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    • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Centre for Optimism, 253b Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria 3207, Australia

    "My take on what makes me optimistic? Two things: Self-belief and self-confidence. That’s it. Then I can face any problem or challenge."

    That's what Charles Kovess Australasia's Passion Provocateur told the Centre for Optimism's Chief Optimism Officer Victor Perton.

    Charles Kovess is the author of "Passionate People Produce", several other books and is a sought-after motivational speaker.  Small world, someone left a copy of his book on the bus-stop outside The Centre for Optimism!  The subsequent conversation with Charles led to this collaboration.

    Come and join Charles, Victor and other Optimists for a cool drink, a conversation on passion, optimism and leadership.

    Run Sheet:

    • Drinks and Conversation
    • Charles to talk on the Value of Passion and Optimism
    • Victor to speak about The Case for Optimism
    • Q&A


    • Tram: No 96 Tram stops three short blocks from the Centre
    • Tram: No 12 Tram stops about a ten minute walk away from the Centre
    • Bus 606 Bus stops across the road.
    • Car: Ample on-streetParking 

    • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar book via

    How many business leaders do you know who aren’t optimists? 

    Indeed, IACCM surveys have suggested that our members often attribute failed projects to the over-optimism of top management. As a result, many see the role of contract and commercial managers as bringing balance, a dose of reality, and facing up to the real risks. For the executive optimists, this may be viewed as pessimism and negativity, and lead to limited or late involvement. Optimism, however, is a good trait. Research shows it is associated with better health, a longer life, and greater success.

    In this webinar, Victor will address how can we best temper our need to be commercially realistic with a healthy dose of optimism. He will discuss what sort of attitude that gains attention and increases our value? Learn how you can apply optimism within your business role and life in general, in acknowledging the mantra “All good leadership is optimistic”. Over the New Year Victor has been sharing optimism through The Centre' for Optimism's Shop of Optimism.

    • 7:30 am Mumbai / New Dehli / Gurugram 

    • 9:00 am Bangkok

    • 10:00 am Beijing / Shanghai / Singapore / Hong Kong / Kuala Lumpur / Manilla / Perth 

    • 12:00 pm Brisbane

    • 12:30 pm Adelaide / Darwin

    • 1:00 pm Sydney / Melbourne

    • ​3:00 pm Wellington / Auckland / Christchurch

    Our Expert:

    Victor Perton, Author of The Case for Optimism: The Optimists Voices.

    Victor Perton is the Optimism Man. Puzzled by negative attitudes to leadership in his native Australia, Victor interviewed over 1500 people on the qualities of leadership.  His conclusion?  No shortage of good leaders, there a shortage of optimism. Victor now spends his time asking people the self-reflective question, what makes you optimistic?

    He asks people to change their habits ever so slightly to become infectiously optimistic.  He does this on the streets, in prison, in schools, universities, companies, in social media and in books. Victor's life experience includes stints as Senior Adviser to the G20 Presidency, Trade Commissioner in North and South America, 18 years a parliamentarian, practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman and board service.

    • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom Video -
    • Friday, February 21, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Register for the Webinar at

    In London for the opening of's London office, Shawn Callahan will join Robert Masters, Eloise Grace and Victor Perton to talk about on Putting Optimistic Stories to Work.

    Shawn is the author of Putting Stories to Work and one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultants. He is the founder of Anecdote, the world’s largest business storytelling enterprise that operates in over 20 countries in 6 languages. He works around the world helping leaders find and tell their stories so their message is clear and memorable. He has had the privilege to assist Global 1000 companies such as IBM, Shell, Mars and KPMG.

    He started his working life as a geographer and archaeologist, then moved into information technology with the likes of Oracle and IBM. His story work began in 1999 while he was still with IBM, applying complexity theory to business issues. It was a time when story-based approaches to leadership development and employee engagement were definitely on the fringe, but that was soon to change.

    In 2004 Shawn founded Anecdote with the clear purpose of restoring humanity to the workplace, using story work as its method. This includes helping companies craft and tell their strategic story, teaching business leaders to be better storytellers, and collecting stories – a technique harking back to Shawn’s archaeology days – so that employees can work out for themselves what needs to change. It is an approach that continues to break new ground.

Past events

Sunday, January 19, 2020 Victor Perton Speaking at Australian Friends of Rambam Hospital
Friday, January 03, 2020 Drop in for a Dose of Summer Optimism
Wednesday, January 01, 2020 New Year's Webinar: Victor Perton on "The Why and How of Optimism"
Monday, December 30, 2019 Test Event
Friday, December 27, 2019 Boxing Day Test
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 The Curious Case for Optimism

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+61 417 217 241 (Australia)

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253b Richardson Street
Middle Park, Melbourne
Victoria 3206

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