Using the takeaways, the next day – March 2021
Thanks for a brilliant training course yesterday – full of energy, fast paced, enjoyable and, equally importantly, you made us laugh! I thought you would like to know that I have already put one of your 'takeaways' into action, and am putting a powerful image, that triggers a story, into the opening slide of my virtual staff meeting later today.
Sandra King, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Fund
Turning dull slides into a compelling story for a tense council meeting – February 2021
A London based communications company wanted to support a client who needed to persuade councillors about the merits of a major planning proposal during a virtual committee meeting. The client needed to transform a large amount of data and detail into a compelling story that would seize councillors' imaginations. In our first hour long virtual session, we looked at his existing slides, and I set the challenge of telling a story - by re-ordering and reducing the number of slides, often replacing text with images. During our second session, he delivered that 'story' to me in an engaging way. We discussed further tweaks that would take it to an even higher level. He returned the following day for our final session, where in less than an hour he had hit his stride and felt raring to go. The committee meeting that followed, he tells me, was a great success. (He also told me that he celebrated, once the meeting was over, with a large glass of red wine ...)
Entertaining, precise, very useful – January 2021
That was entertaining, precise and very useful. I particularly liked the way you involved everybody so all felt involved and challenged. I look forward to seeing the top tips in action in our team. Huge thanks, John.
Caroline Underwood MBE, Chief Executive, Philanthropy Company, London - January 2021
“We’re all intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes …” – October 2020
I loved the way you brought the knowledge, insight and experience from years at the BBC and made it relevant to Zoom now. We are all intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes at the BBC, and it is clever how you bring the two together.
Ann English, Speaker & Visual Communicator
“The parallels with the newsroom industry worked a treat” – November 2020
Thank you very much for an excellent training on Monday. I thought it hit the spot and I thought the parallels with the newsroom industry worked a treat!
Alain Vix, Learning & Development Manager, Vygon UK
“You delved deep – and hit the mark” – September 2020
You delved deep into what we wanted out of this, John - and hit the mark.
Jen Anthony, Engagement Manager, Elekta UK & Europe - September 2020
CASE STUDY: How I helped an international medical equipment company with its Virtual Sales Meetings – November 2020
An international medical equipment company wanted to improve the way its Sales Team engaged with medical professionals during online Sales Meetings.
In a phone conversation, their Sales Enablement Manager and I discussed in some detail what the challenges were that they faced in their particular sector. We were joined a few days later in a Zoom meeting by the company’s Learning and Development Manager.
A week later, I delivered my "Make Your Virtual Meetings as Professional as a News Broadcast” workshop to nine of their staff. The two hour version we’d chosen meant the pace was kept up with plenty of video clips and interactivity -- but there was also plenty of time for reflection, commitment, practical debate, and on-the-spot chances to put what I was sharing into practice, then and there. (I also ensured there was a well-earned coffee break!) Earlier that week, I had provided a customised Workbook, for participants to make notes and jot down commitments.
My on-the-spot feedback poll at the end resulted in a score of 9.5 out of 10 for ‘takeaway value’ — with all participants saying they would recommend it.
“Exciting, engaging … everyone got a takeaway” – November 2020
Your training made us think differently about how we can make our virtual meetings more exciting and engaging. Everyone gave hugely positive feedback at the end. Everyone got a takeaway.
We’re in a different environment now, managing things remotely, so hopefully this is going to make our remote working more exciting for the people we meet with.
The nature of what you’re presenting is that we need to be more engaging — you’re showing us what that looks like. For some, that doesn't always come naturally, so there’ll be more learning. But I think your approach is absolutely perfect for what you’re presenting. Your style is great — it really keeps us all on our toes!
Adele Collins, Training & Development Coordinator, Arun District Council - November 2020
Training made for the VIRTUAL world – June 2020
At last - training made for the VIRTUAL world -- June 2020
Mark Burns, Chair, Vistage International CEO Peer Support Network