Banking, Finance and Insurance Testimonials

“Overall, the most positive, accessible presenting training I have attended. I loved the energy and enthusiasm of Michelle; the practical and easy to remember steps, the simplicity of concepts, and the confidence instilled in the participants. Michelle subtly weaves in good adult learning theories – a very credible presenter.”

Diane Trainor, Senior Development Leader, Education & Learning CA Program, Chartered Accountants ANZ

“I loved the intimate, safe group where you could practice; the lovely diverse group; that Michelle pays attention to all; and so much energy!  Amazing, best course and worth every cent!”

Lucinda Hawkins, Bank of Queensland

“Fantastic learning experience under top class instruction and guidance from Michelle – the two days were completely engaging and filled with relevant and useful content, supplemented by excellent support resources.  Thoroughly recommend this program, no matter what level of experience.”

Drew Potts, Managing Partner/Financial Advisor, Potts Duhrig Financial Advisors

Michelle was informative, vibed and ‘loving’. This masterclass will improve my work performance in every way – 1 on 1’s to big presentations, every day!  This was the first program that has really ensured I got fully out of my comfort zone.  I loved the challenge and having to push myself – it was a huge buzz to exceed and break through self-imposed limitations!  Michelle rocks!”

Melinda Batt, State Manager VIC, Challenger Group

“10/10. Excellent I loved Michelle’s awesome energy and passion for her craft, the practicality of the content, and her strategies for building rapport! It is exactly what was promised.”

Andrew Philpotts

“How many times have you said things like: ‘I don’t have time for 2 days of training’; or ‘It’ll be ok, I’ll just wing my presentation’. Many of us have experienced some really dodgy presenters in our time haven’t we? So what if the ‘dodgy presenter’ they were referring to was actually you? If you don’t make the time to learn from Michelle then that’s exactly what they’ll be saying behind your back. Wouldn’t you prefer to hear them call you ‘fabulous’, ‘compelling’, ‘credible’ or ‘impressive’ instead? I’ve taken Michelle’s course and can tell you firsthand it had great structure, logical tools and brilliant content and if that isn’t enough for you, then you’ll also get to witness Michelle’s wonderful delivery – and that’s pretty impressive all on it’s own!”

Libby Mitchell, Talent Acquisition Manager, AIA Australia

Michelle was informative, vibed and ‘loving’. This masterclass will improve my work performance in every way – 1 on 1’s to big presentations, every day!  This was the first program that has really ensured I got fully out of my comfort zone.  I loved the challenge and having to push myself – it was a huge buzz to exceed and break through self-imposed limitations!  Michelle rocks!”

Melinda Batt, State Manager VIC, Challenger Group

“The program is highly recommended to anyone who is seeking to improve their presentation skills. I loved the presenter, structure, content, and method of delivery.”

Pranita Singh, Project Manager, Link Group

“I loved the practical method – plenty of practice and good small class size.”

Renee van Vugt

 “An interactive fun session that was informative and significantly improved the way I present. I loved receiving specific feedback for improvement. Thank you Michelle for running this invaluable session.”

Nicky Stafford, Wealth Coach, Financial Planner, Director, Your Money Matters

“WOW! I loved that the program made me more confident and realised I don’t have to live at the mercy of others. The techniques will make me a better human being personally and a confident professional. Michelle is exceptional, impressive, connected, worthy,”

Tejal Binjola, Release Manager, Link Group

“Best program I have ever done!  I loved the engagement and the fact Michelle kept me listening.  I have a structure for my presentations.”

Katie Norton, Regional Area Manager, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

“The best course I’ve ever done!  It didn’t feel like one.  Great passion and fabulous coach!  Awesome!”

David Cucchiarelli, GM, Westpac

“Great interaction, very informative. I enjoyed the energy in the room. The technique and formulas will be bery useful. I will continue to use the 13 steps template. Michelle is an awesome presenter.”

Lucy Penisini, Link Group

“Very valuable.  Michelle is a life changer.”

Steve Weston, Managing Director, Barclays UK Retail & Business Bank

“You’ve made me love public speaking!  I loved that the program was practical, applicable and engaging.”

Gail Jones, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“As a personal development junkie, I can honestly say that Michelle’s course on speaking with influence is one of THE best courses I’ve ever done! I use the techniques almost every day in interactions with clients, staff, management and even my spouse! Stopping to think – what do I want to achieve? What’s going on for them? And naming what they may be thinking – before you speak! The importance of framing, positioning your credentials as a benefit statement and articulating the consequences of not taking up your proposal is something else I learnt. I now do all my keynotes using the shift state, storyboard and Michelle’s 13 steps. I also use the methodology for preparing to get what I want from my boss, and planned and impromptu talks with my key referral partners, always conscious of what’s in it for them, reinforcing my role as trusted adviser to our mutual clients. I leverage the messages into articles, e-news and other day-to-day communication channels. Colleagues come to me to help sharpen their messages as well. Invest in yourself, your future and have fun – you’ll kick yourself that you didn’t know this stuff earlier!!!!” 
Stacey Martin, Senior Wealth Adviser, NAB Private Wealth Advisory NSW, National Australia Bank

“Very informative and practical things that you can apply in your daily life. Very well structured program. Excellent! I enjoyed every bit of it.”

Saman Usman, Project Manager, Link Group

“I loved that it taught me a lot, that I have a better understanding of how to write and learn things I never knew and the presentations. It was an insightful course and covered a lot of different areas. Hard to do when so busy with work but definitely will use in the future.”

Anthony Dickinson, Tax Consultant, DPM Financial Services

“I loved the great positive space, the great structure and skills which can be taken back to professional life. I didn’t feel embarrased or ashamed to put myself out there.”

Shane O’Neill, Senior Accountant, DPM Financial Services

“I loved the calming nerves techniques. I learned how to structure a presentation, engage the audience and how to be clear and concise. It was a great program that I would recommend to anyone who presents at work or wants to learn how.”

Will Carison, Tax Consultant, DPM Financial Services

“Terrific – all Marshians who are involved in presenting should attend this course. I loved learning the small tips and tricks to overcome regular mistakes commonly made. It was an encouraging environment.”

Susanne Jones, Marsh

“I loved that it was practical, challending, structure, informative, logical, and engaging. Great content flow over two days. It all makes sense at the end.”

William Indrawan, Tax Consultant, DPM Financial Services

“Michelle made everyone feel comfortable very quickly. Safe environment. She provides great structure and tips. I loved that it covers a lot of content. Relaxed and fun.”

Juliet Addis, Chief People Officer, TAS

“Fantastic course! I loved Michelle’s enthusiasm and the fact that she teaches various techniques and not a ‘method’. Every base was covered, from the proven 13 point structure, to breathing techniques to help minimise nervousness.”

Ben Connelly, Marsh

“Michelle was great in enabling me to see past my initial nerves and self-disbelief. The program sets up a structure for not only presentations but for general correspondence in working life.  The program was very informative and a great two days.” 

Joe Luca Donato, Eureka Real Assets

“Michelle Bowden offers great courses in presentation skills and public speaking. I have attended a number of her courses and found them to be not only informative and insightful but also practical and innovative. I would recommend her courses above any other I have attended during my 22 years of corporate stock standard courses I’ve undertaken. If your preference is death by power point Michelle will cure you of this dreaded disease.” 

Doukesa Georgas, Solutions Design Manager, Insurance Australia Group

“Michelle’s knowledge on presentation skills has made an enormous difference to my presenting. It gave me the confidence to deliver a well received presentation to 250 people when I’d never presented to more than 30 before. Her tips, tricks and advice made all the difference!” 

Dave Rae, Member Technical Working Group 4, Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative

“I attended a 2 day speaking course with Michelle and found it invaluable. Michelle provides high energy training and effective tools to use when public speaking.” 

Jeremy Gordon, Institutional Business Development Manager, Challenger Limited

“Michelle is a motivated and engaging speaker who really walks the talk when it comes to brilliant speaking strategies!” 

Elizabeth Whiley, Protégé developer, MYOB

“Michelle’s workshops on presentation and influencing are powerful, providing tangible and sustainable techniques to help put the ‘words into action’. Michelle’s humour, passion and energy make it for a very enjoyable yet insightful workshop. I highly recommend her workshops.”

Catherine Gray, Financial & Operations Management, CPA

“I attended one of Michelle’s workshops to assist me in developing my presenting skills. From the moment Michelle first answered my inquiry about her course, to attending and completing the course, and the follow-up up afterwards, Michelle has been amazing. She is the ultimate speaking professional and coach, and my skills have improved 10 fold since. I would recommend Michelle as a speaking professional and I would recommend her course and book to anyone who wishes to improve their public speaking and presentation skills, no matter what level you are already at, everyone will benefit. I recommend Michelle as an excellent speaking professional if you want to actually get results.” 

Grant Howe, Managing Director, Zenith Wealth

“Michelle presented at the Clubs NSW International Woman’s Day in 2012. I really enjoyed the presentation delivered it inspired me in my current role adding value to my success with my Members. I encourage businesses to hire Michelle as she truly entertains and keeps the audience engaged.”

Marianna Kinsey, Alliance Development Manager, Community First Credit Union

“Amazing!  So much fun – it helped calm my nerves about doing the presentation.  I loved that it was also challenging and I was able to practice all the techniques.  I loved that there was an overload of content, it was great learning and so many new techniques.  Thank you!  Great time, loved the program – really loved you Michelle – you’re a great and lovable person.”

Naomi Hunt, DJ Hunt Investments

The best!  Great work Michelle.  You’re an excellent presenter/trainer.  Keep up the buzz that you bring to your course. The masterclass was excellent!  Very informative with lots of useful examples…. Very enjoyable.” 

Domenic Del Duca, Insurance Specialist RACV 

“Michelle is an excellent trainer and I would recommend her to others. I found the course to be very interactive, full on, very interesting and a great learning experience which was well worthwhile.” 

Anthony Stanton, Manager, Group Insurance at AMP

“The masterclass was just what I needed. I want to get more! I found the course to be informative, practical, useful, relevant, well structured and well considered. Michelle was knowledgeable and well prepared and provided good follow up materials.” 

Kristy Ng, 

Corporate Client Manager, Perpetual Limited

“I loved that it was structured, providing the tools as the foundations for preparing future presentations.  It was massively informative, structured and yet relaxed and fun.  Loved it!”

David Brown, CEO, Stanford Brown

“I loved everything!  The models and toolkits are very useful and easy to follow.  Michelle’s expertise combined with her energy and fun meant the course was an excellent learning opportunity, which are rare in life.  Many thanks for having me.” 

Sunil Patel, Group Financial Controller, Thakral Holdings Group

“Michelle is clearly the benchmark in teaching the skills needed to present and speak with confidence and influence. Her book is great but it’s her courses where the magic happens. I thoroughly recommend anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills to experience the best there is.”

Mark Ainsworth, Accountant, Momentum Advisory

“I loved the clear steps that were easy to apply and the opportunities to practice the skills.  It was fast paced.  Thanks Michelle!  I feel very prepared for my next presentation. I love your guts!”

Theresa Dau, Director – Finance Strategy, Monash University

“Awesome…Fantastic…challenging…inclusive…so much more than just prep for your next conference.”

Matthew Spithill, CFO, Eureka Funds Management

“I loved Michelle, of course! And the practical, easily implemented techniques. Great flow and structure – exciting to see how you took us on the journey Loved it!! So great I found you – how lucky! I will recommend you to everyone!”

Leah Hudson, Business Development Manager, MFAA

“Loved this!  I loved the structure, easy to follow and remember; the size of the classroom (small); the facilitator (she’s fantastic); the interaction (keeps you awake); tools and tips to take away and learn. Everyone can take away so much – no matter the role or level.  There is something in it for anyone.”

Charlotte Selling, Allianz

“Brilliant course! I loved Michelle as a facilitator and learning the 13 Step Framework; Storyboarding; Clicking; POO and addressing questions. I have already seen a huge change in myself and am looking forward to implementing everything!”

Mark Smith, Associate – Group Strategy, Challenger

“Michelle is a top quality professional. She is an expert in condensing massive amount of content into short amounts of time and more importantly paying critical attention to actual learning outcomes post course – not just ‘telling’, ‘learning’.” 

Richard Price, Digital Business Solution Manager, Suncorp Group

I loved how structured, interactive and simple Michelle’s Masterclass is. It is very efficient. An enjoyable program with a great trainer and it was engaging program with lots of fun. I feel I can use it not only in my professional life but also in my day day personal life as well.”

Nevein Nassef Baniamin, MD, Head of robotic process automation and Digitalisation, Allianz Partners Australia

“Michelle is always full of energy and enthusiasm in her quest to help rid the world of boring & uninspiring presenters. Her creative ideas and insights were invaluable in teaching me how to put together presentations that engage and wow my audiences, be it a few clients in a board room or a few hundred in a seminar.”

Scott Lynch, Director, Beanstalk Accountants

“I loved the supportive documentation, concrete examples and practice.  Very motivating.”

Sophie Chesneau, Allianz

“I wish I had received this training years ago – it is more than presentation skills training and can be applied every day in my life.  I loved the positive friendly attitude and being given a framework to produce a presentation that is tailored to my audience’s needs.  I also loved seeing and implementing tools to make presentations engaging.”

Susan Franks, Senior Tax Advocate, Chartered Accountants ANZ

“I found it impressive that this course could assist to a high level of improvement in just 2 days.  Concise, specific, relevant – overall very positive.”

Juan Manas, TH Real Estate

“Michelle, you are a fantastic, energetic and engaged presenter.  I felt like you already knew us well before the course started and responded to our objectives in a very special way.  Your insight on our performances was truly appreciated.”

Nick Lancaster, Claims Team Manager, CoverMore

“I enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot of techniques to use in my daily interaction.  I loved that it gives various tools to use in various situations, is interactive and engaging, and you can apply what you learn and are therefore able to retain more.”

Taf Mugwagwa, Assistant Portfolio Manager, Janus Henderson Investors

“Excellent! I was a sceptic, now a convert! This course had changed the way I think about structure and the build of presentations, especially the open and close. I loved the energy and pace as well as the progress and building blocks.”

Martyn Gilling, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“This was a very, very good program which provided great tools applicable to many aspects of my job. There was an excellent energy and pace throughout. I used to dread presentations before coming to Michelle’s program and now I am actually looking forward to putting these tools into practice and I want more please!”

Graham Warn, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“I found this a really enjoyable and useful program. Michelle was engaging and an excellent teacher. Everything made sense and I have found it really helpful. It was hard work and enjoyable. I have learnt lots of practical skills both for business and in life and I feel more confident now. Thank you very much.”

Nadine Gooderick, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“I found this course very helpful and enjoyable and now I just need to practice. I loved how everything was simple and logical with effective tools for preparation to allow me to focus on practicing and the delivery. The program also provided lots of opportunity to practice without being confronting.”

Mark Stewart, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“The program is concise enabling the opportunity to practice. I enjoyed that it is practical and can be applied to several work related aspects, not just presenting. I loved the 13 steps and the way the program covers aspect about the self; including how to extend yourself, body language and voice patterns. Overall this course covers all aspects of presenting.”

Feli Ferragina, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“This program is a great course that was good fun. It de-mystified the process of creating an amazing presentation and gave me all the skills I need to take my presentation delivery to a more professional level.”

Stafford Hamilton, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“A well run, insightful, specific, personal program that I would highly recommend! I loved learning the structure of presentations, becoming a more confident presenter, seeing the importance of facing the audience’s POO’s and learning self awareness; knowing what to work on – they are specific tangible points. I also enjoyed learning how to influence not just in presentations but in general.”

John Mok, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“Excellent! I loved the energy of the presenter, the practical advice and I thought that the participation was great. The model is easy to use and well taught.”

Andrew Katon, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“I loved the information about how to structure presentations and deliver them effectively.”

Susan Looi, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“I loved everything. In particular, learning structure, what to do, what not to do, help with nerves, engagement with audience and extending the self. Overall it was great!  I loved the real life examples and real life practice.”

Rhoda Harrington, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“A really worthwhile exercise. I loved the good content and structure tips. Michelle is an engaging facilitator and we were challenged to try it for ourselves.”

Niall Fallon, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“Thank you so much! Great stuff. I loved the pace, the interactivity, how we were always thinking and that it was fun.”

Peter Tilocca, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“Michelle was professional, expert and challenging.” 

Gareth Evans, BCM Analyst, AMP Risk and Compliance

“I loved learning to conquer fear and doing a good job! It was interactive, team building and a fun exercise. I liked the manageable components and being able to acknowledge weakness and address it. I wish we could have a follow up session. I would like to practice techniques and then come back and see what more I can improve. Thanks Michelle!”

 

Kate Gillmore, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“Well-crafted and paced, thanks Michelle.  This is powerful stuff.  The program was motivating, educational and inspiring. It was also well adapted to the mixed audience.”  Thank you for your investment in our business.”

Andre Dreyer, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“Michelle is energetic and patient with us and provides relevant examples of why her model works.  The program reinforces what we have learned in Day 1 and 2.  I loved that we had the time to practice what we learned and ask further questions where we are uncertain of the model.  It was also great to receive feedback on my presentation.  I learnt to always have a goal and purpose – it makes presentations more engaging.”

John Mok, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“I loved the good flow, chance to practice and the introduction into framing.” 

Jerome Matrundola, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“Relevant, purposeful and effective.  It is more relevant now that I have had some experience.”

Kate Gillmore, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“I loved the energy of the presenter, the live feedback and that I learnt a lot about presenting.”

Andrew Katon, RGA Reinsurance of Australia

“I loved the format and useful content.  The delivery and structure was very different and much more effective for learning and retention.  The supply of cues, video access and reminders ensures ongoing value from the course.  Highly relevant for achieving my development/team goals.  Michelle brings the content to life and I can see improvement instantly in myself and my colleagues.”

Shan Kwee, Credit Strategist, Janus Henderson Investors

“Michelle is such a good presenter and that helps get the content across to her audience. Very good!”

Michael Sloan, the Successful Investor (TSI)

“Fun, fast, structured, digestible, good tools to cement the learning.  Practical and challenging.  A great platform for growth.”

Robin Payne, Sales Manager, Cortell

“The course was packed with content and all exercises felt relevant/had a purpose.  Michelle’s enthusiasm was infectious!  I loved the great takeaways to work on in the coming weeks and months.  A brilliant course and set-up.”

Scott McKay, Pricing Actuary, RGA

“A well run, insightful, specific, personal program that I would highly recommend! I loved learning the structure of presentations, becoming a more confident presenter, seeing the importance of facing the audience’s POO’s and learning self awareness; knowing what to work on – they are specific tangible points. I also enjoyed learning how to influence not just in presentations but in general.”

John Mok, Director, RGA

“Excellent! I loved the energy of the presenter, the practical advice and I thought that the participation was great. The model is easy to use and well taught.”

Andrew Katon, Chief Valuation Actuary, RGA

“It has given me more confidence.  I loved that we were forced to confront our weakness areas in presentations and address them.  Fantastic tips that I would never have thought of!  I also loved that Michelle would help you when you were genuinely stuck on an activity. An extremely practical course – thanks very much Michelle!”

Lai Yin Leow, Senior Operations Analyst, Janus Henderson Investors

“I loved learning the 13 steps, Michelle’s interaction and the activities to help with learning.  Provides all the tools you need to really improve presentations.  Motivates you to practice what has been learnt.”

Debbie Rose, Head of Business Development, CFMG

“I loved the basic structures (i.e. 4Mat and 13 step presentation template) to refer back to, and the many simple tricks to use, i.e. star eye contact.  There is a lot of content, that seems confronting at first, then it all comes together.  Michelle is a great teacher.”

Charles Horan, Institutional Sales Director, Janus Henderson Investors

“A hugely engaging course that kept me focused and involved throughout the two days.  Engaging and interesting.  I loved the defined process to follow to improve communication and presenting and the vast list of practical tools that can be easily applied.  Excellent follow up tools to assist in applying skills after the course.” 

Marcella Wilder, Client Account Manager, Janus Henderson Investors

“The program was flexible enough to be tailored to the individual members.  The program was very beneficial and helped me understand the points required to be a strong presenter.”

Fawzul Ahmed, Client Account Manager, Janus Henderson Investors

“I loved evaluating my own presentations against the new skills and techniques over the last two days.  I loved the workbook and loved seeing everyone’s presentations.  Thought provoking, useful and enjoyable.”

Mark Fensom, Client Account Manager, Janus Henderson Investors

“The program gave me a functional structure to apply to presentations and it gave me confidence in my ability to produce high quality presentations.  The program was valuable, interesting and fun.”

James Drohan, Equity Analyst, Janus Henderson Investors

“It covered so much and the teacher was incredibly engaging.  I loved that it was practical and inspiring to use in the future.  20/10!  I wish I had done this years ago.  It should be taught to everyone in school.  I am thankful to the directors for this opportunity!”

Daniel Simpson, Business Development Associate, Janus Henderson Investors

“I loved breaking down my ad-hoc approach and remaining myself. I also loved learning that even the shortest presentation deserves a bit of love and good preparation. I loved the practical techniques and continual encouragement.  Achieving greatness is easy in this program.”

Nikki Rudge, Training & Development Manager, Holiday Coast Credit Union

“Awesome presenter with great content and fabulous ability to deliver.  Sensational!”

Sue Howe, Branch Operations Manager, Holiday Coast Credit Union

“Energetic, expert, experienced training facilitated by Michelle.  I loved the engaging, practical and structured formula to presenting, 13 steps, 4Mat and storyboarding.  Very informative.  I learned an enormous amount of skills and techniques.”

Ka Lai Lam, Head of Investment Compliance, Pan Asia, Janus Henderson Investors

“This training gave me the world’s best practice tool for preparing excellent pieces of work for emails, memos and presentations, which I will use practically daily.  I would love this to go into the region so that the message permeates through the firm.  A well spent, if tiring, 2 days.”

Cameron Flett, Financial Controller, Janus Henderson Investors

 “I loved that it was easy to understand and brought out my confidence.  Michelle is engaging.  Two days is sufficient time.  It would be good to do it away from work distractions, and it would be worthwhile for all staff to do the course, especially senior management.”

Saffick Ramjahn, Investment Compliance Manager, Janus Henderson Investors

Michelle was an excellent facilitator and gave clear explanations of concepts.  The content was well thought out and can be applied to my current role.  Great info on structure and also small tips and tricks that I could use.  This program can be applied to all aspects of the business.”

Craig McDonald, Sales Director, Janus Henderson Investors

“I love that it taught a clear structure that can be easily applied to lots of scenarios.  Michelle was energetic and a great teacher and also provided constructive feedback to take away and improve on.  A helpful and practical program with lots to learn.  It would be great if senior management also did the course to better understand the application that we might want to start using at work.”

Ghezal Yon, Senior Product Development Manager, Janus Henderson Investors

“I loved the roadmap to 13 step presenting.  It was fun, entertaining and challenging and empowered me to improve my presentation skills.  Good for all levels of presenters with expert advice and coaching.”

Ryder Harris, Senior Operations Analyst, Janus Henderson Investors

“I loved the 4MAT (aligned with my view that we miss the ‘why’) and POO (great system or managing potential conflict).  Congratulations on creating an engaging workshop, it was as pleasure learning from you over the past 2 days.”

Tom Kelly, Sales Director, Janus Henderson Investors

“I loved the content and structure; the way it was delivered; the application and real experience, and encouraging/constructive feedback; and the team time.  Very helpful and useful.  Positive motivating presenter.”

Lynette Hickey, CFO, Australian Payments Network

“I loved the practical steps (explored in manageable segments), the forced participation (horrible but the only way to learn) and the valuable takeaways to keep the structure.  Informative, instructive and enjoyable.”

Gillian Kelly, Legal Counsel, Australian Payments Network

“Michelle presented at the Clubs NSW International Woman’s Day in 2012. I really enjoyed the presentation delivered it inspired me in my current role adding value to my success with my Members. I encourage businesses to hire Michelle as she truly entertains and keeps the audience engaged.”

Marianna Kinsey, Alliance Development Manager, Community First Credit Union

“Practical, challenging, honest, diverse and thoughtful.  An enjoyable and challenging learning experience.”

Trish McGinness, Compliance Manager, Australian Payments Network

“Michelle is always full of energy and enthusiasm in her quest to help rid the world of boring & uninspiring presenters. Her creative ideas and insights were invaluable in teaching me how to put together presentations that engage and wow my audiences, be it a few clients in a board room or a few hundred in a seminar.”

Scott Lynch, Director, Beanstalk Accountants

“I loved the interaction, challenge, application of real life presentation and, of course, Michelle!  Well constructed and a lot of thought to keep everyone engaged.  I learnt a lot and made good self improvements.”

Hugh Leonard, Director Repo Sales & Training, RBC Capital Markets

“I loved the structure, stage management, position management and second position.  It was great – thanks so much!”

Andy White, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Payments Network

“Michelle is an engaging and passionate presenter. She clearly loves what she does and enjoys sharing her experience, tips and tools with those seeking to improve their influencing and presentation skills. I had the pleasure of attending one of Michelle’s workshops on Effective Presentation skills many years ago and found it valuable. I would recommend anyone looking to build their confidence and/ or capabilities in Presenting or Influencing to contact Michelle.”

Sandra Gallagher, Sales Experience Manager, IAG

“I loved the strong structure for good reasoning to why we should follow the structure; the tips and advice across the whole range of presentation skills; and the engaging presenter who was able to practically demonstrate her expertise.  Excellent!”

Merric Foley, Strategic Policy Development & Regulatory Affairs, Australian Payments Network

“Good pacing and the 2 days were a good length.  I loved putting out a framework that I can stick around a presentation and make sure it has all the bits!”

Nick Cliff, Emerging Technology Lead, Australian Payments Network

“I loved the structural approach to persuasive presentations, and the ability to tailor an approach to the audience and format.  Excellent!”

Paul Anguita, Member Engagement Manager, Australian Payments Network

“Excellent!  Well-structured and well delivered.  I loved the structure; that it reinforced each skill; and the practical application.”

Leila Fourie, General Management & Public Engagement, Australian Payments Network

“I feel like it’s the first course that is so focused on ensuring that I continue to use all the awesome tools for evermore – not just for 2 days.  I loved the practical tools and the repetition.  I really think I will change the way I present.”

Lucy Anderson, Head of Payment Innovation, Australian Payments Network

“I loved Michelle’s Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass! So much content and lots of energy. Michelle is an absolute expert, and a delight to learn from. Michelle provided a practical and fun learning experience, with extensive tools to take away. Highly recommended!!”

Nancy Bryla, General Counsel, Australian Payments Network Limited

“Great, fun, educational.  I loved the formula of presentations, the cat and dog concept, the friendly environment and that it was fun.  The presenter was amazing. 

Martin Chau, Investment Banking Analyst, Capital

“It made me challenge how I approach pitches and presentations.  I learned techniques that I can use to improve my presentation skills.  Hands on, practical methods to improve your skills.”

Kris Karlsson, Director, Allier Capital

“I love that I will now have a structure on how to develop and deliver future presentations.  Also, I thought the learning technique Michelle uses is amazingly compelling and I’m left feeling I CAN DO THIS!!  Sensational to bring together people from all backgrounds and as a result I believe the message is reinforced.” 

Shane Lamprey, Lifeplanner

“Fantastic! Michelle was so engaging and positive.  Her belief that we could all do it was very encouraging.  I know that I have learnt new skills that I will use for a lifetime.”

Rebecca Rowe, Spry Roughley

“I loved the structured, well balanced, enjoyable, challenging training; the people I shared it with; your enthusiasm, patience, amazing knowledge and understanding.” 

Paul Mayhew, Guy Carpenter

“Very helpful and great new techniques.  I loved being given a clear structure.  Very engaging teacher who  made it fun to learn.  Really beneficial and would highly recommend.”

Gemma Weeks, ETFS Management

“I loved that it was interactive, thorough and valuable.  A very well thought out program – you clearly love what you do and it makes a difference!” 

Gemma Peat, Omers

“Outstanding – the most worthwhile course I have attended.  Great investment. I loved the depth of knowledge of Michelle.  I learned tangible strategies that can be used immediately to craft and deliver persuasive presentations and control nerves.”

Matt Morrison, The Practice

“Michelle’s awesome!  Engaging, interesting, practical, excellent content. A very well structured program.  Intensive but interesting throughout.”

Yajie Ren, Guy Carpenter

“I loved the structure, practice sessions, Michelle’s enthusiasm and the feedback loop.  A great opportunity to consider your presenting style and reinvent it.”

Andrew Gaskell, RGA Reinsurance

“Best program I have ever done!  I loved the engagement and the fact Michelle kept me listening.  I have a structure for my presentations.”

Katie Norton, Regional Area Manager, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

“Great flow throughout the 2 days.  Was resistant at the start but loosened up throughout the time and learnt so much.  Great technician.  I loved the structure (easy to learn), length (just right), the practical use of all learnt (day 2) and the different focus on a well-established topic.”

Steve Mater, Head of Investment Sales, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

“I attended one of Michelle’s workshops to assist me in developing my presenting skills. From the moment Michelle first answered my inquiry about her course, to attending and completing the course, and the follow-up afterwards, Michelle has been amazing. She is the ultimate speaking professional and coach, and my skills have improved 10 fold since. I would recommend Michelle as a speaking professional and I would recommend her course and book to anyone who wishes to improve their public speaking and presentation skills, no matter what level you are already at, everyone will benefit. I recommend Michelle as an excellent speaking professional to any individual or organisation that is considering hiring her, and whom is after someone who actually gets results.”

Grant Howe, Zenith Wealth

“I loved the process and steps provided which I can use for all forms of communication and speeches.  When setting up to speak in front of the group, using the techniques I learnt, I did not feel nervous at all.  It all works.  Great food!  There was a lot of content to learn over the 2 days which sometimes felt overwhelming but it all came together and worked for us.”

Shiree Hembrow, Polson Higgs Wealth Management

“I loved the clear framework, excellent facilitator, no role play/videos and easy to apply.  Excellent.  Thoroughly worth it!”

Peter Schliebs, Challenger

“Fabulous!  Michelle was fantastic.  So much positive energy and positive reinforcement and a huge amount of information to go away with, think about and learn from.”

Chantal Travers, Manager Investor Relations, Challenger

“Michelle’s energy and enthusiasm was constant and amazing for the full two day course.  She is clearly extremely good at what she does and inspires excellence in others.  A great interactive approach to delivering the course – very positive focus and at the same time she points out mistakes and encourages improvement.  I felt that she is a subject matter expert and am amazed that she delivers the course with such energy after so many years doing it.  Best of both worlds – experience, expertise PLUS unsurpassed energy!  I loved the great takeaways – good course materials (DVDs) and folder, and the good visual aids that were colourful, engaging and easy to remember.  I would certainly recommend to everyone!”

Laura Chambers, Finance Manager, Challenger

“Two thumbs up!  I loved the tools on how to set up a presentation.”

Shermal De Silva, Head of Middle Office, Challenger

“I loved structure, engagement level, size of group and organised meals.  A great and informative program that gives you the skillset required to become a great presenter.”

Philip Lawson, Portfolio Accounting Manager, Challenger

“I loved EVERYTHING – content, tips, structure, examples and enthusiasm.  A great program for all levels. I will be implementing ASAP!”

Marc Page, Fidante Partners

“I loved learning about how to properly structure a presentation and use PowerPoint more effectively.  An excellent course, delivered with great energy and the additional resources were great.  Thank you!”

Simon Halliday, Fidante Partners

“I loved Michelle, the content, examples and pace of learning.  Absolutely fantastic program!”

Sylone O’Bey, Manager Investment Operations Support and Controls, Challenger

“I loved everything – techniques that I can use at work and in life generally; the energy (there was no after-lunch slump); the visuals and all the stories.  It definitely is a lot of content – I was warned prior and it’s all relevant.  Loved it!”

Sarah Sellis, Senior Business Analyst, Challenger

“I loved everything – your energy, professionalism and how well you have delivered it.  You are very passionate and authentic when teaching us and want us to get the most out of the program.  Thank you.  My friend will be joining you!”

Maggie Tran, Team Leader Portfolio Analysts, Challenger

“Very useful and practical.  I loved that there was lots of insight into things that are not that obvious, e.g. body language; lots of tips on how to behave and present/speak at the presentations.  Wasn’t bored for a moment.”

Joanna Sztandera, Finance Manager, Challenger

“I loved the 13 steps, the knowledge and the helpful tips from Michelle.  Loved every minute of it.”

Tracey Kellett, OTT Derivatives Manager, Challenger

“I loved that it was fun and interactive, yet not tiresome and stressful.  I also loved doing the presentation and receiving feedback – picked up some things I never knew.”

Michael McLean, Challenger

“The presenter was experienced and engaging.  I loved the smaller group so that all could be involved, and the practical advice that could be applied in everyday life.  Was a good learning experience and I would recommend to others.”

Janny Tze, Business Analyst, Challenger

“I loved the practical advice on all presentation aspects and the excellent templates.  The enthusiastic presenter was great.”

Dana Jenner, Challenger

“I loved the great energy and interaction and the great framework that is practical.  The day went by quickly.  We had all the tools we needed.  A great group of people.”

Will Trinh, Challenger

“I loved that the course taught practical skills.  I was constantly engaged and present.  It gave me the tools to use for the future.  Great!”

James Sharratt, Business Analyst, Challenger

“The enthusiasm and content was awesome!  I’ll definitely be using the content, framework and tips.  This content won’t be ‘put on the shelf’!”

Justin Lam, Challenger

 

“I loved the process that was very good; the thoughts around use of body and stage; understanding – practice is required; integration of group and access to resources and help post-course.  A bit more individual practice of tips would be great.  Excellent course.”

Ian Winn, Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers

 

“A lot of fun and incredible content.  Covered a lot of material.  Practical.”

David Hunt, DJ Hunt Investments

 

“Loved it. I’ve done presentation courses before and none have given me the confidence and skills to present what I want and do better in my interactions at work.”

Cammeron Blanchard, Contact Centre Communications Coordinator, Allianz

 

“I loved the supportive documentation, concrete examples and practice.  Very motivating.”

Sophie Chesneau, Allianz

 

“It took a lot of the fear out of presenting.  I now have demonstrated, proven techniques to at least fake being a great public speaker.  The program is intense and challenging and I have never been so impressed!”

Rebecca Whalen, Financial Performance Manager, Westpac

 

“I feel much more prepared and confident going forward now that I have a book full of techniques and tips.  The presenter was very energetic and passionate about the content and wanted you to develop from the course.  The program was very entertaining and kept my interest the whole time.”

Emma Hewett, Senior Accountant, Challenger

 

“The program is fantastic.  Loved every part of it.  Would definitely recommend it to others.  Great, interactive.  Lots of learning.”

Mandar Vaze, Challenger

 

“Engaging and fun.  The program exceeded my expectations.  Now that I have the tools, I know where to look.  I will be using the 13 steps from now on.”

Kevin Lim, CFO, Fortius Funds Management

“Michelle was amazing and personable and she used real life examples to bring the content to life.  It was really well structured.  I enjoyed doing this course with people outside my organisation to get a varied perspective.”

Elli Agathocleous Senior Analyst, Intra-Divisional Portfolio Strategy, Consumer Bank Finance, Westpac Group

 

“I loved the structure and clarity that Michelle has taught to harness all my knowledge and experience to be an effective trainer.  Michelle is energetic, fun, engaging, informative and just wonderful!”

Natasha Smith, Northern Inland Credit Union

 

“Engaging, inspiring, constructive, and an honest/safe space.  I loved the practical tools and practice.  It increased my self-belief.  Very worthwhile and motivating and extremely practical.  I can see us transforming our workplace as well as ourselves as individuals.”

Natasha Beer, Executive Manager Sales & Marketing, Northern Inland Credit Union

 

“I loved that persuasive presentation is not rocket science – it is an act and easy to apply in daily life.  Very informative and some of the techniques I learnt are exceptional.”

Anish Malhotra, Commercial Manager, AMP Services

 

“I loved the structure of 4Mat and the 13 steps, and the voice and body language tips.  I will definitely be using this in my job.  I felt the material was well paced and we needed the two days.  Overall, it was very worthwhile and I’m more confident in my skills now.”

Brent Stephan, Challenger

 

“I loved putting structure around something that doesn’t come naturally.  It will help in the future – both saving time and improving content/delivery.  Great!”

Steve Sutinen, Challenger

 

“Creative, free-flowing, interactive, practical, solution-oriented.  I loved the props, charts and materials.  I also loved the enthusiastic, energetic teacher who seems to be on absolute expert at presenting. 11/10!”

Sid Kumar, Challenger

 

“I loved the repeatable/practical formulas for presentation.  Wow! Did not know how little I knew about presenting!  Looking forward to using it in the field.”

Michael Bors, Challenger

 

“Michelle was a great educator, full of energy and enthusiasm. Her course on presentations was very professionally delivered, and kept interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed the course.”

Jason Abraham, Team Leader, IAG

“I loved that it was interactive; had practical applications including use of real life examples; learning the little errors we do without realising; and the vibrant and engaging presenter.  Lots of content – might be hard to operationalise out in the real world.  Great for more than just presenting.”

Stephen Martin,  Challenger

 

“I loved the new concepts, accelerated learning style and safe, fun space.  Excellent, although definitely tiring.”

Samantha Gathercole, Manager CGU

 

“I love that this program provided great structure and made producing a presentation quick and easy.  It gave memorable trick and tips that I will remember for a long time – I know because I remember your CPA Congress presentation like it was yesterday, but that was 2 years ago.  It was great learning after each presentation which meant you did not switch off once you had presented.  Engaging and no scary at all.  Enjoyable to be part of.”

Hayley Francia, Allianz

 

“I loved Michelle!  I need to really be engaged in a workshop to learn and this was fantastic.  Huge amount to take in but not too much.  Pushed me out of my comfort zone.  So many new skills and tools to use every day.  Looking forward to using day to day.”

Tara Sorrenson, Allianz

 

“Great energy and great take home kit.  I loved the structure, tools provided and the cross functional attendance.  Michelle is an engaging and motivating presenter.  The content was not functional area specific so we were forced to think outside the box.”

Trudi Hollis, Allianz

 

“I loved the pace, content and fun!  I enjoyed the two days.  It addressed my learning requirement.”

Alan Buckingham, Allianz

 

“Michelle covers everything in such an engaging, entertaining and memorable way.  It was so easy to understand and therefore implement all the principles.  A must do!  Comprehensive, well presented and thoroughly enjoyable.”

Simon Fallon, Allianz

 

“I have been on many presentation and public speaking courses and this by far is  the best!  Application will be effective – easy to transfer to every day.  Engaging – didn’t feel like training.  Easy to absorb the content.”

Caitlin Quathamer, Allianz

 

“I loved the structure of the training; the techniques; and the learning from each other.  Awesome!”

Arun Kumar, Allianz

 

“Everything was excellent and helpful. I loved 4Mat, pacing and leading, being challenged, getting feedback, plus 5-step analysis and icebreaker.  This program is an opportunity no one should miss.  It’s not just about presenting; it builds confidence in influencing, communicating and rapport building.  So helpful for my development.”

Lisa Osborne, Allianz

 

“Lots of practical tips and feedback.  Clear and logical approach to structure content and delivery.  I loved the interaction.  Very well structured.  I would strongly recommend to others.”

Roelant Vos, Allianz

 

“It is practical and can be learnt and followed in just two days so that you are able to present persuasively.  I have improved my presentation skills and techniques so much from the positive feedback.”

Hwa-Lee Chong, Allianz

 

“I loved the structure; enabling; gave me confidence.  All AWP leaders need to do this because it will accelerate the way we do business.”

Vicki Spencer, Allianz

 

“I enjoyed the way Michelle interacted with everyone to make the course fun and informative.  I love what I have learnt.  The course is full of excellent techniques to present.  Each individual component can be used in day-to-day life.”

Joshua Curtis, Allianz

 

“Fantastic program!  I loved EVERYTHING!  So many fantastic tips, that are so practical and usable every day.  I loved the structure that makes it easy to keep putting it into practice. The more AWP people that can attend the better.”

Jane Hailes, Allianz

 

“Exceptional presentation of the essential techniques needed to improve my persuasion, presentation and everyday communications. I loved the new way to approach presentations; the thoughtful presentation of the information.  I was exhausted after day 1 with everything I learnt, but I was energised on day 2 to use all the knowledge. ”

Lauren Swift, Allianz

“I loved learning the 4Mat method – it was very helpful and I will utilise this on a daily basis.  I also loved learning how to extend myself as well as all the steps involved when presenting.  Very informative and useful.  Michelle is a vibrant and engaging facilitator.  Very inspiring.”

Jami Hamilton, Allianz

 

“Brilliant and engaging.  Provided tools to allow me to perfect my presentation skills.”

Linda Fairweather, HESTA

 

“An excellent course that was well worth the 2 day time commitment. I loved that it contained lots of practical information that we got to apply throughout the 2 days.” 

David Bruton, Marsh

 

“I found this course to be personally rewarding. This course was engaging and worth it. It was very well structured and I enjoyed the open environment where we were able to discuss and question.”

Will Cameron, Marsh

 

“This is a very high quality program. The content we learnt is meaningful and memorable while being practical enough to assist us in day to day presentations.” 

Paul Shardlow, Marsh

 

“Michelle’s can do attitude was very encouraging and motivating. The ‘activities’ were not intimidating and allowed us to want to participate actively. I loved the simple steps taught, which if used properly can make a massive difference (i.e. Improvement) to my presentation skills.”

Diane Theseira, Marsh

 

“I found the course to be a very worthwhile way to spend two days. I loved the engaging style and the good mix between practical and the theory that support this.  I also found Michelle to be open and honest.”

Cameron Laing, Marsh

 

“Great course! I loved the pace of the training, not breaking up into small groups and ‘reporting back’, the new and helpful techniques, the resources and the great explanations around the techniques and the 13steps. I enjoyed the honesty given by Michelle.”

Katrina Palmer, Marsh

“Great stuff – now it is just up to me to put into practice! I found the course to be hands on with a good balance of theory behind the tools and techniques taught, while benefiting from the practical applications. It was a challenge and stretch.” 

Martin Phelan, Marsh