Steffi August facilitated six two hour long motivational programmes for a group of up to ten male inmates in Waikeria Prison who are currently involved in a drug and alcohol treatment programme. The last session was on 13th December 2018.


The men report that they have found Steffi's programme to have had a profund effect on them in two ways, firstly they report that whilst not being totally new to them, the subject matter, looking at what you think and what you feel and its correlation with motivation, has caught their attention due to the way Steffi has pitched this subject at them. Secondly, the men have decided that Steffi's positivity and exudence of a passion for life has shown them that she practices what she preaches and that they too could achieve this if they were to practice the principles she teaches.

I look forward to Steffi coming in the new year to do more of the same work with a new cohort of inmates.

Hohepa Walker

Clinical Manager

Drug Treatment Unit (DTP)

Waikeria Prison

Speak up with Confidence

Learn how to captivate your audience with high impact, authentic and powerful presentations. 


Whether it's to a cast of thousands or in a meeting room, knowing your topic doesn't always equate to having presence. It's time to learn the techniques to help engage and connect with audiences so you deliver powerful presentations that make the impact you want.


Oral communication is such an important part of our everyday life, and often a lack of confidence in this area can have huge life consequences.

This 6-week program will prepare you to deliver presentations that will help you stand out from the crowd and be remembered for your effectiveness and professionalism.

You will learn how to:

  • Plan, design and prepare with a focus on outcomes and audience needs.

  • Develop high impact strategies like storytelling, analogies and evidence to gain audience attention and make an impact.

  • Deliver a memorable message long after your presentation.

  • Connect with your audience and be clear about what you want them to do.

  • Conquer your nerves, fear and anxiety to deliver with confidence.

  • Create visual impact and energy with powerful visuals.

  • Handle questions and speak confidently in prepared and impromptu situations.

  • Discover the best tips and tricks to rehearse so you are natural on the day.

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!!




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!


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

Get Inspired, Take Action!

Where the impossible becomes possible. Massaging your Mind with Passion, Belief and Determination.

No matter how skilled we are at our job, at some point all of us bump up against our own voice that says, we're not good enough, not deserving, or just not destined for true success. You can learn simple techniques to help you break through the barrier you've hit, and built a healthy, confident future that sees you achieve your goals.


This is an hands on, discussion based workshop where participants will be given tools and tips to transform their future and to increase their personal success

You will learn how to:

  • Recognise the signs of unhelpful, unreal thoughts that undermine your confidence.

  • Break through to a new level of confidence and achievement.

  • Build self-esteem, think positive thoughts and ignore negative ones.

  • Recognise that you are worthy of other's attention and time.

  • Build, Improve and increase self-esteem, that you will come out of this course as a different person than you walked in.

Mauri ora e Steffi,

I have read through the evaluations and appreciate your awesome feedback on each and everyone of the guys progress throughout the four sessions.  As a team we have clearly noticed a change in their behaviour and attitude in their daily lives.  I like this saying by Princess Te Puea, “Mahia te mahi, hei painga mo te iwi.  We strive everyday to do the work for the betterment of the people.” 


On behalf of our team I thank you for your amazing qualities and coaching skills to support the guys to make a difference in their lives and better themselves.  Ngaa mihi maioha, Thank you with appreciation. 

Selina Paerata

Clinical Manager

Te Ara TiaTia Drug Treatment Programme,  Waikeria Prison

Waikeria Prison

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


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