The O Team Collectively more than fifty years of experience working with professional speakers

Who we are

Collectively the Ovations team has more than fifty years of experience in the professional speaking game.

In an age where every industry is being redefined by an over crowded digital landscape, and where thought leadership, influence and personal branding are the new kids on the block…. How are you going to be an authority as a professional speaker, influencer or thought leader?

We believe you deserve a Standing Ovations in life, on line and on stage. Contact us to discover where world class begins.

Leanne Christie

Chief of everything O, House of O

Known as the Chief of Everything O Leanne Christie is an icon in the speaking Industry. Providing a platform for the worlds best educators, trainers, and professional speakers she has transformed the lives of thousands of audience members across the globe.

Leanne is a pioneering entrepreneur with more than thirty years of experience in the speaking industry. She is the founder of Ovations International speaker’s bureau, Standing Ovations and Ode Management. ODE Management is the world’s largest dedicated speaker management agency with offices across the USA and Australia.

Leanne has earned a reputation as an innovator in the speaking industry. She has launched the careers of professional speakers who are today considered speaking royalty. Continual improvement is at the heart of Leanne’s ethos, and her thirst for everything ‘world class’ is inherent to her business, her people and off course in everything she stands for.

Leanne Christie

Jane Rowland Smith

Chief of client experiences

With a degree in Psychology & years of working with the Community, Jane turned her attentions to the Speaking Industry.

Initially working at The Growth Faculty bringing out International Speakers such as Marcus Buckingham & Verne Harnish.

Motivated by these incredible achievers, Jane joined Ovations 10 years ago and in that time has built a portfolio of stellar clients. Jane prides herself on her Research ability & keeping up to date with Current Affairs. She believes that the secret to providing a great proposal & solution to the client’s requirement is in being able to match the Companies need with the most topical on-point Presenter.

Jane Rowland Smith

Sharmila Nahna

Chief of relationships

Sharmila started her career in Flight Centre New Zealand and became their youngest Area Leader in the country. After her stint in travel and working in the UK she joined Ovations in 2007 as a consultant. Over the past 12 years Sharm has partnered with hundreds of clients on their events. She also manages a select number of speakers consulting with them on their engagements and positioning.

A self-confessed “speaker nerd” Sharm has booked a diverse range of speakers both locally and globally. She has featured on Tips With the Masters and appeared on panels sharing her thoughts around working with bureaus. By bringing both clients and presenters together Sharm has a unique insight into what clients are looking for, how to make the best match and how speakers can deliver a successful event experience.

Sharmila Nahna

It has been invaluable to get feedback from someone who so obviously knows their stuff—clear, consistent and really really passionate about making me the best speaker I can be.

Penny Burke

No-holds-barred coaching sessions with Leanne Christie helped me shape my main message and speaking performance into a product that the market will buy.

David Koutsoukis

Working with Leanne, and having her look at what you do, where you’ve come from, and where you are going next is invaluable

Michael McQueen