"It's not what happens to you that defines you, it's how you respond that counts!"

- Josie Thomson

About Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson is a multi-award winning coach, speaker, trainer, business owner, author and single mother of two.

Josie knows what it’s like to face the odds as a two-time cancer survivor and has proven that odds can be beaten. She speaks from first hand experience about bouncing forward with a ‘post-traumatic growth disorder’ and about how to reframe adversity into opportunities for triumph and success.

She is living proof that winning and succeeding in life is a mindset, and she teaches others how to embrace change due to their encounters with life challenges, sometimes in radically positive ways.

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An avid learner, Josie has completed masters studies in neuroscience and combines 15 years of corporate experience with almost two decades of coaching to corporate executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Josie was awarded the International Gold Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year (Difference Maker) for 2014 and AsiaPacific in 2015; The Women in Business Coach/Mentor of the Year 2014 Silver Award in New York City, and AsiaPacific in Shanghai for 2015; and she’s a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist.

She is also Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support and GreenX7. Josie commits herself to transforming and improving the lives of others.

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See Josie in the Media

Listen to Our Clients

I asked Josie to help us to re-shape our Leaders’ Forum

Josie has facilitated a number of sessions for QIC, working with our managers and leaders in QIC’s cultural redevelopment program. Given her previous results, her credibility with staff and the trust she had built across the leadership group, I asked Josie to help us to re-shape our Leaders’ Forum.

Josie played an important role in helping me establish a very different feel to the Forum and the behaviours of participants. As is her style, she was quickly able to get the “buy-in” of participants and establish the rules for the forum which included open, honest and free discussion. This set the scene for some active and robust discussions. Josie’s frank and outcomes orientated approach ensured that the forum delivered tangible outcomes which we are now working through as a group.

Doug McTaggart ... Chief Executive, QIC

JOSIE CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY FORWARD IN NEUROSCIENCE LEADERSHIP & COACHING PRACTICES

I have never forgotten the first time I met Josie at QUT where she presented alongside Dr Schwartz. Josie delivered a presentation in regard to the leading information technology about neuroscience which changed my life. Not only is Josie one of those very special people who dedicates her life to help others in a meaningful way... Josie walks the talk and continues to lead the way forward in neuroscience leadership & coaching practices. Josie assists others to build the resilience and self control they need to achieve to reach their full potential using her suite of neuroscience based diagnostic tools. I am now nearing the completion of my Executive Masters in Business Administration and I can see how important it is for leaders to have the right tools in order to be able to negotiate the complexity of the world today. I would encourage others to make contact with Josie. I feel certain that your life with change in many meaningful ways.

Lara R

EVERY TIME I AM LEFT FEELING HUMBLED, INSPIRED, GRATEFUL AND MOTIVATED

I have seen Josie present a number of times over the years, and every time I am left feeling humbled, inspired, grateful and motivated. I can highly recommend Josie as a speaker offering her personal and professional insights into how our brains work and how people influence and impact who we are and our happiness.

Jenny Lord

Giving Back

As an Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support (CCS), Josie donates $5 from each sale of her Inspirational Fridge Magnet Product.

“It’s an honour to be an Ambassador and advocate for Childhood Cancer Support. The children have fierce spirit and will against their battle with disease, they light up the world with their smiles and truly appreciate the gift of life.”

Giving Back

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As an Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support (CCS), Josie donates $5 from each sale of her Inspirational Fridge Magnet Product.

“It’s an honour to be an Ambassador and advocate for Childhood Cancer Support. The children have fierce spirit and will against their battle with disease, they light up the world with their smiles and truly appreciate the gift of life.”

How to Connect with Josie

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Want to learn how you can become the best version of yourself? Check out this conversation with Optimize CEO Brian Johnson and my friend, co-author of The Wise Advocate, and leading brain expert Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz as they discuss how we can use our attention to change our brains and change our lives. Listen in for tips and practices that create real change! https://www.positivevoices.com/conversation-johnson-schwartz/
THANKFUL THURSDAY Big big lesson I’ve learned is that we must let go to set ourselves free.One of the greatest traits a person can have is the ability to forgive themselves and others. Unfortunately, what happens all too often we’ll go through life carrying extra baggage that has been weighing on us for years, and at times, even decades.I have spoken with many coaching clients who battle addiction, and they often talk about how much hurt they feel someone inflicted on them and how they turned to their addiction to numb the pain.You see, resentment and unwillingness to forgive will keep you locked in the past and prevent you from moving forward with your life. Remember: when you forgive, you aren’t doing it for the other person; you’re doing it to set yourself free.I know what you’re thinking: “But you don’t know what they’ve done to me.”Forgiveness does not mean that you are excusing their behaviour - it means you quit replaying it in your mind and giving it time and emotional energy.You can carry unforgiveness, but it will cost you joy.You can carry bitterness, but it will cost you peace.You may think they don’t deserve to be forgiven, maybe not, but you deserve relief. And you deserve to be free.As Carl Jung said, “I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” Jx
I got some wonderful feedback following an online workshop I presented at last week, that I really wanted to share with you. I love that businesses have been able to pivot and offer trainings and workshops online to cater for our current climate. If you'd like to have me speak at your next company event (in person or online) I'd love to hear from you!