Training Endorsements

Here is a selection of general endorsements I have received for my training facilitation. You can also refer to specific endorsements on the training course pages.

Cyril Skwatsha, Specialist Company Secretary, Kumba Iron Ore, Corporate Office, Corporate Secretariat.

This is to express our great gratitude for the service we have received from your organization (BOTI)  in our effort, in promoting good ethical business conduct through the conflict of interest workshops.

We would not have been able to achieve the same level of reception and feedback if it was not for the delegated facilitator from your end. He has a unique approach coupled with a great personality in delivering his lesson to his audience. With the above said, thank you and Deon Binneman for a sterling job.

Professor Monica Singer CA (SA), Consensys South Africa lead, Board member of SAICA and Accounting Blockchain Coalition: Many years ago I attended the Stakeholder Reputation Management training that Deon facilitated. I was one of the first CEOs to attend. Not sure why as I found the training extremely useful and it has benefited me greatly in terms of decision making. This training makes one think strategically about Stakeholders and Reputation and I believe this is a required skill set for Board members and executives alike.

Hayley Gillman, Program Director, Business Optimization Training Institute

Dear Deon, Thank you very much for your services and for representing BOTI in a professional manner. We look forward to more opportunities in the future.

Ellen Chan, Senior Producer, Marcus Evans, Asia. “I have enjoyed working with Deon. He is a great trainer and expert in crisis and reputation management. He recently did a public training for me in the China market, all I received is excellent feedback from all the attendees.”

Melanie Hwalek, Founder and CEO, SPEC Associates: I teach a master’s degree course in Evaluation Management each year at Michigan State University. Every year, I have my students watch Deon’s YouTube lecture on stakeholder management. It is not only entertaining but totally educational with regard to understanding the importance of stakeholders when managing a project. Kudos and thanks for sharing the video, Deon!

Lillian Mofokeng, Spokesperson, PRASA

I have found the training and workshops by Deon Binneman over the years very relevant and empowering.

Dalu Cele

“Deon is an exceptional trainer, speaker, and reputation specialist, I gained extensive information and understanding through my interaction with him during the Marketing Your Consulting business workshop. I am looking for assignments where I can work with him particularly on the reputation and stakeholder management aspects of our clients. I would recommend Deon to any business that wants to advance its own stakeholder management and reputation.”

Arno Wakfer CA (SA)Business Minded CA:

I attended a great workshop yesterday hosted by Deon Binneman on how to market your consulting practice. I suggest you attend as it is good value for money taking into account the valuable insights you get from his 19 years of experience. It is not just theory you walk away with tools, best practice methodologies, and practical examples.

Seija Tyrninoksa; Country Representative for South Africa; International Red Cross Federation:

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your inspiring Stakeholder Reputation course this week! The dynamism, the opportunities, the emphasis on the importance of careful research, friendly and caring approach for the care of various stakeholders – the summary of the framework you presented for addressing stakeholder management was all very relevant and confirmed my personal beliefs and practice in the past in relation to our stakeholders with whom we are working in our field.

Tshepo Mazibuko, Head: Stakeholder Relations Management, Group Corporate Affairs, Standard Bank Ltd:

Thanks, Deon! The session was superb, you were amazing & the participants were out of this world. Thank you once again for sharing with me your vast knowledge & experience in life in general & in particular, around stakeholder relations & management.

L. J. Mahlangu, Chairperson, Municipal Demarcation Board:

The two days we spent on the Stakeholder Reputation course were probably the best investment of my time I have done in many years.  The course was extremely useful and the group was great. Thumbs up for the Community of Practice (Stakeholder Reputation Group on Linkedin)

Dr. Amani Saidi, National Research Foundation

The Stakeholder Reputation course was extremely relevant to the stakeholder function, was well-structured, and effectively delivered by the facilitator. The high level of people that attended, and the high level of class discussions enriched the course further, plus the course was competitively priced, such that it is greater value for money.

Col. Charles Comley, Dept of Defence- a military Researcher with 27 years experience:

The Stakeholder Reputation Management Master Class provides “Portable skills”- skills that can be used anywhere”.

Nicholas Sicora:

“Deon Binneman as I have told you countless times, I wish I lived closer to Africa as I would LOVE to attend one of your seminars. If you ever bring your training to the United States or you want to partner with my organization to deliver your training in the US. I would love that.”

Amanda van den Berg; Department of Development Studies, School of Economics Development and Tourism, NMMU:

 I found the Stakeholder Reputation Management Master Class extremely useful. I am sitting at a conference today (development studies) and they have mentioned the idea of stakeholders a number of times. Thanks so much.

Ian Simpson, Commercial Manager, Murray and Roberts:

I would like to thank you for your contribution to our topic and Senior Management Development Programme, we used your material extensively and made sure to refer to you extensively in our presentation to our board who were happy with the content.

Abiola Aloba, Head Strategic Cost Management, Sterling Bank Plc., Lagos:

The bank sent me on Deon’s Reputation and Brand Management training in 2013 and it was great.

Sana-Ullah Bray, Group Secretary: Santam Limited:

Dear Deon, Thanks for the Corporate Reputation workshop. Most informative! I have just included 1 or 2 slides on Reputation in my Corporate Governance presentation to the Board.

Chesney Bradshaw:

Your training at the SBDC in the late ’80s was the best I ever received. Thanks for your excellent reasons for small business failure and insightful comments. Your practical, hands-on experience is extremely valuable.

John Sukazi, Head of Marketing and Communication at Gauteng Provincial Treasury:

Hi Deon, I attended one of your reputation management courses last year. It was an eye-opener on many things. I must organize a refresher session for me and my team. Will be in touch.

Brian Stanley, Head of Operational Risk Alan Gray Investments:

Many thanks for a great two days. Felt the course was excellent – a great balance between theory and practical value that could be immediately actioned. Risk is often difficult to bring to life – which you managed to achieve very effectively – as well as keep the energy and interest levels up throughout. Lots of good stuff in there that would prove useful in some of the work and convincing that lies ahead at Allan Gray.

Maphefo Anno-Frempong, CEO of TETA:

Thanks for making us reflect on the key issues of stakeholder management in the class. It was certainly valuable and spot on. I have been reading a book on the reasons CEOs fail – (they call it derailers) and stakeholder management is the make or break issue in all instances worldwide. I saw my own stakeholder engagements in a different light and I must say it has brought a difference in my own life. I experienced a positive spin-off of the workshop for TETA yesterday. Noma and I planned last year to meet with all her stakeholders as one key stakeholder was leaving us for another SETA.

When we met to establish the reasons, he demonstrated the benefits for his organization that they would receive from the other SETA. So I called the key role-players in the sub-sector concerned and indicated the need for a closer partnership. We planned for meetings for the first part of this year. By the time we came to your class, we had already planned to see the sub-sectors of industry captains. After attending your course, Noma and I knew we were on to groundbreaking stuff and we went to meet with the stakeholders. It was amazing how the engagement session went. Outstanding work indeed! The chairperson of the Board and owner of the company came to the meeting with the MD and all key executives and we had such a blast for the benefit of the transport industry. Thank you for affirming through your course the work we do! I truly appreciate it! It is a definite must for most executives.

Lebogang Maboe – Attorney:

It’s always so refreshing to sit and learn under someone who knows what they’re talking about!! Yesterday’s Marketing your Consulting Practice workshop shifted many preconceived ideas I had on the importance and impact of effective marketing. It was different, fresh and very enlightening!!  Many, many thanks Deon.

Dr. Itah Kandgii Murangi, Dean of Students, University of Namibia:

Deon, Allow me to thank you for putting us through such a wonderful Crisis Management training. I enjoyed every session of that course. And I mean that, really!  I am eager to get connected to some of those psychological newsletters and/ or websites you alluded to when I was there.

Hilton Atkinson, Manager, External Stakeholder Relations, Corporate Affairs, Exxaro:

I found the Stakeholder Reputation Management Master Class very useful. Good to exchange ideas about the topic and important to interact with other players in the field, i.e. yourself and the peers who were on the course. I enjoyed your inputs which make one re-assess and challenge the status quo in some areas.

Seakle Godschalk, (Pr. Sci.Nat.), Environmental & Sustainability Solutions:

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your insightful and stimulating marketing workshop. It helped us to understand our challenges as a small consultancy better but, more importantly, also the opportunities we have. We are inspired by the workshop and have already started implementing some of the ideas whilst others are still under consideration. The added value by pointing out project management tools such as Asana is also appreciated. We have now moved our project management to Asana, which is especially useful in our situation where we operate Pretoria and Johannesburg offices.

Janet Venter, PA to Theuns de Bruyn, Executive Vice President – Process Division, Lonmin:

Deon, Ek wil net weereens dankie sê vir die stunning kursus wat jy aangebied het, ek het dit verbasend baie interresant gevind en kon iets huistoe vat wat ek wel kan gebruik in my werksplek.

Mathebula, Juliet, Marketing, Standard Bank:

 The Stakeholder Reputation Course is a must for any communications, marketing, Human resource, project manager, organizations …the list goes on and on. It really gives one an edge when put what we have learned into practice. I have applied this since coming back and I have seen an increase in my relationship with the specialists who support my projects inspired me to act, I have increased my rapport with them, they are going an extra mile for me as I have focused on them not me. Some of the tools I already knew however I was not applying them intelligently. You have really opened my mind to think broadly and it reinforces better planning. It helps you to connect, create meaningful bonds as you will know what each stakeholder needs to know – you share what they need to know, using the right media and at the right time. You are also able to anticipate possible areas of resistance/issues and deal with them upfront. If this is the only career investment I make this year, then the money is well spent.

Marjorie Dean, Communications Consultant, SATSA:

Dear Deon, Thank you for this.  I found the Crisis Management workshop very valuable, especially your contribution as both lecturer and moderator.

Malebo Modise, Standard Bank Corporate Affairs:

Deon’s training helped me to sharpen my own perspective on certain issues in the stakeholder management field. Just thinking………I picked up on radio news this morning that about 100m illegal cigarettes enter SA each year and the revenue loss to SARS amounts to about R1.4b per annum. You will recall that Deon gave us an exercise on this and when I heard this on the radio my mind went “stakeholder map, reputation and business risk, strategic partnerships, etc….”

Shirona Patel, Communications Manager, Advancement and Partnerships Division, Wits University:

 It certainly was a very fulfilling workshop where I obtained a comprehensive overview of stakeholder relations and its importance to organizations.

Fikile Kuhlase, General Manager: Transformation, The Banking Association, SA:

My thoughts on the Stakeholder Reputation Workshop: “Inspiring! What an eye-opener… stakeholder management is not the preserve of the manager in charge but rather an integrated function that all should have responsibility for, that was my feedback to our MD. Its’ strategic importance is to be elevated in organizations. Brilliant learning opportunity. Equipped me with invaluable tools! Empowered by new terminologies such as silositis, reputation drivers, stakeholder attributes, stakeholder models, universal principles of stakeholder management, and the unpacking of the mission for stakeholder management, etc… Loved your sense of humor, by the way, what does GUAVA stand for? I need that for new terminology acquired. Your presentation layout is superb and user-friendly. I benefited immensely.

Richard Miller, Johannesburg Stock Exchange:

Deon, Thank you for your insight. It is most fruitful. I discovered many nuggets in your crisis training which will place the JSE in a better position to weather storms that may befall us.

Cornea Matthee, Group Compliance & Risk Officer, Centriq Insurance Company Ltd.

Die opleiding was baie sinvol. Dankie weereens.