Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

Testimonials

"I thought it was a great tool to address the disconnects our groups have had. It has made significant inroads into righting the ship."
"The presentation was informative and encouraged lots of new ideas"
"I REALLY have appreciated each of the weekly topics and how they relate to me as a leader, to my career, and to what has currently been going on at work. Week by week each class builds upon the other creating a foundation of leadership skills. The "foundation" points I have learned actually run through my head during work situations. I find myself engaged during work moments and cognizant of my behavior/ bodylanguage/ paraphrasing, etc. I THANK YOU Doug for helping me become a better leader!"
"Fun and very informative. I learned a lot about planning and ways to deal with procrastination."
"Great Value!"
"Loved the interaction, the 'team' atmosphere we created and the skills we learned to implement. Excellent program!"
"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."
Very educational and fun. Good information and helpful tips. 
"Doug, your speaking style and content is well disciplined. The format was effective in covering specific content."
"Very inspiring. The visual aids and exercises were energizing. We jumped right in to the session and had a fast-paced, learning experience!"
"The best explanation of selling principles I've seen."
"Informative, fast-paced and fun. Doug Van Dyke's preparation and delivery are excellent."
"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."
"I work in training so this session was very valuable to me. I liked the information on body language and the facts about what percentage of information we retain by reading, hearing, experiencing."
"On behalf of eAutoclaims I would like to thank you for delivering a powerful and informative training session that will provoke action from our associates to achieve the desired results. The summary is also comprehensive and much appreciated. We look forward to working with you again in the future."
"Good to sit down and draw out expectations  of one another"
"Interesting and very appropriate at this time in my organization."
"Great insight and new tools for selling my product, progressing a sale and communicating."
"As always, Doug is well-spoken and easy to follow. the program covered a wide variety of topics effectively."
"An excellent program and master example of how to run a training class. As an aspiring trainer, it was engrossing!"
"This was one of the most informative, thought-provoking, and collaborative training sessions I have attended. I am a life-long learner and this has given me the tools to reassess my leadership abilities by cementing the good and to question and/or change the bad."
“Thank you for all of your work with our team. The initiative was a complete success. Your unique team building activities and the individual coaching sessions made a tremendous difference in our team. You helped create a positive and productive work environment. The individual coaching sessions were especially meaningful. You not only helped in my management development, but you helped make me a better person. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. I would be happy to speak with anyone regarding the quality of the work that you do.”
Doug, Thank you again for the sales training you provided for us. It was phenomenal! I’m really ‘pumped’ to implement the bevy of techniques you shared with us.  Also, I sincerely thank you for the laughter my associates and I experienced throughout the training! I love my job, my career in banking, and having the opportunity to work with my company, but this is a very serious business and we sometimes don’t laugh enough while we’re on our journey. The weight our Senior Leaders carry for us, our clients and the bank sometimes gets in the way of them being able to actually enjoy laughter throughout the day too. When I looked around the room and saw everyone laughing and truly enjoying you and your comments and jokes, it brought joy to my heart for all of us!!!  And we all know we learn and retain so much more when we’re having fun in the process! You are a very Special Person and Leader. I’m looking forward to our meeting again in the upcoming weeks and learning even more from you! Have a wonderful day, Deb “A Big Fan”
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone.  You are an inspiration in so many ways.  Your course is one of the best I have taken and the “stick ability” is amazing!  I really appreciate all the effort you put into ensuring there is value in each session. I am so impressed with what I learned and the new tools I have been provided that I wish it was a weekly staple!"
"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."
“Overall I have improved in all areas of leadership and management while being coached by Doug. Some concepts are more challenging to apply and reinforce because of the growing state of the lab, but I am confident that I will be able to practice and implement all applicable tools and guide the company growth in a more efficient manner.”
"I have received excellent value from our coaching sessions together and find myself consciously referencing what I have learned in everyday situations."
"Doug Van Dyke, CEO of Leadership Simplified delivered a wonderful and information presentation to our team. His talk on '10 Tips for Leaders to Motivate Employees' was exactly what we needed to hear. He customized the presentation for us, and we hope to invite him back soon. We believe that Doug Van Dyke is the right fit for organizations seeking to advance leadership and cultural change initiatives. Again, thank you!"
"Excellent, helpful for my everyday performance in how to engage with employees and for personal situations. The program helped me to become a better leader."
"Our office recently went through Doug's Working Agreement initiative. The program was great. Theory was great. Application will be challenging. But we need it."
"Fabulous, wish I had done this 2 years ago when I started in sales."
"It was great! Well thought out with useful suggestions such as Priority Communication Tool, Delegation, and Time MGMT."
"Doug is an excellent coach. His program was easy to understand and on point to what I needed."
"This program really pushed me to question my own leadership style and challenged me to improve, develop, and grow - both myself and my team."
“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.”
"Very applicable to my daily professional and personal interactions. I will use these methods and tools on a regular basis."
"A very good review of tried and true methods as well as a great introduction to new ideas."
"Great program!! Served a valuable purpose. Nice job."
"I felt this was a robust program. I found you to be direct and engaging. You listened to our challenges and then introduced tools to help us succeed."
"Very engaging. Doug kept us involved, listening, and interacting!"
"Great job! Amazing presentation"
"Great, useful information that was easy to understand, in a very casual environment!"
"Doug, First of all, let me share that I have very high expectations with presenters and probably, to a fault, find fault. Having said that, you are really a practiced professional. Here is what I saw in your presentation in no particular order: You have broad and deep knowledge. You are very confident and comfortable leading a group, holding attention and telling great stories. You have all the secrets in getting participation and keeping the meeting moving. You have great energy and strong credibility. As honest as I can be without being prejudice, you are really awesome. On the drive to the airport, key members of my team were raving about your presentation. Thanks for making me look good, as well as imparting wisdom to my team."  
"The Leadership Simplified program was excellent. Doug is a wonderful speaker. Great 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!"
"Key points I took from Doug: the importance of communication with peers and teambuilding through planning."
"Wow did I learn a lot!"
"The leadership boot camp was very helpful for developing the leadership skills and style I want to achieve."
"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 "
"Very informative, helpful, interesting and fun. Loved the interactive activities!"
"Material and topics are interesting and relevant to my job. Good pace."
"I think it was great to discuss different departments and how they interact and affect each other."
"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!"
"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."
"Great session, very helpful! What an eye-opener."
"I enjoyed the presenter - good tools for management/leadership. Plan to put to use right away."
“Doug Van Dyke from DVD Consulting facilitated our multi-day, annual retreat and he was excellent. He kept a very diverse group of people on track and helped us accomplish much more than we could have dreamed. Doug was a great choice and I highly recommend him.” 
"Excellent, practical, innovative, and useful."
"Excellent, fantastic! Enjoyed real world examples, implementable tools & a sense of humor."
"Best class ever. Day flew by!"
"This was an excellent delivery of useful tactics that will greatly enhance our company's efficiency."
"Doug is an excellent presenter; the best "corporate" style presenter I've ever seen. I also loved the content of the program."
"The program is very informative and effective. I can apply it directly to my job to be better at what I do. The real-life scenarios were very helpful."
"I thought the program was excellent!"
"Pitched up some interesting tidbits."
"Doug's presentation to our ABWA group was fantastic. I enjoyed it very much. I am now head of a group of women from 39 churches, so this was timely and meaningful."
"Program provided thought provoking sessions on how to be a better leader with the tools to accomplish that goal."
"Wonderful, useful & fun. You did a great job, Doug! I appreciate learning your techniques. Now I need to IMPLEMENT!"
"Fabulous, educational, informational, exciting, challenging!! Great stuff"
"Great program. I can apply these tools at work and home! Thank you."
"Doug is an amazing teacher with a lot of experience. He shared many valuable examples of his own and ways to handle the situation. His class is very helpful in addition it will help you in your workplace dealing with an array of personalities."
"Doug has an innovative and interesting presentation style. I liked how the action items blended into discussion items. Fantastic program."
"Very informative and exactly as advertised, very interactive, big plus!"
"Doug is a great presenter and full of energy. Learned so many useful tools with real life examples."
"Much more detailed action items, 'deeper' items to handle and prioritize. Glad folks were honest."
"Doug offered a new way of thinking about working with colleagues at all levels and at different stages."
"Very helpful. I am always in learning mode and appreciate when my expectations are met."
"This seminar was very helpful to me. It was titled "How to Deliver Tough Messages". The topic couldn't have been more timely since I have a meeting tomorrow which I would have made a mess of without Doug's suggestions!"
"Hi Doug,  First let me say, it has been such a pleasure  working with you over the last few months.  The tips, guidance and support you provided and offered were INVALUABLE.   I also appreciate the comprehensive summary. Believe it or not, I used it as a reference point early this morning."   
"Doug is a terrific presenter. He had quite a challenge addressing our group since we had "newbies" all the way to seasoned speakers. He handled it very well!"
“During a recent weekend, the management team of Samy Company attended a two-day offsite session to map our corporate vision and strategies. We invited Doug Van Dyke from DVD Consulting Incorporated to facilitate the session, and all participants agreed that he did an exemplary job of leading a tough team to achieve the goals stated at the outset of the session. Doug’s entertaining style and experience as a skilled facilitator made him an invaluable asset to the team and a key to the success of the sessio’n. We often refer to that offsite as a defining and successful event in our company’s history. I highly recommend Doug Van Dyke as a skilled facilitator and consultant. The monies spent were well worth the effort and we are continuing to enjoy the tangible and intangible benefits from this event.”
"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."
"Thank you for being great at what you do. Using skills and tools from Leadership Simplified has greatly reduced many if not all barriers that appeared to be present in the professional world for me. I still continue to learn and communicate skills and tools I have developed which has only further increased my potential. The leadership simplified class was pivotal in my development. So, thank you so much!"
"Informative. It was worth my time."
"As my personal business coach and advisor, Doug has provided many services for my company. He has been an invaluable resource for my marketing campaigns and has always provided me with great ideas, feedback and solutions. He truly has coached me to success in my business.”
"The program was very pointed and direct"
"Great job! I got good, valuable points from this presentation."
"High value in short time"
"Thank you Doug for sharing your knowledge and expertise at our training session yesterday.  I saw the “light bulb” go on during the activities and lecture.  Now we just need to practice what we learned.  As a trainer myself, it is important that we keep the momentum moving forward and allow what we learned from you to become the norm as we try to improve our culture.  Your training will be the springboard for these improvements. I want you to know how much you are appreciated."
"Really useful tactics, not only for customers, but co-workers and other personal situations."
“The program hit many core conversation issues that we deal with. Learned techniques that I will put into practice immediately.”
"Interesting, effective, makes you think, makes you aware of the strengths you have already, but haven't utilized or realized."
"Timing is everything. Could not have been a better time for this as we navigate through uncharted waters...together!"
"Informative, eye-opening, fun!"
"After going through the Working Agreement process with Doug I have become more aware of my habitual body language, tone and words, and how they affect my working relationships."
"Very informative. Great program!"
"Very informative."
"This is an excellent program - informative, enjoyable, great group of professionals, dynamic, and an excellent opportunity to proactively enforce the skills learned."
"Terrific & simple!"
"Thank you so much. I enjoyed the format of the Leadership Innovation Retreat – it made for a very positive experience and you were an excellent facilitator."

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