MARVA SMALL, EVP OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE NICKELODEON GROUP AND EVP OF GLOBAL INCLUSION STRATEGY FOR VIACOM
Jane’s presentation for our Employee Resource Group Summit was one of the highlights of our meeting. Our group found her workshop “phenomenal” “impactful" "inspiring” and “one of the best trainings they had ever attended.” I could not recommend her more highly!
DIONYSIOS VLACHOS, EVP, RETAIL SALES, MARKETING AND PUBLISHING AT NICKELODEON
Any time we have a high-stakes event—where every presentation really matters—we call Jane. From her presentation Master Class to her individual coaching, she knows how to elicit people’s most interesting stories, bolster their confidence, and bring out their best.
JOAN DOWLING, SENIOR MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VODAFONE GLOBAL ENTERPRISE
When I was at AT&T, we needed to train our marketing and account solution teams to sell our professional services offerings, such as cloud computing. Ovid showed us how to get out of the weeds of our own knowledge and speak to customers in a way that made sense of them. Instead of listing the feeds, speeds and product attributes of cloud computing, we learned to tell stories about how our solutions work for real people with real world needs.
OMAR TOVAR, CHIEF LOGISTICS OFFICER, URBN
I worked with with Jane when I was an executive at Coach. Now I’m much more comfortable when I walk into a boardroom and more confident when I present to the CEO and C-suite. And I’m finding that my new comfort spills over into other settings as well.
Sarah Dumbrille, Change Management and Communications Lead, International Rescue Committee
When I was at HBC (Lord & Taylor/Saks Fifth Avenue), Jane and Heather gave a one-day workshop that changed our team’s approach to designing slides and delivering presentations. Their training was comprehensive, refreshing and 100% relevant. They even used examples from presentations that our team had recently created. We really enjoyed it, learned a lot and walked away with very practical tools to enhance our content and delivery.
Jean Brandolini Lamb, Executive Director, Brand Strategy, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
While I was at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we brought Jane in soon after completing the largest separation in corporate history. Jane helped our presenters prepare for Discover, the company's largest event, to tell their stories in a way that was more meaningful to them and their audience.
FAY SLIGER, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR VOX MEDIA
At first, people were hesitant to reserve a full day for media training, but afterwards, we all agreed it was worth it. The session was extremely well organized and and the prep materials they provided enabled us to jump right in. By the end of the day, we were able to shed a lot of industry jargon and speak in a way that is more meaningful to our different audiences.
ANTHONY CASALENA, FOUNDER AND CEO OF SQUARESPACE
Jane is an expert at helping you shape your thoughts into a coherent, compelling story. I would recommend her to anyone, even people that might not believe they need communications training.
HANNA CHEN, MANAGER OF CONTENT STRATEGY, ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION
What impressed me most was Jane’s deeply intuitive sense of what each person needs to get past his or her personal challenges and become a confident public speaker. For the first time in Robin Hood’s history, all the speakers at our annual Heroes Breakfast got standing ovations.
MARINE BUISSIONNIERE, FORMER DIRECTOR, PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM, OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
Her work with individuals to prepare for presentations at key meetings and international conferences has taught us how to stand out from the crowd and leave our audiences inspired.
RACHELE TARDI, SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, YOUTH EXCHANGE, OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE
Jane is a brilliant. A gifted strategist, a superb listener, and a true thought partner who helps us think through our most complex challenges. Working with her, we’ve been able to refine our strategy, challenge our assumptions, and create solutions that align with our values and mission.
Shari Turitz, Vice President of International Programs, American Jewish World Service
I have worked with Jane for many years, and have seen how she can transform an uncomfortable public speaker into a truly inspired and confident presenter. When it comes to teaching people how to communicate, I think Jane is simply the best there is.
TRACEY GURD, SENIOR DIRECTOR, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY, AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE
You helped me find the stories that my audience could connect to and tell them in the most compelling way—so that people still remember my story about the “girl from Cambodia who challenged the whole system and won.” As an advocate working for social justice, that’s tremendously important.
GABRIEL I. BRODBAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS FOUNDATION, PROGRAM IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Jane Praeger has an uncanny ability to not only help you identify the core message your audience really needs to hear, but also what inward work is needed to truly connect your message with your passion. As great as she is, I can’t possibly effectively communicate how valuable my work with her has been.
Ovid was so effective at "speaking our language" that two participants came up to me during the first break to ask if Jane and Heather were actually FutureBrand employees. The level of knowledge Jane and Heather have about our world enabled them to build near instant trust with our skeptical team, and left people wishing the day would not end.
I had been expecting a presentation training that focused on the usual tips like eye contact and gestures. While Jane and Heather’s training provided some excellent tips on delivery, it also introduced a new strategic paradigm unlike anything I’d ever heard, that has changed the entire way that I give presentations.
DOUG HALL, VP GROUP DIRECTOR, TEAM EPIC, DENTSU AEGIS
When we searched for a company, we did a fairly exhaustive search, considering everything from improv groups to a traditional new business training company. Heather and Jane brought something really new to the table. They had an impressive knowledge of the agency business—plus a real handle on the topic of storytelling in business.
SALOME SALLEHEY, VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING, PLASTIC MOBILE
This workshop blew my mind! It introduced me to concepts that I’ve never heard before. I left motivated to put the ideas into practice right away.
ALEX CHEPOVETSKY, PRESIDENT AT HAVAS WORLDWIDE DIGITAL CANADA
Pitch to Win scores 10 out of 10. Any team interested in increasing their win rates would benefit from this well thought out workshop.
ALASDAIR RITCHIE, FORMER CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, TBWA INTERNATIONAL
Over my career, I've attended literally hundreds of training sessions on sales, presentations, motivational behavior and the like. Ovid’s was one of the most profound, strategically-focused and relevant I've seen. Their insights into persuasion will help any company generate new business.
JEROME E. GROOPMAN, MD, PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL, NEW YORKER WRITER AND AUTHOR OF "HOW DOCTORS THINK"
In a word, Jane Praeger is outstanding. I thought I had reasonably well-developed communication skills, but after several hours with her, I realized how much I had to learn and how much she could help me. She is an A+.
RUSSELL SHORTO, AUTHOR OF "ISLAND AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD"
Jane Praeger transformed a faltering and timid ‘I’m just a word person’ into a savvy, iconic, Kennedyesque, quip-ready, media machine. Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but Jane is truly terrific. I recommend her to any author for whom the public arena is a vast unknown.
DANIEL BERGNER, AUTHOR AND NEW YORK TIMES CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Jane Praeger is a master, not only for her coaching but for her thinking. She is capable of finding the essence of your work, and then finding a way to communicate that complex core to any audience.
VICTORIA ZACKHEIM, AUTHOR, "THE OTHER WOMAN"
The Today Show anxiety caused my confidence from decades of public speaking to dissolve. My publisher arranged several hours with a media coach, yet I arrived in New York feeling unprepared and vulnerable. Then I spent 90 minutes with Jane Praeger. By the time I walked out of her office, I was ready: confident, secure, looking forward to the challenge. When those lights came up and Ann Curry turned to me I was relaxed. Even more, I had fun! Thank you, Jane, for giving me the confidence to fearlessly face five million people...live!
Having Jane’s eyes, ears and sharp sensibility to guide my speech-crafting process and reflect on my delivery style made preparing for my TEDMED talk an infinitely easier task, and a more productive and pleasant experience. Her expertise and insights is a valuable tool in the arsenal of any speaker.
FELIX KRAMER, CEO, CALCARS, SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR, TED SPEAKER
After struggling for months with my attendee talk at the annual TED Conference, my wife gave me the present of a session with Jane. In just two hours, we were able to transform my talk from a dry lecture to a personal tale about how I fell in love with barefoot running. For the three days at TED, people approached me to tell me how much I’d inspired them. Since then, I’ve used Jane’s story-based approach to engage all of my audiences.
CLAIRE GRAVES, MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE WEBBY AWARDS
Heather is like our American Express card—we don't leave home without her! Before we depart on our world tour each year to give our "Webby Talks" on internet trends to over 200 companies in 15 countries, our first stop is always Heather. She intuitively knows how to shape the talk so that we build an instant rapport with our audience and receive a great response. Also, she is just lovely to work with!
JUDITH LEVINE, AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, CIVIL LIBERTARIAN AND CO-FOUNDER OF NATIONAL WRITERS UNION
Jane Praeger is a dynamo: smart, incisive, knowledgeable, efficient, supportive, and fun to work with. I cannot recommend Jane Praeger more highly.
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