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

Hannah Airey  | Director, Workplace Wellbeing


Advanced Personal Communication & Conflict Resolution Training

Rapport Building Communication Training

Build cohesive & creative relationships

Coaching Skills Communication Training

Empower others to create solutions

Courageous Conversations Communication Training

Raise concerns, preserve relationships

Conflict Resolution Communication Training

Resolve conflict, develop partnership

Focusing on what increases communication effectiveness – and what derails it – the training develops a heightened awareness of language and how to use it skilfully and responsibly for positive outcomes. Advanced personal communication alone reduces misunderstanding and increases creativity and collaboration, amounting within a team to what is widely known as ‘psychological safety’. Building on these skills, we then embed frameworks and tools to resolve conflict, covering techniques to defuse stressful emotions, preserve relationships and apply solutions that meet practical needs. As the most popular training in our portfolio, participants leave with the confidence to transform communication and enjoy better and more meaningful relationships.


Christchurch | 20-23 March 2018 | SOLD OUT

Wellington | 4-7 SEPTEMBER 2018 | Registrations Now Open

(Note: This training can also be commissioned to run as an internal training.)

12 Place Limit

No one gets lost in the crowd.

Learn how we ensure quality


Over 250 people have completed Communication Leadership training.

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

Teall Crossen

Senior Solicitor, DOC


“I would recommend this training to others” 10% Agree,
90% Strongly Recommend.

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


Brain-based. Interactive. Highly Practical.


Applying refined skills to the basics of communication to take them to an advanced level.

V.A.K. Rapport

Understand the sensory language channels of the brain to enhance communication.

Sensory Language

Simplify conversations and generate understanding across sensory language preferences.

Stay Centred

Stay centred under pressure and retain composure to remove the heat from conversations.

Problem Ownership

View problems and the emotional context, avoid being needlessly hijacked by drama.

Build Trust

Model a different way to communicate that builds trust and opens possibilities.


Communicate to empower others to solve problems and build their thinking capability.

Solution Focus

Use language frames to park drama and create solution focused thinking.

Goal Focus

Help people transform problems into goals to reframe and increase resilience.

Conversational Reframing

Help people develop lateral thinking by using six reframing methods that activate more neural pathways.

Listening Loud

Apply techniques to minimise interference and tune-in to language and intent.

Break-State Questions

Ask break-state questions to break problem-lock and help people create mental and emotional shifts.


Raise issues of concern and stay composed by dealing in facts and effects to preserve relationships.

I Message

Structure your message to challenge behaviour to lead more easily to solutions and release tension.

Avoid Roadblocks

Avoid communication roadblocks that risk greater conflict by creating new and harder problems.

Manage Strong Emotions

Communicate to defuse other people’s strong emotions and support centred thinking.

Preserve Relationships

Apply skills in tough conversations that preserve if not build relationships.

Establish Intent

Avoid assumptions and establish intent to break cycles of misunderstanding.


Full eight-step Conflict Resolution training, reflecting international peace process.

Establish Partnership

Transition from conflict to collaboration by establishing a partnership frame.

Redefine Conflict

Move conflict away from right/wrong stalemates and talk practical needs to resolve.

Needs Elicitation

Help people identify their needs to then build sustainable solutions that will work long term.

8-Step Resolution Model

Move through the eight-step model to build sustainable solutions and avoid the repetition of conflict.


Learn a mediation framework to bring people together and co-create solutions.


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


STRONGLY Recommended

"I would recommend this training to others"
10% Agree, 90% Strongly Recommend



TRAINER Walks-The-Talk

"David Savage used the skills he was training" 5% Agree, 95% say he "Fully walks the talk"




"I'm ready to apply the practical tools & skills" 
21% Agree, 79% "I'm Ready & Excited!"




67% say 'THE BEST training I've ever been on'33% agree it's 'one of the best'.



We understand how the brain learns, and so we structure our trainings to ensure quality.


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.

No Broad Brush

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

No One Gets Lost

Our 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 learnings, have their needs met and engage fully in the training.

Learn more about our methodology and the results we get.


How people describe Communication Leadership training.

An addictive and sumptuous mind explosion, Sav [David Savage] is a master at helping people to realise and reach their potential.

Heather Ritchie

Transpower, Project Systems Manager

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 and has been exceptional and the results immediate.

Christian Carter

Transpower, PMO Manager

A course that will transform your ability to communicate with anyone and everyone. A way to establish your own comms style and how others can get the best from you. Provides you with a toolkit for solving problems and resolving conflict

Tracey Keith

Career Coach, TMK Consulting

“Communicate openly and effectively … Awesome, highly recommended. Beneficial in any and all areas of work/life”

Chris Teasdale

Systems Consultant, Statistics NZ

We have put through 26 people from our division on the Communication Leadership training… We have seen people become far more collaborative and able to manage group approaches in very helpful ways… feedback from participants was the most positive across a wide range of people on their enjoyment of and outcomes from the course.

Derrick Westenra

Transpower, IT Manager

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

Blow your sox off – Another great course and positive experience again… Lots of practical, useable, understandable tools that you can take away and use. Excellent content and delivery. Excellent, empowering, excellent tools, grow your leadership skills in a practical and energetic way. Thanks Sav – another great course and positive experience again.

Prescott Jones

Statistics New Zealand, IT Manager

An amazing growth experience that will leave you with all the skills you need to ROCK!

Jay Devlin

Architect, Enterprise Architecture, Statistics New Zealand

David Savage is a compelling, approachable, effective leadership trainer, one who I can only recommend and do so without hesitation or doubt. I hope to work with David again.

Phil Bilbrough

Group Manager Marketing and Communications, Forest & Bird

I have completed the Communication Leadership course with David and benefited a lot from what the course covered. The course was highly engaging and focused on practical tools that can be applied immediately. This course can help you succeed as a leader and I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Jana Sladka

Recovery Outreach Team Leader, New Zealand Red Cross

INVESTMENT | $2,950+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, 15% multiple person discount for three of or more people attending the same training from the same business, 25% 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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