Trekking for Charity

Trekking for Charity

Maria has been out and about a lot this year, between facilitating corporate sessions, attending conferences, and going from meeting to meeting, Maria has definitely gained some frequent flyer points. But September’s trip was something extra special. For six days, Maria, along with 21 other adventurers, such as Karla Gilbert, Sam Riley and Pat Rafter, trekked up and down Lord Howe Island (and when we say up, we mean UP!). This amazing experience raised funds for the LifeChanger Foundation and pushed everyone to their physical limits.

The group took in the best sites and experiences of this world heritage, natural wonder. With seven stunning peaks to climb and seven incredible bays, swimming holes and natural aquatic wonders to explore, there was definitely no time to be bored.

Scaling the sides of mountains with nothing but a thin piece of rope for her safety, Maria pushed herself more than ever before, and we couldn’t be more proud! … Just don’t ask about her elbow.
If you’d like to know more about the incredible work that LifeChanger are doing or want to see some great footage of Maria’s trek, head over to the LifeChanger website by clicking HERE.

Get your “me time” with YMag

Get your “me time” with YMag

There is no better feeling after a long working week than sitting down in the sunshine, with a cup of tea (or wine), and flicking through a magazine, getting in your 10 minutes of “me time”. Well, let us show you the magazine you’ll want to wrap your hands around for this weekend’s relaxation session; The Shine Issue of the spectacular YMag has hit shelves, and it’s brilliant!

What makes it even better is just a few pages in, you can see Marias beautiful, smiling face! That’s right, our illustrious leader has been picked up by YMag and quizzed on Bounce’s inspiration, effect and future of training and coaching! What makes it even more exciting is that this issue has been accepted into the January Golden Globe “goody bags” in Hollywood!

The magazine is jam-packed full of amazing stories just like Maria’s and tackles the heart of business, showcasing premium products & services, for women yearning to have it all.

Head to the YMag website to find out more!

International Indigenous Youth Symposium, NZ

Our amazing friends at LIFT Social Enterprise and JMP Consulting have been extra busy this month organising and hosting the 2018 International Indigenous Youth Symposium in Hastings, New Zealand. This inspiring event, aimed at participants from service providers, government agencies, employers and other young people, was held on the 11th and 12th of October and focused on exploring effective rangatahi (youth) engagement, youth entrepreneurship skills, succession planning in the workplace, organisational collaboration and youth employment successes.

Maria had the honour of being a keynote speaker alongside Bounce trainer, Atarau Hamilton, and delivered vital information around youth and employer engagement. But the biggest honour of all was bearing witness to the rangatahi (youth) performing the Haka in homage to two of their young leaders.

“It was such an inspiring and incredible experience to have so many people from so many walks of life, all together in the same room. Words can’t describe the feeling witnessing such an inspirational display of respect.” – Maria

Visit the LIFT Facebook page to see all the updates from the event and click here to watch the brilliant Haka performance.

Janelle is rocking her new role in Queensland

Our Queensland accredited programs have exploded in popularity! And with high demand comes the need for extra support! With that in mind, we would proudly like to introduce the motivated, energetic and super awesome, Janelle Clarke!

Janelle has taken on the role of Business Developer for Queensland as of October 20th and will be working with the amazing team of Queensland Trainers, ACE Community Colleges, Employment Providers, Community Groups and the wider business community.

Janelle graduated from university as a Health and PE teacher and soon discovered her ability to travel and teach at the same time with an additional TESOL qualification. 27 cities and 25 years on, Janelle has landed back in her hometown on the Gold Coast with a wealth of knowledge and experience under her belt.

As an advocate of holistic approaches to education and life, Janelle enjoys living life ‘out of the box’ and the adventures along the way in life’s big classroom. “Life is about the journey, not the destination”.

If you’d like to have a chat with Janelle about securing a booking or just want to say welcome to the team, you can get in touch via her mobile – 0448 196 728.

More Tips from Jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria helps you uncover your superpower. Get your red cape ready and watch the video now!

Trainer of the month

Our trainer of the month for October is someone who has been with Bounce for just over six months. Kind-hearted, adaptable to change and positive, Prue Howard has helped us out more than we can say!

Before joining Bounce, Prue had been delivering programs for over four years in the life skills area, working to inspire people of all ages.

Each month we ask a trainer what they think is interesting about themselves. Prue, not knowing what to say, decided to ask her 11-year-old son his opinion and he replied with one of the best quotes we’ve heard so far – “while other people your age are slowing down, you’re speeding up.” And that couldn’t be any truer of our Prue!

Prue is compassionate, caring and inspiring to watch in her programs. She engages people with such ease that she becomes a part of their lives.

“In order to live our best life, we must choose to step into our fears instead of turning away from them.”

We can’t thank you enough, Prue, for everything you do for your participants, the sites and the team here at Bounce. You’re just Amazing!

Tip of the Month

“It’s been said so many times, but it’s true; what you put in is what you get out. So fuel your body with the things that it truly needs and watch yourself thrive!”

– Maria Smith

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Get out the cheer squad for our new team member

Get out the cheer squad for our new team member

It’s time for a new era of Bounce amazingness! We are proud to officially announce Bounce USA’s first full-time employee, Jennithan Cortes! As of yesterday (the 10th of September) Jennithan will be taking on the role of Vice President of Business Development for our USA arm of the business, and let me tell you, there’s no better man for the job!

Jennithan hails from Boston, Massachusetts, and is an experienced, self-motivated professional with over twenty years of demonstrated success in business management. Just like Kelly here in Australia, Jennithan will be in charge of developing the business and building and maintaining relationships with clients.

“Bounce brings together all the different facets of my professional and personal life, under one umbrella. Bounce gives me the opportunity to invest my time, energy and passion in working together with people and organizations. Seeking well-rounded growth, and being able to provide unique solutions that bring about success in a friendly, supportive and respectful manner. To be in a position to make such an impact and bring about great prosperity for others is more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle, and I look forward to it.”

Jennithan has been working alongside Bounce since its USA beginnings in 2011, and already has a good knowledge of the business. With a wicked smart sense of humour and diverse working history, Jennithan is going to fit right in with the rest of the Bounce crew.

There’s no stopping our new Bounce trainers in NZ

August saw Maria jet-setting off once again to visit our friends from Lift Social Enterprises in New Zealand. With some fresh trainers joining the crew, Maria delivered our specialised Train the Trainer program across two days. What an honour it is to be able to get out there and empower trainers to create a space of change for the Bounce participants.

A big welcome to the Bounce Community Angela Spooner, Irone Broughton, Regina Cachuela and Graeme Ewart! Congratulations on becoming the newest Way Finders for New Zealand!

Matt’s away (and the calendar’s filling fast!)

Typical! While we’re all slaving away at our computers, Matt’s living it up in Europe, basking in the sun and working on his golf swing (not that we’re jealous or anything). For those of you who didn’t know, Matt is officially on holidays from the 31st of August to the 2nd of October, travelling around the world and seeing the sights!

Not to worry though, there’s heaps of support for everyone while Matt is away; Kelly (0419 326 694) and Chris (0400 610 808) are still available for all your program needs.

In other news, 2018 has been an amazing year of growth and outcomes for job seekers. With only a few months left, our training calendar is getting very full. If you’re looking to book a program for your job seekers before the end of the year, you’ll need to be quick! We only have a couple of dates left for October and only a handful left for November (We’re also starting to take bookings for January and February 2019!).

While Matt’s away you can get in contact with Kelly on 0419 326 694 or Chris on 0400 610 808 to secure your bookings before you miss out!

More Tips from Jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria teaches you how to take the conflict out of your home and work life. Get this awesome tip by watching the video now!

Trainer of the Month

Last month we looked at one of our incredible USA trainers, so for September we want to show our appreciation, and introduce you to a New Zealand trainer who is taking his role to a whole new level!

Atarau Hamilton is a 23-year-old Bounce trainer whose passion for transforming the lives and mindsets of his regions Rangatahi, goes above and beyond. Highly respected and extremely influential with young people, Atatau puts his heart and soul into his work.

Atarau comes from a background in sales and customer service, which has developed his incredible facilitation skills and his passion for education and training. He is fluent in Te Reo Maori and incorporates Tikanga into his facilitation and training style.

Being a Bounce trainer requires dedication, determination, and most of all, passion. Atarau has all of these things and so much more. Thank you, Atarau, for inspiring others to live their very best life.

Tip of the Month

“Success is not a solo mission. Surround yourself with people who support and inspire you, the journey is better when it’s shared.”

– Maria Smith

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Bounce is Hiring

Bounce is Hiring

Bounce are looking for a new Business Developer based in the Brisbane, Queensland area. We’ve had some huge growth in the last 12 months and need someone to join our team that is jam packed full of integrity and accountability to help out with training bookings and relationships.

Bounce is a dynamic and flexible company that has been around since 2006, working with job seekers and professionals alike. We’re highly respected in the field of training, with work that spans right across Australia, the USA and New Zealand. Everyone here at Bounce prides themselves on our attention to detail, quality of training, outcomes and exceptional customer service. Our programs are specifically designed to meet our clients’ needs and no one program is the same. We only employ the best of the best and that’s how we guarantee our services are second to none.

Recently, we launched accredited training with our Queensland training partner, ACE Community Colleges. Together we deliver the Bounce LifeSkills Program through Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways and now we need an experienced Business Developer to manage a small team of trainers and build sales of the accredited and non-accredited programs through client relations. The role involves travel throughout the major catchments of QLD so applicants must have a reliable vehicle.

What Skills and experience do you need?

  • Demonstrated Sales background
  • Experience working in Employment Services is preferred
  • Relevant business experience and/or qualifications
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of Employment Services and clientele
  • Strong motivation for Sales
  • Excellent time management skills

What are the details?

  • Full Time position
  • Phone and Laptop provided
  • Mileage Allowance paid
  • QLD based

Does this sound like you or someone you know? Spread the word and apply now! The role of a lifetime is just one application away!

How do I apply?
Simply [click here] and apply via the Seek advert – it’s that easy.

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What a conference!

What a conference!

What a huge few days it has been at the 2018 NESA Conference in sunny Brisbane! With so much laughter, prizes and, of course, networking jam packed into those 2 days, we’re all surprised to see Maria, Bec and Matt so energetic!

First of all, we want to say a massive congratulations to our prize winners! Coming in first place is Rose Scown from Centacare Employment who walked away with a brand new Apple iWatch, and in second place is Kerrie Cooke from Australian Employment Training Solutions, with the prize of a delicious bottle of Strathmuir Shiraz. Well done and we hope you enjoy!

Secondly, we want to thank everyone who came to chat to the Bounce team at the booth. What a great group of people you are! With all the conversations, laughs and of course, cocktails… well, let’s just say Kelly is incredibly jealous that she couldn’t be there.

Finally, we’d like to thank NESA for once again putting on such a great event and bringing everyone together to not only have a great time but also giving us the opportunity to learn new things and get industry updates from the people who are in the thick of it.

Remember, just because the conference is over for another year doesn’t mean that we can’t keep in touch! If you’re interested in the services that Bounce provides or just want to say hi, give us a call and have a chat, we’d love to hear from you!

Imagine the possibilities #SeriouslyClever

Your employees are the heart of your business. Whether they take care of your customers, create your products or write your reports, your employees are the foundation that makes the business what it is. Investing in their professional development is one of the most important decisions you can make as a leader.

We show you how to move your business from good to great with stellar leadership, confident customer engagement, insightful communication and positive workplace cultures. Click here to know more!

Action takers, how to go bold and be brilliant

We live in a time where employees are no longer numbers on a clipboard, they’re needed and appreciated, and having employees that are happy, productive and excel in their work is more vital than ever before. A massive piece of this is corporate culture, and some of the largest and most successful companies have turned this into a fine art.

For example, Netflix evaluates their employees by the abilities and accomplishments rather than the number of hours worked, creating a culture of self-starters and accountability. DreamWorks holds events and parties that encourage employees to showcase their personal work and projects to boost confidence and appreciation. Companies like Adobe, Google, Facebook, and Amazon build their incredible work cultures by investing in their employee’s professional development.

You may not be able to hold large parties or have the luxury of changing the entire business model, but you can give your team the skills they need to go from good to great. Maybe upskilling your team hasn’t crossed your mind yet and that’s okay, but remember a business or company name alone is not what makes it successful, it’s the people behind the scenes that work hard every day, yourself included, that make it happen. This is where innovation begins, and success stems from. This is how you go bold and be brilliant – together!

More Tips from Jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria helps you create your own positive anchors to make you feel confident in your next interview. Hold your head high and watch the video now!

Tip of the Month

“You can’t do everything all at once but no matter what your goal is, know that you can do it, you just need to take the first step.”

– Maria Smith

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