Something big is coming!

Something big is coming!

For all our friends in the Employment Services industry, this is for you! We’ve listened to the challenges. We understand the problems. And we’ve created something that we think will have the answers!

This exciting new venture will launch at the National Employment Services Association (NESA) Conference in a months’ time.

If you want to be the first to know all about it, head to our website and sign up to our mailing list so you can receive first access to a whole heap of awesomeness!

Get your Network on in July!

If you’re keen for a little business networking and want to see Maria live in action, then you may want to be in Melbourne next Thursday (25th of July)!

Maria will be presenting as Keynote Speaker for the Southern Cross University Business Networking Event at Foy’s Arcade in Melbourne, with the event hosting a huge range of online students, academics and industry leaders.

Maria’s Keynote presentation, The Power of Certainty, will focus on the big “what’s next” question and understanding the importance of having a clear vision of where you want to go, based on the idea that our values and beliefs can drive the best outcome.

Want more info? We’ve got everything you need right here! Seats a filling up so get in quick!

Flying High

We’re officially half-way through the year and Bounce is showing no signs of slowing down! So many incredible things are happening here in Australia, but have we mentioned all the cool things happening in the US?

With aeroplanes now being her second home, Maria set off for a whole two weeks in June to lend her incredible voice to the Geographic Solutions, Working Technology Conference in Monterey, California as a Keynote Speaker. Speaking on the importance of engagement and connection, the packed room listened, learned and laughed, taking away some great insights to filling their cup to keep their minds and bodies healthy.

But that’s not all that happened on Maria’s trip! She also had the pleasure of training five new Bounce USA trainers, teaching them the ins and outs of the Bounce Methodology and the science behind what we do here at Bounce.

All in all the trip was a huge success, and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Geographic Solutions for inviting Maria to speak and be a part of your incredible conference, and the Bounce USA team for putting together such great training.

Is your Emotional Intelligence higher than you think?

While trawling through research papers and googling new and exciting studies (a huge part of what we do here at Bounce), we came across this handy little article from www.inc.com.

Short and to the point, “If You Say Yes to Any of These 8 Questions, Your Emotional Intelligence Is Higher Than You Think” gets right to the heart of why it’s so important to develop Emotional Intelligence – especially in business. If you have a spare minute, take a look, it will give you a good gauge of where your Emotional Intelligence is at.

If you or your team could do with an EQ boost, give us a call. We can take your Emotional Intelligence to new heights with our flexible training and coaching packages, designed specifically to meet your needs.

“Best session I’ve been to. I wish it was longer. Every person who works with other humans should have to do this.” – Cara Jarrett, People Branch – Department of Jobs and Small Business

“Maria has a wonderful manner and an amazing depth of knowledge on the subject. I learnt a lot about myself and the way I interact with clients and how I can improve both myself and my interaction.” – L.S. Matchworks Ballarat

Trainer of the Month

So many great trainers and so little time left in the year! Our trainer of the Month for July is none other than the amazing and inspirational Belinda Postill! Belinda has lived the majority of her adult life motivating people through training and education across the Northern Territory and Victoria – and it is still her passion to this day!

When she’s not in the training room, she’s spending time with her amazing kids, volunteering for her community and taking fun to a whole new level with Roller Derby – Awesome!

The knowledge, experience and passion that Belinda brings to her role is astounding.

“I never get tired of meeting my participants and supporting them in whatever their journey is; seeing them learning to back themselves for their knowledge & experiences. And I think I learn as much from them as they do from me!”

On behalf of everyone at Bounce, thank you Belinda, you are an inspiration to us all, keep being amazing every single day!

Tip of the Month

“When we stop learning, we stop moving forward. Everything we could ever hope to learn is right at our fingertips (literally), so take your passion and strive to know more every single day!”

– Maria Smith

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Action takers, how to go bold and be brilliant

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 their 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!

By Maria Smith, Bounce Way Finder.

Managing Change with NDIA

Last month Maria was honoured to be invited to speak at the National Disability Insurance Agency conference, delivering a presentation on change, resilience and managing stressful situations to around 70 people.

Held in Geelong, this national event hosted employees from all over the country in various roles within the NDIA, from the GM to admin personnel.

Maria delivered tangible, practical tools for staff to manage themselves as individuals, as well as others within a team – and she had a blast (as you can see from the pic!).

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at NDIA for giving us the opportunity to support such an incredible team of people.

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. We all know that Employers have responsibilities to their employees, but have you ever thought about what your responsibilities are to your employer? Let Maria walk you through the basics right here!

Trainer of the Month

It’s that time once again for us to tell you about another of our incredible and inspiring trainers! June’s trainer of the month is none other than the beautiful Lisa Miki!

Lisa has lived in Mildura for most of her life and worked in the security industry for over 15 years, gradually her attention moved to training and that’s where our story begins! Starting at Bounce in February 2018, Lisa is an amazing source of inspiration for her participants. Her fun and cheeky attitude gets students up and moving, giving them a proactive outlook to building their best life.

As well as being an extremely committed and engaging trainer, Lisa is the mother of two wonderful kids and is an avid Melbourne Storm supporter. Lisa lives by the rule “Conduct yourself in such a way that when someone speaks bad of you, no one believes them.” And it shows!

Thank you so much Lisa for your true dedication to not only being a Bounce trainer but also a wonderful human being! Your passion for your work is an inspiration to people every single day!

Tip of the Month

“You can learn a lot about someone and how they see the world by just sitting back and listening. Take note of the words they use, their facial expressions and body language. Listen without judgement or bias and you will gain a new level of social awareness.”

– Maria Smith

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Waiting – The Adversary of Success

Waiting – The Adversary of Success

Waiting – The Adversary of Success

I could tell you that success is something that you’re born with or is something that lands on you once you hit a certain age but, unfortunately, that isn’t true. Success is a series of little actions taken by you to get one step closer to what you want to achieve.

The thing is, these little actions are where we get all confused, and I don’t think there is a person on earth that hasn’t made this mistake, myself included.

Have you ever had a BHAG© – a Big Hairy Audacious Goal? Something so huge and amazing and thrilling that you got super excited about? You’ve got the goal in mind, and you’re pumped… then you wait. You don’t have the time right now. You don’t have the support right now. You don’t have the energy right now, but you’ll get on that really soon…

This is the trap. We’re so busy staring into the future looking at that big shiny goal that we’re ignoring the right now. Each day we do this, is a step not taken and a goal not achieved. There is a solution. Stop waiting. There is no perfect time, no perfect situation, there’s only you and the path to where you want to be. Nike had it right “Just do it”. Do something, do anything, make that call, google that thing, go to that training, it’s up to you.

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
Founder and CEO

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. Ever have those pre-interview nerves? Want to know how to completely demolish them and walk into the interview feeling confident and relaxed? Maria’s got you covered! Watch the video right now and get those good interview vibes!

Trainer of the Month

The month of May celebrates many things, Star Wars, Youth Week, and most importantly Mother’s Day. What better way to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives than by saying a big thank you to an excellent Mother, Grand Mother and Bounce Trainer of almost two years, Kristine Zimmer.

From a young age, Kristine knew she wanted to lead a life of helping people – it’s like she was born to be a Bounce Trainer. She studied and practised nursing for many years, delivered First Aid, health and community programs, and taught swimming for more than 26 years, with her eldest daughter representing the Australian Swim Team (wow!).

Kristine has two kind and courageous sons and four beautiful shining daughters, who have given her and her husband of 42 years three adorable grandsons and says “Together they fill my heart with pride and it overflows daily with so much love for them, it is such a privilege to be their mother.”

The care and love she shows her friends and family flows straight into her programs and into the hearts of her participants. Thank you, Kristine, your life long passion for helping people from every walk of life is inspiring, and it is a privilege to have you be a part of our Bounce family.

Tip of the Month

“Try to view your biggest challenges as your greatest opportunities. By understanding what isn’t working, we are inadvertently being shown what does work – it’s all about perspective! ”

– Maria Smith

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Fostering an Innovative Workplace with Google

Fostering an Innovative Workplace with Google

Google is one of the largest tech companies in the world; being so big they take their employee satisfaction and development very seriously, offering free meals, exercise areas and professional development as standard. They also conduct extensive research in how to improve employee satisfaction and then share it with the world – Thanks Google!

So where can we see this science-based information? The website Re:Work of course! To quote the website itself, Re:Work “is a curated platform of practices, research, and ideas from Google and others; it’s designed to help you use data and science to make work better, no matter where you call work.” And its pretty cool!

To get you started we’ve found an awesome guide that will take you through information and actual tools you can use to build a more innovative workplace. Check it out here:
Foster an Innovative Workplace

AXIS Employment and EQ

April kicked off with Maria presenting at the AXIS Employment Conference, delving into the world of Emotional Intelligence and how it functions within the workplace. Covering more in-depth topics such as the Model of the World and Dopamine levels, her presentation was a smash hit with the team giving some amazing feedback.

“As usual, you were fantastic, inspiring and very on the mark with what you delivered. I have had some fabulous feedback from many staff saying how much they enjoyed your session and how they have taken such a lot from it. We are all busy filling our cup to ensure our dopamine levels are up.”
Viv Watson – Executive Director of Operations

We want to thank the team at Axis Employment for welcoming Maria once again and for having such a proactive stance on employee development. Another day, another company taking their skills to the next level!

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. There’s more to job interviews than just turning up, and in this month’s video Maria takes you through some amazing tips to help you relax into it, impress the interviewer, and nail the job interview. Watch the video right now to get prepped for your next interview.

Trainer of the Month

Born in Yugoslavia (now Croatia) and moving to Australia when she was 10, our Trainer of the Month for April is a woman so strong and motivated to contribute to the lives of others that we’re going to struggle to explain her brilliance in just a few paragraphs.

When she first moved to Australia, Blazenka Krasey could not speak English and struggled to find her place, battling with shyness and emotional stress. Jump forward a few years and here she is, walking into her training room every day with the confidence and charisma that would put even the best motivational speakers to shame.

Outside of the training room, Blazenka makes sure she gives herself time to discover the world. So far she has traveled to New Zealand, Bali, US, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and is now planning to go to India – wow!

She values spirituality, health, growth and contribution which shines through in her incredible delivery style. Thank you Blazenka, for being a guiding light every single day!

Tip of the Month

“Don’t spend your life looking backwards only to fall over hurdles that were right in front of you. Growth means learning from the past and looking forward, towards a better brighter future.”

– Maria Smith

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Webinar? More like Weba-yeah!

Webinar? More like Weba-yeah!

The very first Bounce Webinar, Engaging the Disengaged, was a smash hit with almost 100 people signing up to watch Maria give some brilliant insights into engagement techniques.

With such a huge response from all you beautiful Bouncers out there, the team has decided to make the free webinars a regular thing! Yay!

We will be hosting another webinar in mid-May so keep an eye out for more info! If you have a topic that you want to know more about or have some feedback that you’d like to give about our last webinar, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us here.

Remember, if you registered for the webinar but couldn’t make it on the day, the replay is available for you to watch in your own time for the next few weeks. Call or email us if you’re unsure how to access the replay.

5 Surefire ways to Grow as a Professional

Whether you’ve been working in the same role for years or are currently in-between jobs, developing yourself professionally, on an everyday basis, is a habit we should all embrace.

Easier said than done, right? Well, this article from Bizcover has some really simple tips to keep your mind sharp and your skills on point. Check it out here.

Stepping Back in Time for Charity

The team at Bounce are never ones to shy away from a great night out to support a great cause. So the annual Feast on the Fairway was the place to be last week in Maryborough.

The night boasted a roaring 1920’s theme, complete with the Maryborough Big Band busting out the biggest hits of the ’20s and a projector showing classic movies in the background – All in support of cancer research!

The biggest hit for the night, besides the amazing swing dance lessons and incredible three-course meal provided by local eateries, was the huge announcement by Maryborough District Health Service that from July 1 this year, MDHS, in partnership with Ballarat Health Service, will be commence providing a public Oncology service locally.

This is big news for everyone in Maryborough, as locals previously would have to travel an hour to Ballarat to receive regular treatment.

This annual event is such a welcome addition to the community, and we cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone looking to network, support a good cause and enjoy a great night out. Well done, once again, to everyone involved!

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. Are you stuck going in circles thinking there are no jobs near you? What if they were closer than you think? In this months video, Maria lets you in on a little secret about job hunting that will change your whole point of view! Watch the video right now and get the easiest job hunting tip of all!

Trainer of the Month

Described as a “ball of passion”, our Trainer of the Month for March 2019 is none other than the beautiful Pina Cerminara!

Pina has been with Bounce for over two years and is a true influencer. She specialises in creating real and immediate change in her participants and with each positive outcome created, she gains more and more momentum. There’s no stopping this juggernaut of absolute passion.

“I spent most of my life hiding in the back of school classrooms and board room meetings, I now spend most of my working day being seen in front of groups of people. I have come from the back of the room to the front, where I get to teach people life and work skills as well as inspiring them to find their true potential.” – Pina.

Thank you, Pina, for being a true guiding light for those who need it most. You’ve done such incredible things over the last two years with Bounce, and we can’t wait to see what the next two years bring!

Tip of the Month

“Great communication skills are vital for success in every area of life. It’s not just about the words we use but our body language, tone, empathy and so much more. Do your research, build your skills and watch everything else fall into place.”

– Maria Smith

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Our gift to all Consultants out there!

Our gift to all Consultants out there!

On March 13 we will be presenting a completely free Webinar, open to all those working with job seekers, focusing on modern skills to engage the disengaged. We’ll delve into the Psychology of beliefs, emotions and actions as well as providing real strategies to work with a range of different situations and personality types.

This webinar is our gift to you, to show our appreciation. We see how hard you work every single day, striving to get the best outcomes for your clients and we want to help. So, mark March 13 in your diary (even if you can’t be there) and keep your eyes peeled for more information!

The USA comes to Australia!

We’ve written so many articles about trips to America; conferences, meetings and programs are booming in our sister country so it’s only natural that we’d spend tonnes of time over there. But for the first time, a little piece of America is coming to us! That’s right! For two whole weeks our Vice President of Operations for Bounce USA, Teri Britschgi, is coming to stay and learn all things Aussie when it comes to Bounce! To say that we’re excited would be a little bit of an understatement! Teri is not only a vital part of Bounce USA, she’s also an incredible friend of all of us here at Bounce. Many a Bounce employee has been treated to the luxury hospitality of Château De Britschgi in Washington State. So now it’s our turn to play host in what we’re all sure is going to be an incredible visit! With only a week to go before Teri arrives, we’re all busy preparing. The crew at Headquarters have put together a jam-packed schedule including shadowing our General Manager, Kelly, popping into both corporate and job seeker programs, as well as finding time to help out the community with the relay for life event in Maryborough! What a legend! So, if over the next few weeks you see Teri tagging along with someone from Bounce HQ, remember to say hi and tell her all about Vegemite and drop bears!

Planning for the Future with ETC

Our awesome clients at ETC kicked off the New Year in style with a two-day Strategic Planning session, specifically tailored to their business! Both Maria and Kelly developed and facilitated the two days at the end of January, honing in on vision, mission, the future of employment services and tonnes more! The team at ETC came to the sessions with a massive amount of energy and positivity, making the experience something to be remembered. Absorbing every piece of information and working as a tight-knit team, the group brainstormed and planned for the coming years. Maria and Kelly couldn’t be happier! “One of the best Strategic Planning days I’ve attended – The time flew which in itself shows how informative and engaging the day was. Very Enjoyable, very productive, thanks.” – R.M. ETC Employee If you’re interested in strategic planning for your business, get in contact with our General Manager, Kelly Mason, via phone 0419 326 694 or email kelly@bounceaustralia.com

Trainer of the Month

February is the month of love, and what better way to show our love and appreciation for our trainers than talking about a woman we love so much we awarded her Trainer of the Month TWICE! That’s right; we’re here once again to say a massive thank you to our spectacular trainer, Noula Petrarca! According to the lovely Noula, the last 12 months of her life have been “Amazing”. Living the philosophy of “do a job you love and get paid for it, and it won’t feel like work!” shows through every day with Noula. Every day she enters the room with such passion and energy, inspiring people to live their dream – Basically, she’s nailing it! “I know Lady Gaga said this, but I’m sure I said it first ‘It takes one person to believe in you and it can change your life’ I relay this to my groups all the time. I’m still learning, but my biggest lesson has been, when you find your gift in life, the purpose of it is to give it away.” It is amazing to watch you inspire so many people with your caring and passionate nature, and seeing them flourish after you have weaved your magic. Once again, thank you Noula.

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. Feel like your resumes are going straight in the bin? Well, in this video, Maria tells you how to make sure your resumes stand out from the rest to give you the best shot at the job you want! Get your typing fingers ready because this video will get you motivated! Watch it now!

Tip of the Month

“Valentine’s Day is a great reason to tell the people around you how much you appreciate them. Take advantage of this. Be genuine, be honest, and be thankful that they’re in your life.”

– Maria Smith

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