Testimonials 2018-09-24T10:47:33+00:00


What People Say…

Look through the eyes of David’s clients, partners, workshop participants, and wider network to see how he can help you.

Danielle Conway, Client Relationship Manager, Envisia Learning

“I have had the pleasure of working with David on a multinational coaching project with one of our biggest clients. I have always found David very reliable, professional and engaged in our programmes. Our participants face some tough circumstances and David is always very understanding and flexible around their needs. It is clear to see that David is extremely passionate about their development and we have received some wonderful feedback from them on his coaching.”

Career Fast-Track scheme participant, International Charity

“David is an amazing career coach and I feel very fortunate to benefit from his insights, guidance and advice.”

Manager, International Charity

“What attracted me to David as a coach was his wider perspective. He had the experience and depth to be able to deal with what I needed at this time from a coach. He gave me a safe space to share emotionally and professionally. I always felt I was on his radar and he was giving me enough attention. I found the tools and materials he used very helpful. David was responsive to my needs for how often we met, an email or a call. What he said he provided was what I got.”

Jim Worsley, Plant Manager, British Steel

“I worked with David during a challenging period at work. Over a 9-month period we had a series of 1:1 coaching sessions, these helped me navigate my way through leading a transformation project in a high-pressure industrial environment. A very valuable experience which contributed to a very successful outcome. Our coaching sessions: helped me set clear goals; pushed me to see things from a different perspective; helped me realise it starts with me – self-awareness! Allowed me to dictate the content, pace, and frequency of sessions; pushed me out of my comfort zone and above all helped me provide my own solutions. David was very professional and personable at all times. A critical friend and advisor!”

Oliver Mansell, University Manager

“David is an unfailingly professional and approachable coach. He writes and interacts in an extremely engaging and articulate way. He offers intuitive, pertinent and perceptive insights, which act as ready catalysts for further personal reflection. His feedback is always highly personalised, and it is well-balanced in terms of being both challenging and supportive. I would have no hesitation in recommending his coaching service to others.”

Gina Scholfield, NHS Manager

“The coaching gave me a lot of focus. It helped me ask those questions you don’t really ask or formulate the answers to yourself. It’s the accountability thing… this is what I’ve done and I’m getting to where I need to be.”

Broadcast Engineering Manager, Arqiva

“David has been a great coach for me and has provided me an opportunity to fine tune and develop my management skills and techniques back at the workplace. He listened very carefully and provided me with very useful, informative and constructive feedback that allowed me to make appropriate learning decisions and adjustments to improve my management style and approach.”

Student Course Representative, Huddersfield University

“This was probably the most helpful employability training I’ve received and I’ve been on quite a lot. I like how on point it was, actually useful, and not just giving out BS buzzwords.”

Unemployed Graduates, Fastlaners Programme, Uprising

“Engaging and inspiring”; “Really interesting and helpful information”; “Very interactive format”; I’ve learned greatly from David. He’s a dream career coach anyone would wish to have.”

Emma Fenely, Student, Leeds Beckett University

“I loved the event, I left feeling very motivated about the prospects for getting a job! David was a great speaker, and inspiring to listen to.”

Dawn Leggott, Academic, Leeds Beckett University

“David is professional, informed, organised, and approachable and helps students and academic staff alike. His enthusiasm is truly infectious and I would highly recommend David to any company or university. His creative ideas to enhance student and graduate employability, such as his Employer Days, are second to none.”

Participants in Arts Council Graduate Fellowship Scheme

“I think you facilitated the session brilliantly and you have a lovely, calming presence;” “Brilliant training session, good to have an honest reflection of how I’m perceived at work and opened up new ways of thinking about my personal skills set and thinking post-scheme;” “Excellent training that opened up areas of awareness and how I come across professionally. Especially helped me see how I can develop a plan to have more impact.”

Julika Niehaus, Programme Manager, International Citizen Service

“David facilitated a staff training of trainers for VSO and International Citizen Service staff from across the globe as well as various job readiness workshops for ICS alumni. In both cases, working with David has been fantastic: David is hugely knowledgeable on the topic of youth employability and successfully shared his knowledge and passion with his training audience. David’s contribution has been key in working towards the ICS objective of increasing volunteers’ employability. Feedback from staff and alumni was equally positive and highlighted David’s ability to relate to young people, effectively facilitate and cover workshop content in a concise and engaging manner. I have appreciated David’s flexibility and can-do approach and hope to work with him again in the future.”

Sara Clarkson, Senior Course Director, Common Purpose

“David has been a great asset to our work with both students and graduates. He quickly builds a good rapport with the audience and has an impact that they remember long after the workshop/event has finished.”

Olwyn Parkinson, Careers Adviser

“I attended a Career Development Institute course on becoming self-employed run by David Shindler and based around “Learning to Leap”. It was one of the best courses I have ever been on and certainly gave me the confidence to take the plunge!”

Brett Arnall, Alumni Relations Officer, Leeds Trinity University

“David is an engaging presenter able to captivate his audience by pitching presentations in an optimal way. He is very knowledgeable and personable. I would thoroughly recommend David if you are looking for a motivational speaker.”

Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO, Youth Employment UK

“David supports us with mentoring, governance, representing YEUK at events and through presentations. He always exceeds expectations and is forever giving more. David is passionate about young people and supporting them to excellence. He understands the youth employment landscape and is an expert in the employability space.”

Chris Milborrow, Internal Audit Trainee, BDO UK

“David is living proof that social networking works! I first met David on Twitter where he approached me to write a blog on employability for his site, Learning to Leap. Since then, I have gained from some brilliant knowledge and insight from both David’s work and from him personally and see him as a major influencer in the employability space. David has in depth knowledge of what companies look for, not only when hiring graduates, but also in the early career stages and has invaluable advice to benefit my generation of graduates and undergraduates!”

A selection of websites that have recommended Learning to Leap