About Us

Terry Williams – Trainer

Terry is an extraordinary mix of practical, down-to-earth advice and wisdom as well as a funny and entertaining trainer and speaker. We’re delighted to have him as part of our team.

“Terry Williams is amazing, I have completed numerous personal training courses in NZ and AUS and I can say hand on heart that Terry is the most interesting and knowledgeable instructor I have had the pleasure of learning from. I would recommend his services to any of my professional colleagues.”
Brad Almond, Kia Motors”
“We, as a team, enjoyed your honest, practical and straightforward (yet impactful and valuable) presentation (and training)……not to mention the wonderful humour.”
Shimrath Paul, Chief Executive, Otago Museum
“Terry Williams’ presentation style is attention-grabbing and energetic. I was very impressed with the way he captivated and involved his entire audience for the entire length of his presentation.”
Kate Kennedy, Customer Access Manager, AXA

Jane Sheffield – Trainer

As well as being an experienced corporate trainer, Jane previously had an international branding career which required her to present in many high stakes situations across Europe and the Middle East. Jane is known for her clarity, warmth and enthusiasm, and her passion for helping people express their ideas.

“Jane was an excellent trainer. She was enthusiastic and therefore easy to follow and bubbly and helpful.”

Jae Barrett, 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, Zespri

Tipu Ngapo – Trainer

Tipu 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

Tony Burns – Lead Trainer

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. As well as managing Effective Speaking Tony still enjoys running courses and delivering keynote presentations at conferences.

“To experience both group learning and individual transformation is fantastic. Tony seems to be able to identify exactly what each person needs to improve and has the ability to extend them in a positive way.”
Anne Harvey, Life Coach and Communicator – Thoroughgood Ltd
“I found the training effective in changing my comfort levels with presenting to a group. Tony achieved this through one-on-one coaching with a live audience, so that recommendations could be acted on and the results were
tangible and immediate – this made the whole experience enjoyable, a word I never thought I would use when describing speaking in public!”
Pat Beath, Consultant, Synergy International Ltd
“I was nervous about getting our three most senior people presentation coaching, as they are all experienced and skilled speakers. Tony, from Effective Speaking, won them over with his no-nonsense approach and streams of practical advice. All three people were full of praise afterwards and asked Tony to accompany them to their first live presentation to give more feedback.”
Katie Mathison, Manager Communications and Public Affairs, Meat New Zealand

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