SPASA Australia National Leadership Convention on this Friday

July 17, 2019

The second bi-annual SPASA Australia National Leadership Convention is being held this Friday, August 2 at the Hilton Adelaide.

The industry’s best minds will congregate in a non-competitive setting to learn new skills and forge new connections, growing their networks while helping launch the Australian pool and spa industry into the future. It aims to inspire people to take the lead in these challenging yet exciting times of change.

The SPASA Australia National Awards of Excellence will follow the Leadership Convention, also at the Adelaide Hilton, to celebrate the best of the industry.

Internationally renowned thought leaders will be presenting at the convention including Matt Church, Matina Jewell and David Staughton.

Matt Church

Matt Church

The founder and chairman of Thought Leaders, Matt Church is consistently voted as one of Australia’s top conference speakers. He is the 2014/15 Australian Speaker of the Year and has recently been named one of the top ten motivational speakers in the world by E-speakers, the peak global event industry body.

A prolific author, his publishing history is a demonstration of his polymathic nature, and his ability to draw from this incredibly diverse sphere of knowledge means he can often shed new light on a topic which an industry has “done to death”. From this space, he inspires people to think, expertly delivering key messages and weaving them together with narratives from a diverse range of sources. Many say his presentations are watershed moments in industry and business culture.

As the founder of Thought Leaders Global and the author of Amplifiers, Church has long been driven to understand the most important elements of influential leadership. He believes that leadership is in essence about bringing out greatness in others and this principle is at the centre of his keynote on amplifiers.

Amplifiers: the power of motivational leadership to inspire and influence

Organisations that succeed have leaders and teams that are inspired by what they do and what their work stands for. Matt unpacks the process by which transformational leaders can amplify their impact – amplify their productivity, amplify their creativity and amplify their results.

Having committed decades to research and development in this field, Church has the skills and strategies to unlock and amplify transformational leadership in pool and spa businesses.

Amplified leaders will become masters of maximising human potential and developing other great leaders among their colleagues.

In this high impact presentation, he will demonstrate how to:
• Master the essential communication tools for making an impact;
• Bring out the best in people and maximise their impact;
• Employ positive tactics that inspire others to achieve the unimaginable;
• Create work worth doing and cultures worth belonging to;
• Become leaders worth following.

Matina Jewell

Matina Jewell

An Australian to be proud of, Matina Jewell’s unique story is one of inspiration, of authentic leadership and resilience in the face of crippling adversity, and of thriving through change across a trailblazing military career.

Her keynote presentations and workshops have transformed some of the country’s biggest companies, empowering leaders from all walks of life. The bestselling author of Caught in the Crossfire, Jewell has also been the subject of ABC’s Australian Story and has served on the ANZAC Centenary Commission and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council where she has given a voice to the rights of veterans throughout the country. Her vast experience with the military both during and after her years of service, coupled with her powerful storytelling has resulted in countless standing ovations from Australia’s biggest corporations.

Audiences sit spellbound as they hear how she tracked down war lords, fast-roped onto ships and took command, leading teams under extreme conditions under fire during the Lebanon War. With on-the-ground footage from life-threatening missions bringing audiences into the moment, she shares an incredible journey: drawing out the lessons from her varied experience that affect long lasting change in leaders, teams and organisations, for years to come.

Caught in the crossfire: leadership lessons from the front lines of change

We all walk a tightrope every day whether it’s juggling the conflicting demands of work and home, our team and our leaders, or the needs of our customers and our staff – it’s how we handle these times that will define and ultimately determine our success.

You will be inspired, hearing how she cheated death, took command and demonstrated pure courage while leading her team in the most extreme of conditions.

Using footage of her many life-threatening missions, this thought-provoking and moving presentation will force audiences to question everything they think they know, while inspiring lasting change through self-reflection.

Key takeaways include:
• Demonstrating leadership; even when it’s not in your job description;
• Finding a way forward in high-pressure situations: decision-making strategies, thinking outside the box, and adapting to succeed;
• Overcoming fear to lead through adversity – seeing challenge and change as opportunity;
• Being the catalyst for teamwork, empowerment and cooperation: taking responsibility to motivate teams and inspire others;
• Building resilience in teams;
• The keys to creating effective communication.

David Staughton

David Staughton

An award-winning international speaker, David Staughton is also an author and an expert on sales and customer service for SMEs.

Staughton graduated as a scientist and worked for five of Australia’s largest companies before leaving to start his own wedding reception business. He grew an award-winning hospitality empire and hosted more than 2000 weddings over 15 years.

He has more than 25 years of hands-on sales experience in a broad range of industries including hospitality, tourism, health and business consulting. He has been passionate about small business since working in the family hardware store at age six.

Staughton has grown many SME businesses, coached business leaders and teams and has assisted many small business associations and groups. He has been responsible for multi-million dollar sales turnarounds and helped several businesses grow to get listed on the ASX.

As a best-selling author, he has contributed to books on sales, small business and most recently The VIP Principle – about the long-term business benefits of improving your customer experience.

He is a highly entertaining speaker and has been performing in front of audiences for more 20 years, presenting to more than 750 audiences in 10 countries. Some of Staughton’s bigger, longer term clients have included Hard Rock Café, Tyrepower, QBE, Inenco (BSC/CBC) and Goldwell.

In 2017 he was awarded the Nevin Award, the most prestigious award presented by Professional Speakers Australia – the peak association for conference speakers in Australia.

Sales leadership: building and leading your team to sell more

Your salespeople can be the best investment you ever make or your biggest nightmare. You need to build a high performance sales team to help your business outperform and grow in a turbulent and disrupting market.

This highly practical presentation is based on real sales experience. You’ll find out what other successful sales organisations are doing to build a more effective and sustainable sales team. Discover great tools, technologies and techniques that you can use for best-practice sales leadership.

During this interactive and fun session he’ll cover:
• Three essential strategies of successful sales leaders;
• The significant impact and value that a high performing salesperson can add;
• The keys to attracting, selecting, inducting and retaining better salespeople;
• How to inspire, motivate and reward your salespeople;
• The biggest mistakes that sales leaders make in building a great sales team;
• The secrets of a more systematic approach to sales – developing your sales playbook;
• The rise of “SMarketing” – combining sales with automated marketing tools.

National Awards of Excellence

Friday 2 August: 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Hilton Adelaide

The SPASA National Awards will be held at Hilton Adelaide following the Leadership Convention. This annual event provides great networking opportunities as you celebrate the year’s outstanding achievements. Purchase tickets for this exciting event when you register for the Leadership Convention.

Contact:; 1300 021 482.

Caption: The 2018 event saw the entire industry converge



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