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Nigel Collin

Portrait shot of Nigel Collin

Nigel created his first business at the age of 20 and sold it at 21. He then went on to build Absurd Entertainment, one of Australia first and largest entertainment design companies. He worked extensively on the 2000 Olympics, was entertainment advisor at the Paralympics, grounds entertainment producer of the Sydney Royal Easter Show for six years and still holds the accolade of being show director for Australia's largest ever corporate event. He is now Founder of Thinkativity and Director of North Ryde Riding School.

In 2013, armed with a video camera, Nigel set out on an initiative to travel throughout Australia, solo on his motorbike, to discover ingenious Australians and share their stories. His quest was to inspire the ideas of a nation. In 2014, as an ambassador of Start-up Australia, he interviewed over fifty of Australia's top entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This unique research, along with his business experience, has given Nigel unique insights into profitable growth and offers an achievable process for everyday innovation and improvement.

Nigel's message is that business is a 'game of inches' and not a one-off event. He believes that 99% of successes come from many small, practical steps rather than a single 'eureka' idea. The big idea makes a good story in a speech, but it's hard for delegates to incorporate into their everyday working lives.

Having now spent over twenty years in business events (both on and off the stage) he understands the importance of not just being engaging, but delivering practical and lasting business benefits.

He has advised Ministers of Parliament, C-Suite executives and entrepreneurs. Organisations in a myriad of industries including IT, franchise, events, marketing, finance, pharmaceuticals, government and telecommunications have benefited from his experience and expertise.

He is an alumni of the Disney Institute, a Ted-Xer and author of two books with a third in production titled Game of Inches.

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