Fit for the Future
Thriving, not just surviving, in a disrupted world
The world is changing faster than ever before. Digital disruption, global reach, and the changing workplace affect us all, and at all levels – individual, team, organisation, and community.
In the past, it was possible to resist the change and just get by, but that’s no longer an option because the changes affect us in so many ways. That’s bad news if you think you can get by with what has always worked before. But it’s exciting news if you’re willing to embrace the new opportunities.
(This is Gihan’s most-requested topic - suitable for all audiences, and tailored specifically for your industry)
The Future of Leadership
Building high-performance teams
Our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world needs a new kind of leadership. The world is changing so fast that “command and control” leadership no longer works.
The most successful organisations and teams move fast, change quickly, and adapt to their environment faster.
The Future of Innovation
Using foresight to stay ahead of the game
In a fast, flat and free world, innovation is not just valuable – it’s essential. Innovation today is far removed from the old idea of R&D silos, driven by structure, hierarchy, and striving to beat traditional competitors.
That doesn’t work anymore, and most disruption happens from new competitors, and often even from outside your industry.
THINK LIKE A FUTURIST
Make better decisions, faster
Futurists look broader, deeper, and further than most people. As writer William Gibson said, the future is already here – it just isn’t evenly distributed. Learn how to think like a futurist, so you can make better decisions – and faster.
Be more productive in a fast-moving world
Don’t let your days be controlled by overﬂowing inboxes and endless meetings. You can’t shut off the world, so learn how to embrace the chaos and use it to achieve your goals.
Build your authority and personal brand
Your personal brand is more important now than ever before. Stand for something that matters, and build a strong personal brand based on your expertise (what you know) and your network (who you know).
Deliver compelling experiences in a customer-centric world
Build your community by understanding your customers better, leveraging your most trusted relationships, and nurturing the key people in your community.
BUILD THEIR JUDGEMENT
Get the most from your rising stars
Make the most of your team’s skills and expertise by building their judgement so they gain experience, insights and wisdom that drives better decision-making, higher productivity, and unparalleled performance.
Lead and manage a distributed workforce
Great leaders find great talent everywhere. Use virtual collaboration and distributed teams to create high-performance teams that give you a competitive edge.
What People Say
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Dennis Teale, State Manager - Western Australia
“You have a lot of new fans in the Bendigo family. All I have heard about is how good the day was and how engaging and energetic your keynote was.”
St Stephen's School
Gerry Simpson, Director of Teaching & Learning
"Gihan was entertaining and on message. The audience loved everything about the presentation: the points being made, the way the points were made, the pace of the presentation, the take-aways, the humour."
Rockingham Lakes Primary School
Tim Sewell, Principal
“Gihan was engaging, insightful, entertaining, relevant and appropriately challenging."
Kim Kee, Director & PCO
"Gihan delivered an impressive Keynote which had the audience captivated. Communication leading up was very thorough."
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Libby Buick, Business Innovation Advisor
"Gihan exceeded our expectations in terms of professionalism, content and relevance. His approachable, energetic and entertaining presentation provided our organisation with a fresh perspective on innovation and how it can be embedded within our culture. Thanks Gihan!"
Jennie Milne, General Manager, Human Resources
“Engaging, incredibly thought provoking and more importantly, you were able to link the content back to our organisation so it resonated with the audience. It has given us a lot to contemplate in terms of how we can proactively support the business going forward. Thank you again for sharing your insights, expertise and humour with us. You were an incredible ‘hit’ with our team.”
Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers
Natasha Mutch, Corporate Communications Manager
"Gihan’s professional, thorough and collaborative approach were evident in all our dealings with him. Framed by Gihan’s entertaining presentation style, his relevant knowledge of key issues in local and global context, practical tips and tools for the workplace, and his understanding of emerging trends resonated with the group and contributed to our leadership conference’s success. Overwhelmingly positive feedback and light-bulb moments from delegates."
Joseph Dabbous, Learning and Development Specialist
‘Gihan was outstanding. We have a very diverse team with varying degrees of seniority. His message resonated with so many, and he understood our brief perfectly. Thanks Gihan for a perfect start to our conference!’
Allianz Global Assistance
"We were very appreciative of the work and preparation you invested in our National Summit. In the feedback, your presentation was listed as one of the most valuable features of the Summit."
Professionals Real Estate Group
Shane Kempton - CEO
"Gihan really hit the mark at our International Conference. His unique message and humour engaged my diverse member audience and left them feeling inspired and empowered. I have worked with Gihan over many years and I am always impressed with how he evolves his presentations with the most current and future trends."
Bank of Queensland
Terri Stewart, Event Manager
"Gihan was fabulous for the BOQ Breakfast Series. He was the consummate professional, incredibly flexible and a delight to deal with. His presentation was relevant and the audiences thoroughly enjoyed the content. We would happily work with Gihan again and recommend him to other clients."
Bansrelal Goshichand, Marketing Manager – Corporate Solutions
"Gihan’s candid style and humour won over the packed house from the moment he began speaking. It came as no surprise when he received the highest rating of all the guest speakers we had on the day. If you get a chance to bring him into your organisation or conference, I strongly recommend you do so before someone else books him."
Eszter Mattiassich-Aszody - Market Communications Manager and Business Partner
"Gihan delivered an engaging and thought-provoking presentation, and moderated the panel discussion with intelligent, well-researched questions. It has been a pleasure to work with him, due to his outstanding responsiveness, effective and always reliable communications, and easy-going nature."
Ford and Doonan
Andrew Ford, Group Managing Director
“We engaged Gihan for a keynote, then a half day workshop, for different audiences. All participants made special comment how they enjoyed Gihan’s presentation and what value they took away. His professionalism from my initial meeting through to post event follow up, was nothing short of outstanding”
Jay Walter, General Manager
“Gihan is an entertaining speaker providing plenty of food for thought, and takes you on a journey of thinking outside the square, thinking about how far we’ve come in such a short space of time and to ponder what the future holds”
Offshore Project Safe Forum
John Loughridge, Executive Vice President, DOF Subsea Asia Pacific
"Gihan delivered an engaging, entertaining and relevant session which held everyone's attention."
Bank of Queensland
“Gihan delivered 2 sessions for us and the feedback has been fantastic. He challenged our delegates thinking and left them feeling challenged in the best possible way!”
Robert Fedrick, Manager Talent
"Gihan's presentation was a great opening session at our recent senior leaders forum. He cleverly integrated his knowledge and facts about technology evolution and other global disruptions into a compelling story about the change occurring in our working lives, and how we can best respond to it as leaders and individuals."
Leading Age Services Australia Ltd
Susie Tillotson, National Events Manager
“Gihan was an excellent choice of speaker who was motivational, humorous and thought-provoking. With a Congress objective to inspire and challenge delegates ,Gihan fulfilled the brief perfectly.”
Susan Kreemer Pickford, General Manager WA
“Our delegates at the Engineers Australia WA leaders conference this year were enthralled by Gihan’s keynote address. His energy and enthusiasm (with a good dose of humour) engaged the audience and set the scene for the rest of the day.”
Australian Association of Practice Management
“We were extremely happy with Gihan as were our delegates for the Australian Association of Practice Management conference held in Perth 2017. Not only was I personally impressed with his professionalism and thoroughness but Gihan received an extremely high rating from the attendees (in fact one of the highest for our 4 day conference) and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to be informed, entertained and impressed! We need more Gihan’s in the world!”
Frances Burgess, Marketing Manager
"Gihan was extremely well received at our annual client event. The crowd was diverse in age, and Gihan’s presentation style and content meant everyone could relate to it. In our 12 years of holding client events, this is a rare occurrence! We would have him back anytime and highly recommend him as a keynote speaker. Thanks Gihan for making our 2017 client event so memorable."
Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association (ALUCA)
Jim Welsh - Chair
"You presented a vital concept with an engaging style, simplicity and panache, and I had many members tell me afterwards how much they had enjoyed it and how they had learnt so much, with many take-outs for them both professionally and personally. We count ourselves so very lucky that you were able to join us for the conference, and our members were thrilled that you took the time to speak to so many of them individually afterwards."
Col Fink - Chief Engagement Officer
"It was absolutely wonderful to have you speak at Thought Leaders Business School. You were insightful, entertaining, and hilarious. You managed to perfectly blend delivering your expertise, and exposing the thought leadership to the room. It was brilliant."
Group Training Australia
Leonie Stanfield - National Communications Manager
“Gihan is an expert at connecting with an audience and his keynote presentations at two Group Training National Conferences have generated overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates. The vast majority of people rating your session gave it a top score of 5 (awesome) for both content and relevance. Thank you for delivering an entertaining and productive close to the conference."
University of Western Australia
Di Regan-Roots - Associate Director, Student Administration,
"What a fantastic opening address for our conference. Gihan is such a personable presenter, his address was engaging, interactive, thought-provoking and immensely enjoyable, with the content being relevant and regularly cited by speakers throughout the two days of the conference."
Damian Long - Regional Manager - Residential WA
"Gihan provided a thought provoking, amusing and energetic opening to our Strategy 2017 Conference. Tailoring his insights to encourage us to embrace our ability to become ‘Change Agents’ enabled our team to take a different view on where our business is headed and explore avenues to collaborate with our customers. Truly a motivational and attention-grabbing session!"
"Gihan's keynote was incredibly engaging, pitched perfectly for our audience and received fantastic internal feedback after the event.”
“We had the pleasure of Gihan Perera presenting our biggest 2 Day Bootcamp for 2017. Gihan was one of many high profile speakers at our event and was regarded as the best of the entire event by a number of attendees. Gihan’s presentation was engaging, funny, insightful and inspiring, delivered with intelligence and charm. I could have listened to him speak all day. Highly recommend, five stars!”
City of Busselton
Nikki Shaw - Human Resource Officer
"Gihan provided a great opening to our staff conference, bringing a higher level of thought to participants about ideas and alternative perspectives about how we view the future."
Pharmacy Guild of Australia
"Gihan gave our audience an engaging and entertaining presentation. Importantly he adapted his key messages for relevance to our pharmaceutical industry."
Australian Property Institute
Kristy Anderson - Member Services Manager – Western Australia
"Gihan Perera is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is a dynamic and entertaining speaker, complementing our industry speakers perfectly, with an insightful glimpse into our future. The feedback we received from our delegates about his involvement was nothing but the highest praise."
AMP Financial Planners Association
Neil Macdonald, CEO
"Gihan was the opening speaker for our first national conference. He was interesting, entertaining and insightful - which helped set the tone for the rest of our 3 day conference. I wasn't surprised to see most attendees giving him the highest rating."
Telstra Business WA
"A great closing keynote presentation - engaging and thought-provoking. Our attendees loved it, and it rounded off the day perfectly."
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP)
Amanda Blesing - CEO
"Gihan set a new standard for our members. Great value, his content was fresh and new, plus inspirational and aspirational all at the same time. From an organiser's perspective he was extremely efficient and effective, delivered exceptional value and made my job of delivering excellence so much easier."
Australian Institute of Management, Western Australia
Andrea Walters AFAIM
"We had high expectations for Gihan for our annual event exclusively for AIM WA’s senior executive Professional Members. The event booked out in 24 hours and we were not disappointed on the night! Gihan was both informative and inspiring, and kept the energy in the room high throughout with his entertaining style and wit. His thought-provoking insights will be a catalyst for many of us to plan how our organisations can remain ‘Fit for the Future’."
Professional Conference Organisers Association
"What a brilliant way to open our conference - Gihan was a big hit with the PCOA delegates! His presentation was informative, thought-provoking and entertaining. He listened to our brief, worked with us to promote the conference and delivered tailored content that led to many great discussions amongst attendees. A delight to work with."
Queensland Law Society
"We engaged Gihan to deliver the closing plenary for our flagship event and from the moment he spoke we wanted to hear more. He had engaging and insightful observations on society, backed up with facts and sprinkled with self-deprecating humour. A rare speaker who can entertain and educate, Gihan gave clarity and confidence to our audience, and truly aligned his message with our event's theme. We would warmly welcome Gihan back to any future event."
"A great closing session to our leadership forum. Delivered with thought, humour and energy, Gihan shared challenging insights about the pace of change in a disrupted world. One of the most engaging and interesting speakers I’ve had the pleasure of working with."
Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals
Vicki Forbes, Executive Officer
"The content was intellectually challenging and stimulating, and the delivery was very professional and surprisingly humorous. We appreciated the academic rigour and research behind Gihan's presentation; even some of our most experienced members had a few light-bulb moments!"
Hands Across the Water
Peter Baines OAM
"Gihan was rated extremely highly by the delegates, delivering real value in a compelling and entertaining way. He was as great to deal with off stage as he was on stage. I would strongly recommend Gihan to a team looking for a high energy speaker to open or close their conference."
Simon Bernardi, Executive General Manager
“Gihan spoke at our recent Travel Partners Conference and received a perfect score from the attendees. His presentation was insightful, witty and captivated the audience through the entire presentation.”
Ideas for being fit for the future