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Innovation expert and facilitator.

Rewire your thinking to reinvent your results.

Nils Vesk has been applying, teaching, and researching innovation around the world for over 15 years. The key innovation problem he solves is that organisations have too few innovations and they are too far apart.

Nils’ research has identified that the major cause of this problem is that our biases get in the way of innovating. Simply put ‘what we see changes what we see’. This is human nature, except it often results in us filtering and making decisions we’re not even aware that we’ve made.

This is why Nils believes that every innovation expert you’ve ever heard speak, has been totally right yet totally wrong at the same time. Each expert (and everyone else) comes with a bias based on the professional roles they have had in their career.

Having spearheaded the science of diagnosing and prescribing critical innovation skills.

Nils has reinvented the innovation process, through the use of innovation archetypes. By matching the right perception to a specific situation we can hatch the innovation.

Previous experience

Designer: Professionally trained as a designer Nils used ‘Design thinking’ as a key skill in becoming Australia’s pioneering ‘Innovation Architect’. Nils is simplifying innovation so that everyone, not just a select few, can create rapid commercial innovation that helps to create millions of dollars of additional revenue.

Author: Nils is the author of the innovation book Innovation Archetypes: democratising innovation (2015), Ideas with Legs: how to generate and realise ideas (2011), Life's little toolbox: tips for a happier healthier you (2003) and co-author of Ideas: original perspectives on life and business from leading thinkers (2006)

Talking Points

Next Big Thing

Go from ‘clueless’ to ‘clued up’ on future trends

Want to know how to create that ‘game changer’ before your competition does? Now’s the time to discover the next emerging trends that will impact you, your team, customers and how to capitalise on it at minimal risk.

At the Next Big Thing you’ll discover the latest innovation generating breakthroughs to innovate across every aspect of your business - discovering and converting emerging trends into groundbreaking products, disruptive customer experience innovations and game changing organisational leadership innovations. All so you’re on the cutting edge of this new innovation revolution.

- What’s next in the key trends that will affect your industry and market
- What the next service and people trends will be that determine how you do business
- How to use trends to create contingencies to capitalise on a trend
- How to distinguish between a trend and a fad
- How to become a trend spotter

Think On Your Feet

Go from ‘left out’ to ‘sought out’

When business operates at a supersonic MACH 3 pace, we don't have the luxury of taking a few days to think of a solution, especially when someone else is gunning for your position.

On the fly, we need to be able to analyse a pressing problem, generate an insight, followed by fresh ideas and a strategy to execute. In short we need to be able to create rapid commercial solutions as fast as possible.

- A powerful mental deck of quick practical processes to solve problems
- How to redefine problems to discover the crux of a problem
- How to use models to unpack and solve a problem
- How to pitch a solution ‘off the cuff’ that converts with confidence


Go from lame ideas to creating ideas that bring fame.

We live in a rapidly evolving world that needs people to be adaptive and open to changing how they think. Rethinking business and life challenges, and who also the ability to think differently to create the ground breaking ideas that effect positive change.

Being able to ‘un-think' of how things used to be done and rethinking how things 'need' to be done in our evolving world are a must. In this session you will learn how to identify the habits and thinking that hamper your ability to contribute to game changing thinking & how to re-wire your mind in order to accelerate your success from thinking the unthinkable.

- How to break your limiting habits and beliefs
- How to start rewiring what you thought was possible
- Ways to eliminate unwanted behaviours
- How to deal with discomfort

Ideas With Legs

Go from lame ideas to game changing ideas.

Now more than ever, innovative ideas are the currency for success. While we know innovation is valuable, it’s a sad fact that too many organisations just don’t know how to innovate.

The good news is no matter how time poor, or how crammed our heads might be with traditional business management skills, with Nils’ innovation techniques we can still find a way to bend time to our advantage and shake up our thinking patterns to start innovating.

- What your customers really want and what they are willing to pay for
- How to tap into the innovation cognition regions of the brain
- How to facilitate and prompt innovative thinking ideas with just one question
- How to transform mediocre ideas into game changing ideas
- How to create a rainmaking idea from scratch
Nils you helped us think and get our heads around what we needed to do as one group moving forward. It was a great experience for all and you challenged our thinking, gave us practical tools and got us to open our minds to make the journey." "Your endless energy and fantastic facilitation skills got us to where we needed to be and gave us the momentum to develop actions and ideas which we have struggled with in the past. We now have a great strategy, ideas and actions to work towards and implement. Thanks for the experience and all your effort. We have been singing your praises to everyone, as outstanding and we have no hesitation in recommending you. VicRoads

Nils' presentation was a highlight of our three day event. It created a buzz in the room which followed through into breaks and ongoing sessions. It set the scene for our information sharing, it got people talking, and it generated ideas in the audience which enhanced the outcomes of our event.

GM Smart Service Queensland

Absolutely brilliant. He put a new perspective on my thought process!

BankWest Private Banking NSW

I highly recommend Nils Vesk as a speaker for your business. Nils presented to our entire agency and we received great feedback from all departments - from the creative teams to the 'suits'. He was an energetic and inspiring presenter who provided us with great ideas for how we can become more inventive. His ideation strategies would be applicable for any type of business - and I encourage any business leader who believes in the power of ideas to also get him involved in their business.

McCann Worldgroup, Sydney

Some words to describe what Nils Vesk did for us at our CBA conference. He led us, he guided us, he facilitated, he challenged us, and most importantly he helped us innovate and become thought leaders. He was fabulous, his style is terrific his energy is contagious and we'd use him again in a heart beat.

Commonwealth Bank
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