Get Your Act together
Are you looking for something different to captivate, motivate and inspire your audience?
Are you looking for something extraordinary for your next keynote presentation?
Get your Act Together is a keynote presentation written and delivered by:
Charles Kovess, Australia's Passion Provocateur
Robert Clark, Founder and CEO of Showstopper Events and former Australian Entrepreneur of the Year.
Biographical notes are attached.
Together, these talented presenters deliver a unique and uplifting interactive keynote presentation that will have you stomping, clapping, and even singing your way to a more productive and passionate work environment. But the fun really starts when the audience members become the star performers in their very own musical production number.
This world-class presentation delivers key messages strategically enhanced by relating successful business principles to outstanding musical performance. Throughout the presentation, Charles and Robert reinforce cutting-edge business strategies with the international language of music. The presentation's objective is to blend a strong and vital business message with music, fun, and high interactivity. It is entertaining, engaging and educational. The 'Grand Finale' comprises a musical performance by the whole audience, who surprise themselves by the speed of their learning. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants feel inspired and motivated and experience a sense of 'WOW, that was amazing!'
The presentation can have a team focus (how to get a group of people to 'get their act together'), or an individual focus (how to 'get your own personal act together') - depending on the needs of the audience - and delivers the following core messages:
- 4 key strategies to create great teams
- Strategies to be more innovative and creative
- The need to discover our unique abilities (and ways of tapping into these abilities)
- Focus, and understanding its power
- Key learning strategies to speed up learning and knowledge development
- Principles of leadership
- Understanding the need to make the right type of mistakes
- The importance of courage, passion, and persistence
- Ways to encourage people to take responsibility and increase commitment
- Why increasing the spiritual dimension creates business and personal success.
This presentation is a new concept. It is an 'edutainment' (education PLUS entertainment) experience. It uses techniques of accelerated learning, by engaging all five senses, plus the sixth sense: the 'WOW' factor.
We all know that the greatest asset of any organisation is its people. This engaging and exciting keynote presentation guarantees to open minds to the power of passion, and its limitless potential. Available to audiences between 300 and 15,000 in both the Australasian and World markets, Get Your Act Together will provide outstanding value to any business organisation.
Harness the Power of your Passion
Biographical notes: Garry Smith
Garry Smith was educated in Queensland, completing his secondary education in 1974, and gained his Diploma of Fine Arts with Distinction in 1981.
Between 1975 and 1987, Garry played and studied music, and some highlights are:
He wrote, performed and toured throughout Australia with the avant-garde band Quasar”. This was the only contemporary band to be included in the ABC Concert Series at the time, and received two grants from The Australia Council to record its original music.
While studying jazz, classical and ethnic music he was selected as part of a group that travelled to PNG to record and document the South Pacific Festival of Arts.
In 1987, he moved to Brisbane to work in numerous rock bands, as well as performing with many artists as a back-up and session musician.
In 1988, Garry began writing music for documentaries, some of which went to air throughout the BBC and Asia, started to write jingles for commercials, and began programming music for advertising and soundtracks. Garry wrote and produced jingles for many clients, including Fourex, Telstra, Jupiter’s Casino, Qld Tourist and Travel Corporation, Toyota, as well as Qld Newspapers, Sea World, Dream World and others. One of the more notable projects was a trip to the USA to produce the American version of Mirage Resort’s Too Good To Be True, having produced the original at Suite 16 in Brisbane.
In 1994, Garry co-founded Ocean Records, a company set up to produce local artists for the Asian market. With assistance from the Australian Business Development Network, this company achieved a number of releases in Asia and Japan. In 1998, he wrote and produced the music for “Misery Guts”, a children’s television series which aired in Australia and overseas. He has written music for two American television series (“The Aquanauts” and “Thunderstone”), wrote the music for an episode of “The Crocodile Hunter”, and produced the theme song for “Croc Files” (a children’s version of “The Crocodile Hunter”).
Garry’s other achievements include producing the music for the Olympic Soccer Opening in Brisbane, arranging “I Still Call Australia Home” for use at the Rugby League World Cup in London via MP3, and giving a number of lectures and Master Classes at Griffith University (Conservatorium of Music). Recently, he completed the music for a computer game published worldwide by one of the world’s largest games publishers.
As a musician, song and jingle writer and producer, Garry has won an extraordinary number of Australian and International awards, that prove him to be a world-class musical talent. A detailed listing is available.
Garry’s other interests and hobbies include:
- Water sports such as swimming, fishing, water-skiing
- Camping/Four wheel driving
- Running/cycling and competing in triathlons.
Robert Clark, Dip.Teach, B.Mus(Indiana)
After completing a Diploma of Teaching in Music in 1979, Robert went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, USA on an Australia Council Fellowship.
After completing his degree in 1982,Robert became a lecturer in percussion at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, while freelancing with international artists including Frank Sinatra, Peter Allen, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Rolf Harris.
After a successful performance career, Robert chose to use his musical expertise and theatrical experience to develop his own special events company. Since establishing Showstopper Events in 1986, Robert has seen the company grow into one of Australia ’s leading creative event-management houses.
Showstopper Events has designed and produced shows and attractions for all of Queensland ’s major theme parks, international hotels and resorts and leading corporations and government agencies. The Company’s most recent credits include the Sydney 2000 Olympics Soccer Gala Opening Ceremony in Brisbane; the 10th birthday celebrations for the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong, and the International Opening for the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok.
Robert Clark’s Company produces and manages conferences and events throughout Australia and South-East Asia for a wide-range of companies including Qantas Holidays, Snap Printing, LJ Hooker, Mercedes-Benz (Asia) and Starwood Hotels.
A recent highlight was the appointment of the Showstopper team by RMIT University in Melbourne to design and produce Australia’s largest graduation ceremony in 2000 and 2001 (in each case, for over 5000 University Graduates).
After five years as an active member of the Brisbane Chapter of the worldwide network, Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO), Robert has recently assumed the role of chair of the World Entrepreneurs’ Organization for the Asia Pacific Region.
Robert has been a member of the Brisbane Visitors and Convention Bureau for the past 15 years, and is also a member of the City of Brisbane Performing Arts Advisory Board, a position he has held for the past 8 years. He is also an Honorary Ambassador for the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.
Charles Kovess LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., CSP*
Charles Kovess graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 1973, and gained his Master of Laws from Monash University in 1980. After six years of practice, he established his own law firm which subsequently merged with Barker Gosling, a national law firm. Charles was Head of the Commercial Law Department.
Charles has been a director of both public and private companies which has given him business experience in fields as diverse as hotels and motels, tourism facilities, restaurants, oil, gas and gold exploration, manufacturing, primary production exports, media, both print and video, and timber milling. He has also advised a number of Australian organisations on international expansion opportunities in Hungary and Central Europe.
As a lawyer, Charles made a significant contribution to his profession. He was active in the Law Institute of Victoria, being a member of its Council for three years, Chairman of the Legal Practice Management Section for four years, and member of the Specialisation Board and the Legal Education Committee for three years each.
After practising law successfully for 20 years, Charles left the law in June 1993 to pursue his passion for increasing passion! In March 2001, Charles earned the coveted *‘Certified Speaking Professional’ accreditation, the highest international qualification for speaking professionals.
Charles graduated from the Business School for Entrepreneurs in Hawaii, co-facilitated by Robert Kyosaki, and completed the ELI Super Teaching Course in August 1993. This Course reinforced the accelerated learning methodologies that Charles uses in his key note presentations, seminar and workshop programs.
Clients for whom Charles has presented programs include Deakin Australia, ANZ Banking Group, Tourism Victoria, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Optus, Essendon Football Club, Knight Frank, Brisbane Lions Football Club, Telstra, Axa (formerly National Mutual), Federal Government’s Department of Finance & Administration, Victorian Government’s Department of Treasury & Finance, Australia Post, Colonial State Bank, and Uncle Ben’s.
Among a lifetime of voluntary positions in which Charles has made significant contributions, he is President of the Australia-Hungary Chamber of Commerce (his eleventh year), trustee of Global Energy Network Inc, National Vice President, and Victorian Branch President of the National Speakers’ Association of Australia, former Board Member of Save the Children Victoria, and former Chairman of the EC Chambers of Commerce & Industry (Vic.) Inc.
Charles is not only passionate about business: he loves sport. He has competed for the past 17 seasons in triathlons, he has completed the Ironman Triathlon, he has run 8 marathons, and he is an internationally qualified water polo referee. He is the father of four children.
His first book, Passionate People Produce, published in October 1997 was a best-seller, and his second book, Passionate Performance, was released on 2 March 2000.