Ralph Brown CSP

Ralph is our founder and managing director.

He has a background in psychology, television journalism and business.

Ralph takes workshops and speaks to conferences on the psychology of success - and writing skills. (His CSP is a top international speaking accreditation from the Professional Speakers Australia.)

He has written six books and more than a hundred articles on writing and psychology.

Ralph lives in rural Canterbury with his wife, 50 sheep and 350 walnut trees.

Michael Brown

Michael is a senior trainer with Skillset, based in Christchurch.

He is a leading authority on training in presentation and news media skills in New Zealand. He has trained thousands of New Zealanders and worked with people who speak on behalf of some of the country's largest organisations.

He is a prolific author and his books on speaking and working with the media are in their fourth editions.

One of Michael's books is about his family's adventures sailing in the Pacific.

Alana Billingham

Alana is a director and senior trainer with Skillset, based in Wellington.

She takes workshops on a wide range of topics and is at the leading edge in the world in teaching investigative interviewing.

Some of her negotiation clients negotiate multi-million dollar deals. Others just need to sort out arrangements with their suppliers.

Alana has attended a master class on investigative interviewing the UK and keeps in touch with her classmates.

Dharan Longley, Senior Trainer, Skillset

Dharan is an international master trainer with post-graduate qualifications in adult education.

His assignments have included training police officers and university managers in the Middle East, as well as teachers and staff of large organisations in New Zealand.

Dharan's topics are 'effective meetings', 'problem-solving and decision-making', 'team development', 'training for trainers' and 'customer service'. He particularly enjoys helping people with diverse points of view agree on practical solutions.

Dharan is based in Wellington. On windy days he loves riding waves and attempting to fly.

Roydon Gibbs, Trainer, Skillset New Zealand

Roydon specialises in engagement - how to ensure that your staff enjoy coming to work, are at their most productive, speak well of your organisation after hours - and stay.

He has been training for more than 15 years. His knowledge of engagement comes from the research and his experience working with a wide range of organisations.

Roydon holds qualifications in adult teaching and learning. He is a professional member of the New Zealand Association for Training and Development and an accredited member of the National Speakers Association.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack is Skillset's social media commentator.

Being Generation Y has helped ensure that social media is a big part of his life. He's an experienced blogger, builder of websites and an aspiring author.

Our experienced and knowledgeable speakers could be the highlight of your conference or team event.

The speakers have a few suggestions for content, but they have wide experience and want to design a presentation that's right for you.

Let's talk about what might get your audience buzzing.

Here are a few ideas about topics

Ralph Brown CSP on:

How to have your best year - ever
How to keep your team motivated in challenging times

Michael Brown preparing for a media crisis

Alana Billingham on decisions to change your life

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