WHO WE ARE
SPEAKNZ is New Zealand’s most experienced skills-based education consultancy specialising in professional and business / workplace presentation skills courses.
We provide intensively interactive bespoke in-house programmes to business, professions, government, sales, tertiary and community clients, plus open courses and small-group coaching.
SpeakNZ operates nationwide.
Peter J Donoghue
Founder and Director of SpeakNZ
Continuously involved in business presentation skills and public speaking courses since 1978
Founded and directed Group Communication Consultants. (GCC) (1979-1995)
Developed, and with psychologist Dr Andrea Polzer, evolved the uniquely intensive psychology-based programme employed by SPEAKNZ.
Award-winning speaker, speaking coach, systems analyst, chartered accountant.
Richard is a dynamic speaker, an incisive and positive analyst of business presentations, a public speaking contest judge and speaking supporter/mentor to schools.
Dr Andrea Polzer PhD.(Org. Psych.)
Course Developer and Facilitator.
An original at GCC, now SPEAKNZ’s principal course developer and adviser.
Andrea is a significant asset to us and brings considerable value to our clients.
Simon’s background is as a broadcaster here and overseas and is an experienced speaker and conference MC. He is now and has been for some years, one of the country’s leading corporate, radio and television voiceover specialists. Without knowing it, or being able to put a name to it, you will already be quite familiar with his voice.
The time Simon has spent as a speaking coach, performer and voice artist dovetails well with what we seek to add to our course approach. Smooth, professional, relaxed, efficient and polished business presenting with an innate ability to cultivate it in others. We are delighted to now have Simon on the team.
Sharon has a long business background in both insurance and banking management positions. To address the need for better business presenting in her industry, Sharon joined Toastmasters International, winning the coveted 2015 New Zealand Toastmaster of the Year Award from over 5,000 other members.
Her ability as a business presenter and her talent for making people comfortable in challenging circumstances brought her to our attention.
Sharon is also regularly on call for Victim Support, as an emergency support volunteer for crisis interventions.
Sharon uniquely qualifies herself for her excellent work with SPEAKNZ.
Ambassador and Course Facilitator
Kingsley’s quiet authoritative approach to course facilitation wins him many admirers. His considerable experience in developing presentation skills in people of all ages and backgrounds sets him up for excellence.
He held the post of Toastmasters International New Zealand District Director in 2015. This is New Zealand’s Head Toastmaster role for that year. The role includes managing the executive hierarchy who administer the nation’s 5,000+ Toastmaster members in around 300 clubs.
Also an original at GCC.
A natural leader, Geoff enjoyed a 20+ year career with Fuji Xerox, first as Sales Manager, then 15 years as National Training Manager.
Geoff offers an executive-level strategic-sales coaching module for organisations working to achieve specific important sales to significant potential customers.
Additionally, he inspires as a sales management coach, or as a consultant sales manager for companies with smaller sales teams. And like the rest of us, he loves his work.
Call Peter or Geoff on 012 778 184
Geoff provides services as ..
– Corporate Sales Strategist
– Consulting Sales Manager