What are people are saying about Dan Ohler?

Industry:  Provincial Government

“Your presentation on “Why Is Common-Sense So Uncommon,” hit the mark with our staff.  While we focus heavily on training experiences related to changing technologies, regulations, and evolving natural resource sciences; we often overlook the most critical element – people.  Your focus on the importance of building and maintaining positive working relationships between staff, our clients, and the general public is a valuable message.  Without proper, ongoing investments in trust, integrity, respect, and communication, we cannot be effective managers of Alberta’s forest, lands, and wildlife.”

Norman Brownlee, Business Services Manager

Peace/Upper Hay Management Area, Alberta Sustainable

Resource Development

“Dan’s ability to open the minds of his listeners, to challenge them to use the skills he teaches, makes his sessions invaluable to those who participate.  Dan relates to his audiences, and always provides a message that is tailored to their needs.  Those that participate are always extremely impressed, and I often hear people talk about Dan’s sessions long after they have taken them.”

Mark Muchka, 4-H Specialist

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

“It was great having you and Carol as our workshop facilitators at our staff retreat.  The very positive feedback we received after the event clearly demonstrated the professional way in which you engaged the audience with key issues.

You were working with a group of folks, of which some were sceptical.  You handled them extremely well and managed to have them participating in a balanced way.  Your gift for relating with people on an individual basis was evident as I noticed you talking with staff throughout the day.

I also appreciated the careful preparation and follow-up that you provided me.  It made planning our day so much easier.  Your interest in finding out (beforehand) exactly how staff were thinking and feeling, and then tuning your presentation to meet them, made your program a success and the staff thoroughly enjoyed it.  We laughed.  We learned.  We walked away with useful tools to better care for ourselves and a better understanding of our co-workers.

The message was right on target and enhanced by the fun and interactive delivery.”

Sue Huberdeau, Administration

Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs – Gunn Centre

Industry:  Agriculture

“We are fortunate to have had someone with your expertise and energy as a motivational speaker to address the farmers and friends of agriculture who attended the AGM.  The attendees found your presentation interesting and very lively, which was perfect for a speech after lunch.  As a result from your presentation, most of the attendees felt they could easily relate to the stories they heard and it did make them start thinking of their own experiences.

I want to express my appreciation for your humourous and high-energy style of presentation.  Once again, thank you for speaking at this special event.”

Charline Cormier, CEO

Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick

“Dan has a way of captivating people and getting them to share their innermost thoughts and feelings openly with others.  Dan motivates his audience to make positive changes in their lives by providing them with life lessons he has previously garnered.

People discussed issues thoughtfully and without fear amongst each other as Dan delivered his message.  The main reason this interaction took place is the group say Mr. Ohler as a man who believes in his convictions and practices what he preaches.  The people left feeling positively motivated and feeling more prepared to face the challenges they face in the day to day operation of their farms.

I would highly recommend Dan as a speaker for your event.  He is not only a quality motivational speaker but his is also someone I can truly call my friend.”

Bill MacKendrick, Farm Extension Services

Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Aquaculture

“Our perception was that we were hiring an individual that could help members generate enthusiasm and maintain positive attitudes towards the llama industry.  We had initial reservations regarding the cost of your presentation but your compassionate, caring approach made these reservations disappear.  From the outset, you made members of our team feel very welcomed and you took an active interest in learning about the issues and challenges facing the llama industry.  You invested time and effort to research and make the program relevant and meaningful for our members.  Your dedication and personal commitment to understanding the dynamics of our membership was evident in all of your actions and methods.  Llama breeders left the presentation better prepared to forge forward with new ideas and were challenged to start “thinkin outside their barn” to develop creative ways to deal with their individual llama operations.

Your presentation exceeded our expectations and I would not hesitate to recommend you as a speaker to other organizations because you are active, energetic and genuinely interested in our pursuits.  You have an excellent knowledge base, and were well organized and did a significant amount of research into making your presentation tailored especially to our members.  Thank you for sharing your capacity to achieve success with our conference participants!”

Corry Jeanne Mortensen, President

Llama Canada

Industry:  Professional Associations

“We’d like to offer our sincere thanks for your presentation, “Why The Heck Do They Do What They Do?” to our members.  You provided a wealth of information to promote communication, motivation, conflict resolution, and recognition.  You provided us with humour in a heart-warming and inspiring way that kept us laughing and attentive.  The members thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and it was a pleasure to have you back.

Your services are above and beyond, Dan.  You took the time to respond to phone calls, emails, and follow-up in a timely and detailed manner.  You also took the time to find out about our Association before hand, in order to incorporate the information into your presentation.  That was certainly an added touch.”

Lorena Iceton and Karen Butkowski, Co-Program/Facility Coordinators

Association of Administrative Assistants

“Although this was your first introduction to the Canadian Payroll Association and its members, you hit the nail on the head with your presentation on Communications and the impact communications have on our work and personal lives.  One of the Canadian Payroll Association’s core values is “Community” and your presentation really emphasized the power of communications in creating and maintaining the community in which we live and work.

Your energetic presentation style and approach to life is genuine and contagious – our attendees spent a lot of time laughing and a lot of time nodding in agreement!  People left the meeting that morning feeling very positive and upbeat, and well equipped to take what they learned back to their offices and homes and use the information when dealing with their co-workers, friends and family.

I have received nothing but positive feedback and would highly recommend you as a speaker to other organizations.”

Karen Johnson, CMP

Regional Coordinator

Canadian Payroll Association, Pacific Region

Industry:  Environment

“Dan really connected with the group, exhibiting energy, humour, passion, and left a message of optimism and a belief of self-worth and self-confidence in them.  Dan’s unique style of delivery in bouncing back and forth from powerful messaging to humour, indeed, demonstrated originality and effectiveness in capturing and connecting with the audience.”

Ernie Ewaschuk, Executive Director

Land Stewardship Centre of Canada

Industry:  Financial Services

“As I listened to your presentation, in my mind I started thinking about all of the things I can implement to enhance my relationships.  And is seems so easy now!

Sheila Watt


“Dan is one of those individuals that has that instant ability to connect with people.  His presentation was humorous, contained a life-enhancing message, and perhaps most importantly, was delivered from the heart.”

Al Kimber, President

Kimber & Company Financial Services Ltd.

Industry:  Education

“Many of the feedback sheets, as well as unsolicited verbal comments, mentioned your “F Words” as not only an effective organizer for your message but words of inspiration that the audience carried away with them as a reminder of the power of thought.  Other highlights for people were your use of storytelling and props (the pendulum) to illustrate your points.”

David Milner, Faculty Development and Assessment

MacEwan College

“We had asked for a presentation dealing with team work, self-esteem, and stress.  Mr. Ohler used humour, personal experiences, and group interaction to get his message across.  There was lots of laughter and nodding of heads at some of his remarks.  In other words, what he said hit home for a lot of us.”

Marj Pepper, Administrative Assistant

Edmonton Public Schools

Industry:  Real Estate

“It is a great value to our company that all staff members are team players.  You gave us great tools and valuable information that will help us understand and communicate with each other even more.  And the humour you added made if fun and entertaining.

We highly recommend the “Personality Dimensions” presentation to companies who need resources and information to work together as a team, not only in their occupations but in their personal lives as well.”

David Myers, General Manager

Comfree (Commission-Free Realty)

Industry:  Arts, Culture, and Community

“Hearing you speak at the Rural Symposium in Medicine Hat – and seeing the impact you had on the delegates – prompted me to think about your presentation in the context of our staff.  I felt that our staff, which has nearly doubled in size in the last five or six years, needed some team building experiences and some tools and mechanisms to rebuild cohesiveness.

My Director and I have noticed positive changes in the workplace – more pitching in, less griping, more paying attention to what others are saying (or not saying!) more social activities.

“Catalyst” is the word that comes to mind when I think about the workshop and the time since then.  Dan & Carol shared their understanding of human interactions in such a way that staff gained important insights and did become much more receptive to the needs of others.

I think most workplaces and organizations that value their staff would find a workshop with Dan & Carol beneficial.

Karen Labuik, Assistant Director

Marigold Library System

“When working with Dan, both in advance and at the event, I found him incredibly personable, open, and easy to speak to.  His enthusiasm is catching!

Dan’s lecture was entertaining and educational.  His insights into interacting with others, the world around us, and oneself were 100% on the mark.  His stories were sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always relevant. His address and attitude were down-to-earth, easy to understand, and totally enjoyable. He was relaxed and personable toward both the staff and volunteers, impressing everyone in our organization who met him.

I will highly recommend Dan to anyone looking for a keynote or motivational speaker.  I would gladly hire him again, or attend another of his seminars.  I look forward to working more on his concepts of ‘trust,’ ‘attitude,’ and ‘recognition’ in my own life.”

Kerri Gibson Loranger, Cultural Program Facilitator

Horizon Stage, City of Spruce Grove

“Dan’s keynote address, “Why Is Common-sense So Uncommon?” gave participants examples and hands-on-tools to create the desired changes in our lives.  He sent a powerful message that was effective, easy to understand, and educational, leaving participants with tools to help enhance their work and personal relationships, creating success and happiness.

Dan’s use of humour was well received and the good feelings generated in his presentation got the participants revved-up and ready to enjoy the rest of the conference and to take home good thoughts and new information.”

Donna Skoworodko and Cindy Cuthbert, Organizers

Peace Region Farm Women’s Conference

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