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Margie Warrell      

Global Thought Leader in Human Potential & Brave Leadership; Executive Life Coach & Bestselling Author

Find Your Courage. Stop Playing Safe. Brave. Make Your Mark. The titles of Margie’s four bestselling books reflect her passion for empowering people to live and lead with greater courage. Margie’s needed to find her courage many times since growing up one of seven children on a dairy farm in rural Australia. Personal adversity, backpacking solo around the world, starting a business with four children under five: all have taught her valuable lessons on building resilience, challenging norms and embracing change.

Today, Margie draws on her background in Fortune 500 business, coaching and psychology to arm people with the mindset, strategies and skills essential to lead themselves and others to better outcomes.

Margie's international experience has found her working with diverse organizations from NASA to the United Nations Foundation, British Telecom, Singapore Government and Australian Federal Police. She also sits on the advisory board of Forbes School of Business & Technology, is adjunct faculty at Duke Executive Education and has guest lectured at Columbia, Georgetown and her alma mater, Monash University in Australia.

A Forbes contributor and host of RawCourage.tv, Margie has been described as an ‘international authority on brave leadership’ by the Wall Street Journal. Her insights have also been shaped by her work and interviews with leaders such as Richard Branson, Bill Marriott, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Oliver Stone and fellow author Marianne Williamson. Margie has also co-authored two other books with Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield and Ken Blanchard. Currently undertaking her PhD, Margie’s work draws on the latest research in leadership, positive psychology and organizational change. Her programs have shown measurable improvement in leadership effectiveness, team collaboration, engagement and wellbeing.

A passionate advocate for gender equality and inclusive leadership, in 2010 Margie founded Global Courage to embolden braver leadership and advance more women to decision-making tables. She is a Women’s Economic Forum honoree and an Ambassador for Women in Global Business and Google’s Womenwill program. An adventurous spirit at heart, Margie’s travelled off the beaten track in 70+ countries. She’s crossed the Sahara Desert, stayed in Palestinian refugee camps, hiked the Inca trail, swam with piranhas in the Amazon and, perhaps bravest of all, cycled through Beijing. She has spent many years living outside Australia including in Papua New Guinea, the USA and is currently based in Singapore.

Margie is also the mother of four teenage children and enjoys sharing adventures with them and her husband Andrew—most recently summiting Mt Kilimanjaro.

Speech Topics


The Resilience Advantage: Master Change, Overcome Setbacks and Thrive Under Pressure

So many people are overwhelmed these days with the stressors of job insecurity, economic instability, meeting the conflicting demands of work and family and rapid organizational, technological and global change. Yet, despite these challenges, some people continue to thrive, relaxed, optimistic and healthy. These people are not blessed with a genetic covering of pscyhological Teflon, rather they have learned how to build the resilience required to bounce back from adversity, navigate uncertainty and soar above the stressors that pull others down. In this program you will learn how to recognize the causes of your stress, expand your capacity for life, and build resiliency skills that will bring life to your years and add years to your life. Drawing from the latest neuro-scientific research, age-old spiritual wisdom and her experiences as an executive coach and working mother of four, Margie will guide attendees to develop their own personal strategy for bolstering resilience and staying strong when pressures mount and adversity strikes. With her trademark Aussie pragmatism and humor, Margie will arm attendees with the inspiration and tools to face the challenges of an increasingly complex, competitive and changing world with greater courage, resourcefulness and resilience. Margie will discuss:

  • Harnessing our brains neural plasticity to build resilience over time

  • Strategies to build EQ and ensure emotions dont high-jack rational thought

  • The five steps to S.O.A.R.R. above crisis and stay calm under pressure

  • Daily rituals for managing destructive emotional impulses

  • Three steps to redraft sabotaging stories into ones that strengthen resolve, and self-efficacy, and promote self-confidence

Courageous Conversations

Speak up to build influence, deepen trust and build more rewarding relationships.

Whats your toughest situation? Talking with an employee about his performance? Saying no to your boss? Telling someone her behavior is inappropriate? Handling an angry employee or customer? Difficult situations have a thousand faces but one common structure. This program will show you the structure of tough conversations, how to prepare for and get them started, how to keep them focused and productive, and what to watch for so you dont get derailed. Bring some examples and get ready to practice!

Inability or unwillingness to engage to address the issues which undermine performance, damage relationships and limit success can be profound. In this presentation you will learn not only how to muster up the courage you need to speak up, but also how to:

  • Strengthen your EQ, and use it to better manage negative emotions in yourself and those around you

  • Remove barriers to meaningful conversation (including self-limiting beliefs about your ability to handle confrontation)

  • How to bridge the communication gap to avoid misunderstanding

  • Express anger without insult; disagree without being disagreeable

  • Stand firm in the face of those who seek to intimidate

  • Use awkward silences to enrich the conversation with greater ease

Choosing to Lead

How others see us begins with how we see ourselves. This powerful presentation will challenge beliefs that can undermine effectiveness and stifle leadership potential. Margie will engage audience members as she explores how even those who dont see themselves as natural leaders can identify and rewrite self-limiting stories, re-define the leader they are, and re-ignite the results they achieve. She will help them over-come fears and doubts, and find their courage to create a more compelling vision, confront the forces that threaten to undermine it, and take the necessary risks to change what no longer serves the best interests of their team or organization. She will empower them with powerful insights to become the kind of leader others can trust to speak the truth, stand firm in a storm and choose the right path over the expedient one.

Your audience will leave feeling more purposeful in what they do, more passionate about why they do it, and more inspired to create positive change with greater clarity, confidence and courage. Topics covered include:

  • The importance of leading from a foundation of robust integrity

  • The 3 core elements of trust (and how to rebuild it if damaged)

  • Why self-awareness and EQ are critical to success and how its used to expand a leaders circle of influence

  • The 5 fundamental conversations in which a leader must engage with him/herself and with others

  • How to apply the Ontological coaching framework to improve collaboration around goals, communication and influence within a team or across an organization.

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