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POSTED 24 February 2016

One of the most highly regarded events on the business calendar, ICMI’s Women in Leadership / Women in Business, was held on Monday 22 February. An annual event, the Women in Leadership showcases some of the most prominent and esteemed women in Australian business and leadership roles.

POSTED 22 February 2016

Kyla Kirkpatrick is The Champagne Dame, an ambassador for the region of Champagne; she is the only qualified female cognac master in the Southern Hemisphere. Kyla has carved out a fascinating and very successful career doing what she loves and speaks passionately on the power of being niche in a business and adding personality to big businesses. Currently nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year and about to publish a new book, Kyla has taught the virtues of Champagne to some of the most powerful people in Australia.

Here the MC and Business Speaker shares her expertise and tips about businesses being in a niche market.

POSTED 11 February 2016

Rob Redenbach is the best-selling author of What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard. Rob’s unique insights into leadership and resilience have seen him featured in a range of media outlets, including; Business Review Weekly, Financial Review, Sunrise, Today, ABC’s Midday Report and Sky News Business. Drawing from experiences that include working with the bodyguard team of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and providing specialised security services to aid-workers in the Middle East, Rob has successfully transferred the strategies of elite security to business and everyday life.

Here the Business Speaker shares his expertise on how leaders write the script and managers follow them.

POSTED 08 February 2016

Alex Pirouz is an entrepreneurial speaker who has experienced both the highs and lows of start-up ventures. Alex is inspirational and capable of helping people to think and act differently. Highly observant and deeply thoughtful, he has developed unique ways to drive effective sales and marketing campaigns through LinkedIn. Linkfluencer, the company Alex founded in 2013 has already helped 10,000 businesses across 55 industries and in 30 countries. He readily shares practical tips from strategic planning to excellent execution, which would benefit any company chasing growth.

Here the Business Speaker shares his tips to deal with adversity in business.


POSTED 02 February 2016

Al Jeffery is a 21 year old Australian social entrepreneur, international facilitator, cultural architect and creative. Since the age of 12, he has been on a mission to use conscious business as a tool for cultural and personal change, ultimately to bring forward a world that is “together in gift!” He has consulted and worked with the likes of Apple, Australia Post, Telstra and many more on cultural rejuvenation as well as spoken on stages internationally on the topics of; personal wellbeing and peak performance, engineering creative and high-performing culture, and emergent innovation frameworks. Currently he is the Founder of Base, creating Australia’s first co-living, working and learning space in Melbourne.

Here the Business Speaker shares with us some of the key insights into behavioural motivators for Millennials and what these mean for corporate cultures. 

POSTED 26 January 2016

Peter Wynne has been producing and directing television in Australia for over thirty-five years and can take audiences inside the Star Chamber, through his true stories of madness, mayhem and pure magic. He is a classic raconteur, sharing secret TV yarns and fascinating stories that range from the bizarre to the hilarious.

Here the MC shares some insight into his fun filled career and takes you on a journey of pure unashamed name-dropping.

POSTED 19 January 2016

John Shackleton is a sports psychologist with an amazing power to transform an audience’s thinking. As New Zealand’s top inspirational speaker John is a world leader in performance improvement. He’s been motivating CEO’s and top sales people from numerous industries for more than 30 years and coached Olympians and World Champions, helping them to change their thinking, change their habits and dramatically improve their results.

As we all set off into the New Year it’s a perfect time to re-evaluate our goals, here the Business Speaker shares his expertise on getting goal setting right.

POSTED 13 January 2016

Narelle Fraser led what she believed to be as a fairly normal life until she joined Victoria Police at 27 years of age.

Prior to joining the police, Narelle was a Lifeline volunteer counsellor, she wanted to make a difference. However, it was the beginning of a world completely foreign to her: violence, drugs, abuse and death. Every day was a new experience.

Narelle was a detective with the homicide, rape and sexual crimes squads for 15 years; having received numerous commendations, medals and awards for dedication and diligence. Narelle has investigated high profile cases including: Maria Korp, Anna and Gracie Sharpe and the society murders (Wales-King). She has also appeared as an Investigator on Australia’s Most Wanted and ABC’s Statewide Drive.

Here the Law and Crime Speaker shares with us why everyone, no matter what profession they’re in, should acknowledge stress and not keep it a secret.

POSTED 02 December 2015

Pioneer journalist Helene Chung broke racist and sexist barriers to become the first non-white reporter on Australian television and, as Beijing correspondent, the first female posted abroad by the ABC. The Hobart-born Chinese Australian is author of Shouting from China, Gentle John My Love My Loss, Lazy Man in China and Ching Chong China Girl: From Fruitshop to Foreign Correspondent. Helene is an honours graduate with a Master of Arts in history from the University of Tasmania and has reported from Australia, Hong Kong, Britain, Egypt and China plus freelanced for BBC, CBS, NPR, NZBC and Hong Kong radio.

Here the Media Speaker shares her story of racism, challenges and knock backs and how breaking down those barriers led her to a truly amazing and fulfilled career.

POSTED 24 November 2015

After travelling the world Leonie ended up in Taiwan. Her funds were depleted and even a bed in the cheapest youth hostel was a challenge. She had to survive, and the only way to do this was to live within the local Chinese communities. Leonie stayed in Taiwan for several years teaching English as a second language. She learnt how to speak, read and write Mandarin. The key realisation for Leonie was that in Chinese communities most transactions are negotiable. Chinese people negotiate constantly over the prices of food, services, rent, traffic fines, visas, study fees and so on.

Here the business speaker shares with us the secret underlying Chinese negotiation skills.

POSTED 19 November 2015

As the rest of Melbourne were fast asleep, 250 eager attendees congregated at the picturesque Cargo Hall, South Wharf for ICMI’s highly regarded Melbourne Speaker Showcase Breakfast.

An annual event, the ICMI Speaker Showcase delivers some of the best talent in not only Australia, but the world over and is always well received by those in attendance.

POSTED 11 November 2015

Ben Cryan’s life changed in an instant when his dream surfing holiday turned into an epic journey of its own accord after falling from his surfboard onto a coral reef. What followed was nothing short of a miracle, with three medical evacuations, 34 operations, two strokes, a kidney transplant and being told he would never walk again. Ben’s strength and determination have not only seen him walk again, but back in the water surfing and running with a new perspective on life that only such tales of survival can provide.

Here the Inspirational Speaker shares why all of us should challenge our abilities every day, as he shares the story of his biggest challenge and how maintaining a positive attitude through adversity got him to where he is today.

POSTED 11 November 2015

In his youth, John Shackleton failed to succeed as a sportsman. He never quite reached international standard, however this failure led him to study Sports Psychology and become an International Sports Coach. John went on to coach Olympians and World Champions plus CEO’s and top Sales People from numerous industries. John has won the prestigious Speaker of the Year award from NSANZ and was also awarded his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) from NSAA. He’s also a best-selling author and has now published two books. His unique background and experience has made him a powerful motivational speaker with a story borne out of life experience, not text book theory.

Here the Sports Speaker shares with us his top tips for living in the present moment, which in turn can increase our happiness, reduce stress and avoid burnout.

POSTED 05 November 2015

On Wednesday 28 October, ICMI partnered with 123 Agency to bring our clients a VIP entertainment showcase at Vue de monde, on level 55 of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building – with views stretching as far as the eye can see across the Dandenong ranges and Morning Peninsular.  It was a spectacular backdrop for this incredible event.

POSTED 05 November 2015

In 2000, respected sports broadcaster Craig Hamilton was hospitalised after suffering a psychotic episode. Craig thought he was the last person who this could happen to, but he had been suffering for more than a decade without recognising the warning signs. Now, Craig is an influential advocate for mental health; he is a Beyondblue ambassador and has authored two books, Broken Open shares his deeply personal story, and A Better Life which provides practical tips for thriving with mental illness.

Here the Health, Lifestyle and Wellbeing Speaker tackles the tough subject of changing the perception of mental health in the workplace.

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