2019: What Next?

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2019 Speakers.

Teresa Boughey
Teresa Boughey

Overcoming Diversity Fatigue.

Diversity and Inclusion isn’t the latest business fad. It’s not a tick box exercise and it won’t go away! Creating an Inclusive culture should be at the top of the leadership agenda, yet many companies appear to get lost in the rhetoric of inclusion and diversity, launching stand-alone initiatives and mandating training to all in the hope these are enough to bring about change. Yet, despite these good intentions and hard work, changing mind-sets and behaviours is hard. It takes years to unpick or reframe what’s gone before which is why for many the progress is either slow or non-existent. This is when Diversity Fatigue starts to set in.

Leaders become tired of promoting initiatives that fail to gain traction, resentment builds amongst managers and employees as they continue to hear promises that fail, and company morale is affected as employees lose hope that the status quo will ever change.  This TEDx talk aims to share 5 key steps for helping leaders to overcome and move beyond diversity fatigue. Teresa will share her personal and professional insights into what it takes to create an inclusive workplace culture and how leadership actions can make the workplace better for its people. So, become the envy of your competitors and discover how to overcome and move beyond Diversity Fatigue.

Bev Hepting
Bev Hepting

It’s OK – I’m not a robot, yet.

The future is already here, and we currently spend a lot of time talking to devices and having them reply back to us.

I have seen coaches moving into using 3D devices to help people speak in front of an audience that really isn’t there and good speakers understand the process of getting your audience to listen to you.

This talk will explore how Artificial Intelligence will impact on the public speaker of the future.  Does a speaker need to be on stage or can they stay at home in the slippers while the audience is scattered around the world?    What does a live event look like if we are using AI in all it’s forms to create an event.

Will speaking become something that loses its emotional touch and people lose the ability to question and debate.

But is this something we really want.  To lose the ability to engage through speaking directly to someone who can react to all the nuances that speech involves.

Paul Crick
Paul Crick

Next Level Leadership – A Return To Self.

By most measures, many would agree that our current model of leadership in our organisations, institutions and communities appears to be broken.

The complexity and intransigence of our current problems – from economic degradation to violently divisive rhetoric to economic disparity and beyond defy easy or pat solutions. We know that the level of thinking that got us to where we are is not the level of thinking now needed.

If we are going to make it to the other side of this mess, we need more leaders from all walks of life who embody the commitment, courage and capacity to fight for a liveable future on behalf of all sentient beings.

So what kind of leadership does the world now need and where do we find the leaders we seem to want?

Paul shares a series of counterintuitive insights drawn from his experiences as a management consultant and his own personal quest to understand himself, what it means to become the leaders we need today and how to encourage them to lead at the next level.

The answers we are seeking, as you will hear, are much closer to home than you might think.

Claire Wilson
Claire Wilson

Is neuroception a crucial missing piece in our children’s mental health crisis?

Everyone knows that our children are struggling. The levels of children with significant mental health challenges are unprecedented; never before have so many schools spoken out about the lack of provision for these children. 

For those of us living or working with them it can feel like a hopeless, overwhelming situation. Our children need help and there are not enough qualified professionals our children can access… 

With the current system starting to struggle under the levels of demand, isn’t it time to explore another way forward?

Based in the science of Polyvagal Theory and neuroception, this talk will explore what kind of support our children need from us and what we can do to help them so they don’t struggle alone.

Through her extensive study and professional experience Claire will offer insight and a new perspective on where we focus when it comes to supporting our children. 
What next? Claire will share her thoughts on what we normal people – parents, family & teachers – CAN do to help to change the story of our children’s mental health.

Katie Woodland
Katie Woodland

Entrepreneurship as the silver bullet in the increasing mental health crisis.

In the past decade the number of people struggling with mental illness in the Western world has more than doubled. So far, campaigns to reduce stigma, increase access to treatment and to upskill members of the public have failed to swell the tide of individuals succumbing to a life full of pain, fear and relentless nothingness. As those individuals struggling to find a semblance of light in an otherwise dark existence tumble ever further down the rabbit hole, the cost to their health not to mention, societies purse-strings, increases exponentially. Katie shares insight from both her own personal experiences and those of her clients as she makes the case for entrepreneurship as the silver bullet in the fight against an ever-increasing mental health crisis. As a psychologist turned business coach, she reveals the often-ignored truths about why mental illness occurs as well as the very real opportunity which only entrepreneurship provides to create a life full of freedom, purpose and joy for all. Katie continually strives to turn science into simple, actionable steps everyone can use to build the life of their dreams so that they can experience the reality they truly deserve. It’s time to discover whether entrepreneurship is the missing link in your quest to building a life full of everlasting fulfilment.

Matthew Tolley
Matthew Tolley

How to reduce your Carbon Footprint by 80%.

Governments worldwide have committed to a
target of reducing Carbon emissions by 80%
by 2050. European countries are aiming to go
further and achieve net zero emissions by
But the actions governments are collectively
taking don’t look like they will be enough to
meet their own targets.
Matthew Tolley’s talk shows how you can, with
your individual choices, have the power to
reduce your carbon footprint from around 12
tonnes per year to 2.5 tonnes per year, with
little or no lifestyle compromises, and without
waiting for governments or businesses to take
action. All the steps are simple, actionable and
nearly all of them will save money too.
Matthew is a qualified Energy Efficiency
Assessor for domestic and non-domestic
(commercial) buildings. His business helps
schools, charities and businesses in particular
to save money by shifting to energy saving
technologies, focusing on measures with have
a payback period of less than 2 years.

Scott McArthur
Scott McArthur

Who is paying for your attention?

There is a new economy developing, one based on our most fundamental resource – time – and it is called “The attention economy”.  Our lives have become increasingly busy as a consequence of global communications, marketing, the internet and social media.  I believe we are increasingly surrounded by “weapons of mass distraction” and that this digital bombardment is seriously disrupting how we spend our time and our ability to focus on what’s important.  This talk will begin by explaining the biological basis of the attention economy, speculate on the power of technology to enrich and sabotage our lives and make a prediction; that the time is fast approaching when organisations vying for our attention will be left with no choice but to pay us to watch their commercials.  The talk will end by suggesting how concerned parents, organisations and children may be able to improve their relationship with technology and time.

Tony Brassington
Tony Brassington

What can we learn from Easter Island?

Easter Island holds numerous parallels with our time. We can learn many lessons from the short history of Easter Island, lessons that we may ignore at our own peril.
They say that history repeats itself, and there is a lot of evidence to support that claim, but it does not have to be that way; surely if we did truly learn some of the many lessons from the mistakes of history, and become more aware of some of our all too predictable human short-comings, then we would be in a much better place to create a more sustainable and prosperous future for all of mankind.

Emma Roscoe
Emma Roscoe

Who you choose to become.

Challenges and change are an inevitable part of life and whilst much of the future is uncertain, our capability to live life on our own terms doesn’t have to be. Often, we can’t control what happens to us, but we always, always have choice in how we respond and who we choose to become.
As we look to the future how do we emotionally equip ourselves for what is still unknown?
This talk shines a light on the importance personal resilience and taking responsibility has in overcoming adversity. It considers the pivotal role schools could play in fostering the ability of children and young people to bounce back, as resilience becomes a growing consideration within education.
Through frank insights and reflections into her own experiences of becoming resilient the hard way, Emma shares her thoughts on how things can be different for the adolescents of generations to come. Whatever the future holds.

Bret Freeman
Bret Freeman

Mind Control

Mind Control is Everywhere!
In today’s always on, social media hungry, digitally driven world, we are faced with more information from more sources than ever before.  In fact, according to a recent study, the average person across their lifespan will spend almost 7 years engaging with social media.  Our “news feeds” are full of information designed to keep us plugged in and to influence the way we think.  We are bombarded daily with everything from kitten videos to political statements to news from around the world.  What we don’t necessarily realise is, with continuous exposure comes continuous influence and all of these sources of input have both conscious and unconscious effects on our minds.  With targeted advertisements, a steady stream of fake news, and a new breed of “Con- trepreneurs” all looking to capture our attention and influence our thinking, the question is, who or what is actually controlling our minds?
In this talk, Bret will examine some of the factors at play in our modern world and uncover many of the ways in which these factors tend to influence our thoughts and actions.  He will explain some of the key principles behind what he calls the “Incremental Mindshift” and discuss new strategies to enable each of us to take charge of our thoughts and emotions, and in fact help us guard against mind control!

Craig McVoy
Craig McVoy

Brand Loyalty: It’s Just a Matter of Time.

In today’s world money can buy you pretty much anything you want. A beautiful home, a beautiful car, or in the case of diamonds, maybe even a best friend! But there is one thing that money can’t buy you yet and that’s time – the most precious commodity in a 24/7 world.

We crave experiences to be faster and more convenient, to complete those mundane tasks in our lives. But at the same time, we want others to be engaging, personalised and entertaining when we have time to enjoy them.

We all get the same 24hrs in a day, so we constantly look for ways in which we can reduce the time spent doing the things that we have to do. So that we can spend more time doing the things we love to do. Once time is gone, it is lost forever.

Can advancements in technology give us the one thing that money can’t buy? Or will it remove any emotional connection we have to brands, so we choose them based purely on convenience?

In this talk we’ll take a look at the shift of loyalty, its connection to pleasure and understand why those who give us more time, end up winning our loyalty.

Hollie Whittles
Hollie Whittles

If music is the fuel of business, play on!

Investment in the arts is an increasing topic for discussion as core academic subjects are often given preference.
This talk aims to highlight how learning a musical instrument can benefit your cognitive development and help to develop the skills needed to be successful in the world of work. Through Hollie’s experience of blending her passion for music with running her own company, she shares her thoughts on how utilising the arts can not only benefit your mind but also your business.

Antionette Dale Henderson
Antionette Dale Henderson

What next? The new power dynamic

The world has changed since 2017. A vacuum has been left wide open post #MeToo. In this new normal, women are beginning to harness their power to challenge disparity and sexism, men are questioning their own assumptions about appropriate behaviour and organisations are waking up to the potential of true equality. 
But none of this is happening quickly enough. As we learn to navigate this new world, we need to define a new kind of success based purely on merit, take inspiration from people who’ve had the strength to channel their power, even though they knew it may attract criticism or worse. 
The new power dynamic doesn’t have to be a battle, or a walkover. There wouldn’t be any need to win if everyone had access to the full power spectrum, from the soft glow of intuition right through to the blazing flames of indignation. And got comfortable with using them. 
Through sharing stories of her own and others’ experiences, Antoinette aims to inspire people to choose a new way of thinking and behaving, where there is equality for all. “We need to be brave and unleash our own potential, opening doors for others to do the same. We need to power up. The time is now.”

Merisha Stevenson
Merisha Stevenson

Make Your Story Pay

What’s next for creating personal wealth and financial sustainability?

Human beings are wired for stories, and we all have one; but how you tell it moving forward, will define your ability to create your own unique sustainable personal economy.

Whether it’s to guide clientele towards your business or ensure that your C.V stands out above the rest, controlling your narrative is now imperative to how people engage with you and your offering.

You may know that people buy into stories, before they buy into us: historically the way to tell those stories was the job of image consultants, marketeers and brand specialists. However, as our tools for telling stories have changed, so too should our methods.

So, by the end of this talk you will understand the key essentials to how you tell your story that not only engages people and makes them want to do business with you; but also makes them form part of your tribe, leading to sustainability. After all, your vibe attracts your tribe.

What does your vibe say about you?

This talk will help you project your uniqueness to capitalise on and build the future and lifestyle you want.