Rave Reviews for Elaine Froese
Elaine was a joy to work with from the very moment I contacted her to speak in front of 120 young dairy farmers. Within hours of me sending her an introductory email, she called me directly to discuss the audience and how her presentation should fit their needs. I hung up feeling very confident that she would send the right message to this group who often struggle with dealing with the older generations.
I knew Elaine had had an impact on these farmers based on their interactions with her throughout her presentation. Her message came from a very personal point of view, one that also allowed her to make jokes and lighten some tense moements. She spoke openly about her own family struggles, but her exquisite presentation skills never let the conversation veer toward a stressful environment. When the farmers laughed or asked a great question, I knew they were listening to Elaine and really wanted to learn from her.
In the end, her tips about connecting with the older generation were easy to understand. It was just about understanding that conflict happens, and to have the confidence in yourself to ask for what you want. And in the glowing reviews from farmers after her presentation, I knew they had heard that loud and clear.
– Maddy Berner, Communications Coordinator, National Milk Producers Federation
When I heard Elaine was going to be a presenter at our BDO Farm Seminar, I was excited because my family had worked with Elaine before when we were doing estate planning with our farm and I knew she had lots of good advice and that she would give our clients some food for thought and guidance.
She likes to let everyone listen and have their say so others can hear what they have to say. She was a real benefit to us on our farm.
– Shelly Friesen, BDO Employee and Farmer
Our experience with Elaine was very beneficial. We did a presentation called "The Death of a Farmer" to talk about certain things you need to address during times of a death or in preparation for it. Our involvement with Elaine was fantastic. She brought a lot more of the emotional side to the issue. A lot of the issues you tend to ignore or put to the side, she brings to the forefront. To address those tough areas was important to our clients... During the seminar, Elaine would be speaking and you'd see the wife elbowing the husband saying 'This is something we've got to do.' They left the seminar inspired and motivated to take action.
– Mark Verwey CA CFP, BDO Partner
Elaine came to our community in Dominion City and talked about how rural communities could be vibrant communities by working together. In her workshop she made us really think about who we were and who we would like to be. It made us realize that what a community becomes is really within itself. People can get together and talk about their visions for their community and make it happen. It was a really positive experience and she did an excellent job of leading us in that discussion.
– Harold Penner, Canadian Food Grains Bank
We do a lot of business with farmers -- estate planning, disability insurance, etc. -- and Elaine works in the industry and is very knowledgeable. She works with farm families and shows them how to solve their problems. We liked her human approach - she's aware of the stress issues that a lot of farmers have and felt that she was the right person to talk to us. Many of my clients had already used her services and before and were in love with her and I've heard so many good things about her. We were really impressed with what she had to say.
– George Malstrom, Faith Life Financial
Elaine Froese talks about Succession Planning, not from an operational perspective, but from a "soft side." She talks about how people must communicate to get a better understanding of what their personal objectives are, develop a plan, and then go to more of an operational side. The Farm Leadership Council found her to be an exceptional speaker because she can relate to her audience. She's a farmer, so she knows what farming is all about. She's a veteran coach so she has a vast array of knowledge that she draw from. So she can talk about almost an experience and people can understand what she's talking about.
– Don Ross, Farm Leadership Council
Elaine Froese is authentic in what she's doing, she's a farmer, she's knowledgeable about her topic. We have her speak, come to workshops, run webinar sessions and people love her.
– Kay Grulich, Canadian Farm Business Management Council
I've know Elaine for about 30 years. Elaine worked with me on the Department of Agriculture as a home economist and we got heavily involved in the mediation work during the farm financial crisis of the mid 80s. She continues to specialize and do excellent professional work in succession planning, farm business management, and as an advisor to the Canadian Farm Business Management Council trying to improve the management of farmers working in very difficult situations.
– Dr. Jerry Gartner, Professional Agrologist
Elaine knows how to help the farmers’ soul. Whether it needs cleansing, boosting, loving or some direction, she is definitely the one to call.
– Cathy Bartolic, OFFMA Executive Director
As I mentioned, your talk was inspiring, and gave me hope that there is a way to get along with family in business and have both the business and family be successful. Thank you!
– Colleen McKay
There needs to be clarity and understanding of yourself and others, along with where you are today, where you’re headed and where you want to be, in order to move ahead. This requires openness, honesty and respect, and the willingness to listen, and appreciate both the past (tradition), the now (the new) and the future (the unknown).
What really hit home for me is the lack of expressing appreciation for one another or recognition of a situation and an attempt to discuss it, or try to resolve. When you advised each generation, or in-laws, etc. to write a letter to the other for Christmas - that was really powerful. Discussing the undiscussabull not in terms of a conflict situation, but rather, when we forget to show appreciation for one another – our similarities and differences. This was a new spin on the message.
– Heather Watson, Exec. Director, Farm Management Canada
Grabs your attention but not cocky or all-knowing. Helps everyone remember what's important.
– Michelle Friesen
Very positive and encouraging.
– Gerhard Friesen, Arnaub MB
Put’s life BACK into perspective and to devote the time to what REALLY matters.
– Lindsey & Jenn Hertlein, Langenberg SK
She has encouraged me to take another look at how we communicate.
– Glenn Friesen, Winnipeg
Very informative and would like for my wife to hear her.
– Jay Hobbs, Deloraine
She is genuine and really cares for people.
– Monique VanDeSpiegle, Treherne, MB
Very encouraging, makes you realize that family and keeping them involved is the most important thing.
– Kris Mayerle, Tisdale
Helps you to really think about how you communicate with family and workers.
– Lynn Prevost, Sask
Her presentation applies to everyone no matter who you are or what you do. I wish you could come to our home and talk to our whole family.
– Doug McKinnon, Waskada
If you are dealing with succession issues contacting Elaine will be the best money you could spend.
– Amber Havens, Fairview AB
Elaine is an inspiration to anyone in the agriculture industry. Her presentation style and personal stories made it easy to relate to.
– Owen Nelsen, Morinville AB
Energetic and encouraging; I enjoyed the message Elaine presented.
– Tanner Pollack, High Prairie AB
Entertaining, lively and tailored to meet the specific needs of your event.
– Andrea Gamroth, AB
Elaine is an energetic, confident optimistic person who is able to talk and connect with people. She makes a person feel good.
– Marion Kelly, Unity SK
Down to earth, honest, talks from personal experience and humourous!
– Dawn Ball
Elaine takes you to a place that is calm, realistic and hopeful. Builds belief that you can effect change, good change.
– Terri Hebert
Open and honest (truthful) organized and to the point.
– Arthur Hadland
Down to earth. Awesome tools.
– Chris Rottier
You put together eye opening presentations that are very important for all businesses.
– Phillip Rember, Ormstown, PQ
You will learn what is important in life.
– Jean-Luc Payant, St. Chrysostome, PQ
Looking outside the "big box". The big picture—uplifting message. Getting ready for tomorrow and change.
– Harold Haugen, Lougheed AB
It was great to hear a presentation with practical examples, keep up the great work.
– Aaron Matlock
Helps you to realize that you can ask for help.
– Brian & Wendy Plummer, Sangudo AB
Very good seminar for a family farm operation in a transition or succession of one generation to the next. Great job.
– Douglas Panzer, Evansburg AB
She makes you believe change is possible and you have the capacity within you.
– J. Chambers, Harley ON
Fantastic! Liberating! Really makes you think about what’s really important.
– G. Dietrich, Guelph ON
Motivational, multidimensional, applicable to any life situation.
– S. Verhoeven, Oshawa ON
Captivates audience, topics suitable and understandable to anyone and everyone.
– K. Callagh, Guelph ON
Excellent—hits very close to home. Easy strategies to use.
– J. Danen, Shakespeare ON
Elaine is a very empowering speaker who captures the attention of everyone in the room!
– C. Arbuckle, Blackstock ON
A+, great speaker, learned lots of relationship lessons that easily relate to tough issues at home.
– B. Hulshof, Stouffville ON
Elaine challenges listeners to really make a difference in the quality of their lives and their relationships within their families and communities.
– E. McMorrow, Lindsay ON
She pushes you to take charge of your life, and discuss the undiscussabull.
– A. Bennett, Guelph ON
Applicable to all areas of your life. Provided ideas to help move forward by alleviating some unresolved issues that may be affecting your relationships.
– C. Wormsbecker, ON
Excellent presentation, really brings concepts into perspective (real life situations). Thank you.
– A. Argue, Dunrobin ON
Elaine got to know us before her presentation, then she took bits and pieces of conversations and used them. That’s awesome!
– J. Heyden, Forestburg AB
Makes you excited about agriculture and you.
– A. Varnek, AB
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