Nick presented “Getting your message across” at the Insurance Times Chartered Insurance Institute APPRENTICESHIPS LIVE final 2016, Dublin. “I just wanted to say thank you, for your presentation and tips during yesterday’s event. I am sure all the finalists got as much from it as I did myself.”
Cath Beirne – Quality Assurance Advisor Towergate Insurance
“The highly interactive style of coaching was designed to identify and confront areas of uncertainty and build on principles that delivered the confidence to realise solutions.
Over a programme of 10 one to one coaching sessions, each lasting up to two hours, a progressive dialogue was built with Nick Marson that referred to sound leadership principles (e.g. the versatile leadership model) but related to real workplace situations.
The principles were supplemented by a diverse yet valuable reading list and the workplace situations were real time as evidenced by a reflective diary kept on my part.
The style of conversation was challenging, serious and directly confronted the issues that were identified as impending the leadership potential that I personally felt had hitherto eluded me.
Nick Marson’s skill in taking the dialogue to the exact point of conflict between my present and potential future leadership style showed acute awareness and sensitivity of my personal work environment which helped to deliver real solutions measured by results in the real workplace.
The positive results have been recognised at Board level in terms of confidence and ability to take ideas, proposals and people forward successfully using techniques that maintain my authenticity yet at the same time underscore effective use of authority.
I would recommend the Parallel Mind approach to anyone interested in developing their leadership potential. Nick Marson in particular has the rare ability of forcing you to confront your fears through logical analysis supplemented by really useful techniques. Moreover he becomes a trusted adviser and friend.”
N J Parr CEO Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC. (Munich Re Group)
“Parallel Mind is a very professional company who: pay attention to detail; are client focussed; deliver on promises in the time frame discussed; and above all are authentic.
Through a time of great change I found Nick Marson to offer an alternative view – that of opportunity capture and a means of achieving the desired aims. Through my consultations with Nick I have re-invented, renewed and, more importantly, re-generated myself.
I would un-reservedly recommend Parallel Mind to any company or individual wishing and willing to look at alternative paths to success.”
Dr Mo Misra Global Technical Director SDC Coatings Inc Cardiff Wales
“I can’t thank you enough for the educational gift you gave me. Looking forward to using my new skills.” – I T Director
“I would like to thank you for the patience and efforts you made to help me to achieve our targets. This journey started indeed very confronted with what you’re thinking and how you are in real reality.
Never thought that it was so brutal. Nick explained to me that training is possible and not only natural talent is a key factor.
So we started with 9 modules. Hard concentrated work, but with an excellent motivator Nick, I made step by step progress.
The result was for me impressive, and here all the merits are for you Nick, with your patience and your professional guidance.
It had really fun to work with you, and more important I am using it now in my daily work.” – Regional CEO
Leading by Communicating training for Allianz Insurance London
“A seasoned communications practitioner of many years experience I was initially sceptical that anyone could teach this old dog new tricks.
I am happy to admit I was very wrong. Nick showed me the light and gave a voice to those ideas that I’d previously kept to myself.
His unique approach is simple and focused. It gave me the confidence and self belief to perform at my best.
A genuine life changing experience that I’d recommend to anyone looking to raise their personal profile, enhance their public speaking skills or simply looking to find their true voice.”
Public Relations Director – Chartered Insurance Institute
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed and benefited from our three coaching sessions.
The tools and techniques that you transferred will be immensely useful to me, and the extensive practice of them will hopefully mean that they come to feel completely natural (actually, during the final session today it was beginning to feel a lot more natural).
Your approach to coaching worked really well for me, and despite having to see myself on camera so frequently, I really enjoyed the sessions.”
Programme Manager – BBC – commenting on Leading by Communicating training
“I just wanted to say that I found the course very helpful.
I found the sessions very relaxed and informal which helped to take the pressure away. It has been not only eye opening and information but also reassuring that my preferred style of sharing information is also the style that you recommend.
You have given me a set of tools that I can see will work for me and I am sure it will give me the confidence to find my voice.”
Business Manager – BBC – commenting on Leading by Communicating training
“Nick is a very likeable trainer who goes out of his way to try and ensure that one gets the most out of the programme. He has great enthusiasm for what he does which makes the whole experience more positive. His approach is very personalised and tailored to the individual.
I particularly appreciate his willingness to enter into a discussion about the merit or otherwise of parts of the training, rather than wanting to stick to the programme in a more rigid fashion. The key lessons for me are in fact quite basic but it has certainly been helpful to go through the training sessions to make these lessons more real to me.”
Managing Director International Bank London – commenting on Leading by Communicating training
“Nick it was a pleasure meeting and working with you for a few days last week – have to say it was one of the better soft-skill training I’ve had! Particularly liked your enthusiasm, the amount of interaction and loads of feedback during the course.”
“I really enjoyed the course! Very interesting and useful. Will definitely recommend it to colleagues.”
“I want to thank you for all the things you taught me over the two days training course. I am actually already using many of these new skills during my client meetings. And it feels good – I feel relaxed and more confident. I also noticed that I became a better listener – not only during business meetings, but also in my personal contacts with my friends.”
International Bank Frankfurt –
commenting on Leading by Communicating training
“Amazed at the short time the workshop has taken to improve my presentation skills. Excellent!”
“The first class that has ever made me feel comfortable speaking in front of a group.”
“The practical performances were superbly facilitated. He provided real confidence.
Nick’s insight is of great value in building understanding of the process.”
“I feel more confident in preparing and delivering my next presentation.”
“I enjoyed the sessions and learnt a great deal about communication and myself. Since the sessions I have utilised the note prep/pausing technique in a recent important meeting with success.”
Executive Directors Morgan Stanley Bank London –
commenting on Leading by Communicating training
“Nick was excellent and the feedback from all concerned was resoundingly positive.”