Motivational Speakers

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Considered one of Australia's tech success stories, Naomi Simson founded RedBalloon in 2001. From just an idea and persistence redballoon.com.au has now sold more than two and a half million experiences. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. Naomi has many labels: entrepreneur, speaker, director, chair, mother, author, blogger, innovator and now TV personality with her appearance on Channel 10’s Shark Tank Australia. Before founding RedBalloon with business partner Pete, Naomi worked with big brands including IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines – all of which influenced who she is today and her views on workplaces.
  • 2008 National Telstra Business Women's Award for Innovation
  • 2011 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Industry)
  • Shark Tank Australia (TV Program)
  • Network Ten
  • redballoon.com.au

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Baron Grant is an outstanding and relatable keynote speaker, facilitator, trainer and coach, and delivers keynote presentations and training sessions across Australia and overseas. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. Baron’s easy going, yet motivational training style draws the audience in to his message, leaving a deep impression, allowing personal introspection. He has been referred to as the Excuse Breaker, helping his audience recognise that they are in the driver’s seat – they have control of the direction of their lives.

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Justin Jones (affectionately known as Jonesy) is one of Australia's premier motivational speakers and extreme adventurers. Constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance he has undertaken a number of large-scale expeditions over the past 14 years. Two in particular have captured global acclaim and attention. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. Jonesy is one of Australia’s premier public speakers and adventurers who is constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance. Global audiences are demanding to hear the story of how he succeeded in completing two of the greatest adventures of all time. To date he has shared their story with over 250 000 people including many of Australia’s ASX200 companies, business leaders and professional sporting teams.
  • Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year 2008

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Kurt Fearnley is world-beater in and out of his racing wheelchair. The three-time Paralympic Gold Medallist has won marathons all around the world, including the prestigious New York, London and Chicago marathons multiple times. His exploits are not confined to wheelchair racing having crawled the Kokoda track and sailing on a winning Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race crew. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. Raised in the small country town of Carcoar, Kurt Fearnley has always been determined. Being born without the lower portion of his spine has never held him back, from backyard games of football to crawling along the Great Wall of China, he always has a go.
  • Commonwealth Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • 2004 Medal of the Order of Australia
  • 2007 New South Wales Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year
  • 2007 Confederation of Australian Sport Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • 2007 New South Wales Sports Federation Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year
  • Australian Records: 400m 800m 5000m 10000m (track and road) Half Marathon and Marathon
  • Paralympic Records: 5000m and Marathon
  • 2014 AIS Sport Performance Awards: Sport Personality of the Year
  • NSW Australia Day Council
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Oakley

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Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought-provoking, powerful and life affirming female speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist Bombings on July 7th, 2005. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. There are few people who have endured such unimaginable trauma and are able to rejoice and celebrate just being alive. Equally there are few people who can speak about a tragic event in such an engaging and uplifting manner. Her appreciation and gratitude is infectious and offers a brilliant reminder of just how precious our lives are.
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • UK's Australian Woman of the Year 2009
  • M.A.D for Peace

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Paul Warren demonstrated courageous attitude and extensive determination when he lost one of his legs after an improvised explosive device detonated whilst he was based in Afghanistan. The young soldier’s life would be forever changed in that moment. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. A former Muay Thai kick-boxing Champion, Paul was used to the physical punishment, but nothing could prepare him for what he faced when he joined the Australian Army.
  • Australian Army
  • World Invictus Games

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The real life star of Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin was born into utter poverty in Mao's communist China. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. In extraordinary moment of chance at the age of 11 he was selected to train in Madame Maos Beijing Dance Academy never having ever heard of let alone seen ballet performed. And so began Lis journey. The 7 years of harsh training regime at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Lis astounding drive and relentless hard work made him one of the best dancers China has produced.
  • Australian Father of the Year (2009)
  • Australian Book of the Year - Mao's Last Dancer
  • Queensland Ballet
  • Houston Ballet
  • Australian Ballet
  • Penguin Books Australia

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Dr. Rich Allen is a highly regarded educator and master trainer, with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. His cognitive learning theory research, which provided understanding on how the brain receives, processes, stores, and recalls information, forms the basis for his radical approach to teaching, presenting and facilitating.

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Merv Hughes was a big-hearted fast bowler and an Aussie sporting legend, loved by cricket fans globally as he ripped through batting line-ups all over the world. Representing Australia between 1985 and 1994, Merv gave every ounce of effort to his country, and helped it to re-climb the ranks of Test cricket. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. With a successful international career spanning over 30 years, Merv is a hugely popular sporting keynote, anecdotal and/or motivational speaker.

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Sarina Russo is an international business icon. A successful business leader with a group of companies specialising in educational, training and professional development, Sarina's story is truly inspirational. Areas of speciality include Motivational Speakers. Sarina left school gates feeling inadequate and totally disillusioned. She became a typist and was fired from job after job because she had an ‘attitude’ problem, but inside her a spirit was burning. Somehow she was going to make it, somehow she was going to ‘be someone’. She would do it or die.