COMMENDATIONS

As a PR professional, I found this training really useful - not only for the opinion leaders that I work with and advise but also to keep my own skills sharp. It was really good to have 'live' experience of the interview process and I can now use this training to advise others. Feedback was universally positive and some of the leading geriatricians within the BGS have already put their newly-learned media skills to good effect.

Tom Thorpe - Press, PR & Parliamentary Affairs, British Geriatrics Society

Sandra's communications workshop that she organised for about 40 of our Branch Publicity Offers was superb. When it comes to engaging and enthusing people, Sandra is second to none. The workshop will now be an annual fixture, much looked forward to by all our members.

Meriel Talbot - Director of Branches, The English-Speaking Union

The ESU's two Strategic Communications workshops with Sandy Chalmers were not only enjoyed by everyone, but released the creative and positive energy which is often locked and untapped in organisations - and led to a whole range of practical solutions and actions. It's said that strategic reflection is the easy part and implementation the hard part of any transformative process: Sandy delivered on both to the positive benefit of individuals and the organisation as a whole.

Martin Mulloy - Director of Charitable Activities, The English-Speaking Union

The fact that you were able to speak from both the perspective of broadcasters and of the voluntary sector showed very clearly that there are still lots of opportunities for both public and programme makers to use and develop public service broadcasting.

Steve Buckley - Chair, Public Voice

I have never heard such universally positive feedback... everyone found the sessions extremely valuable. You have that very rare talent of making people work right outside their comfort zone... everyone felt enormously empowered... they were buzzing with adrenaline. They will undoubtedly be far better equipped to face the media than before and, with the General Assembly only just around the corner, that is really important.

Grania Willis - Director, Press Relations, Federation Equestre Internationale

Thank you for all the help and support you so readily gave us in developing the vision that led us to last week's launch.

Caroline Waters - Director, People & Policy, BT Group

Thank you so much for that absolutely scintillating talk. You really gave our AGM a buzz.

Betty Arrol - Director Age Concern - Harrow

Many thanks for chairing the afternoon session of the WorldSpeak Conference. You made a fantastic contribution to the programme - keeping it lively and (most importantly) on schedule.

Penny Egan - Former Director, Royal Society of Arts

Thank you for making the workshops so interesting and for your enthusiasm. It has had, and is having, a very positive effect!

Samantha Shaw - Senior Media Officer, The Children's Society

Sandra's training workshops proved very beneficial to our organisation and our staff really enjoyed the experience. Among their feedback comments were: 'Very realistic role-plays and focus on planning, as well as ideas on how to promote the ILC'; 'Enjoyed using skills we learned throughout the day, which was relaxing but extremely productive'; 'Throughout the day I was thankful for the obvious expertise, and support, of both Sandy and the cameraman'; 'Good tips for the first interview, which complemented information given before the day of the workshop'

David Sinclair - Head of Policy & Research, International Longevity Centre

The workshop was excellent. It provided training from someone with a real depth of experience and a strong sense of how to build our confidence and expertise.

Delegate - Overseas Development Institute