Speakers 2017

The Call for Speakers is closed. Our event is taking place in Melbourne, April 28th & 29th 2017.

Rob-CompressedOur MC Rob Salisbury, from 2015 & 2016 will be back for 2017, having been very well received with great feedback from delegates.

Having been involved with over 2200 client events in 25 countries, Rob is known as a charismatic, humorous and audience centric MC known to keep events (and speakers) on time. He understands our industry having employed the services of Australian VAs since 1994. He has emceed 500 + delegate events for State Premiers such as Bob Carr, Kristina Keneally and Barry O’Farrell plus raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for international charities like Ronald McDonald House and the London 2012 Olympics. His emcee expertise includes being first MC for the Macau China Toastmasters Convention with 250 delegates, a 100th Anniversary function for Rotary International in Sydney, the inaugural Asian Coaching Federation Convention in Singapore and DHL client events held in Munich, Salzburg, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore. After great delegate feedback when he was MC for AVAC 2015 in Melbourne and AVAC 2016 in Manly, we have invited him back to help us ensure AVAC 2017 in Melbourne is our best conference ever.  


Kerryn Gamble, is VP of Professional Speakers Australia (VIC/TAS). Author of UNSTOPPABLE – The Professional Woman’s Guide To Purpose, Power & Prosperity Helping Professional Women Communicate With Influence. She is an expert in confidence and develops professional women into influential communicators. She works with women in professional services, solving confidence-related communication and business challenges. Kerryn provides program strategy and development, keynotes and delivery of women’s leadership programs. Kerryn works with ambitious women to grow profitable businesses and organisations.

Her presentation, “How To Build Your Personal Currency” – How your language shapes the way others perceive you, shifting from time billing to value based billing

Want to know more? Please go to www.kerryngamble.com


Kylie Travers is CEO of Occasio Enterprises – a company specialising in social media marketing. She is an international award winning blogger, author, speaker and advocate to end domestic violence and homelessness after experiencing both herself. She is now in the top 5% of social media influencers in the world and has won awards such as the Plutus Foundation Service Award, Best International Personal Finance Blog (2012 & 2013) and been a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in the ACT, 2015.

Kylie will talk about  From homeless to CEO: steps to take to accelerate your business and improve your life despite any obstacle.
Want to know more? Please go thttp://www.kylietravers.com.au

Suzanne Chadwick is the founder and CEO of The Connection Exchange providing coaching, training & events to women in business. Suzanne is also a business and brand strategist working with small and large businesses to develop a clearly articulated strategy and brand that helps them stand out from the crowd and take targeted action to achieve their business goals and vision. Suzanne is passionate about supporting women to play a bigger game, share their talents and build their business in a fun and sustainable way!

Want to know more? Please go to www.theconnectionexchange.com


The 7 Secrets to Writing Copy That Get Results – Every Time.
If you want to learn a fool-proof formula for writing emailers, websites, newsletters and blogs, this session is for you.  You’ll learn the insider tips and tricks on how to write copy to promote your own VA business, plus you’ll also learn how to promote your new-found copywriting skills to your clients.  If you’d like to add a new string to your VA bow, and make great money at the same time, this session will show you how to do it

Bernadette Schwerdt is the founder and head writing coach at the Australian School of Copywriting, a former account director with Young & Rubicam Advertising and a lecturer in writing at RMIT.

She is the author of the best-selling book ‘Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs’ and a recent TEDx speaker on a topic close to her heart: ‘How to Succeed When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing’. She writes for BRW, Money and Inside Small Business and provides commentary on digital disruption for Sky News, ABC Radio and other networks.

Want to know more? Please go to www.bernadetteschwerdt.com.au


Jenny De Lacy will talk about “Growing your business and your bottom line with video and Facebook”

Using video can be daunting for the best of us, but in a competitive marketplace, standing out from the crowd and sharing your unique business message is critical. Let people get to know you. I’ll share a five step system to get you using video like a superstar.

Jenny is a copywriter, presentation coach, and speaker, with more than 20 years working with audiences from 2-200, across diverse industries. A life-long learner, she took to running a copywriting business to work with people she likes who will let her wear ugg boots. Focused on helping small business grow using video, she brings her writing and presentation skills together in one easy to digest package called Lights Camera Lipstick – her signature program. Based in Melbourne with three teenagers to wrangle, she can be found at co-working spaces to avoid taxi driving gigs and various crimes against good taste.

Want to know more? Please go to www.writingworksvic.com.au


Serena Ryan has 12 years experience in Digital Marketing with more than 20 years experience in customer service and professional roles in a range of industries and professions including Tourism, Events, Retail, Finance, Fashion, Complementary Pharmaceuticals, Skin Care, Weight Loss, Technology and Advertising. In 2005 with a limited budget to train Snow and Outdoor Employees Nationally on the benefits of Thredbo she decided to make the most of digital technology and create an online training program. This sparked a passion for harnessing the power to connect with people in a cost effective way using digital technology.

She will talk about “The Art Of Flexibility – Making The Most Of Digital For Business Success”  this presentation is designed to be interactive and actionable. – Understand which channels are best suited to your business and target market. – Where to start with SEO to gain visibility.

Want to know more? Please go to www.serenadotryan.com.au


Renée Hasseldine, excels at cutting through the noise and frustration of both on and offline course design, effortlessly streamlining and packaging products with ease, yet with a cheekily fun and uniquely exciting approach. Her knack for extracting powerful ideas and transforming them into neat, inspired leveraged products is sheer genius. Renée shares her signature 7 Stage process in her best-selling book ‘Share Your Passion’ and is a regular contributor to both Smallville, an online business resource for small business owners and The Huffington Post. Renée is passion personified. Be prepared for it. Be prepared to leave empowered.

“Leverage, Leverage, Leverage Are you feeling like there’s never enough time and money, no matter how hard you work? Are feeling stressed and burnt out? There has to be a better way, right? In this presentation, Renée will share practical ways to create leverage in your business so you can have more time, more money and less stress, while reaching even more clients and having a greater impact. Who doesn’t want that? TAKE-AWAY MESSAGES: • The 3 Key Assets you can leverage in your business • How to create leverage in your business effectively and efficiently • Practical actions to take right now so you can get more with less.

Want to know more? Please go to www.shareyourpassion.com.au/


Gordon Jenkins is The Visible Guy. He helps people, organisations and causes to be visible. The Visible Guy has faced many challenges, some life and death situations. He has ended up in the strangest of places such as a South Asian jungle instead of the Australian Outback. He is proof that no matter how bad your circumstances seem at the time, you are in control of your destiny. During our time on this planet each of our hearts will beat around 3,400,000,000  times. Gordon has already used 50% of his heartbeats. He will not waste another heartbeat. His prior torment and sadness have been replaced by achievements, outcomes and FUN! Gordon realised that in life (work or personal) being seen was not enough to be successful. You need to be visible.

Gordan’s presentation on “Be Seen. #BeVisible. Network with Purpose” Did you know there are over 30 ways to network? Invisible people collect business cards and social media likes, visible people network with purpose. An interactive, fun, presentation providing the attendees with over 30 ways to network including how to promote themselves without selling. In addition a free 30 min consultation following the conference is available.

Want to know more? Please go to www.thevisibleguy.com


Specialising in clearing ‘head trash’, and known as the Catalyst of Change, Sue Lester is an international Mindset Coach, key note speaker, training facilitator, and author of “The Face Within: How to Change Your Unconscious Blueprint”. With a background in education, social enterprise and studies in neuroscience, Sue now coaches successful people who have lost the “I” out of their L_VES to gain the clarity of thought, heartfelt confidence and gutsy motivation to regain their zest for life.

“Ditch the Bitch: Turn Self-Sabotage Into Self-Motivation” “You weren’t born criticising yourself, and asking, “Does my bum look big in this nappy?” You weren’t born telling yourself, “Oh, I better not try to stand up because what if I fall and what if people laugh and think I’m stupid?” You weren’t born expecting yourself to get it perfect l right first go, without learning how and without practice. So what happened? Where did THAT voice come from, you know, the bitch on your shoulder or in your head? Join mindset coach, author and adventurer Sue Lester on a canoe trip down the Zambezi River and discover: · What and who that voice is (and it is NOT you), · How to change it so you stop self-sabotaging and start self-motivating instead. · The real reasons busy-work and/or procrastination block you. · 2 simple yet powerful techniques to overcome self-sabotage. · The key way guaranteed to boost your self-motivation.

Want to know more? Please go to www.growingcontent.com.au


After many years in credit, the past 15 years as a National Credit Manager, Tracy Fowler founded her business BDM Credit Management 2 years ago. Her focus is to give business owners the support they need, as well as giving them access to a credit professional that will reduce their overdue accounts, improve cash flow, and give them the time to do what they do best – build their business. In these 2 years it has resonated with Tracy, that so many business owners have no idea of the basics of credit management, and how they can protect themselves from bad and doubtful debts occurring. She wants to change that.

“Debt collection tips and tricks” – How to get paid and keep your customer” – Debt collection is something most business owners either leave to the last minute or hope they don’t have to do – despite the impact it has on their cash flow. I cover a number of tips that are used within the credit industry that most business owners would not be aware of.

Want to know more? Please go to www.bdmcreditmanagement.com.au


Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever Quote: “Success starts with a vision, a quest for knowledge, and is shaped with good planning and taking action.” Expert on: Coaching, speaking, training, time management, efficiency. About Peter Johnson Principal at The Time Retriever coaching and training enterprise, Peter is a testament to a well managed life. For nearly 30 years, in senior management roles and running several businesses, Peter was seen by his staff and colleagues as someone who has ‘mastered time’. Shortage of time is the battle cry for many, whether in their business or personal lives. “There are only 24 hours in a day. I just can’t get it all done,” appeared to be the number one complaint everywhere he worked. Because he was better than most, his staff and colleagues would ask for his advice in how they could better manage theirs. After years of coaching dozens of people, he turned his experience, expertise and passion into a viable business. Peter is now a much sought after coach, trainer and speaker.

“A To Do List Is A Waste Of Time” – The presentation provides audiences an understanding on why, after doing all of their planning, as well as planning their week and their days, they struggle to get things done. It shows them why this happens and what further skills are required to actually get control of their day and get things done. It also provides them with key actions they can take straight away, that will have immediate impacts in their day and long term impact.

Want to know more? Please go to www.peterjohnsonauthorspeaker.com


Lisa Jenkins is passionate about inspiring and equipping people to live a purposeful life and love it. As well as a Life Coach, she is a qualified and experienced trainer and facilitator with nearly 20 years of experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and start-up world. Lisa enjoys creating a warm and safe environment to see people maximise their success and overcome their fears to achieve outstanding results and live life to the fullest. Lisa has the ability and skill to enable the necessary focus required for transformation to take place. She is insatiably curious about people and how they function and cares deeply about seeing all people (in particular women, who hold a very special place in her heart) live the life they were created for and most importantly – to LOVE it.

Her presentation, “Successful People Master…..” – A workshop looking at the 3 qualities that sets apart a successful person. A successful person will master their focus, their language and their physiology. This workshop outlines how to go about mastering these 3 qualities to set you up for success in your business and personal life.

Want to know more? Please go to www.lisajenkins.com.au


After leaving her legal career and launching a couple of businesses, including an online toy store, Lisa Win combined her two great loves, business and law, to become an Aussie Trade Marks Attorney. Since founding her firm, Win Trade Marks, Lisa spends her days advising small businesses on trade mark law and the trade marking process. Her main focus is to help business owners make informed and strategic decisions to give their brand the legal protection it deserves. By understanding what trade marks are and how they work business owners can make better and more informed decisions about their branding, the growth of their business and the protection of their intellectual property.

Her presentation, “Trade Marks – Not as simple as you think” – Getting a trade mark that will protect your business (or your client’s business) is not a simple admin task. We’ll cover what’s actually involved in making sure your trade mark gets registered and what you need to consider to make sure you have an effective trade mark rather than a useless one. In this talk I cover: – Why trade mark? – The consequences of not getting your trade mark application right – Which mark to protect – Is your mark distinctive? – Is your mark substantially identical or deceptively similar to another registered mark? – Is there anyone who could oppose your mark? – What protection does your trade mark provide? – What to do after your mark is registered.

Want to know more? Please go to www.wintrademarks.com.au/


Jo Saunders is a digital marketing consultant and social media educator known for demystifying the complexities of LinkedIn. She is passionate ab
out guiding individuals and organisations to connect and communicate authentically to attract opportunities, through training, mentoring and consulting. With 20 years’ experience in event management and marketing, Jo works with businesses to communicate their brand message, market their events and showcase their team talent and brilliance. Jo has trained thousands of people around Australia in using LinkedIn more effectively, has been a judge of the Australian Web Awards for the last 3 years, has been featured in the book ‘Getting Your Business LinkedIn’, was voted one of the top 100 influential people in Western Australian small business, and was named as one of the top 200 LinkedIn practitioners in the world. Jo also has a strong connection to the VA industry being on the OIVAC steering committee for 3 years, and on the founding committee for the A4VB in Australia.

“Demystifying LinkedIn to Grow your VA Business” – Your LinkedIn Profile – Love it or Hate it – you need it. LinkedIn is the savvy VA’s secret weapon. Used well it can boost your leads and opportunities. With over 8 million Australian’s using LinkedIn, and over 460 million around the world, your ideal clients are not only on LinkedIn, but are looking for you. If your profile has been neglected or doesn’t exist, you will be missing many opportunities, maybe that next client…

Want to know more? Please go to www.wildfiresocialmarketing.com


Katrena Friel will talk about “Discovering the 10 Secrets to Refreshing VA Success”

Katrena FreilFind out once and for all why some VAs struggle in business.  You won’t believe the 10 keys required to be a success in business.  Come and discover which ones are your strengths.  Uncover which ones are currently holding you back from building your business easily and effortlessly.  Find out what to do about it and make 2016 the best year ever.

Katrena’s passion and unique approach will invigorate and challenge behaviours, beliefs and thinking. Known for her practical, pragmatic approach, she has been described as highly dynamic, spirited and empathic. You’ll be sure to laugh as you learn. Katrena is an expert in personal and professional development, helping people escape their current thinking.  With people reporting that they learnt more about themselves and others, than they have in the last 20 years.  Katrena will enable you to have a giant leap forward in your evolution and ensure you become an expert in your field of excellence.

Want to know more? Please go to http://www.katrena.com.au

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