Clients & Testimonials
Lynne James shares her experience of Presentation Skills Training with Infinite Growth.
After suffering a stroke rendering him unable to speak, hear how we worked with the former psychologist and musician to help get his voice back.
“Maria was fantastic to work with. Leading in to it, I was a little unsure about what I would be able to get out of a business writing [coaching] course, in particular that would benefit me in my specific role.
Maria was great in adapting each session to concepts and work that was relative to my individual role, using my own writing as the basis for our lessons.
I would highly recommend Maria for anyone looking to improve their writing skills; whether it is event reports, business proposals or even just everyday work emails.”
- Chris O’Rorke, Surf Life Saving NSW
"In the busyness of everyday work together with the pressures and demands of my role, my communication skills were slipping.
Maria's gentle coaching style has helped me to develop the framework and set up the parameters for both written and verbal communication, managing time and prioritising. This has helped me to get back on the right track. I'm now able to achieve more with less.
I'd highly recommend Infinite Growth as a partner to help you keep up the skills we all know we need but seldom stop to check and improve."
- Marina Hart, Training and Development Manager,
Hear from participants in the Public Speaking Course knowing that before the course, they had rarely spoken in public let alone on camera!
Sharabelle Rizk shares her experiences as a participant in Infinite Growth's Public Speaking Course.
"These sessions have been successful in improving the
business writing skills in our employees."
- Carolyn Wiseman, Human Resources Manager,
Surf Life Saving NSW
"Maria was exceptional. Her weekly points were clearly explained. She made me personally feel good about myself and brought out the best in me with areas I can work on with my presentations."
- Daniel Saluni
"Maria conducted a very engaging and enjoyable workshop. She took a 'dry subject' and made it fun. She covered a lot of material, however, it always felt well-paced and easy to relate to. Maria was personable, articulate and very professional."
- Esther Gergely, CABEL Partners
Hear how Jim found the Public Speaking course and what he is now able to do confidently.
Christian Payne shares his experiences of coaching sessions in business writing with Maria Pantalone from Infinite Growth.
"The interactive nature of the [Communication and Presentation Skills] workshop kept us engaged."
- Pas Tomasiello, Director Integrated Systems, Dematic
"Maria was fantastic. We all enjoyed the session [Leadership in Everyday Situations]."
- Vanessa Liang, Queensland University of Technology
"A memorable presentation [Presenting with Confidence] - to the point and perceptive.'
- Jelena Vukotic, CBA
"Maria is a great teacher and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this [Business Writing] course for those who wish to improve their grammatical skills."
"I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation [5 Steps to Powerfully Persuasive Presentations] and how well connected you were with the audience. I was delighted."
- Betty Alves, CPA Parramatta Discussion Group
"Well done Maria. There were some very nervous staff at the beginning however you made them feel much better, valued and supported."
- Darrell Johns, HR Manager, Amway
"Thanks again for your presentation [Leadership in Everyday Situations]. It was thought provoking, particularly the parts about humility and Covey’s circle of influence."
- Stephen McGrory, Queensland University of Technology
"Our thanks to you for providing such a thought-provoking and thoroughly relevant presentation [Leadership in Everyday Situations]."
- Colin Stibbs, Sydney CPA Discussion Group
"I thoroughly enjoyed the night and the group reacted really positively to your presentation [5 Steps to Powerfully Persuasive Presentations]. The night was a great success."
- John Bligh, CPA Parramatta Discussion Group
"I really enjoyed your presentation [Leadership in Everyday Situations]. You provided a lot of useful information on traits and qualities of a good leader."
- Fanny Chen, Sydney CPA Discussion Group
"I felt it [Customer Service workshop] was well run, very informative, flowed easily with just the right amount of interaction."
- Attendee at Infinite Growth's Customer Service workshop as part of the Tourism Capacity Building Project hosted by Parramatta City Council
"I have attended similar presentations on the same subject [Presenting with Confidence] in the past but it has never been so relevant now that I've been in Business Analysis. It reinforced a lot of the concepts and the tips you provided will be very useful."
- Kim Tran
"I would recommend Maria for anyone looking to communicate more effectively with their clients and staff. During my sessions with Maria I could see results immediately, through all aspects of communication with my clients, and has already lead to several successful engagements.
Maria's training style allowed me to set the course for my training which allowed us to discover what areas required the most attention, then discuss how to apply this in past, present and future examples of client engagements. The training has allowed me to plan effectively for client meetings and also tailor my communication based on the personality of my clients by understanding key phrases and traits.
This training is a must for anyone who is communicating with clients on a regular basis."
- David Rosenthal, Cabel Partners
"I approached Infinite Growth for coaching sessions to further develop my potential as a leader and effectively improve communication with my colleagues and the wider community. Infinite Growth helped me by providing a supportive learning environment that encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and become a more effective and confident leader in a changing community environment.
My communication skills and performance in the workplace have greatly improved because of the development and use of SMART goals. What was great and unique was the open and transparent process of communication and that every session was tailor-made to suit my individual needs and requirements. I found the experience honest, challenging, focused and most rewarding.
I would recommend Infinite Growth to any person in a leadership role looking to learn and continuously improve their skills."
- Heather Pinto, General Manager, Christian Community Aid
"I was given the opportunity to improve my writing skills and learn the art of presentation from Maria. It was an enriching experience; I now have a few tools and tips to utilise. Maria has an amazing passion and patience to coach.
I was running short of time to prepare for a work presentation. I have not done one for years. Maria assisted me all the way through to the very end.
We had sessions by Skype and rehearsals by phone to the last minute. I am extremely grateful; I was thrown in the deep end but I had an anchor in the professional knowledge and skills of Maria.
The feedback from my work colleagues on my performance as a result of the training sessions was great.
I highly recommend that you consider using Maria’s services to up-skill your writing and presentation skills; they will add a plus to your career."
- Waheeda Bulladin, Audit Manager
"I recently attended a presentation held by Maria Pantalone on 'What makes an effective leader?' I have to say it was a very engaging presentation which kept us all involved and able to relate to the different personalities in a workplace or social context. Maria showed us how to relate/respond to these personalities. Very highly recommended - whether for a corporate presentation, training or networking held by a professional group."
- Lyn Boulos, Finance Executive at E.G.O. Group Pty Ltd
"Maria’s input was invaluable in assisting me to prepare for a presentation that I gave at an AHRI conference in Queensland in late 2007. I found that the feedback provided helped me to tailor my presentation to my audience of senior HR executives and effectively deal with unexpected situations (of which there were many). Thank you Maria."
- Rebecca Montagu, Leadership Source
"I engaged Maria in the capacity as emcee at a major event. She fulfilled the important task to a high professional standard effectively connecting the audience and the keynote speaker, ensuring a successful event. I recommend Maria as your next emcee, you will be very pleased with the outcome."
- Peter Dunphy
"Maria kindly offered her time to write a series of 7 posts for the Business Forum of Experts on the topic of speaking skills. This effort fits her persona of acting as a mentor for people wanting to know more on her topic of expertise. Over 1000 readers have enjoyed her valuable hints and tips."
- Barbara Gabogrecan, Home Based Business Australia
"On behalf of the team in Lismore, I would like to pass on our appreciation for an enjoyable and valuable course. We found it relevant and all took something away from the day (in some instances reinforcement that we were on the right track). Thank you again.”
- Christene Payne, A/Manager Northern Regional Service Centre, NSW Businesslink Pty Ltd
"Exceptional course! I found the course (How to Excel in your Business Writing) to be relevant and very easy to follow. It is comprehensive and provides many useful tools to assist you to write effectively. If you want to improve, be more coherent and articulate in your written communication, whether personal or business writing, then I highly recommend this course."
- Francis Foo
"As a Tax Manager, I have to write a lot of tax advice and emails.
English is not my native language. I always have difficulties with my grammar and also find it hard to articulate myself.
Maria designed a structured program to help me to improve my presentation skills and writing skills. She has also provided me with a lot of resources to assist me in these areas.
After the program, I can now correct my own grammatical mistakes and I am also more conscious of my writing to make it clear, concise and easy to understand.
It’s been a very helpful journey and I'd highly recommend the program to professionals who are from a non-English speaking background, wanting to improve their business writing and speaking skills.”
- Adrian Ma, Cabel Partners
"Maria provided me with a 1:1 coaching session in the lead up to an important presentation I was giving. While I've had speaker experience before, I needed assistance and guidance in delivering my presentation while using unfamiliar technology aids.
The benefit of the 1:1 speaker coaching session is that I was able to practice my presentation using Maria's equipment. Maria watched me deliver the entire presentation and then gave me detailed feedback about my strengths and may areas for improvement. She also gave me valuable advice on the actual structure of my presentation.
Maria delivers her coaching sessions in a warm and supportive environment. I received substantial feedback on the day plus I also received an emailed report containing all her valuable feedback - ideal for later reference. I found Maria's 1:1 coaching session extremely beneficial and I'd recommend this service to beginner and established speakers alike.''
- Lucinda Lions, Lion Writing
"Writing Product Descriptions for our website was a task I just didn't' enjoy and I knew I wasn't doing well. My plan was to complete an 8-week evening course that would hopefully provide with the skills necessary to get the job done.
During my research, I came across Maria Pantalone. After a quick 5-minute phone call I knew she understood my problem and more importantly had a way to fix it.
My first session with Maria was a quick self-analysis and here I learnt that I was being too hard on myself. The second learning was that within an hour, Maria worked with me to identify a repeatable process required to write great copy for our website.
I was able to achieve my objectives in a much short period of time and Maria came to my business at a time that suite me.''
- Christian Payne, Product Manager, eSavvy
"I had been working in Australia for two and a half years after relocating from Paris when I began coaching with Maria. My background is as a Chartered Accountant specialising in transactions and takeovers and the reports I write for my clients become public documents so it is important that they are clear and concise. I was aware that strong written communication skills would play a major role in my professional development so I decided to engage Maria's services. Maria took the time to understand the specific areas of difficulty I was facing. Based on this, Maria developed a simple and effective strategy to help me improve my written communication skills in English. Maria devised a simple method that allowed me to carefully plan each of my written documents, in order to communicate effectively with the reader. With Maria's help I have gained confidence in my ability to write in English and have made significant progress.''
- Xavier Blerot, Transaction & Corporate Finance Specialist, Lawler Corporate Finance Pty Ltd
"We wanted outcomes from our continuous improvement meetings. Decisions and direction. With Maria's excellent facilitation skills we got participation, ideas, decision and direction. In short, we got continuous improvement outcomes. Couldn't be happier..."
- Terrie Gardner, The Parramatta College
"Maria's feedback on my presentation style and more recently in preparing for an interview have been of great value to me, I found the one-on-one sessions with her to be very constructive. Her ability to help me choose appropriate words and to think about who my target audience is has been invaluable in my preparation for both presenting in front of groups and in answering potential interview questions."
- Geni Tanda, Solicitor