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“If you have the opportunity to do one communication course in your life... do this one!”

Director, Workplace Wellbeing


Advanced Personal Communication & Conflict Resolution | 4-Day intensive training

21-24 November 2023 | Wellington | Full

27 February – 1 March 2024 | Wellington | FOUR places left


Rapport Building Communication Training

Build cohesive & creative relationships.

Coaching Skills Communication Training

Coach others to find their own solutions.

Courageous Conversations Communication Training

Raise concerns and improve relationships.

Conflict Resolution Communication Training

Resolve conflict and establish partnership.

Why Communication Leadership is important

Don’t just be heard, ensure understanding.

Communication is complex and whilst we may share a common language, the way people listen, attach meaning and respond can be wildly different from person to person. The brain is a busy place when we’re communicating, and so sometimes a conversation can create more noise than insight. Be it a simple misunderstanding or a lashing of hard words, the chances are, we’ve all experienced the conflict it can create.

When words matter the most, make them meaningful.

This training makes communication simpler and  easier. You’ll have more confidence to hold the bigger conversations and reduce strong emotions in yourself and others. You’ll have a tested method for developing solutions that turn conflict into partnership and you’ll enjoy better relationships. Ultimately, you’ll have the skills and tools to make a bigger and more positive difference.

Communication Leadership has been delivered to more than 600 people since 2011. Whether you lead people or seek to influence people this course is for you. From CEOs, senior managers and business owners to new leaders, thought leaders and emerging talent this training offers communication excellence.


We understand how the brain learns and so we structure our trainings to ensure quality. This means the approach taken is more comprehensive and designed for life-long learning as opposed to 'tick-box-leadership-training'.

No Half Haircuts

Squeezing our bigger trainings into half-the-time, is a little like giving someone half a haircut. We just wouldn't do it! The brain is complex, sustainable results require a comprehensive approach that understands how the brain wires new information.

No Broad Brush

Broad brush leadership trainings attempt to cover too many themes and lack depth, meaning the application gets lost. Our trainings focus on specific leadership themes, so we can deep-dive into skills, methodology and robust application.

No One Gets Lost

Our open trainings have a maximum of twelve people on them, so no one gets 'lost in the crowd' and everyone gets the space to deepen their learning, have their needs met and engage fully in the training.


Focusing on what increases communication effectiveness and what derails it, Communication Leadership develops a heightened awareness of language and how to use it skilfully for positive outcomes.

Part 1: Wired to Connect - How the brain communicates at it's best

The brain contains a number of sensory language channels, and whilst it’s complex, understanding a little about these channels offers great benefits. In this first part of the training, we see how language works in the brain and identify simple and practical changes we can make to increase rapport, learn more from others, reduce misunderstanding and build trust. Mastering these fundametals makes the rest of the training even more powerful.

Part 2: Coach & Empower - Gain the skills of a Coach

In part two, we focus on the core skills of communication and take them to an advanced level giving you the skills of a Coach. You’ll learn how to empower others to develop their own solutions, open up new thinking and see people move from problem and drama to possibility and action. It’s these core skills that create change and develop real potential.

Part 3: Raise & Preserve - Get positive outcomes by raising concerns

Most of us have experienced those uncomfortable moments when raising concerns with others. The risks are esculating conflict, being misunderstood and emotions flaring. In this third part of the training, we take the ‘edge’ off having the more challening conversations. You’ll learn techniques to stay centred under pressure. You’ll have a message structure that presents your concern in a clear and constructive way and you’ll have the skills to help avoid strong emotions flare.

Part 4: Resolve Issues and Create Partnership

Navigating conflict isn’t straight forward and is unlikely to go away unless solutions are sustainable. Add in the stress of conflict and it’s understandable why it can be so daunting. In this final part of the training, we define the difference between forced solutions and sustainable solutions. We look at what helps people ‘disarm’ and work together to build solutions together. Through practical exercises, you’ll learn a set approaches used in international peace process to turn conflict into partnership.


We've trained over 550 people, these are the stats direct from participants.


STRONGLY Recommended

"I would recommend this training to others"
11% Agree, 89% Strongly Recommend


TRAINER Walks-The-Talk

"David Savage used the skills he was training" 8% Agree, 92% say he "Fully walks the talk"



"I'm ready to apply the practical tools & skills" 
23% Agree, 76% "I'm Ready & Excited!"



One of the best trainings I've ever been - 29% agree, 71% say it's THE BEST EVER


How people describe Communication Leadership training.

“If anyone is looking for lessons in leadership, I would recommend Communication Leadership. Especially if you are or need to lead teams of people… the course helps us to understand and work with our differences and gives us the ability to collaborate for a win-win outcome, as well as getting our work done – if you have been thinking about it, do it now!”

Laurie Foon


Recognising the leadership role that today’s Project Managers have, we commissioned a fusion of David's trainings to run in-house for 43 Managers. The feedback has been exceptional and the results immediate.

Christian Carter

Transpower, PMO Manager

Great personal, practical tools to support you and others to have more challenging conversations – where you all come out winners.

Ruth Donde

Director, Vital Futures

“We’ve put half our +100 staff through this training and we’re seeing positive results in staff and customer interactions. Our managers and front-line staff are confidently using David’s techniques to tackle challenging conversations and to build positive working relationships. We’re now integrating the skills and knowledge into our company culture.”

Adrienne Sidal

Capability and Communications Manager, Streamliners

More confidence, generosity and energy. Incredibly valuable in improving communication skills that will enable you to achieve...

Teall Crossen

Senior Solicitor, DOC

If you have the opportunity to do one communication leadership course in your life, do this one! Practical skills learnt to apply in all situations both personal and professional.

Hannah Airey

Director, Workplace Wellbeing

INVESTMENT | $3,250+gst.

  • Full Four Day Training
  • Post Training Resources
  • Fully Catered

  • 200+ Page Workbook
  • Management Feedback Loop
  • Skills-Check List

  • Embedding Strategies
  • Completion Certificate
  • Take-away Tool Templates

DISCOUNTS: 5% Early-bird discount when registered and paid two months in advance, 10% multiple person discount for three or more people attending the same training from the same business, 20% discount when commissioning the course internally for a group of ten to twelve participants. Ask for more details.


Is this training the right for me?

This is one of a few trainings I run, so do look at the others to make sure you select the right one for you. For COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP, do this training if you want to advance your skills to create both positive and innovative relationship, support others to excel and resolve conflict with confidence.

What's the value for my employer?
The research is clear, conflict in the workplace has a huge impact on performance – it dilutes task focus, people avoid each other, it hijacks others and has people looking for other employment. Communication Leadership gives individuals the skills and confidence to change this by turning conflict into collaboration. The value to employers is huge.

Will I find this training a challenge?
In short, if you’re not challenged by this training, I’m not doing my job. However, challenged to ‘stretch’ not ‘stress’. The goal is for you to leave this training excited by what you can achieve, which will potentially be more that you thought!

Why four days?
Four days is a chunk of time to be out of the workplace, but as with all my courses, I provide a quality experience not a tick box exercise. Leadership training works with the brain’s hardwiring and your hardwiring has be forming since birth (actually just before), and so if you want to achieve real development that’s sustainable, you need focused training that understands how the brain wires and rewires. A shorter training may tick the box, but I’d seriously question the quality.

How is the training structured?
Great question! Let me answer that using key principles that make up the structure…

1: Science base – You’ll hear the science behind each part of the content, not so much to feel lectured and academically drowned, but just enough to add to your insights and relate what you hear to your real life experience.

2. Form – As a leadership specialist, my training also includes Neuro Linguistics and brain-based training methodology. Broken down, it means I train according to how the brain learns … each part of the content is presented in terms of why it’s important, what the tool (or model or skill) is, how to apply it and how versitile it is. There’s a method here that makes it simple and accessible for you to have a comprehensive understanding of how a tool works and how to apply it.

3. Practical – Learn by doing. On my trainings you’ll be busy; I aim to minimise the ‘sit and listen’ parts and maximise ‘go do’ parts.

4. Layered training – This means that each part of the training connects to and builds on previous parts.

5. Meta training – In short, I model what I train as I’m training it … maximum sensory congruence!

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