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Beyond Resilience: How JJ Ferrari Redefines Personal Power

JoAnna "JJ" Ferrari is widely recognised as an inspirational and powerful speaker, with numerous testimonials attesting to her ability to engage, motivate, and profoundly impact her audiences.

Her presentations cover a broad spectrum of topics, including transforming fear into success, embracing change, improving communication skills, and fostering inclusivity and allyship in business cultures. Attendees often praise her for her dynamic speaking style, actionable insights, and the authentic and relatable way she shares her experiences and lessons learned from her life's transitions.

JJ's talks are celebrated for their depth and impact. She is lauded for her unique ability to connect with the audience, using humour and vulnerability to address complex topics. Her sessions are described as engaging and thought-provoking, providing practical tools and strategies for personal and professional growth. 

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Moreover, Ferrari's capability to tailor her content to meet the specific needs of her audience ensures that each presentation resonates deeply with attendees, fostering environments of growth, resilience, and empowerment. Her work as a keynote speaker, trainer, and coach is underscored by her commitment to transformative outcomes, as she equips teams and individuals with the tools to embrace challenges and thrive in diverse settings​​.

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JJ Ferrari's Transformative Talks

How to be happy being you 🙂

Happiness Mindset Authentic Living Strategies | Authentic Relationships | Building Resilience | Mental Health | More Days Happy

Ever felt those dizzying loops of uncertainty, fear, and those unexpected 'Startover' moments?

I’m no sage perched on a mountain; But I'm a great guide for navigating this adventure because I have weathered the storms of countless natural and self-imposed reinventions. From the awkward teenage chapters to those 'I've got it all figured out' moments (spoiler: I didn’t) to changing my whole life with a gender transition (that was not all rainbows and unicorns!). I've danced on a lot of life’s hot coal moments, but do you know what people don’t get? Everyone of those moments shapes me and you for the better or worse, depending on how we view it.

Now it's your turn."How to Be Happy Being You." No fluff, just practical strategies to find joy in the everyday chaos, Embrace your unique self amidst societal pressures and methods for self-reflection and discovery that actually work.

it's JJ newest transformative talk. filled with actionable advice, real stories of perseverance and resilience and a sprinkle of JJ humor that sparks real change. Your audience will leave equipped with tangible steps to live a happier, more authentic life.  

Ready to make your event unforgettable? Let's collaborate and create an experience that resonates long after the lights go down!

Key Takeaways

  • Practical Tools for Happiness: Attendees will acquire actionable strategies to cultivate happiness amidst life's uncertainties and transitions.
  • Authenticity Empowerment: Insights to embrace authenticity, encouraging individuals to celebrate their uniqueness without apology.
  • Resilience & Adaptability: Techniques to navigate change effectively, fostering resilience and adaptability in diverse life situations.
  • Engaging & Memorable Experience: A dynamic, engaging presentation that leaves a lasting impact, inspiring audiences to initiate personal growth.
  • Actionable Steps for Transformation: Clear, actionable steps enabling attendees to implement learned strategies immediately, fostering a positive shift in their lives.

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FEAR INTO CONFIDENCE

Overcoming Fear of Success |Harnessing Fear | Transform Fear into Confidence | Fear as an Ally | Understanding and Confronting Fear

Fear is as old as the human mind. Everyone knows what fear is, but not everyone has an understanding of how it works or how it can serve you.

Most fears are either generational, social or personal. Fear has been given to us since we were very young by the people we trust the most; family, teachers and authorities. These are the people who shape our minds and actions and help us to live a good life, so it only makes sense we believe the fears are true.

We blame many negative events in our lives on fear. Most see it as a negative force which has been placed within their brain. Surprisingly, successful people intuitively learn to actively confront and convert fears into great decisions, wins and success.

JJ has discovered that there are three things that personally influence fear and four things that challenge and change fear into a super ally in our head. Understanding it allows us to use its energy to build confidence and the life we want. JJ suggests that we can see fear as a natural part of who we are—and it will no longer feel like an enemy. She shows audiences that the goal isn't to be completely 'fearless,' but rather to fear less.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Redefine Fear: See fear as natural, not negative part of your mind.
  • Recognise Influences: Identify what shapes your fears and change your mind.
  • Turn Fear Into Growth: Convert fear into great decisions and opportunities.
  • Channel Fear's Power: Use fear to build more confidence and success.
  • Embrace Fear, Fear Less: Know fear as an ally, not an enemy.
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DARE TO EMBRACE CHANGE

Personal Transformation | Comfort Zones | Building Resilience | Grow Through Uncertainty | Confidence

Dare to Embrace Change is the title of this presentation by JJ Ferrari. She has endured a lot of change, but she also seeks out change and uses it to create the life she wants.

Change is an inherent and indispensable part of life, and it's not always easy. It's a force that can bring about discomfort, uncertainty, and even pain. However, in the midst of this turbulence, there is a beauty that can be found.

The beauty of change lies in its ability to transform us, to push us out of our comfort zones, and to help us discover new things about ourselves. Even in the midst of the unknown, there is a sense of excitement and possibility that can be exhilarating.

Embracing change means embracing the ups and downs that come with it. It means being open to the unexpected, even when things don't go as planned. In fact, it's often in those moments of uncertainty that we discover some of the most beautiful and transformative aspects of change. By embracing change, we learn to adapt and become more resilient. We learn to find joy and beauty in the unexpected, even when things don't go the way we had hoped. And we find that, ultimately, change helps us to grow and evolve into the best versions of ourselves.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How to find opportunities for change instead of just enduring it. Actively look for ways to create the life you desire.
  • Understanding discomfort is part of the change process and how to embrace it as a sign of growth rather than avoiding it.
  • How to be open to unexpected outcomes and deviations from plans. Often, these moments hold valuable lessons and opportunities.
  • How to develop adaptability skills by confronting small changes. It strengthens your resilience for bigger shifts.
  • How to make time to reflect on the changes you've experienced. Acknowledge your growth and use it as a compass for further personal evolution.
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The power to Shape Your Culture

-The Ultimate Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships

Leverage Personal Strengths | Identify Core Weaknesses | Proactive Allyship Skills | Inclusive Business Culture | Ideal Ally Identification

The Everyday Ally is a game-changing presentation that provides audiences with a unique process JJ created when she herself need allies. But she discovered something interesting, she discovered people around her needed “her" to be an ally for them, so they could understand her transition and tap into her skills, talents and experience to help them in their life and career.

Its a chance for individuals to find out what could make them a great ally, steps to accomplishing it and how to identify and leverage their star strengths. By understanding these things ideas participants learn how to become exceptional allies and empower others. 

More importantly, JJ's presentation highlights something unexpected, the universal need we all have for allies. JJ shows them how to choose the best ally to assist them in conquering their own core weaknesses.  

When applied within a community or business culture, this approach creates surprising and immediate fostering of inclusion. Through this engaging and professional presentation, attendees will gain insights into their own capabilities and learn how to make a lasting impact. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Discover your individual star strengths and core weaknesses for growth and fulfilment.
  • Use your star strengths to become a proactive and influential ally who makes an authentic impact.
  • Recognise allyships critical role in fostering genuine inclusion and belonging.
  • Determine the ideal ally to enhance your biggest weaknesses, unlocking your fullest potential.
  • Through the power of allyship, create a transforming culture of empowerment and unconditional support.
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What JJ Ferrari's Clients Have to Say

Clients adore JJ Ferrari for her exceptional ability to deliver presentations that add power and meaning to the theme of the event. She is a master at her craft and takes audiences on an exciting, interesting and relevant journey. JJ's  captivating stories and innovative ideas have a profound impact on her audience, stimulating fresh perspectives, fostering self-assurance, and fulfilling their exact needs. JJ's unique style leaves a lasting impression, making her an invaluable asset to any event or gathering.

Flight Centre
"JJ was a perfect fit for a FCTG conference.  Her humour, messaging, and direct approach were all spot on.  Become, Attract, and Create worked beautifully with our theme of shaping the future.  What the team and I appreciated most about JJ was her honest and gritty style, which was not only refreshing but captivating. We were delighted to have JJ at our conference, and she exceeded our expectations.  It was also wonderful to have her join us and the team for lunch to continue the conversation." - Flight Centre
MCCAIN FOODS
I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for joining us on Wednesday to share your story.  We had over 100 people join the call and in the meetings I’ve had since Wednesday morning everyone has been talking about how much they enjoyed your presentation, what a refreshing view you shared, how thought provoking it was and what an inspiring story.  You kept us all enraptured and we could have easily listened to you for another hour! It was so lovely to meet you and we wish you all the best.
FINANCIAL SERVICES CLIENT

JJ is unapologetically JJ in a way that makes the audience feel safe, energised and motivated to make the world a better place. JJ has a humble approach to telling her story in the most honest and open way she can. JJ overlays important and complicated topics with humour and relatability, keeping the audience engaged for the entire session. We had absolutely glowing feedback from attendees, many saying it was the best LGBTQIA+ event they had attended at their time in the organisation. Highly recommend JJ as keynote speaker for any upcoming events.

PWC

It was very obvious that our audience was astoundingly impressed with JoAnna’s presentation and we received a very positive response from all our attendees as well as in the feedback following the session. JoAnna speaks with conviction, clarity and humour and we would welcome her back to speak with us any time.

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THE STELLA NETWORK

“JoAnna is an inspirational and motivational speaker. Her passion is infectious, and she is able to engage her audience effectively and with verve. JoAnna is also skilled at distilling the main points of a presentation into easy to inspire and remember points.” JoAnna inspires her audiences who are full of praise for both her speaking content and her presenting style”.

YMCA

“Dear JoAnna, on behalf of YWCA Australia I wish to extend our sincere thanks to you for presenting as a Keynote Speaker at the SHE Leads Conference. Participants feedback rated your presentation “Rethinking Life” as excellent and received a high number of additional outstanding comments. We felt your presentation was an excellent way to end the conference and the way you delivered your presentation kept people engaged right until the end.”

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

“JoAnna was wonderful. She was energetic and passionate about giving her best presentation for our conference. Well in advance of the conference JoAnna reached out to get a better idea of the audience and displayed a sincere dedication to understanding the audience and working to achieve a presentation that would suit them and the room.”

Crown Perth Pride Committee
“JJ was an absolute professional to work with, and she showed continued enthusiasm despite the challenges in attending and moving to a virtual format.  Her openness and humility demonstrated on the day extended to everyone in the audience.  Her ability to share her personal life journey touched everyone in the room and brought us all closer to her and the truths of supporting and nurturing gender diverse work places and individuals within them.  JJ has an engaging quality and gravitas to her stage presence.  She captivated the 600+ audience, no mean feat when beaming in on video conference.  We were delighted to have her as our keynote address at the Crown Perth PrideFest Luncheon and look forward to welcoming her back to work with the Crown community on future opportunities.”
BUSINESS CHICKS

A massive thank you JJ for contributing to yesterday’s Masterclasses. It was such a lively and important conversation and we have been inundated with feedback from the community saying how valuable it was. Thanks so much for your important and considered contribution. I loved your perspective on all the questions. All my thanks again!

NASDAQ

JJ was brilliant! The staff and executives found it incredibly informative and entertaining. It’s amazing how much she was able to deliver in a 1 hr session! JJ is a pleasure to interact with, she really brings out the best in people and encourages introspect.”

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TEDX MELBOURNE

“JoAnna was the closing speaker at our TEDxMelbourne 2016 event. She delivered the most powerful and passionate talk of the day and ended up with a well deserved standing ovation (hard to do on a TEDx stage).”

ST GEORGE BANK

“I engaged JoAnna to be part of a panel discussing Homophobia and Transphobia in the workplace as part of Westpac Group's support for IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia). JoAnna was honest and open, sharing her experiences and raising awareness of overt and subtle transphobia. She is a great communicator and engages very well with her audience. We received great feedback and JoAnna was the stand out guest, with many learnings from audience members coming from JoAnna's input. I look forward continuing to work with her in the future”

FINANCIAL SERVICES CLIENT

JJ is unapologetically JJ in a way that makes the audience feel safe, energised and motivated to make the world a better place. JJ has a humble approach to telling her story in the most honest and open way she can. JJ overlays important and complicated topics with humour and relatability, keeping the audience engaged for the entire session. We had absolutely glowing feedback from attendees, many saying it was the best LGBTQIA+ event they had attended at their time in the organisation. Highly recommend JJ as keynote speaker for any upcoming events.

ANZ LEGAL
Jo scratched deep beneath the surface to help us unearth the reasons why some of us get stuck in a fixed mindset and to encourage us to persevere in the face of uncertainty and risk, and to embrace change and challenge in our careers. She has set the wheels in motion for us to embark on our own personal and professional transitions and venture into unchartered territory. Jo has forever shifted the needle in helping us to become the better version of ourselves, to be open to new opportunities in what we do day to day in the office as well as reminding us to hold firm to what we truly believe in. Highly recommended!
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT

JoAnna, you absolutely rocked it! We have had so much amazing feedback. I don’t know if you noticed but you brought some of the room to tears, myself included, testament to the fact we were all with you every step of the way.  You really inspired the group to know and live their secret self.

MICROSOFT
Just to let you know that the talk JJ delivered for us was very well received within Microsoft.  We had a number of people commenting that the subject JJ spoke on ‘Leading through Personal Transformation’ was really relevant, especially as Microsoft have had a few roles impacted recently.  The GLEAM team who hosted the event also commented how lovely and engaging JJ was.
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Crown Perth Pride Committee
“JJ was an absolute professional to work with, and she showed continued enthusiasm despite the challenges in attending and moving to a virtual format.  Her openness and humility demonstrated on the day extended to everyone in the audience.  Her ability to share her personal life journey touched everyone in the room and brought us all closer to her and the truths of supporting and nurturing gender diverse work places and individuals within them.  JJ has an engaging quality and gravitas to her stage presence.  She captivated the 600+ audience, no mean feat when beaming in on video conference.  We were delighted to have her as our keynote address at the Crown Perth PrideFest Luncheon and look forward to welcoming her back to work with the Crown community on future opportunities.”
BUSINESS CHICKS

JJ was such a raw, powerful and wonderful speaker across our IWD series in Melbourne and Sydney. She was such a fantastic addition to our line-up - we absolutely loved having her there!

TikTok Australia

I wanted to send you a sincere and huge thank you for dedicating your time today, sharing your story and insights with the TikTok Australia team. It was the most sincere and authentic speech I’ve heard in a very long time. Thank you for having the courage to speak about this and bring the conversation on identity, gender and humanity to the fore. It was greatly appreciated across the board.

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YWCA

“Dear JoAnna, on behalf of YWCA Australia I wish to extend our sincere thanks to you for presenting as a Keynote Speaker at the SHE Leads Conference. Participants feedback rated your presentation “Rethinking Life” as excellent and received a high number of additional outstanding comments. We felt your presentation was an excellent way to end the conference and the way you delivered your presentation kept people engaged right until the end.”

LVMH/ TIFFANY & CO
"I had the pleasure of hosting JJ at the 2022 LVMH International Women's Day event. From the first point of contact to discuss the speaking engagement brief to the event follow up, JJ was so lovely to work with. 

JJ's warmth, positive energy, humour, expertise in personal development, diversity and inclusion, and her inspirational and engaging keynote and presentation totally blew our audience away. The team are raving about the event and quoting JJ weeks later. JJ's story is one of courage and transformation. Through her journey she developed valuable frameworks and insights that have gone on to help others embrace every aspect of themselves as a means to leading happy and fulfilled lives, to realising their dreams and creating a culture of inclusion in their workplaces. I highly recommend JJ for keynotes, training workshops and coaching.”
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I work with clients looking for an inspirational keynote speaker that brings a strong track record and the ability to bring audiences energy, enthusiasm and motivation up. It's my job to do a presentation that helps make your event successful.If you need a speaker who loves humans, has a contrarian, but honest perspective and a wicked sense of humour, that’s me. I get hired to speak to audiences because my experience has made me a sort of transition specialist [or so they call me] and given me a great perspective on life and human behaviour.Part of what I do very well is my pre and post event communication with my clients. I think our plan is every bit as important as what we do on the day.
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