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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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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Another incredible trip!

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 as escape the freezing Victorian winter of course. Being Nettie’s first time meeting the trainers and everyone that works at Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board (where the Bounce Program is currently being licenced), she was overrun with incredible stories, hugs and screams of excitement – literally!

While the girls managed to slot in a quick trip to Salem to learn about witches, the short five-day visit mostly consisted of drop-ins, meetings and planning for future growth (and boy is there about to be some growth!).

Maria and Nettie got to drop in on day one of a Bounce Program, where Maria told her story and chatted with the participants about what they want to get out of the program. It was an incredible experience and an amazing group of people.

Thank you to everyone that made our trip such an incredible experience – we couldn’t ask to be involved with more motivated and inspiring people.

Being a working mum isn’t easy!

Maria is an incredible facilitator, trainer, public speaker and, of course, mum to her son, Lucas, and step mum to Tom, Liam, and Georgia. With all the hard work she puts in balancing work and home life, it’s no wonder she was invited to contribute to “Working Mums – Stories by real women on how they manage children, work and life”.
This incredible book takes you through people’s real-life experiences, struggles and ultimately successes in being a working mum, all with the aim to support the growing population of women who choose to don the red cape and begin the perpetual juggling act that is working and raising children.

With a huge range of influential Aussie mums jumping on board to share their stories, the book contains titbits from people such as musician Missy Higgins, radio host and comedian George McEncroe, and of course the lovely Maria Smith, Founder and CEO of Bounce!

If you’re a working mum or are about to become one, then you can go past the newly released “Working Mums” book! Inspired by the struggles and hilarity that working mum’s face on a daily basis in Australia, the book contains real stories and experiences from women just like you.

“Working Mums is a must-read for every mother. Filled with inspirational stories of amazing women who share the reality of the beauty and challenges of combining motherhood and work.” – Peace Mitchell, AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School

If you’d like to know more about the Working Mums Book and maybe even purchase a copy for yourself, you can head to www.workingmumsstories.com or www.finch.com.au/books/working-mums

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria gives you simple tips to help build rapport. Give yourself the edge in interviews and watch the video now!

Trainer of the Month

This month we’re featuring a very special trainer. Not only is she a career counsellor, offender employment specialist and certified professional resume writer, she is also our very first American Bounce trainer to be featured in the newsletter! So today, we proudly introduce the amazing Cheryl Kelly!

Cheryl has been with Bounce USA since its beginning in 2014 and has been supporting job seekers in achieving their goals ever since! Using her experience, skills and knowledge, Cheryl works with clients of all ages and backgrounds ranging from participants in Transitional Assistance Programs, low-income youth and adults as well as dislocated job seekers and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce.

Cheryl is no stranger to Workforce Development having spent the past 21 years as a career counsellor and case manager which has taught her the importance of assisting individuals in their transition into the workforce leading to self-sufficiency. Before that, she was a legal assistant for ten years concentrating on working with court-appointed attorneys and their clients.

Maria and Nettie had the privilege of popping into one of Cheryl’s programs during their last visit. It was only 2 hours into day 1 and participants were already sharing stories, laughing with each other and making new connections. There’s no mistaking Cheryl’s passion for supporting others in times of transition; it shows in her compassionate delivery and the faces of her participants.

Thank you, Cheryl, for your dedication to your participants and your never-ending passion for delivering Bounce. You’re a star!

Tip of the Month

“Your brain is at its best when it’s jam-packed full of dopamine. Give yourself a boost by exercising, socialising and rewarding yourself for a job well done. You’ll notice the difference – trust me!”

– Maria Smith

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Working with CatholicCare NT

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 group of fantastic people from CatholicCare NT in Alice Springs! The workshop focused on communication, supporting job seeker goals and writing effective job plans.
“Maria’s training was fantastic and our team walked away with a lot of practical skills and engagement techniques that we have already started to apply in the workplace. The lessons learned from the day will be so valuable in helping our staff see beyond just the requirements of the computer and legislation and into building genuine rapport with our clients. The GROW method is already helping us to develop more realistic and relatable goals with our clients.” – Dylan McKinley, Regional Manager CatholicCare NT – South East Alice Springs
CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory. Their mission is to contribute to a society that values all its members by strengthening individuals, families and communities in ways that respect their dignity and culture. They’re doing some amazing work, so check them out by clicking HERE.
If you’re interested in some professional development for you or your team, give our General Manager, Kelly, a call on 0419 326 694 or email kelly@bounceaustralia.com

More Tips from Jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria takes you through different ways you can train your brain. Become more focused, increase your knowledge and think more clearly! Watch it now!

Gamifying Employment

While wandering around the internet, getting myself up to date on the latest Employment Services news, an article caught my eye, ‘Tomorrow Me – Young Workers Gamification Project’ – Gaming and Employment? Awesome!
This brilliant initiative is a team up between VicHealth, Creative Victoria, game design agency Millipede, Education Services Australia and Foundation for Young Australians. The aim is to use “gamification” to push youth forward into sustainable employment. Just like your phone counts your steps and rewards you when you hit your goal, the new ‘Tomorrow Me’ app looks to be heading in the same direction with reward-based tasks.
While there doesn’t appear to be a launch date as yet for the exciting new employment-based game, planning seems to be well and truly underway, and I for one can’t wait to see the end result!
For more information on the ‘Tomorrow Me – Young Workers Gamification Project’ head to the Vic Health Website or CLICK HERE.

Trainer of the Month

Our trainer of the month for June is someone who has been with Bounce for just over six months. Kind-hearted, resilient and positive, Judy Jefferies is an unstoppable force of amazing!
Before joining Bounce, Judy was training in the corporate world for an incredible 22 years but decided a shakeup was needed. She stepped out, got her qualifications and joined Bounce soon after (yay!). Judy says that getting her trainer qualifications was the best thing she’s done, and to be accepted by Bounce was just ‘the icing on the cake’.
Judy is compassionate, caring and amazing to chat with. She gets incredible employment outcomes with job seekers and the site she delivers to love her so much they have booked her back to back!
‘I feel so privileged that each day I can help change the lives of people and impart some guidance and support to improve their mindset and take them forward in their life pathways.’
Thank you, Judy, for everything you do for the job seekers, the sites and the team here at Bounce. You’re a rock star!

Tip of the Month

“Looking back can be a great way of moving forward. Assess your last 12 months by writing down your biggest achievements and your biggest challenges. What can you learn from these things and use in the future?”

– Maria Smith

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Bounce goes Remote… Again!

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 motivate students to attend school.

This is Bounce’s 3rd year running with RSAS, delivering local forums, Leadership forums and Train the Trainer sessions across Australia. So far the Bounce team have delivered training in Yuendumu, NT, Boggabilla, NSW, Perth, WA and Maria is off to Derby, WA later this month. Bounce has been scheduled in for eight more trainings as well, that will span the rest of the year.

RSAS is an incredible initiative that’s making massive improvements in remote communities, and we are so grateful to be a part of it. If you’d like to find out more about the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy, click here!

Tips from Jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria takes you through types of communications styles and how to recognise them to give you a communication edge at work! Watch it now!

The honour is all ours

We get invited to some truly incredible events here at Bounce, and we love every single one of them, but there was one particular event this year that took our breath away. Maria was honoured to be invited to speak at the 2018 Women Economic Forum, in India, and even walked away with an Exceptional Women of Excellence Award.

The annual event aims to bring together women from all over the globe to share ideas, build new connections and discuss innovative ways to support women in business. This incredible networking opportunity for women hosted a massively diverse group of people from all around the world and focused on interactive workshops and talks supporting business equality.

Maria returned from her trip practically glowing with pride and excitement, unable to hold in her brilliant stories from the event. Thank you to everyone who organised this inspired forum!

Trainer of the Month

A lot of the time, we go out and search for very special Bounce trainers, but then, in strange twists of fate, our Bounce trainers find us. In the case of the beautiful Noula Petrarca, this is exactly what happened.

‘It’s almost 12 months to the day that I met a Bounce Trainer who changed my life on a holiday in Bali. She said “You have to be a Bounce Trainer you have that X factor” and I learned very quickly that when someone believes in you, believing in yourself is eventually a given! As a Bounce trainer, I now take this into my training room, I make a difference every day to someone’s life, and I love it. I believe in me.’

Having worked in the fitness industry for 20 years, and also having been an extremely successful bodybuilder, Noula quickly learnt discipline, self-confidence, patience and integrity. Once her three children grew up, she decided it was time for a change, and that’s when Noula met Abby, a Bounce trainer who also happened to be holidaying in Bali. The rest is history.

Noula is an incredible human being. She takes her role to inspire and motivate very seriously, and her caring and passionate nature shines through every day. Starting in September last year, Noula has already changed the lives of so many of her participants. Thank you for your determination, Noula, what would we do without it!

Tip of the Month

“Support the people around you. When someone is having a difficult time at work, it can show up in many different ways; irritability may actually be stress or confusion, so take the time to ask. Kindness and understanding goes a long way.”

– Maria Smith

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Welcome to the team Mindy!

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 Queensland. Mindy’s strong background in business development makes her the perfect person for the job!

Mindy has experienced some incredible things in her time; professional digital marketing, social media marketing, website consulting not to mention running her own cake decorating business for ten years! There’s nothing this amazing woman can’t do! She has a commitment to her sponsor child of 8 years in Zambia and of course, her husband and two children, aged 5 and 10.

So what does Mindy think of her new role with Bounce? ‘It’s not sales; I’m just helping people. This role is going to be so rewarding. I can’t wait to share Bounce with Queensland.’

Mindy has officially joined the Bounce team as of March 3rd and is thrilled to be working with the new amazing team of Queensland trainers, ACE Community Colleges, Employment Providers, Community Groups and the wider business community.

If you’d like to have a chat with Mindy about Bounce or just want to say hi, you can contact her on her mobile – 0448 196 728

Maria Smith – Founder, CEO and… YouTube Star?

Have you seen the latest playlist on the jobactive YouTube channel? The “How to improve your job search” playlist is a new initiative by jobactive to put job search information at the fingertips of the people who need it most – the job seekers.

The fortnightly two minute videos aim to deliver vital skills in a more accessible format and stars our very own Founder & CEO, Maria Smith.

The playlist has been running since October last year and is updated with new videos regularly. So if you or your job seekers need a little skills boost, take a look at the jobactive channel by clicking HERE

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 you would do, whether that’s completing a huge project or helping a friend move house.

So where is your integrity? Find Out

Tip of the Month

“Do you say things to yourself like “Well it’s not going to work so I won’t put too much effort in” or “There’s no point doing that job”? Re-framing your beliefs and how you perceive things can help you start to feel good and flourish.”

– Maria Smith

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