Herky puts in a lot of time to turn this…. into this!
National Career Development Association
Southeast Alberta Teacher’s Convention
Human Resources Association of Calgary
International Association of Business Analysts
Building Tomorrow Today Conference
“This was by far the best session for me @cannexus – being asked to engage and risk myself & to consider what it means to be an “artist” at work. Sometimes you need to find that session that allows you to be a better version of yourself so that you can then be a better career practitioner.”
Brenda Slomka, Assistant Director Student Affairs, University of Northern British Columbia
“A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to you speak at a student professional development conference, at the University of Lethbridge. I want to thank you for the information you imparted in that session, as it has created an immediate impact at my place of work. While being a student, I work in a small business, founded by a member of the greatest generation, sold to their son (a baby boomer), senior staff are from generation x, my immediate supervisor is a gen y and I’m a millennial. In the past few weeks, my capacity to relate to each individual in the workplace has increased substantially, and workplace relationships have become far more positive because of it. I want to thank you, for making such a significant difference in my life and view of older generations in the workplace.”
“Informative, fun and entertaining…just the qualities desired in a speaker for your next event.”
“We had an incredible session with Herky. He delivered many practical ideas and got us on our feet to better understand the concepts through experience. His humorous and entertaining style was a refreshing and effective approach to a serious topic.”
“The wit and wisdom you provided for us as a keynote speaker, trainer and lunchtime entertainer at the Arkansas Career Guidance Association was very well received by everyone. Your anecdotal view from personal awareness and surveys of youth and employers regarding generational differences or the lack thereof was eye-opening to our audience of career guidance teachers. It provided great inspiration and insight into the treatment and training of Gen-Y students. Thanks for enlightening us in Arkansas.”
“Herky spoke to my association on generational differences in the workplace and I have to say that his material was amazing. Herky was able to learn about our association and utilize that knowledge to make the material relatable which made it that much more enjoyable. Listeners walked away thinking about the presentation and the feedback I received was that they were actually putting the material into action in the workplace. This tells me that we chose the right presenter with the right skills to engage our membership.”
“I saw Herky do a presentation at NCDA. He is an engaging speaker with original ideas, a flair for delivery, and a talent for getting the audience to be active and learning participants. I enjoyed the session and learned a lot from it.”
“Firstly let me say how much I enjoyed your presentation at the CASE conference. I have been in this field for over 25 years and I must say I learnt a lot from your presentation. I wish you presented the whole day! You are inpiring, engaging and a whole lot of laughs! Thank you!! (you were worth the trip from BC)”
“I thought you really brought it to the men with your presentation. This was particularly appreciated because you had originally prepared a different presentation. Your willingness to be flexible and in service to the men really stood out to me in the whole organizing of the event.”
“Herky is a pro! His very dynamic presentation on taking risks brought up the energy level on our staff retreat day, and left us with something to think about. I appreciated that Herky spent time beforehand asking lots of questions and getting to know our organization, what we do, the people in it, and what our staff retreat day was all about. He had never been on our campus before yet, because of his prior “research” he seemed already familiar with who we are. Thanks again Herky for bringing your message and ideas to our event!”
“Herky is a great performer, career development professional, and speaker who infuses his passion for music into a wonderful workshop! He truly lifts spirits while he teaches valuable skills!”
“I recently attended the NCDA Conference in the states. I really found your seminar very inspirational and you opened my eyes with your many and varied creative ideas. In fact I have downloaded your e-book and plan to use one(or more) of your ‘work’ tunes in a workshop we are running on preparing our students for their internship.”
“Herky is a motivational speaker, change agent and provides excellent support for non-profits.”
Alex Gordon, President, Algor Enterprises
“As a Dutch student attending Cannexus 2016, I learned a lot about career counseling and development. Out of all the workshops that I attended, your workshop on Non-Traditional Assessment Tools was one of the few that affected me the most.”
McBride Career Group
Jasper Adult Learning Council
Beaverlodge Regional High School
Piikani Employment Services
“Our recent session on Positivity in the Workplace, delivered by Herky, was exactly what we needed. We were engaged and challenged throughout our morning, and I myself appreciated being nudged out of my comfort zone. We would not have any reservations about working with Herky again in the future as there was a great amount of ‘positive’ feedback from all participants in this workshop. This was a great gift to give our hardworking Administrative Professionals.”
Lori Skriver, Executive Associate, Lethbridge Family Services.
“We really liked the 2 informal assessments that Herky walked us through. Thanks also for the reminder that there are more than just our beliefs in any relationship. It’s also important for us to remember to make the client do more/backing off with clients, and waiting for them to engage. This presentation was genuine, energetic and informative and Herky is a great listener who really seems to care.”
Nikki Griffin, Alberta Vocational Services Manager, CBI Health Group
“Thank you for the great session yesterday! That was my first experience with the Career Development Association of Alberta, and it was outstanding. You provided so many tools and ideas. My notebook is full!
Janice MacPherson, CPHR
“Herky has taught our staff how to help clients find work and how to access and use good labour market information. Our staff rave about Herky – in a good way. They call him ‘awesome.’ They found his training both practical and engaging. Herky made time for structured practice and ensured everyone’s participation. Herky ‘really listened’ and ‘understands our material and our work very well.’ He knows his material and ‘brought the material to life, he could relate it to what we are doing.’ Herky found ways to teach ‘for all learning types.’ For myself, I have known Herky as a career professional for a number of years. He is an energetic, committed, well-connected, and a positive activist in the field of career development. When Herky offers a course or session, I recommend people take it. I do.”
““We had 16 swimming pool staff (lifeguards, instructors, front desk staff and management) attend Herky’s ½ day training session. These employees ranged in age from 15 to 23. Herky was very well planned for this training, and kept the participants engaged throughout the session, and at the end the staff felt it could have gone even longer.
I was amazed at the quality and depth of the discussions and the conversations that were generated by Herky’s training through his well thought out plan. I feel that both staff and management came out of the session with a better understanding of different generations in the workplace, and I would recommend Herky for a training session in the future.”
“Herky and I have co-facilitated training workshops under contract to Life-Role Development Group for Alberta Employment and Immigration. Herky is a talented and experienced facilitator who is able to create a safe environment to support participants in their learning and their expression of new ideas. He creates elegant opportunities for networking and team building within groups that enhance the overall training experience.He is a supportive and adventurous co-facilitator, ready to try new approaches and resources and constantly in search of creative ways to support participants in their learning. He brings abundant humour, kindness and insight to the training room.”
“I had the pleasure of video taping one of Herky’s ‘Using Music as a Career Development Tool’ interactive presentations. It was a great experience to be part of. I was one of probably many who walked in there going ‘What the heck is this going to be about? How does music relate to Career Development?’ Well let me say – he made me a believer. He brings it into such simple to understand terms and strategies that I was instantly convinced he had struck upon a true gem of delving deep into what someone would enjoy doing in their life. Herky is a welcome change to some of the events I have previously recorded and edited. He creates a fun and energetic atmosphere – as well as letting his attendees know right away that he’s not there to waste their time, and he appreciates they won’t be wasting his.”
“Over the years I have had the pleasure of hearing Herky on two separate occasions. On both these occasions, Herky engaged, inspired, motivated and enlightened. Herky has a wonderful way of facilitating workshops and training sessions by bringing his wit and wisdom along with music. On both occasions, Herky targeted his presentations to the organization and walked the talk by sharing ideas and his tool kit. My colleagues and I echo in our admiration for his ability to bring laughter and meeting of minds. Thank you for the laughter yoga Herky!”
“I recently attended two training programs totaling 5 days facilitated by Herky, and I’m glad he aspires to bring laughter because that is what he did for our classroom! He doesn’t say, “ no, but…” , he says “yes, and??” And he patiently listens to respond to whatever is offered. You never know what can happen when you have someone like that on your team! From Herky I gather that the sky is the limit!”
“Herky is professional, enthusiastic, passionate and, down to earth fun! The information he provided to our organization will have long-lasting and positive effects.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and believe that it is the first time that I didn’t fade out in the afternoon and actually looked forward to it. Thank you for an engaging and enriching experience.”
Lidia Bomba-Sorbo, Career Practitioner – Language and Training Programs
“I had the privilege to sit in on one of Herky’s workshops, Generations in the Workplace. Not only did I learn about the differences in generations, but how to effectively relate and communicate with a person who is in a different generation from myself. Herky was able to use his light humour and charming wit to keep the workshop at a nice pace with a light feel. It was nice to see a facilitator create a safe environment to allow for open discussion. Great job!”
“Herky currently teaches Work Search and Labour Market Information courses for us. He is a creative facilitator who can bring otherwise dry material to life (and applicability) through his humour and warmth. It’s great having him on board!”
“I always enjoyed your courses – both for the upbeat comments and challenging questions you posted. The quality and quantity of these surpassed those of your colleagues and I felt that you truly cared about our learning.”
Maritha Peens – Executive Coach
“I was impressed by the Social Media presentation you did for us staff at McBride Career Group. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and information in a fun and lively way.”
Some of the comments made from staff who attended 3 “Positivity in the Workplace” workshops Herky did with Alberta Central Credit Unions.
“High energy, he made the session very comfortable even for those stretching themselves/Excellent, fun & engaging/Herky was great – very interactive and got a lot out of our group/Great presentation skills, knowledgeable and positive attitude/He instantly connected with the room and had excellent skills, rapport and credibility/Funny, interesting & knowledgeable/Excellent use of time and engaging the audience/He was awesome!/Outgoing with energy/Herky was very effective, knowledgeable, personable & relatable/It’s the best so far, bar none! The three hours went by very fast!/The ‘Positive Partner’ is a unique idea that is going to be interesting to put in place to try/Herky was the best facilitator we’ve had at Alberta Central – Energetic, funny and got us all taking risks, bonding & smiling/Herky was fabulous, presenting in a positive and humorous manner, and he has a very comforting speaking voice/The best course I ever had/Excellent facilitator/His positivity was infectious/ Very knowledgeable and made learning fun/Fantastic & upbeat.”
Johanna Bravo, Senior People & Culture Advisor, Credit Union Central Alberta
Some comments from 5 “Ignite Your Passion” workshops Herky delivered to career development practitioners;
“The speaker had a great delivery style, very engaging/Wonderful, exciting presentation/I was pleasantly surprised how much of the content was a takeaway/He was a very good speaker and had a great amount of variety in his workshop to keep you interested and motivated/ Herky made the day fun with great activities and his authentic approach is appreciated/I thoroughly enjoyed this very practical workshop/This was the best Ignite I have ever been to/Herky was informative and humorous which made learning fun/I was very pleased with this session, great value/The presentation was outstanding – very relevant, humorous, laughter, and overall a very good time/I left feeling inspired and rejuvenated… you literally relit my passion for what I do/Great workshop, I felt challenged and came away with some great material to work on.”
Champions Career Centre Testimonial
Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
Building Tomorrow Today Conference
Building Tomorrow Today Conference
“Thanks very much for the learning event last week, it was amazing and a perfect fit for the group. As you have noted, these teams work in exceptionally difficult situations and have jobs and goals that are amazing, heart breaking, and very important. The intent of having a learning event was to bring this large and diversified group together, in both a learning and team building atmosphere where they could remove stress and remember the importance of working together.
You met the full intent of the training event. Thank you for bringing everyone together to teach them that learning and working together is something that can always be fun and rewarding. Everyone enjoyed this very much, and we thank you for the time and energy you brought. If ever you need a reference, everyone at the event would be pleased to provide one.”
Spencer Philippo, Director, Social Programs and First Nations Relations Treaty 8 at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
“Herky, with little notice, customized a musical team building experience for 60+ of our leaders at Lethbridge College. And we couldn’t have asked for a better more worthwhile activity that promoted risk taking and team building in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Everyone participated and we won’t soon forget the songs we composed and performed in seven minutes. We are hoping to work with Herky again in the future and would heartily recommend him to others.”
“Herky is a long-standing and respected member of the Career Development Association of Alberta and so it was an honor to have him present to our members for our Annual Professional Development event. His half day workshop on “Cutting Edge Work Search Tips and Tools” egaged and captivated his audience. Leave it to Herky to provide each and every member of a room full of experienced professionals with a handful of new tools, strategies, and activities to better support their clients and themselves in their work search! The tools Herky shared areaccessible, relevant, and most certainly CUTTING EDGE. Herky is not only engaging and inspiring but his sense of humor, creativity, and passion for his work bring life and meaning to the concepts he presents. As a workshop facilitator Herky is first class!”
“Days like this are often overlooked or brushed aside, but it was truly great to be able to take the time to look inward for once and also get to see my co-workers do the same.”
“Herky presented at our annual conference. The workshop was titled “Step Out of the Box – Innovative Career Development Tools”. He closed out the conference and did a very good job. As promised, his presentation was innovative and creative using music as his vehicle to engage the group and provide a fun atmosphere.”
Jac Quinlan, Manager, Vocational Services at Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
“Herky Cutler has been instructing within Life Strategies’ Career Management Professional Program since Fall 2012. The engaging, dynamic, and humour-filled approach Herky is known for transferred seamlessly into the online environment. He is incredibly knowledgeable and never hesitates to expand content to ensure our students achieve their learning goals. He is consistently rated as one of our top instructors. We are thrilled to have him as part of the Life Strategies LearnOnline team.”
“This was great Herky. Thank you again for a very successful team-building session that also encourages appropriate behaviors in the orkplace between employees and towards visitors. I am forwarding this email and the session comments to my Regional Manager, as he will have great interest in encouraging other historic sites to take advantage of your excellent sessions. Your expertise comes with a local perspective and that has worked very well with our staff.”
James Martin, Site Manager, Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
“On behalf of Crowsnest Community Support Society, I would like to thank Herky Cutler for the Team Building sessions that he facilitated for our society in late 2009/early 2010. Prior to these team building sessions I had not had the opportunity to meet Herky, so I was not sure what to expect from the multi-day sessions. However, after the process was completed, I was very impressed with Herky’s style of facilitation. The initial brainstorming sessions that were conducted in smaller groups allowed employees to get to the roots of employee concerns/conflicts, but they also allowed employees the opportunity to explore the positive aspects of the society.
Herky then took all of the information from these smaller sessions and came up with a number of core issues that employees needed to address. He then had a session with all the employees, where he divided the group into smaller groups in order to tackle these main concerns. The follow-up session in January brought all of the groups together to discuss the issues they had been given and to look at what solutions had been proposed and/or implemented. I feel that these sessions have created a solid base that the society can use to hopefully build a stronger team dynamic.”
“I learned so much from all of you and Herky…you are an amazing instructor and a breath of fresh air!”
“Just a heart felt thank you for your feedback, insights, experience and willingness to share. As a teacher, I am hyper critical about the teaching styles of others, yet I never felt for a moment, I was being lectured at and have learned to implement your teaching style into my methodology which is such a value added aspect to this highly informative course.”
Spencer Gee, Career Development Student
“Herky is an amazing leader who has led an organization of counselors whose goal is to improve the lives of high school students. Herky has the rare skill of providing well-defined structures that allow both students and staff to excel.”
Testimonials From Conference Participants
This was a great course and was structured so that all of us would see a benefit with our expectations at the end/ It was very inspiring and he kept all of us engaged throughout the day/ I gained a great insight into employee engagement and have already been sharing this information with my direct supervisors on how we can change our methods to inspire employees and keep them engaged/ I thoroughly enjoyed this course/ Herky was an excellent instructor! He knew his material well and I loved how he engaged us throughout the day. He had us learning and laughing all day long.
Very insightful. Loved the Song – well done!/Using our native culturally sensitive program such as Dr Brokenleg as a demo was awesome/ Great presenter – can change your lives if you choose to follow his teachings/I liked this session’s focus on overcoming barriers. Great to help get people thinking about their own stuff and how it translates into how it may impact others/ Engaging presenter and content/ Loved that he shared his “deficits of character” and brought authenticity to this. Super/ Very inspiring. I just want to say thank you so much for being your true self Herky!/ Great presentation, always informative/ Herky is the best because he engages w/audience/ Not only he is funny/humorous, he made me think about myself and how I interact w/my clients/ You are the best! Always walk away with knowledge transferred/ Definitely opened my eyes to change with clients how to work from our authentic space, give to our journey fully/ Tremendously exceptional/ Really entertaining & engaging speaker.
Courageous Career Development
Top notch pre-conference session today. Learned a lot about myself and how to work with clients/ Non-traditional assessment tools that Rock – of course the session and its leader will be non-traditional, and Rock/ Great, engaging session, Herky could have kept us in rapt attention for hours!/ Herky is phenomenal!!! Keep up the good work/ Herky Cutler presentation was amazing, truly inspired me to change up what I do and gave me so much insight on career development! /The facilitator was awesome! /Herky knew the challenges we face and provided excellent suggestions for the group. Furthermore, he inspired me to try new approaches/ Dynamic and simple tools to use with a variety of clientele.
Engaging, light-hearted, genuine…The presenter’s rapport with the group….was outstanding! /Wonderful understanding of his technique and GREAT facilitator!/ I had a wonderful time/ In my opinion, it was the best workshop of the conference/ It was an awesome presentation!
Alberta Literacy Coordinators Conference
Awesome and so effective!/ I loved this session and would love more information about using this in my practice/Outstanding session!/ Very creative and insightful!/Eye opener! New way to engage young and old in change/ Excellent experiential/technical opportunity to explore new techniques/ What fun!/ Thought-provoking – motivating/ Very engaging. Fun, exciting/ Something I will definitely incorporate into my practice/ The best one I’ve seen so far/ I got really concrete, tangible ideas to use with my groups/ Very creative, makes me think about using unconventional tools/ The best learning occurs when you are having fun! Lots of energy, humour.
Building Tomorrow Today
I want you to come back again! /Well taught…I learned something I never knew would actually work/ Herky is awesome. I hope I am like him some day! /Definitely helped me gain insight into my inner being/ Helped me to see even more about a person more quickly than usual.
University of Lethbridge
Creative and innovative/ Excellent presenter and topic/This was the best presentation I’ve seen so far!/ Could have listened and talked about the subject all day/ Engaging, thoughtful, practical, inspiring/ Great instructor, fun presentation, yet very powerful.