This course was a complete eye-opener and great foundation on the topic of communicating with audiences both on personal and professional levels.
The art of communicating and the tools needed to garner interest from audiences were laid out beautifully in this course. Tip sheets and honest feedback after each session were delivered in timely fashion. And with each session I noted my improvements. I learnt a lot within this short space of time, from articulation, projection and most importantly being honest in the message which I intend to disseminate.
The atmosphere which was conducive with learning felt comfortable and comforting.
Much thanks Garfield and Barbara
I have seen an improvement in my day-to-day communication and the ability to express myself with emotion. I am more mindful of my breathing and pronunciation of words. This is a wonderful course and is applicable to more than just communicating with others but more importantly, communicating with oneself.
This was more than a communication and public speaking course as it delved deep into some areas of self-development that I didn’t come prepare to address and for that I am forever grateful. Thanks.
This course has encouraged me to look within myself and identify my own internal anxiety. Facing this, helped me face my fear of communication and speaking in public.
I now am not as concerned of what persons are thinking about me or how I am perceived, but rather on the message I have to communicate.
I feel much more confident speaking and addressing crowds whether small groups or larger ones. I understand clearly how to put to together an effective presentation whilst being engaging at the same time.
Before I joined the ‘SPARKS’ Public Speaking class, I was anxious when I had to speak in formal settings to the point that I would forget what I wanted to say.
One aspect of the SPARKS class that I liked was the practicality of the class in which I had to give presentations in every class session. I then realised that this practise was the key to being better in public speaking.
With each consecutive presentation, I felt at ease when sharing my stories to others. The advice and class presentations tutored by Barbara and Garfield helped me tremendously to face my challenges head-on and thus lead me to be a better speaker. I am now confident when it comes to speaking in a formal setting and any other setting, and I will now even volunteer myself to speak; something that I would have never done before SPARKS!
This was the best investment I have made towards my personal development; being a part of the SPARKS February 2020 class!!!
The training provided was tremendous, and our virtual sessions during the peak of the pandemic displayed your dedication and passion for what you do and your commitment to your students.
This is an investment of a lifetime, guaranteed returns forever. You will never open your mouth to speak ever again without true consideration and appreciation for those with whom you are communicating.
You will leave this course, not only as a certified public speaker but with the added bonus of always being conscious of the power and value your words have in them if executed properly. I fully endorse this course.
A true game changer!
Although the programme was about public speaking, it had a bigger benefit for me by sharpening my oral and writing communication skills, learning what details are irrelevant for the audience and hence making my message clearer and actionable.
Six months later I can attest that the programme was directly beneficial to my work and has improved my skills as a public servant.
It was indeed a divine and absolutely rewarding experience being taught by you on how to be an effective communicator.
Thank you for being honest and very patient with me as well as tremendously encouraging. Also as a future music educator, I believe this course has helped me to understand better how to actually share and deliver in detail, the lessons I will have to impart to others. Presently it has already begun to change the way I direct the choir I serve with at church.
Even in my every day encounters with people I am more aware of my body language being more in sync with how I say, what I say.
I know this is just the beginning of such an exciting journey in my life. I feel empowered and I want to share this experience with others. I have always wanted to be a “good message” but did not know how.
I am thoroughly satisfied that I took the opportunity to invest in myself and did this course which has changed my outlook on public speaking. What I thought was a natural trait turned out to be simply raw talent that needed to be fine-tuned. Now I am more conscious of how I speak and the way I express myself.