About Us

Jane Sheffield – Trainer

janeIn her previous career, Jane was a branding expert based in London, where she gained experience in presenting to a unique blend of corporate clients and advertising agencies.

She often faced hostile and impatient audiences, and developed a knack for winning over even the most difficult of audiences.

Jane took a break from work to raise her three young children and now is enjoying combining her passion for presenting and people as a trainer for Effective Speaking.

“Jane was an excellent trainer. She was enthusiastic, easy to follow, bubbly and helpful.”
Jae Barrett, Strategic Asset Management, Wellington City Council”Clear communicator, great examples, friendly and natural style. She engaged the different people really well, considering there was a range of styles and experience. I think we all got lots out of this regardless of our presenting experience.”
Tania Cotter, Senior Advisor, Health Promotion Agency”Jane is engaging and relevant. She is one of the best trainers I have experienced.”
Rebecca Callaghan, Group Financial Controller, Zespri International

Tipu Ngapo – Trainer

tipuTipu joined our team in 2013 already having huge experience in training, facilitation and coaching.

He has over 13 years of corporate experience as a facilitator and trainer in a multitude of countries, cultures and diverse business environments.

Originally from Scotland, Tipu has travelled extensively and now lives in Auckland.

Tipu is known for his warm and engaging manner, his sense of humour and his passion for helping people to grow.

“Tipu was fantastic, informative and engaging. The day flew by, not once did I check the time, which has to be a great sign!”
Angela Lewes, Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation”Tipu was really interesting and engaging and made us all feel at ease and enjoy the day.”
Sherilyn Olls, Simpson Grierson”Tipu is an amazing communicator and it was great as the day progressed to see that the way he presented was in line with the content.”
Tamsin Messa, Inland Revenue Department

Olivia Mitchell – Training Manager

oliviaOlivia manages the delivery of Effective Speaking’s services.

Olivia has a legal background and experience in training for both public sector and private sector organisations. As a management consultant for a major bank she trained branch managers in presentation skills, leadership skills, HR procedures and recruitment. As a manager for a large city council she trained managers and policy analysts in public consultation skills and running public meetings.

She is author of “How to present with Twitter (and other backchannels)” and her presentation blog, Speaking about Presenting is regularly ranked in Alltop’s top five.

Tony Burns – Business Development Manager

Tony BurnsTony is a founding director of Effective Speaking. Tony has had a variety of roles during a nearly 20 year career in broadcasting including Technical Trainer, Outside Broadcasts Manager, Sound Engineer and Music Producer. After a brief stint at the New Zealand Institute of Management Tony completed a psychology degree in order to understand better the fear of public speaking. Tony now focuses on the marketing and on-line parts of the business. Not one to shy from an audience, Tony still enjoys running the odd course and delivering keynote presentations at conferences.