Vicki Bennett

Vicki Bennett is a bestselling author of 27 books for adults and young people. Most of her books are internationally successful and have been published in numerous languages. Her latest book, The Little Stowaway, published by Scholastic Publishers in 2018, is a story about a little French orphan who was smuggled to Australia in an oat bag.

Her books include: Programme to Succeed, Mirrors - An Adventure into Ourselves, Take Me To My Garden, Mummy?, Making Dreams Come True, I've Read the Rules, Now How do I Play the Game?, Life Smart, The Effective Leader, Signposts for Life and What Do Women Really Want?

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'I fell upon writing in 1982.' Vicki said, 'my first visit to the United States found me at a conference in San Francisco, in a whirlwind of professional speakers where positive mental attitude was the currency of the day.

'Surrounded by the likes of Zig Zigler, Og Mandino and Jim Rohn, the questions most asked were; "So you're from Austria?" and, "Have you got a book?" "A book? No, do I need a book?" "Sure, you do, you gotta have a product."

'So on the thirty-six hour flight home, I put ten of my speeches together and voila: Programme to Succeed was born. This was self-published and sold over ten thousand copies, mainly at big conferences in Asia and America. Happily, my captive audiences bought this book voraciously.

'From that platform I found a literary agent and my next two books were shaped, I've Found the Keys, Now Where's the Car? and a children's book, Making Dreams Come True.

'After a grilling and lengthy editorial process, I asked my editor at that time, "How did you know that I could actually write this?" "I didn't," was her sanguine reply, "we just loved the title!"

'Even with twenty-two non-fiction books up my sleeve, I'm still learning to write. It's now in my blood, compulsive and compelling, my personal therapy. God I wish I had paid more attention to touch typing classes.

Contact: +61 411643500
Email: vicki@vickibennett.com.au
Websites:
www.lifesmartaustralia.com
www.twopennies.com.au
www.whatdowomenreallywant.com.au
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DREAMS CAN COME TRUE for parents and grandparents


DREAMS CAN COME TRUE for parents and grandparents, is author Vicki Bennett's 24th book. This is a visualisation Workbook and CD.

Sometimes children need a quiet space of their own where nothing goes wrong. By using their imagination, they can find this special place. Their favourite place may become any one of the seven visualisations: The Secret Garden, Library of Learning, Magic Cave of Friends, Rainforest Healing, The Beach and the Healing White Light, Flying in the Clouds, Pink Bubble. These can become positive places to solve problems, helping to put their young minds to rest.

Visualisation creates an environment for both adults and children to grow and to learn and engage their imaginations. Parents often say that after a busy day, going to the Secret Garden or Magic Cave of Friends with their child relaxes them and rejuvenates their sometimes flagging spirits, enabling them to spend quality time with their partner.

This is a workbook and CD for children and grown-ups to share.

Dreams Can Come True is beautifully illustrated by John Flitcroft, illustrator of Two Pennies, also by Vicki Bennett.

Vicki and her daughter Tammie, read the seven visualisations on the CD included with this book.

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DREAMS CAN COME TRUE for teachers


DREAMS CAN COME TRUE for teachers, is author Vicki Bennett's 24th book. This is a visualisation Workbook and CD.

Reading this book and using the CD can provide a valuable tool for learning for children.

There are seven visualisations: The Secret Garden, can be used for creative learning and problem solving. Library of Learning, can be used as part of the study program, to build confidence for schoolwork. Magic Cave of Friends, can be used when there is any disharmony between friends in a classroom. Rainforest Healing, is an excellent tool to use when children are feeling aggressive or disruptive. The Beach and the Healing White Light, is useful when children are sick or out of sorts. Flying in the Clouds, is best used to ignite the imaginations for a writing task. Pink Bubble is a very calming visualisation, it helps children to feel safe and secure.

These visualisations become positive places to solve problems, helping to put their young minds to rest.

This workbook also has a section on goalsetting, action and behaviour.

Dreams Can Come True is beautifully illustrated by John Flitcroft, illustrator of Two Pennies, also by Vicki Bennett.

Vicki and her daughter Tammie, read the seven visualisations on the CD included in this book.

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Two Pennies


Australian children rebuild a School in France
$19.95
Vicki Bennett
Illustrations, John Flintcroft

After World War 1, a little boy called George, living in Victoria, Australia decides to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed.

This is a powerful and poignant story about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.

A bond was forged between George and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.

George was one of many Victorian schoolchildren who raised money to build the Victoria School in France after World War 1. This is his story.

A moving story that outlines the wonderful relationship between Australia and Villers-Bretonneux, a relationship that has continued through the generations. Lorraine El Yabouri, Musée Franco-Australien, Villers-Bretonneux.

This delightful book reminds us that even the smallest effort can make a big difference. Patrick McIntosh, RSL Care Chairman.

Hope and perseverance are the overwhelming themes of author Vicki Bennett's latest book, Two Pennies. Emma Williams, Courier Mail.

I love that this little boy helps his dad and I love the pictures. Oliver Orth, 8 years old.

Two Pennies is an engaging tale of one person's contribution to repairing the damage that war creates. Sydney Morning Herald.

Click here to hear an interview with Vicki Bennett on Two Pennies (12 MB file).

Two Pennies book trailer.

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Deux Pennies


Australian children rebuild a School in France
$19.95
Vicki Bennett
Illustrations, John Flintcroft

After World War 1, a little boy called George, living in Victoria, Australia decides to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed.

This is a powerful and poignant story about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to build this school across the oceans.

A bond was forged between George and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.

George was one of many Victorian schoolchildren who raised money to build the Victoria School in France after World War 1. This is his story.

A moving story that outlines the wonderful relationship between Australia and Villers-Bretonneux, a relationship that has continued through the generations. Lorraine El Yabouri, Musée Franco-Australien, Villers-Bretonneux.

This delightful book reminds us that even the smallest effort can make a big difference. Patrick McIntosh, RSL Care Chairman.

Hope and perseverance are the overwhelming themes of author Vicki Bennett's latest book, Two Pennies. Emma Williams, Courier Mail.

I love that this little boy helps his dad and I love the pictures. Oliver Orth, 8 years old.

Deux Pennies is an engaging tale of one person's contribution to repairing the damage that war creates. Sydney Morning Herald.

Click here to hear an interview with Vicki Bennett on Two Pennies (12 MB file).

Deux Pennies book trailer.

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Signposts for Life

In Signposts for Life, international corporate trainer Vicki Bennett provides a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to fulfilling your potential and achieving success.

Using real life case studies and touching anecdotes, Vicki explains how to control negative thinking, communicate more effectively, enhance your relationships, visualise your success, let go of past hurts and much more.

Written in a fun and accessible style, Signposts for Life will inspire you to make simple yet highly effective changes to your thoughts, attitudes, daily routines and lifestyle that will build your self esteem and create new and exciting opportunities in your life.

Says Vicki: 'This book is written for those seeking direction, inspiration and abundance in life but are unsure how to find and embrace it. I write about how giving yourself great customer service is an act of bravery and how to give yourself this daily. I also explore one of life's great questions; do you really want a life partner? And offer practical suggestions on how to answer this.'

As well as plenty of new original material, Signposts for Life incorporates material from Vicki's previous books I've Found the Keys Now Where's the Car? And I've Read the Rules Now How Do I Play the Game?

Click here to hear an excerpt from Vicki's interview with Alan McGirvan about Signposts For Life (1.4 MB file).

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The Effective Leader

How To Balance Your Mind, Body And Spirit At Work And At Home

This is a motivational leadership book that explores mind, body, spirit in the context of the work environment through nine easy steps.

A successful leader needs to access a wide range of strengths and skills. But the great quest of our age is about bringing balance into our lives. So how do we bring our professional and personal world into balance, and still provide effective leadership and management?

The Effective Leader focuses on the total person and offers ideas and understandings to apply to all aspects of life. Vicki Bennett and Ian Mathieson explore nine key challenges facing leaders today and argue that balance in life can be achieved systematically and purposefully. If we can successfully balance our mind, body and spirit we can also balance our work, family life and recreational pursuits.

The nine key chapters which explore the leadership challenge are:

  • Leadership can be learned
  • Get in touch with your spirit
  • Integrating intuition and envisaging into planning
  • Open up your antennae
  • The power of choice in your roles
  • Turn on and tune into both sides of your brain
  • Treat yourself well
  • Search out the talents around you
  • Forgive quickly

This book will stimulate your thinking and give you creative and practical ideas to enhance your abilities as a leader, at work, in your family and your community organisations.

Click here to hear a radio interview with Vicki Bennett and Ian Mathieson on The Effective Leader (1 MB file).

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Life Smart

Life Smart is for young people aged 13-19 to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence. Written with awareness and understanding, this book provides sound advice on how to deal with the most pressing issues of these vital years - issues everybody experiences in their teens, including:

  • The ups and downs of friendship and love
  • Learning to believe in ourselves and accept others
  • Finding a direction in our life, and
  • Relating to our families.

Written in a clear, accessible style and illuminated with quotes from wise and inspirational thinkers, Life Smart also describes practical activities to get teenagers thinking and acting positively. It empowers young people to not only make choices, but - by being true to themselves - to make the best choices.

Click here to hear an excerpt from Vicki's interview with Alan McGirvan about 'Life Smart'.

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Signposts for Balance in Love and Work

Signposts For Balance In Love And Work was written for the Japanese market designed for people learning English at medium competence (level 2 standard). It is written in simple, strong and beautiful English and is a valuable book for the English reader who likes a concise, easy-to-read and easy-to-access format. This book was first published in 2007 (IBC Publishing, Tokyo) and is now in its 6th print run.

There are 100 Signposts For Balance In Love And Work. Each signpost is a map for your future, giving you direction and guidance to assist in your life journey, helping to create personal achievement and satisfaction. The messages from each signpost will assist to develop a positive mindset and gives the reader ideas for living effectively in the 21st Century.

Each of the signposts gives valuable suggestions and tools to help the reader discover their own special talents, to be successful in their career, and to find happy relationships and love. The signposts can be read and as a book or taken in one at a time, absorbed as daily meditation.

If you want to find greater control of finding success, love, and happiness in all areas of your life, read or listen to Signposts For Balance In Love And Work.

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Signposts for Balance in Love and Work A book and CD

Signposts For Balance In Love And Work was written for the Japanese market designed for people learning English at medium competence (level 2 standard). It is written in simple, strong and beautiful English and is a valuable book for the English reader who likes a concise, easy to read and easy to access format. This book was first published in 2007 (IBC Publishing, Tokyo) and is now in its 6th print run.

There are 100 Signposts For Balance In Love And Work. Each signpost is a map for your future, giving you direction and guidance to assist in your life journey, helping to create personal achievement and satisfaction. The messages from each signpost will assist to develop a positive mindset and gives the reader ideas for living effectively in the 21st Century.

Each of the signposts gives valuable suggestions and tools to help the reader discover their own special talents, to be successful in their career, and to find happy relationships and love. The signposts can be read and as a book or taken in one at a time, absorbed as daily meditation.

If you want to find greater control of finding success, love, and happiness in all areas of your life, read Signposts For Balance In Love And Work.

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I've Read the Rules, Now How Do I Play the Game?

Our friend Robbie Morrow gave us a game for Christmas called Diplomacy. He told us about a young engaged couple, Sonya and Allan who, after a lively dinner party, decided to play the game with two other couples.

The game comes in a box which explains it as a game of skill in which negotiation, rather than chance, guides destinies of international politics. Up to seven players each seek to gain control of Europe. It is described as 'an exciting game of wits'.

They all read the rules and began. Sonya and Allan are very enthusiastic. They loved the idea of negotiating, of matching wits, and the thrilling possibility of out-maneuvering the other players.

Each person plays individually - which is apparent from the rules. But Sonya and Allan played as allies, and bounced off one another to make more winning moves and maneuvers. All was fine - until Allan out-maneuvered Sonya by not telling her what he was going to do.

Sonya was furious. She said that Allan was not playing by the rules, not following the 'guidelines', whereas in fact he was. It says in the rules that you can make deals with other players - and break them, too. The primary objective of the game is for one person to win at all costs. And Allan had won. But Sonya could not believe that he had set her up that he had lied to her, even in a game. She was incensed. She spent the night ranting and raving about how awful Allan was to do such a terrible thing.

Their friends were surprised about Sonya's reaction, but thought she would get over it and remember that it was just a game after all.

Allan was very surprised to find on arriving home from work the next afternoon that Sonya had packed up and left him. The note was simple, 'I'm leaving. I couldn't possibly live with, or marry a man who lies to me, even in a game. It's over, goodbye'.

Pretty extreme? They had both read the rules, but they had interpreted them differently. Each was, in fact, playing a quite different game, and now it was over. They are both playing with different partners now.

Do you think you know what's expected of you at work or in a social situation only to find that everyone else seems to be playing the game by different rules - or no rules at all?

In this book, Vicki Bennett takes a fresh look at the game of life and gives us new ways to look at the old rules with sound, practical advice and warm good humour that draws on her human understanding, communication skills and broad experience as a successful trainer.

Drawing on real-life experiences, she shows:

  • How to understand and interpret the rules of life
  • How to play the game of life
  • How to get up when you are down
  • How to create a vibrant energy level, and

How to set your own standards and live a life that will give you personal fulfillment, happiness and success.

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Making Dreams Come True

This is a book for children and grown-ups to share. Children have goals, just as adults do. It may be to ride a bike, do well at school or play in a special team. This book of easily understood visualisations and simple practical exercises is suitable for children of all ages

Drawing on her own practical experience working with children, Vicki Bennett shows how you can help children draw on their own unique resources for visualisation and setting and achieving goals.

Visualisation is valuable process for children as:

  • A creative tool they can use to achieve their goals
  • An unlimited space where they can solve problems
  • A place where they can let go of their worries and fears.

Making Dreams Come True includes notes for parents and teachers on how to use the book, simple visualisation exercises and a complete section on setting and achieving goals, set out in a clear step-by-step way.

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Take Me To My Garden Mummy

Children's imaginations are vivid and alive. They are untouched by negativity and reasons why they can't do things. This book shows children the exciting tools of goals setting and creative visualistion.

In a child's imagination, there are no limitations or boundaries. Children use their imaginations for creative learning. Often times we don't understand their imaginary friends or their complicated games. This is because we have learnt to grow up.

Sometimes children just need a sanctuary where nothing goes wrong. They can use an imaginary garden as this special place. Visualisation is dreaming when you are awake, or seeing a mental picture of what you want to happen. If your imagination is constantly reminded of your wish or desire, the dream becomes real and you achieve your goal.

As a child, I stumbled upon my special garden and it has helped me in life to solve problems. I know it helps my children to learn and to love. If you teach your children to set goals and see them achieving them in their garden, you will share the joy of your child at bed time, saying: 'Please take me to my garden, Mummy.'

The book is designed for 5 to 10 year old children to use and will enable them to learn to set goals and to visualise achieving these goals. It comprehensively shows children how to work out their goals, how to write them down and how to create the action so that they will achieve them.

Take Me to My Garden Mummy can be bought as a book, as a CD, or book and CD set. The visualisation CD can be used for children as they are going to sleep at night, to enable them to activate their creative mind to achieve their goals. This CD can also be shared by parents and children, adults will gain as much from listening to the CD as their children.

Teachers also use this as a teaching aid for helping children to set and achieve their goals at school both academically and in other activities.

Click here to hear Vicki about 'Take Me To My Garden Mummy'.

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What do Women Really Want

Authors Vicki Bennett and Ian Mathieson asked over 200 women: 'What Do Women Really Want?' From their discussions came this amazing book: loaded with stories and experiences from women and interwoven with comments, advice and suggestions. This website will stimulate your thinking and give you a taste of the book and some great questions to ask yourself.

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