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Over the last 15 years I have worked with many companies in a variety of industries, as Keynote Speaker, Facilitator and Consultant. Some of them have taken the time to put pen to paper and tell me how much they enjoyed working with me, and how I’ve added value to them and their company.

Some of the companies I’ve worked with both in South Africa and Internationally include a virtual A-Z. Here are some of my regular clients.

AIG, Atlas-Copco, Anglo Gold, Anglo Coal, Arabian Gulf / Exiles Rugby, Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Birdlife SA, Business in Dubai Conference, Botswana Power, Botswana Government (various Ministries), De Beers Diamonds, Dell Computers, Deloitte (Audit and Consulting), Eskom, First National Bank, Gold Reef City Casino, Hilti, Hollard Insurance Co, Henkel, Hertz Car Rental, Johnson & Johnson Medical, MTN, Microsoft, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Legal Aid Board, Medupi Power Station Project, Montecasino, PB World, Pareto Property Investments, Rand Mrchant Bank, Rand Merchant Bank Properties,Samsung Consumer Electronics, Samsung Mobile, Schlumbrger-Sema, Sharemax Investments, Standard Bank, South African Airways, The Brand Union, Tiger Brands, Tile Africa, Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority, Virgin Active Group, Vodacom, Wesbank.

Here is some feedback from a variety of clients.

You may also like to have a look at some examples of my work and consulting results.

“Many thanks for your facilitation over the past 2 days which has attracted good positive feedback. You were good at getting the staff to open up and let us know their feelings, so now we start the task of building on this feedback and making appropriate improvements.”

Jenny Jardine, HR Executive, Parsons Brinckerhof, South Africa

 

“Erik’s enthusiasm is contagious. His modest attitude instantly puts people at ease while he effortlessly undertakes to explain corporate profitability in terms of team work and employee interaction. This refreshing approach to understanding business makes it easy to put day-to-day issues that arise into perspective, thus allowing action items to come to the forefront. Erik comes highly recommended with energy levels that make any solution seem possible.”

Lindy-Anne du Toit, PA to Ian Hoy, Head: Standard Bank Group IT

 

“The presenters were great too. As for Erik Vermeulen all I can say is Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! 
A numbers of the participants came to ask me for his contacts and/or his presentation and some would even want him to go and make a presentation at their sites. If it is possible I would suggest that Marketing gets him on board on every CRM event that we host. He really does add value as his presentation was so spot-on / relevant to the audience. They were able to relate to it which is a good thing because it made the understanding of CRM and its benefits so much more easier.”

Mary Muthumbi | Application Sales Representative, Oracle Financial Services Industry, Oracle Africa Operations

 

“As the JCCI Midrand Region team we would like to thank you for presenting at the Mega Panel Networking Event on the 29 September 2009 with such excellence. Your presentation was highly insightful and entertaining. The response we have received from guests was only positive and recommendable.”

Carol Hibbert. Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

“Hello Erik, i was at Microsoft this morning when you delivered your electrifying key note speech. I just wanted to say thank you as I did not get a chance to do so at MS….I sure did learn a couple of things that will change how i see the current dynamics as far as skills are concerned….Thanks a lot”

Ivan Ruzibiza, Kigali, Rwanda.

 

“I have always found Erik’s interaction with our school as being remarkable. He takes great pleasure in bringing leadership qualities to the fore with our young leaders of tomorrow, with carefully planned activities and enciteful follow-up discussion. His level of enthusiasm is amazing and our pupils and staff respond to that. He can deal with any curved ball. “

Kathy Caselli Thomson, Deputy Head, Hyde Park High School 

“I would like to pay tribute to your contribution over the years to our annual Prefect Leadership Course weekend. It is always a pleasure to watch you in action and to observe the development and growth in both the 20-something individuals and the team as a whole over the three days every year. This growth and new awareness then always stands them in good stead throughout their term of office and helps them to approach and deal with the challenges of the job in a far more capable and mature fashion than would be possible without the course. For all that you do, and especially for the way that you do it, thank you again very much. You’re a star!”

Tony Thurman, Head, Hyde Park High School

“Good interaction, humour and the ability to draw out the audience.  The points dealt with were pertinent and thought-provoking.  I will apply these to my mindset.”

“This experience was awesome.  First time I enjoyed a team-building”

“Highly entertaining and informative programme.  I thoroughly enjoyed the two days.”

Samsung South Africa.

“This was the best team programme I’ve been part of.”

“Only one word:  1st Class!”

“Excellent learning experience.  Eye opening and challenging.”

“This is one of the best experiences of my working life.  I had fun and I learned a great deal.  Thank you all and I hope to work with you again.”

“Excellent programme.  I enjoyed the down-to-earth, almost informal approach.  The flow of the presentations also worked well.”

“A professional fresh approach which was meaningful and relevant.  An exciting experience which was thoroughly enjoyed.”

Henkel South Africa, National Sales Conference.

“Thank you so much Eric, the entire training was an excellent learning experience and I am sure its going to help us for a long time in future.”
Best regards, 
Piyush Roy, Audit, Deloitte & Touche (M.E.) – Dubai
“Since I met you and have attended your talks and training courses, I have put into practice what you have taught me. You have made a huge impression not only on me but on the people you have come into contact with.
You have what it takes and are a very special person.
Thank you for what you do in making a difference in other people’s lives out there.”
Heather Botes, MD, MultiSoft.
“We have found your enthusiasm, down to earth attitude refreshing and your training right for our organization.”
Grant Henegan, BCE Food Supply Services.

 

“On behalf of SOJO, we thank you for your tremendous presentations you afforded us.  At both occasions, you excelled yourself and we found your service, attitude and motivational talks to be of very high standard and were excellently received by all.  Thank you once again and we look forward to sharing more inspirational opportunities with you.” 

Niki Vikaloudos, Southern Johannesburg Business Forum.

 

“Thank you again Erik your training changed my staff including me and now I know why I can’t get along with some of my staff, BUT, you taught me something. I have learned a lot. I wish everyone can attend the training. You know what, write a book and sell it to all the CCD staff I think that will make a change to people lacking that kind of knowledge.”

Priscilla Mashiane, CCD Couriers.

 

“Fantastic. Very useful eye opener. You are great, fantastic for team building. Thank you for everything. May you be blessed.”
“Very fruitful, great, consumed great ideas. I loved this course and benefited from it.”

Homemakers Fair, Pretoria.

 

“Good interaction, humour and the ability to draw out the audience. Points dealt with were pertinent and thought-provoking and I will apply these to my mindset.”

Ben Poulsen, Samsung.

 

“Thank you for taking the time to help my staff become more aware of their stress levels, stress triggers, and techniques for managing it. We all greatly benefited from the experience, particularly from the fact that it was not clouded by hype and “professional-speakerese”. It was a learning experience for all of us as to how powerful our own minds can be in determining how we recognize and manage stress. It was impressive how you packed a lot of learning into a short, interesting workshop. We greatly appreciated the fact that you spent time with us after the meeting, to liaise and share experience in an informal way.”

Craig L St. John-Ayre, Marketing Manager, Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals

 

“A fresher, more interesting approach than previous speakers.”
“Well structured, very helpful and relevant professionally and personally.”

Sovay Pharma.

 

“Extremely informative. Energy levels were always kept high – not a moment’s boredom. Setting plenty of real-life issues into perspective which is realistic.”

Kamogelo Tlapi, AutoTrader.

 

“I’ve heard Erik speak a couple of times. His topics are well-researched and artfully presented. Definitely makes one think.”
Jacques de Villiers, Speaker Agent and Professional Speaker. www.jacquesdevilliers.com

 

“What makes Erik so effective is the way he tailors his message to meet your objectives. He doesn’t come in with a one size-fits-all standard patter, he thoroughly researches your event and delivers something unique. In a conference I presented with him, I noticed the delegates taking copious notes, clear evidence of the value he provides.”

Justin Cohen, Professional Speaker www.justinpresents.com