On an unusually chilly but sunny Brisbane June morning last week, in the funky pool side area of the Next Hotel in the city’s CBD, Flight Centre Business Travel staff and guests were treated to the vibrant, game-changing founder and CEO of Collective Hub, Lisa Messenger. Embracing a rock star look in black leather pants and over the knee boots, Lisa took the audience through a little of her life, her passion for travel, its role in her personal and professional development, and the importance of being true to yourself and others.
Lisa spoke about how travel has contributed to her personal growth and how her desire to share her business ethos was the seed to create the Collective Hub as a print magazine back in 2013. Considered a brave move in that she had absolutely no experience in an industry that most claimed was either dead or dying. Roll forward four short years and Collective Hub, an entrepreneurial lifestyle magazine has grown into an international multimedia business and lifestyle platform with multiple verticals across print, digital, events and, more recently, co-working spaces – all of which serve to ignite human potential.
Lisa is extensively travelled and she talked about how travel is integral to her business as it is where she gets her inspiration and her ability to recharge to stay focused, passionate and effective. She outlined how she surrounds herself with positive people where she can tap into their energy, knowledge and experience to help her focus her energies where she needs to. She has twice travelled to India in the last six months on meditation retreats and she has also trekked through some harsher parts of this country to raise funds for charity. The growth of her company has not been her only goal, and Lisa is firmly invested in instigating personal growth. Tackling tough terrain in India and riding camels in the Sahara are just part of the everyday for this energetic and inspirational powerhouse.
Encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit, mixed in with plenty of creativity and innovation is core to Lisa’s approach. This go-getting mindset has attracted fans that include Sir Richard Branson. Lisa outlined how her business relationship with Virgin CEO came about with the simple offer of supplying a box of the Collective Hub magazines to guests on Branson’s Necker Island. Lisa explained that it was all about making it easy for Richard to just say yes, and the rest as they say is history.
In Lisa’s professional box of tricks is her role as an international speaker, bestselling author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and the start-up scene. She speaks to a huge range of industries, and is highly sought after to speak across the globe for organisations, both large and small. Her ability to bring her energy and engage with her audience was well and truly felt at the Brisbane event. When asked if she had a favourite destination, she responded by saying that she didn’t have one favourite because each destination brought out a different aspect of her. She also said that she is a big believer in travel being a great disruptor as it takes you out of your comfort zone. Her next trip is to more remote parts of Peru, and Lisa concluded, “I am constantly excited by what travel has to offer for me to grow, and travel will always, always be a part of my life.”
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