About Us

Jane Sheffield - Lead Trainer - New Zealand Manager

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As well as being an experienced corporate trainer, Jane previously had an international branding career which required her to present in many high stakes situations across Europe and the Middle East. Jane is known for her clarity, warmth and enthusiasm, and her passion for helping people express their ideas.

“Jane is engaging and relevant. She is one of the best trainers I have experienced.”

Rebecca Callaghan, Zespri

Terry Williams - Trainer

Terry is an extraordinary mix of practical, down-to-earth advice and wisdom as well as a funny and entertaining trainer and speaker. We’re delighted to have him as part of our team.

“Terry Williams is amazing, I have completed numerous personal training courses in NZ and AUS and I can say hand on heart that Terry is the most interesting and knowledgeable instructor I have had the pleasure of learning from. I would recommend his services to any of my professional colleagues."

Brad Almond, Kia Motors

Tipu Ngapo - Trainer

Tipu joined our team in 2013 already having huge experience in training, facilitation and coaching. He has over 13 years of corporate experience as a facilitator and trainer in a multitude of countries, cultures and diverse business environments. Originally from Scotland, Tipu has travelled extensively and now lives in Auckland. Tipu is known for his warm and engaging manner, his sense of humour and his passion for helping people to grow.

"Tipu is an amazing communicator and it was great as the day progressed to see that the way he presented was in line with the content."

Tamsin Messa, Inland Revenue Department

Tony Burns - Founder - Consultant

Tony is a founding director of Effective Speaking. Tony has had a variety of roles during a nearly 20 year career in broadcasting including Technical Trainer, Outside Broadcasts Manager, Sound Engineer and Music Producer. After a brief stint at the New Zealand Institute of Management Tony completed a psychology degree in order to understand better the fear of public speaking. After 20 years co-managing Effective Speaking, Tony now operates in a consultant role.

Olivia Mitchell - Consultant

Olivia joined Effective Speaking soon after it started. Originally trained as a lawyer and her presentation career began when she was asked to give presentations on the Official Information Act to public servants. Then, as manager at the Wellington City Council, she presented to the elected members of the Council and to the management team. She became a management development trainer for a major bank, presenting and training on management topics to bank managers. Then, as a political candidate for the Green Party she spoke at many “Meet the Candidates” meetings. Olivia is an avid reader and writer and has written many of the speaking tips you’ll find on this site