NSW|ACT Chapter Event: Lisa McInnes-Smith and Jon Yeo

  • 20 Aug 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • The Grace Hotel, 77 York Street, Sydney
  • 7


  • Book by Friday 14 August
  • Book by Friday 14 August

Registration is closed

Speaker 1: Jon Yeo - Working with Event Organisers to Maximise Your Speaking Opportunity

How do you increase your chances or getting of getting booked in the first place, and then getting booked again and again? As TEDx Melbourne licensee and curator, Jon Yeo, will give us the inside running on:

How event organisers select their speakers

• The types of criteria they use

• What you can do to get chosen

Jon has worked for Fortune 100 companies in Australia, UK and the United States. He’s passionate about how social entrepreneurship can support business and communities, building mutual benefits and outcomes. Today, Jon speaks and consults with businesses on delivering messages with impact and designing client experiences for loyalty and engagement.

Speaker 2: Lisa McInnes-Smith - The Key to Audience Engagement and Connection

Lisa knows that using your own stories, experiences and life lessons is the best way to connect you with your audiences.

We will be very lucky to hear Lisa deliver her own examples from popular keynote presentations to demonstrate the methods she uses.

Plus we will allocate time for Q&A so you can get your burning questions answered by her. She might know a thing or two: she has spoken to more than 1.5 million people in her career! 

Lisa has been a professional speaker for over 30 years, founding member of the Victorian Chapter and National President of NSAA. Her accolades are many, and include CSP, Nevin Award, Educator Award of Excellence and Life Membership. She was the first person outside of North America to be inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame.

MC Anne Riches

Anne Riches, CSP, Nevin Award winner and past National Board member, works globally with leaders developing their change leadership capabilities. 

The last time she was MC was at her sister’s wedding - a fun experience managing the groom’s obsession with Tottenham Hotspurs!

Anne won’t bring her whistle but she will keep us on track experiencing two speakers who personify NSAA's obsession - presenter excellence.

Business Session - What makes a powerful TED talk? 

As a pre-session to the main event, we are indeed lucky to have Jon Yeo sharing his knowledge about what makes a powerful TED talks. Facilitated by Karen Armstrong, it will be interactive and worth the price of admission alone!

Storytelling Session - Open to all

This is a unique opportunity to hone your speaking skills in a constructive environment. Where else do you have the opportunity to showcase your storytelling in front of a supportive and experienced group who want to see you succeed? Kevin Bees will host this session. No advance bookings are required, but you will need to arrive by 4pm to get your name on the list and we will start at 4.15pm with a series of 5-minute slots. Members are given first preference, and guests are welcome to fill any remaining spots.

At a Glance:

4.00pm: Storytelling session, all welcome
5.00pm: Registration opens
5.20pm: “What makes a powerful TED talk?” business session with Jon Yeo and Karen Armstrong
6.00pm: Buffet dinner served
6.30pm: Formal meeting start with MC, Anne Riches
6.40pm: Jon Yeo “Working with event organisers to maximise your speaking opportunity”
7.35pm: Networking break
7.55pm: Lisa McInnes-Smith "The key to audience engagement and connection"
8.40pm: Close


We suggest after 5pm at Queen Victoria Building, enter via York Street.