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Founder and CEO, Ingenious Oz Project.


Nigel created his first business at the age of twenty and sold it at twenty-one.

Previous experience
He then went on to build Absurd Entertainment, one of Australia largest entertainment design companies. He worked extensively on the 2000 Olympic Games, was entertainment advisor at the 2000 Paralympic Games, and holds the accolade of being show director for Australia's largest ever corporate event in 2005.

Having passed the baton by selling the Absurd in 2004, he moved into the world of consulting, advising his clients on implementing ideas and everyday innovation.

In 2013, armed with a video camera, Nigel set off on an initiative to travel throughout Australia, solo on his motorbike, to discover ingenious Australians and share their stories. His quest was to inspire the ideas of a nation and led to the founding of ‘Ingenious Oz Project’. In 2014, as an ambassador of Start-up Australia, he interviewed over 50 of Australia’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders. He is now founder and maestro of ‘Game of Inches’.

He has advised C-Suite executives, Ministers of Parliament and entrepreneurs in both public and private sectors. As an international speaker, he has presented his experience and expertise to organisations in myriad industries including IT, Franchise, Events, Marketing, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Government and Telecommunications.

He is an alumni of the Disney Institute, a Ted-Xer, and author of three books. As a speaker he is in demand both in Australia and overseas.

Having now spent over 20 years in business events (both on and off the stage) he understands the importance of not just being engaging, but delivering practical and lasting business benefits.

Talking Points

Game of Inches

This keynote is about giving participants an achievable process for small scale everyday innovation, based on research from interviewing over 100 of Australia's top entrepreneurs and business leaders and owners. It focuses on their actions and behaviours, not personality or character traits. Business is a Game of Inches and not a one-off event. 99% of successes come from many small, practical steps rather than the single ‘Eureka’ idea. The big idea makes a good story in a speech, but it’s hard for delegates to incorporate into their everyday working lives. The truth is, the game of inches is what makes ‘big’ happen. Nigel has drawn on interviews with a range of successful business leaders, owner and entrepreneurs, assessing their standout behaviours and actions they take. It is not who they are or what background they come from that counts, but rather what they do. This session addresses at the four key actions of successful business leaders, which are conveyed as an accessible process so that they can be applied to any work environment. Audiences of this session will: 1. Understand the value of the game of inches in business growth and success. 2. Work through four key actions successful organisations take: - Find a gap - Take action - Test and Measure everything - Delete or Improve 3. Give participants an achievable process for everyday small-scale innovation.

Igniting Viable Ideas

This session will give you and your people the process, skills and confidence needed to consistently generate viable ideas that will make a difference to your customers and your business. Not all ideas are created equal. In fact, the world is full of ideas looking for a home. So how do you consistently find ideas that are viable and make a difference to your bottom line? This session will help audiences: • Understand the value of everyday innovation • Discover the blocks to innovative ideas and what to do about them • Discover what it takes to bring viable ideas to life in your organisation.

Better Business Conversations

One conversation can spark an ingenious idea, improve sales and lead to new business opportunities. When we drop our agendas, let go of the sales pitch and are open to genuine conversations, we discover opportunities we never thought possible. Drawing on conversations and stories from the Ingenious Oz Project, this session will challenge audiences to have real conversations that cut through the surface clutter.? It will help attendees to: • Understand the importance of having real conversations • Discover how to ignite real conversations within their teams.


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Nigel was excellent and we received very positive feedback on him from participants. Commonwealth Bank
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