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Testimonials for Speaking & Training

 
  
  

"Darryl was asked to speak to the SA Branch of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and give the local coaching community an insight into how people tick, and what coaches need to know about working with clients from a psychologist's perspective. Darryl delivered beyond our expectations. The content was excellent, carefully tailored for the audience. Darryl's speaking style had the room captured, writing notes madly to get all the juicy information down to be practically applied in their own coaching practice. The feedback from everyone was outstanding and we'd have Darryl back to speak again anytime. Highly recommended."
Miriam Henke
President Elect & Coach Week Coordinator, SA Region
INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION AUSTRALASIA INC

 

 

"Darryl thank you for your outstanding presentation on 'The Power of One' at our State Conference. As well as being an entertaining speaker who truly held the audience, you managed to distil the complex concepts of your profession into bite-sized, easily digested morsels of wisdom that family business owners and next generation family members could easily grasp and work with.  A great teacher is someone who can pass on his wisdom to others, rather than regurgitate theoretical concepts that have little or no meaning to the man in the street. This is your gift and the feedback from members after the conference was outstanding. Your pithy insights during our 'Communicate effectively and reap the rewards' panel session in June were also greatly appreciated by everyone in the room and I was delighted to be able to follow up with a link to your e-book 'Listen Up Now' so that they can further their skills in this critical area. Thanks again for your valuable contribution to FBA-SA and our members."

Heather Dowling
Executive Officer,
FAMILY BUSINESS AUSTRALIA - SA CHAPTER

 

"Darryl was guest speaker at our 2-hour workshop for families who host international high school students. The topic "Understanding Adolescent Behaviour" was well received and Darryl's engaging style the audience's attention with ease. Feedback indicated the audience found his presentation informative and realistic, encouraging thinking, reflection and new learning. Darryl left the audience with strategies to assist them in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with their students."
Marg Rigby
Executive Manager, International Student Services
IES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION & CHILDREN'S SERVICES

  

 

"We had the privilege to have Darryl share his wisdom and experience with us on a day where we held two school seminars  and a community event in the evening. A good measure of success is the fact that people at school were all talking about his sessions next day at morning tea! People have already let me know how much they enjoyed themselves, and importantly, how much they learnt. Feedback from staff, parents and the Barossa Community has been most complimentary. "
Eve Bainbridge
Marketing Manager
FAITH LUTHERAN SCHOOL

 

"Dynamic, inspiring, compassionate, fun and life-changing is how I would describe Dr Darryl Cross -- book a seminar for your workplace or some one-on-one coaching or counselling...you won't regret the investment and it will pay off at least one hundred-fold in improved functioning and productivity at both the individual and business level."
Caroline Munchenberg
Family Network Librarian
CITY OF BURNSIDE
 


"Darryl addressed the City of Playford Partnership Breakfast as our keynote speaker, his impressive presentation was on Leadership with a capital L. Communication styles and all the accompanying attributes that makes a great leader were raised. Seldom have I witnessed anyone’s ability to hold a captive audience to be so totally immersed in the presentation. Darryl’s presentation effectively challenged me to examine my own personal style of leadership and make changes."

Cr. Duncan MacMillan
Welfare Director
CITY OF PLAYFORD COUNCIL


"Serving as the Event Coordinator for CPA Australia's South Australian Division, I am privileged enough to be able to enjoy many presentations from a wide range of speakers. One of the most popular sessions we ran in 2008 featured Darryl Cross from Crossways Consulting. This event was a near sell out and the feedback we received about Darryl was outstanding. He scored a 4.9 out of a possible 5 - not a mean feat when presenting to a group of accountants about stress management! As a result of this session, we have booked him again in 2009 and plan on using his services again in the future. Should you require a speaker who is gifted in connecting with any audience, and keeping their attention, I highly recommend Darryl Cross. His humorous and down to earth style is refreshing and captivating. You won't be disappointed."

Emily Jerome
AFMEA | Event Coordinator, Member Events | Professional Development Member Knowledge
CPA AUSTRALIA


 

"Darryl’s expertise in working with people is complemented by his pragmatic and realistic approach.  The feedback from staff has always been overwhelming positive.  Darryl is highly skilled in engaging and connecting with his audience.  More importantly he really understands.  He has challenged us to think outside of the square and moved the boundaries of our comfort zone.  He has assisted us in so many ways to face the day to day challenges of work and life."

Lou Williamson

Director
BREASTSCREEN (SA)

 

"Your presentation was thoroughly inspiring -- I’ve been thinking/acting differently ever since! Your seemingly easy style of presentation made your whole subject something I wanted to listen to. That is a gift encouraged by some very hard work I’m sure."

Chris Stratton
Principal
MACINTYRE HUDSON LLP. 1394 High Road, LONDON, UK


"Thank you again for your tremendous contribution to the success of our breakfast seminar... I just wanted to feed back some of the initial positive comments from the attendees.  We have heard nothing but glowing praise on your presentation. The insights and points you made just resonated with the audience and many commented the content was pertinent and well-delivered. I think they especially enjoyed the nice touch of role play which kept the presentation powerful and engaging.  We were very fortunate to have you share your valuable expertise and knowledge ... It provided a huge amount of value to the attendees and everyone had so much to take away from it."

 
Lilly Chow
Marketing Manager
TEAM MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, QUEENSLAND


"Dr Darryl Cross conducted a one hour lunch time forum for the city business community by invitation of Scots Church, North Terrace, Adelaide. The forum was on the topic, "Less Stress? Yes! Finding the work-life balance". The audience commented very favourably on the presentation and the leaders of Scots community were delighted with the research, content and clarity of thought and delivery of this presentation."

Rev'd Gillies Ambler

SCOTS CHURCH, ADELAIDE

   

"I invited Dr Cross to present to a group of successful senior people from Professional service firms in the UK.  Having seen Darryl present in Australia I had no doubt of his ability to engage, enlighten and educate! his audience.  Darryl speaks with humour, candour and a depth of knowledge that is extremely impressive.  Even in a short space of time Darryl has managed to change 'ways of thinking' and we will now endeavour to find more opportunities for him to speak at our meetings.  I highly recommend Darryl to anyone looking for expertise in this area."

Gill Burn
Director
MINDSHOP UK, BATH, UK


"The training topic was Communication Skills….Darryl was selected based on recommendations of his outstanding skills in this area….At the sessions, Darryl clearly demonstrated his knowledge and experience as a Psychologist and skills as a professional presenter. His planning and forethought was evident and the examples used came from Darryl's understanding of the business and its operations. Darryl was energised and enthusiastic regarding the topic and this momentum transferred to the participants. Darryl was responsive to staff questions and comments and allowed time for interaction all the while moving to plan. Darryl included workshop to of provide opportunities the role play and the application of learned skill. From feedback from participants indicated they ranked sessions as excellent. They indicated Darryl presented in a refreshing style and made a 'serious' and important subject most interesting. They found Darryl approachable and enjoyed his excellent presentation skills, interactive approach and ability to remained focused on learning outcomes".

Wendy Tait                           &        Dianne Carey
Health & Safety Consultant             Prevention Consultant
DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

"Thank you very much for your presentation to our parent community on the theme of 'Educating parents of our senior secondary education and parenting adolescents'. I have had extensive parent feedback from the evening, all of which has been very positive, to the point where a large number of parents have requested a summary of the information you presented throughout the evening to be able to discuss it with their families. Staff were also very impressed with your abilities to entertain, while imparting important information".

Leanne Johnson-Bryan
Director of One Ninety
PULTENEY GRAMMER SCHOOL, ADELAIDE


"Darryl was a primary speaker at our first 'Best Practice Counselling Skills For Pastors' seminar. We found Darryl to be a very professional and skilled speaker, and we received extremely positive feedbacks from the attendees on that day. We will most certainly be approaching Darryl in relation to future speaking engagements".

Trudy Stoddard
Public Relations Officer
LIVING HOPE COUNSELLING

"Dr Darryl Cross addressed the parents of the Year 9 students on the topic of 'Parenting an Adolescent'. Dr Cross kept the audience informed and entertained throughout the presentation with comprehensively researched data, anecdotes, professional and personal experiences. The presentation concluded with an enthusiastic question session from an obviously satisfied audience. Further feedback from parents, and comments from their siblings, has been most complimentary with suggestions that Dr Cross expands his discussion at a later date. As Director of the Year level, I have been impressed by the response from the parent body which seems to reflect the obvious knowledge, advice and enjoyment gained from their participation in the evening".

Mr Chris Toome
Director Year Nine
ST IGNATIUS' COLLEGE
ATHELSTONE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA


"Thank you for conducting the short training course 'Dealing with Difficult Clients and Crisis Situations' for welfare workers. It was pleasing that so many attended, and a number have contacted me with very positive feedback in terms of what they learnt and the way the course was presented".

Ugo Rotellini
Settlement & Multicultural Affairs
DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS, ADELAIDE

"Thank you for your stimulating presentation at our Bullying Conference. It provoked some interesting discussion and we have had excellent feedback from our participants. We look forward to inviting you to present at future conferences".

Pamela Oyarzun
Special Education Advisor
ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS OF SA


 

It was a pleasure to work with Darryl in the lead up and presentation of our annual conference for counsellors and psychotherapists on ‘Signs of Our Times’  His keynote address was extremely relevant and practical for therapists working in today’s changing world. Darryl is a highly engaging and warm presenter who really knows his stuff!

Robert Bullock
CASA President
Counselling Association of South Australia

 

"Dr Darryl Cross has been engaged by this company to conduct a series of sessions on Stress Management. Darryl's style and delivery are engaging and energetic without being too invasive or heavy. He is very deliberate and approach and uses humour with disarming accuracy".

Steve Lockwood
State Director
SCHIAVELLO (SA) PTY LTD


"Darryl's presentation to 200 primary principals was considered highly relevant and most informative. His presentation style was warm, humorous and very engaging. I recommend Darryl as a high calibre speaker".

Leonie Trimper
President SAPPA
EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, HINDMARSH, SA


"It is with pleasure I write to you on behalf of The Secretaries to the Medical Profession to thank you for your very interesting presentation at our meeting. Our attendance for the night certainly was an indication of the popularity of your topic and gave many of us an insight into coping with stress. Thank you for giving us a most enjoyable meeting and helping to make this one of our most successful evenings".

Mary Tarzia
Secretary
SECRETARIES TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION


"I wish to thank you most sincerely for your input at the National Conference of the Christian Schools Association. As I said at the conclusion of your address your material and presentation met, no exceeded, my hopes for the session. Dealing with stress has become an increasing dimension for executives, as well as others, and all need to be aware of the implications. The comments I have heard from a number of delegates confirm my own views of the significance and impact of your address.

I am attaching some of those comments from our formal conference evaluation:

- Darryl Cross was outstanding in communication and gave relevant, practical advice.
- Darryl Cross was insightful, humorous, and an excellent communicator – thank you for having him speak.
- Darryl's session was a clear confirmation of real lifetime changes – stress plus solutions; very practical solutions to put into practice.
- Darryl Cross' talk was excellent! He painted a picture but didn't leave us hanging – instead helped us see the way out!'"

Lindsay Francis
South Australian CEO
CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, SA


 

Darryl Cross' presentation on 'Overcoming success fears' at our recent Mindshop training weekend was excellent. He certainly hit the mark with our audience of senior consultants and facilitators who are themselves experience presenters. Darryl spoke with a great deal of passion and experience on the topic and engaged attendees with his in-depth insights and examples. His presentation had a lot of energy and group involvement which lead to him receiving tremendous feedback from all attendees".

James Mason
Managing Director
MINDSHOP INERNATIONAL, MELBOURNE, VIC
 


"On behalf of staff from the Vietnamese Community in Australia / SA Chapter Inc., I would like to thank you for the training on "Managing Challenging Behaviours" that you provided to our staff in March 2006. It has been two months now and our staff still talk about that training; that it was informative and most useful to their work. I agree with them as I have personally attended your training on the very same topic about 5 - 6 years ago and it certainly helped me to develop appropriate skills (as well as prepare me mentally) to deal with people who have challenging behaviours."

Lan Mong Nguyen
Welfare Director
VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA / SA CHAPTER