Our Communication Skills Trainers
Peter Hiddema is an expert trainer, coach and speaker on business communication skills & presentations skills, negotiation, collaboration, and conflict management and founder of Common Outlook Consulting Inc.
Building on his association with the Harvard Negotiation Project, the renowned research center dedicated to improving the practice of negotiation and conflict management, Peter has taught, consulted, and spoken about the principles of the methodology in numerous countries on four continents since 1996.
Peter has worked in a wide variety of settings. In the private sector, he has trained and advised executives of global Fortune 500 companies on high-stakes negotiations and relationships and has also assisted small local organizations. In the public sector he has worked with the World Health Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, international non-governmental organizations, as well as universities, national and regional government bodies and indigenous peoples. In addition, Peter has been a Visiting Professor in France and Singapore at INSEAD – The Business School for the World, and has lectured at Queen’s University (Canada and the UK), and Harvard University, among others.
Peter began his career in finance and banking. He worked with the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto, Canada and London, England. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University, an MBA from Queen’s University (Canada), and an Executive Master’s Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD (France). Peter speaks 4 languages, has lived in 6 countries on 4 continents, and has traveled through over 50 countries. He is curious by nature and considers himself a perpetual student in the school of life.
Head Trainer & Coach
Gerry Riskin, B. Com, LLB, P. Admin, is an internationally recognized lawyer, author, management consultant and coach and founder of the 34 year old global consultancy Edge International . A graduate of commerce as well as law at the University of Alberta (Edmonton), he practiced since 1973 and was Managing Partner of a firm in Canada and Hong Kong. Gerry is author of The Successful Lawyer. His other books include: Practice Development: Creating The Marketing Mindset, Herding Cats and beyond KNOWING. He is co-creator of the acclaimed programs PracticeCoach® and Rainmaking®., has served the Conference Board of Canada and is a Visiting Fellow of The College of Law in London, a visiting lecturer at Fordham Law School in New York, a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a past Visiting Professor at the University or Pretoria in South Africa.
Gerry specializes in coaching leaders and executives to reach optimum performances from strategies to communications. Gerry worked with John Plank as colleagues in Edge International for more than 10 years.
Gerry says of John Plank: “I believe that John was the most gifted presentation coach in the world. He was a master at listening and observing and always had just the right advice for every individual with whom he worked. I have learned so much from him and am proud to have adopted many of his methods and protocols."
Gerry is most frequently serving clients in Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, South Africa, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and India.