What they say

What they sayAdditional commentaries about our work 

“Wednesday’s session (on story and narrative for entrepreneurs) was a huge success. Lots of great feedback to me so I think we cracked it. I really appreciate the way in which you tailored the message for the audience. I’m also rather pleased personally since I picked up some great tips that I’m going to use myself. Love to repeat next year.”  Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School (Entrepreneurs’ Summer School)

“We identified a need for our managers to become more confident, skilful, and dynamic presenters, communicators and influencers across a variety of contexts. Nick designed and delivered a series of programmes and individual coaching sessions that have helped us achieve this. Participants gained knowledge about how to construct powerful and memorable messages, gain attention and buy-in, and to experience and utilise techniques used by the very best communicators.

We’ve received great feedback from participants. They loved the way Nick carried out the trainings. Nick was generous in his wish to share his knowledge and skills. The courses were truly fantastic – both interesting and funny which made the training easy to learn from. Nick has a great ability to connect with everyone.”                           Wojciech Molinski, VP Human Resources, Kompania Piwowarska, Poland

“As a High Performance coach and Leadership facilitator I’m in the business of witnessing moments of transformation as people experience their fullest selves with fearlessness. In this role I recently attended a powerful, immersive Third Act learning retreat near Dublin with experienced coaches working to expand their resources when working with people in deep, profound transition.

Here I had the privilege of observing Nick Owen narrating a series of “Elder Tales” in beautiful service to the exploration of our “3rd Act” of life. These are ancient folk tales drawn from a diversity of world cultures. Each one offered potent insights into our journey through the ‘dark wood’ of transition, uncertainty, loss, and ageing, and a redemptive lesson about the wisdom within us that is always there to ‘welcome us home.’

He illuminated the metaphors and symbolism through which we could understand the key tasks and challenges of our 3rd act journey and transported us into a series of exercises to apply this learning to our own experience and awareness. It was an unforgettable learning experience. Nick’s magic is that he can seamlessly switch hats from storyteller to educator to facilitator and in so doing entertain, challenge and provoke with equal rigour.”                Diana Theodores, PhD., Director, Boardwalk Leadership

“It was wonderful to work with Nick during a recent Atradius 4-day leadership workshop on behalf of RSM Erasmus University. Nick skilfully engaged all participants to come forward with their personal stories and help them see how these stories were shaping their leadership.

Whether it was a plenary session, small group work, or individual coaching, Nick succeeded in bringing out the best in participants and leading them to a place where they were able to practice their own authentic leadership. Nick’s humour and storytelling skills created a fun and insightful learning experience for participants. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to work together again soon.”                                                                                                                                   Boudewijn Bertsch, Visiting Faculty, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands

“Nick has the gift of making abstract thoughts concrete in a way that his trainees get his theoretical input ‘in the muscle.’ His blend of theory and practice is further enhanced by a considerable amount of humour, which makes his training delightful, memorable, and above all sustainable.”                                                                                                  Edith Howorka, Enneagram and NLP trainer and certified coach, & Nick Owen Associate

“Over the last 6 years I’ve collaborated with Nick in workshops for presentation skills and NLP, and also 1-2-1 with Nick as my personal coach. The value Nick brings for me is that he focuses on behaviours that are relevant in any context, any industry, any walk of life.  

I regularly receive very positive feedback on my communication style and I thank Nick for this. He has helped me communicate using more powerful and effective strategies and to understand my audiences – large or small – so that my message is tailored in ways they are likely to engage with.  I know others, including those for whom English is a second language, who have also found Nick’s sessions help them think differently and change their approach to communication.

In a coaching context, Nick’s approach on Leadership has stretched my thinking beyond anything I had experienced before.  He has helped me explore and understand my leadership style, facilitated new insights about where I currently am, and encouraged me to embrace the challenges I face as my leadership style develops and evolves. His approach is helping me become a more effective leader in a world where the only constant is change and our ability to ‘control’ outside influences is ever diminishing.”                                                                                                                                Matthew Jipps, Strategy Director, SABMiller/Kompania Piwowarska

“Nick Owen has been contributing to our management development programmes since 2007. His recent (10/2014) contribution to our flagship senior management ‘On The Move’ event created a lot of positive energy around the topic of business narratives and storytelling which added greatly to the quality of the overall programme. He has the ability to show how stories can be personal, professional, relevant and full of impact. He is a most welcome member of our faculty and I recommend his books too.”                        Rob Klouth, Senior Manager, Management Development & Learning, Atradius World Wide

“Nick Owen is a remarkable teacher and trainer. His wise words have have made a great impact at national events such as keynote speaking at British Council conferences, through seminars, to small workshops, and for the extremely fortunate like myself, one on one personal tuition.

His educational expertise ranges across many fields including Spiral Dynamics, NLP, and storytelling. He is always meticulously prepared but comes over as extremely engaging and spontaneous. His insightful techniques have a life changing impact on teachers and other professionals. During training, participants are motivated and captivated, but it is only afterwards that they learn to appreciate the profound benefits of his dynamic wisdom in their career and daily life.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Philip Drury, teacher, teacher trainer, author and materials writer

“I’ve been on numerous different courses and I can honestly say this (Compelling Business Presentations) course is the best and most useful I’ve ever been on.”  JW    “The most I’ve ever learnt on a course. Very relevant.” HT                                                                                  James Wassell & Hannah Tovey, Area Sales Managers, MBUK

Nick Owen: storytelling for leaders Amara Collaboration Conference, Helsinki September 2015                                                                                                © Andreas Thomasson Photography

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