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    About Dr Vanessa Thiele

    Vanessa Thiele2Dr Vanessa Thiele is the Founder of Action Potential Group.

    She is a Health Psychologist and Training Facilitator, with a doctorate of health psychology (Deakin University), where she focused on the science of behaviour change and human performance. Vanessa is renowned for her powerful programs delivering motivation, engagement, communication and resilience. Vanessa’s extensive experience in program design began with writing an Assistant Instructor Mentoring program for her martial arts club when she was 18, and has developed into a honed ability to create comprehensive learning strategies and training packages for industry professional development points accrual.

    Likewise, her speaking, training and facilitation skills began as a University Tutor at Deakin, a Kung Fu instructor, personal trainer, MC for corporate and industry events, a first aide trainer, and many years as a workshop training faciliator under the expert guidance of industry leaders such as Health Psychologist Janette Gale.

    Vanessa’s passion for health and wellness grew from being an Australian martial arts champion, combined with her professional and entrepreneurial ventures.

    She established and sold a successful fitness and coaching studio in Victoria and worked with Health Change Australia, delivering person-centered change and self-management support throughout metropolitan and regional areas across Australia. She has participated in NH&MRC funded research projects, completed a literature review on health coaching and behaviour change, and consulted with health service managers on change management strategies.

    Vanessa relocated to Perth with her husband in 2014, completed the Certificate IV (Training and Assessment) following the birth of her first child and established Action Potential Group soon after. She is a Success Circle Leader and sapphire member with Business Women Australia and volunteers for numerous projects and fundraising for causes that are close to her heart.

    Testimonials

    I have worked with Vanessa over the past 12 months on several projects as an associated of the STARTConsulting Pty Ltd network. Vanessa is a true professional, with outstanding knowledge and expertise in her field. Recently, Vanessa delivered Resilience training for a project that we both worked on for a client, and her approach was refreshing as it was pragmatic and relevant to the team. Vanessa's workshops and materials are evidence-based, and she brings outstanding facilitation skills that make the workshop highly successful. I would have no hesitation in highly recommend Vanessa as a Change / Transformation agent and facilitator.

    Kim Kristoffersen

    Director | Transformation Strategy | Change Implementation | Agile Evolution

     

    I recently had the great pleasure of contracting Vanessa to deliver a workshop on SMART Leadership and Resiliency Training as part of a leadership development program that my consultancy delivered. She achieved very high evaluations for both the content and for her warm and engaging style. The participants especially appreciated her authentic willingness to laugh at herself and to share some of her own journey and vulnerabilities. She was able to create and maintain an atmosphere of trust and respect and to flexibly respond to the opinions and reactions of others. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Vanessa as she has a rare skill of combining theory with the right amount of fun and humour. She had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand!

    Jenny Hoffman

    Creating Workplaces Where People Thrive

     

    Vanessa is a leading psychologist who is one of the most dynamic and pragmatic professionals I have had the pleasure of working with. She has an ability to design and deliver training that makes the right impact on people, particularly in supporting organisation change projects that engage teams and build positive work cultures. Vanessa is also a powerful presenter, with the knack of taking complex science-based knowledge and communicating it in a way that is relevant and easy to apply. Her sense of humour and ability to connect with all stakeholders, whether they are "C" level execs or their employees, ensures a great chance for successful outcomes. She is one of a kind.

    Lyn Hawkins

    National Director | Strategy | Business Development | Marketing and Sales | Growth

     

    Our team was impressed with Vanessa's quality of presentation and knowledge from the keynote talk she delivered. The session was insightful, relevant, and highly engaging. Not only have we walked away with valuable information and tips, and with a real drive and focus on achieving our individual and professional targets, we enjoyed a good laugh through shared insights and team participation. If you are looking for a speaker who will engage the audience or a coach who will guide your team to real results, Vanessa is the woman for you. I would definitely recommend the keynote presentation on how to beat procrastination to any business owner or manager who wants to improve team efficiency and cohesiveness.

    Narelle Di Trento

    Director & HR Consultant (CAHRI)

     

    Vanessa did a great job of adapting to audience and feeling in the room.

    Light-hearted and entertaining (particularly in the current circumstances). Thank you!

    Presenter was a good speaker, spoke with positivity and energetic tone.

    Well polished & adaptable to audience.

     

    I have worked with Vanessa over the past 12 months on several projects as an associated of the STARTConsulting Pty Ltd network. Vanessa is a true professional, with outstanding knowledge and expertise in her field. Recently, Vanessa delivered Resilience training for a project that we both worked on for a client, and her approach was refreshing as it was pragmatic and relevant to the team. Vanessa's workshops and materials are evidence-based, and she brings outstanding facilitation skills that make the workshop highly successful. I would have no hesitation in highly recommend Vanessa as a Change / Transformation agent and facilitator.

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