Ask about Lisa Smith
Key Points
  • Lisa Smith is the creator of Talented Tiny Towns Community Development Program, successfully assisting tiny towns to regenerate for the future
  • She is the Director of Minds at Work, assisting clients in government, commercial and not for Profit sectors to instigate innovation programs and drive change.
  • She holds an MBA, specialising in organisational change and innovation.
  • She recorded fortnightly thinking pieces for Radio National for 4 years.
Topics
  • Change
    Everyone one loves change when it’s their idea but how do you engage yourself and others in change that must be imposed, that’s easy – make it everyone’s idea.
  • Thinking differently
    The more expert we become in the way things are (best practice) it’s harder to see how things could be (next practice) – tap back into that creativity to see what is possible.
  • Innovation – the tricky switch from magic to logic
    Ever had a great idea but no idea how to make it happen? Action can be the arch enemy of big thinking unless you know how to master the tricky switch from magic to logic – the good news is it’s simple.
  • Future Community
    Every community has the thinkers it needs to regenerate if only they could think together, reimagine the future and take charge of their destiny. All it takes is the right minds, the right connectivity and the right tools!
Testimonials

Lisa is great to work with. She is knowledgeable, has interesting content and is also very lovely!  
Penrith City Council

The offsite was a true success and that is many ways your achievement. Thank you for not only two inspiring days, but also for guiding us along the way and showing us what works and doesn’t work.
Research Scientist
CSL

It was lovely to meet you also, thank you for your very inspiring and thought provoking presentations last Friday, I found you to be very engaging!
Director
ThinkTank Media

I would like to start by saying that the plenary and workshops last week were AWSOME! We got a lot of really nice feedback.
Director, Characterisation, Global BioAnalytical Sciences
Recombinant Product Development
CSL Limited

It was such a great workshop and I came away buzzing with ideas.
Program Manager, Innovation Programs
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Thank you! You were a star, brilliant facilitator that took us at an active pace, through to a series of actions. You were terrific.
Executive Director
Victorian TAFE Association

It was really enjoyable working with you, thank you again for taking us through the process – you created a very safe and creatively stimulated environment for us, thanks again!
Event Manager
Melbourne Music Week at City of Melbourne

l have worked in Local Government for 20 years and Lisa is the best facilitator I have seen
Lisa was dynamic, well informed and established real connections with those present.
2014 Great Southern Coast Innovation Summit

Best ever, fantastic content and presentation.
Really enjoyed Lisa’s presentation, so relatable to our business and a very good understanding of what we need.
Love it – great way to think about the business.
Brilliant! Extremely engaging, great take home messages. Interactive and well presented.
Rabobank Executive Programs

Fantastic, reminder to be open-minded. So much to take in!
Lisa’s session was really engaging and presented different ways to think that I could use
Lisa Smith – a young, fresh and very good presenter
Institute of Food & Grocery Management Executive Development

Best ever, fantastic content and presentation.
Really enjoyed Lisa’s presentation, so relatable to our business and a very good understanding of what we need.
Love it – great way to think about the business.
Brilliant! Extremely engaging, great take home messages. Interactive and well presented.
Fantastic, reminder to be open-minded. So much to take in!
Lisa’s session was really engaging and presented different ways to think that I could use
Lisa Smith – a young, fresh and very good presenter

Lisa Smith truly does put your mind to work.
Some facilitators take a passive role, allowing the team to meander through a strategy session without truly thinking through the big issues or making the tough decisions. Not Lisa. She operates much more as a partner to our organisation, helping us think, provoking discussion and working through tensions that had previously gone unchallenged and unresolved. And she does all this in a manner that is fun and builds comradery amongst the team. The Australian Conservation Foundation is better because of Lisa, she is the best investment in ourselves and our organisations future that we could ever make. I would recommend her to any organisation. (Just keep her away from the lollies)!
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Conservation Foundation