2014 Day of Inspiration - Secrets of Achievement - Sydney
The 2014 Day of Inspiration changed venue and headed to the beautiful and stylish Ivy Ballroom in the heart of Sydney on George St. A full house was present and the day got off to a lively, charismatic and at times controversial start when world- renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo told his story of success. He also shared some of the amazing advancements in brain cancer treatments and the new innovations in brain surgery that can help towards curing cancer.
Fresh off a plane from Japan, ultra marathon father Craig Coozey headed straight to the Ivy Ballroom from the airport to tell his story. In his words, an ordinary dad who lost his beautiful daughter at the age of 9, he promised her he would do something to help the cancer cause. He has paddled, ridden and swam over 15,000km across Australia and in doing so has raised $1.5million towards many cancer projects. This inspiring dad certainly was a fitting start to the day to ensure that everybody knew why being in the room was important and how the money would be spent.
It's been said that those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those that are doing it. Host Gary Bertwistle then interviewed our panel of outstanding entrepreneurs including Scott Farquhar from Atlassian, Didier Elzinga from Culture Amp, and Tim Power, CEO of 3P Learning, the engine behind Mathletics and Spellodrome. This high powered, successful, entrepreneurial and super disruptive trio shared many secrets of achievement from building their organisations, one of which was recently valued at $3.3billion.
As all the nuggets kept flowing, our Mind Map illustrator Guy Downes was busy in the corner of the room doing a visual map of all the key learnings that were being shared by our guest speakers and presenters. After the break Sam Johnson, who's ridden around Australia on a unicycle raising awareness of breast cancer and funds for the Love Your Sister charity, shared a message with the Tour de Cure and everyone present at the Day of Inspiration, via his lovely sister Connie. The message was that anyone can help find a cure for cancer, we just need to take the first step - to get involved.
Craig James from CommSec gave us an economic update and told us why we should be positive about the Australian economy.
We then had to strap ourselves in for one of Australia's great entrepreneurial female leaders, Lisa Messenger from the Messenger Group. As Editor In Chief of the Renegade Collective, this amazing lady has taken a magazine that didn't exist 18 months ago to one which is now published in 33 countries, and listed as one of the Top 10 magazines in Australia. Lisa stirred us with her disruptive, challenging and inspiring view on cancer and moved us to want to do more.
Right before lunch Ahna de Vena, The Sleep Muse, presented a beautiful keynote about the importance of sleep, how to get more of it and how to get it to work better for us. This moving, reflective presentation certainly struck a chord with our corporate audience.
Soon after lunch Sam McNeill from Song Division shared his philosophies on the power of music and how in a corporate environment, they can enhance learning.
Then what can only be said as being the most magical presentation of the day, 2013 International Magician of the Year, Cosentino, presented an amazing keynote which traced his story from childhood through to being voted the best magician in the world in 2013. Colourful, magical, inspiring and curious, Cosentino's story will be forever remembered by those who attended the Day of Inspiration. But we weren't done yet.
Many remembered the horrific shark attack in Sydney Harbour where an Australian diver was taken by a shark. Paul de Gelder survived to tell his story on stage at the 2014 Day of Inspiration. Certainly one of Australia's greatest key note presenters, his story inspired everyone to not only hear these great messages but to get off their tails and do something with it.
It was an incredible day of stories, anecdotes, secrets of achievement, magic, music and drawings, all highlighted by an incredible lighting design by Project Light, which took up one complete wall of the ballroom. It mesmorised, inspired and brought out the imagination of the audience as a fantasy light projection changed with the mood of the room.
Organisers are currently reflecting and considering 2015. Please let us know your intentions if you'd like to be a part of this sell-out event.