Kate James is a confidence and positive psychology keynote speaker based in Melbourne, Australia. Working with leaders for over 20 years, in her engaging keynotes and workshops Kate shares evidence-based research, case studies and practical tools from positive psychology to boost self-awareness, build confidence and encourage compassionate leadership.

Participants learn about how to integrate positive psychology research in practical ways to improve self-awareness, enhance performance and promote a greater sense of self-belief.

Kate facilitates both in-person and online workshops for corporate groups and not-for-profit organisations.

Kate James

Kate is described as an authentic, warm and down-to-earth keynote speaker. She shares the latest research from positive psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy including tips about how these principles can be integrated into life in practical ways. Audiences comment that she’s someone who appears to embody her message.

Kate speaks to a range of different audiences and she is informal and engaging in her approach. She shares techniques to open your mind to new ways of thinking. Audiences will learn how to:

  • Develop self-awareness
  • Balance the negative bias of the brain
  • Manage stress more effectively
  • Navigate change with a positive mindset
  • Feel more resilient, confident and motivated.


The Confidence Course

Combining psychology research, therapy techniques, mindfulness tools and a series of practical exercises, this workshop will help you to reframe limiting beliefs, free yourself from old patterns of thinking and behaving, overcome imposter syndrome, build courage and resilience and discover a greater sense of self-belief.

  • Understand the meaning of real confidence
  • Discover your strengths, values and purpose
  • Connect with your ‘confident self’
  • Manage your mindset to overcome self-doubt
  • Build your courage and resilience

Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Learn about the latest research into imposter syndrome and how it impacts women. Keynote includes practical tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome, in order to become more confident, engaged and motivated.

  • What the research says about imposter syndrome
  • How imposter syndrome affects performance
  • Strategies to overcome self-doubt
  • Learn how to play to your natural strengths
  • Build a more positive relationship with yourself and others

Live & Work Mindfully

Learn how the latest mindfulness research can be applied in practical ways to help you become more present, relaxed and focused.

  • Learn to be more present, focused and relaxed
  • Balance the negative bias of the brain
  • Choose behaviours that enhance your wellbeing
  • Identify your personal values
  • Build a more positive relationship with yourself and others
  • Live with a greater sense of purpose

Three Steps to Better Balance

The concept of work-life balance is largely a myth. Taking a mindful approach to balance involves making conscious choices about how you interact with your busy life.

  • Learn how to manage your time more effectively
  • Proactively manage stress
  • Balance a negative mindset
  • Overcome self-sabotaging behaviours
  • Feel a greater sense of balance and calm

What people say

“I would urge anyone who wants to create and drive a positive and productive team culture to get you to run some corporate workshops with Kate. Thank you Kate for hosting such a brilliant workshop and creating the perfect space for my team to explore their strengths and talents and to learn about new tools to help them stay focused and grounded in such a busy work environment. The energy, knowledge and experience you bring are truly exceptional!”

Alex McDonald, Head of Audience Curation and Engagement, Bupa

“Kate delivered a fantastic session for our executive team, the session was perfectly pitched for the audience and delivered well beyond my expectations. Kate’s engaging style and ability to mesh together research and real-life practical examples really resonated with all who attended.”

Nicole Tournier, Director Planning & Resources, Strategy & Governance RMIT University

“Kate, I really appreciated you delivering such an excellent corporate workshop for our team. Your presentation ‘hit the mark’ and I received a lot of positive feedback from the Leadership Team on the quality of the presentation. Your session made it to the top of my list of “three things that went well today”!”

Neil Whiteside, Director Community Wellbeing, Brimbank City Council

We found Kate’s insights and ideas helpful and everyone enjoyed the time to focus on themselves and to consider the priorities they had and if these should change.

Within a few weeks, almost everyone had taken some action to improve their wellbeing, productivity or relationships. This varied from enrolling in further study, starting an exercise program, joining a meditation class or simply reorganising their workspace.”

Tricia Farnes, Associate Director – Human Resources, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE

“Kate has been an integral part of our health and wellness program within Aviva. Sessions have engaged our employees and created an awareness and understanding around the importance of maintaining one’s health, both mentally and physically. Kate’s warm and understanding nature combined with her passion and enthusiasm for these topics has ensured a continued successful program for our employees.”

Cliodhna Coughlan, HR Learning & Development, Aviva Australia

“Kate, just a note to say a big thank you for the talk last night. The feedback was very positive and I think that we all took something away from it. Your style is great, with just the right balance of relaxed delivery without diminishing the importance of the material, and engaged the group throughout. I hope we can work together in the future.”

Brian Peters, Competency Executive, Terra Firma

“Thank you for a very interesting and informative session you conducted at CitiPower/Powercor today. Work-life balance sometimes seems a term that is quite hard to define, but you prompted lots of thought-starters for me. One thing I found vital – recognition that the balance can and does change frequently, depending on issues that are happening in either my work or private life. I hadn’t truly realised that before now. Thank you for putting so much of yourself into the presentation – it makes it so much more interesting.”

Executive Assistant to General Manager Human Resources & Corporate Affairs, Powercor/CitiPower

Recent clients include

Cotton On Group, Latrobe University, Holmesglen, Monash, Sensis, Grocon, Aviva, Coles Myer, Urbis, NPS Medicinewise, Moores Legal, The Victorian Bar, BHP Billiton, Macquarie Bank, NAB, Bank West, PwC, Powercor, CSR, Clemenger, CHE, George Patts, Department of Transport, Department of Human Services, Department of Sustainability & Environment, Department of Justice, Financial Ombudsman Service, Victorian Electoral Commission, TCA, Yarra Valley Water, Local Government Women’s Professional Development, Australian Red Cross, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Whitelion and Kids Under Cover.

Book Kate as a keynote speaker

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