I am proud of the relationships I have built with clients over the years. Please take a moment to read for yourself about some the experiences client have shared. I have grouped these testimonials into categories, simply click a category name to reveal the testimonials.
Engaging and really gets you thinking
Dennis Yarrington Australian Primary Principal Association National PresidentAll delegates were enthused and re-energised
Andrew Pierpoint National President - Australian Secondary Principals’ AssociationSteve Francis’s session was engaging, challenging and inspiring. An outstanding presenter!
Art Costa International Guru on Thinking and Author of “16 Habits of Mind”Conference evaluation sheets rate Steve Francis as a highly effective, outstanding presenter!
Norm Hart National President - Australian Primary Principals’ AssociationSteve Francis' engaging energy, clarity of expression and charming sincerity makes him an excellent speaker.
Judith Anne Seery Chair – Aust Primary Principals Assn Conference Gold CoastSteve is straightforward in his approach, and provided a number of very pragmatic tools to assist our leaders with communication and teamwork in a changing environment. Steve has the ability to generate a positive attitude while delivering strong messages, his delivery style is high-energy, engaging and very well received.
Robert Such Group Plant Manager, Downer EDI MiningAll delegates left our Conference enthused and re-energised after listening to and participating with Steve in his presentations. Steve’s energy filled style is infectious as he delivered real life, meaningful issues and challenged delegates to action.
Andrew Pierpoint Chair – QSPA ConferenceSteve Francis is a dynamic and engaging presenter with an important message for all those involved in the education industry. Extremely well received!
David Keating OAM President, ACHPER QLDSteve was fantastic. He proved to be a dynamic, informative and positive speaker who led us on a journey that explored working in teams in our school setting and identifying personal goals. Steve had a commanding presence and delivered his motivational talk with humour and passion. His own experience in schools made his delivery all the more credible.
Ann Suthers Senior Support Teacher Literacy and Numeracy, Ed QldSteve always hits the mark in terms of his enthusiasm and relevance to what his audience needs. He values the hard work of schools and at our last conference he was extremely well received with teachers appreciating the positive messages he conveys.
Brian Marsden Teachers’ Conference OrganiserSteve Francis presented “Learning Cultures” at the Australasian Sales & Leadership Convention for our group of 580 real estate agency leaders, salespeople and support people. We chose Steve because we believe that a learning culture is essential in any dynamic company that wishes to stay ahead of its competitors. The audience was totally engaged – a sure sign is the amount of notes they took. The presentation was witty and to the point and Steve himself was the consummate professional. His presentation was perfectly tailored for our event and I knew that we were not given some ‘canned’ one-size-fits-all presentation.Thanks Steve, I have no doubt that our people will learn, and therefore EARN, more thanks to your teachings.
Gary Pittard CEO Pittard Training Group, SydneySteve’s presentation at our conference was super! Very audience engaging, relevant and entertaining … a must have speaker - motivational and inspiring. Love your work Steve!
Minnie Trieu Inter-agency Accounting Group Vice-PresidentSteve was a great way to wrap up a conference. He challenged the audience to think about their lives but managed to keep the session light and very entertaining. Delegates went away refreshed, motivated and inspired – just the way every conference organiser wants to end a conference! Hope to work with you again down the track.
Peta Irvine CEO Local Government Managers Association LGMASteve was a real hit and one of the highlights of our Conference. As our group was mainly school administration staff, his session about ‘Gr8 people make Gr8 Teams’ was both entertaining and enlightening, incorporating just the right mix of humour and knowledge. This meant that he was able to get his message across to the entire audience. It was obvious that Steve had done a lot of preparation and I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a GR8 speaker. I had many delegates comment to me on the quality of Steve’s presentation and that they could have easily listened to a lot more of what Steve had to say. I would recommend Steve to anyone looking for a very professional and knowledgeable presenter.
Carole Williamson Independent Schools QldSteve is a very enthusiastic, positive person, whose friendly and approachable personality allows him to instantly build a rapport with delegates. Steve’s presentation was very informative, thought provoking and entertaining. Feedback from our delegates on his session was fantastic, good topic - well presented, fantastic speaker, uplifting, excellent and very motivating. I would have no hesitation in recommending Steve as a speaker for any organisation and feel confident we will utilize his skills again in the future.
Leonie Johnston Tasmanian School Administrators Association
Engaging, thought provoking and practical strategies
Liz Foster Principal – MacGregor State High School
I just wanted to reinforce my/our gratitude for the meaningful & thoughtful way you worked with our staff team today. Steve, you did the most sensational job of listening to & then leading our staff team on an accessible, reflective & meaningful, journey of identifying priorities for our organisational vision & values, giving us opportunities to explore & acknowledge our purpose & strengths, providing us with opportunities to celebrate, share our stories & laugh together & identify strategies for how each of us can take responsibility for increasing our work/life satisfaction. It was refreshing to find a presenter who could adjust his presentation to align with our current organisational needs & respond to our brief. Thank you for offering a framework from which we can seek to strengthen our teamwork, explore our 'white elephants' & create even greater opportunities for our students & our team. The timing of your visit & work with our Nepean Staff Team was perfect...THANK YOU!
A fantastic professional learning day! We engaged Steve as our full day workshop host for our Lakeside Learning Community Staff Development Day. It was an outstanding day for all of our staff. Steve was engaging, entertaining and presented a highly relevant day for a diverse group of 200 staff from 4 primary schools and 1 high school, with teaching and non teaching staff. He made excellent use of our time balancing the day with information, discussions and self reflection and did not waste time with group idea sharing. A highly recommended professional learning experience for all schools.
Phillipa Young Lakeside Learning Community
This professional development was highly beneficial. Steve knows his stuff!
Paul Zernike Principal - Milton State School
Steve presented to our staff, of over 70, on one of our Professional Development Days and was our inspiration to ‘kick start’ the school year. Steve has an energetic presentation style that kept everyone engaged all day in a hot school hall! Thanks Steve! Great info for all to hear. Just at our level and very thought provoking. Very motivational and practical sessions.
Hilary Backus QASSP President - Principal, Indooroopilly State School
An energetic, engaging and motivating presentation. By far one of the most practical sessions I have seen for some time. Awesome – turbo charged!
Shyam Barr Director of Students, Middle School, Melbourne Girls Grammar
Thank you for your motivational and team building presentation. Your presentation was professional, entertaining and extremely motivating. It was gratifying to see that everyone from Senior Manager to Graduate came away feeling enthusiastic, inspired, and aware of the importance of team motivation. Your supplied the kind of team building skills and team engagement our people have been hungering for.
Mark Drager Accenture
Your presentation was received very positively by staff. It was great to have a session that was applicable to so many staff across different disciplines and roles. WE all were able to apply our learnings in some relevant ways to our various teams and workgroups.
Cathy Jackson Director, Brisbane Catholic Education
Steve’s presentations are purposeful, meaningful and engaging. Steve has the ability to give practicality and contemporariness to the concepts that he is exploring with the staff and this engenders credibility with his audience.
Brian Eastaughffe Principal, Carmel College, Thornlands
Motivating. Thought provoking. Life changing. His presentations and workshops were extremely professional, high energy and also held interest. His work has allowed us to develop leadership skills, develop better relationships and be more understanding of others. Steve's style was warm, inviting, professional, and his message was clearly delivered. People left feeling more inspired to go and do and try new things. We had such a positive experience with Steve Francis. A unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Jane Sedgman Principal, Ascot State School
I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful presentation. Our staff are still commenting positively about the day. They enjoyed your energy, your light heartedness and your honesty. I think the fact that you have ‘walked in their shoe’s and are up to date with information makes them feel it is very worthwhile content.
Lynne Rohann Assistant Principal, St Augustine’s, Gold Coast
Steve is a very passionate and engaging presenter. He challenged our staff to embrace positive change and to utilise the strategies presented. Our staff expressed appreciation of being provided with practical strategies that they could immediately implement in their classrooms. Steve’s ability to cover material in a manner which linked into our overall teaching and learning strategy and which encouraged collegial conversations about best practice was great.
Brian Hawthorne Deputy Principal, MLC, Lilydale
Stev Francis was the MC of our state conference for 300 delegates. He was without question the best MC we have ever had. His preparation for the conference was outstanding. Steve’s greatest contribution to our conference was his energetic, professional and entertaining style which was absolutely perfect for our annual showcase event.
Hilary Backus President, Qld Assn of State School Principals
Really got to the heart of what leaders and educators need to do
Whetu Cormick New Zealand Principals’ Federation National President
Steve’s presentation was upbeat, engaging and entertaining. Steve used his personal experiences and work experiences to engage his audience and made what he was talking authentic and relevant to each of us. Like any great teacher Steve ensured that his presentation was interactive and provided opportunities for everyone to be involved by having time to discuss, analyse, create solutions and reflect on the goals that were set as a result of the session.
Anne McLaughlan Principal, Lowood High School
Steve's wealth of experience in the Principalship across a variety of contexts ensures he understands the needs of his clients implicitly. Our leaders circle has been an excellent platform to explore ideas and concepts with our colleagues, with Steve steering discussions with expertise and confidence.
Brian Marsden Deputy Principal, Oakleigh State School
A purposeful, efficient, effective and concise leadership development presentation. Steve is straightforward in his approach with a presentation that was engaging, thought provoking and one that provided practical strategies to move from transactional learning to transformational practice.
Liz Foster Principal,MacGregor State High School