In 2024's competitive business landscape, companies must prioritize strategic hiring, skill development, and fostering a high-performance culture. Expert speakers, specializing in high performance and mindset, provide a sought-after solution.
Renowned in their fields, high-performance speakers inspire employees to reach ambitious goals and overcome challenges. Mindset speakers focus on the impact of mindset on performance, helping cultivate a growth mindset, resilience, and an optimistic outlook for enhanced success and fulfilment.
We've curated a selection of the finest peak-performance and mindset speakers available. These experts are ready to motivate, nurture growth, and catalyze the evolution of your team and their skill sets.
Jacqui Cooper is indisputably the greatest aerial skier of all time. Having represented Australia for over 20 years, Jacqui competed in 139 World Cup Events, and nine World Championships and was a key competitor in five Winter Olympic teams.
Jacqui Cooper is an exciting, passionate and diverse speaker; she will leave your audience full of energy and with the feeling that anything is possible. Through honest, authentic and energic storytelling, Jacqui connects with her audience, making her session compelling, believable and relatable.
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 learnt from years of elite performance under immense pressure when conducting keynote speeches, specialised workshops and ongoing corporate programs.
For over 15 years, founder and CEO of Mind Insurance, Mel Neil has facilitated education and application opportunities for individuals and corporations to apply change and realise their full potential.
In her extensive career, she has educated many thousands of individuals in Applied Emotional Intelligence, focusing on presenting the empirical science and current research to lead others to an understanding and application of human flourishing.
Abbas Nazari is a former Afghan refugee who fled the Taliban in 2001.
Abbas was one of more than 400 asylum seekers who were rescued by the Norwegian container ship, the MV Tampa, in the Indian Ocean as they sought asylum in Australia in 2001. After being denied asylum in Australia and held offshore for weeks by Australian special forces, Abbas and his family were eventually resettled in New Zealand. Having arrived as an eight-year-old with no English, Abbas went on to place third in the New Zealand Spelling Bee a few years later, played representative rugby, and graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor in Diplomacy and International Relations.
Mark Lollback is one of Australia’s most successful international marketing professionals with more than 30 years of global blue-chip experience. Mark’s passion is turnarounds and startups. He is a strategic maverick who believes in being brave and pushing the boundaries in creatively solving problems and at the same time being very people-focused.
Mark’s last role was CEO of GroupM Australia & New Zealand for 5 years, Australia’s largest media group with more than $3bn in billings. Prior to joining GroupM, he was the first Chief Marketing Officer for McDonald’s Australia & New Zealand, where he spearheaded a transformation and turnaround program that included the ‘Create Your Taste’ customisable burger menu and McCafe through drive-thru.
Emma Murray is renowned as one of Australia’s leading high-performance mind coaches & is the founder of High-Performance Mindfulness - a practice she has used to guide many notable athletes to greatness.
She is considered the ‘secret weapon’ behind Richmond Football Club’s three most recent AFL premierships, Scott McLaughlin’s three Supercars Championship titles, his 2019 Bathurst win, and his IndyCar debut. Emma also works with a stable of other athletes, including Olympic gold medallists Cate Campbell and Jakara Anthony, track and field athlete Morgan Mitchell, F1 debutante Oscar Piastri and Australia’s youngest Test cricketer Will Pucovski.
With over 28 years of experience in the health, fitness & wellbeing industries worldwide, Nam Baldwin specializes in emotional & physiological intelligence & peak performance. He continually explores the achievement of success in high-pressure situations. He is a life, health & peak performance coach, strength & conditioning coach, powerful corporate trainer, and a hugely popular keynote speaker.
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Sabina Read is a psychologist who works with organisations, groups, individuals, couples and families on relationships, well-being, stress, mental health, career development, leadership, change, life transitions, job loss, and parenting. She is passionate about normalising the universality of the human experience, believing that we all have more in common than we often realise.
Sabina is the Resident Psychologist and Social Commentator on Channel 7’s The Morning Show and The Daily Edition; and the top-rating Afternoons program at Radio 3AW. Sabina is listed on the Media Referral expert database with The Australian Psychological Society.
Turning the worst day of your life into your best is no easy feat, but sometimes there is simply no other option. In Brett Connellan’s case, this day included the moment every surfer’s worst nightmare became his reality when he was attacked by a Great White Shark.
As the light was fading at Bombo Beach on the evening of the 30th of March, 2016, Brett was inches from death. He had lost three-quarters of his left quad, and emergency responders on the scene were sure Brett would not make it. Fortunately, the cards fell in Brett’s favour, and he managed to pull through with the help of a brave friend, timely emergency support and a healthy serving of luck.
The events that saved Brett’s life were not lost on him, and that perspective was needed as he faced a long and challenging road to recovery. With a bleak outlook prescribed to him by doctors, it was evident that Brett’s life as he knew it would never be the same.
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Layne Beachley is regarded as one of the world’s most successful athletes. 19 years on the pro tour. 7 world titles. The only surfer in history, male or female, to win six consecutive world titles. 5 won in a state of fear. 2 in a state of love.
Her path to success was peppered with challenges, including adoption, mental illness, life-threatening injuries, and overcoming failures. Embracing setbacks as opportunities for growth, Layne's honest and determined approach to life and success inspires us all. She's a champion in surfing and a fierce advocate for equality within the sport, a passionate environmental campaigner, Chair of Surfing Australia and a champion for mental wellness.
Matt Formston was diagnosed with Macular Dystrophy at 5 years of age.
He was one of the first people in the world under 40 to be diagnosed with the disease. Although Matt had lost his vision, he remained in a mainstream school and grew up like all the other children playing Rugby League for the Narrabeen Sharks from 5 to 11 years, transferring to Rugby Union and playing until his late teens, including the first fifteen team for his high school and reps for Warringah Rats.
Nedd Brockmann is a sparky from Central West NSW who is focused on changing the world one step at a time.
Nedd is also now the fastest-ever Australian to run across Australia, and second fastest in the world having completed the run from Perth to Bondi Beach in just over 46 days - an incredible effort averaging over 80km a day for the near 4000km run. He embarked on the run to try and raise money for homeless charity Mobilise and set himself a target of $1 million.
Nedd is available for brand partnerships and influencer marketing with Saxton Engage, get in touch today!
Alex Noble is a wise young man, who experienced a traumatic life-changing injury when he broke his neck playing rugby in 2018 leaving him a permanent quadriplegic.
Alex was an academically unmotivated student who solely focused on sports until his injury forced him to adapt to change. While trekking his way through hospital/rehab recovering and learning how to live his new life, Alex was told he needed to complete his HSC over a few extra years and graduate without his year group. By the end of year 12, he graduated with his year group, received a gold certificate for application to studies, received a 96.7 ATAR and placed third in NSW for PDHPE.
Jana Pittman's story is a roller coaster of triumph, defeat, failure, and success. She will take you on a journey through the peaks and troughs that helped shape her career and build her into who she is today. Recognition: Two times World Champion, and four times Commonwealth Champion, in the sport of athletics, Jana Pittman personifies resilience and determination. When continued injuries hampered her athletic career and could have signalled retirement, she swapped the track for the ice.
Jana joined the Australian Women's bobsleigh team, to become the first woman to represent Australia in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Outside of sport Jana has completed a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery and a Masters of Reproductive Medicine, she is now a practising Doctor in the field of Women's Health. In 2021 Jana joined the cast of Channel 7's SAS Australia making it to the last day and the only woman remaining in the final four recruits.
Is your team match fit for work? How are you helping them make the transition back into the workplace mindfully? What tools do they have to manage stress, be more productive, regain balance, and live a happier life? So many questions, one exceptionally good solution...Ray Good.
Mindset & Peak Performance Mindfulness expert, Ray Good, will show your team simple and effective ways to improve mental health, performance, and profit, as well as provide them with a competitive advantage to succeed in whatever they do.
Backed by a combination of modern neuroscience, positive psychology, and behaviour change science, as well as personal learnings from over 30 years in business, Ray will change everyone’s game for good in a matter of minutes.
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Dr Lucy Hone
What does it really mean to be resilient? Are some people born with a resilience gene or can it be taught? Can resilience truly help put us back in the driver’s seat of life? If so, how? These are some of the questions that Global Authority on Resilience Dr Lucy Hone addressed last year, with 30,000 people globally, in keynotes and training sessions focused on creating Realistic Resilience Practices that work.
A renowned global expert on resilience, the Director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, and blogger for Psychology Today, Lucy offers a one-of-kind perspective - sharpened through academia but also deeply personally applied in response to a devastating tragedy. Her focus on helping people and organisations create practical resilience strategies is a call to action in light of so many feeling resilience fatigues.
Lucy’s mission to translate the best of resilience psychology for everyday practice inspired her to create a keynote entitled, Three Secrets of Resilient People, which became one of the most-watched TED talks during the pandemic, with over 9 million views and has been translated into 15 languages.
In a world crying out for purpose, connection, confidence and perspective, Ben is arguably one of the most important and inspiring speakers of our time.
As NIKE’s former International Director of Sports Marketing, Ben worked with some of the world’s most famous individuals, including Andre Agassi and NIKE CEO Phil Knight.
Now as a leadership mentor, life coach and adviser, Ben works closely with business leaders, Federal Governments, coaches & athletes across the globe explaining how authenticity, vulnerability and storytelling can create not only an amazing culture and competitive advantage - but also create a life that balances achievement with fulfilment.
As a renowned expert in connection and storytelling, Ben will take you on an inspiring and unexpected journey to discover the quirky and counterintuitive principles behind successful teams and leaders - unpacking authenticity, vulnerability, connection and storytelling.
Sir John Kirwan
Sir John Kirwan thought speaking out about his mental health would ruin his career. But when the All Blacks legend shared his journey with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ruminations, he sparked one of the most influential mental health campaigns of his generation.
It was August 1991, when Sir John Kirwan - JK to most - wanted to jump out of a 10-story hotel window in Argentina. He was on tour with the All Blacks and arguably at the height of his rugby career. On paper, he had it all. On the inside, he was in turmoil. He felt like an imposter in his own life, and he wanted out.
Today, JK talks openly about that night in Argentina and the years that followed. He’s an incredibly uplifting and inspiring storyteller - the type that can get a room full of suits up and dancing like no one is watching. He speaks with conviction, empathy, feel-good energy, and a sprinkling of good-natured humour (which he always weaves in at just the right moments; he’s masterful at reading a room).
Yemi Penn is a global thought leader on empowerment and resilience. An Engineer by profession, Yemi is a champion and tireless advocate for equality and equity in STEM fields. As an Entrepreneur and Mindset Coach, she advocates for self-empowerment and resilience as tools to get organisations back on track with wellness and productivity.
Yemi is a sought-after speaker and facilitator on turning Trauma into Power, and she recently delivered a powerful presentation on the subject at TEDx Ocala. Yemi focuses on traditional and more modern neurolinguistic methods of transformation to achieve goals.
Mark Visser is an Australian big wave surfer and the 2014/15 Big Wave paddle-in champion.
Mark made history by surfing one of the world’s biggest waves at Jaws (Pe’ahi), Maui, in total darkness. A true world-first achievement, known globally as Night Rider. Marks feats are not only about surfing, but adventure, exploration and staying connected as a group under extreme pressure.
For the past 13 years, Mark has been a mindset coach to some of the world’s most successful individuals/organisations. Working as a personal coach for world champions Kelly Slater and Steph Gilmore, Australian SAS, US Navy Seals, Olympic athletes, sporting teams and business professionals.
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