Testimonials: Training / Coaching

It was an amazing workshop! When I heard the name of the training, I thought it was a boring one; but thanks to Tom and his way of teaching I never lost my attention. I definitely learned a lot and I will try to use pyramid approach and his tips in my reports. I will also suggest the training to my colleagues.

— Burcu Maden, Senior Consultant, Deloitte, Istanbul, 2021

I believe the most useful part of the programme was to learn more about effective and engaging writing (which is not taught in school). I am comfortable writing scientific texts with a scientific approach, but as a young professional, I was struggling with writing business texts. Now, I am more confident and I know I learned the methodology to write an exciting text in any context. Thank you!

— Dilber Ilkar, Business Analyst, Deloitte, Istanbul, 2021

“The online sessions with Tom were very useful. Tom really listened to my needs, he adapted things to my requests and we always worked according to what was most useful for me to improve myself professionally.”

— Ophelie Rigault, Compensation & Benefits Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières, Amsterdam, 2020 

“Tom was great. He has a very clear way of explaining things. Even though we were online, he engaged all participants and it was more active than so many sessions I have had online. It was a fluid conversation and for a full day online, the topic was so interesting and applicable it went on flying. Kudos to him!”

— Maria Giorgiu, Junior Advisor/Researcher, Deltares, Delft, 2020 

Tom is very knowledgeable and well organised. It was great to be able to use live examples of our work and really delve into everything. His courses have been extremely beneficial to my professional writing skills development. Thank you.

— Seda Aktas, LLM, Commercial and Economic Department, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul, 2018

“Tom is a very nice and professional English trainer, his method and tailor-made reader improved my English in the best way. I learned a lot about grammar, pronunciation, idioms and the most common and fundamental mistakes made by Dutch native speakers with regard to English words, conventions and culture.”

— Mike Boogaard, Vice-President, NIBC Bank NV, The Hague, 2017

“We invited Tom to give his course ‘Writing Grant Applications in Concise and Correct English’ because we increasingly have to write subsidy applications for native English speakers. During the first session we gathered with fourteen people and Tom explained several fundamental principles for writing grant applications. In his presentation he relied on a wide range of practical and insightful examples from our own texts to illustrate his points. For the second and third sessions we split into two smaller groups to have more interaction and discuss our more recent texts. All of us enjoyed this intensive way of working, which allowed us to apply our lessons learnt directly to our own work.  We enjoyed working with Tom and found him to be an excellent teacher and a skilful writing coach.”

— Eric Roetman, Monitoring and Evaluations Officer at ICS, Amersfoort, 2014

“Relevant voor werkzaamheden & processen binnen mijn team; door goede schrijfstijl kan er meer efficiëntie worden aangebracht in het proces van schrijven maar zeker ook in het overbrengen van de juiste geformuleerde boodschap in onze teksten / documentatie.”

— Ghislaine Collard, Analyst at NIBC Bank, The Hague,  2014

“Ik heb de training als erg leerzaam ervaren. De combinatie theorie en praktijk vond ik goed. Ook dat de eigen teksten gebruikt worden om de theorie duidelijk te maken. Dat maakt het overtuigender. De combinatie van 2 dagen werkte ook prettig.”

— Peter Brouwer, Associate at NIBC Bank, The Hague,  2014

 “Verrassend veel geleerd. Leuke sfeer, fijne manier van feedback geven.”

— Trudy Kuipers, Cyrte Investments, Naarden, 2011

“Tom came to Frankfurt in February to hold a half-day course on ‘Writing Concise Memos’ in front of about 60 employees of our specialist development-fund management firm, who had gathered from our 8 offices across Southeastern Europe. In the short time given, he managed to address both the very general principles of writing and the very concrete level: how to lay out a basic structure to be followed when making an argument, as well as highlighting common mistakes by way of anonymised examples taken from the working documents we had sent to him for his preparation. His course was very well received; people listened very attentively and want him back!”

— Florian Meister, Managing Director, Finance in Motion GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, 2010