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Do you want to inspire your delegates or colleagues to live and work with true vitality?

Book Thea O’Connor as an inspiring speaker for your next event.


Personal Sustainability KeyNote Speaker

Inspire your audiences with fresh perspectives on how to help your body and mind adapt and thrive in the digital age.

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No matter what your profession or chose life path, Personal Sustainability is vital to your long-term livelihood and career success.

That’s especially true when you take on a leadership role, and need to function at a higher level. In this cutting edge Keynote, also available as an interactive half-day Master Class, Thea O’Connor will reveal how you can increase your energy and attention by better understanding, and working in tune with, the internal operating systems of your body and mind.

Improved health and wellbeing doesn't just improve your weight, your cholesterol and your fitness .

It also has a direct impact on key leadership capabilities such as managing change, staying focused on priorities, communicating with influence, and even your integrity.  In this presentation Thea reveals the links between self-care and superior leadership performance,   which brings a new level of importance to staying healthy on the job.

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My unique "Follow Up" feature is included in speaking fee.

As an event organizer, I’m sure you wonder what kind of return on investment you get from one-off presentations.

Well, Thea’s evaluations show that after a presentation over 95% of attendees say they are inspired to a make positive changes in their lives.

But we all know this enthusiasm can wane quickly.  That’s why Thea includes a follow up webinar for conference participants in her speaking fee, that is designed to help embed longer-term behavior change.

Conference Add-On

Give your conference delegates some serious light relief with a 10 minute presentation “Nap before you Snap”, followed by a 15-minute powernap or meditation. Ideal for the after-lunch time slot. Why not let us organise a Nap-Zone for your delegates?

As the world’s origingal ‘Naptivist’ Thea is not interested in business as usual. She’s more interested in what works – and if that means embracing the powernap to boost energy and attention – then bring it on!

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Technology: can’t live without it, but how can we live with it and stay healthy?

ICT has become a central and valuable part of our lives, and it’s here to stay. But the way we engage with technology nearly always leads us to disconnect from our bodies’ needs, and overload our distracted minds. Covering topics from multi-tasking to ‘screen apnoea’ and ‘information obesity’, Thea presents cutting edge discoveries about the way the Internet affects our health and our productivity. You will come away with practical strategies for becoming an embodied user of technology, boosting wellbeing as well as workplace performance.

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How to Create Sustainable, Healthy Work Habits

Know what you “should” do for better health, or to work more effectively, but just don’t seem to do it? Wish you had more motivation and will power to succeed in health or organising your working day? In this workshop you will come to understand why it takes more than discipline to sustain new behaviours. Thea covers the science of habit formation and the psychological orientation that will give you the best chance of succeeding. Leave with critical success factors for developing healthy work habits, and self-care practices, long term.

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We don’t need another GFC – Great Fatigue Crisis!

Anti-dotes to White-Collar Fatigue. While fatigue is clearly acknowledged as a serious risk in most blue-collar industries, white-collar fatigue is an insidious but frequently denied problem. In this presentation we explore how tiredness and fatigue affect knowledge workers’ critical resources – such as the ability to focus on what’s important, higher-order decision-making, mood or creative thinking. Thea highlights the personal and workplace practices that can mitigate the dangers of white-collar fatigue and ensure a steady supply of daily energy and focus.

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Nutrition and Stress

The more stressed we get, the more likely we are to under-eat, over-eat or simply not take time to prepare nutritious meals. Conversely, our nutritional status influences how well we cope with the stressors of life. Identify and come to better understand your own stress-eating cycle. Learn how to use food to protect your body and mind from the effects of chronic stress. IMAGE: Ben, nutrition and stress


Sleep Matters

Is sleep one of the first thing that goes when your life demands increase? Either the quality of your sleep gets worse, or you simply go to bed later? Research shows that even small amounts of sleep deprivation (eg just one hour less per night) can add up to have quite damaging effects on our cognitive capacity, mood and productivity.

The seminar explains the fundamental role of sleep to wellbeing, how much we really need, the different stages of sleep we cycle through in a night and how our lifestyle – including diet, exercise and stress – affects the quantity and quality of sleep we get when we hit the pillow. Includes practical strategies for getting more sleep or better quality sleep.


Healthy Working Women

Working women know better than most that they need high-levels of wellbeing to fulfil on their work-life goals and commitments. To survive, adapt, excel and live well, women need energy, endurance, flexibility and some peace in their lives. However too many women constantly struggle to not be so busy and tired and experience more peace in their lives. This seminar will show you how to design a work-style that suits your unique body-rhythms and how to generate daily energy and calm in 5 – 15 minutes.

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Breaking the Body Image Glass Ceiling

Too many women today secretly feel a failure because they don’t measure up to our impossible, cultural beauty ideals. That’s a recipe for unhappiness and disempowerment. How can women stop wasting valuable life resources – time, money, effort and attention – on body worry, and channel them into meaningful life goals instead? In this research-based presentation, Body Advocate Thea O’Connor, offers practical steps to help women break though the body image glass ceiling into the empowered state of feeling comfortable in our own skins.

Examples of Speaking Engagements:

  • The Happiness Conference The largest positive psychology conference in Southern Hemisphere (2014, 2017, 2019)
  • The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium Australia’s premier annual event for women in leadership
  • Adelaide Festival of Ideas (2018)
  • CPA National Congress Annual industry event for certified accountants.
  • The CEO Forum Group Exclusive network for CEOs and HR practitioners of multi-national companies in Australia.
  • Positive Schools Conference National conference on positive education & wellbeing (Australia and Singapore)
  • Queensland Teachers Union Conference, Brisbane
  • North Coast TAFE, NSW Leadership Forum.



Happy Keynote Clients

I thrive on encouraging people to develop the inner attitudes, daily practices, and group norms that will allow them to live and work with zest.

"Thea is one of the most accomplished MCs I have come across. 
She was always well prepared to welcome world calibre speakers on stage. One of her talents is her ability to prime the audience and set the right vibe to make the event a success. I would highly recommend Thea to anyone wanting to engage her services as a MC, as a coach or as a meeting facilitator.

Tony Rothacker, Chapter Director, Start Up Grind Coffs Coast and Manager of the Innovation Hub, Coffs Harbour.

"I would like to congratulate and highly commend Thea O’Connor for her inspiring, witty, sensitive, engaging and informative presentation at our Forum held at the Royal Women’s Hospital. "

Meg Gulbin, Manager, Absolutely Women’s Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.

"I really thought you were one of the most vibrant and captivating speakers I’ve ever seen. Great work!”"

Network Central Business Women’s Breakfast attendees, Sydney

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