Below are some of the kind words people have shared after attending my workshops and training programs.
Alison McQuade - WELS Manor Lakes
I think is was exactly what staff needed – reassurance through change as well as some ownership of change with humour. Food was thoughtful and lovingly prepared to try and cater for everyone.
Tracey D’Elton - St Albans Secondary College
I’m emailing as well to thank you for the great session yesterday afternoon.
It was a really well organised and run remote session and the connections and interactions you were able to make were so genuine and effective. The PCO team were discussing it this morning and felt it is a testament to your skills that you could translate it so well to an online platform. You have such a presence as a presenter which makes your sessions so engaging.
It is a timely message for all of us, but particularly those in leadership given we can have an impact on those around us in terms of managing our own ‘stuff’ so we can help others manage theirs. I look forward to catching up in person soon (fingers crossed).
Lucy Cardwell - Yarraville Primary School
Last night was wonderful, I have had lots of positive feedback from staff about how valuable the session was already. (And how “The time flew by as [you] are so engaging as a presenter and easy to listen to!”).
I will be in contact to organise next year’s session with our Prep parents soon.
As a Prep teacher I was so grateful for this year’s presentation and believe it’s a must for the beginning of next year!
Shalini Christodoulou - Camberwell High School
I felt like I rambled a lot in the previous feedback and while it was good for me personally to make sense fo all that I had learnt, it was not the best in terms of articulating what was good about the workshop and Chris. So I have revised it and feel free to shorten it further if you need to. You can omit the entire middle paragraph and just use the last two if thats more appropriate
I write to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Parents and Friends association for inviting Chris Daicos for fantastic workshop on Building Resilience in Children & Adolescents. I learnt so much from this one workshop, over many others I have attended on resilience, because it was hilarious, heartwarming and very practical. It gave me hope and made me feel truly empowered.
She talks about Empathy and how to express that to create connection, so that we create Connection before Correction, which was a really poignant take away for me. Often its in this first step of connection that we fail as parents and there is a breakdown, and they shut down. She also spoke about how failure is an integral part of success. Bouncing back from each low point is Resilience. Having low points is not to be avoided, as It is these very low points and struggles, that make us and our children resilient. The key is in how we handle these low points to encourage building resilience.
Chris is a wonderful speaker and the workshop was very interactive and fun and we laughed right through it. I highly encourage every parent to attend Chris’s workshops. I really loved this workshop and I hope she reaches many many parents and their children with her amazing empathy and clarity.
Patrick Gibbs - Telstra
What a great way to spend an evening. Not a lecture, but a light-hearted reflection of why kids play up. I saw so much of myself that I have to question myself before I question my children in the future. Rather confronting, but would suggest that in order for my kids to change their attitude, I need to change mine. Now that’s a tough job, but I hope I can make some positive progress and in turn encourage my kids to do the same. I really appreciate that St Leonard’s arranged this evening and recommend that everybody look out for another session anytime in the future.
Hailey Hoey - Pine Rivers State High School
Thanks again for a fabulous presentation last Friday. I left feeling challenged, encouraged, uplifted and proud to be a teacher. This was definitely one of the best Professional Development sessions I’ve attended in my teaching career.
Steve Cook - Box Hill Senior Secondary College
Just a quick note to thank you for your delivery and presentation on the last day of term. A number of staff quietly came up and thanked me for organising the day. They were very relieved that we had revisited this topic. Interesting to note that they were surprised that others were surprised about why we needed to run such a session.
Again my thanks for your professionalism and insight into this tricky topic. On a personal note, you have given me much to reflect and work on.
I attended your PD at the AEU about two weeks ago and just wanted to send a quick email to say how fantastic your PD was, how inspired I was coming away from it and how I have been able to put into practice straight away the things talked about on the day.
Straight away the day after the PD I coached a colleague through the OTL strategies we discussed and how to implement this with another colleague in our domain. Although having to go through the process/cycle twice she had success with it which was great. I have also noticed how I have been using some of the strategies such as ‘inquire’ outside of school with friends and family lol and used the same process dealing with a difficult student today.
Thanks again for the engaging and inspiring PD.
Elley Borland - Clarinda Primary School
I think it was really valuable to do at the start of the year with each new team. I know I found it valuable to talk to my team about expectations and everyone’s role within the team.
I found the strengths quiz to also be really interesting, and the discussions around how they can be really positive or how to use each persons strengths to our advantage. Overall was a really great PD!
Glenys Williamson - Hawthorn West Primary School
Thank you very much for facilitating the ‘Flourishing in 2021’ workshop with our staff yesterday. It was a powerful way to start the year. Staff were highly engaged and the feedback has been incredibly positive.
Carol Darma - Patterson River Secondary College
This time last week we were high from your presentation.
There’s been progress already!
‘X’, who is usually the quietest one in the office has nominated herself to be the spokesperson for the rest ofthe Admin girls to address a few issues that need attention by the Prin class.
Fantastic for her and good for me too because I’d usually feel that I had to rescue them, instead we had a good group chat identified the issues and now they’re ready to go.
Thank you so much.
Chris Jung - Camberwell High School
Thank you so much for your amazingly informative and engaging presentation at Camberwell High School on Tuesday. The reaction from all who attended was extremely positive and everyone thought you were absolutely fantastic.
Wendy Eames - Somerville Secondary College
Thanks ever so much for your sessions yesterday. It was excellent and very engaging. I have had so much feedback from the group on how good it was. I am hoping to run another session later in the year, perhaps this time with the whole staff.
Kerri Glowacki - Watsonia North Primary School
I wanted to wait until I had all the parent comments before I wrote to tell you what a FANTASTIC night we had last Wednesday. As well as the comments in the school newsletter, I have had many parents come and tell me what an impact the night has had on them. Many have asked why it is not a couple of nights? Do you run parent sessions?
Many, many thanks Chris for your time and energy, together with your brilliant knowledge and expertise. (really!!)
Joanne Morgan - St Finbar’s Primary School
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful presentation this afternoon. The time just flew !! As I am a teacher aide at St. Finbars, sometimes the topics are not aimed at us, more so to the teachers. But as teacher aides we work with the children that need building up, working out how to deal with conflicts, being resilient and teaching them independence. Sometimes we have to work with the parents on the last !!!
I just loved your smiley face and positive manner. I’m ready to take on whatever comes my way tomorrow. Thanks again.
Richard Russell - Kingston Heath Primary school
I very much enjoyed the PD given by Chris Daicos. It has made me reflect on how I often jump to conclusions without being open to considering other possibilities for certain action by others.
What Chris has suggested makes complete sense to me and I will try to follow the steps of the approach – it will require practice, but Chris has modelled the approach beautifully during the PD, and I know what to aim for.
Robyn G - Brentwood Secondary College
Today’s session with Chris Daicos was so refreshing and I want to thank Chris for encouraging us all to participate and be open and honest and explore our leadership approaches to our work and our teams.
I look forward to being part of this team we have created.” On a personal note I will work on making sure I get some quiet time to complete work which will allow more time to support staff.
Chris Beare - The Lakes South Morang P-9 School
Thanks for yesterday. Our aspirant team absolutely loved it and gave us great feedback at the end of the day. I hope they have sent the same to you J
We love working with you Chris. Your enthusiasm, passion and engaging facilitation makes your presentations fun and thoughtful.
Chris Beare - Mill Park Heights Primary School
Chris Daicos is authentic, genuine and compelling. I have found her to be one of the most engaging and professional presenters I have worked with over the past 8 years and in every instance the feedback from my various leadership and staff teams has been one highlighting these strong qualities.
Chris has been able to enthuse aspirant leaders, challenge various levels of thinking and encourage risk taking in managing challenge and change. Her warmth and compassion is her strength which is solidly supported by her expertise, knowledge and skill.
It has been my privilege and pleasure to have worked with Chris Daicos and I look forward to continuing the journey with my future staff teams.
I highly recommend Chris as a facilitator, presenter and an advocate for positive change.
Dr Mary Cannon - Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College
Thank you very much for your presentation last night. The focus on two or three easy things that students can do was just what they need at this time. When I went for a walk with my daughter last night, we listed the five things we are grateful for. So easy to do, so often not done.Many thanks.
Y. Dezilwa - Western English Language School
I found the presentation to be engaging, warm and thought provoking. The activities provided my colleagues and me with opportunities to really open-up and discuss challenging personal feelings around change.
What a truly engaging and powerful learning experience you gave us. I was enthralled and really felt reinvigorated to continue my journey as a young leader in education.
You also inspired me to stay focused as a curious learner and continue to explore various learning experiences and pathways in and out of a school setting. I believe it is so important to have a variety of life and career experience to have the biggest impact in education. I actually often think about the political or department level influence I could have and wonder what I might achieve.
What I think I can take from your presentation is to be a confident figure when having difficult conversations. To be myself with people at higher levels and trust my instinct and my ability to get her and use evidence.
Amy & Geoff Cowap - Montmorency Primary School
The 2019 Foundation parent body, having made it (just!) through drop off Number 1, was fortunate to be introduced that morning to the erudite and ebullient Chris Daicos.
Demonstrating with clarity and humour our triumphs and, ahem, possible shortcomings, in the course of readying kids for school, Chris’s presentation on building resilience in children offered a refreshing review on how to frame the future, grasp daily opportunities to foster our kids’ social competence and their capacity to problem solve for themselves.
The message of how to trust and partner with our teachers and school to achieve that autonomy was heartening. We left armed with a range of tools with which to successfully navigate parenting a primary student for the next seven years.
Amanda McLean - Brighton Primary School
The day was brilliant! Loved it!!! It was really empowering for teachers in understanding that they can make a difference.
I really liked the way you explained how resilience and confidence cannot be taught, they are an outcome and that resilience and confidence comes from experiencing success.
Ben Vevers - Teaching and Learning Mt Eliza
I was at your workshop yesterday afternoon in Rosebud. I thought it was brilliant. You are such an inspiration with the way you present. Thank you. I have a couple of swamp dwellers I need you to take care of but will save that for a later date!
I have attached a photo of the scene I arrived in this morning. Had to take a shot of it but did not record any of the language used. Lorraine used all her skills and positive self talk to improve the situation.
Nichole Russell - Moorabool Shire Council
We had some great verbal feedback, and staff here thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and felt they had all come away with some new ways of looking at things. Some that attended felt affirmed, which is also a great thing to hear, and others talked about the workshop helping them to reflect on their own practices. Personally, I liked the humour and anecdotes, and how you scaffolded the points. The presentation made a lot of sense, and challenged a few people I think, particularly in regards to how much they do for their children, and how they try to avoid their children having any failures or learning opportunities.
I have attached a couple of photos from the night.
Thank you once again.
I laughed so hard and learnt so much. Christine was a very clever and insightful speaker – with excellent suggestions to help parents gain a deeper understanding of why children behave as they do. I enjoyed her positive message and practical suggestions to help parents keep a step ahead, not just be responsive and keep long term goals in mind which benefit all the family.
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