“I’ve worked with Shaun and his Company People of Influence on a number of occasions now and I can’t recommend the work that he does enough. Whether it be delivering creative, engaging and thought-provoking sessions for an Executive Team or partnering on a 6 month top talent program, Shaun’s ability to add value cannot be understated.

I, in particular, want to highlight Shaun’s thought leadership as well as his skill as a facilitator. I often think of Shaun when putting together programs in future, given his knowledge of how to create memorable and effective learning experiences is in my opinion, second to none.

Such has been his effect on our organization that participants in his programs now reach out to Shaun directly to replicate his magic for their own sessions and learning experiences. A true asset to any learning and skill development initiative indeed.”

Sales Performance, LinkedIn Asia Pacific

“DHL Express Australia recently held a Sales Conference for 170 of our key management and Sales & Marketing staff at the Sofitel Noosa Heads, Queensland. Having taken on the participant’s feedback from previous similar DHL events, myself and the other members of the organising committee were determined to ensure we delivered an event that was as impactful and enjoyable as possible.

We engaged Shaun Kenny during our event planning phase, initially purely as the keynote speaker on the topic of building influencing skills, but in the end Shaun delivered a lot more than just that one session. Shaun was generous with his time in getting to know us and understand in detail what key messages we were really wanting to communicate effectively in our limited time at the event.

Prior to the event itself, Shaun made the effort to visit our premises on two separate occasions, during which time he made quality suggestions around the session content, “flow” and timing, based on his extensive experience in running events such as ours.

The outcome was nothing short of sensational, and we have had fantastic feedback from the team who overwhelmingly found the sessions Shaun facilitated to be engaging, fun, informative and memorable. I would not hesitate to recommend Shaun to any company looking to maximise the success of their conference, planning session, training workshop etc.”

Vice President Commercial, DHL Express

“Shaun is one of the most delightful and talented facilitators I have ever worked with. Engaging, funny, creative and with a deep interest in human learning and development, he has this amazing ability to inspire an audience at scale. We have used him for our design thinking workshops at Microsoft, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive – both around the content where we learnt a new skill, and his style.

Shaun’s impact goes beyond a workshop – he has a deep interest in lasting impact, and has provided ongoing coaching sessions for our teams, and been a great sounding board for us. Someone with impeccable integrity who is a natural connector, he is one of the most generous people I know with his time and ideas. I just wish we could clone him so even more people can benefit from his talent.”

Chief of Staff to the Managing Director, Microsoft

“I have been lucky enough to work with Shaun a number of times and have always been amazed at his energy, creativity, knowledge and ability to hold the focus of a room with both his humour and personable style.

The events that Shaun has facilitated consistently received excellent feedback from participants and he quickly became my first choice whenever I was in need of a facilitator that I knew could understand and deliver exactly what I needed. I have seen him with multiple audiences across many topics and objectives with an unwavering focus on quality in everything he does and an ability to facilitate a crowd of hundreds at a learning week as easily as he manages a group of twenty executives at a strategy day or a small team of ten at a team building offsite.

He takes on all the planning and preparation which makes events so easy and enjoyable and I certainly look forward to working with Shaun well into the future.

I cannot recommend him highly enough (even at the risk of him becoming too busy and too hard to book!) and really wish that I could use him to facilitate all my events!”

Head of Change Implementation, NAB

“What an amazing experience to have Shaun facilitate our Strategic Workshop and the Design Thinking process to challenge the current status and enhance the creative thinking across the senior leadership group within AMP Capital Shopping Centres. Shaun’s high level of engagement, bright and vibrant personality and ability to engage with the wide spectrum of leaders within our business was exceptional to watch.

The greatest compliment to Shaun is to have personally witnessed a number of groups of talented people within our business applying the principles demonstrated within Shaun’s design thinking and brainstorming; to solve challenges, problems and capitalise on opportunities across our business and stretch the boundaries within our $16 billion property business, beyond the traditional approaches within the industry.

Shaun converted the hostages and holiday makers to hard workers and from the feedback I have received personally, all of our leaders have taken enormous value from our initial workshop and are applying it across our business. I look forward to working with Shaun in the future.”

Managing Director, AMP Capital Shopping Centres

“I have worked with Shaun Kenny on a number of occasions. On all of these he facilitated events with great professionalism and creativity. He engages and manages the audience well, navigating various cultures and backgrounds in the same meeting. He is able to connect with the audience at scale and ensure that these meetings drive the right outcomes. Shaun is well prepared for his role and looks to add value in unexpected ways. He is a pleasure to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”

Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

“After a big year of change and challenges, Shaun was invited to facilitate an important end of year off-site for our team. Shaun designed the day based on our needs and delivered one of the best workshops the team has seen. He captured the audience right from the start and shared important insights whilst keeping everyone energised, engaged and entertained through-out the day.

Shaun’s ability to share knowledge in a warm, funny and professional manner is impressive and he was the perfect answer to the end of a big year. It has impacted positively on the whole team, not only did it help to bring the team together but everyone took away valuable lessons which have helped to build strong foundations for next year.”

CEO, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

“It’s always great working with Shaun – he is knowledgeable, engaging and energetic. Shaun connects with our people and we often get feedback that he is intelligent and funny! I have no doubt that Shaun will make every event a success.”

Head of the Leadership Academy, KPMG

“Shaun brings a style that will guarantee the success of your conference or workshop. With Shaun it’s an experience. He generates an amazing energy in the room, and in the two days we shared with him it was clear he had done his homework. He’s able to personalise the issues in an organisation, and also bring to bear a wealth of lessons learned from other industries. A true professional, one of the best facilitators I’ve ever witnessed, I’ll certainly be recommending Shaun to all of my colleagues.”

Global Manager – Training Implementation, Orica

“If I could bottle the energy and enthusiasm Shaun brings to a room when he’s facilitating, I’d be writing this from my own desert island, not from a cramped E65 bus. The atmosphere he creates is every conference producer’s (or similar) dream. You can sit back and literally see the faces of your participants light up (and at times crack up) with enjoyment and enlightenment about whatever he’s facilitating.

The only negatives you’ll have when dealing with the feedback forms is the length of time it will take you to get through them as participants can’t seem to stop rambling on about how fantastic Shaun is. You’ll almost get sick of hearing, ‘Don’t change a thing…especially the facilitator.’

But he’s not just a winner on the day. Put simply, his style makes learning stick. Even years later, I’ve had grads talking to me about the key takeaways from his sessions and the impact it’s had on them.

If you’re reading these recommendations trying to decide if Shaun’s the facilitator for you then stop reading and book the guy. Not only will your facilitation and learning needs be delivered 100%, you and your participants will have a seriously good laugh throughout the whole process.”

Learning and Development, Arrium

“At our recent National HR Conference I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a session on motivation and engagement facilitated by the amazing Shaun Kenny. Shaun’s incredible energy, passion and humour was contagious and refreshingly entertaining. In my 32 years as part of the Australian workforce I have never seen a better facilitator/presenter. Luck is the staff of an organisation smart enough to hire this young man!

At no point during his engaging one hour session did his overriding message about personal responsibility and behaviours get lost or overridden by the well pitched humour. It was all incredibly well balanced. I would highly recommend this professional to provide the highlight of any training program or business conference. Thank you Shaun for your amazing insight and energy. It was a job very well done indeed.”

Learning and Development Manager, Coca-Cola Amatil

“Shaun assisted UGL design the content and structure and facilitate our first Annual Project Managers Convention. The level of energy and the amount of fun and laughter Shaun brought to the convention was fantastic whilst still capturing the key messages and tying all the fun back to the main points UGL were wanting the Project Managers to capture. The Convention was a huge success due to Shaun’s facilitation skills and quick wit. The value he added to the design of the content and during the Convention was priceless. We can’t wait to work with Shaun again.”

GM People & Culture: Utilities & Resources, UGL Limited

“Shaun Kenny was recommended to me by a friend who attended a session facilitated by Shaun. My friend isn’t one to overstate matters so when he said that Shaun was excellent, I took note! And when Shaun ran an offsite day for my legal team recently, he certainly didn’t disappoint.

His energy and ability to manage a room of born and trained sceptics is impressive. But not only is he a good MC/facilitator, the actual content of the Smiling Ox Paradox® program that he delivered to us was rich, informative, practical and engaging. Everyone in the room took something away from the day – both about themselves and their personal style as well as tips for influencing and engaging with stakeholders. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Shaun and People of Influence.”

Executive General Counsel, Veolia

“After spending a day with Shaun on ‘Presenters of Influence’ I walked out of the room excited & confident about my upcoming presentation! The session was not only confidence building but engaging. Shaun has an energy and enthusiasm that is contagious.

Every day I use some of the methods learnt for both my personal and professional life and I love the snippets of videos that pop up in my email from Shaun from time to time! It keeps me honest and the learnings fresh!”

Key Account Manager, SMS Management & Technology

“I recommend Shaun’s facilitation prowess with the utmost esteem. I first worked with Shaun during my tenure in Telstra’s Enterprise & Government department where he led a large-scale problem solving activity with over 500 staff, gave a keynote speech and facilitated a whole day conference with the team. In the feedback we received, Shaun was a clear standout as a highlight to many of the conference attendees. On top of this, Shaun liaised with myself regularly in the holistic planning of this event and went above and beyond to ensure everything went ahead without a hitch.

I next came across Shaun at a design thinking presentation, which was organised through the American Chamber of Commerce. Shaun is a highly informative, witty and relatable facilitator who has an uncanny ability to deliver content. Since attending the course I have become an avid design thinking advocate – the session made quite a substantial impact to how I develop innovative strategy in my role. Shaun was central to that mindset change and I thank him for delivering such a fantastic session.

I have always found Shaun to be approachable, open and driven. I highly recommend working alongside Shaun or attending a session he is facilitating.”

National NBN Sales Initiative Lead, Telstra

“We hired Shaun to assist us during the March ’15 kick-off meeting of Elanco Animal Health after the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health in January ’15.

We contacted Shaun only a couple weeks before the event and we gave him the task of helping us build and drive the agenda of the first two days of the kick-off. The objective for him was to recommend and facilitate activities that would ease the integration of the two just merged teams of 150 people.

Shaun took the challenge and over-delivered on the objective: the program he developed fitted the team very well and had a good mix of fun and more serious activities. His personal style also fitted very well with the group and myself. A good dose of humour, high energy and drive and lots of flexibility.

Shaun came back at the end of the week on Friday for the closing and delivered the final “motivational” speech. That was great!

All the participants of the meeting went home with high morale and motivation and with a feeling of belonging to the same team. The feedback ratings for Shaun have been at the top of the scale.

If you wish to have a very serious meeting, with no laughter and with low energy levels then don’t work with Shaun…for all the others I can warmly recommend him!”

Country Manager, Elanco

“I had the absolute pleasure of working with Shaun. Shaun is one of the best facilitators and influencers I have come across in my career. Having had the opportunity to observe Shaun facilitate sessions from 4 to over 300 people, I was always impressed by his ability to engage everyone, including the silent passenger. He also has the ability to articulate the complex and make it simple and digestible. I was always impressed by how this natural influencer just gets people.

Shaun’s dedication and work ethic is second to none and I am counting the days to work with him again. So if you are looking for an influencer who gets your audience and can make them think, feel and do what you want – Shaun’s your man!”

Senior Change Manager, IAG

“Shaun’s knack of being able to deliver complex content in a succinct and fun way was well received by the audience and still utilised within our business today. It has changed the vernacular in our business and changed the way we interact with each other. Shaun is energetic, engaging and willing to take the time to understand our business.”

National Franchise Manager, Priceline

“Intuitive. Creative. Engaging. Flexible. Enjoyable. These are all the words that come to mind when I think back to the several days Shaun spent with our team and leading our leadership team through some exhausting strategic discussions and activities.

I am very discerning when it comes to facilitators and I can say Shaun “passed the test” with flying colours…and yes I will be asking Shaun to be a part of my team activities again!”

CEO, National Association of Women in Construction