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Leave a lasting impression.


Lasting impressions matter. Whether you are in leadership, sales, or putting on a conference; the key to your success is how well you are remembered.

So much information assaults our senses every day, with mind-blowing amounts of data at our disposal every second. It has created an increased need to be memorable; in today's world the ability to take root in someone's mind has never been more important.

Think about it for a second, if you are a sales agent amongst an army of others, have you truly thought about how you might leave a lasting impression that would lead to the next sale? Perhaps you are a leader who needs their team to move in a specific direction; will they remember what you have requested, and more so, will they care? Lasting impressions matter now more than they ever have.

Darren Hill understands people like few others. A behavioural scientist, Darren's study of people has seen him emerge as one of Australia's most authoritative voices on the topic of behavioural dynamics within business.

With an incredibly diverse working background, from abattoir worker to bouncer, pubs to the public service, Darren is truly a speaker who can communicate to both blue-collar and white-collar audiences.

Darren's practical and grounded messages about human behaviour are insightful, credible and often very, very funny. Audiences leave knowing more about themselves, and the people they work with. Darren leaves a lasting impression on any conference, training day or strategic planning workshop. He is simply excellent at what he does, because he goes to great lengths to understand the people he is there for.

Current work

Darren is the Executive Director for Pragmatic Thinking, a dynamic behavioural strategy company, and is a contracted author with international publishing powerhouse Wiley, and a sought-after speaker and trainer.

Talking Points

Leaving Lasting Impressions: The science of being memorable

- Unlock the ways to create an unforgettable experience for others;
- Discover simple methods on how to achieve lasting impressions;
- Identify the difference between a lasting impression and a blasting impression;
- Examine the psychological platforms for being remembered;
- Learn non-verbal nuances for memorable exchanges

Dealing With the Tough Stuff: How to achieve results from critical conversations

- Achieve success by getting better results from tough conversations;
- Gain some simple tools to modify people's behaviour;
- Uncover key language skills to achieve better outcomes;
- Learn a balanced approach to assertiveness;
- Discover the 'dark art' of non-verbal communication

Better Human Blueprint: How better people make better businesses

After decades of deep focus on professional development, the tide is changing. Thankfully, personal development is now a significant focus for purpose-driven businesses.

A focus on building technical skills and specific expertise, while valuable in the short term, can be corrosive to overall performance and culture unless balanced against building human skills such as character, kindness, and
gratitude. By focusing on being a better human, we not only live better lives, but we build better businesses.

The Better Human Blueprint is a deeply thought-provoking yet highly entertaining science-based exploration around unleashing the greatest force of nature the world has ever seen; human nature.

In this keynote we’ll explore:
- Why developing potential is as important as focusing on performance
- The role that managing our mindset plays in achieving success
- The crucial practice of auditing beliefs and how it unlocks growth
- How to build resilience by changing your relationship with discomfort

The Edge Effect: Thriving in an unrelenting change environment

Why do some achieve enormous success in the same environment where others flounder?

As old as life itself, the battle to thrive within change is governed by specific principles, now
uncovered by science, that help us navigate change in a much more confident way. If there is one constant in our lives it is change. In fact, Robert Gallagher once said ‘Change is inevitable except from a vending machine’.

The Edge Effect helps us take a new look at change, the uncertainty that comes with it, and
ultimately how we can succeed. A perfect keynote in a world of heightened and uncertain change.

In this keynote, we explore:
- Key focus areas required in a heightened change environment
- Explore the successful traits of highly evolved businesses
- Discover how naturally occurring patterns in nature give us skills for thriving in uncertain times
- The key mindsets and beliefs required to be successful throughout change

Moments that Matter: How little efforts can drive huge change

Occasionally there are critical times within your business where the next decisions can reshape the history of how things are done, and in many ways, make or break your business.

If your business is on the cusp of radical, critical, and impactful transformation, if the next months are the really critical months, Darren’s Moments That Matter keynote is a perfect accompaniment to your transformational change event.

Taking the current neuroscience around how moments are formed, Darren unpacks how leaders and business owners can create and plan for moments that will carry weight inside their businesses for years to come.

Find out how to:
- Engineer extraordinary moments for your customers and employees
- Harness the power of deep engagement and ownership
- Use emotion as a strategic tool to get better results
- Build momentum within change via critical moments

High Performing Hybrid: The new rules for the future of work

COVID-19 fundamentally shifted the world of work for knowledge-based workers forever.
A paradigm of co-located office-bound work practice 100 years in the making has been challenged, and ultimately replaced by a dominant new way of work: Hybrid.

But a few years into the experiment; we’re seeing both the upside and downside of Hybrid work on organisations and people. So it serves us to take a deep dive into the practices and research of what makes an outstanding Hybrid Team.

But a few years into the experiment; we’re seeing both the upside and downside of Hybrid work on organisations and people. So it serves us to take a deep dive into the practices and research of what makes an outstanding Hybrid Team.

As a co-author of the first business book published post-pandemic by international powerhouse Wiley, (Work from Anywhere - the essential guide to becoming a world-class hybrid team) Darren is an internationally respected voice on the topic of Hybrid work.

In this keynote, we explore:
- The case for Hybrid and its shadow side
- The core beliefs and behaviours used by the best Hybrid Teams
- How to connect people in hybrid and prevent disconnection
- Managing energy and workload via Hybrid

The Science of Ownership

'Treat it like you own it!' It's the holy grail in most workplaces, isn't it? Deep ownership is where employees at all levels treat their work like they owned the business. So how do we achieve deep levels of ownership in our people?

Well, science has plenty of answers, and unsurprisingly money isn't one of them. In this keynote, we lift the lid on motivation drivers and factors that influence ownership. A must-attend session for leaders wanting to take their culture to another level.

Find out how:
- The construct of ownership is formed…and how it is taken away quickly
- Some common work practices can hinder or help ownership
- Simple, low-cost strategies can radically improve ownership of your people
Calm, simple delivery that left a lasting impression. Harvey World Travel

Darren was fabulous, and very touching... an amazing finish.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Great topic - very different - great use of visuals to reinforce key messages.

ANZ Institute of Insurance and Finance
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