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Most Recent Testimonial for Katrena by Celia Barsby, May 2022


Working with Katrena for the last 7 weeks has been the most magical, exquisite, and productive journey I have ever experienced.

I “met” Katrena in the first EMI Sage training circle in October 2021 and heard of her work with EMI but it was when listening to her talk to Lou in EMI Café that I wrote down “I know I will be working with Katrena and that the Universe is already paving the way”.

Let me put this in context.

I was in the middle of another programme, which was a significant investment, creating my first online summit and had just left my full time paid employment in response to feeling, and sensing, I needed to create space for my creative working life; my husband is self-employed, we have bills to pay.  My journal entry made no logical sense, I couldn’t see how or when – there was just a deep inner knowing that THIS was how I wanted to create my business. This is what I was creating space for.

My next entry relating to Katrena was watching her work with a client, modelling her comfortable way of enabling her client to uncover their field of excellence and – in VERY large letters across my page! – I wrote “I WANT THIS!” and above it are the words “Help the Universe to help you”. Katrena spoke of writing a book (You what!!!)  as a positioning tool, to establish “What do I stand for? What is my philosophy?”

I knew that these two questions were stumbling blocks for me, this is where I kept getting stuck whenever I had looked into other “business” programmes. What IS my field of excellence? What ARE my values? I knew these were the keys but, until I saw Katrena working, they were hidden.

The discovery call with her was amazing – and even that feels an understatement! I felt a connection with her that I intuitively knew was going to be a golden key if we were to work together. I also recognised that she would be a steadying, guiding hand when I wandered off after shiny objects (creative impulses!) she inspired me with her focus and work ethic and I sensed I could trust her.

I couldn’t wait to get started.

Katrena’s model of two intensive days to begin the programme is inspired; she knows exactly what ground needs to be covered and “orchestrates” the day with such beautiful grace and ease that I was almost unaware of how far we came! The image I have is of an expert guide leading you up a mountain climb – she confidently shows you the path, she encourages you when it feels steep, knows when to pause, when to give you a hand over a rocky section and regularly shows you the map.

Katrena’s work ethic is infectious, and she is generous with her availability, working with our different time zones apparently effortlessly. We quickly settled into a pattern where we knew the best time for collaboration; Katrena is always clear when she needs information from me and if that can be done in a brief message or email or if we need to talk over Zoom. I particularly value her willingness to be there when I have questions, when I need to rant, and to share my joy and excitement. Her ability to “see” my brand, and visualise completed designs is exceptional and she has enabled me to make decisions which have previously held me back.

In just a matter of weeks, Katrena has supported me in writing and publishing my book, strategically launching to No 1 Bestseller on Amazon; she has built my website, my business cards have arrived, the first copies of my book and I have my banner at the ready! She is guiding me on the next stage of my business journey, always encouraging, always inspiring and always modelling the fun to be had, living a creative lifestyle in your field of excellence.

And I know I have a new friend for life.

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What other say about Katrena

Some clients are kept confidenial, however other clients are more than happy to chat with you.  So referrals, references and case studies are available on request.

"WOW, what an amazing presence! 

You are the most authentic and

professional speaker I have ever seen."

"I have actually started my 3rd year with Katrena and am now working on book #3 (and potentially #4).  With Katrena's knowledge, direction and support, I have built a business from the ground up which has exceeded my wildest expectations.  I have established myself as an industry leader, and the last 12 months have seen exponential growth.  I am a huge fan, and can only rave about the work I've done, and continue to do, with Katrena."


"Thanks for contacting me and I am happy to share with you my experiences of training with Katrena. 

I met Katrena over eight years ago when she was delivering a one day course through my Government law job.  Katrena inspired me and motivated me in a way no one else ever has.  I then trained under her in her Becoming the Expert course and loved it.  Katrena offered professional delivery of material, support and feedback and got me to step outside of my comfort zone.  Since that day I have done a Diploma of Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment which created new roles in my legal job.  In my own time I completed NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner as Katrena ignited in me the desire to be the expert of me!  For the past four years I lived overseas, travelled the world and have with my own webpage doing what I love.  I have moved back to Australia this year ready to step into 'the next level of me'.  I am very happy to have had Katrena in my life as she has educated me, inspired me and always showed me a clear path through whatever was holding me back, in a fun succinct way.

I wish you well in whatever your field of expertise may be and highly recommend Katrena as your guide."


"I highly recommend Katrena.  She has gone above and beyond my expectations and I can honestly say I would not be in the position I am today had it not been for her vision, experience and mentoring.  You won’t regret it."

"Katrena is a dynamic and experienced consultant and facilitator, with whom I have had the privilege to work with on several occasions in recent years. Katrena's skills are many; she is a superb facilitator, an honest and incisive consultant, a highly effective business and life coach and a successful entrepreneur. Should the chance present to work with Katrena again, I would seize it immediately. I can only recommend Katrena in the highest possible terms."


"Katrena is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, she is always bursting with energy and always has a new idea on how to 'take something to the next level'.  I started training with Katrena, she truly tailors the course to relate to you which is what has made me gain so much out of it. Katrena is a savvy business woman who I would turn to for advice and will definitely keep in touch with. I truly admire and look up to her - a true inspiration!"


"Katrena has inspired me and continues to do so every time I work with her. Her enthusiasm and extraordinary zeal with everything she does, leaves an indelible footprint on all her projects. Katrena has an amazing depth of knowledge and is an incredible and passionate trainer and teacher. I would recommend Katrena without hesitation; she displays unwavering integrity, creativity and foresight. I look forward to working with her in the future."


"Working with Katrena as a trainer, coach and mentor, it didn't take long to identify that she knows more about me than I do! She has an understanding of how I think, easily perceives what I'm feeling and generally how I will react to most situations.  She is engaging, with a warm, generous heart and a witty sense of humour. Her ability to identify with every kind of person creates a unique sense of comfort and ease for those around her."

"It was a great day all around and you brought the X-factor"


"Katrena is one of the best communicators, straight forward, adaptive trainers I have come across."


"Thank you for inviting me to share your day today, Katrena. You are an amazing keynote speaker and you offer others layer upon layer of amazing advise and skills. So happy to be working with you."


"Very grounding and really charged my batteries."


"I thought Katrena was fabulous."


"Thank you it was brilliant."


"Well, What can I say – The pleasure was all mine. I always had my transformer plugged in but you just turned the power on and gave me a good jolt of 240 volts. I love it."


“Katrena helped to inform cultural change and develop a high performing team. This included working with individuals and teams while guiding management to recognise and unlock the potential of the team.”


"Thanks again for providing a comprehensive and innovative training course that enabled me to see how I can continue to learn and grow within my career."


"THANK YOU SO MUCH Katrena for a fantastic, empowering afternoon. Professionally and personally it was very uplifting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt like I was having afternoon tea connecting with Deepak Chopra. Well done and hope one day our paths will cross again."


"Just wanted to say thanks for the couple of days last week. It was great to freely discuss a range of ideas and I certainly came away with some interesting ideas and new concepts.  It was a very interesting and worthwhile experience."


"Working with Katrena as a trainer, coach and mentor, it didn't take long to identify that she knows more about me than I do! She has an understanding of how I think, easily perceives what I'm feeling and generally how I will react to most situations.  She is engaging, with a warm, generous heart and a witty sense of humour. Her ability to identify with every kind of person creates a unique sense of comfort and ease for those around her."


"Katrena is a truly great and gifted person....she has and exhibits all of the attributes that go into being successful in whatever she is involved in. She is a warm and compassionate person, she is both funny and articulate and I always found that she is a pleasure to be around. She works extremely hard to over achieve and she would make a valuable contribution to any organisation, group or team that values its people."


"I have been trying to find exactly the right words to cover how meaningful, relevant, amazing and unique the session together was but I finally gave up on waiting to produce the perfect response and decided to email you.  Maybe thank you sums it up for now. But as the days passed this week, and work got so busy and the time out from training seemed a world away, many of the issues and situations we covered are still coming back to me. I feel privileged to have had the session with you."


"Thank you. All the information is sinking in and I can already notice a difference in my approach to everything!"


"I had an awesome and life changing experience! Met lovely people, all so different and strong, bright, intelligent and so inspiring...thank you Katrena once again, you are simply awesome!"


"Katrena is AMAZING!! Trainer SPECTACULAR! To become better at who you are in what you do, it is essential to understand how to self analyse and then build from it. The tools Katrena provided were so valuable and clear, walked away feeling inspired and energised!"


"Best training ever"


"Perfect and aligned to my values"


"Katrena knows exactly how to pace her courses to suit all participants"


"Thank you Katrena, your course surpasses all expectations, and I leave here not only professionally empowered but personally empowered"


“Fantastic - I would definitely sign up for another course if she was the trainer - uplifting and most informative on ways for us all to achieve success.”


“What an amazing lady !!!! LOVED every minute of it. I would be happy to sit all day and listen to Katrena.”


“Katrena was by far the highlight. She was a breath of fresh air and had me enticed with her presenting skills and the information she was able to provide. She is definitely a master at what she does. I am so happy to have been able to meet her.”


"The workshop is an experience I will remember. No matter what stage of your journey you are on, you will gain insights from your peers and be challenged by your facilitator. I came away from the 2 days feeling rejuvenated and inspired to continue my amazing career. The depth of the tool kit you take away is as much as you desire."


"Fluid and open to conversational changes, while still getting through content.  Intermingling through breaks is a great way to forge connections and adds value to the content.  Perfect for self awareness, increasing self belief/confidence and understanding business acumen."


"Flowed evenly and never felt overwhelmed.  There was time left to reflect and review the day.  Loved how every tied together and all clicked into place."


"Very good pace was kept.  I was alert and interested at all times.  I learnt a lot.  Very interesting and I am eager to try my new skills and knowledge."


"I didn’t want to leave.  Great flow.  I have learnt so much."


"I thought it was really well paced.  We all had time to share, contribute and discuss, while taking in a lot of insights.  There is time to get to know each other and time to absorb and then time to revisit and question.  This will allow me to progress in my relationships in and out of work.  This has opened my eyes to the possibilities and opportunities available to me in my life.  I am feeling inspired and encouraged about my future.  I can’t wait to start achieving my goals and I am now getting that tingly feeling when I realise what I am capable of.  Thank you for this experience.  I feel really privileged to have been here."


"Structure of the whole program was well paced and engaging."


"Great to have the workbook and lots of interaction.  I now have a clear understanding on my direction and implementation of what matters to me and my work environment."


"Great learning experience.  I am excited to get back to work and demonstrate what I have learned.  I have a new outlook on work and life."


"Very valuable!  You don’t learn this stuff at uni or school.  This is about business relationships and how to manage those and be present."


"Perfect amount of time dedicated to each topic and involved us, with no distractions or anything drawn out.  Everything was completely relevant and showed me very practical ways of how to add more value."


"So interesting and rewarding.  You can use this, even in our every day life."


"I feel more assertive and confident that I can make a better contribution.  I am going to speak up more and not be afraid to ask a question."


"I enjoyed the open forum structure.  I got involved more than I thought I would.  This is great.  I will take a new outlook on the way I do things."

“When I first started with Katrena I was ready to leave my organisation, I’d applied for other jobs and was looking elsewhere. Slowly as we went through the program I started to look at things through different eyes, I developed confidence in my own abilities and realised there was still a lot I could achieve if I approached it differently. Katrena taught me more than just the modules to make up the program she taught me self-belief which is far more valuable!”


"I had the pleasure of witnessing Katrena Friel’s facilitator abilities first hand. I can honestly say that the room lit up when Katrena entered it. She created an atmosphere of enthusiasm in the room and everyone was focused on her. Her method of delivery inspired me to ‘invest in myself’ and as a direct result of what she said I am now completing further studies.

"You have inspired me beyond the stars to believe in myself and to value my self-worth!  Words are not enough to thank you for your time, energy and influence you poured into my life."

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