Margie Warrell

Margie was a huge hit! She kept everyone engaged - not easy with a room of tired and distracted physicians - receiving the highest possible rating from 94% of participants. From a meeting planners perspective, she is a joy to work with. Her input made our conference even better from the outset.

– Medical Society of VA

About Keynote Speaker Margie Warrell

Margie has walked her talk when it comes to living bravely and building resilience. Her message of courage – and it’s imperative to rethink risk and challenge self-limiting ‘stories’ – stems from the many challenges and personal adversities she’s faced in her life. Since growing up on a dairy farm in rural Australia, she has traveled extensively, venturing off the beaten track in over 60 countries through the Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia and relocated around the world several times with her husband and four children.

Recognized internationally as a thought leader in human potential, Margie’s personal and professional development programs as a top female motivational speaker engage, educate and empower. 

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How others see us begins with how we see ourselves. This powerful presentation challenges beliefs that can undermine effectiveness and stifle leadership potential. Margie engages audience members as she explores how even those who don’t see themselves as “natural leaders” can identify and rewrite self-limiting stories, re-define the leader they are, and re-ignite the results they achieve. She helps them over-come fears and doubts, and find their courage to create a more compelling vision, confront the forces that threaten to undermine it, and take the necessary risks to change what no longer serves the best interests of their team or organization. She empowers with powerful insights to become the kind of leader others can trust to speak the truth, stand firm in a storm and choose the right path over the expedient one.

Audiences leave feeling more purposeful in what they do, more passionate about why they do it, and more inspired to create positive change with greater clarity, confidence and courage.

– The importance of leading from a foundation of robust integrity
– The 3 core elements of trust (and how to rebuild it if damaged)
– Why self-awareness and EQ are critical to successand how it’s used to expand a leader’s circle of influence
– The 5 fundamental conversations in which a leader must engagewith him/herself and with others
– How to apply the Ontological coaching framework to improve collaboration around goals, communication and influence within a team or across an organization.

Margie on COURAGE

What’s your toughest situation? Talking with an employee about his performance? Saying no? Telling someone her behavior is inappropriate? Handling an angry employee or customer? Difficult situations have a thousand faces but one common structure. This program breaks down the structure of tough conversations, how to prepare for and get them started, how to keep them focused and productive, and what to watch for so you don’t get derailed.

Inability or unwillingness to engage to address the issues which undermine performance, damage relationships and limit success.

– Mobilize courage you need to speak up
– Strengthen your EQ, and use it to better manage negative emotions in yourself and those around you
– Remove barriers to meaningful conversation (including self-limiting beliefs about your ability to handle confrontation)
– Discover how to bridge the “communication gap” to avoid misunderstanding
– Express anger without insult; disagree without being disagreeable
– Stand firm in the face of those who seek to intimidate
– Use awkward silences to enrich the conversation with greater ease


Overwhelmed with the stressors of job insecurity, economic instability, meeting the conflicting demands of work and family and rapid organizational, technological and global change? Despite these challenges, some people continue to thrive, relaxed, optimistic and healthy. These people are not blessed with a genetic covering of pscyhological Teflon, rather they have learned how to build the resilience required to bounce back from adversity, navigate uncertainty and soar above the stressors that pull others down. Margie invites you to learn how to recognize the causes of your stress, expand your capacity for life, and build resiliency skills that will bring life to your years and add years to your life. Drawing from the latest neuro-scientific research, age-old spiritual wisdom and her experiences as an executive coach and working mother of four, Margie will guide the audience to develop their own personal strategy for bolstering resilience and staying strong when pressures mount and adversity strikes. With her trademark Aussie pragmatism and humor, she delivers the tools needed to face the challenges of an increasingly complex, competitive and changing world with greater courage, resourcefulness and resilience.

– Master Change, Overcome Setbacks and Thrive Under Pressure
– Harness the brain’s neural plasticity to build resilience over time
– Build EQ and ensure emotions don’t high-jack rational thought
– Master steps to soar above crisis and stay calm under pressure
– Design daily rituals for managing destructive emotional impulses
– Reconstruct sabotaging stories into ones that strengthen resolve, and self-efficacy, and promote self-confidence

Stop Playing Safe & Learn How To Make Smarter Risks

Every day we make countless decisions that impact our performance, productivity and ability to build trust and grow influence. Yet many decisions are guided by fear – fear of failure, rejection, confrontation or change. Based on Margie’s new book Stop Playing Safe (Wiley 2013), this program will help you to rethink risk and the cost of playing safe, find opportunity in adversity, and adapt more successful to the changes and challenges of an increasingly competitive, uncertain and fast changing world.

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