Keynoting Speaker 






CPA Congress 2019 

 October 2019 








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Mya Tiger in St Kilda 

Melbourne Australia 

12 - 2pm


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The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’



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Conference Keynotes 

Board and Executive Briefings

Facilitated Workshops and Experiences





Conference Opening Keynote


Give delegates

the techniques

to deal with

'conference overload' 



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Comprehensive 2 day program runs next:




December 3 & 4, 2019



March 2 & 3, 2020

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 It's not 'drawing'...



with Lynne Cazaly
using The Visual Mojo Method
1 day practical workshop for your team
Build this powerful, influential skill to help make sense of change, communicate clearly and engage people in the most challenging situations

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PERTH - October 7

AUCKLAND - November 21

MELBOURNE - January 17 

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    One or two takeaways - are you joking - that’s all!

    The cost of attending a conference or training program is significant. There’s the registration fee, perhaps an airfare, accommodation, transfers and the cost of time away from your role, the business and your home and family life.

    What’s the ROI, the return on investment you’re going for? Have you thought about it, planned for it?

    Most of us are so burned out and overloaded with information that the best we get from conferences or training are:

    😩A few bent business cards from networking

    😩3 pages of scribbled notes from sessions

    😩Swag and merch - a pen, a few brochures and a stress ball, ironically in the shape of a brain!

    Back at work, we have just a couple of key points that are tough to put into practice. It’s an underrated experience that we can get so much more out of than we currently do.

    'Cognitive load coping' is a skill to learn and apply to achieve a massive ROI on attending a conference or training program.

    → Do you need help with the fuzzy feeling of all that information?

    Send me a message and I'll send a link to three options for learning this new way of working in our world that's overflowing with information.


    Stop squirrelling information 

    I'm posting on information overload this week; one of my conference keynote topics, best scheduled at the start of the conference! Why? We're faced with so much information yet we haven’t evolved our abilities to process and cope with it all. We still get overloaded. Daily.

    An issue is how we squirrel away information intent on working on it 'later’, reviewing it, keeping it, having it. Think... at a conference where a tonne of information is presented via PowerPoint.

    How often have you got your phone out and taken a photo of a slide? We're creating a 'rework' problem though, collecting information we think we may possibly need, perhaps, maybe.

    'It looks valuable; I'll capture it.' It’s inefficient and delays the sensemaking task until 'later'. That's yet another thing for 'later'!

    Recent research confirms our memories and recall are NOT enhanced by these photos. We’re better off working with the information (listening, reading, thinking, writing) at the time, in the moment, even though it feels good to take photos.

    We think we feel calmer capturing the moment, but we're actually adding to the big problem that is our cognitive overload. Forget the photo. Make sense in the moment. 


    Know how you get overloaded 

    I'm posting on cognitive overload this week. We feel overload at conferences or training when we feel 'full', overflowing with information and can't take any more in.

    Here's how it happens:


    This mental overload happens over a long day. You feel like a zombie and the simplest tasks can seem difficult. As the day wears on, you might think the sessions are less interesting or less captivating, but it's usually because we are less able to discriminate and determine what's of value.


    You can get overloaded in a single presentation or meeting; this is over a shorter period of time; too much information and too high a degree of difficulty (yes, like Olympic divers or gymnasts executing a tricky move!)

    Cognitive overload is a common problem in the modern workplace. We're confronted with so much information from so many different sources, and in so many different styles.

    It's not going to fix itself ... we'll need to do something about it. The skill is 'cognitive load coping.'



    Full to overflowing

    This morning I'm keynoting aand opening a conference. It’s a 2-day program, with 3 streams running concurrently, which means there will be about 30 sessions for people to choose from.

    Many conferences present us with this choice about what to do, what to attend. As delegates, we're about to be blasted by a firehose of information. The information flow is never ending.

    We start the day with high hopes, clear minds and open eyes, ready to capture the insights from presentations and conversations.

    But during the day, we hit the wall, full to overflowing and we experience 'the overload'.

    To deal with it, we need to manage it. No one will do it for us. We need the skill of 'cognitive load coping' which the Institute for the Future said we'd need about now.

    Yet I don’t see enough of it in the workplace to equip people to cope with all the information!

    In today’s keynote I :

    ✅ Show how multitasking at a conference lowers our IQ;

    ✅ Explain we have a blindness to information, missing key content; and

    ✅ Share templates and techniques for better cognitive load coping.

    This quote below from Seth Godin is a goodie! More on this topic as the week goes on.


    Managing the overload 

    Do we consciously think how we’ll manage the deluge of information we’ll be exposed to today? Or do we just hope for the best?

    Yes, we read, think, assess, evaluate and make sense of so much stuff. Every day. And while we’re trying to make sense of the information that’s INCOMING to us, don’t forget we also need to make sense of the information that we’re preparing for others : our OUTGOING.

    We can spend too long on how things look - a presentation or report for example - when it may actually be all wordy, with jargon, cliched. That’s hard work for people to make sense of.

    As you manage your own cognitive load, be aware you need to help others manage their load too. When preparing information, make it easy for them. If it’s easy - that doesn’t mean simple - if it’s easy, it gets digested, absorbed and, importantly integrated into our learning and understanding.

    You'll feel less zombie-ish and more alert if you make conscious cognitive load management one of the ways you go about your day. I’m opening the SIRF Roundtables National Forum with a keynote on this super skill, cognitive load coping.

    I’ll share more on cognitive load coping this week.

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