Testimonials

MAINPOWER

Another group completes the SUCCESS FACTOR Speech Coaching Business Programme this month – MAINPOWER
 
Here’s what the group had to say about the programme!
– Loved the feedback sessions from participants
– Nerves do not always show on the outside
– Loved how the applicability of the programme was relevant to all areas of life
– The programme made a noticeable difference to my overall communication skills – learning to slow down and articulate better
– I became aware of habits and how to positively change them
– Debs is very professional and clearly an expert in her field
– Loved the practice sessions and having to give a mix of prepared and impromptu speeches
– Gained confidence in a variety of situations
– Easy learning environment with a step by step approach
– I am now happy to stand up and do more presenting!
– Loved it!
– Debs provided such good tips which gave me confidence to know I can achieve anything
– The Programme was open, friendly and supportive – didn’t feel intimidated in getting up to present
– The Programme has given me a lot more confidence in myself and learnt that everyone feels pretty much the same fear
– Learned different ways to put a speech together and find what works for me

Robyn Dolamore

Debs is a fantastic mentor and Business Coach. She applies proven skill sets that work to turn my ideas into reality and help formulate them into business plans of various formats. She provided real life guidance that helped me to apply to my everyday life. I found the 12 session programme of Business Coaching & Mentoring enlightening with a great amount of information provided in the sessions to get me started well before I set up my business in the future.

Waimakariri District Council – Speech Coaching Business Programme

Another 5 participants from Waimakiriri District Council have successfully completed the Success Factor Speech Coaching Business Programme.

“The Programme has given me more confidence and knowledge of my weaknesses to improve my abilities.”

“The Programme has boosted my confidence and practical skills.”

“The Programme has improved my awareness of things to do and not to do when giving a speech.”

“The Programme has made me more confident in planning and delivering a speech, removing fillers and introducing pauses.”

“The Programme has shown me that I am capable of public speaking.”

If you are interested in participating in the next programme please visit our website www.succesafactor.co.nz or email debs@successfactor.co.nz

Gail Dalley

I was thrilled to be able to share my time with such an experienced Life Coach.

Debs was so professional but fun at the same time.

I received weekly tasks to complete. Her excellent advice has worked well in my life which I am utilising on a daily basis.

I would strongly recommend using this business and can 100 % guarantee you will be happy from your experience – I am loving life.

Nicole Wheeler

 

I worked with Debs over a period of two months in order to advance my career. Debs took a holistic approach to coaching, encouraging me to make progress in my professional goals whilst making sure I didn’t neglect other important areas of my life such as family, friends and my health. The accountability and support Debs provided really helped to accelerate my progress in reaching my goals, and challenged me to achieve more than I would have if I were accountable only to myself. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to work with her.

Leanne and Toni

Participated in the Speech Coaching Business Programme

Excellent Programme!

Learned heaps! Liked doing it weekly to keep the practice going.

It made me more relaxed about speaking in public.

The key think I learned was presentations are not scary; add stores and personal information to be more relatable.

The aspects I found most interesting was the variation of speeches; we can add so much information, vocal variety, actions, movement etc.

Leanne – Red Pencil

 

Excellent programme, the information was so very, very helpful!

The interaction and explanation at each session was great.

The programme made a difference to my personal and professional role by leaning how to present and do it well – it’s polished me up!

The key thing I got out of participating was to relax into it, prepare and remember that I am here to tell the audience something of substance.

The key aspects of the programme I found most interesting was breaking the presentation up e.g. introduction, topic and conclusion – having a structure!

Toni – He Waka Tapu

Alicia, Kevin, Nicola, Raymond & Shelley – Waimakariri District Council

Participated in the Speech Coaching Business Programme

Excellent programme

Great coaching

Team feedback meant we learned from others

I went from being scared to talk to the audience to becoming very relaxed and confident

Learned the tools to use for structuring a speech

Plenty of practical application

Repeated exposure over the 5 weeks helped me become less stressed about presenting

Learned that making the presentation personal, looking at people, planning the speech and linking content makes great presentations!

All tips can be applied to use

I liked the specific homework requirements and work-related speeches

I gained greater confidence in giving work presentations to colleagues, the public and councillors

I learned how to use PowerPoint well, how to use pace and pause well and how to manage nervous breathlessness

It really helped having presentations critiqued

Loved the impromptu speeches

Relaxed and comfortable sessions

I built up my confidence in public speaking

Received great tools for future speeches

Evaluations and self-evaluations were helpful

Loved the sessions being so interactive

Ash & Maia – Comber & Comber

Ash & Maia – Comber & Comber

Participated in the Speech Coaching Business Programme

“An excellent programme. I liked the fact that I felt I was in a safe space to get my confidence up. I felt the programme was great as it made me realise that I know a lot more than I think, and that if I use the tips to prepare myself I have the skills to give great presentations.

What I found most useful was that the majority of the negative things are all in your head, so focus on the positive and that will shine through in your delivery.”

Maia Rewha

 

“I felt the speech coaching programme was excellent and made me aware that I can deliver speeches and that fear only occurs when standing up, therefore pretty much irrational! The programme was very encouraging pushing you outside of your comfort zone, but in a safe place and controlled environment.

Personally, I understand the fear but know everyone is the same, and I know that if I know what I’m talking about no-one will oppose me professionally, which has given me more confidence in talking about the business and to potential clients.

What I found most useful was the impromptu speech on the first session as I was terrified, but it actually came out more naturally than my prepared speech, and that speeches delivered more casually come across more natural.”

Ashleigh Jones

He Waka Tapu

He Waka Tapu Staff participating in the It’s All About Time! Seminar

I feel empowered to manage my time better!

Great seminar supporting people needing time management.

Great content of information to help build strategies to action and make good use of my time!

The biggest learning was  having an understanding of our day and how we spend our time e.g. unpacking a day and being able to see what parts are a waste of time.

This has helped me to plan my weeks, and got me thinking ahead; great tools to use, great information and great delivery!

It was well worth going to, thought-provoking with great tips to make me really think.

I learned to just go do it! Awesome techniques to go away and use.

The biggest thing I learned to plan and review my weeks in a SMART way and hold myself accountable.

The ‘It’s All About Time’ Seminar is helpful for people who struggle with time management and want to improve your time management.

The seminar helped me to assess my life and what I’m doing well and what could be improve and how to do it!

The best usable tip I gained was to set SMART goals and commit to them.

My takeaways were to review and revise and be more productive with my time in work and at home!

Anthony Wheeler

Completed the Business Coaching & Mentoring Programme

Debs has been great taking some of the ‘fog’ out of the business and my mind. I’ve been able to get clear on whats ‘working on’ and ‘working in’ the business.

Going through the process I’ve been able to break everything down into separate areas and allocate time to each meaning nothing gets left behind.

Holley Ebony

Participated in the Speech Coaching Business Programme

When I attended my first speech coaching class, I was apprehensive that Success Factor could help me.  I used to get terribly nervous whenever I had to do public speaking, the dead giveaway – my shaky voice and clammy hands.  This coupled with the hand-held full written speech-crutch, I was the ideal speech coaching candidate.

After the first two sessions with Debs at Success Factor, I was already noticing a difference.  My body was no longer reactive when I was up the front speaking.  Debs enduring patience and confidence in me and the other participants was legendary. With Debs insightful tips and the supportive ‘safe’ environment I felt I could be myself and had the encouragement of the group.

Debs gave a lot of helpful feedback around speech techniques do’s and don’ts and how to enhance a presentation by being very conscious with thorough preparation and practice.  This included foregoing any ‘crutch’ relying only on cue cards and visual aids, no mean feat!

By week four then week five, I had successfully partaken a role as MC of a Fashion Show Fundraiser for Aviva Women’s Refuge in front of 80 people, the nerves were under control and it was said to be a raving success!  I don’t believe I would have had the same confidence as an MC without my Success Factor training.   I could not recommend Debs highly enough, it has been invaluable training for my business!

 

Holley Ebony Stylist

Dianna Koorey

Participated in the Creative Management Team Building Seminar

Debs has been very helpful and inspiring to work with, and has had a very positive impact on our team. We will go from strength to strength.

Gregory Sweet

Participated in the Creative Management Team Building Seminar

I attended the Success Factor Creative Management Seminar which really helped bring our team together. A very worthwhile experience. Thanks Debs.

Samuel Phillip

Participated in the Creative Management Team Building Seminar

I attended a Creative Management Seminar which was absolutely fantastic. As a group we decided to use Success Factor to strengthen our team and focus our efforts for the future. The outcome has had a positive effect on our workplace for all staff. Personally I have gained a lot of knowledge about myself and my professional role. It has opened up pathways and more than anything opened my eyes to the potential opportunities that have been there the whole time. Thanks a lot to Debs for her time and genuine care.

Jane Sommerville

Participated in the Creative Management Team Building Seminar

We had a very successful team management creative seminar with Debs. She was a very good facilitator and our team worked well to complete it. It has made us understand each other more and we are working very well as a team. Thanks Deb.

Denise Pheloung

Participated in the Develop Your Elevator Speech Seminar

I attended an Elevator Speech seminar which I found extremely helpful.

I know exactly what my business does and how I want to get the message across to people, but being able to sum it up in one or two sentences is incredibly helpful.

So now I’m confident in portraying my business in a short message, and the number of times I’ve used it has astounded me.

Thanks Debs.

Emma Mae

Participated in the Speech Coaching Business Programme

I attended Success Factor’s 5 week, public speaking training course, and I have to say, it far exceeded my expectations and was well worth the affordable price it was. I had a breakthrough during this time, and no longer feel uncomfortable about impromptu speaking due to the techniques I was able to practice in a supportive environment. Success Factor (and Debs) really know how to get results!

 

Emma Mae – Epic Mentors

Vijay Vellaisamy

Participated in the Develop Your Elevator Speech Seminar

I attended Elevate Your Public Speaking workshop. It really helped me to Communicate With Confidence. Highly Recommend to anyone! Thanks Debs.

Mark Smith

Completed Business Coaching & Mentoring Programme

I have worked with Debs in a one to one business coaching situation (multiple sessions), as well as in a workshop environment where I was taught how to create a condensed and very thought provoking elevator speech.

Debs is very easy to communicate with where she makes the difficult to understand appear simple, and was able to find the areas of improvement where I could do the least, but get the most benefit out of (some of these areas of improvement i was not even aware of – shows how much i knew about myself!).

For anyone wanting to improve their business and themselves, being on a professional or personal level, I would say get in touch with Debs.
Just like myself, you will see results!

Rebecca Taiaroa

Participated in the Develop Your Elevator Speech Seminar

I attended one of Debs’ Elevator Speech workshops, Elevate Your Public Speaking, when I had just started out in business. By the end of the workshop, I had a wonderful, concise and clear elevator speech that worked! Debs has that ‘X’ factor and knows exactly how to get the best out of you when you don’t know how to.

Joanne Wheeler

Completed the Business Coaching & Mentoring Programme

I have used a number of business coaches over the years and have become somewhat disenchanted with them. Never really getting the results I was after. Debs was extremely refreshing and a real surprise. Debs is straight talking and listens to what you say and will not step over anything, she holds me accountable, keeps me on my toes and expands the way I see myself and my business. If your considering a business coach I highly recommend you check out Debs at Success Factor.

Peter King

Completed the Speech Coaching Business Programme and the Develop Your Elevator Speech Seminar

I’ve invested with Debs now in two seminar sessions – Elevator Pitch and Public Speaking course.

To say I’ve found both useful is an understatement! Enjoyed the challenges, I thoroughly have. Debs’ is caring and supportive yet with her gentle approach and will make you work the outcome you set yourself.

Value for money – of course! Debs is about the results, not the revenue. Thanks, Debs – you’re excellent and I thoroughly endorse Success Factor, your product and of course, you personally.

 

Krystal Williams

Participated in the Speech Coaching Business Programme

Recently, I delivered my first presentation since completing public speaking coaching sessions with Success Factor.

What a difference – I was confident, no nerves, quivering voice or shaky knees.

The presentation went really well, I was very pleased with my progress and I felt like a totally different person.

I can truly recommend Debs, she was professional, fun to work with and made me feel totally comfortable.

Thank you Debs, you have given me the tools I needed to deliver presentations with more confidence.

Chris Nathan

Completed the Business Coaching & Mentoring Programme

I had the wonderful gift of 6 sessions with Debs.

With her warmth, humour and sharp insights, she listened carefully then offered options, advice and ideas to help me move forward in personal, family, career and health areas.

‘The Wheel of Life’, clarified the reality of my life in key areas, enabling me to plan wisely in order to move forward.
Developing ‘daily affirmations’ was another tool that has brought significant shifts in my thinking, decision making and focus. I am feeling more in tune with myself and enjoy life more.

The wide scope of Debs’ knowledge and experience was inspiring.

I am recommending to her with enthusiasm and confidence.

Nicole Wheeler

Completed the Business Coaching & Mentoring Programme

I worked with Debs over a period of two months in order to advance my career. Debs took a holistic approach to coaching, encouraging me to make progress in my professional goals whilst making sure I didn’t neglect other important areas of my life such as family, friends and my health. The accountability and support Debs provided really helped to accelerate my progress in reaching my goals, and challenged me to achieve more than I would have if I were accountable only to myself. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to work with her.

Gail Dalley

I was thrilled to be able to share my time with such an experienced Life Coach.

Debs was so professional but fun at the same time.

I received weekly tasks to complete. Her excellent advice has worked well in my life which I am utilising on a daily basis.

I would strongly recommend using this business and can 100 % guarantee you will be happy from your experience – I am loving life.

Karen Dugdale

I have had six sessions with Success Factor to date and have found them to be very beneficial both in my personal and professional life. I enjoyed the relaxed environment in which the sessions were conducted and I liked the tasks that were set to help me grow. Debs has a great attitude, fab sense of humour and a wealth of experience, which is evident in the way she presents everything. I will be going back for further sessions and will also attend other business courses that Debs will be running through Success Factor – I highly recommend her.