Below is a selection of some the testimonials we have received from past students/graduates.

“I’m happy to say I graduated last month and I am now making inroads into developing a home-based freelancing proofreading business. Currently I’m working on a blurb for my new Facebook page. I honestly didn’t imagine, when I started the course, that I’d be going in this direction. Actually I had no idea WHAT might come of it! But I feel I’ve found my passion, my niche, and things are starting to sprout from little seeds planted here and there. Very exciting!”Anna Cullen, Takapuna.
Hello Tutor Dick Ward, Registrar Carol and Principal Brian,

I’m sending this email to express my gratitude to you all at NZIBS.

Taking the proofreading course last year was definitely a life game-changer for me. The learnings I gathered from the course study materials, the textbooks, the tutor instructions and interactions from all of you (including my fellow students) have set me up for a successful start for the proofreading services I now offer.

Shortly after receiving my diploma I was able to secure a freelance proofreading job for a school.

Thus, I have recovered my investment already. Actually, it is an amount more than I spent enrolling for the course. And in such a short period, too! (I wish I could say the same for my university degree which took me a few years to realise a ROI on my uni fees.)

My first paying proofreading client has complimented me on the professional manner in which I have communicated with them, as well as the structured way I delivered my proofreading service.

Mind you, I have done nothing special except follow all the guidelines from the course.

The nuggets of wisdom I received from the proofreading and editing course are definitely the proven formula for success!

Some clients may require proofreading that is different to how it’s done traditionally in the publishing world.

For my proofreading work, so far, I didn’t have to wield a red pen or mark physical sheets of papers. I have been asked to proofread content that is held in either a technology platform or in the form of PDFs. Regardless, the principles and core teachings I gained from the course still remains relevant and useful despite the different medium of delivery.

The most valuable takeaway I took with me from this course was the confidence I gained in order to take on the job.

So, again, thank you!

Sincerely
Sherryl Gibbs, Dip Edit

testimonials_martin_turnerThe staff at NZIBS gave me excellent support during my course. I have attained new skills for CV writing. I have a future in helping people with job applications. I highly recommend the Proofreading and Editing course as it can open up new possibilities.Martin Turner
Embarking on this course has given me renewed physical and mental vigour in some aspects of living which had lost some of their sparkle. I am enjoying the new direction my life is taking.Gladys Burgess, Ashburton
I am enjoying my retirement after leaving my stressful employment in the insurance industry. I have enjoyed the Proofreading and Book Editing Course immensely. I really enjoyed creating my own business cards and letterhead. This course has provided excellent skills knowledge plus the tools for setting myself up in business. Faye Robinson, Halswell
Renata was born in Russia. I am passionate about personal relationships. I’ve been in love, married, separated, divorced – not an easy part of my life – but this training helped me turn these situations into personal growth opportunities. This Life Coach training has given me new strengths, new interests, new hobbies, etc. A door has opened into my new life.

My role now is to help other people open their own doors into their own new lives. As a Life Coach I will be able to help people find their own inner peace and to see how beautiful and enjoyable their lives can be.Renata Marhevka, Christchurch

The skills and experiences I have gained on this Proofreading course are already helping me in my chosen career, and in my personal life. It has surprised me how much I have already used this new knowledge in the classroom, and in my voluntary work on the marae.

At school my students have benefitted from my knowledge of story plotting, creative writing, proofreading and editing. I have noticed their new ability to produce finer, more advanced pieces of writing. These are skills teachers are not generally accustomed to passing on to their students.

“On the marae we are setting up a trust to protect our assets into the future. My editing skills have proved invaluable with preparing these documents.

An unexpected bonus with this course has been recognising my future pathway and the peace of mind this has brought into my life. I am now assured of where I want to be in the twilight of my career and I greet it with much enthusiasm. I also realise I needed ‘time out’ from my previous routine of working set hours. I have enjoyed with great pleasure rediscovering who I am and where I’m going.

I’m now enjoying good health and this course has set me on fire, ready to face an exciting new future. I’m energised and ready for what lies ahead.Prue Christie, Tokoroa

I found my tutor’s feedback helpful, self-explanatory and easy to follow. Another benefit was this home-study system had a ready-made community of other students so I never felt alone in what I was doing. It felt like a safety net. I could ask for help when I needed it. Thank you.Frances Kenny, Hokitika
I am sorry my Proofreading and Book Editing Course is now over. I have enjoyed doing it very much. During the time when my other consultancy work reduced it has given me a worthwhile fresh challenge, and another income.Jim Kennard, Nelson
I’ve had amazing encouragement from the whole NZIBS training course team which I have appreciated. I have established my home-office, got my Australian Business Number, designed my stationery and I have already begun networking. The last two tutorials were so informative and helpful. I now have all the skills and tools I need to set up my own business. I now have a career I know I am going to enjoy immensely – which does wonders for one’s mental health.Nicole Schreiweis, Glasshouse Mountain, Q4518
I graduated with my Proofreader Diploma in 2007. Since then I’ve been teaching English to students in Vietnam. I also proofread newspaper articles for Vietnam News, the English language newspaper which keeps the ex-pat community informed. Once the word got around that I am a professional proofreader I got extra work proofreading and editing documents for Vietnamese government officials. I’m 72 now and my age seems to work in my favour in Vietnam. I love the life hereIan Ready, Vietnam
“I supervise staff from 19 different countries so correcting their written work is a difficult task. This course helped me hugely.Quentin Adams
I have fibromyalgia which prevents me from working in a typical job environment. I have always loved books, reading and the English language. My reason for doing this course was so I could develop a proofreading business I can operate from home. Thus, I can take short rests and still meet proofreading deadlines. I have now graduated DipEdit and my business is OPEN.Morag Lowe, Rangiora
I liked the freedom to choose my own study time. The wealth of product and service knowledge in the training course materials was impressive. The URL links and references to other websites helped me expand my proofreader skills and understanding of the publishing industry.

I liked the practical exercises (with answers at the back). They helped me understand as I progressed whether I was on the right track or not. There was nothing I disliked.Robbi Porter, Christchurch NZ

I appreciated learning how to set myself up in business as a professional proofreader and copy editor.Maria Henry, Waimate
Someone on Facebook asked Judy McDonald how she set herself up as a freelance professional proofreader. Her reply is interesting . . .
“I did this NZIBS course, almost six years ago now. I have been working consistently as a proofreader/editor since, and the course fees have long since been recouped, but there are a few things people need to realiseJudy McDonald
-Firstly, the course is only a starting point. The main thing is that it provides you with a way to approach potential clients. I got started by approaching my local technical institute and university and volunteering to do work for them for free as part of my course training. They took me up on the offer and this led to paid, ongoing work.

-Secondly, the course, when I did it, was paper-based. Whereas now almost all work you will get is computer-based. You need to know how to use the ‘Track Changes’ facility in Word. (Which is included in the course.) You might have to buy/rent an ongoing subscription to Adobe Acrobat Pro to enable you to edit PDFs.

However, the paper-based markup techniques comes in useful every now and then, so it’s not a waste of time, and the course certainly teaches you how easy it is to miss errors. It comes as something of an eye-opener to those of us who believe we can see a spelling or grammatical mistake at fifty paces.

-Thirdly, your previous background has a lot to do with where you will find work. I have a master’s degree and this was useful when dealing with the kind of work that makes up most of my customer base: students and staff at tertiary institutions.

-Fourthly, it takes time to build up your client base and to become known.
A website helps, especially for finding off-shore customers.

-Fifthly, don’t expect you will make a living wage immediately. You are a freelancer, with all the attendant hazards.
Yes, the hourly rate is quite good, but you will almost certainly face periods of next to no work, and periods when you get far too much work, when you will have to ask another proofreader to take on jobs that you can’t do.
It is very worthwhile getting to know a few other proofreaders whom you trust and who trust you, because that enables you to help each other share the workload.

All of that said, I enjoy what I do. I’ve learnt a lot from the material I’ve been called upon to check.
I’ve met (electronically-speaking) some lovely people who have become more than mere customers.
It’s often a great privilege to help someone who is trying to work at a very high level in a language which is not their native tongue.

I like my customers and I have a huge respect for them.
Judy McDonald

I was halfway through this proofreader training course when I decided to start my own proofreading and book editing company. The background for my thinking is a little complicated but basically I rent and I can’t afford to buy my own home in Auckland. I can’t survive as a solo mother on a small wage so I needed a serious plan. I know you have to spend money to make money. I know what I am good at. So here I go.

(note: Katrien has graduated with ‘Excellence’ grade. Her proofreading business already has local and international clients.)Katrien Blomme, Auckland

1st November 2015, I had been waiting with some dread for the return of my final assignment #12 so I was gobsmacked, delighted and overjoyed to find I have been awarded a DipEdit and with Merit pass.

Ah education has changed so much since the 1960s when one just got stuck with PASS and no one made much of a fuss.
I do appreciate all the expert advice, comments and encouragement you have given me throughout the training course and probably will continue to do so.

The daughter, who is home beamed and congratulated me when I told her. When I showed her the framed diploma she insisted it replace her LLB, Admittance to the Baron the living room wall!

I might have mentioned a ‘1922 diary’ I have been transcribing and that I had put in a quote for a government grant the museum was applying for. Lovely phone call this week to say my quoted fee has been accepted, so my costs will be covered. Hurrah.
Naturally I told the committee man “I am now qualified and with Merit.” He was really pleased too as it gives more credence to the museum project.

My other project of compiling family history papers for the Telford’s Family of South Otago, is nearing completion. It has been a huge project. Despite asking several times what format my client wanted the end product in I had no clear answer till a couple of weeks ago. I have been working in A4 but now she wants it in A5.

So this last week I reformatted it which has been good exercise and meant extra proofreadings. Of course after I had done a ‘final’ printout I was emailed important photos for inclusion. Oh what fun!

Both these projects involve transcribing, formatting, proofing, editing (often substantive editing), research, correct book layout, finding out about different papers and bindings. Basically everything your course has covered.
On several occasions each client has said, “Well, you’re the expert”.

This morning I sat down and amended my rack brochure incorporating all your suggestions. Yes, it is a lot better now and you must have worked hard on it because there was exactly the right amount of space to fit it all on.

Your other suggestions for turning assignment 12.5 into a PRESS RELEASE are really good and will keep me busy, which I am glad about as there is a small sense of ‘loss’ now that I have finished.

Thank you, I am so glad I did your Proofreader & Books Editor training course.

Sue Ballantyne, Dunedin
I want to tell you I enjoyed this course immensely. It took me 14 months because I have a hectic family life. It has given me an insight into a new career I knew very little about. To be able to earn a living from something I love to do – read – while I continue to indulge in an equal love – writing stories for children – is fantastic.

While progressing through this course my confidence in myself and my abilities has increased. I have a PLAN to work towards and the tools to do itKirsten Duncan, Dunedin

Margaret Bartlett & ‘Pittsy’s Pleasure’.

Margaret’s friend, Mark Pitts (Pittsy), led a colourful life even though he had myotonia, a rare muscle‑degenerating disease. Margaret Bartlett asked Pittsy if would like her to write his life story.

Which she did.

Besides drafting the 200 page story from Pittsy’s battered brain cells (from too many falls) Margaret also compiled the photos, arranged for the manuscript to be proofread by Jackie Minchin and contacted Karen Price from Contexo who designed the document for print and arranged the book production process.

After Pittsy’s death the book was printed and sold around the Pitts family and wider circles.

Margaret thanked her tutor, Joan Rosier-Jones, for guiding her writing skills.

“Thank you everyone at NZIBS for all you offer.”Margaret Bartlett, Nelson

I have just completed a NZIBS qualification in proofreading and editing. I can already see all around me the need for website proofreading, online newspaper proofreading, advertisement proofreading, ezine proofreading etc.

I have established one contact in the publishing industry who informs me there is a huge demand for QUALITY proofreading in brochure printing, agency advertisements, flyers, websites, ezines etc.

Because of my teaching background I have been able to establish useful contacts with two secondary schools which want me to proofread their end-of-year school reports. One school has invited me to assist with proofreading the principal’s correspondence. I can see I’ll be busy.Chris L

This Proofreading & Book Editing course has helped me in my current work as the editor of an association magazine. It has made me more aware of how important proofreading is to creating a publication. It has helped ‘train my eye’.

I feel my written work is clearer, more consistent and must be easier to read. It has also made me more aware of the different roles in publishing. I’ve used the course resources to develop a comprehensive style guide. We use this throughout our office so we have consistent, clear and grammatically correct publications.Angie Cairncross, Raumati Beach

My tutor was very patient and understanding which was important to me as an older student (late 60s). I was a bit slow at times in understanding what I needed to do. But I’ve graduated with my diploma in Proofreading and Editing.Dave Norman, Hikurangi
This training course has dragged me kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I’ve re-learned the current use of commas and hyphens etc, which is different from what I was taught in my primary school sixty years ago. This course has proved to be invaluable and I think you for it.Sheryl Calvert, Lower Hutt
Thanks to the NZIBS Proofreader & Editor training course I now have a folder full of templates (letterhead, invoice, flyers, business cards and updated CV) plus testimonials from satisfied clients. I feel as prepared as I can be to start on the next part of this adventure. Having my own business which I run from home.Kate Ide, Queenstown
I decided to do this training course to give myself a back-up option in case I ever decided to change my career path. My children are young and balancing their needs as well as a full time job is challenging.

Even if I don’t end up being a full time proofreader and editor I am now equipped with a very useful skill that will serve me well in any kind of job.

I work full time at a company where I am required to check all marketing materials and trade communications. This course has certainly helped me with this aspect of my work.Sonia Edwards, Auckland

I started this journey to become a proofreader, hoping I could stop ‘just working’. I wanted to forge for myself a long-overdue new career option.

I have now found that proofreading has opened up a whole new world for me. I’m an international proofreader.Teresa Algie, Feilding

This NZIBS training course relates to current times and job themes.Colleen Ellison, Wellsford
Wheee! I am a real Dip Edit now. I came home yesterday to find my diploma in the letterbox. Lots of nice comments from my tutor Bartha Hill, endorsed by Brian Morris. Plus a load of useful BONUS information.

Now my plan is to move forward and show some lucky people how much I can help themDavid Muller, Auckland

I never thought I’d be embarking on a new direction in my life in my 50s – until I saw your advertisement for the Proofreader & Editor training course. I never thought I’d upskill myself at my age.

But this course has taught me so much, not just about our wonderful English language and its idiosyncrasies, but I’ve learned so much about myself along the way.

It was my intention to start my proofreading business slowly until I got to the point where I was earning a reasonable income from proofreading work at home. I had been travelling 3 hours a day to/from my job with a bank. I wanted to enjoy a better work/life balance, so after 24 years I resigned.

I have been successful in securing work with an online publisher of medical journals. I proofread manuscripts to their house style. I check for plagiarism and some other duties. This paid work is giving me confidence and experience as I go forward. I have been offered freelance work by the woman who prepared my CV, who also has her own at-home proofreading business. Things seem to be falling into place. My husband has been wonderfully supportive on this journey of mine.

Over the past 12 months I’ve made some huge changes in my life; one was embarking on this training course. I’ve never been happier.Joanne Collett, Whangaparaoa

I found out this morning I have secured a job as Editorial Quality Control with an online medical journal publisher!
This is due in no small part to my (almost) completed Proofreading and Editing course, which I began last September, seeking a new direction in my life and work.

I am over the moon, and am so very glad I began the PAE journey with the Institute.Joanne Collett, Whangaparaoa

I’m excited to be embarking on this fantastic new career, and find myself discovering new possibilities for work every dayLeandra Lombard, Christchurch
I liked the way the course built up to showing us how to build a business as a proofreader and editor.Saidia Van Heerden
I loved the way the training includes preparation for setting up in business (as a proofreader). It was so practical and informative. I feel so much more informed and confident about doing this now. My tutor was very knowledgeable and he developed my own knowledge much more than I expected.Claire O’Connor, Wellington
I heard the editor of an American magazine speaking on a podcast. She said she was looking for an editor. I emailed her and offered my services. She sent me a sample article to edit. Result was she liked my work and used the article I’d edited in the latest issue of her magazine. I’ve been offered regular work and we are currently negotiating new contracts.Emma Summers, Christchurch
A lovely thought from graduate poet Anthony Rynbeck:

My grandniece has yet to receive her framed poem, which is my gift. I thought it timely that she receive it nearer her upcoming birthday.

Framed love poems to my wife adorn several walls around our home.

Framed poems make wonderful gifts. Anthony Rynbeck

If you want something you’ve never had before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before. Peter Drucker
The feedback from my tutor was always useful, with a constructive tone, by which I mean a good balance between encouragement and critique. I always felt help was at hand if I had any queries. The course was more demanding than I’d anticipated but I soon saw that as a positive thing.Victoria Martin, Nelson
This training course covered everything I needed to confidently undertake proofreading and editing work. It has raised my awareness of the English language and correct punctuation in everyday activities. I enjoyed being able to study in my own time, which gave me flexibility.Jan McKay, Christchurch
I’m so pleased I now understand the difference between proofreading, copy editing and substantive editing. Plus, I’ve gained a greater understanding of English grammar.Neil Garthwaite, Porirua
The learning progression was very clear as I moved through my training and assignments. I appreciated having the same tutor throughout the whole course. I liked working at my own pace. This meant I could go back and go over things again without any pressure.Catherine Knox, Half Moon Bay
There are always challenges when entering a new learning environment. I soon learned how to manage and adjust. I used the Student Discussion Board many times in the year just passed and I found the comments there extremely helpful. I followed the Principal’s advice and began to build a database of all my old networks.Marlene Ngapo, Paeroa
I appreciated the holistic approach of the training course. I not only got trained in proofreading and editing but I also learned how to set up my business. Each tutorial dealt succinctly with the given focus, was not too long or overwhelming, and the assignments were always relevant.Val Foley, Auckland
I loved the competitions on the Student Notice Board. My tutor’s feedback on my assignments was very helpful. I always got a quick response. All feedback was clear, concise, easy to understand and pretty thorough. This course has definitely helped improve my writingMichelle Green, Auckland
The information about the printing and publishing industry interested me. I enjoyed learning about new websites and free Internet services.Penny Walshe, Waikanae
It was good to get my assignments back from tutor so quickly. I appreciate the improvements this course has helped me make in my work. I enjoyed the variety of practice assignments and the different types of manuscripts we got to work on.Audrey Holmes, Kimbolton
I enjoyed the course very much and it has opened a new direction for me. Now I have a greater appreciation of the publishing world and what is involved.Donna Rookes, New Plymouth
I liked the resources which came with my course materials, especially the reference books. I feel confident because I have covered all aspects of proofreading and editing in depth. I loved the practical application of the last two assignments which have prepared me well to be a professional proofreader and editor.Suzanne Hardy, Mt Albert
The information you provided went far beyond my expectations. Overall, my learning curve has reached new horizons.Jeanine Anderson, Auckland
The feedback from my tutor was always useful, with a constructive tone, by which I mean a good balance between encouragement and critique. I always felt help was at hand if I had any queries. The course was more demanding than I’d anticipated but I soon saw that as a positive thing.Victoria Martin, Nelson
This training course covered everything I needed to confidently undertake proofreading and editing work. It has raised my awareness of the English language and correct punctuation in everyday activities. I enjoyed being able to study in my own time, which gave me flexibility.Jan McKay, Christchurch
I’m so pleased I now understand the difference between proofreading, copy editing and substantive editing. Plus, I’ve gained a greater understanding of English grammar.Neil Garthwaite, Porirua
The learning progression was very clear as I moved through my training and assignments. I appreciated having the same tutor throughout the whole course. I liked working at my own pace. This meant I could go back and go over things again without any pressure.Catherine Knox, Half Moon Bay
There are always challenges when entering a new learning environment. I soon learned how to manage and adjust. I used the Student Discussion Board many times in the year just passed and I found the comments there to be extremely helpful. I followed the Principal’s advice and began to build a database of all my old networks.Marlene Ngapo, Paeroa
I loved the way the training includes preparation for setting up in business (as a proofreader). It was so practical and informative. I feel so much more informed and confident about doing this now. My tutor was very knowledgeable and he developed my own knowledge much more than I expected.Claire O’Connor, Wellington
I appreciated the holistic approach of the training course. I not only got trained in proofreading and editing but I also learned how to set up my business. Each tutorial dealt succinctly with the given focus, was not too long or overwhelming, and the assignments were always relevant.Val Foley, Auckland
I loved the competitions on the Student Notice Board. My tutor’s feedback on my assignments was very helpful. I always got a quick response. All feedback was clear, concise, easy to understand and pretty thorough. This course has definitely helped improve my writingMichelle Green, Auckland
The information about the printing and publishing industry interested me. I enjoyed learning about new websites and free Internet services.Penny Walshe, Waikanae
It was good to get my assignments back from my tutor so quickly. I appreciate the improvements this course has helped me make in my work. I enjoyed the variety of practice assignments and the different types of manuscripts we got to work on.Audrey Holmes, Kimbolton
“The passion I have experienced throughout doing these assignments has been so rewarding to me as an individual. I have learned so much and now I look forward to the next stage of my journey. I am growing so much as a person and the direction I am embarking on is very exciting. Thank you, tutor Phil and NZIBS, for creating this Life Coaching opportunity and for enriching my life.”Francesca Williams, Nelson
“I graduated from the NZIBS training course in December 2014 with a Life Coaching diploma (Merit grade), and have been immensely enjoying practising in my own business. I wrote to you earlier telling you I am now a Life Coach for a major Maori Social Services organisation – which is very exciting. It seems all concerned are excited too, because I have added Life Coaching to the list of therapies available to their clients.”Dawn Headey, New Plymouth
“Some of the things I learned while doing my NZIBS Life Coach training course:

-A prompt response means you care, you show respect and you make the other person feel valued.
-Knowing and using the other person’s name is vital. It gives them a feeling of personal security and establishes rapport.
-Because first impressions count, I learned the value of a ‘Meet & Greet Plan’. Now I use it every time.
-I learned how showing respect pays a regular deposit into the other person’s Self-Esteem Bank.

I’ve learned how to operate my Life Coaching as a proper business.”Rena May Hough, Chatham Islands

“Having passion ignites a spark of fulfilment in your life and it brings your creativity alive. You feel ‘Anything Is Possible’. It’s like an overwhelming joy when you know what path you are on and it feels ‘RIGHT’. This gives you energy to put into your business, your clients and your whole life.

-It’s a wonderful feeling when we can incorporate passion into our day-to-day lives. It spills over into our relationships with other people.
-When you are giving your clients the best strategies and the best road map to find their success you will become the most sought-after Life Coach.
-I attended a friend’s 40th birthday party where I did some networking. In our general discussions I provided some inspiring ‘Know How’ to women who wanted to change their lives. I have four clients already.
-I put my business card on the local Singing & Drama & Acting group notice board. People who want to gain confidence in their stage presentation skills have contacted me already.

My next objective is to write an ebook on my chosen topic.”Caryl Cullen, Whangamata

I have two niche Life Coaching opportunities: Self-esteem coaching and spiritual self-development.

-My greatest joy is helping people develop their lives to their full potential. I know I can now change their negatives into positives.
-I see too many people get through a medical healing but they don’t enjoy the fullness of their healing because their thought patterns are still stuck in their negative past.
-I can show people how our health boundaries move and grow with us, so they needn’t limit us or hold us back. Knowing about our stretched health boundaries gives us the security to go after our wildest dreams.”

I’ll keep reading the rest of the books on the suggested reading list which came with this NZIBS training course. Thanks.Tui Harfield, Auckland

Recently I accepted a position as a part-time gambling counsellor. This work is not new to me and, while it is counselling and not coaching, there is a lot of overlap and many of the same strategies can be used in both roles.

I am passionate about lifestyle balance. This is an essential tool for managing stress. I am now able to coach clients on how they are eating, sleeping, exercising, managing their relationships, balancing their work, money management strategies, mental attitudes and making time for leisure and play.

As a former yoga teacher am confident when I conduct relaxation sessions. I also show clients how to breathe effectively to calm themselves and manage their emotions.Lyndsay Campbell, Rotorua

Doing this course has really encouraged me because I can now see that earning a reasonable income from Life Coaching is more achievable than it seemed before I broke it down into numbers. Frances Lund, Dannevirke
I am passionate about coaching people to improve their work positions, achieve their goals and dreams, and have a balanced life.

Currently my focus is to help low income families. I know this group does not have spare money to spend on something like Life Coaching. I will do group coaching with 50 people at a time, with my fee subsidised through the local church. My initial investigation says the demand is there. I will be paid $25 per person per month for 12 months.

My other project is helping unemployed people in Timaru. I will offer weekly coaching sessions for 12 months. To survive financially in a small town I will do group coaching, with new clients sent to me from WINZ.

My next objective is to become a NLP practitioner.Steve Weaver, Timaru

I already have an established Life Coaching business as I’ve been practising for 25 years. I am in the process of re-launching myself as a global business, hence I am doing this NZIBS course as my refresher training.

I have dramatically influenced the lives of 16,000 people from all walks of life, in different cultures and in many countries. I have been consulted by a prime minister, cabinet ministers, celebrities, business people, plus regular mums and dads.

I have developed a system which allows a client to learn about themselves, plus how and why they react the way they do. I show them how to change their thinking and therefore their lives.Riccie de Brouwer, Auckland

Recently I spoke to a young man who was doing a horse painting job near my work. He shared how difficult life had been for him lately. His confidence and ‘self-worth’ had been adversely affected. After we spoke for awhile I could feel his self-confidence building. He now has a purpose in life.Sheryll Remnant, Tauranga
I have always thought creatively since I was a child. I’ve enjoyed crafts like paper dolls, scrapbooks and pressed flowers throughout my life – so it’s been a part of my being.

“I love encouraging, motivating and helping people believe they can do better and achieve their personal goals. I’ve attended many creative classes in South Africa and in New Zealand.

Through this Life Coach training course I have gained fresh insights into how to nurture other people’s talents. I feel too many art teachers put a damper on their students’ confidence. The teachers aren’t aware of the impact in the WORDS they use, which can make a difference between the desire to continue learning or dropping the subject.

I’ve written and published two children’s books so far. My next project is to write a book which will motivate creativity in adults.

I want to specialise in coaching people to be more creative – regardless of which activity. I will conduct workshops so everyone can interact, have fun and take away something they can use to develop their own creativity with self-belief and confidence.Lyn Peckover, Auckland

I have met with a fellow NZIBS Life Coach graduate and we have agreed to become each other’s clients. That way we can compare coaching strategies and techniques, and experience life coaching from both sides of the table.Leandra Lombard, Christchurch
I reviewed the course text book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay. This book is my favourite because the idealogy appeals. I have tested and challenged the content and found there to be truth in it for me. Through her book Louise Hay encouraged me to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of the mind-body-spirit connection, for which I am grateful

I plan to use my Life Coaching knowledge and skills in my normal employment dealing with people’s insurance claims and my other role as a marriage celebrant.

I find there is no shortage of people requiring encouragement, empowerment and guidance regarding the effects of their earthquake claims.Stephanie Davidson, Rangiora

I learned some interesting things about how to engage with a target audience via ‘social media’ to enhance my performance. Also, how to develop and enhance the primary engagement of an audience by requiring them to be active. Eg: getting some form of response.

I learned how to be methodical about selecting my target age range. Why it is imperative to constantly review and renew strategies to see my progress; revising my information to make it more relevant or accessible to my target audience. I learned how to use different platforms. I learned how to use social media to draw that audience to my website, rather than staying on social media.Paul Monahan, Snells Beach

During my training I moved from Christchurch to Adelaide. No problems as my course moved with me.

I found this course a lot more streamlined than what I imagined. It tied together nicely all the bits of information I have learned over the last 18 months.Ayden Marsh, was Christchurch, now Adelaide

My apprenticeship period has been ongoing since I began this Life Coaching course. (Ann graduated with MERIT)

I have found myself continually conscious of the skills which I know are relevant in everyday life. While I have not actively sought clients they just come across my path.

I have coached individuals experiencing burnout, serious illness, death of a family member, financial hardship and loneliness. I have used the skills I learned such as open-end questioning, establishing goals, making changes and client empowerment.Ann Bartlett, Kaiapoi

Over the past four months I have had a wonderful new world opened up to me. I have learned so much and I have been introduced to many extremely inspiring and motivating people. I look forward to continuous personal development and forever growing my knowledge base, enabling me to successfully motivate and guide others to realise THEIR dreams. In doing so I will be doing what I love and loving what I do.Dee Stevens, Tauranga
If you want something you’ve never had before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.Peter Drucker, International Business Coach
This Life Coach training course has given me confidence and the assurance that I have the skills to incorporate Life Coaching into my Personal trainer business. I love my work and I am good at it.Kaye O’Neill, Tauranga
I meet so many people who hate their jobs but feel trapped because they have to pay the bills and put food on the table and support their children. I have begun to tell people I know that I am starting my Life Coaching business. But first, I need to finalise my website and my FaceBook page before I launch my business. I have had many experiences in life that have helped give me the life skills I can pass on to others.Steven Cowie, Wanganui
Mark Rogers left a high-flying career behind to become a lifestyle farmer in Otago. However, he still follows his journalism interests. He writes about organic farming, ecological mining and renewable energy.
Mark RogersSo far, Mark’s articles have been published in Organic NZ and his local Hauraki newspaper. He has also been commissioned by Quarry & Mining, and Energy NZ to do freelance research and writing. These editors are asking him for more articles. Mark’s next adventure includes overland travel from Los Angeles to Colorado, taking photos and developing travel articles along the way.

“I’ll be looking for Kiwi connections as I go, so I can write about people, places and events with a Kiwi angle. I’ll be in USA for their 4th of July celebrations. That’ll give me a whole raft of fresh topics to write about for newspapers and magazines back home.Mark Rogers, Otago – Journalist

I look for the successful patterns in life – and repeat them. That’s the NLP principle behind Dan Brown’s novels and the Chicken Soup stories.

As a chef, I know how popular Waldorf Salad is. So it wasn’t a huge leap to develop my less well known Waldorf Dessert recipe. (Note: the recipe for boiling an egg isn’t copyright-able. But the words you write for your version of the process becomes your copyright.) I think Waldorf Dessert featured on the menu of the last dinner served on the Titanic. That is an added pinch of intrigue. Who said food writers aren’t creative!

I put my version of Waldorf Dessert on AssociatedContent.com which pays a few cents royalty each time some visitor downloads the item. Time will tell how big this idea is.Robert Aitken, Waiouru – Food Writer

Hi Carol and Brian,

Thank you very much for the book. It was such a lovely and unexpected surprise, and I have already found some great quotes that I am planning to incorporate in my novel!

I have thoroughly enjoyed all three courses that I have enrolled in. They have challenged me in the best possible way, and I have learnt wonderful skills which I use every day.

I really appreciate the willingness of the NZIBS staff and community to help with queries and provide support. I am very proud to be a part of this community. I have no doubt that I will be back for more!

Thank you again for the book and for your support in general.Courtney Kelly

When I started I really wanted to learn how to write a short story – and then a novel. I am now finding it easier to write stories.

For me, the secret to writing success is that I now have the right tools. I know about plot, characters and writing dialogue etc. I can now write a story that is well thought out and not just an idea poured onto a page.

I am the mother of two school-age children so life is very busy. Distance learning suited me perfectly as I could learn at my own pace. This course has definitely helped me get into a routine with my writing. Over the past six months I have entered a few short story competitions. I got mentioned in the group ‘Other stories the judges loved’ which was great. I now see many holes in that story and I know now how I could’ve done it better. If my competition entries are not successful – I’ll just keep trying.

I am on the third draft of my novel. I now know how to send my novel manuscript to publishers via the Wednesday Pitch and the Friday Pitch. I find this knowledge is my secret power and my road to success.Nicola Crutchley, Cambridge

I’ve written my first novel “COLD BLOODED” and it’s on Smashwords and Amazon. Now I’m working on my second thriller. Thank you Joan Rosier-Jones, I couldn’t have done it without your guidance.Matthew Cairns, Taupo
The secrets of my writing success:

I say persistence and determination are the keys to my success. That means I keep going, no matter what happens.

We need the self-belief that what we are doing carries value, both personally and professionally. This idea must be in the fore-front. We must remember that our influence as writers is wider than our perception.

I want to make a difference in encouraging children to read and enjoy literature as much as I did as a child.

But I also want to have a voice to express myself creatively in a clever, fun and memorable way.Monique Wiles, Cambridge (Graduated with EXCELLENCE in ‘Writing Stories for Children Course)

I want to tell you I enjoyed this course immensely. It took me 14 months because I have a hectic family life. It has given me an insight into a new career I knew very little about. To be able to earn a living from something I love to do – read – while I continue to indulge in an equal love – writing stories for children – is fantastic. While progressing through this course my confidence in myself and my abilities has increased. I have a PLAN to work towards and the tools to do it. Thank you.Kirsten Duncan, Dunedin
I began this course ‘Writing stories for Children’ with the intention of writing for my own pleasure. Writing is one of my passions. However, I never expected it to open a whole new world of possibilities for me. My objective now that I have graduated is to combine pleasure and business. I believe my writing has become a powerful tool which can transform people’s lives.Cielo Villa, Auckland
I experienced major benefits from learning by correspondence. I am a working mother which means my hands are full with household duties. Home study removed the pressure as I didn’t need to attend a class at a fixed time/day. I could set my own pace.

I am truly grateful for the flexibility this course provided me. I asked for an extension when it was impossible to fit everything in. This was willingly granted.”

Learning how to write allows me to express my innermost thoughts.Writing sets my soul on fire. I am able to touch people’s lives through my stories.Cielo Villa, Auckland

If you want something you’ve never had before, then you must do something you’ve never done before.Peter Drucker
I do a lot more writing now. I write website and newsletter material for one client. I write (sales) emails for another client. I’m also writing a rock-climbing guide.Deborah Hinde, Te Awamutu
Thanks for pointing me to where the jackpot is.

I well remember after 11 weeks in hospital and with no job to go to, and not having the money to pay my course fees. I asked you if I could pay my fees on the by-and-by. You sent me a cheque. I never forgot that. Not only are you a clever man, you’re also a good man.

Now, nine books and millions of magazine articles later, plus 22 years of weekly columns in three newspapers, I remember you fondly.

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016.Hans Willems

Taking photos is something I have loved doing for years. I have learned so much through this course and I will always be grateful for this opportunity to learn more. Thank you tutor Robert for your very constructive feedback and encouragement, even when my photos were not so good. I loved getting my assignments back from you.Janne Sergison, Christchurch
Chris Adkins was given a camera by his son back in 2003. Recently he decided to move up from using only the auto mode.

I needed to know how to use its menu properly. The NZIBS Beginner’s Digital Photography course seemed the right place to start. With my tutor’s encouragement I began to compose photos rather than just take snaps. I enjoy being creative, adding life and character and understanding photo composition.

This training has opened a new and exciting hobby for me, so now I have upgraded to a better camera which does from macro to zoom (24mm – 720mm). The camera’s ability will keep me happily learning for a while.

I love the outdoors and photograph whatever catches my eye. I do it for the fun and enjoyment. I enjoy being in the background of formal occasions (seeing things from a different angle), getting shots the professionals don’t get.

I send the good ones to the subjects as my gift and their responses excite me, compelling me to do even better.

I compile photobooks for people which record their lives. I capture them being passionate about their hobbies and personal successes.

This is all very rewarding and worthwhile. I have begun a fascinating journey.Chris Adkins

It has always been my dream to have my own successful photography business. Handing in the final assignment for my NZIBS Photography course took me one step closer to achieving this dream.”

image001My photography business, Lisa Monk Photography, specialises in portraits of children. I am building a studio at home in Cockle Bay, Auckland. I started by photographing my Coffee Group friends to build my business portfolio. I’ve now photographed most of our Coffee Group babies. Next, I plan to offer my services to other Coffee Group mothers in our area. I have also marketed myself to local day care centres, kindergartens and schools. I mention my photography business in conversation to the people I meet because everybody needs great family photographs. I figure everyone I meet is a potential client. Business is coming along nicely.Lisa Monk – Portrait Photographer, Cockle Bay

Taking pictures is something I have loved doing for years. I have learned so much through this course and I will always be grateful for this opportunity to learn more. Thank you Tutor for your very constructive feedback and encouragement, even when my photos were not so good. I loved getting my assignments back from you.Janne Sergison, Christchurch