Speaker / Trainer Testimonials
For the first time in years our performance reviews were completed in a more timely manner, with little chasing up with the managers. Not only that, instead of just checking boxes there were actual development plans that had been documented and discussed.
- Michelle Goade, HR Coordinator Lactalis American Group
10% of the Women in Leadership cohort who took Ignite Global's Light Up Your Career program changed their minds about taking voluntary redundancy as a result of this program. We did not want to lose these women so this was a huge win. Two women applied for (and got) jobs they previously did not think they were qualified for and one worked with her manager to redesign her current role. I can highly recommend the program to anyone wanting to help staff get clarity about what their options are, understand their strengths and become more agile in looking at internal opportunities. I have staff that can attribute their success in progressing their careers thanks to this program.
- Richard Brincat, Change and Capability Specialist at Sydney Water, Australia
Kim delivered an exceptional plenary session at our annual Risk Retreat conference this year. The feedback from our delegates was exceptional with Kim’s session being one of the highlights of the entire conference. Her presentation was extremely engaging, informative, and practical with a suite of tools the advisers could take back to their businesses to implement right away which is exactly the outcome we were looking for. Not only did she engage the audience, she has been wonderful to work with and completely tailored her knowledge and research to meet the needs of our clients. We would engage Kim to present at any of our future conferences, and highly recommend her as a brilliant presenter and subject matter expert on the topic of employee engagement.
- Olivia Romano, Technical Support Manager Risk Specialist Network | MLC & Nab Wealth
Kim Seeling Smith presented “5 Cs To Revolutionize How You Attract, Engage and Retain Staff in Today’s Social Age” at a special breakfast meeting for Stevens Point Area Human Resource Association. Her presentation was energizing and full of excellent information that our members took back to work with them that day. Our members were extremely complimentary on the presentation evaluations and this is the first time in my SPAHRA Board career that all surveys were returned with a “very satisfied” rating! I would highly recommend Kim to anyone who wants to offer a presentation filled with valuable information and send the participants off with a new found energy.
- Cori Studinski, PHR
As a speaker and workshop leader, Kim is innovative, engaging and thoughtful. She is a thought-leader within talent and social media and uses the perfect mix of facts and anecdotal stories to really get her message across to the audience. I look forward to working with Kim on more events in the future.
- Natalie Williams, Program Director APAC - Shared Services and Outsourcing Network
Kim has worked with Energizer in delivering an Interviewing Skills program to the managers in our business. Feedback from the sessions has shown Kim to be energetic and highly engaging, demonstrating an ability to effectively work with a diverse group of people. Content of the course was relevant to the audience with good tips, tools and examples. I would not hesitate in recommending Kim as a facilitator to other organisations.
- Elise Barter, Energizer Australia
Kim has delivered several training courses to our management team. On each occasion the feedback received has been fantastic, with the course exceeding expectations. The course focuses participants attention on the importance of hiring the right staff and provides practical, relevant examples. Kim’s training is both informative and engaging inspiring participants to be prepared when conducting interviews and utilize the tools and techniques presented. Kim is an exceptional presenter who is impressive in her delivery and shares a wealth of knowledge within her field of expertise.
- Daniela Burton, Human Resources Advisor CARDNO
Recently we engaged Kim as our trainer for Interviewing techniques program. No doubt, Kim is the expert on the subject matter. She is able to engage participants throughout the 2 days program. The feedback from participants was excellent and I would recommend Kim to any organizations who would like to engage her. She is a very pleasant people to work with! I definitely look forward to engage her again for our future programs.
- Linda Christina, Manager Global Conference & Executive Education
Kim recently conducted a series of exceptional out-placement workshops for our staff. These workshops were to assist them with their career planning, CV writing, job search and interview skills. Kim’s advice was methodical, clear, sensible & practical from start to finish. Kim is an engaging presenter who made the process fun (despite many people finding these topics difficult). All the feedback I have received from attendees has been positive, and my personal experience was also terrific. I thoroughly recommend Kim to any organisation and would be happy to take calls to discuss our experience.
- Claude Brown
Kim was a fantastic keynote speaker at itSMF Australia’s LEADit 12 conference. Throughout the engagement she was professional, she listened and engaged with us as a customer. The message she brought to us was spot on! Our audience really resonated with her 5C’s for Employee Engagement and Retention. The talk was engaging, polished and truly professionally delivered. In a large auditorium she filled the room with her presence and invited us into her talk. All eyes were on her. I really recommend Kim as a keynote speaker and hope to have the opportunity to work with her again.
- Bradley Busch, Program Director - ITSMF
Kim was a hit presenting on recruitment and retention at our recent national conference. Spent a lot of time and effort to understand the brief and the audience and won five stars for her effort on our feedback tool.
- Mark Lever, CEO - Strata Community Australia
As a professional speaker who focuses on the world of recruiting, selecting and hiring top talent I have spent the last 20 years building a knowledge base and honing my speaking skills. Over those 20+ years I have heard 100’s of other speakers speak on the same subject. Kim was one of the very best I have ever heard. She offers great insight in to todays challenges facing recruiters, hiring managers, and applicants. More importantly she offers tools and techniques to help over come those challenges in a most professional and entertaining way. I am glad that she had to follow me of the program rather then me having to follow her at the HR Summit in Singapore.
- Mel Kleiman, CSP, President Humetrics
Very insightful and thought provoking, leaving me wanting more.” “You are an amazing speaker and an inspiring personality.” ”Kim was a fantastic speaker and provided great food for thought!“ ”Kim was an engaging, interesting and extremely competent speaker.” ”Kim’s address to the audience was terrific, very commanding and kept me listening.” ”Her style of public speaking also inspired me in addition to the contents.” ”Kim is very engaging. Thank you!” “Authentic, relevant, interesting.
- Ernst and Young
I have been following Kim’s talks from Canberra, Singapore. At Singapore, she already delivered two talks in a span of three weeks. Everytime when I listen to her, I learn new things and acquire new knowledge. Kim I would like to express my sincere thankfulness for your admirable speech(es). It is not an exaggeration here if I say that your speech has been the highlight of the day’s Symposium (9,10 Oct 2013) and many were discussing various inputs that you have given in your speech on different perspectives. I wish her very best of luck in all her future assignments.
- Rama Prasad Mamidi
Kim did a great job at the 2013 IPWEA International Public Works conference in the role as keynote speaker and facilitator of a panel session. There was a lot of follow up interest from delegates after the session. Kim knows her subject matter well and can get her message across.
- Ross Moody
Having been recommended from prior engagements, Kim Seeling Smith recently presented three of our annual Symposium sessions on professional development. Her work ethic is extremely professional and at the same time does not lack that certain edge that is required to engross and excite an audience. Kim is well prepared, a subject matter expert, and ensures that she delivers exactly what the audience requires in every instance. Our brief to tailor one session to principals and another to employees was 100% adhered to. Her use of activities and participation techniques guarantee that her concepts are absorbed by her audience. Her friendly manner and approachable personality make her very pleasant and easy to work with. She showed interest in our profession beyond what was needed to deliver educational content for our members to improve how they manage staff and work as a team. We look forward to working with her again in the future.
- Katrin Schmidt
I first came across Kim at the AHRI Leadership Conference in May 2012 and was impressed by her no nonsense, common sense approach. On return to work I signed up to receive Kim’s regular enewsletter. Through this we learned about the free webinars Kim was presenting and we arranged for some of the (senior) staff to participate in the webinar on recruitment and they loved it. All participants have said they got something out of it and found it to be worthwhile. I believe they will participate in more events as they arise! Through your presentations, enewsletters, blogs and articles, webinars and courses you are changing people’s practices (and therefore the world) for the better! Thank You Kim!
- Sharon Costigan, HR Manager Manteena
Kim Seeling Smith was a brilliant facilitator at our recent NSW Public Sector Community of Finance Professionals Hot Topics Forum. The feedback from participants on her style & content was outstanding and Kim was an absolute pleasure to work with. We have already booked her again for a CFO Forum in November!
- Tamara (Cohen) Leizer FCA, FCPA
The “Mind Reading for Managers” program, designed, developed and facilitated by Ignite Global is helping CSC develop world class and consistent managerial skills across our divisions. Although the program gives you a step by step framework and a number of different exercises you can use with your staff, what we like about it is that it also allows managers the flexibility to use the tools as they wish, in whatever manner works best for them.
- Kim Kirsten, HR Director Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation
I took over the Electrical Section around the time the company engaged Ignite Global. At that time our section had the highest employee turnover in the region, the lowest employee engagement scores and the lowest profitability per head. I knew something needed to change and adopted the concepts Kim taught straight away. We now have the lowest employee turnover, highest engagement scores and highest profitability per head in the region.
- Yogesh Maharaj, Electrical Section Manager, Northrop Consulting Engineers
Kim helped Consult Australia to refine our hiring and induction processes and I found the engagement highly useful. We have had better success with candidates since using the new job ads and have a lot more rigor around our interview process. Money well spent to reduce the risk of hiring the wrong candidates! We even had candidates apply for positions since then simply because our job ads were so well written! Kim is a straight shooter who will open your eyes to the recruiting mistakes you have been making for so long!
- Megan Motto, CEO Consult Australia
The quality of your program is excellent and equal to anything I have seen in the market. However, it is your commitment, professionalism, and passion that was far beyond my expectations and what made the experience such a positive one for all. You have established an excellent rapport with the Foodco team, so much so that they think of you as one of the staff!
- Serge Infanti, Managing Director The Foodco Group (Muffin Break / Jamaica Blue)
The leadership within my organisation found the results [of the Employee Retention Diagnostic Survey] to be so potent that we asked Kim to present her analysis to the leading 30 stakeholders of our business. Kim’s presentation was excellent and underscored her professional demeanor. I am pleased to report that the experience of this firm and myself in each of our dealings with Kim Seeling Smith has been nothing less than to deal with a consummate professional who delivers on her promise, is flexible and commercial in her approach and is a personal joy to work with.
- Rick Bensted, Manager, People & Business Services CBP Lawyers
My personal experience in liaising with Ignite Global has been a real eye opener for me. They have reinforced in me the concept of how important people are to any business. Understanding those working alongside you is key to any good operator. I believe that I personally, as well as our business have really benefited from this program.
- German Romo, Principal Northrop Consulting Engineers
Kim ….is one of the finest recruiting professionals I have ever seen. She has a rare blend of commitment, skill, passion, and knowledge. She has a great knack of understanding the business need for a particular resource requirement and is able to align these with the expectations of the candidates. Highly action oriented and rallies her team towards achieving the objective. Kim is one of the few recruiters who ensure that job requirement and skills are matched. Kim ensures that right candidates are interviewed by the prospective employers. Always ready to take new challenges, Kim works equally well with local experienced candidates as well as new immigrants.
- Chandan Ohri, Director KPMG
Kim is a high level, exceptional and perceptive mentor, an outstanding person who treats you like a human being. At a seminar her professional approach is superb and you can’t help feeling that she is talking to you personally. Kim has a wealth of knowledge which she passes on effortlessly. Kim is an A1 networker and negotiator, always exuding friendliness and warmth. I like Kim’s positive attitude and creative business ideas, she’s a star!!
- Elyah Fish
Kim is a fountain of knowledge in her field. She is not only very professional, but also approachable and an absolutely lovely person to work with. I have no hesitation recommending Kim’s services.
- Veronika Gyenes
I have worked with Kim on numerous occasions in order to recruit the right individuals for our finance team. What made Kim stand out above all others was that she actually listened and responded quickly to what the requirements were and understood the environment that we worked in. There was no beating around the bush with her…..this was an attractive quality about her that I and my company desired.
- Eve Langford-Smith
I first met Kim at an IT Recruitment and Retention Forum in Sydney and was impressed with her presentation, which I found highly engaging and very informative. Through that introduction, I later engaged Kim on a project to help revamp our talent management website due to her industry knowledge and understanding of the talent attraction, hiring and retention lifecycle. Kim has a lot of passion and enthusiasm for what she does, so it’s been a pleasure to work with her.
- Sue Tu, Program Manager Cisco Systems
I was fortunate to receive a consultation with Kim Smith to get clarity on my future employment and life direction. Kim is so confident, funny and warm that she easily drew my real intentions for wanting a change out of me. She took me through a series of exercises to allow me to figure out what I really wanted as my outcomes in life (including work, family, romance, finances, creativity, health, spirituality). Through that, I was able to propose some options of how I could achieve my goals and then brainstorm these options. Kim also gave me tools to manage my brain and get to the heart of how I want to live. It is difficult in life to cut through all the stuff that is not really that important. Kim helped me see what it is that is truly important to me and how to focus on that and let everything else that wastes energy and time fall away. I use these tools in my everyday life and they have helped me tremendously. Kim’s warm, energetic and creative spirit created a sense of immediate trust and “fun”. Thanks so much, Kim, for this gift that I will use forever!
- Jessica Walden, Technical Specialist Quality Assurance International, San Diego, California
Kim is very professional and exceptional as a career management adviser. Her knowledge of career management has developed since the first time I consulted with her a year ago. She really does her utmost to try and help her clients.
- Leo Sek
Prior to working with Kim I’d never heard of nor considered the idea of writing a value statement about myself as an employee. It was only due to Kim’s conviction in it’s benefit that I sat down to write one. I’m so glad that I did. In order to write such a statement I had to direct my thinking to answer some fundamental questions that are relevant to anyone who is or who wants to be an employee. This process drove me to consider a question that is at the core of employment and employability – “How will an employer benefit from having me on their staff?”. Working through this process has enabled me to understand and verbalise more clearly what it is I have to offer a prospective employer. It has highlighted my points of difference and has clarified for me what my value will be to a future employer.
- Melissa Roberts, Sydney Australia
Kim helped me rediscover what I liked doing most and then helped me develop my Value Proposition, CV and Interview skills. Kim … has been a great sounding board to help me better understand how I should present myself to recruiters and then the client, … ensuring I focus. I now have found a job that ticked all the boxes of the 5 key things I wanted. Thank you Reinvention Guru.
- Paul Beks, Senior Regional Manager NSW & ACT One Test