What some of our clients had to say about our Training

Street Smart Selling Skills Attendees

I wanted to THANK MARK for an amazing training session! It was a great experience and I can say I have already implemented the things that were discussed. Even after only a few days, it is already having a positive effect in my business. Mark truly is a great Teacher, and the way he went about things was exceptional. I have attended many, many training courses, and his is by far 1 of the best!

Michael Bredenkamp
Modena Design Centers

Hi Mark. I did my first round of store visits today and I have to send through a quick complaint! Every single Ponds lady I visited today was in a positive mood and I was completely distraught! Not only that, but they were happy and confident with their customers, very approachable and getting on so well with the store managers and staff that I almost had heart failure! They were far too creative with their sales approaches and used all your closing sales statements like they were born to say it. What am I to do now? I have no problems to sort out, no fires to put out and no angry clients on the phone!? This is a disaster! Your programme has amped and motivated the Ponds ladies so much that even the store staff have approached me complimenting the changes in the ladies. The word ‘Compliment’ was not in my vocabulary before today! They seem to be more in charge of what they do on a daily basis than ever before! It seems that the 2 magic words “I Choose” have really hit a chord with them. But to get to the point … THANK YOU MARK! This training has really made such a positive impact on the Ponds ladies! I have been asked to send out a huge load of Thanks from all of my ladies to you – if I don’t I will be in the dog box with my girls

Renate Niebuhr
Unilever Ponds

Thanks for a great session on Tuesday. Your style and content were a great fit for our team, and your session certainly laid a good relational foundation for our sessions that followed.

Errol van Staden
Head: Strategy, Planning & PMO - University of Western Cape

That was the best sales workshop I have personally attended! I am sure the weeks to come will show the benefits through our sales team.

Bruce Armstrong
Sales Director - Macadams International

I am so enjoying being on this sales course. It is educating me, assisting me and definitely helping to re-discover me! I have grown in both my sales and business life and am finding myself becoming more flexible and using a lot more initiative in my sales life. Very inspiring.   Thank you Mark for an informative and value packed course!

Hilary Billington
Director – Gilded Edge

I loved the CD's and the Webinars.   The course reminds one of simple things you might have forgotten about and also brings you back in alignment with what are the key focus points for being in sales.   Really enjoyed the course and loved being able to listen to the CD's while driving to appointments. I am going to reread the course material again and continue to listen to the CD's.

Heidi Smith
Freudenberg Nonwovens (Pty) Ltd

Thank you so much for your energetic and inspiring Bake It Easy Sales Training session that you had with us at Lagoon Beach. All of us are inspired and rearing to go and get those Sales using the tools and techniques that you taught us at the conference. My reps and I were discussing the session and the energy and enthusiasm was just pouring out of them! For me as Sales Director to hear the comments like “he is one of us, he understands what we go through” and “I am going to practice those questions every day and LISTEN more to my customers” is music to my ears. Your explanations of the various techniques were simple and easy to understand for all levels in the sales team and that is the key!

Jenna Funston
Sales Director - Bake It Easy

Thank you very much for the wonderful workshop you have shared with us.  It was a truly great experience!

Mariaan Rademan
Managing Director - Aspen Logistics

Thank you so much for your recent three-day sales training session with my staff. Each delegate  Sales  have  already  indicated  a  marked improvement and  this  is  a  direct  result of  your enthusiastic approach  to  selling, which my sales team have certainly benefitted from. May you continue to be a blessing to others, as you have been to this company!

Nic Kruger
Managing Director - Wheelquip

We have just completed Week Four of the 8 Week Street Smart Selling Skills Course and the results are already starting to show. My sales team is on fire, highly motivated, knocking on lots of doors and bringing in significant new business. We have shown a big improvement in the way that we qualify potential customers, by asking them the correct questions to determine their viability on the “Close-O-Meter”. This is one of the many tools your course has already given us which is powerful, practical and easy to implement. We discuss the weekly course material at our Sales Meeting every Tuesday morning and it is fantastic to see that all of us are on the same page and speaking the same sales language.   What is really valuable to us is the way that we are able to first read the user friendly written material, then listen to the complete audio for reinforcement whilst driving to visit customers. And the cherry on top are the live webinars, where we connect and interact with you in the virtual classroom.

Wayne Mitchell
Sales Director - Epoxy Flooring Systems (PTY) Ltd

Justin from Polokwane just phoned me to say he did a sales call “step by step” as he learnt on Mark’s course and he has a follow up meeting the business owners on Monday to decide on our offering.     I heard the excitement in his voice when he told me "I just peppered him with questions and eventually his only answer was YES“.

Sean Farrell
Branch Manager IDS

I enjoyed yesterday with Mark Berger, it was very interesting and inspirational. I loved the way he talked as if it was just conversational and that he made us laugh, that made it fun. It was inspiring as he made me think as well. It would be very nice to do something like that again, thank you.

Nanette Kruger
JH Group

Thanks for the great session today. The feedback was excellent, mostly 5s (out of 5) and 4s. A number of delegates rated it as the item they most enjoyed of the 3 day programme!

Amelia Keefer
Gordon Verhoef & Krause

Mark Berger is such a chilled person his approach to life is practical and realistic he really opened my eyes to a lot of things and im sure if I would to see him one or twice more..I would benefit even more from his talks.it was truly a privilege to listen him speak.

Busi Ntleki
JH Group

Thank you very much for the training. It was very refreshing and full of life. Definitely worthwhile and I’ve learnt a lot! Ready to sell millions! Definitely have a new perspective of selling and I am very excited for the future. PS: Always be Closing. Much thanks.

Carmen Pereira-Luis
Easylife Kitchens Polokwane

Hi Mark – On behalf of myself and the Claman team we would like to express our sincere thanks to you for arranging to meet with us all and presenting on: “Unlocking Human Potential, Happiness, Stress and Challenges”. The general feed-back was very positive and we have all learned a whole lot from you. Well Done! In addition, you certainly assisted us with setting a very positive tone for the rest of our conference!

Clarissa Heyman
Claman / Robertet Fragrances

Thanks for your contribution at our annual Fedhealth sales conference in Hermanus. The staff were extremely impressed with the style and content of your presentation and it has certainly changed their approach to sales. They needed a new approach to sales and this has definitely given them the tools to achieve their goals. Your approach of good humor and constant interaction with the staff meant the afternoon was filled with laughter but at the same time we achieved everything we wanted to, as the staff have no illusions about the high standards that are expected of them. Thanks again I will keep you updated as sales progress, you will be happy to know we exceeded our targets for March and will hopefully do the same for April.

Chris Norton
National Sales Manager - Fedhealth

Dear Mark – Thanks so much for the great Sales Training workshop you conducted with us. We learnt so much about integrity in the sales environment and the focus of go giving instead of go getting! We are feeling very positive about our approach to renewals and new members. Many thanks!

Coleen van Staden
Cape Town Tourism

SAY team-building and clichés spring to mind… …add Mark Berger in this equation and you have a winning recipe! His practical and dynamic approach to team building has elicited a phenomenal response from our departments that have been fortunate enough to spend time with him! He has added value to us as individuals and collectively as a team. I have no hesitation in recommending Mark for any team intervention.

Conway Nesbitt
SPAR Western Cape

Mark, when Jill returned from your Retail Selling Skills seminar I was floored by the change, at the same time skeptical that it wouldn’t last, but Jill continues to impress me. There has been a remarkable increase in her sales, and she is also showing more initiative and really appears to be enjoying her work. So thanks for helping her get there, it’s been good for my business and even better for my stress levels.

Dan Saks
Bloom – V&A Waterfront

Mark is the most warm, amazing, inspirational person I have ever listened to. I did a lot of soul searching. He really touched me in a very special way.

Derval Rust
Coega Development Corporation

First impression lasts forever and ever – you came down to my “level” and through this my unconditional respect.

Elmaret Nel
Sasko Milling and Baking

Mark, I just wanted to thank you officially and formally by e-mail for the workshop at Medunsa (which went off GREAT – as you know!) and for the conference presentation at the Warmbaths. We had quite a few dentists who came to our stand to remark on your talk – everyone seemed to have enjoyed it thoroughly. Even more a sign of this was that some of the other presenters on Saturday referred to your talk in their lectures to drive an ethical point home. So you’ve succeeded in doing an ETHICAL motivational talk.

Dr. Christina Strydom

Excellent guy – great motivator! Mark knows exactly what he is talking about. I learnt so much from him. His presentation style was excellent. I definitely will use the knowledge I got from the presentation and put it into practice.

Fiona Payne
Swazi MTN Ltd

Hi Mark – we have received very positive feedback from the delegates who attended your training and it was well worth the investment from a company point of view!

Gillian Engelbrecht
X O Africa

Thank you very much for the course that you composed and presented to us. I have been selling for years and have learnt so much more about selling. I have been inspired to enhance my skills more frequently. You are an inspiration and are truly very resourceful.

Gerhard Goosen
Easylife Kitchens

Thank you very much for your training today. It really opened my eyes that we should be proud to be sales people and that we should not let clients take our time for granted. I will be more confident now to close more directly and try to get sales more actively/directly.

Izelle jv Rensburg
Easylife Kitchens Illovo

My team and I would like to thank you most sincerely for the inspiring and informative session on the 10 P’s of Sales. We thoroughly enjoyed your relaxed and authentic approach, which had the target audience not only riveted in terms of your core message but also having fun.

Jennifer Allen

I really want to thank you so much for the day. I have learnt that now everybody can sell and it’s a skill we need to learn. You made it clear to me to do so and can only say that with the knowledge I got today I will sell, sell, sell and close the deal. You have opened up a whole new world in sales to me and I will definitely be a different consultant from today forward. Thank you.

Kim Robbertse
Easylife Kitchens Polokwane

I have had such raving reviews from the staff with regards to the 2 day Sales Training course. To quote them: “the best one so far.” Cold Press Media would like to establish an ongoing training relationship with you during the next 12 months.

Jennifer Steyn
Cold Press Media

Mark’s easy going nature makes it a pleasure to participate in his session. The content is excellent and is something that really makes you think. I found great value in his presentation.

Lindsay Fiamingo
Old Mutual

Thanks again for the awesome training, I closed two deals this week in total R314 000.00 using your new methods. Really enjoyed it!

Jolene Pretorius
Sales and Design Consultant - Easylife Kitchens

The feedback from your training has been awesome so I am sure we will be looking at doing a follow up session soon. Thank you so much for everything!

Kate Naughton
Jewel Africa

Once again I want to say a huge thank you for the last 2 days. I do believe that both days you managed to touch lives and make a difference.

Leigh Myles
Group Sales and Marketing Manager - JH Group

As a first timer in a sales course this has been such a great experience. Your course was so informative and valuable I am looking so forward to taking these new skills and using them to become even more successful. Thank you so much for everything!

Lindy Goodbrand
Easylife Kitchens Randburg

You can tell anyone who cares to listen that “I CHOOSE” are the two most important words that they will ever learn about!!! I have gone from being a plonker with no hope to being a plonker with endless hope!!! No jokes Mark, it really changed my life. It’s the simple things which make the difference, not the complicated c**p. I’m not the PA to anyone famous, I am famous bro!!

Michael Halperin
Director - Press Spinning and Stamping

Dear Mark – I have to admit that when I hear the word “workshop” I tend to be a little hesitant and not sure if it will be the “same old same old” – but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a new approach for me and I really enjoyed the Legal/Ethical/Moral dilemma. The shape of Your Wheel of Life was very interesting and a new look for me on where I need to focus more – thanks for that! What really changed me is…. I choose. This has now become a mindset thing and I am constantly making myself aware of… I choose. Thank you so much – I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Lucille Nel
J F Hillebrand

Made me take stock of my life and I realise that I need to make changes in my life.

Michelle Russel
Old Mutual

This section (Mark’s presentation) I enjoyed the most and found the most enlightening. I certainly came away with a lot more knowledge about myself.

Megan Elliot
PA to Mark Shuttleworth

Hi Mark – On behalf of all of us at Col’Cacchio pizzeria I would firstly like to say that your talks and workshops were very inspiring. I am sure that every single person there took away with them some tools that will help them improve the way they run their businesses or do their jobs in order to deliver a WOW customer experience, I know that I did. Secondly, thank you very much for all your help in making this year’s national conference our best yet, from helping us source a venue, the loan of your microphone and laptop to the loan of your music and Public Address System at our dinner. It was all greatly appreciated. Mark you run a good show and we would recommend you to anyone looking for a motivational speaker and trainer. It is clear that you know and enjoy what you do and this is reflective in the product you offer.

Michael Terespolsky
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Co-Founder

Mark could immediately identify with Nuclear’s problem due to his manufacturing background…we managed to identify some of the critical factors affecting our business and with Mark facilitating our brainstorming session we came up with the solutions and action plan.

Martin Phillips
Nuclear Corporate Furniture

Thanks Mark for your holistic and fun way of approaching staff motivation and training within our company. We enjoyed the knowledge and practical advice that was given. We highly recommend you.

Muriel Jansen

It would appear you have struck a chord – I was not sure if you would be able to crack his shell. But it is obvious that you have and he will probably look to you for further guidance down the line. Otherwise I am pleased that each of them have found something. I personally feel happy that they can see that the need to focus and believe in their abilities is not just preached by me – it is practice and you have confirmed that. Well done!

Murray Giggins
Enartis Enologists

Hi Mark. I just wanted to drop you a note to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the three days which we spent with you! You truly are a remarkable man full of positive energy which one can’t help but absorb. I learnt a lot from your motivational speaking and sales training and I will certainly be putting some of your sales tips into practice. You also opened my eyes to see that I am making a lot of mistakes which I can now see and improve on. Thanks again and stay the awesome, dynamic gent that you are!

Natalie Vermaak
L R Plastics

Mark, I would like to extend my gratitude for last week’s training of the Three Cities Group Sales Division. The feedback from the team has been so awesome it makes me happy to know that they GOT IT!! Not for the company or for me but more importantly for themselves… the rest will follow. I just want to tell you that in the past week one of our team members has written almost R 700 000 worth of business, communicating much better with all her colleagues and clients, asking advice and has really just switched 150 %. I am so proud of her and thank you for unleashing her potential! This is just one story of many to come. Personally it was great to work with you. Your understanding of the team dynamic and assertive, yet calm way of getting the hard hitting message across was amazing to observe. I look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Zelda Robertson
Three Cites Hotels Group

I would like to extend our gratitude for the excellent training sessions you had with our admin and sales staff. Besides sharing new innovative training techniques with my staff , the feedback was also very inspirational and real, especially when they were tasked with writing down there personal and career goals. What hit home for management was  how simple it actually is to visualise your goals , if you start by  writing  it down!! THOUGHTS – WORDS –ACTION

Paulo Carlone
Sales and Marketing Director - Italcotto

Thanks again Mark for a great team bonding day, which we all really needed and benefited from!

Romy Heldsinger
Marie Claire Magazine

I have always been very sceptical about the value of team building breakaways, but I must compliment you that I found your presentation, especially the communication skills techniques, really worthwhile and even enjoyable – unlike some workshops we have had to endure, I did not feel you were trying to fill up a day with gratuitous team building games and activities, but that your content was relevant and focused on taking the skills of our team and business forward!

Terry Levin
Terry Levin - BizCommunity.co.za

Mark – Just to say THANKS for Friday. You were GREAT. The delegates really enjoyed you and you did make a difference. We will contact you again in the future.

Beulah van Rensburg
Media 24

Just a short note to let you know that Mark’s presentation was awesome on Tuesday. The feedback so far has been really positive! Many thanks and regards.

Paula Johnson
Pam Golding Properties

A summary of my experience with the Street Smart Selling Skills Online Course.   I've learned that sales is involved in every aspect of our daily life. I've learned to sell myself first and to be honest and true, to myself, and to people around you. Creating a win/win situation.

I liked the relaxaction and creative visualisation section, I see some benefits from that for sure. 

I liked the task list idea and have been using that regularly. 

It's helped me understand the world of selling a lot better. There are definitely some sales people out there that would benefit from the structure that this course offers.

Aidan Martin
Musician / Band