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Business Speaker

Business Speaker

Keeping a business solvent during a recession isn't easy.....

Ernest Rutherford once said 'We don't have much money so we are going to have to think.'   By working with your people; by turning your ordinary groups into high peforming teams, we can help you achieve results you wouldn't have thought possible.


We offer a variety of proven ways to re-energise; revitalise and rejuvenate your teams.

Fuel Injections: 30-60 minutes sessions designed to get your people buzzing. Great for conference openers, for the sleepy after lunch session at conferences or even as break out sessions at your next conference.nce.  

Kick-Start Sessions: 2 Hours of intense thinking and creativity around imnproving your bottom line results. Ideal for the long Winter months when energy and motivation levels are naturally low.

Battery Chargers: Half day sessions.  Every team needs to take some quality time out to look at strategic issues, or more complex problems that need some brainpower and some creative thinking time. 

Warrants Of Fitness: A full day facilitated off-site session. Sometimes our teams just get stuck in conflict, apathy and blame.  This session is  designed to have attendees understand the different behavioural styles of working; different personality types and different leadership styles in our workplaces. It is a pure team building session. Lots of laughs and lots of learning.

Keynote Topics: No matter how large or small your conference, if you want to get your people thinking differently; behaving differently and adding more vitality to your organisation, then we have a variety of keynote topics to suit.

Recent keynotes include:

  • The Space Between Trapezes (Overcoming fear and resistance to change)
  • Boiled Frogs And Guillotines (Constantly being willing to look for new ways to do things)
  • I Know I'm Here To Do Something Great If I Could Only Work Out What It Is (Finding your passion)
  • The four x E's of doing business in a world gone technology mad. Efficiency; Effectiveness; Entrepreneurship and E-commerce. 

For larger conferences specialised break-out sessions work well, allowing delegates who have particular interests or challenges to attend smaller more in-depth sessions on given topics.  These sessions can run anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Recent workshop/break-out sessions include:

  • How To Halve Your Hours And Double Your Bottom Line!
  • Shift Your But (An Attitude Adjuster For Employees)
  • How To Turn Whinging Whining Groups Into High Performing Teams
  • How To Motivate The Late, The Lazy And The Terminally Uninspired (An Introduction To Performance Management)
  • Did I Really Employ You? (How to ask the right questions at every stage of the recruitment process so you never try to fit a square peg in a round hole, ever again)
All of Ann’s presentations are humourous; full of real-life stories, are interactive and yet deal with the many tough challenges of doing business in the real world. Attendees never fail to leave one of her sessions challenged yet inspired.

‘Ann Andrews is AWESOME! Whether you have an audience of bishops, business managers or bus drivers, she will connect, coach and inspire. That's why our attendees have demanded her back, year after year since 2003!’ 

- Craig Carlyle, Event Director, National Maintenance Engineering Conference

'We had the pleasure of having Ann as our guest speaker recently. As expected, Ann is a consumate professional. She portrayed her message through her 60 minute presentation, with non fussy, clear terminology which everyone was easily able to follow. She spoke freely and easily, making guest laugh and revealing her fun, positive and very inspirational personality. Very entertaining whilst at the same time very informative. As a bonus, communicating with Ann prior to the event was always very efficient and clear. Nothing was any trouble at any time during our dealings. I truly look forward to the next opportunity to work with her.'   Hellen Hyndman - Event Designers - Making Your Event Great!
Some of the testimonials gathered on the night from guests:
  • Ann was fantastic, learnt something new that I can and will apply to my business.
  • Ann was great, inspirational and very, very funny
  • Very useful advice from speaker and great stories
  • Excellent - Great speaker
  • Absolutely brilliant!
  • Ann - excellent and inspiring
  • Great insight into how to utilize new technology to grow our business (Twitter and other e-business websites)

I am just so glad that I didn’t go shopping instead of attending Ann Andrews post conference workshop. Once again, she was an inspirational speaker, her session was interactive and I came away with tools to tackle some team issues and am happy to report that they have had significant impact!! She is funny and I just loved hearing her speak. She demonstrated great skill in packing so much into the session and I believe left nobody feeling that they hadn’t had support with their issue. Best of all we had the benefit of her wisdom and experience as well as a challenge of our beliefs and practice.  Thanks Ann.


Attendee- ASENZ Conference. Wellington

I just wanted to say thank you so much for your outstanding presentation about the different levels of speaking and the time taken afterwards personally with me.  It was so fantastic and I really enjoyed every second of it!  I feel that your presentation changed the direction of my life.  Very exciting!  Ann is a powerful speaker who challenges and excites!

Tom O'Neil – MD of CV.CO.NZ (NZ) Ltd. Contributor to “What Color Is Your Parachute 2008, 2009 & 2010.”


Excellent…Brilliant….Refreshing..... Confirming.  A real eye opene r - great addition to the conference


Feedback from Sustainability Conference

Kevin Smit – Brightstar Conference Organiser


On the 2nd day of our 2 day conference, I asked the attendees what had been the highlight of the 1st day. Half the audience said Ann and the other half said ‘X’ and Ann …… We will be asking her to come back next year for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                Faye Gardiner

                                                                                                Business and Professional Women Inc


Ann’s experience as an ex Franchisor was incredibly enlightening for us all. She provided an informative and powerful message to our Franchisees during her session at the conference. The feedback from our Franchisees was extremely positive and they unanimously asked for her to speak again at our next conference.                                                                                             Kaye Lindsay - Franchisee Director

Distribution International


Fantastic, realistic, clear and concise.  Very logical – clearly knows her stuff from real life experiences – loved your stories. A great way to start the day.                                                    7th Annual Executive

           Management Assistant Conference

Thank you soooo much for the outstanding session you did at our conference. The feedback has been absolutely amazing.                                                                                                                    Emily Turnbull

National Sales Facilitator - CanWest Radio

Congratulations on winning the ‘best paper’ prize at the OD Conference yesterday! The judges were unanimous that your presentation had modeled the purpose and values of the OD network and had miles of X-factor.                                                                                                                            Carolyn Lane - MD

Navigate International Ltd.


Great presenter. Ann's delivery was awesome. Thanks Ann

Best speaker of the day.  Much to think on.

Ann's presentation was great and very informative and I will certainly use some of her points in my interaction with the team/staff.

Great presentation and content. The best key note speaker out of them all.  Got a lot from her presentation able to relate to what she was talking about.

This speaker can be my manager any day as she is definitely on track when it comes to respecting all people from all walks of life.

Dead on the mark with this speaker, she was just what is needed, not just the normal stock standard management talk.  Well done.

A very 'real' presenter, down to earth manner, very valid and useable tools.

Fantastic. Could have listened to her all day.  She was such a wealth of knowledge put across in a relaxed manner.

Well done on a great presentation. Some insightful and meaningful information and offered support to challenge the status quo within organisations which seems to be a problem for many. Thank you!


And from the conference organiser:


Thank you very much for your excellent presentation to our 15th Annual Managers & Leadership Conference last Wednesday. Our delegates really appreciated your address on ‘3 Essentials you didn’t know were important’.

We consider a delegate survey score of 3.7 is a good result, and 4 or above as excellent. Your scored 4.63 – well done!  This is not only the best score of the conference, it’s the best equal score for the year so far (out of 70 speakers)! All of the comments are below for your information and help:


Grant Dixon

Conference Producer

Employers' & Manufacturers' Association (Northern) Inc.