reviews, including the National Music Industry Review into sexual harm, sexual harassment and systemic discrimination, and recently worked alongside Elizabeth Broderick AO on the Independent Review into Workplace Culture at Ernst & Young Oceania. Read more about Prabha here.

Vanessa Stoykov has been championing financial empowerment for over 25 years. A born storyteller, Vanessa’s award-winning TV productions – including ‘Secrets of The Money Masters’ and ‘The Bottom Line’ – feature identities like Bryce Courtenay, Ita Buttrose and well-known finance industry experts. She is also a regular in the media, where her level-headed conversations around money empower people to take an active interest in their own financial strategy. As well as running her own financial content and communications business, Vanessa has also created Australia’s largest video education portal for financial advisers. Read more about Vanessa here.

Following stints hosting broadcast programmes at CNBC International in London and working as an on-air correspondent across Europe, Gemma Acton is now the 7 News Network Finance Editor, presenting the latest financial and business news to audiences across the country. With credentials including a background in investment banking and wealth management at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and an MBA from the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Gemma is incredibly well qualified to interpret and communicate how changes in the economy and society affect all of us. Read more about Gemma here.

International Women’s Day is always one of our most popular event themes, so make sure you get in touch with us now to secure your speaker of choice – our team is standing by to help!

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!

Eco-Nomics: How to Turn Green into Gold

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

Green is officially in. The old-school corporate mindset of profit before the planet has finally been relegated to the recycle bin, giving way to a genuine determination to create positive change. But long-term sustainability means more than just upsizing your recycling bin. It means committing to meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. The good news is, improving your impact on the world doesn’t just benefit your kids and grandkids, it benefits your business too. We’ll show you how you can do good and do well at the same time, and introduce you to two Aussie businesses turning green into gold.

In a world where 80% of the global economy is now subject to a net zero emissions target, sustainability standards aren’t just fluffy aims your organisation aspires to – they’re benchmarks it will be judged by. And they can be the difference between success and failure.

Research shows that sustainability is important to nearly 80% of consumers, all keen to do their part in the fight against global warming. And they’re actively choosing sustainable and ethical brands. In fact, 70% are even willing pay a whopping 35% premium for them.

The problem is, while 90% of executives agree that environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards (used to evaluate social and environmental impact) are important, only 32% of companies actually have a strategy in place to achieve them.

Has your business got a clear plan to improve sustainability measures? How will you provide long-term value to consumers and investors without damaging the environment – or the people in it?

We’ve got some ideas for you…

Five sustainability actions your business can take

1. Energy efficiency: Consider energy-saving measures such as installing LED and sensor lighting, smart thermostats and energy-efficient appliances. Also think about investing in renewable energy sources like solar panels to power your operations – it not only reduces your dependence on fossil fuels, but can also lead to long-term cost savings!

2. Waste reduction: Did you know that Australia produces nearly 2.6 million tonnes of plastic waste every year? Easy waste reduction strategies include minimising single-use plastics, providing recycling or compost bins and educating employees about proper waste disposal. Consider the lifecycle of the products your business uses too, and prioritise eco-friendly packaging. Also think about reusing materials and repurposing waste to reduce your environmental impact – after all, the best way to keep waste out of landfill is by never sending it there in the first place!

If you’re looking for some more inspiration, tune into Series 3 of War on Waste, presented by Craig Reucassel (8:30 pm on ABC TV and ABC iview). This thought-provoking documentary series looks at the staggering truths about rubbish and recycling in our country, and introduces innovative ways Aussies are managing waste. Planet Ark’s War on Waste Toolkit for Business is also a great resource to get you started.

3. Sustainable supply: Optimise your supply chain to minimise transportation emissions and environmental impacts, and try sourcing materials locally where possible to reduce transport distances. Only work with suppliers that follow strict sustainability and ethical practices too – make sure they stand up to your claims… greenwashing is not cool!

4. Greener practices: Consider adopting green building practices to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water and prevent pollution. Using sustainable building materials, incorporating natural lighting and ventilation, implementing water-saving fixtures and landscaping to minimise water usage – they’re all fantastic ways to get a little greener. You’ll also benefit from lower operating costs, increased property value and a much healthier place to work! The Green Star sustainability rating system provides formal accreditation, and is an excellent source of information.

5. Your employees: Educate employees about the company’s sustainability goals and how their individual efforts can contribute. Workshops with external sustainability speakers, webinars and internal communication campaigns can foster understanding and enthusiasm, while involving employees in sustainability initiatives such as volunteer programs can help them appreciate the role sustainability plays. And if it fits your business model, encourage remote work – after all, we’re pro’s at using video conferencing and other digital tools now! And less commuting means less cars on the road, less traffic, less co2 emissions and less strain on public transport.

Aussie businesses making a difference

While there’s been an encouraging rise in big brands like Intrepid Travel, Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s achieving BCorp status, there are also many clever eco-minded Australians doing their bit to help the environment.


Great Wrap: Great Wrap is a materials science company on a mission to end the human reliance on traditional plastics. Julia Kay co-founded Great Wrap with her husband Jordy Kay, with the aim of using material innovation to design their way out of the plastics pandemic we’re living through.

With products including compostable pallet wrap for businesses and compostable cling wrap for homes, Great Wrap hopes to reduce the 150,000 tonnes of stretch wrap Australians send to landfill every year. Julia believes that no one wants to actually cause more harm than good – it’s simply that the world of packaging is intimidating for businesses and consumers. “By creating more compostable solutions, we are making it easier for people and businesses to adopt materials that aren’t destined for landfill.” Julia says.


Good Edi: Another local brand out to prove that small business can make a big difference is Melbourne start-up Good Edi, founded by Catherine Hutchins and Aniyo Rahebi. With more than 20 years’ experience in food processing and packaging, Good Edi was born out of a shared passion for sustainability, big ideas and really good coffee.

While they cherished their daily grind, it just didn’t sit right with the girls that the disposable cups they used were sent to landfill along with 2.7 million others every single day. So they set out to fix the problem, creating the world’s first 100% waste-free coffee cup that’s good for the planet, and tasty to boot. Made from ethically sourced, grain-based vegan ingredients, the cup can be eaten (it tastes like a waffle cone) or thrown into compost or general rubbish where it breaks down naturally in just a few weeks. It’s a tasty solution to minimising waste that coffee roasteries and café owners have been keen to jump onboard with.

In the end we’re all contributing to climate change. Every single one of us. And while the level of our impact varies, we all have a part to play in fixing it. From energy efficiency, waste reduction and sustainable supply chains to green building practices and employee education, your business has a huge opportunity to rewrite the playbook. And when the benefits include not just significant cost savings but customer and investor loyalty, putting the planet first isn’t just better for your brand, it’s better for your bottom line too.

There’s no doubt that the rules of success have changed. And as the ancient proverb goes, “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills” – it’s time to get out there and build some windmills!

Whether your business is big or small, there’s plenty you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. We have some of the cleverest minds in sustainability ready to share their own inspiring journeys, and help your team understand the part they can play in the bigger picture. If you’d like us to introduce you to any of our specialist sustainability speakers, including Catherine Hutchins and Aniyo Rahebi from Good Edi, Julia Kay from Great Wrap and Craig Reucassel from War on Waste, simply get in touch with us for a chat!

5 Resilience Speakers to Help You Build Stronger Teams

Whether it’s striving to achieve a professional target or trying to conquer a personal challenge, resilience plays a huge part in our everyday lives. The more resilient we are, the more successfully we can navigate those challenges – and that’s where our specialised resilience speakers can help.

Years of experience providing motivational speakers that specialise in the area of resilience has shown us that these speakers come in many forms, and from a variety of backgrounds. Some have overcome immense physical challenges after a life-changing accident, some have studied for years to develop expertise in a particular area, such as teaching sales teams to be more resilient. And some are dedicated to providing a more holistic solution to building resilience and boosting performance through techniques such as mindfulness.

Whichever resilience speaker you choose, rest assured that you’ll be providing your team with the tools to help them cope when things don’t go to plan. And that helps guard against stress and burnout, creating a happier, healthier and more productive workforce – an environment where your employees and your business can thrive.

We have a some of the world’s leading experts from a broad range of life experiences ready to share their own inspiring stories of resilience with your team. Their engaging presentations, packed full of practical tips and advice, will help your staff perform better under pressure, and bounce back quicker when things go wrong.

Our Top 5 Resilience Speakers

1. Michael Licenblat: Sales resilience

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While businesses invest substantial sums of money into educating their sales teams on aspects like finding leads, effective questioning and refining their closing skills, Michael Licenblat believes they often overlook the key force impacting sales – the salesperson’s ability to handle resistance and rejections. In his presentations, Michael provides practical techniques for recovering quickly from challenges, dealing effectively with negativity and developing a more resilient mental attitude. Read more about Michael here.

2. Sophie Delezio: Personal resilience

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Sophie Delezio is a survivor. Critically injured in a car crash at two years of age, Sophie sustained burns to 85% of her body, lost a hand and both legs below the knee. And then, in another tragic accident just two years later, she suffered a brain injury and multiple fractures. Her determination to live life to the full and embrace every opportunity in the years since has been a true lesson in resilience, and one she shares with honesty, integrity and a good dose of humour. Read more about Sophie here.

3. Dr. Amy Silver: Resilience in the face of fear

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Psychologist and bestselling author, Dr. Amy Silver, believes that one of the biggest leadership challenges we face is managing our fear – our automatic, unconscious response to pressure. In her presentations, Amy breaks down the psychology behind fear and provides practical tools for moving beyond it to a more helpful response. The result? Deeper connections, more influence over decisions, quicker action, more calm and more fun! Read more about Amy here.

4. Ciara Lancaster: Change resilience

Bestselling author Ciara Lancaster is passionate about helping people transcend the chaos that comes from endless, fast-paced workplace change. Using a blend of psychology, neuroscience and change management techniques, Ciara presents a 3-step framework to overcoming change fatigue. Designed to ready teams for change with more optimism, energy and self-belief, her presentations include stress management and mindset hacks as well as self-care and self-leadership strategies for sustainable success. Read more about Ciara here.

5. Chelsea Pottenger: Mental resilience

Australia’s poster girl for mental health and mindfulness, Chelsea Pottenger, is on a mission to empower high performance through mindfulness. Her presentations are packed with actionable insights to help teams perform at their best without feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Teams will discover the power of emotional flexibility and adaptability in building resilience and grit, and learn techniques to boost their creative thinking, improve their gut health and better their overall physical and mental performance. Read more about Chelsea here.

We have Australia’s leading resilience experts, including Chelsea Pottenger, Michael Licenblat, Ciara Lancaster, Dr. Amy Silver and Sophie Delezio on stand-by to share their insights and advice, ready to help you build more resilient teams. If you’d like us to introduce you, simply get in touch with us for a chat!

Australia’s Top 10 Wellbeing Speakers

Australia's Top 10 Wellbeing Speakers

“Take care of your employees, and they will take care of your business.”
– Richard Branson

Wellbeing isn’t just good for your people, it’s good for your bottom line too.

In this hyperconnected, hybrid work environment we now live in, workplace wellbeing has never been more important… or more of a challenge.

In an age where competition for talent is fierce, business uncertainty is high and ‘quiet quitting’ is an actual thing, creating a culture that prioritises employee health and happiness isn’t just the ‘right thing to do’ – it’s good business too.  

Research clearly shows a positive correlation between employee wellbeing and company performance across a wide variety of indicators, including firm valuations, gross profits and stock market performance. And if that’s not enough motivation, failing to look after the wellbeing of employees is now a punishable offence under new Australian Work Health and Safety laws.

Bottom line? It’s time to create a culture that prioritises wellbeing. And happily, we have some of the world’s best wellbeing speakers on hand to help you!

Australia’s Top 10 Wellbeing Speakers

These 10 passionate and inspiring wellbeing experts are the best in the business, and we’d love to introduce you…

1. Ben Crowe

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As mindset and performance coach of some of the world’s most influential leaders, as well as superstars like Aussie tennis legends Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott and world surfing champ Steph Gilmore, Ben Crowe knows a thing or two about winning mindsets. He’s committed to helping people find purpose, confidence and a competitive advantage while living fulfilling lives, and does it by sharing high-performance principles and emphasising the importance of authenticity, vulnerability and storytelling. Read more about Ben here.

2. Emma Murray

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With a background in psychology and athletics, leading mindfulness and high-performance coach Emma Murray helps people from all walks of life overcome mental challenges to reach peak performance. Known as ‘the secret weapon’ behind Richmond Football Club’s premiership success, Emma’s strategies are focused on present moment awareness, emotional regulation and sustained focus. With practices rooted in mindfulness and high-performance psychology, Emma is dedicated to empowering people to excel in every moment of their lives. Read more about Emma here

3. Chelsea Pottenger

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Chelsea Pottenger is Australia’s poster girl for mental health and mindfulness, regularly featured in the media as a leading authority on wellbeing. As an accredited mindfulness and meditation coach, Chelsea works with organisations to prioritise employee wellbeing, with major clients including global brands like eBay, Uber, Estee Lauder and Mercedes Benz. She’s also a proud ambassador for mental health charities including R U OK? and The Gidget Foundation, and has over 100,000 Instagram followers! Read more about Chelsea here.

4. Stephanie Bown

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With extensive education and expertise in psychology, neuropsychology, positive psychology and organisational dynamics, Stephanie Bown offers deep insights into individual and team dynamics. As a transformational change expert and high-performance coach, Stephanie’s mission is to help people reach their full potential by guiding them to lead purpose-driven, successful and well-balanced lives. Stephanie also wrote ‘Purpose, Passion & Performance’, awarded one of Australia’s top 3 leadership books in 2021. Read more about Stephanie here.

5. Mark Bunn

Bestselling author and former AFL footballer, Mark Bunn, draws from a blend of Western science, Eastern medicine and insights from some of the world’s healthiest and highest performing people to provide practical tips for improving resilience, positivity and overall wellbeing. Mark focuses on addressing health issues such as stress, poor sleep, low motivation and burnout, and has coached communities, schools and organisations like NAB, Westpac, Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and AMP. Read more about Mark here.

6. Leanne Hall

As an integrative psychologist, personal trainer and nutrition coach, Leanne Hall has been transforming lives for over 15 years. Passionate about holistic health and wellbeing, Leanne guides people on a wide variety of topics, including beauty myths, self-esteem, body image, relationships, parenting and mental health. Promoting self-care through a combination of positive psychology and mindfulness techniques, Leanne inspires people to prioritise their mind and body. Read more about Leanne here.

7. Andrew May

Andrew May is a globally recognised workplace performance and leadership strategist with a background in high-performance sports. Partnering with organisations worldwide to establish cultures of wellbeing, Andrew delivers scientifically proven strategies for lasting change. He’s a coach and confidante to many of Asia Pacific’s leading CEO’s, executives and entrepreneurs, has worked with Olympians and is the Mental Skills Coach of the Paramatta Eels NRL Team. He’s also a published author and regular media contributor! Read more about Andrew here.

8. Dr. Michael Nagel

Dr. Michael Nagel is an Associate Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he teaches and researches in the areas of cognition, human development, behaviour and learning. He also helps workplaces incorporate mindfulness practices to tackle the increasing demands and challenges leading to stress, decreased productivity, employee absenteeism and burnout. Michael unpacks the neuroscience around mindfulness and provides practical strategies to help facilitate improved communication and enhanced workplace relationships. Read more about Michael here.

9. Luke Mathers

Luke Mathers is a stress expert and performance coach who uses neuroscience, ancient wisdom and his years of experience running successful businesses to help people harness the power of stress. Luke has helped Olympians, top CEOs, brands and teams, providing practical strategies to reduce burnout and change areas of their life that need to change. Having learned from his own experience in transforming industries, Luke helps people embrace challenges and reset how they look at stress in order to achieve optimal performance. Read more about Luke here.

10. Dr. Amy Silver

Dr. Amy Silver is a psychologist and bestselling author who is regularly featured in the media talking about how fear and other emotions impact our work. With three decades of clinical experience, Amy also holds multiple degrees, including a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Forensic Psychiatry and a Masters in Performance, and has taught and researched at Oxford University. A globally recognised expert, Amy is committed to teaching people how to create psychological safety, trust and open communication in order to shape a better future. Read more about Amy here.

With some of the world’s most highly sought-after wellbeing experts to choose from, selecting Australia’s top 10 Wellbeing Speakers was a difficult task! If you’d like help creating a culture that prioritises wellbeing, 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!

Australia’s Top 10 Branding Speakers

Want to know why Branding is the hottest speaker topic for 2023?

In a fiercely competitive marketplace, where standing out is essential for survival, you need to leave a lasting mark in the hearts and minds of your audience. You need to create an emotional connection that captures imaginations and inspires action. It’s the only way you’ll elevate your brand from ordinary to extraordinary, and it’s where our Branding Speakers shine.

For your business

Your company is more than just a logo and a bunch of products. But creating a brand that cuts through and connects with consumers is no easy feat. Done right, branding can turn your business into a living, breathing entity with a distinct voice, values and a compelling story. Whether it’s your commitment to sustainability, your unwavering dedication to quality or your rebellious spirit that challenges the status quo, clever branding helps differentiate you from the pack.

Our Branding speakers can show you how to create an emotional connection that turns your customers into a tribe of passionately loyal fans.

For your people

With the proliferation of social media, online communication and the everlasting digital footprint, everyone has a personal brand. As Jeff Bezos defines it, “Your personal brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room” – it’s the way you’re presented to the world, and just like any brand, it needs to be crafted and curated to ensure it presents the way you want it to. Think Kim Kardashian, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson… their personal brands aren’t what they are by accident!

Our Branding speakers can teach you and your team how to stand out (the right way) in a sea of grey suits and boring sales pitches.

Australia’s Top 10 Branding Speakers

They’ve launched and re-launched some of the most popular brands in the world and have cleverly constructed some of the most famous personal brands on the planet. Passionate, dynamic and inspiring, these 10 master storytellers are the best Branding Speakers in the business, and we’d love to introduce you…

1. Kieran Flanagan

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When it comes to driving consumer engagement, there are few that understand the secrets behind influencing others to buy and ‘buy in’ better than Kieran Flanagan. With a career spanning two decades and numerous global awards, Kieran is one half of the team behind the most successful new product launch in Australian history, and one of the most successful brand resurrections in the world. She’s captivated audiences as varied as the UN, Coca-Cola and TEDx, sharing her revolutionary message that leveraging our humanity is the key to achieving lasting change and driving influence, engagement and trust. Read more about Kieran here.

2. Janine Allis

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Janine Allis is the Founder of Boost Juice Bars, the largest and fastest-growing juice and smoothie chain in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 660 outlets in 12 countries. Janine developed Boost Juice and other successful brands, including Salsas Fresh Mex Grill, CIBO Espresso and Betty’s Burgers, based on her ‘love life’ philosophy. She’s received numerous domestic and international awards in digital marketing, retail, franchise and business, is a bestselling author and has starred on ‘Shark Tank’, ‘Australian Celebrity Apprentice’ and ‘Australian Survivor’. Read more about Janine here.

3. Russel Howcroft

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If you’ve ever watched ABC’s ‘Gruen’ program, you’ll recognise Russel Howcroft as a much-loved regular panellist. He’s also a presenter on 3AW’s radio breakfast program, author of three best-selling books and chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Regarded as the face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia, Russel has headed up some of the world’s most recognisable creative agencies, and delivered award-winning global campaigns for a raft of international clients. Read more about Russel here.

4. Amanda Stevens

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Amanda Stevens is an expert in the customer experience, and is widely recognised as Australia’s leading consumer futurist. She’s passionate about what she does, sharing her insights through her blogs and best-selling books, and working with businesses to create strategies that turn customers into brand advocates. Over the last 13 years she’s worked with brands such as Microsoft, Westpac and Foxtel, delivered more than 1200 presentations in 14 countries and shared the stage with the likes of Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Richard Branson and Condoleezza Rice. Read more about Amanda here.

5. Dee Madigan

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An experienced creative director, advertising executive and author, Dee Madigan is a trailblazer in the Australian advertising industry. Passionate about developing cleverly integrated and impactful campaigns, previous clients include brands like HSBC, Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestle. Dee is also a seasoned political campaigner and appears regularly as a panelist on TV shows such as ‘Gruen’, ‘The Drum,’ and ‘The Latest’. Read more about Dee here.

6. Dan Gregory

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Dan Gregory is passionate about human behaviour, and for the last 30 years has been helping entrepreneurs and executives understand what drives beliefs, behaviours and belonging so they can increase their influence, impact and income. He’s developed leadership, performance and engagement strategies for brands including Coca-Cola, Unilever and the Royal Australian Navy, and lectured at some of the world’s most prestigious creative schools. You’ll also recognise him from ABC’s ‘Gruen’ program, where his business intelligence, unique insights and sharp wit have made him a popular regular. Read more about Dan here.

7. Adam Ferrier

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Adam Ferrier is a leading innovator in Australian advertising, drawing on his expertise as a consumer psychologist and brand strategist to help clients strengthen their relationships with consumers. He has authored several popular advertising books and serves on the boards of Good Thnx and TRIBE. With a track record of awards and successful clients, Adam regularly shares his insights on programs like ‘The Project’, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and ABC Radio. Read more about Adam here.

8. Katrina McCarter

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Katrina McCarter is a marketing strategist who understands the influential role of mothers in the Australian business economy. Her book, ‘Marketing to Mums: How to sell more to Australia’s most powerful consumer’, went to number 1 on Booktopia’s Business Bestsellers list, while her presentation, “Marketing to Mums: What Australian Mums want from Brands,” was voted number one for Most Valuable Content. Her expertise is frequently sought by media outlets including Channel Seven, ABC Radio, The Age and Mumbrella. Read more about Katrina here.

9. Tim Reid

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Tim Reid is the founder and host of Australia’s top-ranked business marketing podcast, ‘The Small Business Big Marketing Show’. With over 590 episodes and five million downloads, Tim has built a global audience of motivated business owners. He’s also authored The Boomerang Effect, a popular marketing text, and travels the world showing business owners and marketers how to embrace modern marketing methods – without breaking the bank. Read more about Tim here.

10. Kylie Bartlett

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Businesswoman, author and serial entrepreneur Kylie Bartlett helps businesses thrive in the era of social media. Known as the ‘Web Celeb’, Kylie has taught thousands of SME’s worldwide how to become ‘Web Famous’ and compete with larger companies. She draws on her challenging life experiences and her qualifications in organisational psychology and corporate training to help others create connections and community online, and shares her knowledge through mentoring and public speaking. Read more about Kylie here.

With some of the world’s best Branding Speakers to choose from, our task of selecting the 10 best was a difficult one! If you have a brief for us we’d be happy to provide you with a curated list of speakers specific to your needs… just get in touch with us for a chat to get the ball rolling!