Bid Director Testimonials

Diane Osan, Senior Principal FKP Architects

“In over 20 years of selling architectural services I have worked with several presentation consultants – none as deeply talented and effective as Geoffrey Lane.

The difference in working with Geoffrey is he was able to establish a deep bond with each participant that created implicit trust, harnessing our energy and willingness to take his direction and counsel. Most importantly, he was able to emotionally transform us to fully speak from our hearts in a way that showed our strongest passions and connected with each person on the selection committee.

We will never know if we could have won without Geoffrey – but we know that with him we did. And we will ask Geoffrey to be part of our preparation team for our next “mission critical” interview.”

Diane R. K. Osan, FAIA ACHA Senior Principal, FKP

Scott A. Lowe - Managing Partner, 5G Design

“At first, I must admit that I was skeptical of the need for his involvement. However, after seeing the process, the results and then finally hearing our scoring/assessment from the evaluation committee for Parkland, I am convinced that his direction gave us a much needed edge against World-Class competitors.

He gave us focus and direction. He used each one’s strengths to the advantage of the whole, which is a signal of true success in collaboration. Quite simply, he was inspiring and needed.

If you are reading this, then you are more than likely evaluating your own needs to whatever pursuit(s) lay ahead of your team. I am a direct beneficiary of Geoffrey’s guidance and skill set. He is worth so much more than his fee reflects, truly. I will work with Geoffrey again and consider it a privilege to do so.”

Scott A. Lowe – Managing Partner, 5G Design

James Maynard Wavefront

“Your challenge was to focus us, direct us and inspire us on the value of using your methodology to enhance our communication skills. You easily met the challenge.

The proof of your efforts was evident in our final presentation. Our executive team went in on a high note, filled with enthusiasm for the spoken word and we were prepared to be successful.

Geoffrey, as a consultant and speaking coach you made our life so much easier because you are so congenial to work with. You do what you say you will do and you helped adapt our presentation to the specific needs of the targeted audience.

On behalf of the Wavefront Team, we would like to thank you again for your positive contribution to our important presentation and we look forward to seeing you in the future.”

James Maynard – President, Wavefront

Bruce Raber - Vice President,  Stantec

“I really enjoyed the coaching, training and mentoring you provided us. Although I have been a fairly successful public speaker, presenter, lecturer and facilitator myself for many years; I still learned so much from you that I had never thought about in the past. Your knowledge and wisdom, combined with that British sense of humor made the whole experience which lasted some 4 to 6 weeks a delight and a real learning experience for me. There’s hardly a day that goes by now when I am engaging with others that I don’t think of some little tip you gave us. I truly enjoyed the experience.”

Bruce Raber – Vice President, Practice Leader Healthcar

R. Cruickshank - Executive Vice President Telus

“I was very impressed by your professionalism and your demonstrated ability to come in to a process in the later stage, quickly assess where you could add value, and produce results! Geoffrey, as a consultant and speaking coach with specific Olympic insight and expertise, you helped us adapt and refine our presentation to a level that the TELUS Team was very proud of. Thank you for your insights. It has been a pleasure working with you.”

R. Cruickshank – Executive Vice President, Telus

Juliet Rogers - Blue Cottage Consulting

“Thank you for the fantastic work that you did with our presentation team. You were so much more to our team than merely a presentation trainer. You helped each of us improve our individual speaking parts, our authentic presence, and most importantly, our confidence. Even more critical however, you provided leadership and a framework within which our group of individuals, representing five different firms, genuinely became a team. Thank you Geoffrey.”

Juliet L. Rogers, PhD, MPH – President & CEO
Blue Cottage Consulting

Mitchel Levitt - President & CEO Karlsberger

“I, along with my colleagues at Karlsberger, cannot state in words how much we learned during your three days working with our team. Your insight into the crafting of the message and the delivery of all components made us a viable competitor for this project pursuit. I can honestly state that you took us from a group of 5 individuals with multiple messages, all about Karlsberger, to a highly efficient team presenting solutions that provided benefits to the client.

Everyone involved came away from this experience understanding how to assemble a presentation that leads to a successful outcome and, more importantly, came away better communicators.

You provided leadership, direction, and controlled every situation. You understood the constraints, took our team out of the comfort zone, and pushed us to accept a new way of thinking and communicating.”

Mitchel Levitt – President & CEO

Peter Armstrong - President & CEO Rocky Mountaineer

“Geoffrey you are the quintessential professional. This was apparent from the start of discussions on your engagement. Three words come to mind in our dealings with you, they are proficient, prepared and prompt. You do what you say you will do, and you helped us adapt our presentation to our specific needs, ensuring success. It has been our privilege to benefit from your valuable insights and you have truly helped us make a success of our CN bid.”

Peter Armstrong – President & CEO
Rocky Mountaineer

John Furlong - President VANOC

“Geoffrey Lane was an enormous asset to the 2010 Winter Olympic Bid in the critical presentation in Prague. He brought a real sense of passion to our team, he helped our team increase our confidence level, and he helped us find the words that allowed us to deliver the message in a more powerful and passionate way.

He is very analytical and he has a very good read on body language. He was able to work individually with every member of our team and help each one to improve their own performance in a very special way; so that each person was able to be on the stage and be his or her self and deliver a powerful message. Geoffrey did that in a way that was very easy for each member of our team to take.”

John Furlong – President VANOC
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Bid Team

Janet Carson VP. Visitor & Member Services Tourism Vancouver

“We had a full interactive session where the team received training on the sales process, closing sales, and balancing the expectations of potential clients. Our experience has left us with NO reservation to use Lane Consulting in the future as a way to fulfill our sales training needs.”

Janet Carson VP. Visitor & Member Services
Tourism Vancouver

Jocelyn Jenkyns - Director Marketing & Event Sales Victoria Conference Centre

“Please accept my sincere thanks for a wonderful training session – three weeks later people are still commenting on the learnings – everyone who attended, from the novice to the experienced salesperson benefited from your ‘field smarts’ which were coupled with excellent course content.”

Jocelyn Jenkyns – Director Marketing & Event Sales
Victoria Conference Centre

Katherine Bright - Assistant Dean & Executive Director  Sauder School of Business, UBC

“Geoffrey worked with UBC Executive Education at the Sauder School of Business as an instructor in 2 different programs: Presentation Power™ and Sales Talk. Geoffrey’s seminars were consistently highly rated and thoroughly enjoyed. Geoffrey’s programs were consistently sold out.”

Katherine Bright – Assistant Dean & Executive Director
Sauder School of Business,
University of British Columbia

Diana Barkley - Director Public Affairs Methanex Corporation

“In addition to the presentation training, the advice and counsel you have provided to our senior executives (either in a small group or in an individual setting) has been extremely valuable. Over the past few months, many of our senior management have had the opportunity to utilize the public speaking skills garnered from your sessions. From my observations, the difference in their organization and presentation style has been most impressive.”

Diana Barkley – Director Public Affairs
Methanex Corporation

Art Reitmeyer - President & CEO BCTV

“…a first class program that encompasses so much more than public speaking skills. We intend to include your seminars as part of our on-going training initiatives…”

Art Reitmeyer – President & CEO, BCTV

Clint Mahlman – Vice President London Drugs Limited

“Geoffrey was able to put forth his message in ways that made our people completely at ease, while at the same time leaving the participants with a greater sense of team. ‘Inspiring’ ‘Incredible depth of knowledge’ ‘made me feel completely at ease while learning’ … are just some of the comments London Drugs Limited have heard.”

Clint Mahlman – Vice President
London Drugs Limited