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Testimonials

Video testimonials

Jim Pearse

Director, Health Policy Analysis

Brendan Royal

Divisional Director, Investment bank

David Harvie

Managing Partner, Perspective Group

Organisational testimonials

  • Michael – you’ve been amazing! I’m really grateful for your time, patience and excellent advice to help shape our communication skills.

    Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • Michael was awesome to work with on getting my personal messaging in a great place, owning more positive conversations and showing me amazing skills for effective leadership.

    Brendan Day Director, Events and Experiential, CAPITAL-e Marketing and Events
  • Your business pitch consulting helped us win $10,000,000 of business.

    Account Manager, Medical Devices Company
  • The techniques were invaluable. . . I talk a lot as part of my role but can’t remember the last time anyone made a comment constructive or otherwise about my abilities

    Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • Michael brings a massive amount of experience to leadership communication training that allows him to prioritise what a person needs, cut to the heart of the matter, target those areas through a process - together with honest, considered feedback.

    Non-Executive Director and Investor
  • Comments on my performance were really positive, it’s a credit to the training you gave me

    Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • I worked with Michael on a One-on-One programme. The programme was an eye opener for me. I now embed precision, pithiness & punch in my key messaging.

    Dr. Raju Varanasi Director, Data Intelligence
  • Was really an eye-opener yesterday and I got a lot out of yesterday’s session.

    Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • Thank you for making a big positive change in my presentation style

    Test Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • Thank you for your great session. I haven't thought about the way of behaving as a leader so deeply until your session . . . your session will help my dream come true more easily

    Company Director
  • I found this compact session extremely valuable

    Executive Manager, Financial Institution
  • As a seasoned performer and presenter of 10+ years, Michael's simple but highly effective communication techniques have elevated my ability to connect and engage with my audience

    Diana Zhang Fulbright Scholar, UNSW
  • I just wanted to pass on my appreciation for the opportunity to attend the Advanced Presentation Skills program last Friday, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought Mike was excellent. The experience was also improved by the involvement and support of other team members who were active and vocal about their feedback. It was a good experience and I have taken a lot from it. Thanks again for setting this up.

    Vice President, Acquisitions
  • Thank you for a great course…the learnings will remain with me for life!

    Programme Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • Michael’s executive coaching has helped to give me the confidence to communicate more effectively. His personalised approach highlighted very specific areas that we worked on that sets his methods apart from other coaching I’ve experienced. I would highly recommend his services for anyone who wishes to take their career to the next level or to just give yourself more confidence.

    Rohan Kilty Head of Digital, MSB, VIPA
  • I wanted to thank you for your time over the 6 sessions held. I learnt a lot and am using IDP as much as possible. You introduced me to a life long valuable skill set that I hope to build on.

    Director of Payments
  • Without your help I would have never discovered these shortcomings of mine.

    Operations Manager, Financial Institution
  • Thanks for a great evening. Lots of highly positive feedback from the evening, and a real buzz in the networking afterward

    Events Director, PMI
  • You have no idea, how much your guidance and direction has helped me.

    Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • I give the programme 9 or 10/10 . . . it’s fantastic . . . anyone in a leadership role who needs to present information a get a response should do this

    Programme Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • The feedback on your session was excellent - you made a big impact

    General Manager, Talent Management Organisation
  • Michael Kelly’s training is making a huge difference in my assertiveness skills. I can tell because they are buying more.

    Company Director, Arts Organisation
  • The program has made a huge difference to my communications. I especially value the frankness and trustworthiness during the feedback

    Programme Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • After working with Michael, I know how to construct and deliver messages that are heard and understood.

    David Wong Chief Information Officer, National Library of Australia
  • I experienced firsthand presentations from AB and AT – WOW . . .Really clear messages, great engagement , very confident. They’ve told me your course is making a big difference in how they get their messages across.

    General Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • With your coaching we won the $2M deal.

    General Manager, Bio-Rad
  • You coaching helped me land the GM role.

    General Manager, Commonwealth Bank
  • I have had the opportunity to work with Michael for around 3 years now and continue doing so due to the expertise, guidance and new perspectives in delivering powerful presence and communication. I have always felt uncomfortable in delivering to large audiences in town halls and running classes, however, Michael has provided me with educational sessions and invaluable tools to support me in my career and everyday life. I would definitely recommend Michael as someone to work with as a coach/ mentor where you need someone who is willing to care and be present while providing sharp observations and guidance. I have used Michael to coach my team and I can see the immediate benefits in their professional development while forming better habits and awareness at work, home and social environments.

    Stephen Wong University of NSW
  • DBAE (Don’t Be Anywhere Else) works like a magic. I feel this tool is going to be with me for the rest of my professional life

    Programme Manager, Financial Institution
  • I attended Michael's Speak Under Pressure course 3 years ago and it has been one of the most impactful courses I have ever attended. Since attending it has significantly been applicable to everyday conversations, helping me to better articulate and deliver my POV using several techniques such as pausing, body language and tone. Since then I have referred Michael to other areas of the business where he has gone on to work with other functions such as Sales, Business Development, etc to help them be more effective in their communications with prospects and customers. I strongly recommend Michael and his courses to anyone who needs to deliver impactful presentations and anyone who needs to engage with senior stakeholders on negotiations, etc.

    Vice President, Salesforce

Workshop testimonials

  • Michael was great. Really good at what he does. He should be proud of his accomplishments.

  • Thank you for your great session. I haven't thought about the way of behaving as a leader so deeply until your session . . . your session will help my dream come true more easily

    Company Director
  • The course and workshop leader were great. I now have the tools to help me overcome fear when making presentations. Michael would have to be one of the best workshop leader I've experienced in 30 years of attending courses.

  • The workshop was really relevant and useful! The best L&D I have attended at the RC. Thanks!

  • I have improved so much. Recently I secured 50/74 new memberships. . . My colleague Daniel when observing me said that I was awesome.

    Union Official
  • After Module Two, I delivered an induction presentation and I got 17/17 memberships.

    Union Official
  • Michael Kelly is one of the highest calibre trainers in the leadership and communications space I have worked with my 16 year communications career. He has an engaging, authentic & intellectual style whose scenario-based training is relevant and applicable to every facet of life. His principles of developing a clear and strong leadership identity were communicated and taught with simplicity, ease and impact from his real-world experience. I would recommend him highly to both companies and individuals.

    Participant, ‘Communication strategies for being an inspiring leader’ workshop
  • The course was immensely practical and useful. Practical sessions throughout the day meant that you were practicing the content as you were learning it. Helpful tips and tricks and really practical advice.

  • Michael was really excellent, great presenter, great content and really applicable.

  • Michael was possibly the best presenter that I’ve ever had in a workshop - very engaging, articulate, inspiring and he captivated each individual.

  • Michael is a brilliant facilitator. I was thoroughly engaged all day and I learnt so much.

  • A great workshop. Lots of practical application and practice, lots of useful tips, useful to see other people practicing and learning this. The trainer was great, very knowledgable, engaging and giving constructive feedback.

  • Your techniques helped me win my pitch.

    Union Official
  • Michael Kelly was a fantastic workshop leader

  • I am very keen to recommend you to clients, external and internal. Both Paul and I are very impressed.

    Union Official
  • A great experience. Practical, demanding and rewarding. I enjoyed it very much!

  • The lessons you taught us were invaluable and I have since been using the message structure in almost every message I have delivered to the team and clients. DBAE has saved me a few times and I've been very aware of my body language, arm and leg movements and eye contact when communicating with others.

  • The course was definitely worth the trip down from QLD to attend. I have been to many PD's but Michael Kelly was the most engaging tutor and we learnt so much. I am also very impressed as Michael's style is so unique and he was able to engage the class in such a way that we all interacted and spoke to each other. Michael ensured that the class were all introduced and we enjoyed a beautiful lunch together were we mingled freely with each other. Well done Michael!!