Speaking

 

 

Everyone wants to add some magic to their event.

Diana is an intriguing speaker, inviting new thinking about age‐old issues of life, transition, purpose and developing wisdom. Her speaking style is interactive and compelling.

Diana has delivered presentations to a range of audiences such as the Science and Non Duality conference in Italy, the Words in Winter Literary Festival in Victoria, Australian Institute of Management, Research Australia, the Gathering of Kindness and various community groups. She delivers radio national interviews and podcasts for New Dimensions across the USA.

Presentations are designed for your group. In order for magic to happen, Di will meet with you before your event to understand your group and create something special.

 

 Contact di@dipercy.com to discuss your group and the speaking event.

 

Presentations

Talkin’ About Our Generation: Will Boomers Rock as Elders?  

What is happening to the spirit of the Boomer generation as we enter the third age? Are we endlessly ticking off the bucket list, or plodding along in life, or are there other pursuits that Boomer elders are up to? (And by the way, according to the World Heath Organisation, we are all elders now. Don’t panic.)

Our generation led the way before, to say that war and hatred and racism is wrong. Now we can take the lead again in our own individual or community way, to pioneer a new life-stage, defiantly called “elderhood”, that has grown out of increasing longevity.

This presentation is not about celebrities or exceptional people. It’s about you and me, a look at ourselves and everyday life and what we each can do and want to do to make the last leg — the third age — the best in every way.

 

Beautiful Endings

We all experience endings. They are inescapable. Endings are not all about loss. Some are a huge relief, like a job you’ve wanted to leave for years and you say “Well thank heavens that’s over, now I can get on with things”.  You’re liberated.

To lose a loved one is part of the fabric of life. Sometimes, we want to rush on, away from the ending, and leave it behind as though that will somehow quicken healing.

My Irish forebears would say, “it knocks the wind clean out of you and stops you dead in your tracks”. And that happens whether or not we are anticipating the ending. Everything in life shifts in an instant – your perspective on work, trouble with your partner, missing out on something you set your heart on, health concerns.

This presentation takes us to a more uncommon view of endings, a more growthful one that makes for a beautiful ending.

 

Elderhood and What Really Matters 

As we move to the third life-stage, our idea of ageing starts to shift as does our view of the self, of who am I, and what I am here for.

The third life-stage is no longer viewed as a decline into old age and fragility. Becoming an elder has shifted from becoming old to a vibrant time of life, distinct from adulthood, providing us with new doors to open into new worlds. 

Elderhood is no longer a problem to be solved, a condition to flee or fight. It is a time to explore the deeper questions of self and meaning, and to refresh and engage our life in a new way. These are themes we will investigate in this presentation.

 

Creative Leadership

True creative leaders are magicians. They aspire to do something big – even do the “impossible” – and often hold firm values. They come up with ideas and solutions out of nowhere that no one else could muster. But they are not just ideas people, creative leaders are able to follow through and implement their ideas. Have you ever wondered how they do what they do, and how to become more like them?

This presentation explores creative leadership. We gain insight to the creative process. We investigate their tremendous capacity to rise above adversity. The best research (McKinsey, Harvard) tells us that creativity is the number one attribute that will be vigorously sought in boardroom. In addition, creative leadership is needed for our communities and the health of our envronment.

 

Executive In Transition to a New Life

There comes a time when every executive, chair and director must leave their post in the organisation and corporate life to move into a new life.

Whether we are pushed, pulled or called into this new life, there is a transition to be made from one way of living life to another way. A different way with a different structure, motivation and preferences. This significant life transition is one most often overlooked in western cultures, yet it’s the most treacherous of any life stage.

As the flush of travel and leisure activities wear off, a looming feeling can arise that something essential in life is missing. Some leave with a plan, others not. Regardless, many end up down the track in the same predicament – with little idea of what to do with the rest of their life.

A number of people don’t make it, as evidenced by the high statistics on deaths within three to five years after retirement or ‘exit’. This presentation investigates the transition to a new life and how to identify the signposts pointing the path forward.

 

Synchronicity

Most of us have experiences of synchronicity, like being in the right place at the right time; or doors opening for us; thinking of a friend who then phones you; or “invisible hands” helping you with something that matters.

What is Synchronicity? Mere coincidence? Happenstance? Hocus pocus about unconnected events? Immeasurable magic? Simply good luck? And why do some people have experiences of synchronicity and others not?

Carl Jung, the renowned Swiss psychologist, coined the term Synchronicity. He described it as a meaningful coincidence of two or more events involving something other than the probability of chance.

This presentation investigates the mystery of synchronicity and looks at ways to bring more synchronicity into your life.

 

The Two Stories of Ageism: Which is Yours?

How do we beat ageism? It is insidious. Probably none of us think we’re ageist, but is that really true? It may not even matter that much or be on the radar until we are confronted by it personally or by someone close to us.

This presentation is an investigation of ageism and the two archetypal and contradictory stories of ageing that co-exist. As aware citizens standing for a better world, what do we do? What is our responsibility as recipients or observers of ageist behaviour?

 

Pilgrimage: a Journey of Inner Leadership

A pilgrimage is a passage of moral or spiritual significance and a journey into your inner world. The spirit of the place reflects our own; or is it the other way round?

This presentation Incorporates the beautiful music and poetry of the Power of Place video as we enquire into the notion of inner leadership in our life. Connecting with the landscape is a way of becoming mindful and feeling part of the universe with all its power, beauty, and wonders. It connects and touches something within – a direct line from the outer world to the inner realm, and somehow that power, beauty and wonder is awakened within us.

This can also be run as a workshop

 

The 7 Gateways to Life’s Biggest Transition

Throughout cultures and down through the ages, images of gateways and thresholds are imprinted on the human psyche as symbols marking an entrance and transition to a new life.

Gateways stand for possibility, hope and the promise of renewal. Gates serve to guard, separate, and get us to pause before entering the transition ahead to a new world.

This presentation outlines the seven gates of initiation into the third stage of life. This life transition is not only a shift to a new life stage but also a shift to a new level of consciousness. On passing through these gates our outlook changes. The people and places in our life become precious and time more respected as we become more aware.

 

Heaven and Earth: the second half of life

How did you arrive here so fast? In the middle of life or past it. Here, you may feel you’re not valued the same way anymore, and you need to find a path forward. What our society ignores is the enormous significance of the life-shift occurring at this time. We’re left alone and in the dark to try and find our way. A big part of it is finding a perspective that gives meaning.

This is a quest. Like all quests it is hard but enormously rewarding. 000000 other Australians, that’s 00%, are in the same life stage, but it’s not talked about in constructive and uplifting ways. Not yet.

This presentation explores the second half of life as the time we have more inclination for appreciating the world, both the inner and outer realms. The wonders of heaven and fruits of the earth are all there for us if we know how to access them.

 

Workshops

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Your Legacy – Your Story

This workshop explores techniques to identifying the turning points, people and events in your life that were of significance and meaning. By telling the stories of significance to you and how they shaped your livfe, you can create teaching tales for others and especially those you care about. It can also be a revelation to write these stories and explore their meaning in a new light, from the perspective of legacy.

What you’ll take away –

  • Learning to write from your own experience
  • Delving into it in a way to uncover your insight or learning and the direction your life took as a consequence
  • This is not a labour of love, it is therapeutic.
  • Whether you are new to writing or practiced, whether you want to write a few short pieces or embark on a full-blown memoir, this workshop is a good starting point.

Journal Writing for Transformation

This practice teaches guided journaling as a self-reflective process for growth and personal transformation. It is a captivating and intriguing workshop where we have some fun as well as deeper time together.

What we’ll explore

  • We’ll investigate the best personal journaling tools and techniques.
  • They’ll be explained and practiced for you to use and reach deeper levels of self-knowledge. This can lead to a clearer sense of purpose in your life with obvious links to action.

What you’ll take away

  • Effective and savvy personal journaling techniques
  • Tools to for deeper self-knowledge and insight
  • To create personal purpose and meaning

The atmosphere is safe, friendly and you’ll grow in confidence and ability to write about what matters to you. Discussions are about the experience of doing the writing exercises, not about the content of what you have written.

 

Chiron: the Wounded Healer

Chiron was a wise leader, respected teacher, scholar, and king of the centaurs –  creatures from Greek mythology who were half human, half horse. Male and female, centaurs had the intelligence and insight of humans coupled with the animal instinct and wildness of the horse. 

This workshop is for men and women who have been wounded in life and like Chiron, seek to transform their wounding to the source of their wisdom as a healer.

Chiron is a beautiful metaphor. We will explore:

  • the purpose and pathway of becoming a healer
  • the deep level inner work required
  • sacrifice as a way to liberation
  • turning wounding into wisdom.

You will take away

  • techniques for personal reflection
  • identifying distraction and staying focused
  • good company for consciousness development
  • renewed energy and view of the good of all.

Pilgrimage: a Journey of Inner Leadership

A pilgrimage is a passage of moral or spiritual significance and a journey into your inner world. The spirit of the place reflects our own spirit; or is it the other way round?

This presentation Incorporates the beautiful music and poetry of the Power of Place video as we enquire into the notion of inner leadership in our life. Connecting with the landscape is a way of becoming mindful and feeling part of the universe with all its power, beauty, and wonders. It connects and touches something within – a direct line from the outer world to the inner realm, and somehow that power, beauty and wonder is awakened within us.

You will take away

  • A renewed sense of wonder for the natural world
  • A feeling of refreshment that you have been there
  • A new perspective for looking at yourself

This workshop is also available as a presentation

 

 Contact di@dipercy.com 

 

“Diana had the audience in the palm of her hand.” 

Di is one of the most knowledgeable people on human nature and potential. Her presentations get people to innovate; she uplifts and empowers.” 

“Di Percy is an exceptional facilitator and executive coach … outstanding ability to transform individuals and groups, lifting them to new realisations and performance levels”