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What People Say

Perfect Pitch: Making The Emotional Connection

AUDE Conference, Newport University
"I know it's 'what you do' but by way of feedback that was the best presentation I have ever seen!"
Andy Burrell, Director Of Estates, Open University

JCI World Congress, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
"This was the best class I have ever attended, and I have been at plenty of classes at JCI and in business."
David Laverty, Denver Chamber of Commerce

"Our 150 off-shore supervisors are not the easiest group to get on-side, but all five sessions were extremely well received: humour, stories and examples with just the right amount of thought-provoking insights into the importance of effective communication. We were delighted with Russell’s contribution."
Paddy Mallan, Director, Operations Support, Petrofac

Scottish Youth Parliament Sitting, Prestwick
“Russell Wardrop delivered a first-rate session to the Scottish Youth Parliament Sitting at Prestwick in March this year. His presentation was aimed squarely at the 200 or so (mainly young people) in the room, engaging and motivating them to improve their own speaking skills. Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament were extremely impressed with the session, with over three-quarters scoring a perfect five stars. As a dynamic, charismatic speaker I was delighted to have Russell share his talents and knowledge with the Scottish Youth Parliament and would have no hesitation in recommending Russell as a speaker for other organisations.”
Hamira Khan, Chief Executive, Scottish Youth Parliament

Influence: The Prince & The Comedian

FTI Annual Conference, Hotel Arts, Barcelona
“The conference was a huge success and the team pleasantly surprised! Russell did a fantastic job and, even though the sun was shining, he kept them focussed.”
Claire Gilbert, FTI Consulting

"Many thanks Russell for your efforts as emcee at our leadership conference, we were delighted with your contribution. You kept it all going effortlessly - and with great humour."
John Ferguson, Head of Human Resources Development, Babcock Naval Services

“Working with Russell has been both fun and productive. He has developed a deep understanding of our business and his courses are always oversubscribed and get great feedback.”
Catherine Jones, Director, Deloitte

“Russell has helped us revisit, refresh and re-energise our image of ourselves and how we do business.”
Sheila Gupta, Director of Human Resources, University of Edinburgh

Global Planning Conference, Barcelona
"Fantastic, Humorous, Engaging, Inspirational."
PMU Planning Conference, Hewlett Packard

"Having worked with Russell and the team over the years, I can honestly say that words cannot express the passion and enthusiasm that KWC display over the use of words/body language/emotion/expression etc. So hook up and enjoy the ride and learn the art of oratory from them and improve your personal and business success. Most of all have some fun!"
Louise Kay, Investment Director, Head of UK Institutional Business Development, Standard Life

Soft Sell: How To Build Relationships

“What can I say about Russell at KWC? Great things come in three's, that's what... he's a High Quality, High Impact and, more importantly, a Highly Authentic guy... enough said!”
Glyn Cave, HR Manager, North British Distillery Co. Ltd

Partner’s Conference, Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
"Many thanks for Russell's contribution at our Partners' Conference in St Andrews: he led Friday's discussion forum with creativity, energy and pace. And Saturday morning's session was thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking."
Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive, Shepherd and Wedderburn

“Russell never fails to make us smile whilst bestowing insightful hints and tips on “how to” that we remember and use. The stories and examples bring sessions to life… repeat business speaks for itself!”
Lesley Lee, Depute Director of Human Resources, University of Northumbria

Deloitte Difference Conference: The Grand Hotel, Brighton
“Russell's session was brilliant!”
Clinton Stewart, Manager, Consulting Learning Team, Deloitte, London

Evening Masterclass, Club 29, Glasgow
“Russell kept the full attention of 60 of our Executive MBA graduates for over an hour. He was witty yet incisive making sure that he got over the key points about networking. The feedback I had from our Alumni has been excellent. Russell is in the top division of speakers and trainers.”
Stuart Paul, Programme Leader Executive MBA, University of the West of Scotland

MBA Programme Launch, Edinburgh Business School
“Russell brings words to life. He commands his subject, his audience and my respect.”
Ed Cochrane, Executive Education and Researcher in Emotional Management, University of Edinburgh Business School

“Russell offers something totally unique that goes well beyond training. Their approach inspires real change in our team’s behaviour.”
Nicholas McCormick, Regional Business Development Manager, BAM Nuttall Ltd

"The session on Inspirational Communication by Russell was a perfect way to end our conference. The feedback has been fantastic and everyone stayed engaged for the entire time, no mean feat at the end of an intensive few days."
Andy Smith, Production Director, Registers

Pitching Masterclass

“Russell's sessions with our partners are a tour de force. He combines wit, passion, creativity and insight to tremendous effect providing our most senior people with a challenging, inspiring and supportive learning experience.”
Kevin Hannigan, Head of Learning and Development, Matheson Ormsby Prentice

“The creativity is not just in the name 'Kissing With Confidence' - it's in their approach, their design and their delivery. Russell brings conferences alive; more importantly, people listen and really learn. Developing your peoples confidence through practical and innovative solutions is invaluable when you operate in a professional services environment.”
Philip Westermeyer, Learning & Development Manager, Baker Mackenzie

“Russell & Kissing with Confidence achieves what every CEO or MD wants when they ask a company to do some consultancy work. High impact that lasts. Too often a day is seen by many as inspirational but really you were just entertained. KWC is a quality company that is achieves great results. They are not one hit wonders either. This is life long learning and who better to learn from than the master himself.”
Brian Williamson, Managing Director, Jumpstart Ltd

“The first experience we had of Russell was his delivery of a masterclass presentation skills training seminar to a group of our senior people. They all had a reasonable level of skills already yet he made a huge difference, raising their game and also building confidence. Since then, he has delivered a variety of worshops on presentation skills and networking. He is always engaging, amusing and direct, yet kind enough to get real results and to leave everyone feeling that they have got value out of his sessions.”
Linda Urquhart OBE, Chairman, Morton Fraser

“Pitching is about focusing on your clients, not just on what you are comfortable doing. Kissing With Confidence worked alongside our development team to help embed that in our culture.”
Paul Zimmerman, Partner, Corporate Finance Advisory, Deloitte, London

“Content is fresh, individual and thought provoking. Russell brings a unique energy and enthusiasm to all audiences- even after a heavy lunch- and learning materials are first class.”
Mandy Rennie, HR Manager, Fortis Lease UK Ltd

“My Corporate Tax team are at the sharp end. Client facing regularly in various contexts, and presenting at high profile seminars to high profile audiences. Russell sharpens our focus.”
David Glen, Partner, Tax and Legal Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

“Increasingly the tender process for major civil engineering projects is quality dominated. Our success in winning new work relies on our project team clearly articulating our intended approach to delivery. Russell worked with us to develop bespoke training solutions including scenario planning and one to one coaching that has proved hugely beneficial. We’re engaging more effectively with our customers and winning new work as a result.”
Nicholas McCormick, Business Development Manager, BAM Nuttall Limited

“My experience with Russell gave me greater confidence in my own ability to communicate in the many arenas I am asked to speak as a chief constable and my colleagues in 2 police forces who worked with KWC have also visibly grown in their communication skills as they have adopted and used the priceless insights and tools that were shared. There is no-one better at improving your presentation skills than the KWC team.”
Colin McKerracher, Chief Constable, Grampian Police

“Our warmest congratulations to Russell and his team at KWC for building such an exciting and progressive business. The way he leads his courses and inspires in all of us the desire to improve our presentation skills allows us all to raise our game no matter how inhibited we feel.”
David Page, Page/Park Architects

Executive Coaching: Cutting the Keynote

“Russell is an inspiring and motivating business speaker who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand in a seemingly effortless way. He has a great insight into business and people and a subtle yet clever way of delivering key messages. He is also highly professional and creative..”
Jane Wylie Roberts, Managing Director, Stafffinders

“I've used Russell's skills on several occasions over the years. He is a passionate communicator, excellent writer and works hard to understand the clients objectives helping them to bring out their very best. Russell has written speeches for me, coached me on presentation, rapport, comportment, tonality, congruence and engagement with the audience. If you want to understand communication, create a compelling case, deliver it with skill, passion and wow your audience, look no further!”
Jamie Rae, Owner, Jamie Rae Associates

“For personal coaching at the highest level, you can be absolutely sure that Russell will deliver.”
Audrey Ramsay, Corporate Relations Director, Diageo

“The six sessions with Russell made a huge difference to the way I communicate both within the business and externally. There have been enormous benefits to me personally, and we were singled out for praise at our last big pitch, which of course we won. With two recent contracts worth £15 million, we are now number one logistics providers to the whisky industry”
John McCormick, Managing Director, JF Hillebrand

“Russell came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. He took my presentation skills apart and re-built them.”
Martin Brown, Managing Director, Fleet Alliance Ltd

After Dinner Speaking & Robert Burns

“Very clever and hilariously funny; Russell was the perfect finale to our annual dinner.”
Kevin Grainger, President, St Andrews Business Club

“Thank you very much for performing the Reply on Behalf of the Lassies at our Edinburgh Supper this year - you did a tremendous job! In total, I think we have raised approximately £120,000 for the charity from our efforts this year and you played a huge part in that so thank you".
Vivien Morton, Group Marketing Co-ordinator, Dunbark

"We had a ball, raised a record amount - and raised the roof into the bargain - at the Never Mind The Business charity evening. Even with a noisy 850 in the room ready to party, Kissing With Confidence was superb as emcees and took the event to a whole new level. Many thanks.
Colin Flinn, Head of Fundraising, NCH Scotland

"The Entrepreneurial Exchange membership insists on only the highest quality for the exchange evenings and yours was no exception. Turnout was high, delivery was exceptional and feedback was excellent. We look forward to seeing Russell again soon."
John Anderson, Chief Executive, The Entrepreneurial Exchange

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