Great speakers challenge your thinking, and inspire you to question and take action.

Michelle is well known for creating the environment to motivate participants to do just that.

As a leading expert in organisational complexity, she inspires audiences to think more deliberatively, accelerate progress and secure sustainable change.

Michelle’s keynotes and workshops are underpinned by the latest research and thinking in neuroscience, behavioural economics, behavioural science and leadership development.

Having worked as a senior executive she gives real life examples – making the insight practical and applicable for today’s ever-shifting world.

Michelle will help your delegates to:

  • Tap into their mindset
  • Embrace their need to think and act differently
  • Challenge their decision making process
  • Create their competitive advantage
  • Make congruent choices
  • Take purposeful action

Michelle has experience speaking across industry sectors – tailoring her approach and content to suit.   So whether you’ve got an audience of ten or thousands, Michelle will deliver a presentation that your delegates will love.

See Michelle in Action

Testimonials

“We engaged Michelle as the keynote speaker for our Brisbane 2017 Executive Update. Michelle’s presentation was inspiring and unforgettable. We could not have asked for a better keynote speaker. In addition to Michelle’s obvious expertise, experience and insights, Michelle connected with her audience, delivered her message and provided practical examples. Personally I found her insights invaluable and thought provoking. Feedback from our clients both on the day and since then has been overwhelmingly positive. Several have mentioned it was the best keynote that they had seen. Our team found Michelle professional, easy to work with and flexible in tailoring her presentation to our needs and audience. I would highly recommend her.”

Barry Dunphy, Partner in Charge, Clayton Utz, Brisbane


“We invited Michelle to speak at our Women in Credit luncheons in Sydney and Brisbane. Her speech on The Art and Science of Negotiating Wisely really resonated with the audience. Michelle has a wealth of experience and very readily shares her insights and personal experience. She is able to connect with the audience intellectually and emotionally – leaving the audience feeling uplifted, but also with clear ideas on what they can do to progress their careers. We’ve received tremendous feedback from the events.”

Nick Pilavidis, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Credit Management


“Given Michelle’s expertise in leadership and change we invited her to host a panel at the HR Summit. She was delightful to work with in the lead up to the event, and expertly led the discussion on how to best balance commercial and employee interests. She is an engaging speaker, adept at encouraging audience participation and able to roll with the flow of an event.”

Jane Maloney, Event Coordinator, Key Media


“As part of our commitment to add value to our contract and consulting communities we partnered with Michelle who ran a series of evening presentations on “Effective Influencing skills”. These sessions were focused on helping them understand how to influence senior stakeholders and build a strong presence. Michelle is a consummate professional and a highly engaging speaker. I received fantastic feedback from attendees, who walked away inspired, equipped with new insights and ready to take action. If you are looking for a speaker who delivers an outstanding and memorable presentation I would highly recommend her.”

Louise Langridge, Managing Director, Morgan McKinley


“Michelle presented at the 2017 PMI Conference in Sydney. Her session encouraged the audience to move beyond a technical focus to their role to a behavioural focus. With case studies, stories and personal insights Michelle ensured the audience walked away with a new perspective on what they need to do to accelerate the progress they make. Her presentation was entertaining, insightful and memorable. We received great feedback on the session. Thank you for helping make the PMI Australia Conference 2017 such a success.”

Kate Morris, Conference Manager for Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2017 Conference


“Michelle was a key note speaker at the FEW 2017 Leadership Conference. Michelle gave a very insightful session on how to negotiate wisely. Her presentation was flawless and professional. Michelle is very conscientious and committed as a speaker to deliver a great presentation to her audience. Thank you Michelle for sharing your experience with us and providing valuable tips on how to negotiate.”

Judith Beck, Founder,  Financial Executive Women (FEW)


“I invited Michelle to present at IBRC’s annual Compliance and Conduct Risk forum.  Her presentation on how to influence in complex environments was exceptionally well received by the conference participants.  Michelle is clearly an expert in her field and she was very generous in sharing her wisdom and insight with the group.  If you are looking for a speaker who will engage and inspire your delegates to take action, then I’d highly recommend her”.

Amanda Liversage, Conference Manager, IBR Conferences


“We invited Michelle to present at our annual Not for Profit Conference.  Her presentation on how to thrive in a changing environment was exceptionally well received by the attendees.  She provided practical tips, useful insights and inspiration to take a new approach to managing and leading through change.  Her session was a highlight of the day”.

Ryk Eksteen, Audit Principal, Collins &Co


“Michelle’s session for us on self-managing through change could not have been more timely, given the highly dynamic state of the financial services industry and the legal and compliance professions right now. Michelle’s authoritative, compelling and engaging approach to helping our team understand not only their inherent responses to change; but also how to shape those responses by making considered choices and applying simple tools, was highly valued and much talked about after the event.”

Head of Knowledge & Development, Major Australian Financial Institution


“We had recently re-organised bringing together technology and consulting teams that had previously worked fairly autonomously. Michelle Gibbings was engaged to facilitate an offsite with the new team and help us begin aligning around our a new strategy/culture and charting the path forward.  She was delightful to work with – flexible, focused and generous with her time.  Running sessions for a diverse audience of 100 people requires expert planning and execution. In addition to the formal objectives we also wanted each individual to leave with some new tools to help develop their careers.  Michelle bought great energy and insight to the day as our speaker.  The event was a huge success.  I highly recommend Michelle as a speaker and facilitator.”

Steven Willson, Chief Technology Officer, AMP


“Michelle has presented for The Australian Institute of Management on a number of occasions. She is always engaging and insightful, and uses real life examples to ensure the content is relevant and meaningful for the audience.”

Margot Smith, General Manager, Engagement & Marketing at the Australian Institute of Management


“Michelle’s thought leadership in change and leadership is evident. With an impressive knowledge base, extensive practical experience and an exceptionally engaging style she knows how to connect with and inspire an audience. I would highly recommend Michelle as a speaker and facilitator.”

Steven Oesterreich, Managing Director, ARK Group


“The Governance, Risk and Compliance Institute has invited Michelle to speak at our key conferences. She always delivers an engaging, thought provoking and highly informed speech. Members embrace the insights that she shares on behaviours, motivations, leadership and culture, and walk away with new learnings that they can apply in their workplace. She adds tremendous value to the conference program and is a delight to work with.”

Martin Tolar, Chief Executive Officer, Governance, Risk and Compliance Institute


“Michelle delivered a thoroughly engaging story at the Waste Management of Australia Women’s Leadership Lunch, drawing on the challenges of her own personal journey across a variety of senior management roles. Michelle’s inspirational words and informal communication style added up to a great experience for the audience.”

Stephen Holland, Waste Management Association of Australia


“Michelle Gibbings is an inspiring and engaging thought leader in change and in business more widely. Her wide ranging experience and practical application of skills shines through. She is an excellent communicator who is able to articulate ideas and lead people to outcomes. We have engaged Michelle a number of times at professional development events, and feedback about her presentations and discussions is always excellent. Her extensive knowledge base, and ability to capture and inspire an audience sets her at the highest level of articulate and highly effective speakers and facilitators. I would recommend Michelle Gibbings without hesitation.”

Wendy Grimston, Head of Country – Australia, Change Management Institute


“Michelle’s expertise is evident in the knowledge she shares, her engaging facilitation style and her ability to tailor the content to the group’s needs. If you are looking for someone who knows how to captivate the audience’s attention, impart new ideas skills and is a delight to work with then Michelle is your go-to person.”

David Simpson – The Edge Leadership Group


“Michelle’s energy, enthusiasm and presentation were excellent as was her desire to help attendees develop their skills. I have received extremely positive feedback from many of our members including requests for Michelle to present again. I am already planning for when we can have her back to present at another of our PMI events.”

Colleen Pender, Events Director – PMI Melbourne Chapter


Keynotes

Popular keynotes are detailed below, or contact Michelle’s office to discuss a tailored program.

To download an overview go to: Proposal Outline 2017

Find your leadership edge

Today’s business environment is restless, complex, boundary-less and ambiguous.  To be successful leaders need to be equipped to navigate the challenges of this rapidly changing world.

This requires high levels of awareness, acceptance and adaptability, and ultimately, a willingness to discard the myths of leadership and forge their unique leadership style.

Set in the context of a changing working world and drawing on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and human development, this keynote will help your participants understand the:

  • Forces driving the need for leaders to learn more, and lead less
  • Criticality of adapting their leadership style to changing circumstances
  • Key elements needed for them to build a team that is fit for the future of work

It’s not what you know, it’s how you influence

Success today isn’t down to what you know. It’s about how and who you influence. For leaders to be able to cut through the noise and make progress they need to move beyond a technical approach to their role. This requires them to be equipped with the skills to motivate change, influence stakeholders and negotiate decisions.

In this keynote, your participants will be given insights as to why being able to influence is a crucial ingredient for their success. They will:

  • Be introduced to the 8 key things influential people do differently
  • Discover how success starts from the inside out
  • Understand why being able to influence is a leader’s competitive advantage

How to reinvent and future proof your career

In a world of work which is constantly changing, you can’t rely on others to accelerate your career. Each person needs to be the leader of their career. Building a dynamic and progressive career isn’t about luck. It’s about the decisions that a person makes each and every day.

In this keynote Michelle shares learnings from her executive career and the interviews she conducted as part of her second book – Career Leap: How to Reinvent and Liberate your Career. Your participants will be:

  • Challenged to think about how they currently manage their career, and whether it is holding them back or getting them fit for the future
  • Introduced to the steps they can take to reinvent their career
  • Encouraged to make deliberate choices to liberate and future proof their career

Your decision making is dangerous

Over the last 20 years, leadership experts across multiple disciplines have identified a growing gap between the complexity of the workplace and the capability of leaders.

Central to this complexity gap is how leaders make decisions.  Advanced decision making isn’t easy, but is a critical skill for all leaders.

Drawing on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and behavioural economics, your participants will gain insight into:

  • How perspectives and assumptions drive behaviour and can impede effective decision making
  • The three key elements needed for advanced decision making and how it leads to more effective and sustainable outcomes
  • The critical traps to avoid when making decisions – in an individual and group context

Getting what you want – the art and science of negotiating wisely

We all negotiate every day – in both our personal and professional life. Mastering the art and science of negotiation is a crucial skill because the impacts when badly handled are large and long-lasting.

In this keynote Michelle shares how to excel at negotiating in both a personal and professional context by:

  • Knowing the key steps to take before, during and after a negotiation to help ensure success
  • Elevating the understanding and use of one’s personal power
  • Being ready to make deliberate choices, aware of the trade-offs, risks and opportunities involved
  • Knowing how to maintain one’s ‘no’, despite opposition and without eroding relationships

Next Steps

To take advantage of the value Michelle brings to your event, we recommend making contact at the event planning stage.

Booking Michelle to speak at your next event is simple:

  1. Define the outcomes you want to achieve
  2. Choose from one of the above topics or ring to discuss a tailored presentation
  3. Identify your desired date and location
  4. Phone Michelle’s office on 03 8300 7357 to discuss