Waiting – The Adversary of Success

Waiting – The Adversary of Success

Waiting – The Adversary of Success

I could tell you that success is something that you’re born with or is something that lands on you once you hit a certain age but, unfortunately, that isn’t true. Success is a series of little actions taken by you to get one step closer to what you want to achieve.

The thing is, these little actions are where we get all confused, and I don’t think there is a person on earth that hasn’t made this mistake, myself included.

Have you ever had a BHAG© – a Big Hairy Audacious Goal? Something so huge and amazing and thrilling that you got super excited about? You’ve got the goal in mind, and you’re pumped… then you wait. You don’t have the time right now. You don’t have the support right now. You don’t have the energy right now, but you’ll get on that really soon…

This is the trap. We’re so busy staring into the future looking at that big shiny goal that we’re ignoring the right now. Each day we do this, is a step not taken and a goal not achieved. There is a solution. Stop waiting. There is no perfect time, no perfect situation, there’s only you and the path to where you want to be. Nike had it right “Just do it”. Do something, do anything, make that call, google that thing, go to that training, it’s up to you.

You can’t do everything all at once but no matter what your goal is, know that you can do it, you just need to take the first step.

Maria Smith
Founder and CEO

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. Ever have those pre-interview nerves? Want to know how to completely demolish them and walk into the interview feeling confident and relaxed? Maria’s got you covered! Watch the video right now and get those good interview vibes!

Trainer of the Month

The month of May celebrates many things, Star Wars, Youth Week, and most importantly Mother’s Day. What better way to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives than by saying a big thank you to an excellent Mother, Grand Mother and Bounce Trainer of almost two years, Kristine Zimmer.

From a young age, Kristine knew she wanted to lead a life of helping people – it’s like she was born to be a Bounce Trainer. She studied and practised nursing for many years, delivered First Aid, health and community programs, and taught swimming for more than 26 years, with her eldest daughter representing the Australian Swim Team (wow!).

Kristine has two kind and courageous sons and four beautiful shining daughters, who have given her and her husband of 42 years three adorable grandsons and says “Together they fill my heart with pride and it overflows daily with so much love for them, it is such a privilege to be their mother.”

The care and love she shows her friends and family flows straight into her programs and into the hearts of her participants. Thank you, Kristine, your life long passion for helping people from every walk of life is inspiring, and it is a privilege to have you be a part of our Bounce family.

Tip of the Month

“Try to view your biggest challenges as your greatest opportunities. By understanding what isn’t working, we are inadvertently being shown what does work – it’s all about perspective! ”

– Maria Smith

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Want to join our team in Queensland?

Want to join our team in Queensland?

Does this sound like you?

Full of integrity

You’re highly motivated and follow through on your promises.

People Focused

You love meeting new people and taking time to get to know them.

High Energy

You burst into a room ready to get things done and change lives.

Bounce is looking for talented trainers in Queensland

With business booming Queensland, we’re on the lookout for the shining stars of the training world who are truly motivated to influence positive change and inspire lives.

If you’re in the Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast Area and want to become a Bounce Trainer, get in touch!

Handy Skills and Qualifications


Current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Previous experience as a Trainer and Assessor

Previous experience in coaching or mentoring

Exceptional communications skills and energy

Additional qualifications to support your role

Knowledge of the disadvantages being faced by job seekers

Exceptional relationships building skills

Fast paced and self starting

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If you’re ready for a life changing career with Bounce Queensland, apply through Seek today!

Taking on the Strengths Based Approach

Taking on the Strengths Based Approach

Society has this funny little habit of trying to cram square pegs into a round hole, but what if I told you that there is a way to match the square peg to the round hole without having to grind off the edges?

Let me explain what I mean.

Say you have a team of 4 people; each person has their strengths and weaknesses. Person one likes lists and data, person two is great with people, person three loves variety, and person four is a great leader.

Now, what would happen if you matched the tasks that needed to be done to the person who would most enjoy it? Person one does report writing and data assessment, person two calls clients, person three goes on the road, and person four keeps everyone accountable for their tasks.

I’m not saying only give your team jobs that they like, however, if you can assess the tasks that need to be done and balance them out in categories that your team members excel at, your overall productivity will go through the roof.

It’s such a simple change, but so effective!

According to the Langley Group website (www.langleygroup.com.au):

The 2016 Gallup State of the Global Workforce report showed some amazing results from using strengths-based interventions on workgroup performance. The survey covered 1.2 million employees in 22 organisations in seven industries and across 45 countries. Ninety % of the workgroups studied had performance increases such as:

  • 9% increase in sales
  • 15% increase in profits
  • 4% increase in customer engagement
  • 10% lower turnover in low-turnover organisations
  • 46% lower turnover in high-turnover organisations
  • 6% increase in engaged employees
  • 37% fewer safety incidents

Ultimately, the strengths-based management approach is shown to improve employee well-being and boost productivity in all areas.

Interested in a complete Strengths Profile Report?

Built from a decade of research in positive psychology and used by leading organisations including Schneider Electric, Avery Dennison, Aviva, Oracle and Ernst & Young, the Strength Based Profile is worlds apart from traditional strengths assessments.
Assessing 60 strengths across three scopes (energy, performance and use), the profile pinpoints people’s results in four areas:

Realised Strengths

Learned Behaviours



Unrealised Strengths

This model provides a positive platform for development and growth, enabling people to design strategies, minimise weaknesses and optimise performance and well-being.

Sound like something you or your team could use?

Lets start a conversation

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Fostering an Innovative Workplace with Google

Fostering an Innovative Workplace with Google

Google is one of the largest tech companies in the world; being so big they take their employee satisfaction and development very seriously, offering free meals, exercise areas and professional development as standard. They also conduct extensive research in how to improve employee satisfaction and then share it with the world – Thanks Google!

So where can we see this science-based information? The website Re:Work of course! To quote the website itself, Re:Work “is a curated platform of practices, research, and ideas from Google and others; it’s designed to help you use data and science to make work better, no matter where you call work.” And its pretty cool!

To get you started we’ve found an awesome guide that will take you through information and actual tools you can use to build a more innovative workplace. Check it out here:
Foster an Innovative Workplace

AXIS Employment and EQ

April kicked off with Maria presenting at the AXIS Employment Conference, delving into the world of Emotional Intelligence and how it functions within the workplace. Covering more in-depth topics such as the Model of the World and Dopamine levels, her presentation was a smash hit with the team giving some amazing feedback.

“As usual, you were fantastic, inspiring and very on the mark with what you delivered. I have had some fabulous feedback from many staff saying how much they enjoyed your session and how they have taken such a lot from it. We are all busy filling our cup to ensure our dopamine levels are up.”
Viv Watson – Executive Director of Operations

We want to thank the team at Axis Employment for welcoming Maria once again and for having such a proactive stance on employee development. Another day, another company taking their skills to the next level!

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. There’s more to job interviews than just turning up, and in this month’s video Maria takes you through some amazing tips to help you relax into it, impress the interviewer, and nail the job interview. Watch the video right now to get prepped for your next interview.

Trainer of the Month

Born in Yugoslavia (now Croatia) and moving to Australia when she was 10, our Trainer of the Month for April is a woman so strong and motivated to contribute to the lives of others that we’re going to struggle to explain her brilliance in just a few paragraphs.

When she first moved to Australia, Blazenka Krasey could not speak English and struggled to find her place, battling with shyness and emotional stress. Jump forward a few years and here she is, walking into her training room every day with the confidence and charisma that would put even the best motivational speakers to shame.

Outside of the training room, Blazenka makes sure she gives herself time to discover the world. So far she has traveled to New Zealand, Bali, US, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and is now planning to go to India – wow!

She values spirituality, health, growth and contribution which shines through in her incredible delivery style. Thank you Blazenka, for being a guiding light every single day!

Tip of the Month

“Don’t spend your life looking backwards only to fall over hurdles that were right in front of you. Growth means learning from the past and looking forward, towards a better brighter future.”

– Maria Smith

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Webinar? More like Weba-yeah!

Webinar? More like Weba-yeah!

The very first Bounce Webinar, Engaging the Disengaged, was a smash hit with almost 100 people signing up to watch Maria give some brilliant insights into engagement techniques.

With such a huge response from all you beautiful Bouncers out there, the team has decided to make the free webinars a regular thing! Yay!

We will be hosting another webinar in mid-May so keep an eye out for more info! If you have a topic that you want to know more about or have some feedback that you’d like to give about our last webinar, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us here.

Remember, if you registered for the webinar but couldn’t make it on the day, the replay is available for you to watch in your own time for the next few weeks. Call or email us if you’re unsure how to access the replay.

5 Surefire ways to Grow as a Professional

Whether you’ve been working in the same role for years or are currently in-between jobs, developing yourself professionally, on an everyday basis, is a habit we should all embrace.

Easier said than done, right? Well, this article from Bizcover has some really simple tips to keep your mind sharp and your skills on point. Check it out here.

Stepping Back in Time for Charity

The team at Bounce are never ones to shy away from a great night out to support a great cause. So the annual Feast on the Fairway was the place to be last week in Maryborough.

The night boasted a roaring 1920’s theme, complete with the Maryborough Big Band busting out the biggest hits of the ’20s and a projector showing classic movies in the background – All in support of cancer research!

The biggest hit for the night, besides the amazing swing dance lessons and incredible three-course meal provided by local eateries, was the huge announcement by Maryborough District Health Service that from July 1 this year, MDHS, in partnership with Ballarat Health Service, will be commence providing a public Oncology service locally.

This is big news for everyone in Maryborough, as locals previously would have to travel an hour to Ballarat to receive regular treatment.

This annual event is such a welcome addition to the community, and we cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone looking to network, support a good cause and enjoy a great night out. Well done, once again, to everyone involved!

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. Are you stuck going in circles thinking there are no jobs near you? What if they were closer than you think? In this months video, Maria lets you in on a little secret about job hunting that will change your whole point of view! Watch the video right now and get the easiest job hunting tip of all!

Trainer of the Month

Described as a “ball of passion”, our Trainer of the Month for March 2019 is none other than the beautiful Pina Cerminara!

Pina has been with Bounce for over two years and is a true influencer. She specialises in creating real and immediate change in her participants and with each positive outcome created, she gains more and more momentum. There’s no stopping this juggernaut of absolute passion.

“I spent most of my life hiding in the back of school classrooms and board room meetings, I now spend most of my working day being seen in front of groups of people. I have come from the back of the room to the front, where I get to teach people life and work skills as well as inspiring them to find their true potential.” – Pina.

Thank you, Pina, for being a true guiding light for those who need it most. You’ve done such incredible things over the last two years with Bounce, and we can’t wait to see what the next two years bring!

Tip of the Month

“Great communication skills are vital for success in every area of life. It’s not just about the words we use but our body language, tone, empathy and so much more. Do your research, build your skills and watch everything else fall into place.”

– Maria Smith

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Our gift to all Consultants out there!

Our gift to all Consultants out there!

On March 13 we will be presenting a completely free Webinar, open to all those working with job seekers, focusing on modern skills to engage the disengaged. We’ll delve into the Psychology of beliefs, emotions and actions as well as providing real strategies to work with a range of different situations and personality types.

This webinar is our gift to you, to show our appreciation. We see how hard you work every single day, striving to get the best outcomes for your clients and we want to help. So, mark March 13 in your diary (even if you can’t be there) and keep your eyes peeled for more information!

The USA comes to Australia!

We’ve written so many articles about trips to America; conferences, meetings and programs are booming in our sister country so it’s only natural that we’d spend tonnes of time over there. But for the first time, a little piece of America is coming to us! That’s right! For two whole weeks our Vice President of Operations for Bounce USA, Teri Britschgi, is coming to stay and learn all things Aussie when it comes to Bounce! To say that we’re excited would be a little bit of an understatement! Teri is not only a vital part of Bounce USA, she’s also an incredible friend of all of us here at Bounce. Many a Bounce employee has been treated to the luxury hospitality of Château De Britschgi in Washington State. So now it’s our turn to play host in what we’re all sure is going to be an incredible visit! With only a week to go before Teri arrives, we’re all busy preparing. The crew at Headquarters have put together a jam-packed schedule including shadowing our General Manager, Kelly, popping into both corporate and job seeker programs, as well as finding time to help out the community with the relay for life event in Maryborough! What a legend! So, if over the next few weeks you see Teri tagging along with someone from Bounce HQ, remember to say hi and tell her all about Vegemite and drop bears!

Planning for the Future with ETC

Our awesome clients at ETC kicked off the New Year in style with a two-day Strategic Planning session, specifically tailored to their business! Both Maria and Kelly developed and facilitated the two days at the end of January, honing in on vision, mission, the future of employment services and tonnes more! The team at ETC came to the sessions with a massive amount of energy and positivity, making the experience something to be remembered. Absorbing every piece of information and working as a tight-knit team, the group brainstormed and planned for the coming years. Maria and Kelly couldn’t be happier! “One of the best Strategic Planning days I’ve attended – The time flew which in itself shows how informative and engaging the day was. Very Enjoyable, very productive, thanks.” – R.M. ETC Employee If you’re interested in strategic planning for your business, get in contact with our General Manager, Kelly Mason, via phone 0419 326 694 or email kelly@bounceaustralia.com

Trainer of the Month

February is the month of love, and what better way to show our love and appreciation for our trainers than talking about a woman we love so much we awarded her Trainer of the Month TWICE! That’s right; we’re here once again to say a massive thank you to our spectacular trainer, Noula Petrarca! According to the lovely Noula, the last 12 months of her life have been “Amazing”. Living the philosophy of “do a job you love and get paid for it, and it won’t feel like work!” shows through every day with Noula. Every day she enters the room with such passion and energy, inspiring people to live their dream – Basically, she’s nailing it! “I know Lady Gaga said this, but I’m sure I said it first ‘It takes one person to believe in you and it can change your life’ I relay this to my groups all the time. I’m still learning, but my biggest lesson has been, when you find your gift in life, the purpose of it is to give it away.” It is amazing to watch you inspire so many people with your caring and passionate nature, and seeing them flourish after you have weaved your magic. Once again, thank you Noula.

More Tips from jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. Feel like your resumes are going straight in the bin? Well, in this video, Maria tells you how to make sure your resumes stand out from the rest to give you the best shot at the job you want! Get your typing fingers ready because this video will get you motivated! Watch it now!

Tip of the Month

“Valentine’s Day is a great reason to tell the people around you how much you appreciate them. Take advantage of this. Be genuine, be honest, and be thankful that they’re in your life.”

– Maria Smith

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