Speaking Testimonials


“From several sessions Martyn Sloman conducted for the ASTD, IPM and University of Johannesburg here in South Africa, I observed that he has an incredible ability to simplify some of the complexities in the modern learning environment.  He has a dynamic style of presentation and with his great sense of humour and active audience participation, he manages to inspire a group to take full ownership of learning, thinking and innovation. Moreover, Martyn has a unique ability to integrate lessons from the past and present, yet clearly outlining the change needed to create higher levels of learning in future.  We look forward to inviting him back to South Africa.”

Marius Meyer, CEO: South African Board for People Practices (SABPP)

“Martyn is highly appreciated at the European Commission for his impressive level of professional expertise and his amazing capacity to connect with the audience. Every time we have had the pleasure to welcome him here as a keynote speaker, facilitator or consultant he has excelled at sharing with us both his knowledge and his personal warmth. The world would be a better place if we could clone him.”

Fernando Garcia Ferreiro, Principal Adviser for HR Professionalisation, European Commission

“Martyn’s practical advice coupled with his engaging style as the keynote speaker set the correct tone for out inaugural Global Learning and Development Center of Expertise symposium. People found his presentation informative, interesting and most insightful and appreciated greatly his candor. All subsequent discussions resonated with Martyn’s words and his professionalism set the standard for all future events.”

Paul Nolan, Corporate Director, Global Learning and Development, AkzoNobel

“Participants at the seminars described him as a wonderful, informative speaker and found his delivery style very interactive and insightful. Martyn related really well with all his audiences, whilst also providing a wider perspective from his vast experience. He consistently rated at the top of the scale of out speaker evaluation surveys. At all stages of planning these visits we found Martyn to be a pleasure to work with – he was very professional, highly organised, friendly and accommodating at all times, and his willingness to work with paid staff and volunteers alike was greatly appreciated.”

Beverley Main, Chief Executive, HR Institute, New Zealand

“Your keynote presentation and the two workshops you provided collectively represented a comprehensive, indeed outstanding, contribution to the symposium. Your keynote in particular was thought-provoking, entertaining and added a real impetus to Day 2. Your participant evaluations topped the poll.”

Gary Willmott, Executive Director, Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore

“Martyn was the guest speaker at our student graduation where he put across a mixture of amusing anecdotes and a serious message. His passion for the subject was evident and he informed the audience of the salient points which generated much discussion later. He also used his wealth of experience in learning and development to explain the subject with some very amusing stories that we could all relate to. Lastly, Martyn left the group feeling congratulated and upbeat about their achievement and their future in the industry.”

Beth Russell, Director, Blue Sky Professional Development, Norwich

“The seminar was fantastic, I really liked the way Martyn presented it… really good stories (which are so important), well laid out and his theories (and the research behind them) really align with what I have been thinking and experiencing recently.”

Simon Weller, Manager, Learning & Development at Mazda Australia

“Your presentation not only struck a chord with the diverse audience of HR professionals, L&D specialists and trainers, but also was an excellent example how personal anecdote and research can be effectively and meaningfully combined.”

Dave Cooper, Canterbury Branch President, New Zealand Association for Training and Development

“I must say that is the first time in 31 years of having those events that the participants in a workshop have burst into spontaneous applause at the end! Numbers of people approached me afterwards to say how useful it was, and how much they enjoyed it, so thank you!”

Colin Ashcroft, Workshop Organiser, Natopss – Learn to Care

“The opening session is often a difficult one to deliver and this was certainly the case here where many of the delegates had a long and difficult journey to the venue. However, you immediately won the audience over and delivered a presentation that was for all an interesting and absorbing subject. Yet again you fully engaged the audience with a thought provoking session which many will remember and utilise in the future.”

Paul Piper, Defence Business Learning, Ministry of Defence

“The feedback from the students was indeed pleasing, and indicates both your skill as a teacher and their capacity to respond to the challenge you set. The course has given us food for thought as we plan the programme for 2010.”

Neville M Blampied, Head of Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand



“Martyn’s opening key note was the perfect start of our symposium on Informal Learning. He set the right atmosphere for the day with his charming, entertaining, and informative speaking style. In close interaction with the audience of (mainly) trainers in corporate learning, he challenged them to think about changing their mindset about contributing to business value, and adopting a learner-centric approach.”

Gert Jan Rozing, Oce Technologies, organizer Dommel Valley Group Symposium 2010


“When we launched the CIPD’s new Diploma in Human Resource Development, Martyn was the natural choice to host masterclasses for us on Learning and Development. The take up for these events was great – it really impressed our participants that Martyn was hosting these sessions for us! During the events Martyn openly shared his many insights and humour with the groups. People travelled from all over the UK to take part in these engaging, interactive and inspiring sessions. The feedback we received was second to none.”

Sarah Aubrey, CIPD Director, DPG plc.