Donna Speaks

Donna is an expert in making work work and helping managers and leaders unlock their own, and their team’s potential. She is an experienced speaker, facilitator, trainer, coach and author of 5 books. Donna has an extraordinary ability to enliven presentations, and to really connect with her audience. She adapts to and clearly reads the energy of the room, enabling for far higher levels of engagement.

In her work with managers and leaders in many global organisations, Donna has helped people decide how they want to show up, develop strategies to play nicely with others and ensure that they get the job done. With her high-energy delivery, good humour and strong people skills, Donna quickly builds trust with audience members encouraging individual problem-solving, initiative, empowerment and self-responsibility, she gives people permission to be their best selves.

Donna offers incredibly practical tools and advice that can be applied instantly, while also being aware of the psychological shifts necessary to implement lasting positive change.

She has been delivering keynote speeches across Australia and internationally for over 15 years, appearing at events in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, USA and India.

Donna has written five books (with a sixth one on the way) on workplace effectiveness and currently speaks on the following topics:

Anywhere Anytime

Let’s stop talking about “virtual” teams. Virtual means “not real”. These are real people in real teams. Let’s also stop talking about how hard it is. When you get the basics right and lay a decent foundation, you can achieve twice the results you expected with half the effort. Whether you are working in a remote team, or leading one, this session will help you:

  • Build positive and strong relationships over any distance
  • Facilitate effective meetings that encourage engagement and healthy debate
  • Make the shift from co-operation to collaboration using simple tools and techniques

Making Work Work

No leader, middle or frontline manager leaves for work in the morning with the aim of upsetting their team members or colleagues, and deliberately set on derailing projects. Yet it happens – and it happens a lot.​

While the existing systems in your organisation and lack of resources can create a toxic environment that your team can’t perform its best in, often you can’t change this.​

But there is one thing that you can always alter to improve your workplace, make your work more enjoyable and your team more effective – your attitude and behaviour.​

Donna’s stories and strategies will inspire you to work with what you’ve got and change whatever is holding you back.

The 25 Minute Meeting: 

Sharpen your focus and tighten your time frames to get more done in less time. ​

Meetings have become a de facto way of working, and as they pile up and stretch to interminable lengths, they eat up our days and sink productivity—if they are poorly planned and run.​

Done well, meetings are short, sharp, productive affairs that provide critical time and space for the interactions that drive business forward.​

This session shows you how to effectively and efficiently recover your time with a roadmap to the better meetings.​

The First 2 Hours:

There are optimum times for doing certain types of work – responding to emails, conducting meetings, devising next year’s strategy – not just in the first two hours of your day, but all hours of the work day until home time. ​

So while the first two hours of your day is important, the work doesn’t just stop there. ​

The first two hours has a flow-on effect, so by understanding when you’re most alert or when you need some downtime, and marrying that with the tasks you’ve got to do then you actually become more productive. ​

This session will help you take yourself off autopilot and get back control of every hour of your day, doing the right work at the right time (even if you consider yourself a night owl).

Permission Granted: 

What rules, rituals and routines do you have in your life or at work that are holding you back?​

So often it seems like we are waiting for permission from someone or something to do things differently.  This session will help people to:​

  • Focus on things that are important to you​
  • Practise self-care and compassion​
  • Make positive changes in their world​

It’s time to stop waiting and start doing!  Doing the things that bring you joy, happiness, contentment and value. 

If you value directness, authenticity and overflowing enthusiasm, Donna is the speaker for your next event. 

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