Lisa McInnes-Smith Honoured in Idaho

September 26th 2012

Those of us who work with speakers every day understand the importance and rarity of speakers who hold the Council of Peers Award for Excellence. But if a speaker shares the stage with Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani and Steven Forbes it’s an achievement that even the speaking industry layperson can understand.

So if you’re looking to book an Aussie speaker of international renown, look no further than our own Lisa McInnes-Smith, who will join some of the USA’s key leadership experts next month at PowerUp 360 in Boise, Idaho.

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Does Gen Y have a CRUSH on your brand?

August 23rd 2012

Michael McQueen reviews “How Cool Brands Stay Hot” on his blog:

More than ever before, the youth market is as lucrative as it is big. Considering Gen Y possess 50 cents in every dollar of discretionary spending power, companies and brands ignore this target demographic at their peril. After all, businesses whose messaging, distributions channels and products are only geared toward older generations will find themselves increasingly irrelevant in the coming years.

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Step up into the new financial year!

June 13th 2012

Would you like the next 90 days to be your best so far? What would you be willing to do to make this your reality?

We have an opportunity for a fresh start – a new financial year – and embracing the opportunity to step up to your potential is a choice.  Get inspired by imagining what could be. Build a vision - what would you love to see happen? Put words to the progress you would like to see in the next ninety days – speak it out loud. Write down every benefit that you will enjoy when you accomplish your new goals. Get excited about the possibilities!

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The Mobile Payments Eco-System

June 6th 2012

From the Idea Engineers Blog:

Closed loop contactless cards, such as Octopus, Oyster & Ez-Link, has been gaining mainstream scale and has penetrated by major sectors such as transport, payment, and retailing. Contactless card technology can now expand its domain of applicability by adding contactless functionality to the mobile phone. The Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile service, which leverages the current contactless infrastructures, particularly those based on industry schemes like VISA or MasterCard, has in the last year seen some major announcements and implementations. In countries like Korea and Japan, services benefiting from the convergence of contactless card technology and mobile phones have already been introduced commercially, and these converging services are ubiquitous and successful.

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How is your 'Silent Pulse'?

May 15th 2012

While most businesses measure their success by looking at tangible vital signs like sales, profit margins and market share, Michael McQueen explores why these 'audible pulses' of a business can be dangerously misleading and unreliable:

"By the time the numbers start showing that there's a problem, it's sometimes too late."

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Mobile at PoS & Advertising

March 7th 2012

eriously...mobile at point of sale will change advertising as we know it

In Wikipedia, the universal arbiter of debates on definition or trivia, "Advertising" is defined as follows: a form of communication used to encourage or persuade an audience to continue or take some new action.

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Achieving Disorganised Collaboration

August 22nd 2011

Dominic Thurbon works with companies to help them embrace new emerging technologies and deal with the rapidly changing future of the work place. With web 2.0 continually progressing, the need to collaborate across traditional business units to achieve collective outcomes has never been greater. In Dominic’s speaking demo you will get the sense of how this can achieved through the implementation of silos and disorganised collaboration.

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The Leader-Shift!

August 22nd 2011

In life we are all leaders in some form or another, and as leaders we need to be in a constant state of shifting. Shifting is a matter of moving progressively and purposely from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future.  In this video Lisa McInnes-Smith shares with us the 1% improvement formula that creates long-term shifts and takes us and our teams towards achieving our greater goals.

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Creating 'Sticky' Clients!

March 30th 2011

Everyone can maintain contact with their clients – but how do you move from a contact to a connection? A long term client that ‘sticks’ with you for five, ten or even twenty years? The key is to provide not only great value, but to also in becoming their trusted advisor, confidante and hopefully friend! In this video Lisa shares with us some essential and very simple tools to retaining your client base for years to come.

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Are People Dysfunctional Or Just Differently Functional?

February 20th 2011

I had a great conversation with Ken Wallace on the weekend, who's not only a cracking screenwriter but also has the pleasure of being my brother-in-law. He has recently had his second child, and was saying how he thinks in general people consider the way that they parent, 'normal'. Everyone else does it incorrectly or abnormally.

That is, you become your own benchmark for what is 'normal'. Everything else is a bit wacky or, often, 'dysfunctional'.
There is such wisdom in this – it is not just parenting, it's everything. We become our own benchmark for what 'normal' all the time. And then we get caught up in diagnosing problems with others; we talk about how people need to change and improve and fix things.

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