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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Another incredible trip!

It’s been a little while since we’ve given you a Bounce USA Update but the wait is over! Three weeks ago, Maria and Nettie embarked on the 21-hour journey to Boston, Massachusetts, to visit one of the Bounce Programs and catch up with the Bounce USA trainers – as well...

Working with CatholicCare NT

There’s no doubt about it, Maria’s an incredible facilitator, which is why she is in such high demand! It’s lucky we have a great calendar system here at Bounce, or we’d never know where Maria was off to next! Last month Maria delivered a Goal Setting workshop to a...

Bounce goes Remote… Again!

Bounce trainers have been busy once again with NESA, delivering the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS). RSAS is a government funded initiative that aims to boost the attendance rates in remote areas of Australia by educating providers and locals on new ways to...

Welcome to the team Mindy!

It gives everyone at Bounce great pleasure to introduce the amazing Mindy Renner, our new Business Developer for Queensland! Mindy’s role here at Bounce is to support the launch of Bounce and accredited programs in partnership with ACE Community Colleges in...

Top 10 Emotional Intelligence Tips

EQ stands for Emotional Quotient, otherwise known as Emotional Intelligence, and is a measure of a person’s adequacy in areas such as self-awareness, empathy, and dealing sensitively with other people. In business, EQ is vital to build strong working...

Where’s your integrity?

Integrity. It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot, employers want it, employees need it and training companies talk it up, but no one ever actually discusses what it is. In short, integrity is being your word, doing the things that you said or implied that...

Breaking the mould with The Life Changer Foundation

This month we’re not sending you our normal newsletter. Instead, we’re sending you a personal message. A message about something very close to our hearts and something that Founder and CEO, Maria is intensely passionate about; so passionate that last week she walked...

Better Life for Low-Income Earners

Mobile phone plans are not an easy thing to keep up with, especially when you’re going through a bit of a rough patch financially. Even the minimum payment plans give you barely enough call time to phone your mum on her birthday, let alone call employers to find out...

Oh hi, 2018!

Well, here we are! We’ve eaten our body weight in Christmas ham, set off our fair share of party poppers to welcome the New Year and caught up on some much-needed rest and relaxation, and now we’re ready to get cracking on everything that’s happening in 2018! We’ve...

5 Tips to Stay Focused on your Dreams

We all dream. Images, ideas, emotions and sensations happen in our mind involuntarily, while we sleep. It’s also been suggested that dreams are a connection to our unconscious mind and that they manifest from our deepest desires and anxieties. Even though...

HUGE Announcement for 2018!

Before we take a look at the year gone by, we wanted to let you all in on the big news for next year, and when we say big we mean BIG! Of course, we will be looking to expand our services in New Zealand and America but the biggest news of all… *drumroll please*… We...

Big News in a Little Package!

This month we’re are proud to be announcing a different type of adventure. It’s not New Zealand or America but something a little closer to home. Welcome to the world, little Max Harold Mason! That’s right! The long awaited Bounce Baby has been born! In true Kelly...

Kelly is on Maternity Leave!

After a long 9 months, Kelly has finally decided (meaning the doctor decided for her) that it’s time to head home and get ready for the little bundle of joy coming her way. As of Friday the 3rd of November, Kelly is officially on Maternity Leave. Kelly will not be...

Get ACTIVE with your job seekers in 2018

Providing 6 clear techniques, the specifically designed ACTIVE Model helps consultants become a more trusted and influential point of reference to job seekers. By using these points, you can create better communication between you and your job seeker and fine tune...

Are you ready for the DES transformation?

The DES sector is about to experience the biggest shift in service delivery since its inception. Do you have a comprehensive readiness plan to make sure your business not only survives the first 18 months but also prospers in the competitive new world? Bounce can help...

Join us for the biggest get together of the year

Every year the National Employment Services Association (NESA) host a huge networking event, and for the past 5 years we’ve gathered up our banners, posters and lollies and headed off to meet the wonderful people who make up the world of Employment Services. This year...

Bouncing into New Zealand

Bounce has taken that next big step and headed into new territory! On the 12th of June, Maria was invited to run a series of workshops for Employment Consultants in Auckland and Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, focusing on skills to help engage disengaged youth. “One of the...

Gforce & Life Skills

Life Skills is our passion, it’s what we do, and so when we get asked to run a pure Life Skills program we jump up and say “yes please!”. The inspirational people at Gforce, Geelong, locked in a solid 2 weeks of pure Life Skills for 10 lucky job seekers. Gforce are an...

Facilitation at DOE

(Image Left to Right: Stephen Moore, Chief Information Officer Employment Systems; Maria Smith, Bounce CEO & Founder; Kerryn Kovacevic, Branch Manager, Online Services Development and Engagement Branch.) On the 10th of May, with materials and luggage in hand, Maria...

Leadership in Tennant Creek

Once again Maria is jet setting off around the country delivering RSAS leadership training to those in remote communities (don’t know about RSAS? Click here!). First stop was Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Maria has just spent 2 days in the town speaking...

10 Years of Bounce!

Bounce is officially 10 years old! To celebrate, over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at all things Bounce. With everything from flashbacks to embarrassing happy snaps even we’d forgotten about. You’ll learn things about Bounce that you didn’t even realise...

Getting Your Hands Dirty to Stay in the Game

We’ve all been there, either as an employee, manager or business owner; where we think all our processes are perfect and our methods are unquestionable. I’m not saying this sense of satisfaction isn’t true, of course you should be proud of what you have achieved,...

Write a Job Winning Cover Letter

First impressions; yes, we all have them. Even though we are told not to judge a book by it’s cover, we all do it to some degree anyway. A cover letter is your crucial first impression on a potential employer, so it needs to be fabulous. It needs to knock their socks...

The REAL way to unwind & chill!

"Have a glass of wine. It will relax you." "These may make you have weird dreams, but you'll sleep." "You just need to get away and relax. Go on vacation!" Three coping mechanisms, three different suggestions. But which one of these actually works when it comes to...

3 Steps to handle criticism

One of the greatest fears that we all have in common is the fear of being criticised. It can be the primary reason why people don't like to speak in public, talk in meetings, even post something on social media sites - all because we're afraid of what people will say,...

Colours to wear for an interview

In today’s job market in which companies might interview dozens of potential clients for one position, first impressions are more important than ever!  One important and often overlooked aspect of an interviewee’s first impression is colour.  The colour of...

Top Qualities Employers Look for When Hiring

Get the Low Down Here Gone are the days when the only way to get hired was to present all of your qualifications and list every single one of your skill set down on a piece of paper; we are living in the year 2015 and there are higher priorities to organisations now....

Rapport and Communication Breakthrough In Alice Springs

Alice Springs 2014 Week 1 – Amanda Hamill My first morning with the group was definitely a very different feel to any groups I have been with before…………… my first thought was ” Wow a tough crowd!” Eight sets of very blank eyes staring at me. My first thought was I...

The Community of Doomadgee, QLD Educate Phil

Pop 1400 – Aboriginal community Day temps 36-37 Overnight temps around 20 MONDAY Day 1 Landed at the Doomadgee airport just before 10am after flying out of Cairns at 6am via Mt Isa. Picked up by Les the site manager with another trainer who flew on the same flight to...

Bounce Consulting WINS Silver Stevie Award

Bounce Consulting WINS Silver Stevie Award for Company of the year in Business Services Winners to Be Celebrated at Gala Banquet on 10th October in Paris, France The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and...

Bounce Named in 2014 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards

Source: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/Asias-Top-Businesses-Named-in-2014-Asia-Pacific-Stevie-Awards-1903854.htm Bounce Consulting has just welcomed their second Stevie award Winners in the new Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only business awards program to...

Job readiness training — with an Australian twist

Source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20140223/COLUMN73/302239995/ | By Aaron Nicodemus The Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board has brought in an Australian company to help low-income young people find jobs — and more importantly, to keep them. Bounce...

Maria bounces into the American market

Source: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2078170/maria-bounces-into-the-american-market/ | By Chris Pedler Feb. 10, 2014, 5 p.m. EXPANDING: Maria Smith’s employment consultancy business is launching in America. Picture: A BUSINESS and its Carisbrook origins...

Bounce Boss Wins Big

On November 9, 2013, at a lavish awards ceremony in New York’s famous Times Square, Maria Smith of Bounce Consulting was named winner of the silver Stevie in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category. But it wasn’t just one win for Bounce – it was two. Bounce...

Bounce Culture: New uses for tin foil

Meet Lachlan, our travel-frustrated IT guy. Whilst being left alone in the office for a week, Lachlan found Tin Foil deep within the bounce kitchen cupboards. This is what came about…

Bounce Boss Scores International Honour

Everyone’s bouncing at Bounce’s HQ today with the news that Bounce Director Maria Smith has been named as a finalist in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand category in the 10th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will...

United mental health sector calls for real mental health reform

An alliance of 46 mental health sector organisations and stakeholders are calling on all political parties to commit to five specific and sustainable reforms to mental health services, following the release of the most significant Report into mental health in over a...

Bounce Goes to Washington

Bounce Consultings’ suite of training programs, namely Bounce LifeSkills, targeting the long-term unemployed, has been taught throughout Australia for the past seven years. With over 87 percent of participants finding employment after completing the program, Bounce...

When Bounce Met Fitted for Work

When I was asked to run The Bounce Program in partnership with the organisation Fitted for Work, I was very excited. I had longed dreamed of running a program with a group of women that creates an opportunity for personal empowerment that included personal grooming...

The B.U.I.L.D Project Finale

On July 2, Bounce celebrated the completion of The B.U.I.L.D Project by holding The B.U.I.L.D Project Finale. B.U.I.L.D, a twelve month educational training resource initiative, was designed by Bounce to accomplish three things: address employer and workforce...

Bounce nominated for Business Award

It’s just the beginning of award season and Bounce is already getting noticed. Nominated for its apprenticeship program, Bounce attended the Powercor Business Awards last month where staff member Fiona Smith was nominated for a business award. Fiona is a former Bounce...

The YAE Program

The Young Adult Empowerment (YAE) Program is a Ballarat-based initiative that provides young adults with the opportunity to productively participate in the workforce and to take control of their lives. The YAE Program supports disadvantaged, disengaged &...

Bounce introduces The B.U.I.L.D Project

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations have allocated funding to Bounce Consulting, to provide local businesses in the Central Goldfields and surrounding regions with professional development opportunities. Bounce Consulting will provide...

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