"Essex Coalition of Disabled People - Train the Trainer, March 2010
We asked Gina Gardiner to deliver a training session to increase learner confidence as part of our Disability Equality Train the Trainer course. Summarizing her in-depth knowledge into a one day session was no mean feat, but through working together and identifying key aims Gina developed a concise course supported by useful handouts.
By exploring people management techniques and ways in which self-esteem can be developed, participants completed the day feeling increasingly positive about their training abilities, 'the module instilled confidence and actually reinforced my belief that, with application, I can become a good trainer'.
We were really pleased with the results of the session and we would definitely commission Gina again."
Clare Emmins, Train the Trainer Coordinator
"Gina is truly remarkable - quite simply she saved my life and I do not exaggerate that in any way. I knew Gina, although we had never met personally and as yet still haven't, through my work running a 'virtual' office from home. Without going into detail at the beginning of 2010 a number of changes occurred the effects of which were to rip my life as I'd known it to shreds. I neither chose nor wanted any of these sudden changes.
When Gina rang me one morning it was a morning that saw me pacing my office like a caged animal in utter despair. What precisely prompted me to pick up the phone when it rang I don't know because I was distraught, hardly able to speak let alone answer the phone professionally, however, pick up the phone I did and that was the best phone call I have ever taken.
Gina stayed on the phone with me for I believe two hours. She gave me the tools to deal with the immediate distress I was in and thereafter we embarked on weekly, then fortnightly sessions to move me from the place of despair I'd found myself in to where I am now which is a very different place.
It's not been easy, choosing to learn from what has happened can be uncomfortable, painful and sad, but with Gina's help and support it's possible. We all know that bad things happen to everybody all the time, in my particular case it was the sheer number of things that happened so quickly that brought to my knees, literally. I knew I needed help and that help, in the form of Gina, found me just at the right moment.
I am so strong now and I have learnt so much about myself - some nice, and some not so nice. But the journey has been and still is fascinating.
Gina is so kind, never judgemental; she holds a safe space where you can be open and honest. Gina pushes when pushing is needed, supports when support is needed but she gets you there and you never feel like you're battling along on your own. You will make changes, you will be better, (Gina would pick me up on the word 'better' because that indicates that you were somehow bad before) your life will be different. Be prepared for some soul searching but also be prepared to find greatness because we all have greatness within us - sometimes we just forget.
I could talk about Gina forever but suffice it to say she will remain a very special person in my life. Without her - well I don't want to think about that!"
"Gina was a real inspiration. I'm going to put her picture on the wall to remind me not to moan - rather to get on and solve!!!"
Beverly Benson, Hadley Wood School Herts
"I am writing to say thank you for the business coaching we have received so far. Even after 4 sessions we are already putting your plans into action, which we find very beneficial to the growth of our company. My business partner and I found ourselves only planning in the short term, rather than looking at the bigger picture. But with your sessions we can now see what direction we need to go.
It has been a pleasure being coached by you, as you are very professional, friendly and you always make us feel at home.
We will be happy to recommend you to other business owners and will also continue to use your services in future."
Dave Fuller, GT Design & Print Ltd Shenfield
"Gina's workshops on preparing young people for employment have given our students a thorough insight into the whole employment process from the perspective of an employer. What made the sessions so useful was the way in which Gina shared her experience of being on a number of interview panels as well as her research into recruitment at other organisations. Our Sixth Formers are now much better equipped not only to secure the all important first interview, but also to ensure that they make the most of their induction period in order to achieve promotion."
Michelle Sonahan, Deputy Head, Robert Clack School
"I was totally engaged throughout Gina's presentation. She not only gave out key messages for success in our work life but in our personal lives in general!"
Pat Wood, Eversley Enfield
"I have never forgotton you and I hope you are doing well. I do the warrior, royal, (and tree), stances automatically now. It has now become innate. When I arrive at the office everyone knows about it. I talk to everyone and get on with almost everyone. I know almost everyone's name. I always greet the receptionists with a good morning and happy smile and they always say to me 'Good morning Sam!' in reply. (And I always bid them farewell at the end of the day of course). I am so confident now and I know I can do anything, the only limit I have is the one I set in my mind; and so I have set no limits!
I kept reading your General Principles For Developing Confidence, months after you gave it to us and it has been instrumental in helping me to abandon my previous negative mindset.
Thank you for everything Gina"
"Very engaging with good use of straight forward illustrative techniques and stories which work in a pragmatic and proactive way. Clear concise style that was easy to follow and maintained interest throughout."
David Cohen, DMC Consulting Ltd., Colchester
"Gina Gardiner is a brilliant life coach and consulting with her was the best investment I made.
She helped me enoremously to put life in perspective and find an excellent coping mechanism, to deal with the huge of amount of stress I was dealing with at the time.
She guided me through some childhood patterning that was no longer serving me well, and assisted in my biggest one of being a total workaholic.
I felt totally supported, boosted and encouraged by Gina throughout the coaching process, and in the end, I managed to transform my life. I had learnt new strategies of dealing with difficult situations and thinking much more out the box, with a solution based approach to challenges and felt so much better about myself.
All my friends could see a complete and very positive transformation in me and I am so pleased I had been recommended to Gina.
I would highly recommend Gina for all types of coaching."
"I saw Alex last night at the HCCI Exec Board meeting.
He said that for years he has been trying to get Jenny to do something for herself or accompany him to events but he couldn't convince her.
In the short time that has taken place since the workshop, jenny is asking to go along to different things. he said that on Tuesday they went to a HCCI event and he said he was really proud watching her take part.
Quite honestly, I think we have a star in the making.
Well done you!"