Testimonials

Sandra’s personalized one-on-one media training sessions were extremely valuable. Our subject matter experts have to translate complex scientific information into easily digestible content for the media. By the end of the session she had them delivering clear, concise and compelling answers all while staying on message. The amount of preparation Sandra had done leading up to our media training sessions was impressive and she was a true pleasure to work with.

Erin O’Hara
Croplife Canada

As I was preparing to assume the presidency of the association, I’ve come to realize that communicating with the media could be a big challenge for a physician with little public media experience. The sessions with Sandra were immensely useful! They’ve helped me understand why some people are skilled communicators, they’ve allowed me to analyze my strengths and weaknesses and to build on my strength. But, most importantly, they’ve helped me in developing a concise, accurate, clear and easy to understand message.

Jean Joseph Condé
President – Canadian Medical Protective Association

During my 25 year career in the Canadian military and the the private sector, I have had the good fortune to address a number of audiences world wide. Whether talking to senior government officials, C-level executives or boards of directors, my experiences have allowed me to gain confidence within the public eye. However, working with the media takes special skill and expertise. Working with Sandra, has been extremely beneficial in assisting me in my dealings with the media. I chose Sandra based on her exemplary track record and outstanding reputation. Her great work ethic,
patience and sense of humour made our media training interesting, current and successful. Her ability to assess my strengths, understand my weaknesses and then take my delivery to the next level, was in a word ” remarkable”. I now move forward with a new confidence, regardless of the medium or media and am truly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such a professional.

Ken Taylor
President – International Cyber Security Protection Alliance

Sandra is a skilled speech writer and coach. She has a creative flair that brings even the most difficult material to life. She offers insights and advice that are especially helpful for women professionals. And her positive outlook and energy make her a delight to work with. I’m looking forward to working with her again.

Heather Kleb
Acting President & CEO – Canadian Nuclear Association

After 15 years in the media business behind the camera, I relied on Sandra’s savvy to help me make the difficult transition in front of the lens. Like a golf pro who has to break down all your bad habits, Sandra has been a critical coach in preparing me to take on the role of a national spokesperson.

David Goldstein
President and CEO – Tourism Industry Association of Canada

I came into this position with limited experience in public speaking and media interviews.  Sandra provided me with one-on-one coaching and helped me develop the tools I needed to successfully craft messages that resonate with the public, connect with an audience, and turn my nervousness into positive energy.  With so many people in our community touched by cancer, we need and deserve a strong voice for cancer survivors.  I am proud to be that voice, and it is thanks to Sandra’s coaching that I am comfortable taking on this important role.

Linda Eagan
President & CEO – Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Top rung communications expertise requires a client-focused orientation, outstanding media and messaging skills, and a commitment to delivering results. Sandra Blaikie is Top Rung. I recommend her to executives and organizations without hesitation. As a bonus, Sandra brings her vivacious personality and can-do attitude to achieve targeted goals.

Chris Henderson
Founder – The Delphi Group
President – Lumos Energy

Sandra is an amazing coach for communications and presentation skills. She worked with me last summer on the main election speech for my candidacy for the Governorship of EC&C District of Kiwanis International encompassing 18 countries. She has a quick grasp of core issues and helped me prepare the key messages with emotional appeal to the target audience. She is not only gifted and inspirational as a coach, but skillfully helps the student see their weak/strong points for improvement and maximum impact. I would highly recommend Sandra to those who are striving for excellence in their mission. You are welcome to contact me for more information.

Sam Bhargava
Candidate for District Governor of Kiwanis International

Sandra’s mentorship and support in managing my role as a police chief has been tremendous. Her ability to assist an individual in giving information in often a stressful and emergent situation has been instrumental for me in my development.

Senator Vern White
Former Chief of Police – Ottawa Police Service

I had the pleasure of working with Sandra on the community initiative Fair Chance 2010. We chose Sandra as our Chair and public spokesperson because of her outstanding communications skills. Sandra managed our message, skillfully handling some potentially challenging situations. She delivered that message with maximum impact in print, on television, online and on the radio. I was so impressed with Sandra’s work, I have personally recommended Sandra to people wanting coaching.

Jackie Holzman
Ottawa Mayor (1991 – 1997)