Who I've Worked With
Stevie Benton – Communications Organiser – Wiki Media UK
"We commissioned John to deliver two courses to our staff, Board and volunteers - one session pitched as an introduction, the other for more senior staff looking at elements of crisis management. Our trainees had varying levels of experience and expectations but all took plenty of useful lessons from the course.
The real benefits of the training came from the strong focus on active participation - John is definitely not a top-down trainer. His delivery style was a perfect fit for what we wanted and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his training."
Working across sectors and with very different briefs, I've built up an eclectic list of market leading clients.
These are just a few, and please scroll down for some lovely testimonials.
Attendees at Communication Training for Clinical Research Network at the National Institute for Health Research
“I thought it was excellent – really made me think”
“Good introductory course, well organised and presented. Would want to do a more intense one-on-one session in advance of any major activities to really get the benefits”
“I thought it was really useful and have already put what I learned into practice”
“It was an excellent session which was thought provoking and enlightening. Those attending will have benefited most if they are required to respond directly and immediately to questions, i.e. those leading or actively participating in discussions with colleagues, higher levels of the management structure, and external contacts”
“It was excellent! I really enjoyed it, the tutor was excellent and the group was great too – everyone responded and shared which made for a great day. John was really engaging. Considering the session went on until 5pm on a Friday this wasn’t a problem because it was good all the way to the end! John’s experience with the BBC gives him considerable authority and authenticity with plenty of real-life examples to draw on to inform the Group.I would definitely recommend the session to colleagues as I gained a lot from it. Especially the real-life grilling session which was surprisingly useful – priceless in fact “
David Sheret – Subsea Business Manager Bibby Offshore
"I commissioned John, on behalf of Bibby Offshore, to carry out a brief ‘snapshot’ of our company’s internal and external communications and also conduct interviews with key stakeholders, again internally and externally. The purpose was to provide our company with a report written by a communications expert unattached to the industry we work in and the Bibby Group as a whole. This document would then be used to help us write our new communications strategy to help deliver the new operating plan.
John delivered on everything we asked. His enthusiasm was infectious and he made the whole experience both enjoyable and educational. John has a wealth of knowledge in his field and he has the invaluable ability of making people feel at ease and therefore gaining their confidence and ultimately their trust. This allows him to collate honest testimonies and compile these into the clear, unfettered report we found to be very important in the process of understanding our company, its people and our stakeholders further. I’d recommend John’s services to anyone. He’s a man of integrity who delivers when he says he will. A true professional."
Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Officer & Senior Information Risk Owner, Informatics Directorate, Clinical Research Network at the National Institute for Health Research
"John provided the National Institute for Health Research Informatics SMT with Crisis Media training in May 2013. The training was delivered to the team for two reasons, to provide the team with key skills for handling those tricky questions and as a team building exercise. All of the team gained a huge amount from the day, going away from the event fired up and ready for anything, maybe even Jeremy Paxman! The team were enthused by John’s unique style of delivery, knowledge base and course content, and a week later are applying the learning to real live situations where the benefit can be seen. I would recommend John to anyone looking into this field; we are already booking him again for similar training."
Ursula O’Sullivan - IT/EU Projects Manager - HSE
"Many thanks for your insights during our difficult question(s) session.
I found it very useful and focusing and hope to bear the pointers in mind as required."
Deborah Lee - Project Manager, NICE Scientific Advice
"I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the training. I thought it was very informative and certainly helped me think about my bad habits and be more aware of them, which I would have previously ignored. I think the delivery of the session was excellent, the resources used were interesting and relevant to our organisation and the content was clear, focused and up to date."
Ailish Higgins - Analyst (NICE Scientific Advice)
"I really only have positive things to say. I found the session to be lively and interactive – there were no sneaky glances at my watch, as there sometimes are in training sessions! I really liked the structure of the day – spending the morning thinking about the psychology of questioning and communication more generally, followed by a more applied and practical focus in the afternoon."
Leeza Osipenko - Senior Scientific Adviser
"John provided an excellent customised service to improve personal communication and presentation style. They also offered very helpful training for public speaking and video interviewing techniques. Definitely would use John's services in the future and recommend them for any corporate, individual, and team media training - video interviews, presentations, public speaking and all other communications skills."
Attendees at Winston’s Wish Media Training sessions
"Very useful with top tips that we can use. Good mix of interactive & conversation. Fun learning."
"Very interesting, really enjoyed it."
"Really enjoyed the training, it was delivered excellently, and in a captivating way. The experience of media John has really helps underpin all that was taught."
"A brilliant day!"
"Held my attention all day, and that’s very unusual. Fantastic tips on how to approach future media contacts. Great day."
Fiona Talwar-Lomberg - Former CE Winston's Wish
"John’s training has been fabulous for Winston’s Wish. His clear advice, warm humour and brilliant insight into our individual challenges has helped many colleagues to face the camera rather than run from it!
Great training sessions that left us all inspired and raring to go - thanks!"
Luan Wise - B2B Marketing Strategist
"I put myself in the firing line and John was brutally honest - thankfully his response was 'I wasn't a lost cause'. Two hours of one-to-one media training and my world has changed! John (nicely) took away all of my comfort blankets, but replaced them with some top tips. Putting them into practice, results have been evident immediately. Thank you!"