Talia is an innovator who enjoys being at the forefront of change. She loves creating and growing successful businesses and mentoring high-performing individuals and companies to achieve and exceed their goals.
Although she doesn’t often admit it, Talia Mana started her working life as an accountant. Fortunately, she has since come to her senses and after a successful corporate career – spanning marketing, financial management, business planning, strategic planning and general management – an entrepreneurial streak took hold leading Talia to start her own businesses in training, consulting and publishing as well as research and development. She invented a game for kids called Mobile Mastermind which fuelled her passion for creating and launching new businesses.
Talia is an award winning blogger and public speaker and was a contributing author to the bestselling book 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life: Volume 2. She has also been featured in television, newspaper and magazine interviews and was a financial expert on TVNZ’s Good Morning show.
Talia has worked in executive management positions for Fortune 500 companies, such as Telecom and Fletcher Challenge, and has held management roles in companies in the IT, health, publishing and building materials industries. As a consultant she has worked with companies of all sizes from solo business entrepreneurs to major corporations, as well as not-for-profit organisations, in the health, travel, insurance, social services, information products and manufacturing industries.
In addition, Talia has been an early adopter of online marketing and maintains an interest in digital publishing, information products and social media as well as in developing and marketing new products in a wide variety of fields.
She is a past mentor for the NZ Institute of Management and specialises in strategic and business planning. She has also coached individuals in stress management, financial success and goal-setting and conducted training workshops on a number of topics including business strategy, scenario planning, publishing, online marketing, stress management, personal success and self-development.
Talia is on the board of directors of the Northland Chamber of Commerce. She is a past board director of the Cement & Concrete Association, Dress for Success Northland and the Council for Mental Well-Being. With degrees in commerce and applied science, a diploma in psychology and certificates in marketing management and strategic decision making, she considers herself lucky to have learned marketing, social media and strategic planning from some of the world’s leading experts.
Talia is the author of more than 1,000 articles, several eBooks and guides, two non-fiction printed books. She is also a contributing author to 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life: Volume 2 with John Gray, Richard Carlson, Bob Proctor and Jack Canfield.
Talia is based in Whangarei – known as ‘The Winterless North’ of New Zealand – where she enjoys the peace and tranquillity of country living and does her best to avoid the weeding.