VIC|TAS State Meeting - Working with the BIG Corporates

  • 19 Jun 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Bayview on the Park, 52 Queens Road, Melbourne


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Working with the BIG Corporates with Steve Simpson CSP

In the world of speaking, there are massive opportunities that can arise from establishing relationships with large corporates. Once you're embedded, huge work opportunities can arise that can last years. Steve Simpson knows this first hand, from his work with Kmart Australia and NZ, which has been over eight years, with McLaren Automotive in the UK (over three years) and with Gold Fields Africa (over four years).

While there are terrific opportunities in corporates, there are many issues that speakers need to understand and manage to be able to succeed in this domain.

This session will talk to those issues, including:

  • How to get work in corporates
  • Navigating ongoing corporate work with bureau involvement
  • How working in corporates is different
  • The traps and pitfalls of working with corporates

This session will be fast paced, practical and based on Steve's real-life experiences with corporates across the world.

About Steve Simpson CSP

When it comes to working with corporates, Steve has just a 'little bit' of relevant experience. Over the past 25 years, he has worked with large companies worldwide - from Gold Fields Africa (40,000 employees) to Kmart Australia and NZ (30,000 employees) to Next in the UK (50,000 employees). Steve has spoken at major in-house corporate conferences for companies including Woolworths, MLC, Toyota Australia, Lego Australia, RBS (UK) and ING UK.

In addition to large corporates, Steve has worked with organisations in the not-for-profit and government sectors, of all sizes. So he knows the differences involved in working with corporates.

Pre-Session Presentation -  The Facilitation Dashboard: The Gauge of a Good Facilitator, Rachel Audigé

Whatever you call yourself, if you are front of room seeking to engage a group of people, you are probably “facilitating” - or needing to! A great facilitator can engage a group, monitor energy levels and re-energise when needed, draw out those who are less inclined to participate, manage issues or resistance and leave the group feeling respected and heard. 

Have you got a horror list as a facilitator? Most of us do. This session is to share some of my learnings in many years of workshop and conference facilitation in the space of inventive thinking and marketing. I will share elements of the facilitation dashboard that has helped me be known for “engaging workshops” around the world. I will also touch on sources of authority, group dynamics, feedback and dealing with resistance.

About Rachel Audigé

Rachel Audigé is a creativity and innovation facilitator, keynote speaker, marketing advisor and blogger.  She harnesses 25 years in international marketing and is a certified Systematic Inventive Thinking ( coach and runs the Australian S.I.T. business. Her sweet spot is training and maintaining energy and engagement in a room while giving participants the mindset and toolset to develop more inventive, less vanilla ideas. 

Recent clients include Ford, Thales, Bayer, Australia Post…This year, Rachel’s speaking events include HortConnections, MDSC 2017, Masterclass for Ci 2017, JLL with TEDx Sydney and TEDx Cyprus.


5.00 to 6.15: CSP ONLY session

5.30 to 6.15: Pre-Session Presentation - Rachel Audigé

6.15 to 7.00: Dinner

7.00 to 8.30: Main Presentation - Steve Simpson CSP

8.30 to 8:45: Wrap up and conclusion

8.45 (+): Networking in the bar