Training and Motivational Experts

Past Delegates' Comments

Standard Bank Power Sessions

Stress Management
“It was great. I am going to share with the teams this side. Its small things like this that we need in our stressful environment. Great stuff. More sessions like this will help going forward.”
“I find such great value in these sessions. From the session it is clear that stress affects one’s health. The copying mechanism and techniques shared by Belinda is awesome. I personally use some of them and it works. Belinda kept the session interactive and very informative.”
Time Management
“Thank you very much for today’s session, I found it very valuable.
What stood out for me most from the session was the exercise done on the four most important things. Through this exercise I was reminded about how important my Family, My Job, God and My Health is to me and how much more time I should be making for my family. I don’t ever think we make enough time.
I really appreciated the session.”


Coaching & Mentoring

“I am motivated to make a difference in the workplace. Thank you Michelle for all your assistance, care and honesty, we really appreciate it”

Maria Pienaar
Infrasors Holdings Limited

“One if the best presenters we had in a long time. Friendly, knowledgeable and prepared”

Piet Ackerman
Infrasors Holdings Limited


Develop your Leadership

“Even knowing everything it was awesome to be reminded again why we are leaders. This course is excellent & powerful”

Daleen Steyn
Wilderness Safaris – Namibia
“I really enjoyed this course and can truly, honestly say this was the best course I have ever been attended and was so impactful in so many ways”

Michelle Waring
Wilderness Safaris

“The training was incredible and all who attended were pretty much blown away, myself included. Thank you very much for everything”

Warren Ozorio
Group Sustainability Coordinator
Wilderness Safaris
“Thank you for a great course on Leadership Development. It was an eye-opening 2 days for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learnt plenty whilst there, but most importantly, the course has given me a new way of looking at things in our business which will keep me learning for years to come. Your philosophies on leadership and management are extremely balanced. Thanks again for a fantastic course”
Simon Stobbs
Business Manager
Wilderness Safaris



Secretary & PA

" Taryn-lee is a fantastic, unique and very engaging trainer. She uses her bubbly personality, exceptional knowledge and amazing presentation skills to bring life to her training workshops and make them fun, meaningful and developmental to the participants. This was the most engaging and enjoyable training session I have attended. Well Done Taryn. Thank You for firing up our enthusiasm with your positive energy".
Ameetha Merhoye
WITS University
“ Thank you for making a positive and well-needed difference in my life for the past 2 days “

Lerato Mokoka
WITS University
Senior Administrator


Customer Care Training

“The course was presented excellently, the facilitator made it easy for group and individual interaction “

Loraine Mlimi
Technical Administrator
Akzonobel - Dulux
“ Thank you for a fantastic course and a brilliant facilitator Belinda”

Nomangisi Tshabalala
Call Centre Agent
Akzonobel – Dulux
“I am happy with the way Belinda handled the course. She facilitated it a way that everyone could learn and apply“

David Tsotetsi
Call Centre Agent
Akzonobel – Dulux
“ Belinda the facilitator made the course fun, we loved it”

Leslie May
Call Centre Agent
Akzonobel – Dulux



Develop Your Leadership

“ Elmarie Pretorius is truly inspirational and captivating in the way the course is delivered”
Glenn Theron
Rotable Asset Manager
“ The course was very informative. The important messages was brought forward in a very casual and relaxed atmosphere, but it forces you to sit back later to assess yourself and think of the way forward”
Rudy Rademeyer
“ The reason I have chosen the length of the course only as good and not excellent, is because I would spend another 2 days in Elmarie’s training”
Fleet Analyst
“ Great trainer with insightful ideas. Always such a pleasure having another training course with The Mindspa”
Lucy Smith
"I was able to see characteristics of all employees I work with in this course explained by an Excellent Facilitator”
Marisa Taino
HSE & AVSEC Officer

“Course really well presented with great engagement with the whole group, together with the sharing of some real life examples.”
Rory John
Aircraft Reliability Manager
Solenta Aviation
“Excellent presentation. Thoroughly enjoyed it & will certainly improve my skills as a leader. I will one day look back and thank Elmarie again for developing my skills.”
Eckhard van der Wath
Chief Production Officer
Solenta Aviation Workshop
“Excellent course, well presented and executed.”
Werner Prinsloo
Solenta Aviation



Time & Stress Management

“The course was very useful for daily work and to control our daily lives.”
Clint Subramoney
“The training was on point, learned how to plan & organise my work load and how to say NO…”
Angela Rasehlo
“The facilitator was excellent. Gave me useful tips to handle my stress & time. Great advise on anxiety situations too.”
Nivash Rasool
“It was a great interactive session.”
Sheda Yuma

Develop Your Leadership

"I would like to express my gratitude for the recent Leadership Course which you arranged. In my opinion it was a very valuable course, and has definitely improved my skills with regard to management and leadership. The course was well presented, and I was very impressed with the presentation style and knowledge of subject that Elmarie exhibited.”
Drago Vasiljevic
Safety Manager
Solenta Aviation
“Bravo El, bravo. Great course & well facilitated.”
Malcolm Dittberner
Airworthiness Manager
Solenta Aviation


Significant Secretary, Powerful PA

“I loved the course… Michelle was great!!!
She had to adapt the course as we were such a small group. So it was very interactive instead of us listening to her talk and following in the manual. I think that was a much better way of training as I think because we shared ideas, experiences etc.. we learnt more.
It really was a great 2 days”
Alexandra Spiliopoulos
Standard Bank
“I enjoyed it very much and would do it again any day.”

Gratitude Phokanoka
Standard Bank


HIV & AIDS Peer Educator Training feedback

“I had a fantastic time and enjoyed every moment. Thank you for the Inspiration, encouragement and knowledge, truly amazing. I will always treasure it”

Patricia Ellie


“Thank you for everything Charlie, keep up the good work. You made a difference in my life”

Everette Francke


“I enjoyed myself and at the same time I learned a lot, thank you Charlie”

Solomon Kubheka


“There are no words to describe the time we spent as a team and what we have learned, now is the time to take what we have learned and act”

Joseph Mashinini


“I have learned so much and will now know how support those living with HIV and implement what I have learned into the workplace”

Sara Modisadtsile


Presentation Skills - Thomson Reuters

“Was interesting, refreshing, challenging and reached my goals.”
Sonal Nagar
HR Intern
Thomson Reuters

“Words cannot describe how much I have enjoyed being part of this training. Simply excellent as we walk out of this training, not only with presentation skills, but also with valuable life skills.”
Stephanie Simon
Account Manager
Thomson Reuters
“I have gained so much in this session. More than just the presentations skills, but even life lessons.

Bethuel Tlhaole
Technical Account Managers
Thomson Reuters
“Great - adapted to the needs of our group. Learned a lot more that presentation skills. Going the extra mile J
Saleha Sheik
HR Intern
Thomson Reuters


Customer Care

“The trainer is absolutely the most inspirational person I have ever met, she gives you so much confidence and does training with a smile. I loved every second.”

Tarina Dippenaar


“I learned a lot about customer care, how to communicate effectively and sincerely amongst many other things. Our trainer was just incredible, full of life and energy. She allowed us to engage with one another and important activities and very important information.”

Trevor Baardman


“Our trainer was super good in everything she did. I enjoyed the two days.”

Andy Tommy


“Thanks J Enjoyed and learned a lot! Things that I didn’t even think about, count.”

Nadine van der Westhuizen


“ The customer care training met the course objectives. The facilitator Elmarie Pretorius ability to listen and give feedback was excellent. I have learnt to listen better before making assumptions”

Carlyn Wallace
Office Manager
Caxton Magazines


“ The biggest change my colleagues will be able to see after attending the customer care course is to be able to communicate with my clients better”

Thobile Mtshali
Accounts Administrator
Caxton Magazines


“ The biggest lesson I have learnt from the customer care course is to be more focussed and listen more"

Tamlyn Pasqualie
Media Coordinator


Train the Trainer

“The training was effective and I managed to learn new things.”

Kevin Magagane
Production Engineer
Saab Grintek Defence

“She presented the course very well and she was well prepared; I think the lady who provides Excel training should learn/go on this course.”

Comfort Sebola
Production Engineer
Saab Grintek Defence


Time & Stress Management Course

 “Absolutely Awesome”

Gloria Hlabahlaba


Confidence & Assertiveness

 “Very motivational and it helped me to identify key areas where I need to work on, I can apply these skills to my work and personal environment”

Elwin Abrahams

Customer Service Consultant



“Taryn is such a good facilitator, she made everyone feel comfortable. She keeps you interested”

Faith Mashingo

Bank Reconciliation Accountant


Business Etiquette Feedback - ASSUPOL


“Very thankful for the opportunity to learn more”

Puseletso Marothodi

Client Service Consultant



“The Session was perfectly planned, I have learn so much”

Joy Mosime

Call Centre Agent



“The Overall training was good and I leart a lot from the skills that I now can apply in business and in my personal life”

Mo Kodi

Specialist- Financial Risk



“I liked Elmarie’s style of presenting. You had practical examples on everything & loved your sense of humour, thank you”

Juleigha Selomi

Junior Manager- MSSI



“Thank you Elmarie, was spot on”

Elmarie Carstens

Manager- Learning Projects



“The course was wonderful, I have learned a lot about business handling, it was very impressive”

Julius Mogate

Facility Consultant



“The facilitator is very good and the course itself was of purpose, this is a good refresher”

Sedani & Muhlava




“Facilitator was excellent”

Bernadet de Meyer




“Facilitator was cheerful and bubbly, was a pleasure listening to her, she kept my attention”

Nafeesa Mahomed

Specialist Claim Assessor



“The training was an eye opening experience and I believe that it will help enhance my skills”

Keanole Jane

Direct Marketing



“I thought the facilitator was excellent, the training was informative and insightful. The breakdown of topics was very impressive”

Sefenefene Mangena

Forensic Specialist



“Thank you for your time and the knowledge you have imparted to us”

Foyette Matlhahlanhe

Specialist- MSSI



“Very educational and knowledgeable”

Lisbeth Kopa

Specialist- MSSI



“The training has changed my perspective on life and business dramatically, encouraged more positive habits”

Callaghan Joseph

Claims Processor



“The facilitator really grabbed everybody’s attention and managed to keep us focused. Thank you Elmarie, you were amazing”

Trudi Nieuwoudt

GSA Claims Department


 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa Leadership Development Programme

“Even though I do not have reportees, the skills acquired during this course have been useful to apply to out of work situations and have had an immediate effect. This course has been a self-assessment session where I have realised some of my unknown short-comings and will be able to address them in time.”

Tony Fernandes
Contacts Engineer
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

“Extremely informative, brilliant facilitator who is a subject matter expert with a bubbly personality that made us all comfortable. I enjoyed the programme and gained the expertise that will surely benefit me in the business and my personal life.”

Sabashin Naidoo
Senior Planner
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

“Course content and facilitator were excellent. Interaction within the group was also excellent, this in turn made the course totally enjoyable.”

Stephen Francis
Senior QC Inspector
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

“This was is so useful, it can be applied on so many levels.”

Ewald Posthumus
Commercial Project Manager

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

 “The course was interactive, refreshing and practical. Elmarie is an awesome, powerful female role model. I learnt so much; she is a great mentor.”

Ushantha Naidoo
Contracts Manager

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

 “Elmarie is an outstanding trainer with outstanding people skills.”

Jan Pieterse
QC Manager

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

“The course was excellent, it equipped me on leadership at work and in my personal life.”

Nokubonga Mayeskiso
Payroll & Benefits Manager

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

“The course and presentation was awesome, excellent guidance to be excellent coaches.”

Jacobus le Roux
Site Commercial Manager

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa

“Very informative, grooming. A very much needed course at this stage of my life/career. Elmarie is a very good facilitator; she knows her ‘stuff’ and delivers it successfully. Thank you!”

Kelebohile Madi
Material Tracking Specialist

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa



“Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to attend such a phenomenal Workshop with a charismatic, patient and awesome facilitator Elmarie Pretorius”

“I loved the course as it was practical and it really helps a lot in work and home life”

 Melliania Matondo

Cape Town Tourism


“Great Course, Excellent Facilitator”

 Andrew Juries

Training Assistant



“Training is concise and professional. Love the atmosphere created”

Lee Adams

Senior Consultant

Cape Town Tourism


“ This is a very good course and great tips that will help me in the future”

Ravesan Archery

HR Development Administrator


 “ I totally enjoyed the course. Lots of learning took place and almost all of it I can implement. I will definitely recommend and motivate to use your services”

 Joy Joel

Call Centre Manager

KGA Life


“Great Insight, Good Objectives”

Ashley Padayachy

IT Support Manager




"It was fabulous, I have sharpened my Leadership Skills on a personal level and it will enhance my skill in the work environment."

Nomsa Sethosa
Law Society of SA

"Loved the course, I learned a lot and feel very empowered to go and make a difference as a woman in business."

Nkhensane Nthate
HR Manager
Law Society of SA

"I would love to have this course being longer. It was a wonderful experience."

Karien du Plooy
General Manager
Saveway Furnace Monitoring

BRAIN PROFILING SESSION at Danone Southern Africa

"Enjoyed the brain profiling and all the interesting attributes I learnt about myself and my team members."

Kirusha Pillay
Customer Relationship Manager
Danone Southern Africa

"The training was very informative and interesting. Thank you very much for your time and the effort."

Pamela Mabija
Order Management Consultant
Danone Southern Africa

"The session was very insightful and informative. I discovered a lot about myslef and other. I enjoyed the content and loved everything about this."

Aisha Henriks
Cleint Relationship Consultant
Danone Southern Africa

 "From the bottom of heart, I would like to say thank you. This training session has made me realise the importance of understanding all the brain clusters, so that i'm able to think and put myself on the other people's quadrant."

Fatima Mthembu
EDI Consultant
Danone Souther Africa

PROFESSIONAL CALL CENTRE AGENT PROGRAMME (customised for Danone Southern Africa)

"I had fun and at the same time learnt a lot with regard to human behaviour."

Richard Mahlatjie
Credit Controller
Danone Southern Africa

"I really enjoyed the courses. I learned a lot about myself."

Miemie Roodt

 "The facilitator was upbeat, energetic and gave clear explanations of all areas. Material was comprehensive and relevant. Enjoyed the personal touch to the manuals and teaching methods."

Kirusha Pillay
Customer Relationship Manager
Danone Southern Africa

"It was professional and well planned for."

Unathi Moyo
Order Management Consultant
Danone Southern Africa

 "Learnt alot regarding how to deal with stress, and having Taryn-Lee help me when it came to my voice, tone etc."

Tharishni Swaminathan
Order Management Consultant
Danone Southern Africa

 "Taryn-Lee is a great facilitator. She has a great understanding of what she is doing and is very accommodating."

Pamela Mabija
Order Management Consultant
Danone Southern Africa

 "The session was amazing! I loved how insightful it was and the information given was relevant and I don't even know how to describe the experience. It was just amazing!

Aisha Henriks
Cleint Relationship Consultant
Danone Southern Africa

"The training was good. Had me thinking, and to take life in a different way about challenges of customer services.

Fatima Mthembu
EDI Consultant
Danone Souther Africa

"This was very informative and knowledge gained from this training will be for my everyday use."

Sanelisiwe Patience Mncwabe
Customer Relations Consultant
Danone Southern Africa


"Loved it, well done."

Erika Viljoen
Adcock Ingram

"Has a wonderful time, learned quite a lot. Adore the instructor, energy levels always high."

Khahliso Rathakane
HR Intern

"In all honesty, this is the best training I ever attended. It was fun and more effective than the usual boring read through book trainings I attended."

Wisani Bvuma
Health & safety Clerk

"Good trainer, very knowledgable, very active and passionate."

Yvonne Ngoetjana
Group Food Safety Controller

 "Good training, you are the best."

Nevhorwa Azwindini

 "What a fun way to learn, excellent approach"

Devi Govender
Food Safety Contoller

 "The training was a success and it broadened my knowledge on training of staff and how to deal with disruptive individuals during training."

Marcia Sithole
Food Safety

"The training was very informative and I've learned more about being a trainer. It's very important to know whats expected from you and how to present it to people."

Thanitha Malebane

"The course was exciting and the facilitation was fabulous."

Zwalekhe Addid Shabalala
Production Manager

"Acquired more skills on how to train difficult candidates you might come across as your delegates."

Erastus Hlatshwayo
Distibution Controller


"The course was an eye-opener and filled in the gaps where there were potential pitfalls with adhering to correct procedure when undertaking disciplinary processes. Very informative and the interactive nature of the course makes the assimilation of the knowledge that much easier."

Melusi Chamane
Team Leader
Danone SA

"The training really helped me in terms of clarifying the processes and procedures of the disciplinary hearings in more detail."

Koketso Chauke
HR Co-ordinater
Danone SA

"Training was excellent. I really enjoyed it and I gained a lot in terms of disciplinary hearings. I can now differentiate between procedural and substantive fairness. I also know how to handle cases involving misconduct and insubordination."

Paul Boya
Team Leader
Danone SA

CROSS- FUNCTIONAL LEADERSHIP (customised for Adcock Ingram)

“Facilitator is very knowledgeable and easy to understand and communicate to. Very strong and memorable training.”

Katleho Mahapa
Assistant Brand Manager
Adcock Ingram

“THANK YOU! I had a complete mind-shift. Bad habits are adopted throughout your career – but this has helped me to make some changes.”

Rhona Nortje
Brand Manager
Adcock Ingram

“Excellent course. Really a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed the honesty and simplicity of the material. It made me identify some of my own gaps and strengths.”

Esayvani Mandiri
Commercial Marketing Manager
Adcock Ingram

“I personally feel the course was good for the team as we need to view our management styles from the outside in, that in itself will force change particularly to driving a common goal.”

Zenzele Ngema
Channel Manager
Adcock Ingram

“Best part about the course was the practical examples. They were easy to implement in real life.”

Kutlwano Tshetlhane
Brand Manager
Adcock Ingram

“The trainer was experienced around the topics presented and had relevant/on the job examples. The challenges presented to the trainer were answered in a more precise and tactful manner with techniques.”

Lungile Mvuyane
Adcock Ingram

“I enjoyed the session because of looking at my own experiences and habits. It was very insightful because the training is basically on life skills which helps at work and home.”

Tendani Ramovha
Senior Brand Manager
Adcock Ingram

“Training was excellent. It was not just about situations at work but life in general. What I learnt will help me improve the way I do things at work and outside work.”

Thuli Cele
Brand Manager
Adcock Ingram

“I think it was an excellent course which I really enjoyed. It definitely equipped me with insightful practical tools to develop my cross functional leadership skills.”

Delene de Villiers
Brand Manager
Adcock Ingram


"Baie dankie vir jou voorlegging aan my bestuurspan. Dit is altyd lekker om na jou voordragte te luister. Jy stel moeilike dinge altyd in perspektief en jou energie en entoesiasme is baie aansteeklik."

Johan Nel
Chief Executive Officer
Iemas Financial Services

LEADERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE (customised for Iemas Finacial Services)

"I love the interaction and practical application. I love the passion! Thank you!"

Carin Harmse
Sales Manager

"Thank you. You opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. I learnt a lot these 2 days and looking forward to the next course."

Alta Naude

"Keep it up and can't wait for the next season."

Tiyani Mbalati

"This is an excellent course for me in a new management position."

Danie Jordaan
Electronic Sales

"Nice refreshment, Nice to identify with colleagues have same/similar staff issues. Also gaining a different perspective from the trainer in handling certain issues. Well done!"

Shireen Sheik
Team Leaders: Cleint Services Department

"I managed to pick up on tools & skills I was not aware I needed and could use in my work environment."

Irman Gafar
Team Leader

"I enjoyed this training a lot. Most of the things we have discussed does apply to me and are being met. I have however picked up a lot of things/reasons why certain things might be going wrong in my team and will discuss this with my supervisor."

Odette Schnorr
STI Team Leader

"Management Development Programme is a great guideline and eye opener on improving management and leadership within the company." 

Nicolene van Tonder
Team Leader - Credit Control (KZN)

"The facilitator is excellent and gives practical examples. Makes you feel at ease. I have personally gained a lot from this training and cant wait to implement to improve my team."

Phumzile Ntuli
Team Leader: Electonic Sales

"The course was great, I was able to learn my strenghts and weaknesses. Elmarie is excellent at what she does and she is a subject matter expert., she makes the course interesting by engaging us." 

Paules Masemolu
Credit Control Manager

"Vibrant and energising training session. Alwyas engaging. Captivate audience by relaxing theories with life experiences."

"As usual, the training was of an outstanding nature. Tied up theory to practicle examples."

Yatish Patel
Administrator Manager

"Looking forward to more sessions of insight."

Mpho Manana
Business Developement Manager

"The course is informative and made me realise some of my areas in need of improvement."

Muzi Phiri
Senior Internal Auditor

"These sessions are very insightful, both from the facilitator and colleagues because you share and learn a lot. You understand different ways of dealing with situations."

Corporate Communication Manager

"I really enjoyed the training and information that was communicated, was above my expectations. The training equipped me with some useful tools I need, to lead my team."

Pieter Oliphant

"Helped me to understand EQ much better. "Interview Section" will definately help." 

Mark Francis
IT Project Manager

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (customised for Hitachi Power Africa (Pty) Ltd.)

"Great opportunity for self-reflection, thanks a lot. I really enjoyed it!

Christian Wolf
Head of Site Logistics

"I believe the training was excellent, applicable and practical. The way it was applied to real problems faced by the delegates was especially good."

Louis Viljoen
Snr Commissioning Engineer

"Really inspiring course, thank you."

Stanley Langkilde
Systems Project Manager

 "Great course/programme. Would highly recommend to senior management."

Lunga Majija
Snr Project Manager

 "Great 6 days of motivational training. Good team building exercise"

Simon Poyner
Head of Procurement

 "Loved the constructive interaction."

Mano Ram Reddi
Systems Project Manager

"The facilitator was excellent and made it easy for first time attendees like myself. Humbled, and appreciate the opportunity and confidence shown by HPA in selecting me to part in this programme. The programme was very informative and a learning curve for me to improve my leadership skills."

Kwena Mabutla
IR Manager

"The course was fun and enlightening. We enjoyed and we learned alot."

Thulani Masondo
HR Manager

"Great content and presentation, complimented by practical experience of the presenter makes it possible to relate and apply."

Marius Louw
Commercial Project Manager

"This was a very good course and it has re-energised me to do better for the company and myself."

Richard Madala
Systems Project Manager


"The training is relevant and practical. It was successful due to Elmarie. The insight she provided made a difference"

Sindwell Hlongwane
Contruction Project Manager

"Liked the practical approach - relevant to our business."

Johan Marias
Project Manager

"Elmarie was fantastic with her enthusiasm and answers to questions. Thank you for a great course and for specific points pertaining to my issues."

Pat Martin
Senior Expeditor


"Looking forward to the next session if granted."

J.J. Mahlangu
QC Manager


"After having benefited from the positive results of Elmarie Pretorius’ facilitation of a change management intervention in one of our departments that underwent radical changes with great strategic impact on our organization, The Mindspa was contracted to facilitate a leadership development programme in Iemas Financial Services. The 5 modules programme (consisting of 9 contact days over a period of 4 months) was presented to 30 middle managers during 2012, and is to be repeated with another group of nearly 40 middle managers during 2013.

The feedback from the participants was excellent. Apart from having loads of fun and being inspired and motivated by Elmarie, the participants testified how the practical and very honest and self-searching knowledge and insight that was gained, changed their perspective on their own leadership ability and the understanding of their leadership role and  responsibility. Many managers who initially tried to negotiate their way out of the training on the basis of their many years of management experience or previous training courses they attended, came to me afterwards to confirm how valuable they found the training and thanking me for insisting that they be exposed to The Mindspa intervention, as they found inspiration, motivation, and many practical tools and tips which I witnessed them applying in practice.

What I most appreciate about Elmarie is not only the exceptional quality of her work and her reliability, but her energy, positive attitude, initiative, solution-oriented approach, creativity and straight-forward honesty and integrated approach. She does not only facilitate training programmes, but understands our business, our organizational culture and our values and she incorporates all of this in the training interventions. She also gives valuable feedback from her training experiences with our employees to myself and other senior managers, which adds value to our internal strategies and HR approaches.

Elmarie and her team’s work ethic, vast knowledge, resourcefulness, professionalism and natural tendency to go the extra mile makes The Mindspa a very respected and much appreciated service partner to Iemas Management, while our employees absolutely love her company and always enjoy attending her training courses.

Dealing with The Mindspa is a very professional, yet exceptionally fun experience, with lots of added value. I can honestly and sincerely recommend The Mindspa to any prospective client."

Leonie Louw
Group Manager: Human Resources

"The guidance to handle complex situations with other manager/top management, is extremely valuable."

Andre Decloedt
Legal Services Manager

 “The MDP programme is facilitated with a lot of energy and I thought the facilitator has excellent knowledge of the subject.  I specifically found the “people” examples and case studies meaningful.”

Estelle Benadie
Branch Manager
NTK Agrinet

“The MDP programme’s material, content and the facilitator’s presentation was excellent, the course showed me how to improve my leadership skills.”

Janet de Beer
NTK Agrinet

“I enjoyed every aspect of the MDP programme, I think it cannot be improved as it is 100% on target.  I will definitely be using this information."

A.T. Coetzee
NTK Agrinet

“The programme and facilitator was excellent and I specially enjoyed the interaction between the facilitator and attendees on all modules.”

Linda Thorogood
Sales Manager

“This course has helped me to carry out all the learnings from the modules, I did not want the course to end.”

Antionette Baloyi
Sales Manager

“I can only suggest that all managers and team leaders attend this course – excellent facilitator who made me enjoy the training a lot!”

Zenelda Stapelberg
Contact Centre Manager

“I enjoyed the relevant and updated examples or scenarios which made it easier to place the training information into perspective.”

Rachael Naidoo
Operations Manager

“Elmarie Pretorius is an excellent facilitator that lectures with passion.  Management Development Programme students enjoy her in-depth industry knowledge that they can apply in the workplace, as well as everyday situations.  The course content is also of very high standards.  I can recommend any business to send employees on The Mindspa’s courses.”

Esti Olivier
Training Manager


"The facilitator was great and friendly that made the training short and enjoyable. Two days was like 2 minutes with her, she is just great with what she is doing."

Natasha Mabena
Internal Sales Assistant
Vermont Sales

"Course was great. Lots of fun, loved it."

Clinton Els
Internal Sales


"The content of this course is perfect and very informative."

Lineque Edwards

"I must say, I don't have anything to add, the training was amazing."

Khanyisile Happiness Mazinyo


"Very valuable, I learned many new techniques. Thanks to Michelle."

Hermie Visser
Engineering Service Manager
Rotek and Roshcon Engineering (Eskom)

"The practicals performed were good and informative, also added the understanding of the course."

Andrew Mahlalela
Senior Service Engineer

Rotek and Roshcon Engineering(Eskom)

"It was an enriching experience. I need to put gained knowledge into practice." 

Ben Steyn
Engineering Manager
Rotek and Roshcon Engineering(Eskom)

"Will assist me a lot with the training (mentoring/coach role)." 

Derrick Prinsloo
Project Service Manager
Rotek and Roshcon Engineering(Eskom)

"Lecturer is very perceptive and knowledgeable."

J.W. Benecke
Works Service Manager

Rotek and Roshcon Engineering(Eskom)

ADVANCED SELF-MASTERY (customised Sales training for Omnia Fertilizer)

"Everything was of a very high standard."

De Wet vd Berg
Omnia Fertilizer

"Yolandé has a pleasant personality and very knowledgable about this subject. I can recommend Yolandé for sure."

Thinus Rabie
OPS Manager
Omnia Fertilizer

"Baie interessant, het baie geleer. Goeie werk." 

Schalk van Zyl



"I think this course was well presented."

Teboho Seshibe
Compliance Admin Officer
Hot Slots

"It was very stimulating and refreshing. First time, so I will first have to see how the lessons improve my time & stress."

Jairo Mathebula
Hot Slots

"No suggestions, training was perfect."

Thabo Mosala
Hot Slots


“It was excellent, really everything was great and coming from me, that’s is a huge compliment. The content was brilliant. Yolandé van Heerden is a treasure, you must hold on to her!”

Dorothea Keller


"What apects of the course dit I enjoy the most?

  • The way we should act and not react
  • Participation was fun and useful
  • Being able to follow the info in book provided"

Rosa-Lee Fourie
Pinnacle Africa (Pty) Ltd

"All was very helpful"

Gavin Rossouw
Brand/Product Manager

Pinnacle Africa (Pty) Ltd

"Well paced and informative, no need for improvement."

Vaughn Howell
Pinnacle Africa (Pty) Ltd

"Taryn made learning fun! Thank you!"

Prathna Singh
Saab EDS


"Amazing course. Learned a lot, believe follow-up sessions will improve our outlook and Sunbake will definately benefit therefrom."

Martin Meintjies

"The course was helpful in a way that I could also use it not only at work, but in general life. Changed our mindsets, ne positive minded."

Doreen Motshabi
Senior Lab Technician
Foodcorp Milling

"It was refreshing hearing the different ways of dealing with conflicts. Also hearing about different ways to boost one's assertiveness."

Thabang Koetle
Lab TechnicianFoodcorp Milling

"Very good - thank you for giving us positive thougths."

Corne Haasbroek
Foodcorp Milling - Polokwane

"I enjoyed everything about this course - it was fun and easy to understand."

Kris Devan
Law Society of South Africa

"Learned from the course and would really recommend it."

Riaan Davel
Assupol Life

"I believe this is the type of training we need to be exposed to on a regular basis."

Motse Mogatusi
Senior Clerk: Cleint Services Department
Assupol Life

"Werner provided excellent scenarios and answers to our questions. Presented the training in an exceptional way and explained his opinions in detail."

Romano van Rooyen
Assupol Life

"The training that we got will be very useful, especially in our work environment."

Hope Basitere
Assupol Life

"Everything was perfect and there is no need to have any difference or to add."

Refilwe Matlou
Assupol Life

"I have learned to feel good about myself. To say "no" without feeling guilty. Stop and think before taking action."

Maggie Makasane
Assupol Life

"The trainer gave good examples to every point he made and it was great."

Kabelo Nthite

"Clear and to the point! Examples complimented the actual topics. Well presented." 

Charmaine Grunewald
Assupol Life


"Everything was good, I wish to attend another course presented by Werner, I must say he is very good."

Phumzile Dubazane
Training Coordinator
Law Society of South Africa

"Werner is very good/excellent in engagement and answering questions."

Princess Kutenha
Saab EDS

"Overall I am impressed and grateful to have been a part of the course. It was so relevant for my daily events management at work and for the communication that I have with both internal & external stakeholders."

Sadecca Kgaka
Provincial Coordinator
Khula Enterprise Finance: Sawen

"Was impressed. He is not boring. Straight to the point."

Slindile Qwabe
Admin Assistant
Khula Enterprise Finance: Sawen

"All the aspects of the course were interesting and relevant."

Phumzile Kunene
Provincial Coordinator
Khula Enterprise Finance: Sawen

"The course was presented in utmost professional manner, and the interaction was good. I did enjoy  everything equally, because sometimes we think we know everything."

Tsholofelo Moelas
Marketing, Communications and Events Officer
Khula Enterprise Finance: Sawen


"Madelein knows exactly what she is talking about due to her practical experiences combined with her knowledge."

Alfred Kleisen
Debtors Dep. Manager

"Really enjoyed the course; it is valuable for both my personal and professional growth."

Jeane Visser
Technical and Product Development Senior Officer

 "Influenced everybody positively."

Lenette Steenkamp
Marketing Assistant

"Will be a definite avantage in me executing my duties at Nativa."

Leslie Gounden
Regional Sales Manager

 "Enriching! Issues were discussed in depth with lots of examples."

Linda van der Vyver

 "A definate must for any person in management."

Nico Swart
Regional Sales Manager

 "Fantastic presentation, learned a lot."

Nicolette Muller
Quality Assurance Manager

"Madelein is an excellent facilitator - not bored for one second."

Rina de Beer
Debtors Officer

“Very well prepared facilitator, course content very interesting. Learned a lot!”

Amelia du Plessis
PEC Metering

“Well balanced course.”

Pieter Smit
PEC Metering

"Baie dankie vir die persoonlike aandag/hulp/voorstelle en toekomstige bystand. Ek was nie deel van ‘n groep nie, ek was die groep.”

Marlize GrimbeekPortefeulje Bestuurder
PEC Metering

“Very interesting and open. Good participation and discussions. Very exciting and well presented facilitator.”

Bertie van Dyk
PEC Metering

"Madelein se energie en passie is aansteeklik. Haar kennis en ondervinding is goud werd. Ek sal verseker weer van haar gebruik maak vir opleiding.

Dankie Madelein – Jy’s wonderlik! "

Sarita Breytenbach
PEC Metering

"What aspect did I enjoy the most?
Explaining and understanding the concept between managing and leadership."

Bill Harington
Depot Manager
Foodcorp Sunbake

"The aspect I enjoyed the most was the practical examples and experience of the trainer."

Phil Moolman
Packing Manager
Foodcorp Milling

"Understanding of work environment, cultures, management style and effective communication was what I enjoyed the most."

Doreen Motshabi
Senior Lab Technician
Foodcorp Milling

"I think we as managers must have a refresher course on this every six months."

Hendrik Nel
Technical Support Manager
Foodcorp Milling

"It was excellent."

Marieke Koen
Assistant Production Manager
Sunbake RTB

"The aspect I enjoyed the most was the examples of issues we are faced with almost every day - how we would handle it vs. how we should."

Lindie Korb
Finacial Analyst
Foodcorp Milling

"The aspect I enjoyed the most was the informal and relaxed manner the course was presented."

Helena de Wet
Foodcorp Milling

“Please pass on my thanks and compliments to The Mindspa, the training presentation blew us all away. The response from everyone was amazing and they couldn’t stop talking about it. I think it is a very valuable course for all our managers and partners.”

Nicola Bryce

"Very good course content & very insightful."

Divan Fourie

"The overall course had a very relaxed feel and was able to be yourself & voice your opinions.

Tahirah Amra

 "Dis baie lekker om goed te hoor wat jy al vergeet het."

Johnny Erasmus

"Die fasiliteerder was baie goed."

Jaco Coetzer

"Het als geniet en gaan dit gebruik."

A.T. Coetzee

"The course was very interactive and well paced. I aslo really enjoyed the content."

Raymond Aitchison
Project Lead
EOH Microsoft Services

 "Knowledge and experience in business. Also her ability to use real life situations to address issues in our environment." 

Errol Nicholson

 "I don't see the necessity of improving this course, because it is very good and accurate. I have enjoyed this course from start to finish."

John Mnisi
Reginal Sales Manager
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"It was based on actual experience and not text book jargon."

Hans Schwab
Transport Manager
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"Every aspect was informative and beneficial."

Lindie Williams
Admin Manager: Sales
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"No suggestions - excellent. Overall very good!"

Jan Cronjé
Transport Manager
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"No need for improvement as this course is more than satisfying."

Marita Botha
Financial Controller
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"The whole course was very insightful and will help a lot in my work place."

Morné Kotzé
Sales Manager
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"What aspect of the course did I enjoy the most? All of it!"

Peter Matlala
Sales Coordinater
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"I enjoyed the course and wouldn't change anything."

Wayne Delport
Maintenance Manager
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"Enjoyed all of it. The course also helps with dealing with life in general."

Ezekiel Molatedi
Shift Miller / Production
Foodcorp: Sunbake

 "The Leadership course had excellent course content and the workshop was properly presented."

Vee Moodley
Provincial Manager

"Highlighted again the "shortcomings" we have as leaders and how to deal with the issues and our employees." 

Hannes Adlam
Area Manager: Finance
Foodcorp: Sunbake

"Course was excellent, can't think of any improvements."

Rainert Beukes
Group HR Manager
Foodcorp: Sunbake


"The presenter was excellent. He is well rounded, knows the subject matter and has vast general knowledge."

Kagisho Kagisho
National Research Foundation

"Great and heart warming person. Lifted our spirits and understand our people on lower levels."

Letitia Stevens

"I really enjoyed the course, will apply in my life."

Sannah Yende

It was very well and funly presented."

Judy de Plessis

"Keep up the good work Werner."

Dezi Mouton

"I enjoyed the course. Made me more positive and motivated for my work environment."

Cecile Botha

"This man is good at what he does. Really outstanding."

Lana Gabrielson

“Ek wou jou net laat weet het dat dit my baie gehelp het, die fasiliteerder, Werner was baie goed, ons het dit vreeslik baie geniet en ek is van mening dat alle werknemers een keer per jaar so ‘n kursus moet bywoon.”

Debbie Nieuwoudt
Law Society of South Africa

“I found the facilitator’s (Werner) ability to listen and understand and his presentation style made for a relaxed atmosphere in which it was easy to listen”

David Fick
Grintek Ewation

 "Good/Excellent presenter."

Bongani Mdaba

"He was brilliant with great examples."

Dee Mokgethi

"Werner is Excellent at getting the subject across. Thank you for a lovely experience in helping me grow." 

Maryke Steenekamp

 "What did I enjoy the most? Listening to Elmarie, she is really animated and enlivens the material."

Louise Liddell
Software Developer
Grintek Ewation

 “This workshop has been the best of workshops I have ever experienced”

Larry Alaad
Customer Support Engineer
Dimension Data

 “Het verskriklik baie geleer, dit gaan baie help in my werksomgewing”

Melanie Marais

 "Thank you for your passion, energy and enthusiasm and sharing sound business communication and listening skills with us.  The workshop was presented in a professional manner, yet with humor and relevant practical examples throughout the workshop.  

I’m confident that every employee was truly challenged.  We all realize that it is time to throw out the old rulebook and to embrace a new game plan.  Your address has a very powerful message and certainly jolted our personnel into positive action with a greater awareness of attitudes, believe systems, the words we speak and our habits.  

I have personally experienced the inspiration, the creative action to which it leads and the results I expected."

Tinus Oelofse
Managing Director
Optilog (Pty) Ltd

 "A word of thanks for a most inspiring course.

Every course I have been has said the same things over and over; I never walked away and put it into practice. Everyday, since the Communication and listening course, something comes to mind and amazingly I put it into practice."

Jessica Papenfus


"I found the training different and relevant. Surrounding was welcoming, calm and accommodative. Spirit of learning."

Lerato Matabane
Registry Clerk
Department of Home Affairs

"I had a wonderful time and keep up the good work. The place is great." 

Nomsa Mzimba
Department of Home Affairs 

"The trainer is a good listener, patient and flexible." 

Veronica Mashego Magodielo
Registry Clerk
Department of Home Affairs


 "The presentation of the workshop was excellent. All that needed to be covered was covered. It came with a lot of awakening to me as to how we need to be in control, lead, plan and be organised. I am ready to go back to the office and manage my manager."

Boitumelo Molote
HR Goup Assistant

 "The course was very helpful. Taryn is a great facilitator. I enjoyed it."

Elsabe Erasmus
Standard Bank

"Enjoyed the course very much, the facilitator ha wonderful energy."

Angelique Mon
Standard Bank

"The course reinforced why I love my job so much. Made me remember that I can make a difference3 in my directors daily activities & in my companies achievements"

Nurenisha Aziz
Standard Bank

 "Taryn is very creative and have an awesome way of training people."

Natany Gilbert
Standard Bank

"Given us things to work on. Made us think about how we can make changes to be more positive."

Zalnah Greyling
Standard Bank

"I really enjoyed the training so please do not change anything you are doing or stop what you are doing."

Avriline Moonsamy
Standard Bank

"Really enjoyed the course. You were so friendly, easy to understand and helpful. I learned a lot from you.  Please email me the other courses that you offer as I would like to motivate that you train us again."

Taryn Edwards
Standard Bank

"Enjoyed the 2 day training. Helped me to be more positive and adapt to change in moving to Rosebank. How to be more assertive."

Claire Pillay
Standard Bank

"I really enjoyed the training."

Lee-Ann Pienaar
Standard Bank

"Excellent informative 2 day PA training."

Dinah Hookiah
Standard Bank

"Hiermee wil ek graag my dank uitspreek vir die bovermelde kursus wat ek by die WNNR bygewoon het wat Me. Madelein Wood aangebied het.

Ek het nog NOOIT in my hele lewe so 'n kursus bygewoon waar ek die heeltyd gevoel het dat ek deel het aan hierdie kursus.  Selfs die manier waarop sy dit aangebied het, het ALLE vorige kursusse wat ek ooit bygewoon het, oortref!

Ek hoop julle behandel hierdie vrou soos 'n "Prinses", want sy is een!  Julle gaan moet ver soek om nog so 'n persoon in julle midde te kan hê, want sy is 'n juweelstuk uit een stuk!

Mag sy dit nog ver bring met dit wat sy tans doen en ek wens haar alle sterkte en my beste wense vir die toekoms!"

Ms. Linette M. White
Personal Assistant to CEO of SAIP (Mr Brian Masara)
South African Institute of Physics 

"It is a very informative course and the skills learnt will improve your work-life. The entire course was excellent in layout and presentation."

Christelle Taylor
Group Secretary

"I enjoyed everything and every moment of it."

Robin van Rensburg
MBS Transport

 "I loved everything."

Maxine Ballakistan
MBS Transport

 "Everyting was perfect, it is going to help me in the future."

Carina Putter
I-Com Services

"Love the trainer! Keep her. You won't lose clientele."

Averil Govender
HR Executive Secretary


"Informative and entertaining!"

Lavania Pather
Junior Bookkeeper

"Really enjoyed, very interactive."

Colleen Henry

 "The course was great. I learned a lot and understand more about my company and would love to continue learning."

Esther Nyanbiyo


"Thank you for a great and mind refreshing training! I really learned some great lessons and are looking forward to attending more of your training."

Sandile Masina
Ernst & Young


“I thought the facilitator had the excellent ability to listen and understand, answer my questions and I and I specially enjoyed the practical exercises”

Sbongile Mondita
FAIS Ombud

 “All my expectations were met and I will recommend this course to all the PA’s in our company”

Hestie Teessen
Executive PA
FAIS Ombud


“Good humor. Excellent teambuilding. Elmarie is full of energy!!!”

Ilunke Burger
Saab EDS

“Elmarie has got great experience in the working life and give great examples that are applicable in our everyday life and hassles. That’s more rewarding than notes can give. I will remember this 5 years from now.”

Yolandi Willemse
Production Engineer
Saab EDS

“Absolutely stunning.”

Bianca Breytenbach
Quality Administrator
Saab EDS

“I think this course is very applicable & interesting.  What I enjoyed the most was the active participation and the practical examples. The role play also makes it easy to understand.”

Morien Nel
Saab EDS

"It was fantastic, she is an excellent speaker and the session was very informative.

Hetitia Fouche
Divisional Secretary
Powertech IST

 "Thank you for the opportunity to have something like that. It was very informative and fun. And we understand age differences and cultures better.”

Salome Filmater
Procurement Manager
Powertech IST

"As you can see, the feedback was extremely positive and we would be delighted to have you back for similar presentations.”

Denelle Marais
Public Relations
Powertech IST


"I enjoyed the course immensely. It exceeded my expectation and I believe all employees at a managerial level would benifit. It both inspired and energised me. (last sentence written in child mode :) )

Jeanine Williams
Group Brand Manager
Baking Devision

 "Elmarie is a knowledgable presenter. She is amazing, my expectations were met."

Kwena Matlala
Senior Administrator

"The training was well presented and educational, especially in our work environment."

Nolufefe Mbolambi

"The course with real life examples made it really excellent. Issues, without knowing, was addressed."

Audrey Cloete
Business Unit Admin Manager

"The training over exceeded my expectations and the facilitator showed so much knowledge on the subject matter."

Ploani Sokombela

"The lesson was very good and I gained a lot of experience in leadership. I will ver very happy if this lesson can be tought to all the leaders in our company."

Bongani Magagula
(Pty) Ltd.

 "The training was very good. I hope everyone at Easigas can also have this training."

Buyiswa Micoe
PE Facilty DAJ
(Pty) Ltd.

 "Great course, good tools to apply at work and at home. Will assist me in managing conflict and assessing situations."

Karishma Singh
Management Accountant
Easigas (Pty) Ltd.

 "Michelle has been so amazing in this presentation. She exceeded our expectations in passing knowledge to empower our skills in day to day changes and challenges."

Joseph Nyambe
Bedford Gardens
Easigas (Pty) Ltd.

"The course was very insightful, easy to follow and kept me thinking and wanting to make a change (lifelong), both in my personal and work life."


"This coiurse exeeded my expectations. Probably the most valuable course I have attended."

Aeysha Jakoet

"Great course, well presented. Will have great effects in my personal and prefessional life."

John Hatting

"Thank you for such useful skills, the course was a great learning experience."

Thembisile Mahlangu
Masters Student

"This course has opened my eyes in my behavioural characteristics and how I can improve my interaction with others and face situations rather than avoid and think all will fix itself."

Busiswe Twala
PHD Student

"Loved every minute of it."

Phindi Mwelase
Customer Service Rep
Timken SA

 "Enjoyed the interaction with Taryn-Lee."

Heidi Mazirel
Customer Care Rep
Timken SA

 "What aspects of the course did I enjoy the most? The facilitators drive and personality."

Chantel Erasmus
Business Analyst
Timken SA

 "I would like to say thank you very much for everything. That was more mind opening by far from all of the training I had from my previous employers. You have given me tools for life to apply professionally and mostly personally. For the 1st time in my life, last night I was able to have a discussion with my wife in an adult mode and it works like a charm. Things that bothered me for years I was able to lay them down without sparking any conflict. And my 4 year old monster couldn’t get away with anything last night and I intend to keep it that way.

Thank you very much, you’re a star."

Solly Mangue
Reservation House


“Thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge with our members. The feedback has been overwhelming positive.

You are full of life’s energy and your bubbly personality enthralls the audience, many people indicated that they could have easily sat through another hour of your presentation.

Your passion and dedication for the subject matter radiates from your soul.”

Bridget MacDonald
Society of Cosmetic Chemists South Africa


"Dear Elmarie, the following are comments (unaltered) given by the delegates on the evaluation forms, in terms of your presentation":

  • Interesting Topic
  • A nice hands-on presentation
  • I’ve enjoyed the presentation “Big Time”, very motivating – Well done!
  • It was an eye opener, very motivating. She’s confident
  • That was a good motivational speech whereby one learned not to feel sympathy for other (unaltered!)
  • The speaker is very excellent, she knows the subject well. I think she should also be invited in future for other topics
  • Excellent, truly motivating

Ria Loubser
Vice Executive President & Conference Organiser

"Ek wil net graag my waardering en dank uitspreek vir die insiggewende kursus wat jy aangebied het vir ons in Delmas hierdie week. Ek het dit baie waardevol gevind, en glo dat almal wat dit saam met my bygewoon het voel dieselfde.

Groot groete!"

Jan Coetzer
Pannar Seed (Pty) Ltd

"I hope all the course facilitators are like Elmarie Pretorius.  She is the best presenter ever!"

Maureen Narib
De Beers Marine Namibia

“Elmarie is a great, positive and inspirational person.  Thank you, you were here at the right time, saying the right things”.

Irma Myburgh
NWU Vaal Campus

“A fruitful course indeed particularly for eager and young people like us.  I am going to implement everything I have learned as soon as I get to the office”

Lebo Maekela
NWU Vaal Campus

“Elmarie is such a great presenter, her knowledge and willingness to share has made this course worthwhile.”

Pranitha Reddy


"It has been a few days now since we had our teambuilding workshop; obviously giving us some time to digest our experiences of last Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday we had our regular Mechanical Team meeting where we all had a chance to briefly reflect on our experiences from the workshop. The comments were all overwhelmingly positive, more so than any other team exercise that I’ve experienced so far with this bunch.

If we try hard enough, sometimes we will get lucky, and this is such a case of bringing all this together; me, you, the team, the venue… You have mentioned a few times, “thank you for trusting me…” but there must have been a trust the other way as well.

You blindly accepted the challenge to face this team in a foreign environment…woman alone. In my book, that’s courageous."

Paul Dornbrack
Sasol Technology Fuels Research

 "The teambuilding session you facilitated at Optilog was a great success.  I believe there was a message/ lesson for each of us."

Amanda Burger
Training Manager

“Elmarie has been excellent .  She has a lot of experience and has given me context on the questions I had regarding leadership and management.”

Michael Kloeck
Head: Africa Expansion FNB

"It was an absolute pleasure receiving training from Elmarie, it gave me great insight into effective communication tools and handling difficult conversations."

Mbali Myeni
Sales Coordinator
Optron Geomatrix

"This was a very, very interesting, informative and useful course.  We can all benefit from it – highly recommended”

T. Wehrle
Sales Administrator
Optron Geomatrix

"Merging two small enterprises into one business while increasing the services and products business offer at the same time, leads to bewildered reactions from management and staffers. Gone is the stable environment where everyone knew exactly what, where, when and how to make their unique contribution to mutual success.

 Optilog turned to the Mindspa Institute at just this stage, and just in time!

 Elmarie workshopped management and staff through a difficult session to rid people of preoccupations with the old ways, while establishing sound guidelines for interpersonal as well as  business communication and conduct. Practical workplace examples and fielding of questions from the floor promoted understanding and acceptance of the value of the day long session.

By adding a basic overview of the change management process, an almost tangible mood of supportive behaviour  and renewed commitment became evident at the social gathering held to conclude the day. 

The success of the event can be judged by the numerous requests for a follow up session, and the many new inputs from all concerned to meet our profit targets!"

Johan Slabbert
Chairman of the Board

"I wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for the excellent management workshop that you facilitated for our executive team.  I think it was 100% on target and that we all have a better focus."

Perie Franken
Operational Manager
ProjectLink Consulting (Pty) Ltd

"Elmarie, WELL done on the excellent feedback I received.  You were a winner in the training intervention – exactly what I suspected.  Thank you for continuing to make a difference to our colleagues’ lives."

Wilma van Heerden
HRD Specialist Sasol
Learning and Development Centre

"I have never been to a course that was presented like this. Elmarie had the whole group involved for the two days. There was so much interaction and not just the ususal reading from a manual or looking at a presentation.  Even shy people participated.  The examples and “games” was well chosen.  I will recommend her to everyone and so many people that I am going to tell about this course.

Well done to the person who chose her to train for Sasol."

Lorna van Schalkwyk
Work Management
Practitioner Sasol SA

"The presentation was excellent and Elmarie displayed thorough knowledge of the subject."

Meshack Teffo
Senior Manager

"Elmarie, this is just to say "Thank you"   I really learned so much and already start to practice some of the many things we have learned last week.  Your presentation style is so comfortable and relaxing. One feel so important and you make me feel that I am not the only one with this "simple" problem. Your feedback made me realise that we are so different and all issues can be resolved."

Cristal Muisoor
Executive Secretary
Namibia Water Corporation

"Relevant content and an exciting workshop which should be spread to all."

Elliot Makuzo
Provincial Manager

"We all need to be reminded of the things we know, but often forget to implement in our daily busy schedule.  This course is so valuable, it should be run over or 3 or even 4 days."

Andre van Schalkwyk
Provincial Manager

"Everything I have learnt in these two days have been very helpful and very informative.  It has been an excellent course."

Ntombi Mathabela
Flight Crew Training Co-ordinator

"Elmarie, thank you for a great and wonderful presentation. Your presentation made a great impression on my colleagues and I received excellent feedback. Lake International is proud of our association and are happy to recommend your services to any organisation."

Ilse Channer
Lake International Technologies

"The session on the 1st, although opportunistic on my behalf, was very refreshing. I was a visitor to Lake for two days and I appreciate management including me in your presentation.

I have completed a host of similar sessions over the years but must admit that your style and content fits exceptionally well with your business name. I find that Australian businesses (in general) pay lip service to and generally lack the fundamentals when it comes to delivering tangible results on people management. I found your content was stimulating and relevant with something there for all participants. And needless to say it was very well delivered."

Neil Mulcahy
General Manager
Seed Solutions (Australia)

"Elmarie Pretorius was a very good facilitator and made the two days interesting and fun."

Shamina Dhoda
Nedbank Limited

"She knows what she is talking about, I am now looking forward to improving myself in many ways."

Bongie Mathema
Thrive Learning Facilitation

"It was a great experience."

Helga Lombard
Nedbank Limited

"I have known Elmarie Pretorius since 1987 in a business capacity. She has always impressed me with her exceptional competence, professionalism and thorough business practice.  However, over and above this, she has an effervescently positive approach to an integrated life that delivers in all areas.

I have no doubt that Elmarie will contribute significantly to the lives of those she is given the opportunity to influence through business, presentations, or training engagements.  She inspires hope and joy based on sound business insights and professionalism."

Dr Mark Manley
International Leadership and Strategy Consultant

"I wish to share the following experiences with the reader of this letter in light of my personal as well as our company’s dealings with Mrs. Elmarie Pretorius.

First and foremost, I will start with the end in mind stating that I would recommend her services to any company. Why? She’s not your typical outsourced consultant. She has a good understanding of how to manage business risk, knowledge of where to place key people and to implement processes to protect the business. She has extensive experience and knowledge when it comes to strategy development as well as the implementation of the strategy to the point of realising the strategic objectives. In addition to this, her intentions are true and not empty sales talk.

Based on the fact that she has personal experience as an executive leader, this in-depth understanding of the business dynamics including the vital role of human capital development, enables her to formulate influence strategies i.e. drive exceptional levels of motivation. She communicates with impact and in a compelling manner to both individual and group situations, easily adjusting language to capture and keep the attention of the audience. She uses open-ended question style presentations to explore and clarify operational and strategic information, checks for understanding and uses appropriate techniques to move others to action or to gain agreement. She has a great ability to summarise outcomes of discussions and to establish the next step, if needed. She is comfortable with herself, establishing trust easily with an individual or team. Once this trust is solid, motivation becomes natural from within the team.

I would personally recommend any business to make use the skills of Elmarie Pretorius."

Jacques Breytenbach
Primedia Publishing

"We had the pleasure of having Elmarie for a full day workshop to enlighten and assist our female staff members with the pressures of everyday life, work stresses and basic coping skills.  The course material was relevant to all levels of employees, informative, entertaining and simple enough to have a strong impact. The ladies were encouraged to join in with discussions and even our most introverted staff members ended up laughing, sharing and learning.  All my staff commented that they felt liberated, uplifted and energized.

This is made all the more meaningful by having the workshop presented by Elmarie herself.  She has tremendous life and work experience but she also lives her life as she teaches it and this radiates from within her and inspires all those around her to want to do the same."

Colleen Henry
Spectrum Visual Networks - Primedia Group

"It was fantastic, she is an excellent speaker and the session was very informative, we all felt special after that and the gifts was a nice touch and surprise. From my side I wish to thank you and Management for arranging this event."

Francis Fisher
Sales & Marketing Assistant