Success Story – Zendyn Lakdavala

Zendyn calls Melbourne home and proudly works at Australia’s largest university, Monash. Zendyn leads the Strategic Sourcing Team within Strategic Procurement. She collaborates with the staff and students to achieve best value for money for the University for everything they procure. When not at work, Zendyn is kept busy with two young energetic kids.

What kind of presenting do you do at work?

My presentations at work can be very diverse, ranging from presenting to a single executive, to multiple groups of colleagues on project outcomes, process improvements, new implementations. I also present in  workshops and training of various types.

What prompted you to study with Michelle?

I had several colleagues who recommended this training to me and its not often a training course is so highly spoken about! I was also keen to advance my presentations skills further to support my current role.

How did Michelle's teaching change your attitude to presenting in business?

Besides learning the tips for creating PowerPoint slides, I’m a much more confident, engaging and self-aware presenter after completing the masterclass.

In general, what positive outcomes have you achieved from improving your presentation skills?

I get great feedback on my presentations now. For example, after the recent collaboration workshop I held internally, colleagues have followed up with me on work issues and now use me as a knowledgeable and approachable advisor. Michelle’s masterclass has also helped me better frame certain negotiations at work so I’m more likely to achieve the outcome I need.

I recommend this training to everyone regardless of whether you present frequently because we are always on show!

In what specific ways have your presentation skills improved since learning with Michelle?

After completing this masterclass, I feel my presentations are more clear in the purpose. I’m also way more engaging for the audience. Pacing out the objections helps break down the resistance that’s sometimes present. And the icebreaker helps me to appeal to the audience better. Overall, I’m more relaxed and confident whilst presenting.

What were your top three take aways from Michelle's teachings?

Michelle’s 13 Steps to Persuasive Presenting Template is a massive time saver.

 Also, if I can get the Icebreaker out and then pace out the objections (for dealing with conflict) right I know I’ve captured the audience.