Comments from Clients
"After being inspired by Dr. Bright and reminded of the deep roots of mindfulness practice by Dr. Chen, (at Cannexus Conference, Ottawa, January 2011), I decided that I could benefit from picking up some practical skills, knowing that I was scheduled to give a workshop on presentation skills when I returned to work. Wednesday's session, "Well Said: Presentation Skills for Career Professionals" by Gail Hulnick was my choice. Gail led us through practical exercises that brought new life to public speaking skills. I particularly enjoyed her idea of using sayings as topics for short presentations and subsequently incorporated it into my own workshop with my students. It was just as much a hit with them as it was in the conference workshop. Thank you Gail!"
- Maja Wiik
Vancouver Community College
"...Gail took the time to speak to us both individually to get an idea of our background with media relations, what we were looking for out of the training day, and which practices were effective in the past. This was a very helpful exercise... We also appreciated how Gail took the time to learn more about our company and the industry we work in. Her knowledge in these areas allowed her to tailor the training to our needs and the specific situations we would encounter...
We found the media training to be an invaluable experience and we took lessons learned from Gail and used them in our everyday practices..."
- Julie Mulligan
Marketing Communications Manager
Mt Seymour Resorts
"...Our Board members appreciated how you demystified the media by providing no-nonsense, practical advice about preparing for media interviews, understanding the pressures that reporters face -- and how to respond in light of these -- and how to position comments. The workshop provided solid grounding for our Board members, many of whom have had little or no experience dealing with reporters or journalists. It was also clear from the presentation materials that you had taken the time and care to identify examples and issues that are relevant to the trucking industry."
- Louise Yako
Vice-President, Policy, Communications & Partnerships
British Columbia Trucking Association
"...All staff who participated found the workshops to be very useful, and we believe the skills gained will enhance the quality of the presentations we make to our clients. We found Gail's presentation to be professional and insightful, and were impressed by her ability to quickly understand the specific characteristics of our work and to tailor the training accordingly. We are currently working with WindWord Communications to plan additional presentation skills workshops for our Victoria and US offices."
- Paul Kernan MAIBC
Senior Building Science Specialist, Principal
RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
"...our lawyers will be better prepared to deal with the media, after having attended your presentation. In fact, one of our lawyers dealt with the media shortly after your presentation and commented that your seminar helped her be more organized and less nervous when she spoke with the reporter..."
Miller Thomson LLP
Comments from Seminar and Workshop Participants
"Speaking to the media can be terrifying. Thank you for sharing some excellent tips and tricks."
"Well done. Great communication skills."
"I enjoyed the course. You gave a good overview, good handouts -- thank you!"
"Very good exercises and practice. Great handouts. Good pace."
"I really enjoyed the tips from this workshop and our 'hands-on' experience with practice interviews. Gail is an engaging speaker who draws in her audience."
"Exceptionally useful information that is useful for first timers and peoiple who may have done MR for a long while."
"Thanks for the chance to practice doing a talk. I think I may have made the best speech I have ever given! ... I also appreciated the feedback and the tips on how to give feedback."
"Just a quick note to say thank you for the very informative seminar. I thought that if I can get away with learning only one thing, I would feel lucky -- but to my delight, I learned a whole lot more!"
"I wanted to thank you for your workshop. All of the Cannexus workshops were great, but yours was the most useful to me."
"...I stayed over at the Conference for an extra day to attend your presentation and it was well worth it."
"...I wish I'd had this 30 years ago."
"...this session was the best thing about this Conference."
"...Fantastic program. "
"...Excellent, practical, well-presented."
"...An excellent seminar. Helped me to get focused on a previously daunting marketing task."
"...What I take away? A fantastic introduction into the media world."
"...very knowledgeable and interesting. My suggestion is to make the presentation a full day."
"...Very applicable information. Lots of useful info. Awesome seminar."
"...Excellent seminar, a wonderful speaker...I left with a lot of new ideas."
"...Although there were some topics I was already conversant with, the information and tips were invaluable."
"...well organized overview...from an unusual perspective. Refreshing."
"...Excellent presentation. The speaker was entertaining and engaging. I picked up a lot of tips on managing last-minute stage fright."
"...very good, comfortable, useful presentation. Of value to all lawyers."
"...exceeded my expectations. The presentation was clear and concise, engaging and humorous. It will help to prepare for any potential future media events."
"...gained good ideas that are spurring thought. Well presented."
"The presentation was lively and full of information. We needed a longer time period."
"...informative, gave new concepts, ideas and examples. I liked the worksheets and the way you used our businesses to describe concepts."
"...great review of presentation basics."
"...the strength of the program was receiving feedback."
"...the checklists and the instructor's perspective were very useful."
"...expert advice from an experienced professional."
"...good handouts that will be useful in developing our crisis management plans."
"...I liked the presenter's style. Very engaging and interesting information."
"...You know your stuff! Informative and well-presented."
"...Very on-track. The presenter was very knowledgeable, and I liked the media skills and EQ connection."
A Partial List of Our Clients
Hot Shop Communications Inc.
ACEC - American Council of Engineering Companies
RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
Southridge Developments Ltd.
Associations and Organizations
Academic Chairpersons Conference
Alberta Literacy and Learning Symposium
BC Association of Administrative Professionals
BC Chamber of Commerce Executives Association
BC Library Association
BC Maritime Employers Association
BC Trucking Association
Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling
Canadian Library Association
Canadian Society of Association Executives
Career Development Conference, Canada
Career Management Association of B.C.
Insurance Brokers Association of B.C.
International Conference on Emotional Intelligence
Meeting Professionals International
Meeting Professionals International, Central Tennessee Chapter
Meeting Professionals International, Indiana Chapter
Meeting Professionals International, North Florida Chapter
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
National Career Development Association, U.S.
Ontario Library Association
Community and Social Services
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
North Shore Recycling Program
North Shore Task Force on Substance Abuse
B.C. Information, Science and Technology Agency
Small Business BC
Vancouver Film School
CFA Society, Vancouver
PenderFund Capital Management
Salman Partners Inc.
VanCity Credit Union
Canada/B.C. Business Service Centre
Canada, Heritage Department
Canada, Immigration Department
Canada, Justice Department
Canada, Western Economic Diversification
City of Coquitlam
City of North Vancouver
Greater Vancouver Regional District
District of North Vancouver
District of West Vancouver
B.C. School District #45
Medical and Health
Westcoast Women's Clinic
Miller Thomson LLP
Fraser Valley Regional Library
Mining, Minerals, Natural Resources
Pan American Silver Corp.
Powerhouse Energy Corp.
Seine River Resources Ltd.
Fraser Valley Real Estate Board
Tourism, Hospitality, Food and Beverage
Mount Seymour Resorts Ltd.
We have also provided consulting, coaching, and/or editorial services on a confidential basis to individuals working in the fields of psychological counselling, board leadership, landscape architecture, law, public affairs, executive recruitment, residential construction, and volunteer leadership.
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