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Dozens of programmes delivered across New Zealand and Australia…A transformational experience for participants - for some, life-changing…The difference between The Pickering Group and a typical supplier is that they have an ability to really understand a company – it’s purpose, values, culture, and current environment – at a deeper level than most. They get it. They adapt. They make an enormous difference.”Victoria Goulden
Learning and Design Manager
Pernod Ricard Australasia
“When I needed Presentation Skills and Storytelling training for 60+ of our regional sales manager - delivered in just one impactful day - Russell and The Pickering Group totally nailed it!!”Annaliese Atina
General Manager Field Sales & NCC
Coca-Cola Amatil NZ
“The ‘Leading with Stories’ programme empowered our senior leaders to continue telling the stories of our transformation – to lift our strategy out of the spreadsheets and PowerPoints and into the hearts of our people.”Wayne McNee
Livestock Improvement Corporation
“Russell Pickering is STELLAR at his craft, absolutely the best in New Zealand. He exemplifies presence and connection. My clients rate him as a top notch presenter and executive coach. If you need to ramp up your impact as a leader, Russell is the man to call.” Harold Hillman, Ph.D.
Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group
"Hugely popular courses – with immediate, tangible results. Well over a hundred of our people are now more impactful, confident speakers because of The Pickering Group’s programmes"Kerry Dewar
Leadership & Capability Manager
"The ability to communicate your ideas with clarity, to inspire your audience to action, to share stories that bring your business strategy to life – these are all essential qualities for leaders in the modern business world. Nobody helps you do that better than Russell and his team at The Pickering Group.”Joanna Simon
Chief Operating Officer
“When we were looking to embed the crucial leadership capability of storytelling across the Agency, The Pickering Group provided a tailored programme that was engaging, practical and fun – but most importantly – that worked. Our people come away from the programme absolutely buzzing and eager to utilise their new-found storytelling skills.”Trent Maulder
Senior Organisation Development Consultant
NZ Transport Agency
Now, more than ever, in this tech-saturated, digitally-[dis]connected world, authentic human connection is the competitive advantage that gives you or your team the edge.
We all have this natural ability to connect, yet so many of us shy away from the spotlight as we believe we don’t possess it.
As it turns out, most of us are simply untrained in how to best harness our power.
The Pickering Group helps teams and individuals find their spotlight – and step into it. From presentation training and public speaking skills to business storytelling and influence & persuasion training - we are champions of face-to-face human connection.
That’s why some of New Zealand and Australia’s most recognisable companies have trusted The Pickering Group’s suite of tailorable spoken communication skills programmes to unlock the potential of their people.
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Russell is one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in effective communication, business storytelling and presentation training. Prior to founding The Pickering Group, Russell ran Auckland based communication skills consultancy SpeakEasy and established himself as an expert trainer, facilitator and coach in the field of business communication skills development. He has helped thousands of people, in some of New Zealand and Australia’s most visible organisations, become more confident and compelling communicators.
Russell thrives in the dynamic intersection of the arts and commerce. Originally training as a professional actor and director, Russell won a Bob Hope Scholarship to study for his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Meadows School of the Arts (SMU) in the United States. As an actor he has appeared in commercial television, feature film, and on regional theatre stages throughout the US and NZ.
More recently, Russell completed his MBA as part of Auckland University’s NZ Executive programme.
Daniel is Founder and Partner of Barnes, Catmur & Friends Dentsu, one of New Zealand’s most successful and awarded independent advertising agencies which recently became part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. He has more than three decades experience as a creative entrepreneur and communicator across commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has joined forces with The Pickering Group as senior business advisor working with C-Suite clients.
Ruth’s presentation coaching draws on a unique background. A humour writer for print, live comedy and television, she is an expert in crafting and refining compelling narratives and stories. Ruth has written for Metro magazine for over a decade, and currently writes the Metrolols column. She also writes for Canvas magazine in the New Zealand Herald.
Ruth has a performance background in theatre, stand-up comedy, sketch, improv and circus. She has worked in various roles within the corporate sector including for media agency Carat, and has been director of several small companies in the retail and entertainment industries. She has written, produced and performed over a dozen Comedy Festival shows, and acted as mentor and consultant for both young and established comedians. She collaborates with presenter and comedian Te Radar on his live shows and television work, produces his tours and co-wrote his recent TVNZ series Te Radar’s Chequered Past.
Ruth has an MA in Theatre and Film Studies from Canterbury University.
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