Julie Watson, Keynote Speaker

Need an entertaining and challenging speaker for your conference that will really make your delegates think?

Why Julie

A speaker, facilitator and a coach for over twenty years, Julie loves the work that she does, assisting organisations and their people to develop more effective and productive thinking, mindsets and behaviours.


Delivering content rich, engaging and high-energy presentations, Julie’s personality is infectious! In fact, it is her ability to connect with people so effortlessly that provides the platform for her audience to feel relaxed and engaged.
“An enquiring mind, the willingness to ask questions, an inquisitive nature, being confident and outgoing, the ability to listen to others, and a positive outlook!
There are times when we are just going through the motions, we lack awareness and our thinking needs a jolt to awaken”


If you have this challenge with your team, Julie Watson could be your best friend.


“Awareness is key! Once your team understands how awareness affects productivity and a whole range of factors, the skills that outline how to activate desired and enabled behaviours.


“In every session I do, I aim to deliver those breakthrough, “aha!” moments, when it all clicks. And when it does click it is really quite something to see the reactions of the people I work with, I love it!”


Intuitive and perceptive, Julie is able to link her sessions to common organisational goals to deliver programs that make a noticeable difference to your team.

Curious Communications Keynote

Are you curious about workplace curiosity?

So many modern workplaces and individuals are about process and efficiency: about command chains and demand and perform. They are full of criticism, but often very little creative questioning or thought.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Curious communicators are those that constantly challenge and look to develop their own thinking, try to develop the thinking of others using skillful questioning, and ultimately help to create a more curious, creative workplace.
In this keynote presentation, Julie discusses:
• The benefits of curious communication
• Why organisations need more curious leaders
• The obstacles to adopting a more relaxed, curious mindset – and how to address them
• How to hone your curious questioning skills
• The three key steps that everyone can take to help develop more curious communications.

Addressing unconscious bias keynote

Addressing Unconscious Bias

It’s not fair!
No, life isn’t – and our workplaces aren’t either. Although few leaders and managers would admit to being biased, unconscious bias remains rife. It leads to poor decisions, unfair treatment, discrimination, resentment and poor utilisation of talent.
Although there are ways you can identify some of your biases, these methods will generally only identify broad biases in relation to typical diversity issues such as race, gender, and age.
Workplace bias, however, goes much deeper than that – it’s about personality and behaviours across a vast range of variables. Increasingly, unconscious bias in the workplace isn’t about race, age and gender, it’s about introversion/extroversion, thinking vs feeling, big picture vs detail, conflicting motivations, and much much more.
In this keynote presentation, Julie discusses:
• How bias impacts workplace communication, leadership and decision-making
• Why and how we all develop biases
• Why we need to manage our unconscious biases – not just those we become conscious of
• How we can neutralise our biases and communicate more constructively.

Personal professional keynote

The ‘personal-professional’: let’s get emotional

How do you feel? How do you feel about asking other people how they feel?
In sales, customer service and in working relationships, a reluctance to discuss feelings can lead to a lack of intimacy and low trust.
This doesn’t mean having to get too ‘personal’: it just means moving on from those often superficial rapport building discussions to try and understand how people truly feel about their work and career. What stresses them? What are their hopes and fears?
Personal-professional discussions bridge that gap between friendly chat and technical work discussions – and help to build both stronger rapport and deeper trust.
In this presentation, Julie discusses:
• The benefits of communicating on an emotional level
• How to smoothly and confidently transition from superficial rapport building conversation to the personal-professional mode
• How to continue building trust with both work colleagues and customers.

Productivity keynote

Productivity and the art of dubious self-justification


Time management is easy, isn’t it? Or at least it should be.
There is nothing technically difficult about time management – and there is a wealth of guidance about the different challenges of prioritization, procrastination, planning, personal organisation, managing distractions and all the rest.
But still we struggle simply because of poor self-discipline. The dubious self-justifications and excuses we come up with justify our poor productivity choices and we let ourselves get away with poor behavior.
In this keynote presentation, Julie discusses:
• Why effective time management is really all about mind-games and self-discipline
• ‘Cognitive dissonance’ and our inner conflicts
• How we talk ourselves out of productive behaviours
• The limits of ‘productive procrastination’
• How to train yourself into more productive behaviours.

If you want to challenge your team book Julie now…