‘Thank you’ does not seem suffice for my experiences of Dan’s expertise, insightfulness, willingness to challenge and work with me. Not to mention his engaging personality and ability to connect with me on so many different levels, depending upon my point of need. I am a principal from regional NSW who now has regular sessions with Dan. Every minute of his time is a true investment. I would not be where I am today, without his skillset.
I discovered Dan through my initial completion of a CliftonStrengths Assessment task as a part of a leadership program. I now use my strengths to contribute to all aspects of my professional life with more confidence, intent and rigour after being catapulted into this role early last year.
What started out as a Coaching session working on my CliftonStrengths has turned into more than I could have ever predicated or imagined. The roles and responsibilities of a principal are widespread and demanding. Being in a small community and school means I wear several different hats. However, Dan’s coaching enables me to constantly improve the way I approach and undertake tasks and connect with stakeholders.
In a positive, curious and engaging manner, Dan is highly supportive and holds me accountable for things that hinder my growth – both personally and professionally. His passion, energy, and intelligence are truly awesome and highly appreciated.
Dan, on a personal note: you have helped me to transform my life. You’re an inspiration, a blessing and absolute delight to work with. I am truly thankful for your services and would highly recommend you to anyone, no matter the field of work or the service on offer.”
Maryanne Jones | Principal
I recently attended a conference where Dan talked about overcoming your weaknesses and focussing on your natural strengths for success not only at work but in life in general. Dan’s style was highly energetic and engaging. I found the content fascinating and I left the session wanting to learn more!
Ana Gozalo | 2019 Educate Plus SA/NT Chapter Conference Chair | Philanthropy Engagement & Stewardship, Scotch College Adelaide
Dan is one of our Industry Mentors for the AEWEN program, a SA Gov initiative that helps support international students to develop their employability skills and social connections. He is adored by his mentees because of his coaching skills that does not only help students brainstorm valuable solutions for their clients, but also because of his human-centred approach that makes people’s every encounter with him very worthwhile.
We as a company that delivers experiential programs nationwide greatly appreciates mentors like Dan because he is not only highly skilled at what he does, but he is also someone who genuinely cares in bringing out the best in people. Thank you Dan and you are always very generous in sharing your knowledge and skills in nurturing the next batch of future leaders!
Hope Dolino | WIL Programs Coordinator, Practera
Dan presented to our business network group and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We were in need of a motivational and inspirational boost, and we were not disappointed. Dan also gave us some simple mental tools to aid with eliminating procrastination and prioritising effectively. I highly recommend Dan for any group or organisation who are looking to find an edge or conquer limiting beliefs and behaviour.
Doug Phillips | Freelance Copywriter
Group projects can always be tough, especially for 6 international inexperienced students who just met each other, had various backgrounds, and were expected to solve a real-world problem and deliver a business strategy report in 3 weeks. Yet, we were fortunate enough to have Dan as our mentor throughout the project.
With all his experience and interactive approach, Dan was able to see through the changing team dynamic quickly to empower us with the mindset we needed most as a group. Meanwhile, Dan could always provide us with some simple but very actionable and effective tips in terms of project planning, team communication, client relationship management, business etiquette, etc.
And most importantly, Dan was a mentor who really cared about his students and was willing to spend extra time to share his insights and support us. Collaboratively, the team was able to deliver above the client’s expectation. Moreover, all of us consider this group experience as the most valuable and inspiring one we’ve ever had, most of which can definitely be credited to Dan.
When I met Dan it immediately caught my attention that he had one of the coolest jobs I had ever seen–he was the Success Coach. Also, the fact that he is a very charismatic, energetic, driven, creative and fun individual.
It did not take me long to start my coaching sessions with Dan, and it surely paid off. Through Dan's coaching, mostly based on positive psychology and strengths-based approach, I have been able to identify what my deepest motivations are, take action, and follow through, to then repeat in a cyclic compass-calibrating process. This has benefited many aspects of my life - not only professional, but also relationships, health, and practical aspects of time and financial self-management
Dan has surely been one of the main contributors to my current personal situation, encouraging me to identify and make the decisions that empower me, and defining success on my own terms, pursuing goals that feel true to me, but that also provide me with a sense of greater contribution. Thank you, Dan.
Nicolas Correa | Geologist. MBA. Master of Project Management
Dan is an inspiring and engaging speaker that SA Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) were fortunate enough to have as a Motivational Speaker at the 2018 SA State Tourism Conference and Flinders Ranges and Outback Tourism Forum. His keynote presentation on 'Your natural talents are your superpowers for success' helped delegates be aware of their strengths and utilise their natural talents in both their career and personal life. His presentation style is filled with passion, energy, motivation and is highly interactive. I would recommend Dan to anyone looking for a Conference or Workshop speaker.
Abbey Buckham | Event Coordinator, South Australian Tourism Industry Council
Before working with Dan I was putting in long hours, wearing many hats, feeling stressed and always tired. The first thing we did was to set goals in several key areas of my life and business. We hired a general manager and introduced systems and key metrics to measure my businesses performance.
I now have more time to work on my business and myself, instead of just in it. My fitness has improved, my wealth has grown and we even got a dog. I would recommend Dan to anyone looking to make improvements in their life and business who knows that they need guidance and accountability, or even a sounding board for ideas – especially when the heat is on.
Adrian | Adelaide
Dan recently gave a very engaging and valuable presentation on ‘Networking and Employability Skills’ at the Annual Rotary District 9500 RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). His presentation style was energetic and interactive, and inspired participants, aged 18-26, to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve their career goals by utilising their new found skills.
Of the 15 presenters we heard from throughout the week-long leadership program, many participants commented that Dan was their favourite because of his engaging presentation style and the useful and realistic tips he was able to provide.
Katey Halliday | Coordinator RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
At a time in my life when my inner compass was broken, Dan was able to work through my thoughts to determine a positive direction and put me back on track.
Actually I came to the conclusion myself, but Dan asked the right questions to really make me think about what I wanted. It was through this systematic thought process and coaching through my brain clutter, I was able to determine very real goals and to finally find some meaning and focus.
It reinvigorated my drive to succeed; not just in my career, but in my family and personal life and most importantly in myself. He won’t do the work for you, everyone is accountable for their own destiny, no excuses, but with his coaching, he will ensure failure is not an option.
Prue Grund | Little Red Caboose