Workshops - Coaching and Mentoring

Training on Demand works with large, small, national and multinational clients specialising in staff development.Our website covers the multitude of topics we deal with but what’s more important, we’re not using off the shelf, UK, US or other material and spinning it out here. This is material based on world best practice, developed here, delivered here, and tunes to this market.

It’s also material that’s intensely practical. Real, immediately usable, impacts bottom line of course while developing the skills etc of an individual.

Training on Demand specialises in Soft Skills.

  • We work with CEO’s, start-ups, sales people and middle managers
  • We negotiate for both Unions and Management
  • We  become deeply involved with successful business bids
  • We coach people who hate presenting into confident speakers
  • We coach people how to plan, run and speak up at meetings with confidence and persuasion
  • We coach others how to have meaningful impact when presenting – formally or informally
  • We work with businesses when they’re “pitching” for business, how to help get it right
  • We train young (and old) to handle difficult people, prickly customers, speed read situations, learn to be more assertive and learn to be more persuasive.

How we work:

We work face to face – both group workshops and one on one. Some are two day, some one day, others are half day sessions and we are involved with many companies on a regular “slot” half day, planned to a tight schedule over weeks or months.

Costs for face to face vary according to topic and meeting schedules but Training on Demand has already built a wide client base predicated on very affordable costing with effective feedback and development.

Training on Demand is active also with coaching and mentoring – which allows our participants to work and develop around a specific tailored programme, allowing an individual to learn, on the job, with a mentoring coach wrapped around ‘key needed’ competencies. 

Who do we work with now?

A few of our clients have asked not to reveal their names because of commercial sensitivity, but a quick  review of a few logo's on our website and you’ll see Steel and Tube, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, FujiFilm, Versatile Homes and Buildings, The AA, PGG Wrightson, Viking Group, Jennian Homes, HireQuip, Aber Gas, Central Joinery, Hansells, Canterbury Clothing, Sunbeam, Barfoot and Thompson, Masport, Homeguard, Locker Group and Rinnai. There are many others too but we can cover those later.

The value of "Face to Face" training, one on one, or in a workshop is only ever as effective as the Trainer or Coach who delivers the learning. Training on Demand gives you and your business access to Michael Carr, Richard Klein Ovink and Kelly Klein Ovink.

Our programmes are full of practical skills and behaviours.

For example a recent session included specific training and modules on:

  • The ability to constantly plan
  • The skills to both motivate and discipline
  • The art of Communication – often   the first complaint when I’m called in to assist.
  • The ability to synchronise and develop a team
  • Understand the importance of procedures, policies, processes and systems
  • The ability to both delegate to and develop Individuals.
  • Competent  Financial Understandings
  • The ability to innovate, problem solve and make decisions
  • A list of “Be carefuls”. Shortfalls and mistakes some Managers easily fall into.

Whilst at a more “factory floor” programme at Supervisor level, an ongoing programme included:

  • Specific Supervision skills you must develop
  • Assertion skills
  • Knowing how to persuade
  • Speed reading your team
  • Planning and Running effective meetings
  • Handling Discipline Issues.

Another Multi National Client is working closely with Training On Demand and their staff on:

  • Effective and persuasive Business Presentations
  • Effective networking
  • New Business Development as a discipline.

We have presented at numerous Business Conferences.

We also work specifically with Sales People of considerable experience to help lead them to the “next level”.

We are practical, engaging, demanding and always “present” to support any participant as they work towards competent and confident Business Leadership.

The Training Team


Michael has an extensive background in Management, Marketing, Selling, Advertising and Training. After an early career in both Marketing and advertising, Michael moved to Nestle as brand Manager.

Later with Johnson and Johnson, Michael launched and marketed a range of FMCG brands over many years such as Chux Super Wipes, Reach Toothbrushes and Band-Aid Brand dressings. And several others.

Later as General Manager of New American Ice cream he helped that company build to nearly a third of the highly competitive ice-cream market before moving back into marketing. He headed teams responsible for the marketing, promotion and strategies of Ford New Zealand, Nestle, New Zealand Post, Kellogg’s, Healtheries and several SME’s.

Michael has been involved with coaching and run specific training with Business Leadership, Negotiation, New Business Development, Telephone Skills, Pitching for Business and many more topics for several years at many levels.

He became Managing Director of an International Training and Communications company and for the next eight years coached senior business people in New Zealand, Australia UK and Canada in disciplines including negotiating, business-pitching, senior selling and presentation skills.

With a major Airline Company through their Leadership Conference he’s specifically involved with communication skills, with Fletchers on an ongoing basis he works with Supervisors and Team Leaders, and with a range of other companies he runs programmes designed around Staff Skills Development, New Business and Negotiating Skills.  These are either half or full day long workshops, or ongoing two/three hour sessions covering several months to a tightly designed schedule.

Now with Populus Training on Demand he is committed to continue in training, Leadership Programmes, One on One coaching and to meet increasing requests for mentoring roles. A strong believer in on-job coaching, Michael works with many clients today who began with him some 10 years ago. He operates throughout New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane working with clients in sales, strategy planning, negotiation, business pitching, workshops and conferences.

He runs several Leadership courses, each “tuned” to specific levels and requirements of clients.

Michaels years of  successful experience in marketing, sales, negotiating and management puts him in a unique position to ensure his coaching and mentoring is intensely practical and bottom line driven.


Richard created Populus Training on Demand after identifying an opportunity to provide, practical, cost effective training developed in New Zealand with world class best practice content. He has gained in-depth experience in sales, marketing, people management life skills coaching and business training through his various positions throughout his career. 

After beginning his career in Life Skills coaching and Youth Education (working in the social syllabus within New Zealand’s Schooling system), he moved on to business, supporting a number of roles in Sales and Marketing.

Later he became the General Manager for CMS, a Marketing and Promotions company in the New Zealand and Australian Building Industry.

He has had hands on experience in managing staff, customer relationships and delivering and facilitating staff training. 

Richard then moved into working within the Recruitment and Psychometric Testing Industry. He has a natural ability to read and relate to people. Richards training in business soft skills and coaching creates a strong foundation to help deliver relevant and effective practical business skills training. 

Richard is active with many clients from: running group workshops, developing specific sales skills, providing ongoing mentoring to business managers, one on one coaching, running supervisor programmes, creating sales programmes to a tight sales process and brief and driving greater business results through customer service training.

His experience and ability in dealing with people at all levels, and his drive to generate better results helps POPULUS in delivering this unique service.

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Call 0800 populus (767 858) for more information, or Contact Us

All prices are shown in New Zealand Dollars.