PHONE: +64 (09) 947 5822
MOBILE: +64 (021) 971 900

Jane John Thomas Public Speaking ExperienceJane Thomas John

B.A. University of Auckland
Dip.Ed. University of Sydney

Over 25 years experience as a performer, communicator and trainer in Australia and New Zealand.

I always encourage people to tell their own stories so I will share some of my background with you. As a young film, television and theatre actress I was often sick to my stomach with nerves. I was in good company. Many actors - Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Stephen Fry, Kate Winslet, Scarlet Johanssen, Amy Adams - have suffered from stage fright. When I spent a few years as a core cast member in soap opera and the actors had the benefit of instant playback/ feeback of every scene, I learnt more in a few weeks than ever before. This is why I am passionate about this method in training my clients. Learning by doing, along with instant professional playback/feedback is the fastest, most effective way to bring about changes in confidence and ability

Management or raw recruit - nearly everyone finds speaking in public a challenge. By simply applying the training we offer, people gain the confidence to enjoy speaking to clients, colleagues or family. It is enormously rewarding for them - and for us.

Some Corporate Clients:

  • Air NZ - trainer for Strategic Storytelling
  • Fuji Xerox - coach/ trainer
  • Fletchers - coach/ trainer
  • Westpac - coach/ trainer
  • Strata Title - coach/trainer
  • Progressive Enterprises (Woolworths) - coach/trainer
  • Tonkin & Taylor - coach/trainer
  • Macquarie Private Wealth - coach/trainer
  • Accru - Smith Chilcott Ltd - coach/trainer
  • New Zealand Steel - coach/trainer/interviewer
  • Vitality Works - coach/trainer
  • Sanitarium - coach/trainer
  • AUT - coach/trainer
  • North Shore City Council - voice coach
  • Scarbro Construction -coach/trainer
  • Employer's Federation - coached and directed non-actors to camera for TV campaign.
  • Health Funding Authority - coached children to camera for TV campaign.
  • Hasbro NZ - producer/director TVC'S Hasbro NZ
  • FCB Advertising - training, casting, production, stylist.

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Writer and Teacher

Taught English and History at Ascham School, Sydney.
Senior copywriter, USP Needham
Author, children's book, published by Reed/Raupo 2007
Travel writer for The Dominion, The Press, The Otago Daily Times

'Shape Up at Sea' - The Press June 8, 2009 (Page 1, Page 2)

'Oggle Poggle' - childrens book (Page 1, Page 2)

Actor, Presenter, Voice

Film: Lead in award-winning film ‘After the Depression' (Dir. Roger Donaldson) ‘Opening Night.' (Dir.Brian McDuffy) ‘The Whole of The Moon.' (Dir. Ian Mune)
Television drama: Lead in ‘The Immigrants'. Guest lead in ‘Inside Straight'. Guest lead in 'Hercules'.
Leading roles in ‘Close to Home', ‘Radio Waves' & guest roles ‘Shortland Street,' ‘Legend of the Seeker'.
Educational C.D.Rom: For Unitec - ‘Face To Face' and a language CD with Leighton Smith.
Voice work: A year as a commercial voice at ‘Radio i'.
Corporate presenter: Promotional videos for Vanuatu Airlines, Aotea Centre, Unichem.
Radio: Lead roles in many radio dramas including the award-winning play ‘A Family Matter' directed by John O'Leary.

Customer feedback

  • airnzKate Nuttall

    Air New Zealand
    General Manager People/ Sales Offshore

    Hi Jane,

    I’ve had loads of great feedback from our team about your session (on Strategic Storytelling) – people really enjoyed it. You’ve got us thinking about our storytelling telling style and impact – it was wonderful to have you as part of the (training) day. I look forward to working with you again soon.

  • NZ Olympic Committee

    Rob Page

    Education Manager,
    New Zealand Olympic Committee.

    "Jane was wonderful. She quickly understood my needs and ran the two hour workshop to meet them perfectly. The Olympic Ambassadors were unanimous in their praise, and many said it was the best public speaking and presentation skills advice they had received. I would totally recommend Jane."

  • tps logoCraeg Williams

    TPS Credit Control
    Managing Director

    "All it took was three sessions, and it was worth every penny.
    I delivered my presentation with ease and all the feedback I received was very positive.
    Jane's teaching method is systematic and gets results fast. I am happy to recommend her to anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills"

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    Ajay Vagha

    NZ Operations Manager
    APT Travel Group

    Hi Jane,
    Everyone in the team loved the session, and the feedback was that your talk was a standout. Very pleased - our people learnt some great techniques. Thanks again, great working with you.

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    Ben Stevens

    Chief Excutive
    Risk Dynamics

    Thanks so much for your help Jane!!
    I’m amped and prepared
    You have been a massive help
    I’m happy to refer you also.

  • DFS Auckland WebEseta Nicholls

    Dress for Success

    Hi Jane

    Just wanted to say thank-you for a great talk last night (to the PWG of 'Dress for Success') - you could have heard a pin drop, leaving the group buzzing with excitement keen to put their next speech to the test.
    I for one have re-written my story and will not be shy to put my hand up in future (or will do so with confidence).

  • weddingTim Paulsen


    When I knew had to speak at my wedding I was dreading it. I never imagined I’d be able to stand up and speak without notes - but with Jane’s help I not only managed it I got fantastic feedback and everyone was very impressed.

  • mountain jade logoSabine Willensen

    Sales and Marketing Manager ‘Mountain Jade’.

    Thank you so much for your inspirational workshop Jane. We all enjoyed it tremendously and know we learned a lot!

  • James Usmar

    Macquarie Private Wealth  - Wealth Management

    "She gets great results - what else do you need to know?"

    "I went from 25% to 85% follow up success."

    Read our case study

  • jump shift logoPeter Schibli


    Thanks so much for the work you did with me last week.  I'm now fully committed to telling stories to make points.
    The thing that pulled me over the line was your own story telling. Great leadership by example!

  • tntPip Hair

    Marketing Manager Tonkin & Taylor.

    Dear Jane,

    My presentation went extremely well yesterday and generated around 30 minutes of discussion afterwards - I couldn't be happier.

  • Helen Talbot

    Fashion Designer

    "Jane was encouraging, humorous and above all dedicated. My speech was a great success and surprisingly, I enjoyed the experience." "I highly recommend Jane's services."

  • Sinda Hall

    Sweet Louise

    Hello Jane

    Thank you very much for a really great training session today.  I was frankly terrified when I saw the camera, plus having to do a talk in front of my peers.  I just hate anything like this.  But you made it non threatening and were very encouraging, so thank you for all the advice and tips.

  • Yvonne McLean

    ACC (ICF), Executive Coach

    "Working with Jane enabled me to take my presentation skills up another level."

    "I highly recommend Jane's services."

  • wooloworthsAngela Heising

    L&D Progressive Enterprises

    "Jane coached three finalists on presentation and interview skills for our International Paul Simons Awards.... our team presented with panache and impact - best of all - one (of them) became the first Kiwi to win."

  • ben kayeBen Kaye

    Master Tattooist

    My presentation went really, really well - all the prep paid off!
    I had a lot of people go out of their way to tell me they enjoyed it.
    I actually enjoyed it too so I'm planning on doing a lot more in the future, I have one in here in New Zealand planned and one in Toronto later in the year.

    Thank you very much for the help! I feel like I learned some great life skills.

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    Tracy Manu

    ‘Blossom’ (Life Coach)

    I’ve spoken to audiences of up to 100 people and thought I was pretty good at what I do.  Then I worked with Jane!
    Jane helped me take my keynote speaking to a new level!
    She helped me construct my presentation in a way that was precise, informative and authentically me.

  • Jill Wilkinson

    Director CMB NZ

    After training with Jane, I gave my talk on Appropriate Image Presentation. They loved it. I got lots of applause and individual thanks from the members.
    Thank you so much for the help you gave me and for very quickly getting to the crucial things I needed to change.

  • Sally Fienerman


    Having delivered numerous speeches in the past. I knew I was OK but I wanted to be better than OK.

    After a chance meeting with Jane, I immediately employed her services as a coach.

  • Dean Reihana

    Wedding Celebrant

    Hey Jane,
    Thank you for coaching me for the wedding ceremony for my sis.
    When the time came . . . . . I nailed it! YAY!  
    I spoke clearly and loud enough for all to hear, had full control of the whole ceremony and best of all, I had everyone in the palm of my hand.
    They all enjoyed listening ..and I added my own spark to the event without stealing the attention away from the newly weds.


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PHONE: +64 (09) 947 5822
MOBILE: +64 (021) 971 900



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