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Hi Steffi, I just wanted to say another HUGE thank you for the help you have provided! I cannot express just how much the techniques you have taught me have affected my personal and professional relationships in such a positive way. I can say without any doubt that the rest of the team also thinks the same! Thank you for also saying you will provide a further assistance in the future if we need it. I will definitely be taking you up on that offer when the time comes! You are amazing, and I hope that keep helping people and making the world a much better place!

All the best, Navik D, Consents Planner, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

In my opinion your course really helped make this happen, it challenged me to think differently and beyond the usual “oh that won’t work” attitude I normally have. I can’t wait, bring it on! Thanks for helping me to make the impossible possible.  

Lisa x

Hi Steffi,   I think I referred to this to you in person, but if I didn’t I thought it important to tell you. Not only was Speaking Up with Confidence the highlight of my week for the duration of the course, it has also been the most valuable training course that I’ve ever undertaken anywhere in 26 years of working life. It’s been an amazing opportunity to have the opportunity to practice, listen and learn (about ourselves and others) over the course of a number of weeks, rather than having a course crammed into a single day which is the usual approach to training in the working world.

I’ve really appreciated that the course has been more than public speaking, but a way to inject self-belief and positivity into day-to-day routine. I’m conscious that I’m approaching life as a whole a little differently to how I did before the course. I’ve always liked mornings, but I’ve been starting work between 4 and 5am most mornings in order to get some work out of the way before the family woke. The end result is that I have a real sense of achievement with having 2-3 hours of work under my belt before my colleagues even log on in the morning, and then I have plenty of time to spend with my kids during the day when they can’t be at school or day care. I know it’s not an approach required by my work, or something that many people would want to undertake, but it works for me and I feel good as a result. Thanks again.

Mark Hamilton, Senior Policy Analyst, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

Hi  Steffi,  Thanks so much for everything. I came into this with an open mind but one filled with fear! Your tuition was fantastic and through your unique way of coaching we all grew so much. I learnt some hugely important skills and have already received great feedback from my peers when I presented recently.  I can’t thank you enough. Keep up the great work Steffi...thanks!


Hi  Steffi,   I just wanted to flick you a quick email and say THANK YOU!!    My nana passed away last week, and I was asked if I would like to speak at her funeral. If it hadn’t of been for you and the speaking with confidence course I would have said no, but I did it!!   It was one of the hardest things I have done in my life, but I thought of everything that you have taught me and I did it!! After the service I got so many comments about how amazing I spoke, I am so proud of myself and so glad that I did it!!   THANK YOU SO MUCH STEFFI xx


This course was fantastic! A safe environment full of encouragement to get me out of my comfort zone and prepared to speak confidently in any situation, at any time with any audience. Steffi’s incredible passion for communicating efficiently or never missing an opportunity to do so comes across 110% in all her teachings. Thank you Steffi for helping me realise my potential for speaking up with confidence where I didn’t believe I could do so before!

AMANDA GUINN - Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

12 months ago I participated in one of Steffi’s “Speak up with Confidence” workshop series.   Steph taught me that if you don’t speak up – you don’t get and to say “yes” to opportunities as they arise.  Since attending Steph’s workshops – I’ve been more courageous in speaking out, and have felt my confidence grow – even if I didn’t get it right first time.   I stepped out of my comfort zone and said “yes” when asked to speak at two conferences,  where I was able to be prepared, confident and present with sureness that I was the topic expert. I also spoke up and proposed changes to my role which were accepted and now I have my dream job!   I look back and can see that I am more confident and with the skills that Steph has taught me can speak up with conviction and poise.  I’m more prepared to take a chance, give things a whirl and seek out new opportunities.  


I knew I needed your help with preparing for my talk as I was so nervous and in desperate need of some coaching. I am so pleased to say that I delivered my talk with confidence and can't thank you enough for all your encouragement, support and great practical tips.


Speak Up with Confidence was a great refresher on what makes a speaker look competent, confident, and stand out. I want to thank Steffi for her excellent advice throughout the course, which helped me grow in confidence immensely. As a result, I have since taken up my first public speaking opportunity.


Before I attended the public speaking course, I was absolutely terrified of speaking in front of other people. This was despite having practised giving speeches at University. By the end of the course I was able to confidently speak in front of a group of strangers and had even thought of volunteering for hosting a training course for my colleagues. It was during the public speech course that I was approached with an offer to take a role that was more challenging than the one I was currently doing.  I ended up applying for and accepting this role. I have a lot of collaboration that I do in my current role and I am finding it much easier to speak more confidently with my colleagues. The other thing I noticed, especially recently, is that I have been communicating more effectively with my partner, and letting him know when I am unhappy with something instead of bottling it up.  This has helped immensely in our relationship. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their overall communication skills or to be more comfortable speaking in front of a group. Thanks for all your help Steffi.