What our clients say about Elizabeth Van Den Bergh
Hilde Helsen — Author, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Coach, Engineer, Networker
I write this testimonial 6 weeks after the TEDx Flanders event, April 3th,2019.
Speaking at TEDx was for me one more dream come true. What a present to be given such a stage to spread my idea: If more of us become Dreamers who Do, the world would be a better place.
I did not only enjoy the 12’ on stage and the afterglow. Prior to being on stage, I was in the caring and professional hands of Elizabeth and what a treat that was.
Elizabeth takes her mission seriously; she is well prepared, organized and professional. TEDx is a format and for me that was both a challenge and an opportunity. It limited my freedom, which was for me sometimes hard to accept and at the same time it forced me to get my message clear in 12’. Elizabeth noticed early on this struggle in me and thanks to her caring attitude she found the way to lead me through the process.
The enthusiasm and the deep interest she showed every time we were in contact be it during the coaching sessions or during the numerous interim calls supported me all along the process.
What Elizabeth reinforced with me and what I will take along for the future: preparation, preparation, … and then let go, just do it and be yourself. Content wise: keep it simple, limited number of words and every word that stays has his meaning if not it can go out.
Getting a Public Speaking Coaching by Elizabeth gives you a real compagnon de route: caring, professional and strict when needed. I like it that way.
Thanks once more, Elizabeth!
Agnieszka Walter-Drop — Director-General at European Parliament
Elizabeth is a lively and positive person. Very responsive to the client individual needs.
The interaction with her is energising. I will certainly use the tips and techniques from the sessions and the excellent material.
Expect an interactive, enriching journey through your own strengths and weaknesses, helping you enhance your natural capacities. Thank you Elizabeth!
Christina Rupp — Director at European Parliament
Elizabeth responded immediately to my wish to start with practical exercises. She agreed to spend only little time on theory and to work directly on real examples of speeches I had to deliver in the near future.
I appreciated her attention to every detail of a speech and her concrete proposals for improvement. Most importantly, she made me conscious of how my speech could be perceived by the audience, by providing honest feedback, always together with concrete tips for improvement, in order to deliver a more convincing speech.
I will remember and apply her concern for a well-structured speech. I will also remember her advice on how we unconsciously diminish importance we attach to argument and how we can, on the contrary, attach importance by choosing or omitting the right words.
Elizabeth has been an extremely valuable, practical help with public speaking at different occasions.
Yin Oei — Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) TomorrowLab & Living Tomorrow
Recently I attended the Summer School “Public Speaking”.
I was impressed by her professionalism, enthusiasm, creativity, and resourcefulness, she also is an excellent listener making you feel comfortable right away.
She analyses your situation and goals and gives you not only inspirational advice but also very targeted and pragmatic solutions and ideas. I have not only found answers in regard to public speaking, I’ve found my future destination. Therefore I would highly recommend Elizabeth to make her valuable contribution to your life!
Zelda la Grange — Nelson Mandela’s personal aide for 19 years, author and speaker
I met Elizabeth van den Bergh during preparation for TEDxFlanders 2019. Elizabeth was introduced to me as coach to prepare for my presentation.
My experience with Elizabeth Is that she is a person with outstanding ability to coach and teach speakers, make them feel confident and engage in a professional way. She invests all her energy in the subject and transfers her knowledge and skill in a pleasant and friendly manner to make one feel at ease with being coached.
Elizabeth has, in my opinion excellent work ethic and dedicates herself to the improvement of others. She thrives on excellence and her pleasant demeanor makes one grow fond of her as a person Instantaneously.
She is an excellent coach and comes highly recommended.
Anna-Kaisa Itkonen — Spokesperson, Gender Equality Campaigner
I attended Elizabeth’s speaking course as part of a private event. Despite the short workshop, I learned a great number of hacks that I have been using in my daily work since.
In addition to the speaking tricks of the trade, Elizabeth had framed all of the exercises in a context that gave a lot of food for thought – especially for women speakers preparing for panels and bigger presentations.
Speaking is something very personal, but Elizabeth’s way of advising was definitely empowering and encouraging in the most positive way possible.
Prof. dr. Elke Van Hoof — Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and CEO of Center for Resilience
For my TEDxFlanders talk, I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Van Den Bergh from Montis Public Speaking. Not only was the contact very warm, Elizabeth was able to lift my presentation skills to another level. The training made me aware of my blind spots and gave me alternatives.
I felt more confident to present to a non-science audience. Now that my talk is done, I feel excited to do it again.
Not only did Elizabeth gave me excellent coaching, she provided me with other additional advice on clothing and style. You can watch my videos online to see the progress… 😉
I would definitely recommend Elizabeth to colleagues, companies, … to everyone who want to lift their skills up and become an all-rounder!
Sarah Ann Macklin, Model and Nutritionist
Elizabeth took lots of time to help me find an angle for my speech and helped develop my ideas into a structure, something I do struggle. The continuous sessions and Elizabeths calm nature allowed me to develop a great structure for a TEDx talk. Thank you so much Elizabeth!
Elisabetta Renni — Sales Manager at Solvay
What I appreciated most was Elizabeth’s availability and kindness, plus her professionalism and patience.
I’ll especially remember how to warm up your body and face, and how to add emotion during the presentation.
I can recommend Elizabeth’s coaching as a very detailed and comprehensive training on presentation skills, leadership behaviors and PowerPoint delivery.
Antonia Potter-Prentice — Director at Alliance 2015
Elizabeth was very warm and relatable, worked well with small team. I think a lot was covered in a short time and it was well adapted to the needs of our small team with quite different needs. The training combined practical and emotional/psychological insight cleverly and persuasively. It felt adapted to our needs, practical and interactive.
Expect a hands on training from someone who can listen to and adapt to their needs, and has genuine expertise to share.
Alba Halilaj — Product Manager at Ritech Solutions
I reached Elizabeth to help me improve my public speaking and leadership skills. Well, that’s exactly what she did!
In a pretty short amount of time, she has transformed how I come across to others. I already had some experience, but Elizabeth empowered me. She helped me add an excitement and a spark when I’m up there speaking to an audience or even my team, that holds everyone’s attention.
The most definitive moments of payoff were after Elizabeth worked with me on a tailored program. Her ability to help me find more powerful words, streamline my ideas more effectively, build stories with strong imagery and communicate the final speech in a dynamic style is making an impact on my audiences. And I’m enjoying the compliments afterward.
Elke Jeurissen — Co-Founder at GLASSROOTS and Founder at Fierce Ladies
Elizabeth has an approachable style and gives very concrete and useful tips, both for people who’ve never been on stage and experienced speakers. What I’ll always remember: talk slower and use the power of pauses to persuade.
A good structure, tips on posture and speaking rhythm and the chance to practice immediately. You get it all. And it’s the only way to learn to speak persuasively with impact. That what you get with Elizabeth.
Veerle Seymus – Co-founder of QuidProJobs
Elizabeth’s intense 1-on-1 training provided an end-2-end solution for me: she drastically improved the text of the presentation, gave solid advice on the visuals (use of colors, white space, pictures, font, and figures, number of pages, etc), critically eyed my physical appearance and rehearsed how to use voice, intonation and overall body language. A 360° experience so to say. In her amiable style, Elizabeth upgraded me and gave me the confidence to speak in front of a public. I’ll probably always die a little beforehand, but at least now I know how to bring my message across and leave it lingering for a while. Thanks, Elizabeth!
Tom Voorma – City Agriculture at City of The Hague
In preparation of the Climate-KIC Summit in Milan Oct 2017 Elizabeth has proven to me to be a truly dedicated moderator for the session ‘A New Urban Food Culture’, where I was on the panel. Elizabeth was professionally interested in the subject as wel as the person and the story behind the topic. In my opinion this is what is needed to moderate a truly interesting and investigative session, and it shows Elizabeths is skilled in what she does.
The German Marshall Fund of the US
The German Marshall Fund of the US hired Elizabeth for a one day intensive training on Innovating Events and Better Speaking.
“Elizabeth is great at listening as well as conveying messages in a concise and effective way. She is also really good at highlighting positive aspects during her evaluation (of the participant’s speaking exercises) and giving advices without criticising.”
“Finding out about different confidence building techniques based on different personalities provided me with great insight.”
“Rich course, well structured.”
“Very interesting concepts & tips.”
Director – European Institutions
I worked with Elizabeth to improve my overall communication and leadership skills. Elizabeth inspires by her positivity and sense of humor. She rapidly understood the issues that I raised and translated them into skills I needed.
She offers quite original frameworks that gave good guidance to the discussion. How she uses colors to indicate different speaking styles was extremely helpful.
Elizabeth made me think, made me aware and made sure I practiced the newly acquired skills.
I recommend working with Elizabeth for the depth she brings to the topics and her ability to meet your expectation and reach your goals.
Jean-Letitia Saldanha – Senior Advisor CIDSE
The tools and tips ere very useful. And so were the exercises. Learning about different personality types in the audience was one of the most valuable parts in the training for me. A well prepared, methodical trainer with a lot of flexibility!
Marco Settembri – CEO EMENA Nestlé
I worked with Elizabeth for a one-on-one coaching on communication and public speaking. Because there are things about your own communication that you are not aware of.
Elizabeth brings solid theory and tips. Her advice was very much measure made.
I learned how to be and sound natural in an organised and prepared way. As a result of the coaching I will speak and engage better and I’ll be more comfortable. I recommend working with Elizabeth because she will truly challenge you.
Charlotte Brandsma – Foreign Policy Analyst German Marshall Fund of the US & BXL Binder
The (Powerful Speaking for Women) workshop gave lots of opportunity for interaction. I picked up plenty of tips and tricks for a more powerful presentation. It was eye-opening to see how simple sentences can change your message from weak to impactful. This is an interactive training with lots of good advice to take home.
I attended a public speaking coaching last week, which was organised for women. For anyone living in Belgium and interested in such coaching, I can warmly recommend Montis Public speaking, which is run by Elizabeth Van Den Bergh.
And for the record: I am not getting anything for this recommendation! I found Elizabeth really good and easy to approach. If you are a professional who maybe needs the extra boost for an important presentation, job interview etc, she’s your woman!
Full article: On the art of speaking out.
Gina Lovett – Acting Director Communications Climate-KIC
Elizabeth is a pleasure to work with, engaged and curious. From the first meeting where we discussed the brief and the task at ahead, Elizabeth was fully engaged, curious and asked lots of helpful questions to focus on what was needed. Once Elizabeth was briefed and understood what needed to be done, I felt confident about letting her get on with building a rapport with the speakers and developing the panels for the day. She also showed good grace and professionalism in a pressured situation in rehearsals. Elizabeth’s presenting work was great – calm and thoughtful. Elizabeth was a really crucial part of the events team.
Ilka Neumann – Project Consultant Pracsis
I would definitely recommend the training ‘Powerful Public Speaking for Women’. It was very interesting to test and analyse different presentation styles. And it is very helpful to have some techniques at hand to manage emotions before and during a presentation.
Ylva Nordström – Marketing Specialist in Retail Stores & Stories
I definitely recommend Elizabeth because she gave me top notch coaching according to my needs. The keynote coaching was very much to the point. Elizabeth made it about me and not about her. I will remember the importance of highlighting the key points of your presentation and to cut away all unnecessary information.
Nikoleta Arnaudova – Policy Advisor Third-I
The fact that the training took into account not only the external work, but also the internal work made it very valuable. Very calm, educative and supportive approach to a topic that makes a lot of people nervous and stressed.
Amelia Yzaguirre – Researcher Mathematician
The training (Powerful Public Speaking for Women) was a great opportunity to meet women who share a common goal, to improve and grow. I’ve learned where my weaknesses are and ways that I can develop myself to grow stronger. I learned that there is a mutually shared reality that all of us are navigating together. I feel empowered by the tools and exercises we received. I will definitely use them to continue my growth.
Iva Petkovic – EU Panel Watch
Learning about all the manifestations of self-doubt (apologizing, weak voice, holding back) was a real eye-opener. The training gave me the tools to develop a new relationship with my nerves and my emotions. The small group size, interactive exercises and the sharing of stories make the day very valuable for me. I am now familiar with the key ingredients for a good public speaking performance.
Alexander Von Maillot – CEO Nestlé Belgilux
Thanks to the one-on-one speaking coaching with Elizabeth I learned how to be a better speaker by just changing small things. The sessions were outstanding and already after the first session I was able to make big improvements. How to structure your presentation and the many easy to apply quick wins were the most valuable elements in the training for me. Within two half days I got all the needed tools and information to increase significantly the quality of my public speaking.
Courtney Gehle – Executive Director of The Better Tomorrow Movement and EDD Young Leader 2017
Elizabeth is a very competent trainer who knows her subject material and who is able to help with broad challenges as well as specific concerns. I learned that how you say something is as important, if note more important that what you say. I learned that the most important aspect of any public speaking is to have a clear message that can be expressed as both a power phrase or as part of a long speech.
Richard Dzikunu – Advocate from Restless Development and Journalist
Elizabeth knows exactly what is needed for good public speaking regardless the occasion. The most important thing I learned in the training was how to be precise and be clear on your main points in your presentation. I really appreciated the cordiality of the trainer.
Olivera Medugorac – European Affairs Manager Nestlé
The Nestle Public Affairs team hired Elizabeth as a speaker coach for the high profile conference Food4Talk, featuring 4 outstanding speakers. Elizabeth’s task was to align their performance style, timing and messaging to create a coherent conference story.
I highly appreciated the simplicity and clarity of her instructions, her sharp eye for details and her approach to the content on all levels. Elizabeth showed how even very experienced speakers can make their talks more impactful.
I would definitely recommend Elizabeth because of the very smooth and pleasant guidance she provides and her ability to handle complex clients and projects.
Lucyna Gutman Grauer – Training Consultant, Interel
Elizabeth run a one day training on Impactful PPTs for consultants at Interel in the end of 2014. Her session was lively, practical with plenty of great illustrations and insightful ideas. the PPT she prepared was a model to use. All participants agreed in saying that Elizabeth delivered it in a most interesting and hands-on way. We’ll definitely continue working with Elizabeth on many other training topics.
Gareth Harding – writer, lecturer and media trainer at Clear Europe
I worked with Elizabeth on European Development Days in November 2013. My task was to conduct interviews with VIPs – presidents, prime ministers, European commissioners etc. That is usually a hopeless task – especially two days before an event. However, with Elizabeth acting as my producer/fixer we managed to interview everyone we wanted to. She is super-efficient, well-connected, scarily organised and an absolute pleasure to work with.