A quick note to say thanks again for your positive, impactful coaching. It has made a big, big difference for me, and not just regarding giving a speech (which in and of itself has been huge). Your insights have really helped me link the opportunity to give a talk — and to me ‘being me’ — to being better able to share my unique gifts in service to others. This is a blessing.
Dina is a master coach. I was first trained by Dina and then I hired her to train the managers on my team. In my experience being trained she was insightful, succinct and focused. She quickly assessed what would make me better and provided very specific (and unvarnished) training on what to do. My presentation skills were markedly improved after just two meetings. Our exec hired her annually to brush up the presentation skills of his directs prior to a set of broad executive planning meetings. Dina was just as focused the 3rd and 4th times as she was the first.
In later years I hired Dina to do ‘pitch training’ for all the managers in my organization. She spent two hours with them as a group and it was widely regarded as the best of the monthly trainings we’d ever done. I saw those skills used again and again in pitching me and in pitching others. The results were practical, visible and effective.
If you work with Dina, you will be amazed at the depth of her preparation. She was a reporter and it shows. She comes, to use a sports analogy, ready to play. If you are working with her as the one who hired her to work with others, you will be pleased with her clarity of mission. She’ll deliver whatever you two agreed on.
Dina is a trusted advisor to me at Microsoft, providing high quality communications training for dozens of senior executives and subject matter experts preparing them for success around the world.
Dina has helped ensure successful presentations by our executives for important product launches, in particular for high-profile events with worldwide impact such as E3. She was able to get up to speed quickly on the specifics and nuances of our industry, our products and our consumers. This skill was critical for her credibility as a media trainer. She brings a fresh perspective and counsels in a manner that is respectful, encouraging and supportive. At the same time, she is unafraid to suggest ways to help people get out of their comfort zones and perform at their best.
I was introduced to Dina when I was at Expedia and we were launching “Tiger Team” support for our women in technology. Dina immediately became indispensable for the team, taking them through strategy, ideas, practice, and coaching for personal communications.
Her talent is matched by her warmth and she can make any room feel comfortable when tackling the art and science of communications and public speaking. She sets the standard for five-star support and I plan to hire her again and again for future teams.
I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact Dina’s engagement can have and I would recommend her services without hesitation to anyone.
During my tenure in a Chief of Staff capacity for the Enterprise business at Microsoft we asked Dina Napoli to work with a number of our executives to improve their public speaking and presentation skills.
The profile of these executives were very senior, very established leaders, all with 20+ years of industry experience and multiple years of internal tenure who were considered solid presenters. I watched Dina engage and build a very different relationship with each of these executives. Dina customized her style so as to establish and develop a trust relationship with each executive so she could relate to them. Dina was extremely adept at fostering these relationships quickly, in only a limited time window, to allow her to deliver very candid feedback that landed in an incredibly constructive and respectful way. The nature of the feedback allowed the executives to consume, process and action it very quickly.
The difference in our executives pre and post engaging with Dina was remarkable. In one instance, after only 3 x 1 hr sessions, one executive went on stage to conduct a presentation and came across as a completely different person. Dina had successfully addressed issues such as using the entire stage space, engaging the audience, physical gesturing, leveraging pauses, breathing and pace of speaking. I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact Dina’s engagement can have and I would recommend her services without hesitation to anyone.
Dina takes great care to prepare well for media trainings, leading participants to marvel on how remarkably she understands their businesses. She gives direct, valuable and specific feedback that participants can easily learn from and apply going forward. She coaches with kindness – keeping the participant as the full focus of the training, and modifies approaches, styles and feedback to meet the needs at hand. Dina has been instrumental in helping me elevate the Media Training program to become globally successful.
I was introduced to Dina while preparing for a competitive pitch. Even though I am pretty comfortable presenting on the stage but this one was different and with high stakes. It was a 60 sec pitch in front of hundreds of people and on a new stage. In just one meeting, Dina gave me new tools to overcome stage-fear and provided feedback on my presentation to make it better such as where to stress my words and where to even smile. When I got on the stage, because of all the preparation, I felt a new calmness and presentation went better than I expected. I highly recommend Dina to anyone presenting to any audience, irrespective of their skill level.
In partnering with Dina on a high-profile spokesperson readiness effort, I was continually impressed with her keen eye and ability to detect actions and habits that interfered with effective presentations, communicate suggested changes in a way that was non-threatening and would resonate with the participant, then motivate participants to really embrace and practice the behaviors and skills she imbued in them. She really had a strong, positive impact.
Had the opportunity to be trained by Dina for broadcast media interviews. Dina was great. She gave a lot of good instruction (tools, tips) to be used when doing live interviews and was very open and honest with her feedback (even when it wasn’t what you wanted to hear) during practice sessions which I found very helpful. I’d definitely recommend Dina as a strong resource for anyone starting their “spokesperson journey” or someone who has been doing it for years and wants to improve their performance in landing key messages.
Dina has been an invaluable part of developing our company’s public communications. Her ability to work with a broad range of experience levels and communications styles is astounding. Dina has done extensive presentation coaching and media training with us. She has an uncanny ability to bring out the best in our team through a perfect blend of encouragement and positive feedback. I never thought working with a communications pro for coaching could be enjoyable, but she has made converts of even the most reluctant members of our leadership team. For those looking to take their communications to the highest levels, Dina delivers.
Dina has helped me develop my skills for on-air appearances, public speaking and communication in settings big or small. Her coaching has empowered me to be fearless whether I am speaking to a crowd of thousands or appearing on the Today Show. She’s taught me the importance of succinct messaging so that our company mission is understood across all channels. Dina has added tremendous value to my business and personal confidence!
Dina is an expert in her field. She is always well prepared, filled with ideas, clear on her feedback, focused on her clients’ goals, and a great cheerleader. Dina’s rare combination of deep experience, skill, attitude, and discerning eye is hard to find.
Dina’s work has made a huge difference to me. I can’t thank her enough but will keep trying.