World Vision ambassador Samantha Gash to share her insights at PCOA18

India, Sam Gash pre trip

India, Sam Gash pre trip

An endurance athlete and a social advocate – as well as a reformed corporate lawyer. As a World Vision ambassador, Samantha Gash uses endurance expeditions to achieve her mission: to remove barriers to education for the world’s children.

Samantha said, “I accepted to speak at PCOA18 because every chance I get to share my insights and stories with companies motivates me tremendously. My work as a speaker allows me to not only train companies in resilience and leadership, but to also share my vision of how you can achieve great goals with a lot of small steps.

“Any team or leader will encounter obstacles – it’s how you respond to them that matters. I use my running expeditions to show how I achieved this: by taking a lot of small steps every hour of every day, even the smallest person can achieve something great.

“My experiences have taught me that methodical preparation is crucial but the key factor in success is your willing to be adaptable. My presentation shows the power of agility whether you are running through the desert, leading a team or working towards long term personal goals”.

PCOA18 delegates will take away three key messages from Samantha’s presentation

(1) Execution is key.
Dreaming big is important – doing is always the hard bit. Planning, risk mitigation, and responding to failures are cornerstones of great execution. I will share insights on framing failure, and relentless forward motion needed to ensure execution.

(2) Building and Leading a Highly Functional Team
Identifying and empowering your ‘support team’ is often a key enabler. A ‘misfit’ team of non-runners, family, friends, and mavericks supported our push to achieve our mission. Diversity, hilarity and tears were ever present in these endeavours, and you might find some gems in my approach to team building.

(3) Composure and resilience under duress.
Making the right decisions when under extreme stress can be the defining factor. Using a harrowing story, Sam shares a lesson on the human psyche, and how it relates to leading (and following) in chaos.

Samantha advises those entering the ever-changing events industry. People are looking for an an experience that will not only help them perform better at work, but may change their whole lives for the better. Instead of looking for mild entertainers, look for speakers that are willing to share the truly tough insights that will lead to real change in people’s lives.ICMI

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Tania de Jong AM on speaking at the PCOA National Conference

Tania de Jong finalAs Tania de Jong AM gears up to speak at the Professional Conference Organisers Association National Conference in December, she opens up about why she has joined the program.

“I have spoken and performed at hundreds of conferences over the past three decades and produce the award-winning Creative Innovation Global conference series,” she says.

“Thus, I am passionate about the conference and events industry to bring people together to prepare for and manage challenges, opportunities and change.

“Our world is changing more rapidly than ever before, agility and flexibility are fundamental attributes to deal with increasing uncertainty and volatility. We also need to come together and unite as ONE community to solve increasing social and economic problems.

On her session topic, Thinking Outside the Box: Leading Innovation and Change, she says, “This era of globalisation is unleashing a massive wave of technological, economic and sociological change. Innovation is coming from everywhere. Almost anyone can be an entrepreneur.

“A number of leading authorities have suggested that 40-60% of current middle-class jobs could become redundant over the next decade due to artificial intelligence, robotics and other new technologies. We will need to be more creative and innovative than ever before.

“Empowered people and groups are thinking ‘outside the box’ and challenging the established order in new ways never before imaginable – from building new business models and social enterprises to challenging old institutions.”

Tania’s keynote will look at developing a creative, intuitive, right-brained and agile mindset, thinking ‘outside the box’, dealing with failure and developing resilience, building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship for business growth, preparing for and managing in times of uncertainty, disruption and change, understanding the role of diversity in increase your organisation’s productivity and sustainable growth and making a difference to the communities in which a business operates.

De Jong is the Founder and CEO of Creative Universe, Creative Australia and Creative Innovation Global.

Click here for information on the 11th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, between 9 – 11 December 2018