Last week we took over The Langham Sydney and 4 incredible Speakers took the stage for our sixth Saxton Live event. The event was hosted by our wonderful MC, Faustina Agolley, and we heard from the amazing Nadine Champion, Lucinda Hartley, Melanie Tran and Matt Jones who finished up with a great alcohol-free gin tasting. These global experts and inspiring changemakers took us through their exceptional stories and discussed their reimagined experiences for the hybrid world, exploring some very thought-provoking concepts.
Check out a summary of the event below with stunning images taken by Zahrina Photography.
First, we heard from motivational speaker Nadine Champion, who discussed her keynote, 10 Seconds of Courage. In '10 seconds of courage,' Nadine outlined the strategies for 'facing your fear', understanding how 'strength comes from the mind' and enabling others to be strong. Nadine also addressed the highly symbolic 'it doesn't hurt less if you close your eyes' principle, the importance of being prepared to take risks and fail; and the '10 seconds of courage' principle. The presentation was very powerful and included some audience participation in which one member of the audience broke through a wooden board with Nadine showing her 10 seconds of courage.
Nadine is an inspiring speaker, author and martial artist who truly knows what it means to use "10 Seconds of Courage" to overcome obstacles and reach her potential. She is a highly sought-after speaker and mindset coach who works with individuals, organisations and corporations to foster their courage, adapt positively to change and develop resilience.
Nadine has built a strong reputation as a high-performance mindset coach and storyteller, known for offering practical tools via memorable anecdotes. She passes on the lessons learned from years of elite performance under immense pressure when conducting keynote speeches, specialised workshops and ongoing corporate programs.
Then we heard from the very knowledgeable Lucinda Hartley who presented her take on rethinking how we live: Top trends for the future of living. She explored the notions of what fully remote work looks like, the latest emerging technologies that are transforming the way we live for the better, how to create happier, healthier lives in a post-covid world and the future of living conditions. She expressed the idea that there is a lot of speculation surrounding what the future of living looks like, but how we build connection and community in a post-covid world that is still emerging. She suggested that Covid-19 lockdowns accelerated our digital transformation, but they’ve also left us hungry for human connection, with loneliness now as likely to kill you as smoking or heart disease. While we’re flocking towards the latest emerging technology to tackle connectivity, the research suggests that there might be simpler solutions: walking, sunlight, and cups of tea with a neighbour.
Lucinda Hartley is an award-winning urban designer, a cofounder of world-leading social analytics company Neighbourlytics, and a globally recognised expert in smart cities and social change.
Named as one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Lucinda is a technology leader who offers inspiration and practical advice on the future of living, the future of work and how technology can be a force for good in turbulent times.
Then the incredible Melanie Tran took us through her thoughts on rebuilding a diverse and inclusive society through creativity and technology as we live in a society that was not built for inclusion. She delved deep into the idea that we harness the power of creativity and the unbelievable potential of technology and have the potential to shape a society that embraces unique perspectives. She believes that we are the system and that change starts with us but it is just about finding the starting point and hoping that people will adapt to the changes.
Named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence 2019 by the Australian Financial Review, Melanie Tran is a designer, an innovator, an activist, and a social entrepreneur.
Melanie’s work as a User Experience (UX) Designer and social entrepreneur has been recognised internationally - including being named the winner of the Laureate International Universities Global Here for Good Award 2018.
And last but most definitely not least we heard from the wonderful Matt Jones who explores the secrets of building your craft into every customer experience you deliver so that the experience of your brand becomes your marketing and your clients become your most powerful form of advertising. He offered his knowledge about our changing landscape and how nothing could be more important to create, harder to build, or easier to lose than trust. He suggests that trust is at the heart of your brand and your business success, which is why growing trust and building enduring trust-based relationships needs to be at the heart of your marketing efforts.
Matt Jones has spent his career helping organizations build trust…from political parties to global brands to his own distillery business, Four Pillars Gin.
Matt is one of Australia’s leading strategists and storytellers when it comes to the intersections of the brand, business, leadership, experience, culture, technology, human behaviour and storytelling. He has an eclectic background, combining economics, politics, brand experience and gin.
As one of three co-founders and the brand brains behind Four Pillars, Matt connects the dots between brand and purpose theory and gritty business and delivery reality. His storytelling is insightful, engaging, energising and (perhaps most important) highly relatable to all kinds of businesses. Matt’s journey has taught him that the key to building trust is to embrace your craft and create stories and experiences that bring your customers and clients closer to what makes your business special.
Thanks to everyone involved for making the latest Saxton Live such a great success, special thanks to The Langham Sydney our wonderful hosts and Delegate Connect for their continuous amazing tech support!