DARA SIMKIN

Playful Speaker | Performer | Pioneer

Dara Simkin speaker

Topic 1: Play it Forward

The need for creativity in business continues to rise. Our ability to navigate complexity and connect with our customers will separate businesses from their competition, ten fold. In order to thrive in a world of flux - we must seek out creative solutions to push us forward.

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Topic 2: tone it up

Creativity is what keeps organisations ahead in the marketplace, which means leaders must empower their people to generate and execute bold ideas. We must push past conformity and business-as-usual to cultivate acceptance and appreciation in our organisations.

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Topic 3: playfu chaos

We live in a world of endless possibility. Within this possibility lies the paradox of play and discipline, high standards and failure, deep experts & broad thinkers. Successful innovation depends on the ability to embrace the humanity of innovation - that it’s messy and chaotic. 

“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good.” - Lucia Capocchione

I saw Dara present at a McKinsey conference. Her session made a real impression on me and I had plenty of laughs along the way. Dara provides plenty of practical tools and tips that executives can take back to their teams. One of my favourites is "yes, and". We have been using this technique in our teams since the conference and it has helped shift our dialogue in significant ways.  - Clare Morgan, Managing Director of Technology, Health, Education, Media and Entertainment at Commonwealth Bank

I saw Dara present at a McKinsey conference. Her session made a real impression on me and I had plenty of laughs along the way. Dara provides plenty of practical tools and tips that executives can take back to their teams. One of my favourites is "yes, and". We have been using this technique in our teams since the conference and it has helped shift our dialogue in significant ways.

- Clare Morgan, Managing Director of Technology, Health, Education, Media and Entertainment at Commonwealth Bank

I first saw Dara perform at the Executive Leadership Program hosted by McKinsey. Her ability to turn the energy on within the audience and open their mind to having fun and being innovative was immediately apparent. She was able to quickly make the connection for attendees between the exercises and the business value that could be unlocked through applying her techniques.  -Jake Spiering, General Manager, Finance - Australasia Business Unit at Chevron

I first saw Dara perform at the Executive Leadership Program hosted by McKinsey. Her ability to turn the energy on within the audience and open their mind to having fun and being innovative was immediately apparent. She was able to quickly make the connection for attendees between the exercises and the business value that could be unlocked through applying her techniques.

-Jake Spiering, General Manager, Finance - Australasia Business Unit at Chevron

What a great session by Dara and the Project Play team and a great way to unleash some creativity. We learned the power of fun and the key takeaway is how we can get caught up in structures and process and bureaucracy and it taught us that play is a great way to create energy, create innovation and build relationships to connect with each other.  -Carolyn Bell, Executive Director, Epworth Hospital

What a great session by Dara and the Project Play team and a great way to unleash some creativity. We learned the power of fun and the key takeaway is how we can get caught up in structures and process and bureaucracy and it taught us that play is a great way to create energy, create innovation and build relationships to connect with each other.

-Carolyn Bell, Executive Director, Epworth Hospital

Dara is a really engaging presenter who truly understand the role of "play" in our lives. She delivered an incredibly engaging session with exercises that led to something bigger than just silly giggles. Dara certainly elevates the role of play from the aimless expenditure of energy often portrayed by children to one that enabled better human connections... amongst grown ups and in a professional context!  -Sergio Brodsky, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Nunn Media

Dara is a really engaging presenter who truly understand the role of "play" in our lives. She delivered an incredibly engaging session with exercises that led to something bigger than just silly giggles. Dara certainly elevates the role of play from the aimless expenditure of energy often portrayed by children to one that enabled better human connections... amongst grown ups and in a professional context!

-Sergio Brodsky, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Nunn Media

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"I immerse my audiences in the power of play”

Dara Simkin's playful, experiential craft on stage creates an engaging learning space for her audiences. Her content is both thought-provoking and entertaining -- exploring the transformative benefits of play and the urgency for it in our working lives. She empowers her audiences to embrace the beauty of discomfort, while challenging them to consider the consequences of a life void of play.

She has presented to organisations like AGL, McKinsey, MYOB, MediBank, Chevron, CPA and IAG.

Her unique energy and enthusiasm is contagious, as she emulates the importance of being bold to bring forth greater authenticity, connection and imagination in the world of work.