Feedback from our clients
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.
Hear from participants in the Public Speaking Course knowing that before the course, they had rarely spoken in public let alone on camera!
Hear how Jim found the Public Speaking course and what he is now able to do confidently.
“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
“Our thanks to you for providing such a thought-provoking and thoroughly relevant presentation [Leadership in Everyday Situations].”
Colin Stibbs, Sydney CPA Discussion Gropu
“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 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
“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
“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
“Maria provided 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
“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