“Are you ready to live your life deliberately, and not by default?”


Pauline is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs – but with difference.

She is inspiration with substance. She teaches with warmth and humour, telling her own story of what can be achieved through key alignment of thoughts and intentions. She has a high-performing Western business background combined with an Eastern slant of spirituality.

Pauline is a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman – and her achievements are all the more impressive for her having escaped Vietnam on a boat and survived a Thai refugee camp. She has overcome these adverse beginnings to transform her approach to success by re-engineering her beliefs, questioning the status quo and hacking cultural norms.

To become one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs takes hard work, determination, inspiration and substance.

It also takes the courage to defy conventional wisdom and the tenacity to get back up again, no matter how many times life knocks you down.

Pauline Nguyen Australian motivational speaker

Pauline has learned to reframe the events of her tumultuous childhood, and often describes her upbringing as her ‘training’. Pauline became a master of her thoughts, behaviours and emotions and approached everything with an unshakable spirit. Her day-to-day professional life was in orbit around her life principles, and not the other way around. This self-actualisation has carried her to prosperity while running the awarded restaurant Red Lantern, (the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world) and authoring bestseller, Secrets of the Red Lantern. Her unique philosophy also inspired her newest release, The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur. 

In 2012, Pauline and Red Lantern won the Australian Telstra Business Award for Medium Business.  But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Pauline’s achievements; her memoir, Secrets of the Red Lantern, has been critically acclaimed around the world and appeared in numerous bestseller lists. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney, and in 2008 won Newcomer Writer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Pauline has achieved outstanding success as an entrepreneur, author, businesswoman and acclaimed speaker. Pauline has the unique ability to connect with her audience in a profound way, empowering them to change their story for a better future. Pauline is an original ‘Rare Bird’ – one of Australia’s top 50 influential female entrepreneurs – and is included in Blackwell and Hobday’s global recognition of 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World.

Following on from her success with Secrets of the Red Lantern, Pauline has penned a new book, The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneurthe 7 Secrets to Becoming Fearless, Stress Free and Unshakable in Business and in Life.  Through direct experience, she knows that ‘happiness’ alone won’t solve our business problems.

To be Fearless, Stress Free and Unshakable are more powerful traits.

Pauline describes The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur as a no bones, honest and forthright methodology of business, life and spiritual practice designed to disrupt standard ways of thinking, bringing the unconscious into the conscious and catapulting the reader into an optimistic mindset of abundance and possibility.

She believes that any person or organisation who follows The Way of The Spiritual Entrepreneur is destined to have a competitive advantage in business and in life.

Pauline’s unique life experiences have given her a distinctive insight into the minds of individuals and businesses alike, allowing her to pass on the invaluable skills of self-mastery, courage, resilience and grit. As Pauline says,

‘If we can learn the tools of self-mastery, we can better practice the art of influence over others.”

When Pauline talks of commitment driving outcomes, people listen.

Key Points

  • Pauline is the owner and co-founder of Red Lantern, the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world.

  • Notably, Pauline has previously been awarded the Telstra Australia Business Award for Medium Business, is an original Rare Bird (Australia’s Top 50 Influential Female Entrepreneurs) and is included in Blackwell Hobday’s Global Recognition of ‘200 Women who will change the way you see the world’.

  • She is the bestselling author of Secrets of the Red Lantern, which won her the Debut Writer of the Year Award at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

  • Following on from her success with Secrets of the Red Lantern, Pauline has penned The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur, a no bones, honest and forthright methodology of business, life and spiritual practice designed to disrupt standard ways of thinking, bring the unconscious into the conscious.

Pauline Nguyen Australian motivational speaker

Pauline is a highly sought after speaker and performer


It is rare for someone to inspire the heart and mind; almost unheard of to speak to the soul as well. Pauline manages it with ease. She combines an honesty and vulnerability with a confidence that is engaging to listen to – the audience of over 300 was captivated from start to finish. She offered practical advice but so much more; her personal story, told with humour and grace, and simple concepts that really resonated. The energy in the room after Pauline’s talk was amazing and, for days afterwards, I had people approach me to share how her talk had inspired them. A fantastic experience and she is without a doubt one of the best speakers I’ve had the pleasure to listen to.

Emma Jensen - Director, Senior Marketing and Business Leader - OPTUS


Pauline’s presence, words and life story was so inspiring and resonated with me on many levels. Pauline captured the attention and hearts of everybody in the room as she told her story of her life. It was heart felt, relatable and she has a wonderful delivery of storytelling, almost taking you back in time on the journey with her. I was so connected to her story that I actually felt I didn’t want the journey to stop in that hour, I wanted to hear and know more. Pauline is one of the best professional speakers I have seen, it awakens you to what’s possible even when it feels against all odds. I will be able to use her insights and learnings at work every day; which 6 weeks later I am still thinking about all that was said. Mindfulness is what immediately comes to me when I think of her story, Pauline inspired me to elevate my meditation practises so that I can more present in every moment. Thank you Pauline.

Skandi Cockle - Capability Project Manager - WESTPAC


From the first second Pauline stepped on stage, she had my undivided attention the whole time. Pauline is not afraid to speak her truth and she speaks from the heart. For anyone that has been through tough times or are going through tough times, you will relate to Pauline when she shares her life story. You will get an insight into how you can be a high achiever and be happy too. How the universe rewards the unreasonably determined. Knowing that change is the only constant, expect change, better still be the change. From the “stench of fear” to being at the intersection of Growth and Gratitude. Some time spent with Pauline may just open your mind, heart, soul and health up to a happier way of being.

Sam Hargrave - Sales & Marketing Agent - HARGRAVE REAL ESTATE


Presentation Topics


The Red Lantern Story
– From extreme adversity to success.

Thought Leader and Commentator in Courage, Resilience and Grit
– Navigating through change and disruption.
– Developing personal and organisational Courage, Resilience and Grit.

The Game of Business Mastery is the Game of Mastering Influence
– Named as one of ‘Australia’s Top 50 Influential Female Entrepreneurs’, and one of the hand-selected
’200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World’, Pauline understands how to use the Weapons of Influence in business and in life.

Small to Medium Business
– Leadership, customer service, staff retention, internal growth, company culture and service standards.
– Building a Business Brand as well as a Personal Brand

The Way of The Spiritual Entrepreneur – The 7 Secrets to Becoming Fearless, Stress Free and Unshakable in Business and in Live
– How to master your emotions to stay cool under pressure
– Finding inner peace amongst the chaos and confusion.
– Cultivating Self Mastery of Mindset, Heartset, Healthset and Soulset

Biohacking Mind, Body and Spirit
– How to maximize joy and enhance personal performance in Business Leadership and Life Leadership

Pauline Nguyen Australian motivational speaker


Breath Fit and Meditation Workshops
Did you know that 9 out of 10 people are breathing INCORRECTLY. Your own Breath is incredibly powerful when practiced consciously, correctly and skilfully. Breathwork is a way of shifting your physical or emotional state almost instantaneously. Breathing is connected to our nervous system; it’s impacting our immune system and longevity. Pauline will teach your organisation how to improve their work life and personal life on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.

During the 2.5 hour workshop, Pauline will teach you the science behind effective conscious breathing. Pauline’s methods are Simple and Highly Effective techniques that you can use anytime to:

  • Relieve Stress and manage your emotions

  • Cultivate more energy for Performance Influence and Creativity

  • Calm your nervous system
    Pauline will also guide you through her own Powerful meditations to:

  • Activate Calm Courage and Inner Power

  • Deep Healing of the Mind and Body

We don’t meditate to get good at meditation.
We meditate to get good at LIFE.


Here’s what the owner of one of Australia’s leading advertising companies had to say after I gave a specialised workshop to his entire crew, nationwide:

Pauline completely embraced my team and they fell in love with her. She has completely changed and touched my entire business. The power you have is beyond special. You have changed McKenzie’s from the minute you walked in.
I and my team are richer because of you! Not only do I love you, my entire team do. Thank you for the gift you gave.
— DARREN MCKENZIE, McKenzie Partners
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Pauline is one of the most beautiful, humble, kind hearted but at the same time gritty and truly authentic people I have ever met. When I have heard her speak it has rocked me to the core. I love her approach to life and business.
— Lisa Messenger: Founder and Editor in Chief, Renegade Collective.
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I had the pleasure of experiencing Pauline Nguyen speak at a recent international summit for women entrepreneurs in Bogota Colombia. Pauline was magnetic, vulnerable, relatable and impactful. She beautifully shared her personal experiences and growth to deliver key concepts of self mastery, spiritual entrepreneurship and sustained business success. Her intentional and heartfelt narrative was truly inspiring! I felt a profound connection to her story. I believe Pauline is a bold visionary on the frontline of a new, more evolved way of living and winning… from the heart!
— Ami Patel: Self Discovery Trainer
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“Over many years I have attended many conferences, keynotes, workshops and trainings around the world. Pauline is no ordinary inspirational speaker, business and life coach, entrepreneur, woman. She walks the talk and will take you with on that invaluable journey. Pauline’s story and the way she presents it highly personal, powerful, deep and inspiring on many different levels, making you sense the challenges and the pain, courage and drive, professionalism and dedication. She takes you on a personal journey to self-realisation, self-reinvention, entrepreneurship, fulfilment, happiness, success and spirituality (not in a religious sense), where the destination is inner peace and the joy is the GPS.”
— Natalya Berdikyan: Founder of Life By Design
Pauline is an extremely inspiring individual. She captivated the audience of nearly 500 guests from the moment she took the stage. In the over 7 years’ experience I have had arranging and viewing speakers at our events, it is the first time that I could have ever heard a pin drop from start to finish. Pauline’s ability to engage with the audience and hold them in the palm of her hand, for 40 minutes, was nothing short of exceptional. Pauline was extremely professional and generous, both in her interactions with the committee and guests after the talk. She stayed behind long after the fact to sign books and take photos. I have no hesitation in recommending Pauline as an inspiring and engaging speaker for any event.
— Emma Hoolahan: President, The Association for Women In Insurance
Long after Pauline Nguyen leaves the room, her existence will baffle you, while her insights will agitate you. If you are not careful, her purpose will mystify you. Her focus will distract you. Her energy will overwhelm you.
— Jonar Nader: Consultant and Author of 'How to Lose Friends & Infuriate People’
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Pauline Nguyen is a powerful communicator with a unique and compelling story to share. As a leading businesswoman, creative talent and community leader she engages her audiences with insights from a life lived deeply and fiercely. Her writings – whether in her blog or in her theatrical work are a source of constant inspiration to me.
— Indira Naidoo: Broadcaster and Author
On behalf of BAI Communications, a note to convey our appreciation for what was an excellent and all-inspiring keynote.
Pauline was exceptional and so was every interaction with her. Thank you so much for being a pleasure to work with.
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