The former captain of the All Blacks still has a high profile from his battle with cancer, his charity appearances and his work with prostate cancer awareness.
Graeme has faced and won some big challenges. Now in a wheelchair but still producing television programmes. Really nice guy with fascinating stories of fishing, bear hunting etc
John Anderson is one of those people you meet that is inspiring, humourous and you remember his story long after you have heard it. You will find him funny, interesting and astute.
Just ten years ago, Tony and wife Tracey decided to open their own Travel Agency in Invercargill. Every travel industry expert (not to mention the Bank Manager) warned it was a terrible idea and proceeded to list a host of very good reasons why. Against all odds, Laker House of Travel has quickly become one of the largest travel companies in New Zealand. Tony’s topic “How the Hell did that Happen?” is described as a no-nonsense, common-sense, roller-coaster ride of adventure, fun, intrigue, mystery, and if time permits, a little bit of travel. His message of “if an ordinary guy like me can do this, just imagine what you can do” is hugely entertaining and empowering to all audience types.
Aaron Fleming is an Ironman, New Zealand’s Olympic Games torchbearer, an author, and one of New Zealand’s youngest speakers with one of the most moving tales you will ever hear …At 16, Aaron was a promising gymnast when his lung collapsed and had to undergo many surgeries to save his life. He was told he would never again be physically active. Following the grueling surgery and the devastating news, Aaron got addicted to his painkillers and suffered from severe depression. After hitting rock bottom, he decided to turn his life around. He went off his painkillers, finished school and went on to finish a degree in Science and Commerce specialising in Environmental Studies. He then discovered Ironman. Aaron's story is gripping, emotional and truly inspirational. He can talk about change, overcoming adversity, goal setting and perseverance.
For 10 months he was trapped by crushing ice. For 5 months he endured soul-destroying solitude. For 3 months he lived in total darkness. For 1 hour he will have you on the edge of your seat. Explorers are a special breed of people blessed with courage, determination and an instinct for survival.
Ant Williams is recognized as one of the best free divers in the world. Ant can hold his breath for 7 1/2 minutes - in the ocean he can dive deeper than 225 feet on a single breath and in a pool he can swim 200 meters without breathing.
Billy Graham's presentations are 'punchy', 'lively' and 'fun'. He is full of energy and his humourous presentations are always memorable.
For over 20 years Cath Vincent has been inspiring business leaders and sales people to learn the tools of change that will revolutionise their personal effectiveness. Those tools are to:
• master yourself – how to operate at maximum motivation, energy and confidence every day; a great shake-up to get even better results from yourself or your people with very simple micro-changes
• influence others – how to get your message across in meetings or presentations so that others are inspired to respond favourably and/or take action
…or put another way, how to Wake Up Your WOW!
Dick Tayler has an inspirational story with amusing anecdotes and poignant messages.
She was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in England, Norway, South Africa and now New Zealand. Getrude is an African poet, an artist, a self published author, an entrepreneur and the founding director of three successful companies in New Zealand. She has an extraordinary ability to manifest her dreams into reality and has the Midas touch as everything she touches turns to gold. Her presentations have drawn hundreds at recent engagements.She works exceptionally hard to tailor every speech to the situation and the personalities involved.
This man is legendary for his forward thinking visionary ideas. Still at the forefront of technology and in demand throughout the world, Gordon has had amazing foresight into the shape of things to come in the future both in the business and educational sectors. Few people have packed as much experience into their lives as Gordon Dryden. - He worked on the documentary “Where to Now” which looked at problems of the future in work, education, health etc.
Ian is one of NZ’s most well known business authors. He has written books on management and customer service and is a specialist in human resource management and developing your people. He is very experienced in all aspects of business. Ian puts together a customised session for each client. Some of the sessions he has presented are organisational change, focus and growth, communication, customer service, management, organisational skills etc.
A self-described ‘tornado’ Jenene has never stood still for long…. Her first foray into digital came at 16 as a high-school drop out, which drove the launch of Jenene’s first digital business www.nzgirl.co.nz from her spare bedroom on a second-hand computer.
If you have Julie as your speaker you will -
• see change as opportunity
• get to laugh along with Julie as she tells you her hilarious adventures as a blind woman
• Become engaged with your life, work and community when you discover those two small words: BE INSPIRED!
Justin Jones and James Castrission earnt their place in history, when they became the first people to successfully kayak 3318km across the treacherous Tasman Sea. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand the adventurers were sun-burnt, bearded, underweight, physically and mentally wasted … and most of all happy to be alive.
Karen Scott is one of New Zealand’s most recognised business women renowned for her determination and passion to succeed in the competitive magazine world. Sales are her strength and Karen’s dream of owning her own magazine began when she found herself fully responsible for two young children and unable to find a publication that provided her with information about the city she was living in for the whole family. In 2003 she created Tots to Teens - a magazine that identified kid friendly locations, shops and events around Auckland. In recognition of her success Karen was named Her Business – (2005) Most Inspirational Role Model AND Best New Business. In 2006, Karen embarked on the next exciting chapter of her adventure by joining forces with Australian-based on-line parenting directory kidspot.com.au
In the early 1990’s Kathy became one of the country’s top producing travel consultants, then later developed her own travel wholesale business with franchised branches. Within a few challenging years she’d “lost the lot”. Kathy is an exceptional woman who has already experienced more in her first forty plus years than many people do in a lifetime and she’s only just getting started!
Starting at the age of 14 Laura Dekker set off on her journey to sail solo around the world with the blessing of her parents, but not of the Dutch government. She completed the journey aged just 16 years old, proving all naysayers wrong.
Balancing your lifestyle and coping with stress. Lee will give ideas to improve well-being which will benefit both business and personal life. An entertaining and motivating speaker, Lee has written several books including “The Competitive Edge” and ‘The Corporate Edge’ and most recently “Why are we killing our kids and ourselves”.
“The Power of Choice -Your choices today, define your tomorrow”
Linda truly understands the power of choice, and the courage it takes to make the hard decisions and live with the outcome. Most people will face a time in their lives of extreme stress - when life jumps up and slaps you in the face. Linda faced that moment - a life changing moment.
Standing on the summit of Mount Everest has always been a boyhood dream, a dream that Mark thought he had lost in 1982 when as a Search and Rescue Mountaineer in New Zealand’s majestic Mount Cook National Park, He had a ‘hiccup’ in my climbing career, stuck in an ice cave dubbed ‘Middle Peak Hotel’ near the summit of Mount Cook for 14 days. As a result of this stay Mark lost both legs below the knees to frostbite.
Former captain of the New Zealand Men's Softball team, the Black Sox, who led his team to victory in three consecutive world championships. Listen to Mark tell of his inspirational and entertaining sporting experiences.
Host of the ITM Fishing Show and famous for catching very large fish from very small vessels, Matt Watson has appeared on the David Letterman Show, 60 Minutes and BBC World amongst other shows.
Matt Pickering has had more than his share of challenges. He was Rural Manager for one of the ‘big four’ Banks in Tauranga. Matthew graduated (should that be survived?) Lincoln College in 1995 with a B.Com.Ag. majoring in Valuation and Farm Management. He fractured his neck while playing rugby for Lincoln College. After seven weeks in hospital and 12 weeks propped up with plaster and neck braces, his rugby career was over. Yet, while contact sports were out of the question, Matthew turned to surf lifesaving determined not to be defeated by his injury. “You’ve got to look on the positive side and get on with life”
Jeweller - Michael seems to continue to make profits with his jewellery businesses both here and in Australia even when other retailers are struggling. Michael shares his marketing and success stories with delegates.
Mike is one of New Zealand’s top advisers to small business owners, and a regular contributor to business magazines. He is an experienced, entertaining and stimulating speaker
Murray's career is a success story. Murray was the Head of CBS Music, founder of Personalised Plates and now runs his own highly successful music business.