"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
"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!"
"Hi, my name is David Liddle. I am a mortgage broker. I've worked with Gina in a business consultancy capacity. I find it to be approachable easy to get on with a challenging and direct where appropriate and hugely supportive and I would definitely advise initial conversation with Gina."
"A great talk with many ideas which I can take back into the work place and use in so many situations"
Louise Whitcham, St Andrews School, Southgate
"Having reached the point at which I felt I was in danger of letting work completely dominate my life, working with Gina has helped me put work and all its pressures back into a more sensible perspective. I am now organizing myself and my time (work and personal) in a calmer, more rational manner.
Thank you Gina"
Mike P, Chief Executive
"I would like tae this opportunity to thank you for the assistance that you have provided me with in recent months.
Through your coaching sessions you have helped me to not only maintain but strengthen my focus and resolve on both a professional and personal level. As you know, the year 2008 holds many exciting challenges for me and you have helped me to view those forthcoming challenges with a fresh perspective; the net result of this has been greater efficiency and a sense of no task is beyond me,
I look forward to continuing to work with you as I believe that we have only 'scratched the surface' in terms of potential. I would strongly recommend that anyone with ambitions for the New Year, bid or small consult you for some coaching as the benefits are huge.
Gavin Perret, Quantum Mortgages, Regent Street. London
"Gina Gardiner had been highly recommended by one of my clients. She had found the sessions with her most helpful.
I had arrived at a point in my life where I thought 'Is this it?', I felt sure there must be more to life than just 'this'.
I was working phenomenally long hours and having very little social life and could certainly not face another 15 - 20 years more of the same. Also my life had been full of difficulties and upsets so I found I had become somewhat disillusioned with life.
That was till Gina came along. She has helped me turn my life around. I no longer work ridiculously long hours. I am no longer a slave to the job. I am so busy gallivanting with a wonderful new social life, meeting lots of new friends and discovering a whole new world out there I did not know existed. I have even taken the brave step of a new business venture and have secured my first property for rental.
What Gina helped me achieve is realizing I have options. She has shown me that the future can be rosy and achievable, and I can have a wonderful life NOW.
I have recommended her to a number of friends and clients who want the most out of life because they can all see the difference in me and want to break out of their own rut.
From a very, very grateful client."
T Hallet, Billericay
"Sent to Yvonne after Women In Business Initial Workshop
Dear Madam, I wish to report a missing woman & I hold your organisation responsible. The present Mrs Armstrong was last seen on Wednesday 11th February PM at an event hosted by your good selves!
She has been replaced by a woman, nah, a wonder woman, calling herself Jennifer, who is extremely bossy, making me produce a 'business plan' for myself and setting out specific targets and goals for us both to achieve!
Indeed when I mentioned that my socks had not been ironed properly (I insist on them being ironed both sides) I was informed that 'If I did not like it, I could do them myself!'. This has had an unnerving effect on my work, making my clients notice that I appear to be more organised and efficient.
Jennifer, (for that is what I must call her now) says that she will also attend further events, without me!
I am outraged that this is a blatant waste of tax payers money and will upset the ole MCP viewpoint, next, she will be telling me to get my own dinner."
A.E. Armstrong, Major
"Hello, my name is Colleen. I'm a senior HR professional and experienced organizational development consultant. And I've known Gina Gardner for several years now and found her to be an excellent support and coach and each coaching session with Gina proved very insightful and very powerful and the most recent helped me recognize the lifestyle changes that I needed to make.
For myself and I made a career move and lifestyle moved to a different part of the country and it proved hugely successful, which I'm still reaping the benefits from so I'll be eternally grateful to Gina and if I need coaching in the future, I wouldn't hesitate and in fact, I'm trying to persuade someone close to me at the moment to take up that offer because I think they would benefit hugely."
"From the moment Gina took to the stage our audience were transfixed. With her blend of story telling and common sense approach we were all able to take great value from the rock solid techniques and advice offered.
Gina is one of those speakers that you could listen to again and again because she communicates with honesty, passion and emotion. Gina shares her experiences and expertise readily and is incredibly generous with her time.
I suggest that anyone who has the opportunity to hear Gina speak clears their diary and books their place without delay.
I also highly recommend Gina's book 'Chariots on Fire', an incredibly accessible and useful read. Gina's renown as a specialist in Personal Empowerment and Leadership is well deserved. "
Nick Looby - Chairman Essex Business Club