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Minding Your Mind

Minding Your Mind

The cost of poor mental health is enormous. Aside from the cost of human suffering, the economic cost has been estimated by the Productivity Commission to be approximately 50 billion dollars a year. However, there are things we can all do to maintain and improve our mental health.

In this entertaining and informative keynote James will discuss the things we can all do to maintain and improve our mental health.

In this session audiences will learn about:

  • Dealing with burnout - a growing issue costing Australian businesses billions of dollars a year. Identifying early signs and taking steps to address them is crucial.
  • The physicality of mental health. When we feel anxious or depressed, trying to think our way out of it (‘Just stop worrying’) rarely works. Addressing the physical effects can be more effective. For example, if you are anxious, slow your breathing and relax your body.
  • 7 practical things, all evidence-based, we can all do to improve our mental health and live happier lives.
  • The importance of being socially connected for good mental health.
  • The importance of understanding and taking care of our body clock.
  • How do we change? We are not set in stone. If we are anxious or impatient or shy, there are specific things we can do to change.

Persuasion and Influence

Persuasion and Influence

How do you persuade people? When you have an idea, how do you get others on board to help you turn it into something real? Sadly, lots of good ideas never get anywhere. How can you make sure that yours do?

Being able to persuade is an essential skill. You might have an idea at work, something you want to pitch in a meeting, or a proposal you want to excite clients and customers about. You might want to get your team fired up, persuade your boss, or even harder, one of your kids. To do it, you need to know how to persuade, and how to influence.

In this compelling and informative keynote, James will share practical strategies that will enable people to be more persuasive and influential.

In this session audiences will learn:

  • How do you work out who the decision maker is? How do you get to them?
  • How to form a relationship of trust with the decision maker.
  • The importance of standing in the decision maker’s shoes. What do they want? What do they need? What problem can you solve for them? How can your proposal be valuable to them?
  • How to boil a complex argument down to its essence and present a short, sharp and compelling pitch
  • No one wants another problem. The importance of offering a clear, practical solution
  • How to find and enlist influential supporters

Women Intuitive Network leadership team

Pauline Nguyen - Testimonials

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Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers

How can a prime number be ‘sexy’ and ‘safe’ at the same time? Why shouldn’t Aussie cricketers be scared of the number 87? And how many bacteria live in your pants …

All the answers and more are in Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers. This is a book for readers of all ages who love numbers, who want to love numbers, or who just love to laugh and learn about the wonderful world we live in.

For 15 years Adam Spencer has been entertaining us. On triple j and ABC radio and television, he’s established himself as Australia’s funniest and most famous mathematician. And now, by popular demand, we have his Big Book of Numbers, a fascinating journey from 1 to 100.

Adam Spencer's Mini Book of Numbers

Our very own Sultan of STEM, Crusader of Calculus, Prince of Pi — Adam Barrington Spencer — is back in 2019 with more teasing, tantalising and tricky maths games, puzzles and quizzes for young and hungry minds.

Scared of square roots? Petrified of Pythagoras? Frightened of factorials? Let Australia’s funniest mathematician enthrall and entertain as he demystifies numbers in this bumper new edition.

Adam Spencer’s Mini Book of Numbers follows on from the bestselling Enormous Book of Numbers (2015), Number Crunchers (2016), and The Number Detective (2018), and is guaranteed to keep kids aged 6—12 occupied for hours on end.

The Number Games

Who’s smarter — a four-year-old chimp or a four-year-old human? How much does it cost to stop a computer virus? And will you really become a billionaire at 31?The answers to all these questions — as well as over 100 brainbusting and mind-bending number games, puzzles and quizzes — are in Adam Spencer’s The Number Games.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 6 or 60, this fascinating adventure from 1 to 100 is the perfect way to exercise the grey matter, keep you on your toes … and make you, well, generally AWESOME!

So sharpen your pencils and get ready for a most exciting battle: Adam Spencer’s The Number Games.

Adam Spencer's Top 100

Which number terrifies ogdokontaheptaphobes? Why would you watch the same clock for 14 years? And have you met the 23-milliondigit prime?

Bursting at the seams with puzzles, quizzes, games, numerical trivia and fun, this is the ultimate book for maths nerds and anyone with an inquiring mind.


Yottabytes, massive diamonds, the 1800s version of Fortnight – not to mention more pizza! These are just some of the marvels explained in Adam Spencer’s Numberland. Australia’s funniest and most-loved mathematician is back with a brand new book bursting with fascinating facts, perplexing puzzles and querulous quizzes.

How does GPS work? Could you solve a $1,000,000 maths question? Can honey bees really count? And what do you do when your smartphone locks you out … for 48 years? The answers to all these questions and much, much more can be found in 2019’s most captivating nerd fest. So hold tight as we venture down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of Adam Spencer’s Numberland.

Adam Spencer's Maths 101

The Curly Questions Your Primary School Kids Will Ask You (With the Answers!)

Adam Spencer’s Maths 101 is the reassuring maths book companion for parents and their children tackling primary school level maths. If you’ve ever been challenged mathematically (and who hasn't?), then Adam Spencer is here with this crucial refresher to help you confidently assist your kids learning maths for the first time.

Covering basic maths methods and concepts taught in primary school, Adam breaks the numbers down to their bare bones so parents can not only hit refresh on their own understanding, but also see the clever ways they can bring these lessons to life for their kids. Ordered in easily digestible sections, Adam Spencer’s Maths 101 is presented with hundreds of diagrams, exercises, simple steps and explanations so you will never be bamboozled again or embarrassed in front of your children.

Well-known for his maths acumen and comic radio and television entertainment, Adam makes maths fun for everyone. Under his wing, parents will discover that they really did understand maths all along and that helping the kids is actually a doddle. If you're concerned about your child's maths skills and want to know how to help them, Adam Spencer’s Maths 101 is for you.

MC and panel hosting specialist

MC and panel hosting specialist

Adam has hosted award-winning breakfast radio shows in Australia’s toughest markets and live current affairs TV. He has won improvised Theatre Competitions and once interviewed John Travolta in front of 75,000 people. Whether it’s a technically demanding event with dozens of moving parts or flying by the seat of your pants, he prides himself on the level of energy, engagement and entertainment that he always provides whenever on stage.

With 25 years of experience in television, radio and events ...  Adam loves curating challenging, thought-provoking conversations. He has interviewed Prime Ministers, Hollywood Stars, Fortune 500 CEOs, Nobel Prize-winning scientists and Australians of the Year … and was the first person in the world to ever interview our legendary Thai cave rescuers

Adam loves doing the research and crafting the narrative that helps people tell their story. Informative, fun and guaranteed to contain takeaways you’ve never heard before. If there is only time to ask one quick question of a speaker before moving on, you know it will be an awesome question. If you give him 10 minutes, just watch what he can get out of them.

All done with an obsessive focus on keeping to time that only 15 years of breakfast radio can give you.

If you want your CEO, your experts, and your customers brought to life in a conversation from 3 minutes to an hour let’s chat.

Mathematics education and the importance of numeracy

Mathematics education and the importance of numeracy

As Australia’s most famous "popular" mathematician, Adam has been entertaining and inspiring educators, parents and kids with his joy for all things mathematical. His 2013 TED talk on Monster Prime Numbers has had over 2 million views and is regularly voted one of the top 10 best TED maths and science talks. Adam was one of the featured speakers in Carmen Gallo’s 2022 book Talk Like Ted - The 9 Public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds.

Audience takeaways

  • The joy of mathematics
  • The importance of maths and stem education
  • Encouraging girls into maths and science
  • Cool maths facts you can use to blow other people’s minds

How digital transformation will change work and business forever

How digital transformation will change work and business forever

Your mobile phone has the power of what 20 years ago was the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Artificial intelligence, right now, can do multiple aspects of your job faster and more accurately than you can.

Don’t put all this in the too-hard basket, let me show you how to make this technology work for you today and carry you into tomorrow.

Audience takeaways

  • How powerful are everyday devices - you’re carrying a supercomputer in your pocket!
  • Why you must understand how AI, in particular large language models, like ChatGPT can help your business
  • Tips for keeping up if you feel overwhelmed by the pace of change
  • The power to be drawn from the youngest people in your workforce

Cyber Security - Beware the cat video!

Cyber security - Beware the cat video!

The old days of cybercrime are long gone. You remember that email we all got - from the former Prince of Nigeria who needed to get $1,000,000 out of the country AND FAST. All he needed from us was our bank account details. Well, that is not cybercrime today. Cybercriminals pivoted as hard as any industry during the pandemic. In 2023 - whether it is catphishing, ransomware, or deep fake videos - cyber is a new game altogether. It is slick. It is personalised. And it is everywhere.

A cybercrime is reported in Australia EVERY 7 MINUTES. In 2022 Telstra alone blocked over 300 million fraudulent SMSs and 400 million dodgy emails. Who knows if one of them could have crippled your business.

In this keynote Adam will share examples of the cutting edge best, or should I say worst, examples of cyber-crime currently happening … outline the sheer scope of cyber-crime in Australia and the types we Aussies are particularly susceptible to … I’ll give you practical tips you can employ right now to improve your cyber security … and explain how your people and your culture are just as important as your software. Or as I like to say “you’re only as strong as your weakest link … and that link is Gary from accounts - who just LOVES cat videos”

Audience takeaways:

  • The cutting edge best, or worst, examples of cyber-crime currently happening
  • The sheer scope of cyber-crime in Australia and the types we are particularly susceptible to
  • Protecting your business is a people and culture issue as much as a software one

Winning the numbers game in our digital world

Winning the numbers game in our digital world

Australia’s favourite and most entertaining mathematician shows you how technologies like AI, Cyber Security and ChatGPT are disrupting business. And how you can win in this world.

In this dynamic, thought-provoking and very funny presentation, Adam Spencer award-winning broadcaster, national comedy champion, and internationally acclaimed TED speaker will show you:

  • How Artificial Intelligence will impact every industry and how to harness its potential
  • The crucial role every worker plays in your cyber security
  • The business potential of holding a supercomputer in your hands
  • How to keep up if the pace of digital disruption feels overwhelming

Laugh and learn with one of Australia’s most dynamic and engaging minds.

Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner NSW Rural Fire Service

Adam Spencer - Testimonials

One of the most enjoyable, open and honest public conversations I've been part of.

VP Marketing and Comms, General Electric

Adam Spencer - Testimonials

The best interview of General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt I've ever seen.

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