"It's been very effective. It's taken me out of my comfort zone, and had me doing some things that I thought I would never do. I'm also learning things at the same time."
"I discovered some things about myself and how I interact in the workplace. In just a few minutes, there was so much to take home. I'm very fortunate that I came to this training."
"Ellen is very passionate and knowledgeable about teaching leadership and team building. Hers is a unique and out of the box approach that allows the teachings to stay with you, long after the sessions are over. Highly recommended!"
"Thanks for a great session yesterday. The feedback was positive. Tom was really impressed with your skills and the overall structure of the event. We are having fun in the office this morning with our newfound information."
"It was a phenomenal experience and the feedback has been extraordinarily positive from everyone I have talked to after the event. Both the “team building” component and the community service opportunity were exceptional. Ellen was terrific! She provided a highly engaging set of exercises (and some refreshing and honest insights) for our team members and I am certain everyone walked away more aware of themselves and their teammates.
The opportunity to engage with the kids and the folks from the YMCA was equally rewarding. The children were wonderful. The opportunity to interact with them and get to understand them at least a little (even the shy ones!) was as priceless as the joy on their faces as they rode those bikes around our courtyard.
I cannot thank you enough for helping to make this happen. "
"You and Danielle have wonderful loving and supporting energies and you were great at encouraging people to speak-up and providing clear feedback. I particularly loved the "translation" of the horses' behavior. Any personalized feedback regarding how a horse behaves towards a specific person is magical to me. It's such a powerful and unique tool for bringing awareness.
My personal take is that working with horses really develops trust in yourself, gentle/inspirational leadership as well as a feeling of faith in the horse and the people you are working with. It's just brilliant. "
"Thanks so much for hosting the event. I thoroughly enjoyed it and there is much to be learned from our animal brethren! You, Dani and the rest of the team did a great job."
"It was a pleasure meeting you and honored to have you as my coach. I had a very successful workshop last week. I tried to implement the skills you had taught me during the session. Especially, the question -- "what is your biggest fear about estate planning" - was a hit !! Lots of engaging conversation with the group.
I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your help and know that you are appreciated."
"On behalf of the whole HCV Performance and Execution team, I want to thank you for the program you put together and facilitated for us at the Boys and Girls Club of Highland Park. Every aspect of our time together was enlightening and engaging – and quite a bit of fun! You enabled us to learn so much more about us as a team, pushed our boundaries a bit but kept us (mostly) comfortable in doing so, and provided a forum in which we had the most amazing experience with the children.
Your facilitation skills and personable approach were very effective in delivering this program. You took the positive experience you gave us last year with Build-A-Bike to new and even more meaningful levels. Based on the feedback I have already heard – and my own reactions – I am confident that every one of us that participated (children included) walked away with a better sense of the value of our diversity and the comfort of our similarities.
Thank you again for all your efforts to deliver this program – and I suspect we will be contacting you for future “facilitation” needs. (I am definitely intrigued by your “equine” training program!)"
"I really valued the way we experienced things first, and THEN had the discussion. Excellent take-aways. Outstanding and way beyond my expectations!"
“High-quality program—very worthwhile. I actually learned some skills to make me a better leader, which surprised me. I really enjoyed your passion and enthusiasm!”
“What I love about working with Ellen Patnaude as a business coach is her ability to shine a light on unseen obstacles to action and bring clarity. She is an inspiring, energizing speaker, talented trainer and consultant who gives her all to her clients. I highly recommend Ellen as a partner to help bring about the growth you want to see in your business.”
“Ellen is great to work with, she is well organized and sees the big picture. She is an excellent communicator and knows how to work as a team player. She loves working with groups and people enjoy her sense of humor!”
“One of the toughest (yet rewarding) aspects of running a company is working on the business, rather than just in it. Ellen's concise and enthusiastic take on professional development and leadership coaching has helped me immensely towards that end. “Beyond her sincere professionalism and extensive knowledge, she brings the invaluable skill of honing in on problem areas and creating a consistent plan of action for the long term. One of her strongest qualities is a straight shooter mentality that cuts to the chase and leads to real personal and professional growth.”
“Ellen is awesome to work with! Her experience, expertise, and coaching skills will help you see the big picture of what you want to accomplish and how to make it happen. Not only will she help you set goals but she will also hold you accountable to those goals. In a very short time, she has already helped me improve my business operations to make it run more smoothly and thus more profitable. I look forward to an on-going working relationship with her.”
“Ellen is an excellent trainer who uses her enthusiasm, energy and wit to captivate her audience. I observed her in small groups and worked with her at very large events. She always delivered what the client was seeking when we were hired. In addition to her talent as a trainer / facilitator, she is also very creative and frequently found elegant solutions to thorny problems. I highly recommend her and miss working with her.”
“I found Ellen to be very personable, honest and a true pleasure to partner with when she hosted our team's Team Building event - "Build a Bike". She was meticulous in planning the event (to the minute!) and catered according to our specific needs. I would work with Ellen again in a second!”
“Ellen is a very organized and capable leader and speaker. She has always conducted herself with exemplarily professionalism. I would recommend Ellen for any position of leadership or as a speaker or consultant.”
“Ellen reorganized our Rebuilding Together Oakland County board to be able to expand our service and grow our organization. Still produces an outstanding newsletter for us!”
“Ellen provided valuable advice and direction for our organization during a period of significant growth. Her organizational and leadership skills were critical in helping us to structure and organize our resources to achieve our short and long term goals. Ellen can be counted on to deliver on her commitments.”
“Ellen was the organizations first executive director and made an immediate positive impact working with the board to improve our productivity and effectiveness. Ellen is a self-starter and has very strong oral and written communications skills. She focuses on building relationships meeting with all board members to get to know them as individuals and understand their skills, abilities and personal priorities. Within months the board was restructured and operating more effectively.”
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