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| October 31st 2014

In the good old days we’d have extreme periods of change, followed by long periods of calm. A new competitor would arrive on your turf,  or a new piece of technology would alter things and everyone would batten down the hatches and pray they’d make it out in one piece.

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| October 31st 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it is time to think about your business, your personal financial plans and how trends in the economy might impact you in 2015.

Without understanding the intricacies of the economy, including what sectors will be strong, where interest rates might be going, what will happen to the Australian dollar or housing or consumer spending, there is a risk that an opportunity will be missed.

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| October 31st 2014

Sales? I don't like having to 'make the sale'.  I loathe it.  The very thought makes me uncomfortable.   There’s only one thing worse for me… having to ask for payment.  Even when it’s a legitimate request!  I'd rather track militia leaders in the Solomon Islands or board smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf, than ask for payment.

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| October 21st 2014

As International Women's Day approaches for the events industry our minds have turned to what it means to be a woman in the modern business world. 

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| October 21st 2014

Where does the time go? Anyone who has ever planned an event knows that it's often the tasks that were only supposed to take five minutes that end up taking eons and draining the budget dry!

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| October 20th 2014

The words we say to ourselves are so much powerful than the words we will ever hear from other people, so why is it so hard for us women to be kind to ourselves?

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| October 20th 2014

Arguments are never good, right? They should be avoided at all costs, right? Absolutely not! 

The art of arguing in a constructive way defines a healthy relationship, be that romantic or professional. The key to creating an argument that leads to positive outcomes is surprisingly simple, you need to think about what the other person is trying to say and what they are hoping to achieve. Or, in other words, you need to think 'selfish'.

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| October 20th 2014

When your office is a war zone, leadership and teamwork skills can save your life. Here, peacekeeper, survivor and all-around war heroine Matina Jewell speaks with Latte Magazine about learning to fight back through the toughest environment on earth.

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| October 2nd 2014

Our most sensational showcase to date! With a line up of six incredible speakers and Australia's favourite MC our latest breakfast DARE Showcase was a smash hit - and now you can re-live the highlights or catch it for the first time if you weren't there on the day...

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| September 13th 2014

ODE’s team of thought leaders has touched the lives of over 2,000,000 people globally. To celebrate we would love you, our friends across the world, to join us online at the times below to see our speakers debuting all new content!

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| August 25th 2014

This past winter was a rough one for big swaths of the United States, with both unusual cold snaps and disruptive snowstorms. General Mills’ CEO recently blamed the winter for less-than-expected earnings but it wasn’t just one company; the whole economy was slowed by the extremes and volatility we faced.

The disruption to operations and supply chains is real and costly, and all signs point to increasing threats as weather gets more volatile, driven in large part by climate change. The science is getting clearer that we’ll see more extreme hurricanes, droughts, floods, and even snowstorms .

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| July 24th 2014

Negotiations are a frightening part of life, there are no two ways about it. Whether it's negotiating a fee with a client, haggling your worth to your boss or even standing at a check out and making a case for a refund. The uncertainty and discomfort that comes with these situations can leave us feeling weak and unsure. Below, I have outlined some very easy tools for coming across as confident and a person with authority. Remember these steps and the next time you are in a negotiation situation, you will feel less ninny and more ninja.

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| July 24th 2014

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    | July 9th 2014

    How does an events company make sure that, with the development of new technologies and new consumer trends, they continue to stay ahead of the relevance curve?

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    | July 8th 2014

    There is not enough time in the day - fact!

    As an event planner you are responsible for executing briefs, expanding your business, being on the ground, creating show stopping ideas...oh and actually doing all the admin that comes along with it.

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    | July 8th 2014

    My mentor used to say to me, “Closing the business is the difference between being a good salesperson and a good conversationalist!” When you are working in the events industry you are faced with a huge amount of competition.

    With the business climate as it is today, it is more important than ever that people are learning to develop their skills in closing business. So many event managers are afraid to ASK for the business. Many believe they will be seen as pushy and feel uncomfortable in asking the question. Many of us shy away from ever acknowledging the sales side of the job to begin with. This group believes that by simply “servicing” their clients, new business will take care of itself.

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    | July 8th 2014

    How often have you presented a great initiative only to have it fall on deaf ears? Too many people think features and benefits will sell their idea. Features and benefits help…. but there is a magic step that has to happen first.

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    | July 8th 2014

    One of the principle problems organizations and their teams face is a lack of clarity about the business they’re really in. Now, understandably, this can be a challenging concept for most organizations – surely we all understand the business we’re in?

    However, I want to suggest that the true nature of our business, the game we’re really playing is not the products we sell or the services we provide.

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    | July 8th 2014

    The world is facing some large challenges that are changing business profoundly. My work focuses on how companies can navigate tectonic shifts such as extreme weather (and climate change), rising resource prices that increase the cost of doing business, and radical transparency that opens up how companies operate to public scrutiny.

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