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Keynote Topics

Michelle works with clients to customise her approach, tailor her stories and direct her message to meet each individual brief.

With five keynote topics to suit your conference theme and unique needs, Michelle is able to kick off or close any conference with a high energy, entertaining keynote or she can facilitate a structured, tailored workshop for a small leadership group … and everything in between.

Michelle will send through an Event Resources pack as required.

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Keep Going until you can't

Adventure into Resilience

Embark on a journey through the unyielding spirit of perseverance with Michelle's signature keynote "Keep Going Until You Can't".

This presentation delves into the heart of what it means to push beyond your limits. Discover actionable strategies that empower you to maintain momentum in the face of challenges, transform obstacles into opportunities, and harness the power beyond resilience in both personal and professional realms.

Ideal for those seeking to thrive in dynamic environments, this keynote promises to leave you inspired to conquer the unconquerable.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leveraging Chaos: Learn how to use chaos as a force for organisational and personal growth.

  • Building Anti-Fragile Systems: Strategies to construct systems and processes that improve with stress rather than break down.

  • Innovative Recovery Techniques: Developing recovery techniques that not only restore but enhance capabilities after setbacks.

  • Proactive Adaptability: Cultivating an adaptive mindset that preemptively leverages potential disruptions for strategic advantage.

  • Sustainable Growth: Ensuring that growth is not just maintained but accelerated in the face of unpredictability and flux.

  • Strategies for Persistence: Practical tips for maintaining focus and momentum, even under severe stress.

  • Overcoming Setbacks: Techniques for transforming personal and professional setbacks into growth opportunities.

  • Sustaining Success: Methods for continuously moving forward without burning out, ensuring long-term success.

Leadership Lessons from 40,000FT

Soaring Above Challenges

Take flight with "Leadership Lessons from 40,000FT", a thrilling exploration of high-altitude leadership principles that are pivotal in today's high-stakes business climate. Learn from tales of critical decision-making and strategic foresight from leaders who manage teams in the skies.

Gain insights on how to lead with vision and integrity, and how to inspire your team to achieve exceptional heights.

This keynote is perfect for executives and managers ready to elevate their leadership skills and drive impactful organisational change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Visionary Leadership: The importance of clarity and foresight in leadership roles.

  • Empowering Teams: How to inspire and motivate teams to perform at their best.

  • Crisis Management: Handling high-pressure situations with poise and determination.

  • Building Trust: Creating a culture of trust and safety that encourages risk-taking and innovation.

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Thriving in Chaos

What if you could change your relationship with adversity and stress and see it as an opportunity to grow, and not just bounce but actually grow stronger.

"Anti-Fragility" is not just about surviving; it's about thriving in chaos.

Offering a bold approach to transforming volatility into a strategic advantage. Uncover the secrets of becoming more robust as you face more challenges, and learn how to adapt and grow in any situation.

Through engaging stories and proven strategies, this keynote equips you with the tools to build a resilient mindset and an antifragile organisation.

It's a must-attend for those looking to lead fearlessly in uncertain times.

Key Takeaways:

  • Embracing Volatility: Using unpredictable challenges as catalysts for growth.

  • Adaptability Skills: Enhancing flexibility to quickly pivot strategies in response to change.

  • Growth Mindset: Cultivating an environment where continuous learning is valued and failure is seen as a stepping stone.

  • Robust Systems: Building systems that not only withstand shocks but also become stronger as a result.

Perseverance > Tenacity > Resilience > Growth

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Decision Making when your life depends on it

Critical Choices at the Edge
There are only a couple of reasons when pilots need to make split second decisions and then there are most times when there is time to take a breath and consider your options (preferred).
Regardless of whether you're at 40,000' or in the office, there are proven and effective processes used by pilots which directly transfer to all businesses, in how to make not only a decision, but the right decision.
Michelle shows the processes used, considering the human factors involved in making decisions, plus gives examples of how these can be implemented into any business.

Experience the intensity of making life-or-death decisions under pressure with "Decision Making When Your Life Depends on It". This gripping keynote takes you to the front lines of critical decision-making processes, where every choice can determine the outcome. Learn techniques to enhance your cognitive reflexes, manage stress in crisis situations, and make decisions that align with core organisational values.

This session is invaluable for professionals across all fields who want to sharpen their decision-making skills in high-pressure environments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pressure Decision-Making: Techniques to enhance decision-making clarity under extreme stress.

  • Risk Assessment: Identifying and managing risks effectively.

  • Emotional Mastery: Controlling emotions to make unbiased decisions.

  • Ethical Considerations: Ensuring that decisions align with both personal and professional ethical standards.


Diversity is not a dirty word

Celebrate Diversity, Harness Innovation

Despite overwhelming evidence indicating that workplaces with more diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are more profitable and creative, many businesses are experiencing diversity fatigue.  Diversity resistance can be costly and an insurmountable impediment to workplace diversity efforts and manifest in multiple ways including a refusal to fund DEI efforts, pushback of diversity programs, and a lack of leadership buy-in for DEI initiatives.

Why has diversity become a dirty word in workplaces and how can this issue be overcome?

"Diversity is Not a Dirty Word" challenges preconceptions and celebrates the strength that comes from a diverse workforce. This enlightening keynote addresses the importance of inclusion and how it can drive innovation and creativity. Learn how embracing diverse perspectives fosters an environment ripe for innovation and how you can leverage diversity as a strategic advantage. Join us to understand the pivotal role of diversity in today's global marketplace and how it can transform your organisation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cultural Intelligence: Increasing awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences.

  • Inclusive Leadership: Techniques for leading a diverse team effectively.

  • Innovation through Diversity: How diverse perspectives lead to better problem-solving and innovation.

  • Strategic Diversity Management: Implementing policies that promote diversity and inclusion at every organisational level.

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