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Our courses are delivered in a friendly, non-threatening style that allows participants to enjoy their leaning, have fun on the course whilst working to develop their skills. By putting people at their ease, our trainers can create an atmosphere that is positive and conducive to people being able to learn at their own pace and try out different techniques in a safe and supportive environment. Of course we would be happy to offer specific references to individuals who are considering one of our courses. Recent comments include:

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First Steps course May 09
This was an excellent course, and the teacher [Margot] was very skilled and taught well.
Nicola Prop, Public Health Information Analyst South East Essex PCT

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I thoroughly enjoyed this event. It was well organised and informative, the size of the group was good. It was very interesting and held my attention. Ian Price was welcoming and obviously knows his stuff! The [Coventry] venue was very good, easy to get to and very pleasant setting.I would definitely recommend this course to others.
Linda C, Corby Borough Council

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I attended the 'One 2 one interview techniques' with Ian because I needed to improve my self-confidence during job interviews. I found the session incredibly effective and after doing a mock up interview and being told where I needed improving, I tried to apply the technique throughout the session. I also received help with how to give Business Presentations. By the end of the course my confidence had already improved dramatically and the hypnotherapy session topped it up even more. I left that session 100's of times more confident than when I started and no need to say, I was so prepared and confident at the interview that I did get the job. Thanks a lot for your help Ian and Business Training Direct, it's with pleasure that I would like to recommend you to any other person. Money well spent indeed!
Rita Middlebrook

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I was looking for a course which specifically dealt with some key areas that needed improvement with my presentation skills. My Manager found Business Training Direct online and the course is run on a regular basis which perfectly fitted within my requirements and timescales. BTD not only covered the keys areas which I wanted to improve but gave me lots of additional skills which I can now apply in my day-to-day job. The course was very professional and BTD successfully managed to combine key development areas with an interesting and fun approach to training which meant that in addition to be provided with good skills in presenting I also had fun throughout the course.

Emma Tomlin
Hosting Solution Specialist, Microsoft

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Most enjoyable course, good presenter

Adelina Broderick

SFL Coordinator

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Excellent course, excellent trainer, feeling really positive!

Sejal Karia

HR Officer at BHP Housing

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I found the course to be immensely useful. I have a number of interviews coming up and I have doubtlessly increased my confidence and my ability to sell myself in an interview. Thank You!

Johnnie Dela Moriniere

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Everything was great. Really useful, especially the tackling bad habits and nerves. I honestly think Iím ten times more confident about interviews than before.

Max Perry

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I enjoyed the course tremendously and found it very useful.

David Bishop

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I thought the trainer made the course really interesting and enjoyable. The feedback was really useful with practical suggestions of ways to improve.

DT

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The trainer was very impressive and was able to get me over this first hurdle- thank you.

Katie Scott-Kurti

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A very enjoyable and insightful experience.

Richard Howard

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I really gained a lot in two days. The course far exceeded my expectations. I had a laugh and really enjoyed it.

N. Shepherd

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I really liked the inspiration and enthusiasm of the trainer.

Melvin Lieuw

Manager

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The most important aim of the course for me was to be able to lose the anxiety and remain calm. After over a year of public speaking, I cannot believe this has finally happened in just two days!

Sana Namazie

Strategic Research Officer

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Fantastic tutor, very captivating, answered all questions. Used effective techniques which i can take with me as opposed to just forget!

Alisha O'Mahoney

Investigations Officer, PhonePayPlus

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Enthusiastic, considerate presenter trainer - keen to help everyone.


Mardi O'Brien

Manager

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Business Training Direct exceeded my expectations; I entered this training with an attitude of 'oh no not another course'. I'm not confident and fear so much when speaking in front of people. I did not believe that this course could help me as I do not present or speak to audiences very often. How wrong I was.

I stated my only objective was to work smarter and not harder. My words would not be able to summarise this course to its full potential; you need to experience what I experienced. My colleagues and I felt it was very good, exciting, helpful and fun. I can assure you it was interactive from the start, at no point did I feel tired or drawn from too much information. There were no boring PowerPoints, no lecturing, no silent moments of ...... what does that mean..... You were allowed to embrace your fears, turn them on their head and run with them. This course is about YOU and YOU alone.

Ian and Margot have taken a humdrum Presentation Skills Course and developed a modern twist with a hint of fusion. They demonstrated that every aspect of our lives is a presentation, what matters is how you view it. If you are willing, you will conquer your fears - even the very hardened of us did so. My confidence grew, my stance was stronger, I projected myself further. I knew my subject matter and I delivered. My course was for one day, just think what I could achieve over two days.

Thank you once again.
Jacqueline Mason, Acting Tenancy Manager,  Brent Housing Partnership, London

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Thoroughly enjoyed the two days that I spent with you. One of the best courses that I have ever attended, and I have not known 2 days pass so quickly. I honestly believe that my presentation skills have improved by 200%, and I look forward to presenting in a more relaxed but interesting style. I will have no hesitation in recommending your training to both my colleagues and company.
Thanks again
Norman Pickard, Deputy Operations Manager, VT Communications

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Just a quick note to say that I did my first presentation the other day and it went really well. No mistakes or anything. And I also had the added pressure of having our Director of Payroll with me who knows the company inside out. But everything that you and Margot had taught me came flooding back, and Ii spoke with confidence and ease. So I just wanted to say thank you for curing my fear of public speaking. They can't shut me up now (ha ha).
Alpha Pritchard, Enable Ltd

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Business Training Direct provided me with a learning stream that assisted me to start developing a skill that I thought was out of my reach. I was nervous about being taken out of my comfort zone but now enjoy the challenge of building on the new knowledge acquired. I do still get nervous, but instead of losing confidence, I now channel positive thoughts into the task ahead for a positive outcome.   

I have nothing but praise for Ian’s training skills, the course content and the impressive standard of notes provided at the end of the training.

The course I attended was the two day intermediate and it was in my opinion excellent value for money.
Barry J Illing, Managing Director, Roadfleet Forte Ltd

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Late in 2006 circumstances dictated a drastic change in my career. Prior to attending your course the prospect of speaking to 5 people made me sweat and tremble. I have just returned from Boston (USA) having spoken to 500 people about my expedition across China and was greatly received. Putting into practice the valuable techniques learnt on the course I was able to deliver my content relaxed and confident. Above all I enjoyed the experience, something I had previously thought was beyond me.
Katie-Jane Cooper – Co-Founder of Primal Journey

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Ian is clearly an expert speaker and an excellent trainer
Luke D’Mello, Intermediate course

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Extremely useful course that highlights individual problems and teaches you how to fix them.
Suzanne Henderson, Citizens Advice In-house course

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Very entertaining and very useful. Nice light approach.
Gerry Pimm, Citizens Advice, In-house course

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Spending 2 days solid on presentation skills has given me an overall confidence which lacked before. I feel I’ve been given the necessary skills to handle prep and delivery of a good presentation.
Katie-Jane Cooper – Co-Founder of Primal Journey

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The best course I have ever done as the confidence I have gained is brilliant. It was done in a very positive, safe and fun way and I really it – testing and stretching myself.
Sarah Hamilton, Intermediate

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Many thanks for getting me off the starting blocks and exceeding my expectations.
Barry Illing, Intermediate

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Best presentation training I have received in 9yrs.
Dan Wareham, MSB

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Really have learnt so much from the course and feel so much more confident about presentations
Alanna Kynaston, Friends Provident

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The presentation skills training was the best course that I have taken is over four years. I could feel a difference between the beginning and the end of the two day training in my confidence and ability to present and convey messages clearly. It is so rare to find a course where the trainer, really has the experience and skills and is also completely engaged by the training, giving so much energy that I would be surprised if there was any more to give. Don't go on this course if you want a glitzy certificate and a few cushy hours away from the office, the training is exhausting and tremendously rewarding.
Tim Haigh, Project Manager

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Very enjoyable, felt challenged but not uncomfortable
Alex Wood, Danone

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I wish to take the opportunity to tell you that I have found your training to be excellent and certain to be very useful for me in the future. It was surprising how relatively easy I could get rid of bad habits and acquire some positive skills even after doing presentations for 20 years. Anyone that thinks they can do good presentations should spend half an hour with you and they will soon find out that they should, and can, improve their skills. Many thanks.
Walid Marzouk
President and Director General, SYSMEX France

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I must say that I could not have done it [presentation] without you and the beginner's course. At the beginning of this year, I would have absolutely fallen to pieces if anyone mentioned having to do a presentation. Just the word instilled fear into me! Now, however, and subsequent to the course and being hypnotised, I realised that I can do it. I actually quite enjoyed it once I got going and am sure that I could do it again if I had to.
Bottom line is thank you, thank you for all your help! – TW, UBS

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Way out of my comfort zone and so pleased I completed it! You said you would look after me and you did! – A Jackman

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I feel I have learnt more in 1 day than I could have learnt in a week. I have definitely started to rebuild my confidence. – T. Salmonte

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Great course and trainer got everyone to participate but without making anyone feel uncomfortable. I have learnt loads and gained confidence! – G Tuohy

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This course has been so important in helping me overcome my fear/anxieties of presenting. – J Sandall

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Thoughtful attention given to more nervous speakers – good progress, as a result gave more confidence to group as a whole. – M. Pacitti

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Excellent – really enjoyed myself which I have never done at a course! – S. Rooprai

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Excellent course full of practical suggestions which I will certainly be putting into practice. – J Rosenbloom

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I thoroughly enjoyed it and liked the style of training particularly. – J. Wylie

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I found getting feedback (good and bad) on my presentation was the most beneficial. – J. Barnaby

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This has been one of the best courses I’ve been on, I feel 100 times better than I did yesterday. – J. Clark

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I now feel much more confident to deliver my next presentation. In fact I am actually looking forward to it! – C. Durrant

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Very innovative approach, friendly environment and patient trainers. – S. Mandehou

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Very good structure, friendly trainers, great atmosphere. – S. Rooprai

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I just wanted to write to say that I did find the course to be both extremely beneficial and enjoyable…Thank you again, especially for putting me at ease and making me laugh when faced with one of my greatest fears. – J. Barnaby

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Lively, Interactive – Kept my interest all day! – HW

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Ian Price was always 100% honest in his feedback and was not afraid to tell us things we didn’t want to hear. – SH

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Thoroughly enjoyed the whole session and found it most beneficial! – SH

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Enjoyable course that instils confidence, structure in presenting. – P. Jolley

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Thank you so much for the last two days training. When I left I felt I could stop the public in Trafalgar Square to do an impromptu speech! My confidence was on such a high and I am now looking forward to speaking in public as opposed to be absolutely terrified! I have gained so much from the last 2 days - not only for use within a professional environment but also within my personal life.

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Just a quick courtesy email to say thank you to you and your colleague for the presentation course that you provided on 14 July that my son attended. He thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. He is away on holiday now and asked me to contact you to say thank you and to let you know the outcome. His presentation for his assessment went magnificently and I am pleased to say that he has been selected. The course gave him confidence and a good foundation to work with.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work in putting together the training day! The feedback I have received from the team has been very positive - it was a challenging and hard day, but at the same time balanced by making it fun.

The sessions were lively and interactive. The hand-out notes were comprehensive and useful – the role plays were truly excellent! Presenting to your peers under the gaze of a ‘teacher’ and ‘the boss’ is tough, but your confident, humorous approach was infectious on the team and encourage everyone to overcome nerves and perform their best.

The team thought the content of the presentations was well thought through, relevant and useful – indeed the only complaint was that they wanted time to do more.

You may be interested to know, that following the event, there has been a noticeable improvement in people’s confidence levels and willingness to present.

Prior to the course, one member of my team openly confessed that she was not looking forward to the session, it was way beyond her ‘comfort zone’. Subsequently, she said that having done the course, she had learnt much. As she put it ‘there’s nothing worse than presenting to your boss’. Five weeks later, she presented to a meeting of Italian bankers on a very technical subject – she performed so well, that she got a standing ovation at the end and was invited to present to two other groups. What a success!

To me, the main achievement of the course was your ability to show people how they can unlock their potential, to present well by learning techniques and controlling nerves.

Derek Cain - Vice President / Head of Compliance and Ethics
EMEA, American Express

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I attended the two-day intermediate course and would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to improve or enhance his or her presentations skills. The training provided by Business Training Direct was superb. The course was very interactive, very informative, immensely motivating and highly enjoyable. I would like to thank both Ian and Margot for giving me the confidence and inspiration to be a first class presenter.
Jarnail Gill, Business Development Manager - TANDBERG Television

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Ian attacks the course material with an abundance of enthusiasm. He gives constructive criticism and encouragement and I have noticed a real difference over the two days.

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The best course I can remember doing in 35 years. I wish I had done it 20 years ago.

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Ian very quickly gave me the confidance in my ability to present professionally which is absolutely crucial for my current job. He not only gave me practical, technical skills but also made me think differently about my performance and how to manage any nerves or self doubt. I now have no problem at all if faced with a presentation and have done two very successfully since attending training. I would happily recommend Business Training Direct to anybody wishing to improve their presentation skills or indeed anyone needing to improve their levels of self confidance or professional image.
National Programme Lead, Public Health & Physical Activity, HSCCJ/Prison Health

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Everyone was ecstatic about my speech - I could not believe the reception it got. I will be recommending other individuals to you in the coming months. I could not have done it without your help, Many thanks.
(One2One session)

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Ian is an excellent, 1st class trainer. His knowledge feedback is invaluable and I have learnt so much. Absolutely brilliant course - I've learnt bucketloads!!

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Lots of speaking and presentation opportunities with positive feedback. This has been very helpful, thank you.

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A great course which I will be able to put into use in my job almost daily
Kim Mead, Danone

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Good approach to a wide range of people with different first languages and abilities.

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This was a superb course and has certainly improved my presentation skills, and confidence - many thanks.

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Your teaching was inspired and pragmatic. I could not believe how much I learned in such a short space of time which gave me confidence to prepare and deliver a strong speech. That learning will be useful to me time and again”

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I honestly enjoyed your course and thought you were an excellent trainer.

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Thank you for today's session. It was very valuable and you imparted information in a very clear and professional way. (One2One session).

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I cannot thank you enough for the help you gave me with the speech. The best man's speech went down extremely well and was received well beyond my expectations. Every single person I spoke to afterward was extremely complimentary and grateful. The compliments flowed all night and aside the 'brilliant' comments there were statements such as:

  • 'record breaking speech'
  • 'that was the best I have heard'
  • 'I have never met you before but I really really enjoyed your speech'
  • 'other best man speeches now have a hell of a lot to live up to'

Thank you so much for inspiring me, I really do look forward to those presentations now - something that did not happen before the course. Thanks for your help it was invaluable.

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I found Ian to be in the super league of trainers, engaging, entertaining, informative, professional and interesting. At the conclusion of the training I noticed how subtlety he had put the component parts of the subject together to guide us along.  I would actively use you.

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Thank you for a great two days. I feel better about presenting in the future. Thank you for your efforts to make us all feel comfortable, both individually and as a group.

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Having attended a one day 'Introduction Course' I would whole heartily recommend this training to anyone who finds speaking in public difficult - before this course I dreaded it! I was initially nervous about the day itself but my fears were soon dispelled. Ian quickly put the group at ease through a number of exercises which gradually built our confidence over the day. The final task being asked to make presentation to the group. Previously this would have terrified everyone but after the days training we all felt much better about doing this and the improvement in everyone was staggering.

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My main reason for attending the course was that I was due to give a best man speech to over 100 people in two weeks time. I'm pleased to say that the speech went very well. A large number of people complimented me, saying how natural they thought the delivery was. Several close friends were amazed.

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I would have no hesitation in recommending this course and Ian to anyone looking to improve their confidence and presenting skills.

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I feel very confident than ever before and feel very comfortable and in control when presenting. I have had a great response to my presentations and good feedback afterwards, which is great.

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I got a lot from the course and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope there will be a follow-up course.

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Best £500.00 I have spent in many years!!

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While I was little nervous to begin with, I got into it and really enjoyed delivering the speech. Your help made my day. I can't thank you enough.

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If you are willing, you will conquer your fears - even the very hardened of us did so. My confidence grew, my stance was stronger, I projected myself further.

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This course will make rapid strides to improve your presentations and move you to another level. Building on your experience, we will focus on a number of aspects that will immediately make a difference to your presentations.

 
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