Hi Bernie, Many thanks for an excellent presentation. Everyone enjoyed it immensely and all were keen to get a copy of your presentation. I expect you will be sending your invoice through in due course and I look forward to meeting you for our next coffee and chat (or lunch).
Thanks Bernie I have to say that I have found this to be one of the best courses I have been on. It has given me a set of tools that I have been really searchingfor. Previously I had felt helpless around influencing people. I would come away from meetings have not been successful not knowing why. I feel that now I gained insight into why I might not succeed and that can be more than just it wasn't a good idea or that they don't trust that I can do it. I see that they can be many factors influencing this such as style and connection. I feel that I now have some tools and approaches to start with. I may not employ them all of them yet but I am committed to continue to work upon these skills and to build them up. I also enjoyed your teaching style a great deal. I was impressed with the insight you seemed to have into each of us and that you could also "act out" the different styles really well. Maybe I need acting lessons next!!! Anyway thanks again - I have gained much from it.
I am really happy we did the training yesterday – it was very interesting, practical and useful. Very glad we did it. Everyone here at AIM seems to go through the same experiences, emotions. Bernie demonstrated a breakdown of the different communication styles which helped us understand many things, and discover the best way to communicate with different people. Thanks you for organizing this, Bernie was fantastic, and he wants to arrange another meeting 6-8 weeks away to see what progress we have made. It was a really positive, fun day - Bernie was very good and I think we all learnt a lot from the experience. In particular, I found the role plays around effective questioning in a meeting situation really beneficial and thought provoking. Many thanks.
Having 30 strong minded individuals together over a 2 day weekend to try and get a consensus was a pretty hard task! There was a few times when I thought I had been unrealistic to expect that we could leave our strategic planning session with an actual plan. However - Bernie not only made sure each individual was heard and had their say, he also managed to tie the entire weekend together so that we finished off the weekend with an actual map of where we want to go and what we need to achieve in the next 3 years. Having a professional facilitator made the weekend flow evenly and fairly. I would recommend Bernie to any group and plan to use his services again.
A fantastic two days were spent being challenged by Bernie to engage, participate, reflect and, ultimately, be led to a level of understanding about people and how to tap into the very powerful methods of listening and questioning to achieve the type of interaction that is required to elicit positive outcomes for all parties. Top stuff Bernie. Thank you for your energy and commitment throughout the two days.
Joanne Harper - Ministry for the Environment 2009
Empowering and great. Has repercussions for other work areas. Being persuasive, being real, honest and being yourself. Building on strengths you have and being aware of weaknesses.
Rachel Treston - Ministry for the Environment 2009
Awesome, awesome course. You are such a great teacher. Approachable, fun and positive. Couldn't be better.
David Galt - Treasury 2009
I’ve done quite a bit over the years and been somewhat cynical about more leadership programmes – but this targeted approach was practical and effective.
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