For the last 15 years I've been regularly speaking at conferences and running in-house training on a range of topics designed to shift the perception that hiring and leadership needs to feel hard.

As an entrepreneur myself, I share experiences from my own business and life lessons and draw on my 17+ years of HR & Recruitment experience interviewing and hiring thousands of people.

My style is simple, practical and your audience will walk away with a bunch of ah-ha moments and a smile on their face.

I can run masterclasses or interactive guest expert appearances for your audience of entrepreneurs or tailor in-house training for emerging leaders within your business.


Choose from a list of my most popularly requested talks below, or I can help tailor a talk to suit you and your event needs.

  • The Secrets to Successful Hiring
  • Interview Techniques - To Always Hire a Winner
  • Strategic Hiring for Each Stage of Business
  • Positive Performance Management - Motivating & Engaging Your Team
  • Difficult Conversations - How to have them (& How to Not Need Them)
  • The Art of Effective Delegating
  • Leading Vs Managing & How to Know What Style To Use & When

Learning How to HIRE RIGHT & Step into your role as LEADER of Your Business is a

powerful investment

- Paula Maidens

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Happy Lawyer, Happy Life Conference - Keynote Speaker

“Paula delivered a content packed key note presentation in an easy to digest way.

Paula has a natural ease on stage that ensures your audience will enjoy her presentation style however will walk away with plenty of tools to implement immediately into their business.”

- Clarissa Rayward
Align & Activate Mastermind - Guest Expert

“I invited Paula to run a Masterclass in my mastermind.

It was a fabulous and much needed delivery for all my beauties. Thank you again for your energy, wisdom and honestly for showing up for my brand. I feel truly blessed and connected and look forward to future partnerships. Thank you Paula”.

- Jennifer Madrid
The Belle Evolutions Member Event - Guest Speaker

"Paula was a valuable and inspiring contribution to The Belle Evolutions October 2022 members event. Her willingness to share her story with authenticity and raw honesty made her an outstanding speaker. However, it was her effort in providing real and specific tools that provided outstanding value and the amount of time she took to connect with so many women in business that resonated with her message, that made her a true highlight of the event.
Paula covered everything from the early steps of starting her business to demonstrating the practical tools that we can implement to hire and lead a team fueled for growth and with a sustainable culture. Her contribution was original and inspiring. She spoke with a confidence and engaging authenticity that had the entire room hanging on every word and impacted for the better. She is a true asset to any audience."

- Jessica Ndenda
The Executive Connection (TEC) Speaker

"Paula and I have worked together through our TEC (The Executive Connection) peer mentoring group with Paula as both a speaker for TEC and a member of the group I chair. Paula is a highly professional and knowledgable HR specialist. As a speaker she manages group dynamics well and delivers exceptional take home value. She has a significant range of experience from running her own businesses to international corporate roles, so her content is relevant and engaging both for SME business owners and executives from larger corporates."

- Amanda Cole
High Vibe Business Academy - Guest Expert

"I reached out to Paula as an expert in her field to deliver a workshop to the women in my membership club. And oh my goodness she delivered.
Paula has an awesome presenting style and her workshop was value-packed, breaking down all the things that small businesses need to consider when hiring their first staff member.
If you're considering starting or expanding your team then I highly recommend a discussion with Paula to make sure you make the right hire the first time."

- Georgina Bowden
In-House Conference Training 

"I was first exposed to the services of Paula at a Flight Centre Conference in Bali in November 2011 where she presented on the generational differences in the workplace. Paula gave a very engaging presentation that had fresh and relevant content.

As soon as I returned from Bali, I contacted Paula to see if she would be available to work with the Flight Centre Financial Controllers. I have since had Paula present at conferences and training programs for our Financial Controllers and General Managers of Finance as well as delivering presentations to our next generation of leaders in a training program. Paula then became a resource I would turn to for any "people" related requirements for conferences and training. Paula is an incredible talent and was an invaluable resource to our business."

- Michelle Degenherdt, FLIGHT CENTRE
In-House Conference Training

"Our business was experiencing lots of growth and we had new leaders in new positions who were recruiting without a well-documented process. We engaged Paula to run a recruitment & interviewing training session at our leadership conference and we thoroughly enjoyed her style, friendly approach and common-sense strategies. Her session created a great buzz and excitement and I happily recommend her."

- Jarod Graetz, 89.9 LIGHT FM
In-House Training

"I outsource as rarely as possible. It was with trepidation that I spoke to Paula Maidens about leadership development within our group. I was looking for someone who could connect with our people and effect change. I was not looking for an entertainer wrapped up as one trick presenter. I found Paula was able to deliver and contribute to a progressive development plan for a broad group of skills and demographics. Paula was easy to deal with and clearly took pride in what she did. Equipped  with a broad set of skills across different businesses meant that Paula could see the bigger picture and her intuition drove our direction rather than constant guidance. This saved us alot of time and gave the program a flow. I trusted Paula with access to our people which are our biggest asset. I was glad I made that decision."

- Shane Flynn, SLEEPY'S
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