What others have said about the Transforming Communication course:

“…. [this course] it’s about deconstructing communication and reconstructing more effective communications.  Most significant for me was how to disentangle communication using the problem ownership model.”  - Joy, DHB

“I found the training very helpful … it was one of a kind where you learn lots of skills that build your confidence and help with areas you need help in.”  - Mose Sio, TMNZ.

“I valued how included I was at such a young age and the knowledge everyone was passing on to me.  I feel like a better person and feel so much more confident and engaged in so many different situations, with work and in personal relationships.  The rapport and reflective listening skills were amazing to me.  I have improved so much at work, communicating with bosses and clients.  I really enjoyed the training.”  - JF, Traffic Management NZ.

“This training applies to all occupations and home life.  I would encourage my work peers and team to also do this training as I can see how it will benefit their practice and own self-care.”  - KT, 155 Whare Awhina.

“This training is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and grow … I’ve become more aware of myself in situations and have utilised the tools from this course to communicate effectively, openly, to be aware of others and the shoulders they sand on…”  - BH, Northhaven Hospice.

“This course is worth doing.  Really enhances my ability to really listen and hear and see another persons’ story …”  - Queenie Going, 155 Tai Tokerau CLC.

“Very worthwhile doing this course if you are managing staff or dealing with a lot of people at work.”  - AT, North Drill Ltd

“Will provide you with tools to develop stronger relationships with people … while respecting their self-esteem.  I’m a lot calmer overall due to learning these skills and feeling confident within myself.” – Megan Hodgson, Whangarei

“…Best course I’ve done.  I recommend it for everybody.” -  NRC Employee

“Doing it once a week allowed for marinating the information between each session … develop a skill base that can be used across your life in all facets ie: work, family, children.  Look at a different way of doing things.”  - Kim, Civil Defense Emergency Management, Northland Regional Council.

“You will learn techniques and tools to communicate more positively and effectively.  It will allow you to reflect on your own way of communicating with others.”  - SL, Northland Regional Council

“A chance to develop communication skills (learn some new skills and improve on some existing skills), in a safe environment.  There is so much to learn, and it is all relevant in both our professional and personal lives.”  - JC, Civil Defense Emergency Management, Northland Regional Council.

“A course for those who want to learn how to communicate better with everyone in their life.”  - Cameron Kennedy, Armourguard

"…You think you are a good communicator, but doing this shows you how much you don’t know or can improve….”  - CW, Whangarei

“A new way to look at communication in your life.”  - NM, Whangarei

“In-depth insight into communication and what it really means to listen, not just hear.”  - Raymond, Whangarei

“Good practical course which will give you more options around getting what you want … in a conflict situation … conflict doesn’t have to be a win-lose scenario.” – RBL, Whangarei

“… provides a model for understanding communication plus tools and techniques to make our own communication more effective.”  - Thane Richardt, R2 Consulting Ltd

“… outstanding and empowering 9-week course which I highly recommend … provides key principles and practical tools … engaging, energising, thought-proving and great value.  It made me more aware of how I have been communicating … and the style I default to in times of overwhelm and/or stress.  There was so much significant learning …”  - LM, Whangarei

“If you are interested or others have a need to better understand communication and get more out of life than you have got so far, Transforming Communication can give you valuable tools which potentially could be life-changing.”  - Mark Stroud

“The most value for me is the eye opening to new skills sets available for use … transformational!” – R.C.

“Life-changing – everyone should do it.  It has given me tools to communicate – in particular at home with my partner and especially with my daughter who suffers from anxiety …” - C.N.

“Awesome structure - each week we learned more tools and reinforced the learning from the previous week.  I feel like I learned a lot more with this approach.  … this course helps you develop the skills to use the information you’re learning.”  - G.T.

“I learned new skills around communication which I can use at work and pass on!”  - N.

“Realised where my communication was breaking down and found out the skills to use to make it better - it’s amazing!  Discovered communication issues and tools to improve in every area of life … discover what you don’t know about effective communication, practice new skills and see first-hand the difference it makes in all areas of your life.” – V.H.

“The TC course is a good way to discover and improve the core skills underpinning great communication.”  - Brad

“Highly valuable.  I believe everyone can learn/grow from this even if one’s already a great communicator. The accessibility of the learning … it’s not rocket science, we all know this stuff, it’s a matter of being conscious and becoming more agile at using the skills.  To me that’s what makes it different from other courses …” – J.C.P.

“Empowering on so many levels.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  Transformational in that I have new/enhanced tools in my toolkit when communicating with others.”  - S.M.

“Great … a way to learn to communicate and therefore help people.  [Most significant was] …the importance of letting others solve their problem by reflective listening.”  - Melanie Palmer, Infinity Property Management

“Informative & life changing in the way you communicate with family, friends, workmates and strangers.  The most influential course I have ever been on.”  - Leanne Martinovich

“The content each week was gold for me.  My relationship with my kids and husband has flourished.  This course has helped by building on the learnings already in me and has made me calmer and able to hear loud and clear.  I don’t feel the need to take it personal if someone doesn’t share my view which is huge …” – Jodi Hauraki.

“Barbara had a very good knowledge of the content and was able to relate it to each participants’ values.  Do it – it will help in all areas of life.”  - Grant Brown.

Attend it – take everything in.  It’s fun and informative and you will grow confidence every week you attend.”  - Gina

“Great examples, storytelling etc, wonderful instruction and taking us through the material.  Extremely worthwhile investment and everyone can take something from it.”  - Andrea O’Brien.

“I would describe this course as really beneficial and life-changing and highly recommend it.  I have learnt to find my calm!”  - J.B.

“…regained confidence in myself and with other people … [the course was] enlightening.  Moulds your model of the world and helps you realise your potential.  You will see change in you and people around you.”  - Emma Guy

“A course that will open up your thoughts and feelings and bring you better experiences of communication with people, though the skills you will achieve.” – Les Howe.

“Learned new and refined old skills to use to communicate better … awareness of skills already have plus new skills which are valuable for life.” – Zara Ingrey

“A good overview of all communication skills.”  - R.F.

"Very helpful for all aspects of life – communicating with loved ones, resolving conflicts”  – Kat Cox

“It changed my frame of mind in all aspects in life, ie; positivity, courage. …. It is worth every penny.”  - Connor, Absolute Stainless.

“…now I can sit back and actually let the person talk.  …it is awesome because it gives you a different view on how to communicate and actually opens your eyes to life itself.”  - Damon Rakich, Absolute Stainless

“Enlightening and very helpful.” – Fraser Hoani, Traffic Management 

“I love how during the lessons I was able to go back to work and reflect on what I’d just learned and use with my contractors.” – Shenice Tana

“Highly recommend this course as a way to totally transform your way of communicating …”  - Barbara S.

“Informative course which provides an insight into behaviours and provides real world techniques to enhance communication.” – A.J.

”Just do it as it will give you an entirely different way of looking at yourself and your interactions with others.”  - Kevin Mitchell.

“This course will sharpen the tools in your tool kit and allow you to explore challenges in your communication.  I learnt a lot around how people communicate and how we interpret information.  Understanding conflict and being able to listen to others’ perspectives …”  - Alysha Phillips

”I’ve got a secret; want to hear it?  I now have a full tool box with all the tools required to become a productive communicator”. - Michelle 

“If you wanted to learn skills in being able to communicate more effectively, then this course will open your mind …”   - Chantelle

“Life changing – memorable – character building – one of life’s ‘got to do’s’.”  - Sandi Oliver

“Absolutely do it.  You will learn things you already knew but didn’t ‘know’.  The skills are invaluable providing you use them … the value of reflective listening – so very empowering and the outcomes have floored me”.  – Lynn Freeman

“This course has given me so many different communication tools to use in all areas of life and business - especially communicating to my daughter”.  – Ida-Jean.   

“[The course has given me] The confidence to participate actively in conflict resolution”.  – GT, Manager.

“A modern communication skills course heavily based in NLP.  The 9-week course gives time to practice/reflect as you go.  Not a ‘token’ afternoon course you forget about the next day”.  – Ben Edgar, Blue Nikau Landscape.

“Realisation that I have the skills to engage or facilitate an effective and productive conversation … I have learnt the importance of patience.  By realising this it has opened up the start of healthy conversation between me and my children.”  - Sam Rapana.

“A must do and a life changer”.  – Hira Hemara, Mayhem Painters.

“A course that is empowering and enabling.  It will enhance your life if you apply the skills learned.  It will challenge and change you”.  – Karen Grammer.

“Learning from this course has helped me to become more confident when conversing with others.  I have gained valuable knowledge to better enhance my communication skills.  So, so happy – thank you so much”.  – North Haven Hospice Retail.

“My relationship with my 5-year old daughter is stronger, just through me listening and taking another look at things.  I had no expectations when starting this course but I am pleased I started.  Communication is a life skill that should be taught at schools”.  – North Drill Limited.

“[the course was about] Being more aware of how people connect – how to listen, how to reach in different circumstances and being aware of others’ values”.  – Te Whareora o Tikipunga.

“I thought I was a good communicator before however the course has influenced me to change the way I interact with people.  I’m using the skills all of the time in all areas of my life as they relate to and influence all aspects of my communication. Upgrading my skills has changed the way I listen and helped me to help my friends and family in amazing ways, which have been invaluable to me and to them.  When I communicate with staff I now know how to assert myself and I can listen to them too and get a win-win outcome.  That’s the biggest thing.”  Vicki Ogle, Director & Manager Homekill Services Ltd & Your Fresh Meat Co.

"Do the course – if it can help me it can help anyone – its’ far more than (just) a communication course."  – A. Ogle, Business Owner.

"This course teaches you all the necessary life skills that all other courses/school fails to deliver, ie: how to effectively communicate with each other well."  – I.T., Education sector.

"[You] will discover communication on a different level." – C.C., Service Co-ordinator/Health & Safety.

"A great, practical course that will change your life and relationships."  – M.C., Engineer.

"Sit back, hear her out and find out where/what you can use/improve.  [The course] is a time saver, quality raiser of communication."  – Bart, Non-Profit Sector.

"Well worth the time and money.  I started the course with a need that by the end became a strong interest that I still want to work on."  – Pip, Occupational Health Nurse Specialist.

"Just get on with it."  – Allan, Operations Manager.

"Life changing.  Best way to learn more about yourself and others."  – N.O., Business Owner.

"It is a very interesting and useful course."  – Sue, Admin/Customer Service.

"Worth it!  It opens your eyes to everything you do and how you can get results that suit you and the people in your life, with making small changes."  – S.C.

"Eye-opening course on the power of knowing how to have amazing communication skills.  Great to learn new skills."  – Lisa, Consultant.

"[It] changes your perspective of what communication really is."  – T.S., Sales. 

“It’s a great way to learn about the way you communicate and it shows you how even little shifts in the way you say things can make a difference to the recipient”.  JN, Business Owner, Whangarei

“Amazing!  It will make you look at how you’ve always done things and see how much better it could be”.  JH, Homebased Childcare

 “The course opens your eyes and ears to a new way of interacting and communicating in every aspect of your personal and business relationships”.  CH, Whangarei

“It’s a great course to understand and practice an effective way of communicating”.  T. H., Whangarei

“If you want to be ‘in’ a conversation, be present and have the ability to influence the communication, then this is the course for you”.  Lisa Halvorson, Business Owner.

 “It changes the way you communicate with other people for the better.  The most significant breakthrough for me was during the ‘I’ statements … I applied it in a real situation and it worked!”  SR, Administration

“TC was exactly what I wanted it to be.  It’s given me a foundation in communication skills I can apply across every aspect of my life.  I feel like I have the tools to get what I want out of life.  … stepping back and reflecting on situations and understanding I can’t fix everything and I don’t need to.  Lian Passmore, Instructional Designer.

“It’s about unlearning habits and learning to communicate on purpose to create, enhance and clam relationships.  I can change conversations by example.”  Stephanie Mitchell, Travel Agent.

“The course is life changing and will enrich every single relationship you ever have.  It will also bring more positivity into your life through the satisfaction of having enlightening conversations.  I have become a better human being from doing this course.”  Vicki Ogle, Homekill Services.

“I’ve been doing this amazing course – it’s been such a journey.  I have learned so much about myself and my communication skills have improved so much.  You should look into this course … Everything has changed for me.”  M, Ryan, Whangarei

“An awesome course to learn new skills for communicating with everyone in your life. You will be amazed at what you didn’t know about how you interact with people.  Thank you Barbara for a great nine weeks of opening new doors in communication.”  C. Harris, Whangarei

“Valuable if you are wanting to improve or learn more effective communication skills which will benefit all aspects of your personal and professional life.  …it’s never too late to change and this course can have such a positive effect on your relationships with others. – D. Sullivan, NorthAble Equipment Plus, Whangarei

“The opportunity to learn about and practice better communication skills at work and at home.  To learn to deal with conflict while maintaining the self-esteem of both people and preserving the relationship.”  - M. W., Whangarei

“Learning to use the skills you already have in a more conscious and productive way.  Finding out about yourself.  …totally enlightening and life changing.  THANK YOU!!  - R. Svenson, Kensington Dental Centre, Whangarei.

“If you want to have close relationships with your family, friends and work colleagues.”  - A. Olsen

“Life and relationship enriching, eye opening and great realisation of how to use sub-conscious skills.  Barbara is a charismatic and skills teacher with great knowledge in this field and awesome enthusiasm!”  - A. Conaghan.

“A great way to learn communication and dealing with conflict”. – Paul, Advisor, Whg.

“It would be most beneficial even if you felt you didn’t need it” – Grant Harrison, Senior Manager, Whg.

“…allows you to reflect on your own communication style/technique … how to have those difficult conversations using a communication strategy that allows everyone to retain their mana” – Bronwyn, Practice Manager, Whg.

“A really beneficial experience …” – Stu, Manager, Whg.

“Very informative and makes you think about how you communicate and interact with people”.  Tamara, Regional Director's Assistant, Whg.

“Well worth doing – great learnings …”  - Joey, Community Sport Advisor, Whg.

“Good for using in your life skill toolbox”. – Roxanne, Team Leader, Whg.

“The most influential course as a manager and husband and father that one could participate in”.  Steve, Manager, Whg.

"I was engaged 100% of the time ... has added value to my everyday life..."  Alan, Whg.

"A great opportunity to stop and think about the interactions you have with the people around you; to understand what is happening and how you can get better outcomes for you, the people around you, and make life simpler."  Carol, Auckland

"Loved it! Well worth it - would really recommend it as the skills help not only in business situations but in all aspects of life.  Would thoroughly recommend couples do it".  Sue, Whg.

“ … broadened my understanding of how other people see the world and why we say/do the things we do … extremely helpful and beneficial.  I would recommend this to everyone willing to learn more about people”.  Cassidy, Team Leader, Whg.

“Well worth doing for any age in any position”. – Simon, Manager, Whg.

"I could use the knowledge I gained immediately at home and at work".  ET, Whg.

"Life changing.  Whole new perspective on communication ..."  Steve, Whg.

"...great course to help with conflicts and understanding how people work and think.  Will make you think twice with how you deal with situations".  AH, Whg.

"...allows you to navigate around problems/situations which otherwise may have created conflict.  Problems in the workplace are dealt with well and the course allows you to create a more harmonious work and home environment ... opened a world to me which I didn't realise was there ..."    Kevin, Director, Auckland

“It is packaged well … provides a range of skills and insight to assist in getting positive outcomes in difficult situations ...”  Robert, Manager, Whg..

“A useful skill set to have at your disposal when dealing with real world situations in the workplace”.  RC, Manager, Whg.
“Well presented and good group participation.  Barbara did a great job of presenting her course content in an easy to understand manner.”  George, Manager,   Whg.
“You will use the skills in everyday life – both at work and at home and know how to resolve conflict problems without taking them all on yourself.  It was explained well and doing examples helped…”  Craig, Manager, Maungaturoto.
“Barbara made me feel at ease with the class room  environment.  It is very worthwhile and I have learned a lot about myself”.  GD, Manager, Whg.
“Life changing!  My confidence has increased in all   areas of my life.  I now look forward to communicating instead of burying my head in the sand”.  Taryn, Manager, Whg.

“ of the most important set of skills you can learn…”  - AT, Whg.
“It has changed my whole outlook on how to communicate …”   - LD, Whg.

What others have said about the one-day Resilience Workshop:

“Great workshop with lots of practical tips and tools to build resilience and a knowledgeable, articulate and awesome presenter.”  - Deb Glendinning, Active Intervention Management (AIM) Ltd.

“The inter-activeness of the day, having the opportunity to refresh past learning and also learn new skills to use resilience in my day-to-day work life and home life was good.  Despite being on Zoom Barbara ensured everyone had regular breaks.  Going into break out rooms for group work with different people was good.  It is a great workshop for anyone needing to up-skill or freshen up on resilience, listening skills, having difficult conversations and reflective conversations.” – Julie, Northhaven Hospice.

“The zoom format surprised me – it worked well.  The content was presented well – thank you!  And all relevant to what I was wanting for myself, my clients and my family and friends!  Liked the references and ability to further educate myself.  Bredth of knowledge was great!”  - Debbie Rafferty, Active Intervention Management Ltd (AIM)

“The workshop covered useful material around thinking styles to avoid and how to avoid them … will add to existing tools you already have.  The new tools feel like they’ll be very useful.  These will be invaluable to me.  Barbara’s delivery is always good.” – Jesse Gray, Gray Media Ltd

“I feel better equipped to deal with the challenges I face every day … do the workshop – get a better understanding of what goes on inside your head.”  Steve Haywood, Steve Haywood Master Jeweller

“Fantastic facilitation, wonderful resources.  Do it!  It’s life transforming!”   – Linda Marsh, Whangarei

“… learn valuable skills – effective listening – recommend doing this as a team.” – Jill Powell, First National Roper & Jones

“The one-day workshop is great to get a ‘taster’ of the very comprehensive 9-week course.  Definitely helpful to develop strategies for yourself.” – Julia N.

“Worthwhile doing to learn coping strategies.”  - V.R., N.R.C.

“If struggling with day-to-day life challenges and not coping, then recommend doing this workshop.” – Stephen, Whangarei

“[This workshop] added to/reiterated past learnings and introduced new tools I hadn’t seen/heard of before.  Well worth taking the day for yourself to learn or reinforce learnings, and to connect with like minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment.” – C. Harris.

“A lot of techniques to use to make improvements … well organised and presented workshop … you will learn a lot about yourself.” – S. Morgan, NorthTec.

What others have said about the one-day Essential Communication Skills workshop:

“Gave me a new way to see conversations and new skills to handle conflicts and resolve them.  Used practical settings to practice the skills talked about.”  - Jackson, Croft Poles

“I now understand what steps I need to take to manage conflicts with staff.  Do the workshop and have fun learning some new people skills!”  - Robbie, TMG, Whangarei.

“Open conversation throughout the day and no question too dumb.  Made it not feel like training but relatable and more of a conversation.  Just do it!”  - Greg.

“Lots of things about communication I didn’t know about – I think it will now help me at work and also in my personal life …I want to recommend my mates and family do this awesome workshop which also helps to look into self.”  - Inzamam Tonmoy, TMG, Whangarei.

“… Great presentation, good time-management skills and great balance between audio/practical tasks …”  - S. Wright, Croft Poles

“… helped me to understand where the other person is coming from … made me think about how I respond to situations … helped me ‘see’ different ways of seeing …”  - Jane Jane.

“Barbara really listened and was clear.  The material was relatable and understandable.”  - Vivienne, NorthTec

“… you will learn some good techniques that will improve your communication …”  - Lisette, Whangarei

“Lots of examples of how to better communicate and tools that I can take away & use in my everyday life.  Not just at work but with all of my relationships.”  - Joanne Smith, NorthTec.

“Worth the time – very informative.” – A. Pickering, Whangarei Youth Space

“… this training is crucial work for all people to understand how to better get along with one another in any situation …”  - Bonny, Nature Haven Ltd

“… good presentation, allowed people to have their say, time managed well and approachable.  Go with an open mind, get involved and be honest …”  - David, Uber Group

“… excellent opportunities to share, be involved and learn from one another… great tutor!  Great visuals; encouraged participation; has an ‘easy listening’ voice.  Go for it!  It’s a great introduction to problem solving!”  - Jo Holmes, NorthTec

“You’ll have some fun while getting some knowledge to help you when you find it difficult to communicate/relate to people.”  - Matt Kerr, Uber Group

“Barbara opened my eyes to new approaches I could implement within my organisation.  Whilst I believe that I communicate well, this course has made me re-evaluate my approach.  Thank you.  This is an ideal course for anyone considering entering a management role or even a higher level employee wanting to learn new skills when dealing with every day situations.  A great day.”  - Roger Jones, NorthTec

"… very concise and comprehensive.  A lot of useful information …”  - Jacqui, NHH

“… well worth the time and investment.  It makes you more aware that how you communicate can influence outcomes … provides handy ‘tools’ in your communication skill-set.”  - Kelvin, Northhaven Hospice

“Give the course a go.  You don’t know what you don’t know and it’s interesting seeing what you do know and use every day.”  - Jesse, Gray Media Ltd

“Great refresher to the 9-week course.  I can see how it could benefit an organisation if everyone had completed this and used the tools.  If you need any help in improving communication, or you believe everyone else has the problem, then this is the course to do…”  - Jenny Hamilton, Back2Nature Childcare

“Tis course will help you understand people better and help you to solve conflicts in constructive ways.”  - S. Marshall

“Great opportunity to reflect on how we communicate and to learn new skills.”  - Sharon Douglas, Northland Regional Council

"Provides examples that are real (real people, real life experience), engages and includes all participants.” – Jenny, Whangarei

“Extremely well presented, interesting and varied – found content useful and practical.  This course has provided me with some very useful tools that I will be using … this course nails it.   Thanks.”  - Graeme MacDonald, NRC – Civil Defence

“Refresher to the awesome 9-week communication course of amazing communication tools for LIFE.  Do it!  You’ll learn skills you never knew about and it could transform your communication skills in your personal life, work life and all your relationships.”  – Victoria H, Northland Regional Council.

“Content, ‘real life’ scenarios and the presentation of the info was excellent.  Looking forward to practicing it.”  - S. Boniface, NRC Kaitaia

“The pace of the learning suited the team and there was opportunity to work together and practically undertake strategies … content was applicable both in professional and personal situations.” 

“Brilliant delivery.  Awesome, relevant stories and some very useful tools to take into everyday life.  Encouraged everyone to participate, despite some activities being uncomfortable.  Helped us go outside our comfort zones, making the learnings so much richer.”

“Relevant techniques to use – good mix of practice, story-telling and research.  Excellent way for a team to have fun and learn about communication.” – WC

“Great to review and refresh my knowledge and skills and to see my colleagues and team participating and taking on new info.  Really great day which Barbara manages to deliver so much learning, excellently.”  - Michelle Ryan, Northpower

“Knew what she was talking about and make sure you understood it.  Barbara was a very good speaker and passionate about what she was delivering.”

“It is the basics of effective communication and I felt I finished the day with additional/refreshed skills to communicate more effectively with colleagues, family and friends.  Thanks for a great day!”

“Fantastic – I thought I was good at communicating and realised I create road blocks and my listening skills really need some attention, especially reflective listening.  If the opportunity comes up do the course.”

“The workshop was great and thought-provoking.”

“Good for work and life skills – helps teach you how other people may communicate.”  - Jess, Kensington Fitness

“Cuts through the noise and gets to the core facts of better communication.”  - Evan Morgan, On Design

“The entire day was pitched well.  It was interesting, fun and stimulating … I felt comfortable and at ease the moment I walked in.  It’s an enjoyable and beneficial one-day workshop to attend if you are interested in enhancing your communication skills … thought-provoking, confidence building, motivating and fun, well-paced, content is excellent and relevant to day-to-day situations.”  – LM, Whangarei.

“Whether you need to learn to communicate or whether you need to refresh your skills, you will definitely take something useful home.”  - Dianne Ten Haaf, Your Services

“Highly recommend – gives great building blocks for conflict resolution and not taking on others’ negative issues.”  - Louisa, Kensington Hospital

“Lots of new ways of looking at and changing communication behaviours – a worthwhile course for anyone learning or reviewing how you communicate in personal and work relationship.  Teaches you how to self-analyse your verbal and physical reactions in relationships.”  - Nigel, Sport Northland

“Relevant techniques to use – good mix of practice, story-telling and research.  Excellent way for a team to have fun and learn about communication.” – WC

“Great to review and refresh my knowledge and skills and to see my colleagues and team participating and taking on new info.  Really great day which Barbara manages to deliver so much learning, excellently.”  - Michelle Ryan, Northpower

“Knew what she was talking about and make sure you understood it.  Barbara was a very good speaker and passionate about what she was delivering.”

“It is the basics of effective communication and I felt I finished the day with additional/refreshed skills to communicate more effectively with colleagues, family and friends.  Thanks for a great day!”

“Fantastic – I thought I was good at communicating and realised I create road blocks and my listening skills really need some attention, especially reflective listening.  If the opportunity comes up do the course.”

“The workshop was great and thought-provoking.”

“… clear, professional and relaxed.  Really happy with the content covered”. – Deborah Smith, Northern Forest Products

“Very pragmatic and practical advice and great examples of how to apply skills to ‘real life’ situations;   involved audience so it wasn’t us just listening.  … really helpful, practical advice that everyone could relate to and apply to not only work, but also personal relationships.  Training was ‘real’”.  – Louise, Oranga Tamariki

“… if you want to expand your knowledge on communication then this course will help you do this.”  - Chantelle Murray, Coastal Accounting

“Barbara put me outside my comfort zone … but with the excellent content it was easy to work with your partner … great refresher course!  Even if you think you are a great communicator there will be something for you to take away”.  – Katrina Goldie, Coastal Accounting

“This has been the first workshop that I have ever been to that kept my attention the whole time.  Love how interactive it was! … Interesting and made you do what you learnt that day just to help remember a little bit more”.  – Sam Chapman, Coastal Accounting

“Good refresher and reinforcing of skills and tools already in my kete.  Balance to the day was effective, all felt included and valued.  Good presentation; meaningful and real.  Balance of exercises and interactions reflected learning.  Do it!”  - Cathy West,  Northhaven Hospice

“Excellent presentation re: communication skills, that is, conflict situations, rapport, body language, auditory.  Barbara’s explanation of all different situations was easily followed, storytelling was a great way to explain situations.”  - Cushla Hackett, Henderson Reeves.

“The content of the course answered some key queries I had regarding my own communication skills, and has provided me with tools that I will be using from the moment I get home”.  – Kelsi Wood, Dargaville Kindergarten

“Great examples that were easy to relate to, time to practice, notes to add to.  Love that expectations were set out right from the beginning”.  – Jo Johanson.

“Totally put me out of my comfort zones with the role plays, but the environment created made for a good platform to jump in and just give it a go with all learning together and okay to make mistakes while learning.  Enjoyed the day with Barbara, have learnt a lot and hope to be able to use a lot of the techniques with my colleagues”.  – Dene Cheeseman, Northland Kindergarten

“I found a lot of useful skills to use in the workplace”.  – Laura Millington, Club Auto Insurance.

“This workshop put me out of my comfort zone, gave me the tools I need to be a better communicator while having fun.  Thank you Barbara for the games and laughter!   Barbara’s presentation style is warm, fun and challenging.  Everything needed to keep me and the rest of the group engaged.  If you want an engaging delivery of tools that will benefit your business, you should give Barbara a call”.  – Lillian Leathem, Pak’n’Save Whangarei

“The interaction with others and real life scenarios was helpful and a fun way of learning.  Met some really cool people and looking forward to doing some reflective listening at work and at home.  Presented clearly and her interaction with the group was great – kept my attention all day!”  - Linelle Martinovich, Coastal Accounting Ltd

“It has given me a great base to build on.  We covered some clear guidelines/strategies to use to help encourage more positive and open communication lines in everyday life.  Barbara was very inclusive and inviting with this course.  There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and also lots of role play to help come to grips with the different communication skills available”.  – Suzy Watkins, Hunting & Fishing.

Was very engaging and I learnt a lot of new things – well worth while”.  - Dylan

“Good pace, good information, clear & concise.  Good interaction& participation – people felt welcome, kept time.  It’s a bit like repeating first aid courses every 2 years as it’s an important topic to keep refreshing & there’s always room for improvement.  This will help you with all your relationships, at home & work & will help you assess situations & help you to have good outcomes.  Good for handling conflict & managing people to build connectedness”.  - Karen Grammer, Nth Regional Council

“For me it was a great extension of somethings I already knew & a great introduction to some new strategies.  I liked that the rules were set, time frames were kept to & we were encouraged to practice.  Great content – easily digested & very do-able”.  F. Harris, Kindergarten Teacher.

“Easy to understand with good examples.  Everything was explained with examples & great question answering.  Go do it!  It was very useful, helps improve your communication skills & look at things differently to potentially remove conflict”.  – Vanessa, Club Auto Insurance

“It made me aware that I already had the skills and gave me ideas and thought on how to use them more effectively.  Barbara’s delivery was perfect and kept me engaged all day … it is well worth it!!!”  - Georgie Whittaker, NorthTec

“I felt with the narrow time frame Barbara was able to teach her messages very well.  She related with the group, provided real world scenarios.  Give her a go – you won’t be disappointed.”  - Braden, Club Auto.

“…Loved refreshing some excellent skills and reminding me how to approach certain situations.  Covered a lot of amazing skills in one-day and showed us how to work through situations for all types and laces – work, home, social, conflict etc … you will find you are more equipped to deal with so many different situations without needing to shout or walk away feeling like nothing was resolved … I feel empowered to deal with the world, knowing I have the skills to get through the good and the bad – certainly put things in perspective.”  - H. Robinson.

“It is a comfortable supportive and interesting day with lots of new knowledge to act on.” – Eve Barker, North Haven Hospice

“Barbara’s delivery, inclusion and ability to keep people engaged makes it easy to listen, obtain and retain the content of the course … her ability to relate to everyone and using real life examples to demonstrate the content of the course.”  - Emma O’Sullivan, Coastal Accounting

“Really had some ‘lights on’ moments … was very pertinent to the situations I have been frustrated by at work.  Easy to understand, explained the course material well.  Good exercises and group participation.  A fun day and very useful with something for everyone regardless of how good a communicator you think you are.”  - Kat, Whangarei

“Very eye opening and useful for everyday life and work life.”  - Danielle, Club Auto

“Easy to follow, good information and practice.”  - Fraser, Whangarei

“I felt that there were lots of different approaches, examples, stories and discussion to put everything into context.  She listened to everyone’s different scenarios and applied the course to suit – everyone got valuable learning time as individuals and in the group.  This course will definitely help people to get a better understanding of the dynamics of communication.  It provided tools which we can use to improve our personal and working relationships across the board, in various scenarios.” – Hayley Sharp, Northland Regional Council.

What others have said about BJ Projects Training:

"Delivered exactly what I had requested and more, provided an example of a successful training workshop by your own style and method of deliver.  We will be able to model our presentations your presentation and use os of the ideas - thank you.  Every part of the session was so well done, everyone was engaged right from the beginning throughout the whole session.  Barbara started by discussing in-depth with me well before the session and delivered exactly what I had asked for.  She very much understood my needs and outcomes for this workshop and my team." - Anna, Manager at Workbridge

“It was exactly what I needed to refresh and re-learn important communication skills and place new perspective on where I am at and where our new role is going.” – Geri Leeds, Workbridge

“Engaged us throughout whilst presenting us with extremely useful tools to use in lots of areas in our role.  Highly recommend!”  - Christel Briggs, Workbridge

“Engaging, fun and lively with the stories and acting.”  - Simone, Workbridge