Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"Today there were new ideas shared and our team became closer as a result. Great team building concepts and techniques."
"Doug did an excellent job involving everyone. I am amazed how many of our folks stayed with this and didn't find a way of skipping out."
"Effective, informative and very useful. Good review of concepts of active listening and personal selling."
"Great presentation!"
“Doug, as our coaching sessions have changed over the past couple of years, I find myself more engaged each time. I enjoy using you as a sounding board as well as receiving your feedback.”
"Great series. It was thought out well to ensure it was relative to our industry."
"Excellent. Extremely helpful. Great examples..."
"Fun and very informative. I learned a lot about planning and ways to deal with procrastination."
"I really enjoyed your program. It produced tangible, doable, and meaningful tasks."
"Very well done - perfect timing for me"
“Great presentation and facilitator, generating self-evaluation and insight regarding our team. Looking forward to continuing the process.”
"Wonderful- better than I expected. Timely excellent tool."
"The program was thoughtfully tailored to meet the needs of this particular audience. Obviously Mr. Van Dyke had done his homework. This organization enjoys very high standards in the selection of its presenters; this program was among the best."
"Thank you for the excellent job you did in facilitating our strategy meeting. As you know, our company is going through some major changes related to growth and we requested your help in leading an all-day, offsite strategy session. We were primarily looking for a high energy agenda that would promote team building. We also wanted the experience to be valuable to our entire team as all company employees would be in attendance. Not only did you deliver what we were looking for, your personality was pleasant and not overbearing as has sometimes been my experience. You were very attentive to the needs of our particular group and the activities that you arranged were both fun and meaningful. As a result, we are now a more closely knit team. Everyone enjoyed their day and we are looking forward to our next similar event."
"Informational, entertaining, and useful."
"Engaging and encouraging. I feel charged up and revitalized. Fits every need of our organization ... and personal life."
"On behalf of Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Tampa Bay we thank you for sharing your knowledge, tools and techniques to help our members achieve success in their work place.   The feedback we received from today's program was wonderful! The program was very enlightening; an important topic with valuable information and useful strategies.   Thank you again for sharing your wealth of knowledge and I hope we can work together again in the near future."  
"Great ideas and format. Doug's ideas, material, and suggestions were motivating and eye opening."
"Excellent - great ideas and techniques to practice."
"The team building program was very informative and helpful. I loved the day planning ideas. Doug's sessions are always a great time!"
"I thought the program was very creative and very problem solving!"
"Loved it! Thank you for all the inspiration and motivation. Very knowledgeable and professional, funny too."
"We have used DVD Consulting for Business Planning and Meeting Facilitation numerous times over the last 7 years. We have been very happy with the results - he is punctual and inciteful. Most importantly, he has helped me grow as a entrepreneur and a business owner. Highly recommended."
"Content was relative, presentation was very good. Doug kept all of us involved and interested"
"Fantastic program! One of the best day seminars I have had. Recommending you for training at my company. Extremely insightful and engaging."
"Fantastic! Informative. Doug's material and delivery is creative. I am now able to see and observe things that were not obvious to me before. I can use these techniques in my professional and personal life."
"Fabulous, wish I had done this 2 years ago when I started in sales."
"Awesome program! I learned a number of new techniques to more effectively lead, not only in corporate America, but at home, interacting with my family as well. Doug has an extremely positive, wonderful attitude. I truly enjoyed real-life examples Doug shared through his consulting practice."
"Very valuable; especially in the tech world with all the linear thinkers."
"Excellent. More!"
 "I went to Doug's seminar when he was in Kansas City. I was so impressed that I spoke with him about customizing a program for my sales employees focusing on leadership and sales. We worked on a program together and he came into Kansas City. The seminar he put on was invaluable. The tools he showed everyone and the way he interacted with my employees was top notch.  I have challenged him many times since about how to handle certain business situations. Each time he has given me great ideas. I have seen and met many consultants over my career. He is far and above the best and the most helpful. I would highly recommend him and I wouldn’t say that if I did not mean it." 
"Well-structured, with very implementable tools, techniques, and ideas!"
“Excellent communication and engagement! Very detail oriented and great explanation of the material and concepts.”
"This was fabulous! Thanks!"
"I thought it was great and I plan to utilize the concepts immediately."
"Excellent – I really can’t thank you enough for the coaching you have provided these past few months, it’s really challenged me to develop as a manager far more quickly than I thought possible.  I will definitely be in touch if I run into any issues in the coming weeks "
"Thanks again for the training session this week. I received excellent feedback from our leaders and was surprised that many of the attendees had little if any knowledge of the many techniques you so effectively demonstrated. I'm already forecasting the future financial gain as a result of the improved productivity and collaboration!"      
"Clear, concise, communicative. Loved sense of humor!"
"Very positive attitude, energetic, clear in content and presentation, good at redirecting when getting off task."
"Excellent, practical, innovative, and useful."
" Valuable information- Highlight leadership styles- Information on millennial expectations and styles- incredible!"
"The Phase II Leadership Program material is an imperative tool. The focus on developing each leader to become savvy and the attention to detail was impeccable. Thank you for your due diligence Doug."
"I have been involved in several similar trainings, but this was by far the best, most concise leadership program I have attended. Very well done. I learned several new things as well as refreshed several others. Thank you!"
"It was an excellent course and has helped me put a plan together to become more effective."
"Doug is very personable and works extremely well with collegues and clients. He has an uncanny ability to target the challenge, and then effectively impliments strategies that improve and motivate staff and management to reach their maximum potential."
"The program made me think about and examine the way I handle certain situations. It has provided insight and has changed some of my perceptions and attitudes."
"Great program!! Served a valuable purpose. Nice job."
"Doug, I can’t begin to tell you how MUCH I valued this experience.  What a great ten weeks with all that I had going on with work too, it really all came together for me.  Thank you!"
"Coming from a military background I am a bit skeptical of soft skills coaches. I have also read just about every management/leadership book that exists. TTS hired Doug to help us with our business strategy during a period of rapid growth. His interfacing with our team and direction he provided during meetings was phenomenal. He has managed to mold a group of people who were rigidly formed by military experience into a very effective leadership team. Knowing all the buzz words and techniques is not enough. Doug is a great implementor of these techniques. I highly recommend Doug to help your organization from the boardroom to the 'shop floor'."
"On behalf of Leadership Pinellas, I thank you for your outstanding presentation to kick off our speaker series. We have received such positive feedback from many of the attendees on how much they benefitted from your message. I look forward to our paths crossing again in the near future!"
“Well presented program, up-beat and fast-paced. Doug keeps the audience involved. I like how he uses real life examples. Great way to learn.”
"it has improved my effectiveness and efficiency."
"Lots of great ideas, very well-presented."
"Wonderful, useful & fun. You did a great job, Doug! I appreciate learning your techniques. Now I need to IMPLEMENT!"
"Very practical and good tools. Good examples throughout will help me be a stronger team leader and coach others."
“Thank you for your incredible coaching and insights this past year. You really helped me focus on what my passion was.”
"The Leadership Development Program provided valuable insights, skills and habits that will continue to raise my bar."
"I have received excellent value from our coaching sessions together and find myself consciously referencing what I have learned in everyday situations."
"Loved the interaction, the 'team' atmosphere we created and the skills we learned to implement. Excellent program!"
"This session was much needed for our organization. I believe this will help us move forward and begin to make changes in the way we do business and to create a positive change."
"Very educational and beneficial to my career. Lots of valuable tools for me to use."
“I love Doug’s energy. He kept everything interesting and relevant!”
"I just wanted to send you a short note and express how much I enjoyed your guided Effective Communication seminar last week. I am new to Nielsen and to the state of Florida. As I’m sure you are well aware of, “with change, come many feelings and thoughts”. Towards the top of my list was apprehension, fear & doubt. Coming from The military side of The Boeing Company, I have become very accustomed to the firm structure & visibility within the corporation. The time I spent with you helped me to realize why I got into my profession in the first place; “to listen, observe, and recommend designs that help people be the best they can be!” Thanks for reminding me to be flexible and helping me to see the similarities & opportunities that lie on this new adventure. “Life is a process, and to live life is to love the process”"
"Very impressed that Doug could keep us so engaged/entertained through an entire day. I am excited to put what I have learned to practice."
“I thought that whole presentation was excellent. Specifically, the segments regarding communication and conducting effective meetings were particularly good. I picked up many pointers that I am anxious to use. Thanks!”
"Very thorough, covered many valuable topics. I have already used things I learned! Even seasoned professionals will learn and take away many new techniques."
"Valuable information; relevant and easy to understand"
"Doug's sales training program was enlightening and a great reminder of sales techniques. It was a shot of new energy for me to go after business. And the techniques will be fun to work with."
"Doug is an excellent presenter. Good information delivered effectively."
"I want to implement these concepts and I plan on beginning now. Thank you Doug, your professionalism and leadership are incredible! You make such a difference to our team and you teach me so much!"
"Wow did I learn a lot!"
"Fabulous, educational, informational, exciting, challenging!! Great stuff"
"Well paced program. I appreciate that the content involved group participation and sharing of ideas."
"Very engaging. Doug kept us involved, listening, and interacting!"
"This program is so amazing!"
"The course was excellent. I need to go review all the concepts since it is content-heavy and put them into practice one or two at a time."
"I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed the Speaking Simplified course. It was phenomenal! I learned a great deal and will not forget the golden nuggets of information that were provided."
“I found the program to be very useful and effective. Doug is an excellent speaker and teacher. I would absolutely recommend this class. I know I will use these tools throughout my professional career. This course was better than most of my business college classes at USF. I wish I had such a course when I was in college.”
It was informative. I would highly recommend this training to other businesses. Great insight into team building skills and customer service techniques. 
"The program offered so much useful information regarding working together as a team."
“Hi Doug, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you how much I value your input and coaching.  You have been a tremendous sounding board and helped me think through some rather sticky situations.  Having your time and attention to discuss issues and troubleshoot resolutions has been invaluable.  I very much appreciate your perspective and keen advice.  I feel extremely well supported by you and look forward to our next interaction. Thank you and all best wishes.”
"Doug's strategic planning session was very good for our team. We moved along. The exercises were applied to help give construct."
"I thought the presentation on How to Deliver Difficult Conversations was great. Doug's confidence and demeanor keeps your attention. He helped me realize other ways to short circuit difficult conversations. Love the 5 steps."
"I enjoyed learning about the various tools that can be implemented to have a more effective and accountable organizational structure."
"As always, Doug is well-spoken and easy to follow. the program covered a wide variety of topics effectively."
"I really enjoyed the program. I will be doing a lot of public speaking & presentations in my new role at Trustmark. Your insight, wisdom, and tools are of great value. Thank you."
"The best explanation of selling principles I've seen."
"The program was great! Doug provided an abundance of takeaways that can be used not only in the workplace but in my personal life as well."
"Great job! I got good, valuable points from this presentation."
"Excellent content and delivery!"
"I found the discussion and tools very helpful with handling calls. My confidence will increase with these tools over time."
“Outstanding content. Doug is an excellent presenter.”
"I enjoyed the whole presentation. The importance of paraphrasing was a topic I had not heard in a very long time, but a very good tool."
“Great, strong, fundamental skills review and a powerful set of new tools to use in the future.”
"I have worked with Doug for several years now. What always amazes me, is the scope of knowledge that he brings to the table. Whether it is customer service, time management, management, leadership, vendor relations, hiring, etc. Doug is definitely a great asset and he has helped me and my company be more productive multiple times."
"Doug is a chamber member, trustee and valued resource. He leads our trustee monthly peer exchanges which many describe as the enduring value of our program. Doug's breadth of knowledge of the business environment allows him to expertly cover virtually any topic that comes up in these often-spirited discussions. Doug is very incisive in his ability to assess issues and his manner allows me to work through the options and personally 'own' the solution. Unflappable, Doug is a trusted friend and advisor."
I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Doug's interactive presentations at my company's leadership conference. I thought Doug did an incredible job engaging the audience and reviewed topics that were relevant to us and our businesses. He was extremely informative and made the group think outside of the norm that we were used to. His thoughts on digital marketing and media were fantastic and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to hire a speaker for their employees. Thanks Doug, myself and my team appreciated you speaking with us!
"Especially at this point on our many change initiative journeys, this was perfectly timed. i will begin working with working agreements and power paraphrasing immediately."
"Doug has an innovative and interesting presentation style. I liked how the action items blended into discussion items. Fantastic program."
"Excellent leadership retreat - The team was energized by the content, various team building exercises, and Doug's warmth and expertise!"

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