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Jane John Thomas Public Speaking ExperienceJane Thomas John

B.A. University of Auckland
Dip.Ed. University of Sydney

Over 25 years experience as a performer, communicator and trainer in Australia and New Zealand.

I always encourage people to tell their own stories so I will share some of my background with you. As a young film, television and theatre actress I was often sick to my stomach with nerves. I was in good company. Many actors - Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Stephen Fry, Kate Winslet, Scarlet Johanssen, Amy Adams - have suffered from stage fright. When I spent a few years as a core cast member in soap opera and the actors had the benefit of instant playback/ feeback of every scene, I learnt more in a few weeks than ever before. This is why I am passionate about this method in training my clients. Learning by doing, along with instant professional playback/feedback is the fastest, most effective way to bring about changes in confidence and ability

Management or raw recruit - nearly everyone finds speaking in public a challenge. By simply applying the training we offer, people gain the confidence to enjoy speaking to clients, colleagues or family. It is enormously rewarding for them - and for us.

Some Corporate Clients:

  • Air NZ - trainer for Strategic Storytelling
  • Fuji Xerox - coach/ trainer
  • Fletchers - coach/ trainer
  • Westpac - coach/ trainer
  • Strata Title - coach/trainer
  • Progressive Enterprises (Woolworths) - coach/trainer
  • Tonkin & Taylor - coach/trainer
  • Macquarie Private Wealth - coach/trainer
  • Accru - Smith Chilcott Ltd - coach/trainer
  • New Zealand Steel - coach/trainer/interviewer
  • Vitality Works - coach/trainer
  • Sanitarium - coach/trainer
  • AUT - coach/trainer
  • North Shore City Council - voice coach
  • Scarbro Construction -coach/trainer
  • Employer's Federation - coached and directed non-actors to camera for TV campaign.
  • Health Funding Authority - coached children to camera for TV campaign.
  • Hasbro NZ - producer/director TVC'S Hasbro NZ
  • FCB Advertising - training, casting, production, stylist.

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Writer and Teacher

Taught English and History at Ascham School, Sydney.
Senior copywriter, USP Needham
Author, children's book, published by Reed/Raupo 2007
Travel writer for The Dominion, The Press, The Otago Daily Times

'Shape Up at Sea' - The Press June 8, 2009 (Page 1, Page 2)

'Oggle Poggle' - childrens book (Page 1, Page 2)

Actor, Presenter, Voice

Film: Lead in award-winning film ‘After the Depression' (Dir. Roger Donaldson) ‘Opening Night.' (Dir.Brian McDuffy) ‘The Whole of The Moon.' (Dir. Ian Mune)
Television drama: Lead in ‘The Immigrants'. Guest lead in ‘Inside Straight'. Guest lead in 'Hercules'.
Leading roles in ‘Close to Home', ‘Radio Waves' & guest roles ‘Shortland Street,' ‘Legend of the Seeker'.
Educational C.D.Rom: For Unitec - ‘Face To Face' and a language CD with Leighton Smith.
Voice work: A year as a commercial voice at ‘Radio i'.
Corporate presenter: Promotional videos for Vanuatu Airlines, Aotea Centre, Unichem.
Radio: Lead roles in many radio dramas including the award-winning play ‘A Family Matter' directed by John O'Leary.

Customer feedback

  • Rob Page

    "Jane was wonderful. She quickly understood my needs and ran the two hour workshop to meet them perfectly. The Olympic Ambassadors were unanimous in their praise, and many said it was the best public speaking and presentation skills advice they had received. I would totally recommend Jane."

    Education Manager,
    New Zealand Olympic Committee.


  • Alex Jenner

    "My groom speech went very well. I stayed calm on the day, kept smiling and I came across clearly - even got a tear from my bride! Very pleased with the result. Our sessions helped massively.
    I’m now regularly using the techniques and exercises…. (I learnt with you) …for my business presentations.
    Thank-you again for everything."

    Alex Jenner

  • Kate Nuttall

    Hi Jane,

    I’ve had loads of great feedback from our team about your session (on Strategic Storytelling) – people really enjoyed it. You’ve got us thinking about our storytelling telling style and impact – it was wonderful to have you as part of the (training) day. I look forward to working with you again soon.

    Kate Nuttall
    Air New Zealand
    General Manager People/ Sales Offshore

  • Sinda Hall

    Hello Jane

    Thank you very much for a really great training session today.  I was frankly terrified when I saw the camera, plus having to do a talk in front of my peers.  I just hate anything like this.  But you made it non threatening and were very encouraging, so thank you for all the advice and tips.

    Kind Regards   
    Sinda Hall

  • Sabine Willensen

    Thank you so much for your inspirational workshop Jane. We all enjoyed it tremendously and know we learned a lot!

    Sabine Willensen Sales and Marketing Manager ‘Mountain Jade’.

  • Tracy Manu

    I’ve spoken to audiences of up to 100 people and thought I was pretty good at what I do.  Then I worked with Jane!
    Jane helped me take my keynote speaking to a new level!
    She helped me construct my presentation in a way that was precise, informative and authentically me.

  • Craeg Williams

    "All it took was three sessions, and it was worth every penny.
    I delivered my presentation with ease and all the feedback I received was very positive.
    Jane's teaching method is systematic and gets results fast. I am happy to recommend her to anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills"

    Craeg Williams
    TPS Credit Control
    Managing Director

  • Dean Reihana

    Hey Jane,
    Thank you for coaching me for the wedding ceremony for my sis.
    When the time came . . . . . I nailed it! YAY!  
    I spoke clearly and loud enough for all to hear, had full control of the whole ceremony and best of all, I had everyone in the palm of my hand.
    They all enjoyed listening ..and I added my own spark to the event without stealing the attention away from the newly weds.

  • Eseta Nicholls

    Hi Jane

    Just wanted to say thank-you for a great talk last night (to the PWG of 'Dress for Success') - you could have heard a pin drop, leaving the group buzzing with excitement keen to put their next speech to the test.
    I for one have re-written my story and will not be shy to put my hand up in future (or will do so with confidence).

  • Sally Fienerman


    Having delivered numerous speeches in the past. I knew I was OK but I wanted to be better than OK.

    After a chance meeting with Jane, I immediately employed her services as a coach.

  • Jill Wilkinson

    Director CMB NZ

    After training with Jane, I gave my talk on Appropriate Image Presentation. They loved it. I got lots of applause and individual thanks from the members.
    Thank you so much for the help you gave me and for very quickly getting to the crucial things I needed to change.

  • Tim Paulsen


    When I knew had to speak at my wedding I was dreading it. I never imagined I’d be able to stand up and speak without notes - but with Jane’s help I not only managed it I got fantastic feedback and everyone was very impressed.

  • Angela Heising

    L&D Progressive Enterprises

    "Jane coached three finalists on presentation and interview skills for our International Paul Simons Awards.... our team presented with panache and impact - best of all - one (of them) became the first Kiwi to win."

  • Helen Talbot

    Fashion Designer

    "Jane was encouraging, humorous and above all dedicated. My speech was a great success and surprisingly, I enjoyed the experience." "I highly recommend Jane's services."

  • Yvonne McLean

    ACC (ICF), Executive Coach

    "Working with Jane enabled me to take my presentation skills up another level."

    "I highly recommend Jane's services."
  • James Usmar

    Macquarie Private Wealth  - Wealth Management

    "She gets great results - what else do you need to know?"

    "I went from 25% to 85% follow up success."

    Read our case study


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