Testimonials

JLMC has worked with thousands of clients over the past 34 years. Our clients stem from various sectors and range from fast-growing businesses to international giants.

We are pleased to share a few of our client testimonials with you:

mpact

“A very big thank you to Janine and her team for the great media training we had recently. Janine kept the management team on their toes and forced us to think of critical issues pertaining to our business.

The initial recordings showed what a big role body language plays when it comes to speaking – be it in front of the media or a customer or the public. As our business is quite complex, it was important that everyone – regardless of their role – digested the messaging and made it their own. One manager even said he has never been as captivated as he was for that day; and honestly, he saw the media in a whole new light as explained by Janine.

Thank you for your patience, strength and building up the confidence of this team further.”

Donna NobleNational Communications Manager | Mpact Recycling
Digify Africa

“We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to you and your team for an amazing media training session.

Since the training we have seen a significant improvement in the quality of interviews conducted this week, even some of our PM’s who are notorious for shying away from interviews are now more confident to take on interviews.

We hope we can work with you again in the future.”

Luleka MnguniPR Manager | Digify Africa
University of Kwazulu-Natal

“I am writing to extend a word of gratitude for allowing me to attend the training last Friday with Janine Lazarus. It was exciting, eye-opening and in my opinion the best facilitated workshop I have attended in a very long time. 

I also particularly like her take on what to wear…”

Professor Naven ChettyCollege Dean: Teaching and Learning | University of Kwazulu-Natal
South African Medical Research Council

“ Thank you SO much for the brilliant workshop yesterday. I wish I’d had it years ago. I learnt so much and really enjoyed the experiences. It will be interesting to hear how great it was to connect with other dynamic younger staff from other units. 

Have a wonderful rest after today. Take care.

Nandi L. SiegfriedIndependent Clinical Epidemiologist / Chief Specialist Scientist / Honorary Associate Professor | Medical Research Council of South Africa
Pfizer

“I hope all is well on your side. I recently won a Presidential Award. I want to thank you for the training you conducted a few years back with me. I use a lot of the tips you gave me from that training all the time, especially on that night… thank you for that…”
Deshnee AcharyMedical and Scientific Affairs | Pfizer
SARS

“Janine is such a breath of fresh air. I hung on to every word she said and was kept on my toes the entire time. I just hope this training can be cascaded to the branch operations managers as well.”
Ndumi JaukaBranch Manager | South African Revenue Service
Oxford University Press SA

“I want to thank you for the training session you did last week with the OUP group. It was very interesting to see the various people in action, and to identify the stars.

I found it immensely helpful and also a stark reminder how unfit one becomes if you don’t exercise that muscle – Covid and lack of outfacing travelling has not helped.”

Hanri PieterseManaging Director | Oxford University Press SA
sappi

“Thank you for the informative and very interesting training on interacting with the media. You certainly gave us food for thought.

The value which I took from the training is that it has application to every facet of our business dealings and not just to interaction with the media and the public.”

Penny JenkinsSenior Legal Advisor | Sappi
medscheme

“Thank you so much for the training you did for my team.

First for ensuring everyone was awake and engaged. Working virtually for some teams has meant some slumber while in critical conversations, so your engaging style was much appreciated.

This was a lively and informative one – really appreciated.”

Dr Samukeliso DubeGeneral Manager | Medical Advisory and Health Policy
Food Forward SA

“Thank you very much for facilitating an excellent media training workshop.

All the participants were left “wanting more”! You were brilliant and left us with essential skills needed to deal with media enquiries. Apart from the nerve-wracking role-play interviews and presentations, it was a really fun workshop.

Thank you so much also for your generous offer of assistance going forward. We will definitely be taking up on the offer!”

Deidre AdamsFund Development Manager – Food Forward SA
Nandos

I had a fantastic Friday. Today Janine Lazarus reminded me of quality journalism and the importance of a robust and well-trained, ethically motivated media environment.

Thank you for the training refresher and inspiring conversation as well as hard-hitting communication!

Justine CullinanGM Brand and Strategy
Nandos

I thoroughly enjoyed the session and will use the advice that you shared in my upcoming interactions with my counterparts.

To be honest, it was totally different to what I expected and I would probably accept more workshop invitations, if they were run the way that this workshop was run.

Colin NyoniGeneral Manager
BroadReach

“Janine’s workshop was exceptional in my view. It brought everyone out of their comfort zone in an engaging, supportive way and in so doing, the learnings significantly contributed to everyone’s capacity to speak to external audiences, do demos etc.

Perhaps more than anything else, the process was profoundly confidence building. I know I conducted a demo the following day, relaxed and confident and, (i) received unsolicited positive feedback, and (ii) the opportunity immediately went to the next level.

I would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Janine’s work with additional audiences, and/or those who spend their time engaging with external stakeholders.”

Dr Fiona de Korte MBA DrPHPublic Health Advisor – BroadReach
AngloAmerican

Thank you for setting me up with Janine with the online training session. We have done key message development, an area that was explored with detailed tools, extremely helpful. I have done a few dummy runs at home and admit I got served an espresso as my messaging was so clear and authentic. LoL…

Thanks Janine, you are amazing!”

Daan BreetSenior General Manager – Anglo Platinum
Santam

“I have been thinking a lot about what we discussed yesterday and how to apply it in different situations.
I took a lot away from our session. I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the insight you have given me into a world of which I know very little.”
Asher GrevlerChief Risk Officer – Santam
saica

“Dear Janine. So good to meet you today. One of the best days of my professional career. ”
Milton SegalSenior Executive Corporate Reporting – South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
Shell

“It was a challenging experience, where I felt exposed but you created a safe space and gave direct and honest feedback. A facilitation style I haven’t experienced before. Thank you for the highly valuable session!”
Samantha OatleyLubricants Marketing Manager - Shell Marketing (Pty) Ltd
Santam

“Thank you for the time spent with us on the media briefing. We found it very valuable. We hope not to run into too many problems with the media, but it’s good to know that you will be there if we do!”
Ian KirkChief Executive Officer – Santam
Discovery

“Thank you for taking the time to invest in us. You have not only equipped me to be a better thinker and talker when put on the spot – but also to be a more well-rounded financial planner with regards to the softer skills that our occupation requires. The fact that we were only a few advisors provided the opportunity for intense debate and coaching – which is much appreciated.”
Louw VenterCFP – Discovery
Coca-Cola

“It was so wonderful to work with you on this project. You brought immense value to our work and I am looking forward to the outcome.”
Anne WangalachiCommunications Mananger - Coca-Cola Central East And West Africa Business Unit
DestinyConnect

A huge thank you for the course. The copy coming in has been absolutely amazing‎ – it was more than worth it!”
Eddie Maluleke KaliliDigital Editor - Destiny Magazine
Carte Blanche

Only recently came across your Twitter handle. I still have fond memories of the course you gave on chilly Saturday mornings in Rosebank. I was a chemical salesman at the time, anxious for change. Your enthusiasm for the craft is what inspired me. I thought it was important to say that, what I am today, is in no small measure down to you.”
John WebbCarte Blanche
OutSurance

“Thank you for the successful media training! My colleagues are all very grateful and actually enjoyed the rather unsettling experience. Well done Janine. We found it to be super beneficial.”
Hazel ChimhandambaHead of Brand and Social Engagement
University of Kwazulu-Natal

“Just a short note to say thank you for the support provided yesterday. It was very good preparation and I appreciated the useful tips and remarks.

Look forward to engaging into the future.”

Dr Albert S van JaarsveldVice-Chancellor & Principal: University of KwaZulu-Natal
JSE

“Always grateful for the training received from a true professional.”
Nicole CheyneCapital Markets JSE - Business Development Manager
Nissan

“The sessions last week were awesome! I can speak for everyone- it was definitely worthwhile.”
Thabo SmouseNissan South Africa - Public Relations - Corporate Communications
SAfm

“Your solid outspoken input always adds value to Media@SAfm.”
Ashraf GardaMedia@SAfm
BMW

“The Customer Services Training programme really opened my eyes and allowed me to dig deeper on how I can best deliver an amazing service to our clients. I know now that I’m in a better position to treat my client with respect and offer extraordinary service.”
Godfrey LetsatsiBMW Financial Services
AllanGray

“Just a quick note to say thank you for the training and, indeed, the energy and enthusiasm you brought to it. Learnt plenty, but the proof will be in the application – as always.

Particularly liked your observation on relevance in a changing market, “I know I have value to bring, help me be relevant.” In my view, profoundly appropriate for an incumbent business such as ours.”

Chris TisdallHead of Direct and Private Clients – Allan Gray