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Presenter Profile - ROSS DAWSON
Travels from   Sydney (Aust)
Based   Australia
Type   Speaker
Style   Inspiring, Authoritive, Insightful, Engaging, Compelling, Impactful, Memorable, Entertaining, Savvy, Content Rich
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Ross Dawson is globally recognised as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy adviser and best selling author!

Ross is Founding Chairman of four companies: international consulting and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, futures think-tank Future Exploration Network, leading events firm The Insight Exchange, and influence ratings start-up Repyoot.

Strong demand for Ross’s expertise has seen him deliver keynote speeches across six continents and consult to leading organizations worldwide such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, Microsoft, News Corporation, Procter & Gamble and many others.

He is author of the Amazon.com bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, now out in its second edition, and the acclaimed book Living Networks, which foresaw the social networking revolution. He also writes the highly influential Trends in the Living Networks blog, has written White Papers for organisations including SAP and Microsoft, and has published over 100 articles in leading publications worldwide.

Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, European Business Network, Channel News Asia, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows, Washington Post, CIO, Australian Financial Review, BRW and many others. Ross was recently named by Digital Media magazine as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia’s digital age.

Ross has run executive education programs and lectured at numerous top-tier academic institutions around the world, including Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of Virginia

Previously Ross worked in senior positions in London, Tokyo and Sydney with organizations including Merrill Lynch, NCR and most recently Thomson Financial as Global Director – Capital Markets. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from Bristol University and a Grad.Dip in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and is certified as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has extensive international business experience, and speaks five languages.

Ross is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker and EVERY keynote speech is FULLY CUSTOMIZED to the client and situation.


Ross’s opening keynote was a fantastic kick-off for the conference. His twin themes of the importance of networking and emerging technology trends set the scene for an great event. Feedback on his presentation was consistently excellent
David Cannington, CEO, ANZA Technology Network

Ross Dawson is an engaging speaker with the ability to get people thinking beyond tomorrow. He spells out what it will take for businesses to succeed in the knowledge-based economy of the future, providing a practical framework that audiences from any services industry can understand.
Charis Palmer, Managing Editor, Online Banking Review

I would like to thank you for contributing to our Professional Services Executive Advisory Council meeting in Miami. As the keynote presentation, you got the summit off to a great start in helping SAP and global industry leaders present to develop and define a long-term vision for the industry. Many of the follow on discussions referred back to the points you raised. Your insights and professionalism were evident to all in attendance.
Carr Phillips, Industry Marketing Director, SAP

Ross spoke at a senior management team offsite themed about partnership models. His presentation stimulated our thinking on several levels. It challenged our preconceptions about the value of information, the adoption and adaptation of new technologies, the shifts in client relationships and the networked economy. His thoughts on leadership and communication were extremely valuable in promoting a lively discussion. Ross is an innovative thinker and has a practical and engaging approach to presenting his ideas and knowledge. His contribution to our offsite was one of the keys to making it such a success.
David Dawes, Chief Operating Officer – Services, ABN Amro Australia

Ross Dawson is a very professional, well prepared speaker with a lot of well researched and very well presented material. He evinces a positive response from a wide range of participants.
Lyall Lukey, SmartNet Co-ordinator

Ross provided an extremely insightful presentation at the ADERANT client conference – particularly in terms of the global trends and issues in the professional services market, and how local firms can position themselves to turn these into a strategic advantage
Bruce Heaney, Vice President – Asia Pacific Sales, Aderant

Ross Dawson has achieved a remarkable synthesis of concepts that powerfully capture the zeitgeist of today’s business environment. Executives should heed his words, to clarify their role in shaping the emerging living global network of business
Doug McDavid, Conference Co-Chairman, IBM Symposium on the Coevolution of Business-Technology Innovation

Ross did an excellent job. He interpreted the brief very well and facilitated the workshop in a very professional way. I am sure we will have the opportunity to use his services again.
Matthew Birch, Head of Treasury and Capital Markets, BNP Paribas Australia

Ross Dawson was the keynote speaker at two events we sponsored and I have also seen Ross speak on other occasions. His talk is engaging and informative. Our feedback from his speaking averaged well over 4.5 out of 5 which is as high as we have experienced previously. His presentation was visual, entertaining and one of the most innovative and thought provoking keynote speeches I have heard over many years. His professionalism and experience shined through on every occasion.
Tony Dormer, Managing Director, Kreston Dormers

We would like to thank you for your valuable contribution at our Non-Executive Director Forum on technology. We have received very positive feedback from the attendees.
Angus James, Chief Executive, ABN Amro Australia

Ross was a very entertaining speaker. He captured the audience’s attention and held it for the duration of the presentation. His presentation style was very professional, interesting and he was very easy to listen to. He was timely, presentable and I would use his services again if the opportunity arose.
Mike O’Brien, Chief Investment Officer, AXA

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Creating the Future of Business

Powerful driving forces across business, technology and society are shaping our world. Online and mobile communication, globalization, attitudes to the environmental, generational change, rising customer expectations and many more issues raise vital challenges for companies. However these and other shifts also uncover extraordinary business opportunities. In this compelling keynote Ross Dawson shows what is shaping the future of business in your industry, and the steps you can take to succeed in this exciting world.

Leadership for Radical Times

The shocks and dislocation of the global financial crisis are leading us into a time of radical change on all fronts. The winners in this next phase of the economy will be those who demonstrate leadership to their customers, suppliers, and partners, by showing them how to shift to highly profitable new ways of working based on collaboration, integration, and transparency. Ross Dawson describes the leaders of today and tomorrow, and how they are turning radical change into massive opportunity.

Profiting from Technology Trends

Information technologies are transforming business and creating extraordinary new possibilities, however it is often difficult to keep on top of the key trends. Ross Dawson takes an entertaining and insightful look at the latest in technology and how to apply them to creating business value. He examines how to use social media to build powerful customer relationships and access new markets, apply online technologies to build a more efficient company, and implement tools for tapping global talent. This presentation is suitable for a general business audience such as association members, and can be adapted to different sectors and degrees of audience sophistication.

Embracing the Future

We live in a time of accelerating change, when the fortunes of companies rise and fall faster than ever before, driven by new technologies, global competition and heightened consumer expectations. We can choose how we respond to these dramatic shifts – in seeing the challenges before us, or seizing the enormous opportunities that are arising by embracing the future. In this inspiring and motivational keynote speech Ross Dawson provides clear insights into possibilities and potential of the world today, and the action you can take to create an extremely successful future for yourself and your company.

The Power of Social Media

In just the last five years, social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, blogs and far more have transformed how people communicate with friends, keep up with news, do business, and express their opinions on the companies they buy from. No organization can ignore the fact that their customers are talking about them with the world and large, and making decisions based on what they find on Internet, be it true or false. Many companies are discovering that social media in fact offers an extraordinary opportunity to market, build powerful customer relationships, and attract talented staff. Discover how you can make social media a driving force for your business success.

Competing in the Global Economy

The increasing pace of change in business is creating massive challenges and opportunities. The swift rise of communications technologies, global competition, regulatory pressures, and outsourcing are just some of the forces that must be understood and addressed in any effective business strategy. In this compelling keynote Dawson explains the MegaTrends of the global economy, the implications of a networked world based on talent and innovation, and the challenges and opportunities of generational change. From these he draws the key action steps organizations can take to prosper in a challenging environment.

Tapping Personal Networks to Drive Business Success

Research has repeatedly shown that an individual’s success and work performance are driven by the quality of their personal networks. Today, six degrees of separation are rapidly shrinking. We still meet people and develop many relationships face-to-face, however online social networks are adding many ways to connect with people, build relationships, exchange ideas, and create an extraordinary life. Those who have the skills and character to create value with others will prosper the most. In this compelling and highly interactive keynote address, Dawson will show how you can plug into the living networks to liberate yourself and create more opportunities for yourself and others.

Harnessing the Power of Innovation

In a globalized, commoditized world, the only remaining sustainable advantage is in consistent innovation. Networks, both inside and outside the organization, are the key to successful innovation in products, business processes, and strategy. Staff and their ideas can be connected in new ways to yield powerful outcomes. Even giants such as IBM, Boeing, and Procter & Gamble have realized they cannot be self-sufficient in innovation, making them adopt “open innovation” approaches, reaching outside to an entire world of talent. Open source software concepts provide a valuable foundation for many emerging commercial models. Dawson shows his audience the new frontiers of effective innovation, and offers practical prescriptions on how to innovate faster, better, and more effectively.

Building Exceptional Client Relationships

Today client loyalty seems like a thing of the past, with pricing, tenders, and procurement managers increasingly driving business. In this world, companies need to create clear strategies to build deeper and broader relationships with their clients. Relationship leaders can customize services, implement deliberate programs to develop trust, and ultimately lock-in their clients by consistently creating greater value. Ross Dawson, the world-renowned author of Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, provides key steps and inspiration to adopt the attitudes and behaviors of true relationship leaders.

Thriving on Information Overload

We are not only swamped with email, messages, meetings, and must-read information, but we are also expected to keep up with the latest industry trends and new technologies, not to mention our Facebook and Twitter profiles. In a world of extraordinary information overload, there are a clear set of habits, approaches and technology tools that can help us to master the tide and keep on top of it all. Those who learn to thrive on overload will be true masters of the information age..

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Business, Communication, Future Trends, Leadership, Marketing, Organisational Change, Strategy, Technology

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