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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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The Science of Recovery Breaks

The ability to press ‘pause’, even just for a few minutes so you can restore your energy and attention, is key to enjoying a sustainable career.  Yet so often we simply work flat out from dawn until dusk, because we have ’no time’ to even catch our breath.

This seminar focuses on the power of short recovery breaks for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and how you can integrate them into your day, no matter how busy.

  • Why do short breaks enhance wellbeing?
  • What type of breaks make a positive difference?
  • What about timing? Do breaks have a different effect, depending on time of day?
  • How long does a break have to be to have an impact? We cover the research examining the effects of micro-breaks (30 seconds) and mini breaks (1-2 minutes) right through to weekends and annual holidays.
  • How to integrate your break of choice into a day’s work.
  • First steps towards creating a team culture that encourages and supports punctuating your day with health, energy or brain breaks.


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The Art & Science of Changing Habits

Know what you “should” do for better health, or to work more effectively, but just don’t seem to do it?  Whether it’s diet or exercise, smoking or sleep, habits are tenacious and take more than a “just do it” attitude to change, despite what The Biggest Loser might suggest. You need skill as well as will.

In this seminar you will:
· Discover the top 4 ways we sabotage our healthy intentions.
· Understand what neuroscience tells us about the true nature of habits and what it takes to change them.
· Apply the critical success factors for developing long term health habits, into your own take-away action plan.

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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.


Sleep Your Way to Success

Delve into the latest scientific discoveries about the purpose of sleep and how much we really need.  This seminar goes well beyond the standard ‘sleep hygeine’ advice you can readily access online. Thea covers:

  • Where are Australians at when it comes to slumber? The top 3 ways we are wrecking our sleep.
  • The architecture of night time sleep, outlining the different sleep stages and how the structure of our sleep changes over the lifecycle, from birth to old age. Are there any gender differences?
  • Insights into the purpose of sleep – what actually happens when we close our eyes? We explore the links with mental health conditions.
  • How much is enough? You will self-assess the quantity and quality of your own sleep, while busting common myths.
  • Practical tips for getting more or better sleep once your head hits the pillow.
  • Time for Q&A: Bring your curly sleep questions. Eg Does a weekend lie in make up for late nights?   Can you sleep bank?  (ie stock up in advance)? Are coffee naps a good idea?


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Health by Stealth

 “No time” is one of the most common reasons Australians give for not engaging in healthier behaviours, such as more exercise or cooking healthier meals.  In this webinar we bring you the best health hack around to tackle this problem: Health by Stealth!    After briefing you on the research into ‘nudge theory’ and ‘stealth interventions’, and how they are often more effective than the ‘do this because it’s good for you’ approach, we get really practical and look at how you can instil health and wellbeing into your everyday work practices.  You’ll leave the seminar with your own ‘health by stealth’ plan that’s simple and actionable. A nudge here, and process tweak there, and you’ll be able to boost your health at work without having to think about it, or make more time.


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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