2012 Day of Inspiration - Secrets of Achievement - Sydney
The Day of Inspiration was staged this year at Doltone House on a beautiful day in Sydney. After enjoying a Vittoria coffee deck-side on magnificent Sydney Harbour, a full house of over 450 guests were inspired, entertained, moved and challenged by one of the strongest line-ups of speakers and special guests in Sydney this year. After an incredibly emotional opening by V8 Supercar Driver Cameron McConville who did a tribute to his best mate Jason Richards who lost his battle with cancer in 2011, our first keynote was one of Australia's best speakers Glenn Capelli. Glenn showed why he is a master of learning as he inspired the audience with his message of creativity, partnership and getting stuck in.
Glenn was joined on stage by violinist Steve Woods and the amazing voice of Dennis Walter who performed as part of Glenn's keynote presentation inspiring the room to work together and get stuck in. Glenn was followed on stage by journalist and TV presenter Peter Fitzsimons. Peter's no frills, quick-fire and humorous presentation certainly got the audience thinking and surely left everyone with some great nuggets to take away. After morning tea we got a quick economic update from Savanth Sebastian from Commsec. In a well presented, well documented and well thought out economic update, Savanth showed where the economy is, where it's going and what we should prepare for. At this point of the morning our MC for the day, Australia's favourite sports guy Mark Beretta from Sunrise joined to introduce a video from Lance Armstrong, wishing everyone in the room a good Day of Inspiration.
Gerry Ryan, the Australian entrepreneur, businessman and entertainment magnate joined Beretta on stage for a quick Q&A. Gerry is renowned for his success in being the business man behind the Australian iconic brand Jayco, he owned Melbourne Cup winner Americain and recently put the Green Edge cycling team on to the UCI Pro Tour circuit, being the first Australian team ever to be racing internationally. In a fascinating Q&A Gerry let us in on his secrets to success. The audience were then surprised by an aerial act by Liquid Rizen backed by the brilliant sound of La Treviarta opera singer Leah Thomas who sang the haunting Nessun Dorma from Pavarotti.
For many, the highlight of the day was our first international speaker at the Day of Inspiration, Phillip Hesketh. All the way from the UK, Phillip spoke of the influence and psychology of persuasion. Weaving in and out with some great humorous stories, there is no doubt that Phillip was one of the starts of this year's event in Sydney. Following lunch we were taken by surprise as Grammy Award winning musician Leo Sayer came bursting through the doors, unannounced, singing his hit tune You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. Leo told the story of his ups and downs in the entertainment industry and left many people on a high from his voice, his message and the inspiration he gave to live by the beat of your own drum. Following Leo Sayer, three time Olympian and Gold Medal winner at three consecutive Olympics, rower Drew Ginn is an extraordinary keynote speaker, talking about his views on goal setting, leadership, teamwork and how he overcame near career ending adversity. Titled "How Do You Get Back in the Boat?" Drew's simple, relatable and timely message struck a chord with a lot of the audience and he too was a crowd favourite.
Next on stage were two very memorable interviews with a couple of iconic Australia sports stars. First, the former coach of the AFL team the Sydney Swans was Paul Roos, and next Susie Maroney who is undoubtedly one of Australia's greatest ever female athletes holding many records for long-distance ocean swimming. Both the interviews were chock full of inspiration, key out-takes and nuggets to help us be our best.
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better Petrea King from Quest for Life took us on an extraordinary journey through mediation and her calming message about confronting the D's. Many people were inspired by Petrea's calm but strong message that had everyone focusing on the important things in life and how we can make a difference.
There is no doubt that the 2012 Day of Inspiration yet again raised the bar on this event and plans are currently underway for the 2013 showcase. Highlights of the Sydney event can be downloaded in Mind Map format drawn by the brilliant illustrator Guy Downes.