2012 Day of Inspiration - Secrets of Achievement - Brisbane
For the first time a Day of Inspiration headed to Queensland and found its way to the Ballroom in the Hilton Hotel in the centre of Brisbane's city mall. Once again a full house saw a strong line-up of speakers, special guests and surprise acts. Not many will forget the emotional, heartfelt and powerful message by the opening special guest Sally McCall who, having lost her son Conor at an early age, spoke of the journey the family has been on, urging people to learn from what they had been through and to make the most of every moment with their family. The first speaker of the day was Glenn Capelli who, following on his success in Sydney, brought his message of learning, creativity, innovation and thinking smarter. The Brisbane audience were enthralled at Glenn's delivery style and the myriad of messages that one could take away from his keynote. Next on stage was Australia's leading coach on the science of high performance Andrew May. Andrew's relatable style and key message all backed by science, struck a chord with many of the corporate executives sitting in the room. After morning tea, Australian cricketing great and now commentator on Channel 9 Ian Healey told stories of the secrets of his achievements in more than ten years at the top of his game in the Australian cricket team. Always a crowd favourite on and off the field it didn't take Heals long to have the audience in the palm of his hand.
You could have heard a pin drop as the dirty hostage Nigel Brennan told the amazing story of his capture in 2008 by teenage criminals in Somalia. Held captive for ten months in a tiny box with chains around their ankles, Nigel's straightforward account of what he went through ensured the audience focused on what was really important and gave them a chance to be thankful for what they have. The day just continued to roll from one great learning and secret to the next and world seven times surfing champion Layne Beachley delivered a brilliant keynote that spoke about desire, drive and determination. Always a crowd favourite, Layne Beachley showed all of the traits that has made her one of Australia's best female athletes.
As was the case in Sydney, soon after lunch Grammy Award winner and iconic music star Leo Sayer arrived unannounced to get the Brisbane Hilton Ballroom jumping with his world number one track you Make Me Feel Like Dancing, as well as recounting the story of what has made him so successful in the music industry for many decades. Leo was followed on stage by Tour de Cure co-founder Gary Bertwistle. Gary spoke about Mojo. How you get it, how you keep it, and if you've lost it how to get it back. Always one to deliver it straight, Gary seemed to enjoy the opportunity to follow along from a musician like Leo Sayer who certainly had his mojo working. Next on stage was another very special guest in Jaime Charman. Jaime is a Queensland icon becoming renowned for his hard crash and bash approach to ruck work playing for the Brisbane Lions. Jaime was part of the incredibly dynasty that won three AFL premierships in three years. Still in as good shape as he was during his playing days, Jaime told wonderful stories about his time in the AFL and the leadership he played under from coaches like Lee Mathews.
Closing the day was one of Australia's best keynote speakers Peter Baines. Peter runs his own charity called hands Across the Water which he established to help children in Thailand after heading up the Forensic Police program following the tsunami. Both a good friend to the Tour de Cure and Day of Inspiration, no one ever leaves Baines' keynote without a strong message around love for your family and those who are most important to you.
Plans are currently underway for a return to Brisbane in 2013 if you're interested in attending go to the Register for 2012 page here.