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  • Warrington Youth Club presenter training

    I wanted to write to thank you both for an excellent training course, I was keen to speak to all of the staff who were on the course before contacting you, every single one of them was particularly complimentary of the course structure and delivery. Rob who delivers a lot of training to both young people and adults was completely taken with the way in which you both read the group and responded to the mood and adapted the course to meet the needs throughout the day.

    Some of the quotes from staff were: “I wasn’t really looking forward to confidence building and thought it was going to be a load of presentations and talking, but I really enjoyed it and got to know everyone much better” “It was one of the best training courses I have ever been on, although at the beginning I wasn’t sure where it was going, looking back I have probably learned more than I realised” “ because we do so much training and assemblies as part of our jobs, I didn’t think that we would learn anything, however I think that we can really improve the way we communicate the information by using more stories than sticking to the script or always following the PowerPoint.” There isn’t much more that I can add other than to say a MASSIVE thank you!!

    Dave McNicholl Warrington Youth Club 
  • Geoff and his team delivered a fantastic day from start to finish for our Graduate Networking Event. The main aim of the day was to give all our group graduates (88 who don’t see each other as a group very often) the opportunity to network with each other, work together as a team and to network with a number of key senior managers from across our business. We wanted to deliver something different than just presentations and your standard team building exercises. Geoff and his team certainly did that!

    Andrea Business Development Manager - Capita Talent Partnerships 
  • Sentinel's annual staff conference day was a resounding success. Here's what our employees said: * the best staff conference yet! * an excellent day * made me feel proud * fantastic activities! As one of the organisers I say: The Challenge Factor won our business because: 1. The central activity while fun in itself was a vehicle for an important message which staff 'got'. 2. They managed everything so well, to time and to budget. 3. Good ideas! The 'voice of God' for one - done brilliantly! 4. Abbie and Liz are reliable, professional and knowledgeable and their input on AV was great. 5. Good partners from inception to finish.

    Cathryn Gee HR Manager, Sentinel Housing Association 
  • Just a quick thank you for providing such an impressive and professional day for us yesterday. The feedback from all parties involved has been fantastic.

    Kevin Gee Capita  
  • It doesn’t matter if that audience is just 5 people or a large crowd of 5,000 people Geoff will give your presenters the skills, knowledge, tips and ultimately the confidence to present with style and swagger.

    Wayne Melia Spectra Safety 
  • I have never been kept so interested, challenged so much, put out of my comfort zone more, and learnt so much as I did in Geoff’s training session. It was truly excellent.

    Geoff led a presentation skills training session for myself and my colleagues. Over many years in management positions, having attended several presentation skills courses, I have never been kept so interested, challenged so much, put out of my comfort zone more, and learnt so much as I did in Geoff’s training session. It was truly excellent. I use the skills and knowledge I developed on the course on an at least weekly basis, to present myself and my company more effectively and win business as a result of it. I would recommend Geoff’s training sessions without hesitation.

    Rachel Flanagan Flanagan Shaw Recruitment 
  • A comment about one of our training days

    Thank you for a wonderful day. Relaxed, non threatening, informative and most of all fun. It was also wonderful to watch the whole group of people improve too. I feel more confident and would recommend your special magical training to everyone. Is there more?

    Suzette Pulman
  • We need to shout about the amazing promotional video that Geoff and everyone at the Challenge Factor have filmed for Warrington Youth Club. Chloe was nervous beforehand, however Geoff and the team really put her at ease and you can see the results in the video. A small outlay for a fantastic marketing tool!

    Dave Warrington Youth Club Manager 
  • The warmth and support given by Geoff Kershaw and the team at The Challenge Factor was courteous, honest, dependable and greatly appreciated by the charity’s team members. I can confidently recommend The Challenge Factor as a solid and reliable supplier, and experts in their field.

    As a Corporate Charity Fundraiser and Business Development Manager I worked with The Challenge Factor over a period of seven years, whilst staging a Black Tie corporate evening. During the preparation for the event, the evening itself and the post event activity they provided me and the charity Events Team with excellent support in the all areas. Their expertise was a major factor in the events success, helping it to become one of the most successful fundraisers for the charity. They were able to provide guidance with the format of the event supported by their technical knowledge and IT/AV skill and capabilities all delivered with a very professional approach. The warmth and support given by Geoff Kershaw and the team at The Challenge Factor was courteous, honest, dependable and greatly appreciated by the charity’s team members. I can confidently recommend The Challenge Factor as a solid and reliable supplier, and experts in their field.

    Annmarie Corporate Fundraising Manager 
  • Geoff is a master in his craft – a consummate professional. His creativity and innovative approaches in the planning stages, and his remarkable flexibility and ability to seamlessly adjust to new priorities, requirements or time-frames at time of delivery, are attributes that have enabled him to deliver even the most complex of events.

    I have had the privilege of engaging, as well as partnering with, Geoff on many events during the last decade. He has an outstanding ability to build rapport and connect with leaders and audiences, and his extraordinary organisational skills and attention to detail have repeatedly delivered hugely successful events and activities. Geoff’s great creativity and innovative approaches in the planning stages, and his remarkable flexibility and ability to seamlessly adjust to new priorities, requirements or time-frames at time of delivery, are attributes that have enabled him to deliver even the most complex of events. I will always recommend Geoff to anyone who is considering or planning an event of any nature.

    John Change Management Vice President 
  • I have worked with Geoff on more than one occasion. The first time was as an employee with one of my previous employers and The Challenge Factor experience was amazing. I have used Geoff since setting up my own business Fraser Wealth Management and even though we are a small company I was amazed at the level of professionalism and enthusiasm that Geoff and his team demonstrated for our event. I could not recommend Geoff and his team at the Challenge Factor highly enough.

    Kevin Fraser Wealth Management 
  • I've worked with Geoff on several large scale communications events. I particularly like the way he works hard to understand a brief and interpret it in a creative way that is going to engage the audience, whoever they may be.

    Sheryn Marketing Consultant 
  • Geoff and his team at the Challenge Factor exude confidence, ease and professionalism which transfers to their client.

    Louise Acting Coach 
  • Working with Geoff on conferences, events, exhibitions, DVD production and communications projects is always a joy. His enthusiasm is infectious and Geoff's easy manner is accompanied by a depth of specialist knowledge that ensures success on each and every brief. I'd not hesitate to recommend Geoff and his team at The Challenge Factor - anyone requiring events management or conferencing expertise should get in touch, they are the business!

    Clare Ten Stories High MD 
  • In this increasingly digital dependant world face-2-face marketing is still an important tool and the use of dynamic presenters that they provide for live events makes the participants experience more impacting whatever the audience size.

    Working with Geoff and his team at The Challenge Factor has been a great experience. In this increasingly digital dependant world face-2-face marketing is still an important tool and the use of dynamic presenters that they provide for live events makes the participants experience more impacting whatever the audience size. Geoff's cheerful "can do" "will do" approach has made him a valuable part of our events team delivering memorable events for Medex-Media in the healthcare industry.

    Sue Medex-Media Manager 
  • The [Challenge Factor] team literally challenges us to break outside the bubble and over the last 3 years we have moved from scripts at lecterns, to using auto-cue, to having presenters for an entire day presenting without notes.

    We have been holding conferences for many years. Every year we have got bigger and we set ourselves the goal of wanting to ring the changes and to make each and every one innovative and different. Our last conference was 3 in 1, all on one day for over 600 people. The Challenge Factor and Geoff in particular have grown to know us well. The team literally challenges us to break outside the bubble and over the last 3 years we have moved from scripts at lecterns, to using auto-cue, to having presenters for an entire day presenting without notes. The training and coaching is given to everyone and the feeling of achievement after going on this journey is a fantastic feeling for all concerned. The quality of the speakers has improved tenfold in the last couple of years. The messages given with the help of Geoff and his team are succinct and above all memorable. The effect is a very professional production from start to finish. When you add in the videos, the links and the innovative ideas, you have something to be proud of. He gives you all of this from inception to the performance on the day.

    Leigh NFU Mutual Manager 
  • Geoff and The Challenge Factor offer an excellent service for any company looking for a highly professional, motivational and innovative event or conference that can incorporate staff and customers. I have used Geoff and his superb team for a number of the companies that I have been part of and on every occasion I have been delighted with the results.

    Lee NLM Associates Ltd Director 
  • Over the past few years I have organised a number of internal company briefing days. I engaged Geoff as facilitator for these days. His planning and execution was excellent and as a result these days were a great success and well received by all who attended. I'd would happy engage Geoff again.

    David Capita IT Services Director 
  • For a number of years I have worked with Geoff and the Challenge Factor team at careers events for young people. It is always an enjoyable experience - Geoff and the team are professional, maintain a high level of enthusiasm throughout the event and are great fun to work with. They have come up with a concept which is the talk of the event and we have been delighted with the results.

    Gill Kaplan Financial Head of Apprenticeships 
  • Geoff and the team at Challenge Factor bring experience, creativity and passion to the briefs they work on. But the magic ingredient for me is that they work so hard to understand your business, so that by the time you are into delivery they know every nuance of how success is defined for you. And apart from that, they are lovely people to work with, which makes doing a high pressure piece of work also a pleasure!

    Helen Communications Manager 
  • Geoff and the team are professional, maintain a high level of enthusiasm throughout the event and always bring new and innovative approaches to team building and work ethics exercises and break-out session.

    I have taken part in the work Geoff and The Challenge Factor team bring to our business conference events on behalf of the companies, Exel and DHL. It is always an enjoyable experience - Geoff and the team are professional, maintain a high level of enthusiasm throughout the event and always bring new and innovative approaches to team building and work ethics exercises and break-out session. Most importantly, the events are always great fun to take part in. They have come up with a concept which always supports the event themes and strategy and I personally have always been delighted to be a part of the event. I would always be happy to recommend Geoff and his Challenge Factor team to anyone in their business or private life. Keep up the good work guys!

    Mike DHL Supply Chain Senior Vice President 
  • Having worked with Geoff on 3 national events I would recommend him without question, everytime we have worked together the events have been taken to a different level with his support and creativity.

    As a speaker he personally provided me with the confidence and belief to deliver my messages with passion.

    Nick NFU Mutual Manager 
  • I have been fortunate to have attended 3 conferences organized by Geoff and The Challenge Factor, all consumately professional, extremely creative and a lot of fun. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the team to any company looking to run a conference with a 'difference'.

    Dan DHL Supply Chain Employee 
  • Having worked with Geoff over the last few years has been a pleasure. The whole team at The Challenge Factor have gone out of their way to assist us in making our event a success year on year.

    I put complete faith in both Geoff Kershaw and Liz Atkinson to deliver a spectacular setting and to ensure an event is properly managed throughout. We really couldn't make our event what it is without their support and expertise.

    Zalena Freeth Cartwright LLP Employee 
  • Geoff provided a presentation skills training day and created a relaxed, comfortable environment where everyone joined in the activities and clearly had a lot of fun at the same time.

    The way the day was setup with the various activities building up to a final presentation which incorporated the techniques we learned through the day was excellent. Alongside this he was also forthcoming with constructive feedback to help you understand how to improve your skills in this area, all in all a highly recommended and worthwhile experience.

    Paul Capita CRB Employee 
  • I really enjoyed the day, it went very quickly but the topics were covered at a good pace. I think the first exercise (in pairs we told stories and recalled them) got us into presenting and took the ‘fear factor’ away without even realising it.

    Capita CRB Employee 
  • Geoff supported and helped us with the development of the initial concept to an idea that could actually work. The Challenge Factor then designed, helped script, filmed and produced a DVD of the highest quality.

    Have used The Challenge Factor for several years for National and regional conference delivery. This year we also engaged Geoff in the concept of an alternative way to deliver a message, through a DVD. Geoff supported and helped us with the development of the initial concept to an idea that could actually work. The Challenge Factor then designed, helped script, filmed and produced a DVD of the highest quality. While we had some fun with this it was a crucial message we needed to deliver and Geoff never lost sight of this. The final DVD production was to a very high standard that was appropriate for the business needs and the outcomes we wanted. We got the message across with the help of this innovative and entertaining DVD.

    Paul NFU Mutual Manager 
  • Messenger is a brilliant tool, seamlessly delivering improved communication and understanding throughout conferences and events. Plus, it provides an opportunity for everyone to put their views across no matter how large or intimidating the group.

    Geoff Kershaw Managing Director, The Challenge Factor 

You Say…

  • I wanted to write to thank you both for an excellent training course, I was keen to speak to all of the staff who were on the course before contacting you, every single one of them was particularly complimentary of the course structure and delivery. Rob who delivers a lot of training to both young people and adults was completely taken with the way in which you both read the group and responded to the mood and adapted the course to meet the needs throughout the day.

    Dave McNicholl Warrington Youth Club 
  • Geoff and his team delivered a fantastic day from start to finish for our Graduate Networking Event. The main aim of the day was to give all our group graduates (88 who don’t see each other as a group very often) the opportunity to network with each other, work together as a team and to network with a number of key senior managers from across our business. We wanted to deliver something different than just presentations and your standard team building exercises. Geoff and his team certainly did that!

    Andrea Business Development Manager - Capita Talent Partnerships 
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