Motivational Speaking

“Success is a journey not a destination”

Suzzanne is truly a testimony to this sentiment as she inspires and engages others with her positive, fun loving personality. Drawing strength from a solid background of over 25 years’ experience in key business management roles and business mentoring, she now coaches others to realise their dreams and live to the fullest of their own potential.

Author of ‘What’s Your Plan?’, Suzzanne has faced and overcome adversity and knows what it takes to surmount challenges and achieve extraordinary results.


Why Suzzanne?

Business aside, Suzzanne’s personal story is inspirational. She rescued her husband from a burning house fire and watched him die in ICU. He was revived, they had a family and some years later, as a mum of young kids, a medical diagnosis gave her five years to live. Since then she’s travelled the world and home schooled her children, lost everything financially, built it up again, and competed for Australia in sporting events. As stated by Tracey Vo from ABC Radio ‘her attitude should be bottled!’.

If you’re interested in finding out more about her story, you can buy a copy of her book here> ‘What’s Your Plan?’

You can view or listen to Suzanne speak with various media personalities here > Media Newsroom

Both Suzzanne’s professional and personal life experiences allow her to motivate and inspire people as a key note speaker. She has spoken for a huge array of organisations including BankWest, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Learning Precinct, Women of the West plus many more not-for-profit organisations and companies covering various topics.

Some of Suzzanne’s motivational and speaking topics covered, include:

  • Planning for success,
  • Business Planning,
  • Life Planning,
  • Goal Setting,
  • Overcoming Adversity,
  • High Performing Teams,
  • Leadership,
  • Business Culture,
  • Health & Holistic Living,
  • Fitness,
  • Women’s Health,
  • Health Over 50,
  • Parallels Between Sport & Business Coaching,
  • Balance in Business & Life,
  • How To Scale A Business.

With over 25 years in key business management roles and as an elite athlete, Suzzanne knows what it takes to function at the top level and achieve extraordinary results.

Suzzanne is also an advocate for healthy living and believes that a positive mental and physical being greatly impacts the ability to be successful in business and life. She has been a sports coach and also competed in triathlon at an international level, so can speak first hand about “walking the walk” as an athlete and business owner.

A summary of my experience is below:

– Industry Expert for (and current member of) WA Leaders
– Mentor for Northern Leaders
– Ambassador and speaker for Opportunity International Australia, including Women4Women series
– Member of Professional Speakers Association
– Keynote speaker for BankWest
– Keynote speaker and facilitator of Business Development for TM Bank
– Keynote speaker for Trainwest (Women of the West series)
– Keynote speaker for Joondalup Learning Precinct (Police Academy)
– Keynote speaker for Edith Cowan University
– Keynote speaker for Integral Women in Leadership
– Keynote speaker for BoB (Business Owners Board)
– Keynote speaker for BPW Joondalup, International Women’s Day event
– Keynote speaker for Zonta Club, WA
– Member of (and previous Director Consultant with) Business Networking International
– Nominated expert and speaker for Business Women Australia (not currently a member)

Experience

Bankwest
‘Planning for Success’
A part of Bankwest’s Connect Series, Suzzanne shared the importance of business planning, what information these should include and why it is so important to continue refreshing and referencing your plan!

Edith Cowan University, Women’s Business
‘Success is a journey, not a destination’
A part of a monthly group supporting health and wellness goals, learning new practical skills and sharing experiences, Suzzanne’s focused on goal getting as opposed to goal setting, providing practical steps on how to achieve what you really want in life and fun along the way.

ActionCOACH Asia Pacific Coach Conference
‘Planning Club’
This presentation aimed to inspire the audience to plan their own business better through ActionCOACH’s Business Planning Workshop.

Women4Women High Tea, hosted by Opportunity International
‘Empowering Women in Business’
Suzzanne’s ambassadorship with Opportunity International aligns with her plight to create world abundance through business re-education. “I love the theme of International Women’s Day this year, it truly reflects the essence of what Opportunity International makes available for women.”

Business Women Australia
‘How to Engage a Team’
With over a decade of business coaching, Suzzanne has seen first-hand the dramatic impact that the ‘team’ has on business success. Disengaged employees impacts not only the business owner but the whole team. This presentation gave the audience an insight into how they could transform disengaged employees into fully engaged leaders to create a high energy work environment.

Women4Women Speaker Series, hosted by Opportunity International
‘Transforming Disengagement into Purpose’
Suzzanne explored how to motivate and empower people to move outside their comfort zone and take their performance and engagement to the next level. Focused on giving employees meaning, impact and purpose, aimed to create harmonious, effective working environments.

Integral Women in Leadership
‘Seven Daily Top Tips by Suzzanne Laidlaw’
Through life, Suzzanne found a passion in helping others to achieve their personal best and their business best. For this Melbourne Cup Breakfast Event Suzzanne explored her ‘Seven Daily Top Tips’ that have helped her on her journey of life.

District 32
‘Converting Prospects into Raving Fans’
Suzzanne ran this business education workshop focused on ‘Making the Sale’ and goal setting.

Joondalup Business Association
‘#Press for Progress’
This international Woman’s Day sundowner had a focus on gender equality, women and work. As an Opportunity International ambassador, Suzzanne is proud to help women to have an equal opportunity to break the poverty cycle and create a better future.

Women of the West
‘Formula for Success’
Suzzanne was a keynote speaker for the Women of the West ‘Leadership Experience’, focused on dreams, visions, plans and action. “Suzzanne was really informative, content was very good, applicable and well presented. I thoroughly enjoyed today’s masterclass and will take a lot out of it to apply not only to work but also my personal live. It was one of the few training days I have been to and not fallen asleep due to the presenters and activities”.

WA Leaders
‘How To Make Every Employee A Profit Centre For Your Business’
As an industry expert for WA leaders, Suzzanne discussed the importance of building multiple and meaningful relationships in an organisation to build a strong and united culture. With alarming statistics about the level of disengagement in the workforce, Suzzanne aims to educate others on what can be done in their business to get their team members on the same page and loving what they do. After all, a happy workplace is a productive one!

Joondalup Learning Precinct
‘Wheel of Life’
Suzzanne guided members of the JLP through how to set SMART goals, manage their mindset, behaviors, and workplace relationships through goal-setting. Through the initial workshop and subsequent follow-up discussions, Suzzanne helped the team to successfully set & achieve their goals through a series of interactive activities and a reality adjustment exercise, thus inevitably building them to be stand out leaders in their field.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a range of approaches that can be implemented at your workplace to help motivate staff and keep them engaged in their work. Sometimes it’s the simplest gestures that make the biggest impact. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Ask employees what motivates them; see what needs to be changed or updated to ensure they remain satisfied and productive.

  • Reward and recognise wherever possible
  • Trust your staff
  • Offer flexible arrangements
  • Make employees feel proud of their work
  • Remember your mood affects employee motivation

Make organisational leaders visible and accessible

Firstly, decide where you want to go and what you need to achieve to get there. Then come up with SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic (or Relevant), and Time-based) goals that align to this vision. Having goals based around this acronym will help you to get really clear on what it is that you wish to achieve, and how you are going to achieve them.

The first thing is awareness of what you want to change or transform. Secondly, once the awareness is there, you need to actually want to change and be prepared to make changes. Sometimes people are aware that they need to change (i.e. they may want to lose weight or get fit or stop smoking) – in fact, some are aware of what they want to change for many years – but it’s committing to taking the actions required to make the change, for change to happen. Acting on the awareness is the third step, and the last step is following through consistently to make the changes permanent.
To summarise,

  1. Awareness
  2. Desire
  3. Actions
  4. Consistency / follow through / keeping the actions up (change takes time!)

You can give back through volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, charity or other means. Have a think about why your passionate about ‘giving back’ and decide who or what you want to have a positive impact on, choose a method that aligns with this goal. Whether it’s volunteering at a local event, helping a neighbour or making a monetary donation, do what feels right for you.

There is no simple answer to this question, it depends on who you are and what habit you want to create. For me it is all in the planning, make a plan for how you can incorporate this habit in your life and then make sure you are held accountable to that plan.

An amazing book that explains this well (and I would recommend that you read if you want to explore this question more) is Triggers: Creating Behaviour That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith (who is a top executive coach).

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