What Clients Say – Testimonials

WHAT CLIENTS SAY About Big Hat Training

Delivered by Dave Staughton & Kevin Kosky


Big Hat Clients

“Dave is always very inspiring and connects well with the audience by including humour and factual information that truly reached our staff. We have seen great improvements in our business following all the training Dave has given us and our staff.  Our function sales have increased 100%. Overall, I can honestly say that Dave was the best presenter I have ever heard. I certainly had high expectations of him but these were exceeded. He is very uplifting and is an inspirational speaker that we will continue to engage to train our staff. “

Carly Cohen, Director
Leonda By The Yarra – Function Venue VIC


Australian Hotel Association Victoria

“It is readily apparent that Dave is a “student of industry”, possessing a vast library of business texts and journals from which he derives a wealth of useful information for inclusion in course material. This coupled with many years of experience running a highly successful function and events business, along with his frequent interaction with “practicing” hoteliers equates to Dave’s tips and techniques being very relevant and, importantly, easy to implement at a business operational level.”

Dougal Hollis – GM

Operations and Membership AHA (Vic)


TOP 10 Holiday Parks NZ

“Dave was our key note speaker  – he set the scene and the tone for our annual conference and he could not have met our objectives better – we will definitely use him again in the near future.” 

Kevin Gough CEO

Top 10 Holiday Parks Group (now GM Golden Chain NZ)




Kevin delivered a fantastic, interactive session on telephone sales techniques that are specifically relevant to the turf industry. Kevin had conducted lots of industry research prior to the session and, as a result, the audience were able to relate directly to Kevin’s key messages and examples that he provided. The participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the interactivity ensured everyone was alive, listening and learning. Thank you Kevin. We will now need to organise more training workshops around Australia.

Richard Stephens – Business & Industry Development Manager – Turf Australia


“Dave tailored our sessions to align with the Vision, Mission & Values within the organisation so this made the sessions very personalised. It has empowered managers and made them think outside the box and provide better working environments.  Great tips on recruiting and easy to do practical ideas.”

Community At Work – ACT


“From the time we first made contact with Dave about conducting these seminars, he has been full of enthusiasm, energy and interest in our company and always willing to suggest new ideas, reference materials and strategies in order to improve the productivity and sales of our company. If you choose to hire Big Dave, your company and staff will greatly benefit and enjoy the seminars that he delivers…”

Parkside Group of Companies, Townsville



“As a Managing Director it is often lonely at the top and I have found David to be a wonderful sounding board, with whom I have been able to discuss any topic and receive an honest, sincere and astute answer…”

David Hall, Managing Director
Goldcross Cycles (Now M.D. Oceania Bicycles)


“I have never met someone as entertaining as Big Dave. I saw him presenting a few conferences to different crowds. What a spectacular experience it was. I’m very lucky to have met him in Australia and also to have him as my Mentor lately.”

Mauro Risch, Advertising Photographer
Mauro Risch Photography


“Having known Big Dave for many years as friends and fellow members of a CEO Institute syndicate. I can certainly tell you he is an energetic and dynamic motivator, who cares about people and getting results. Dave is a brilliant public speaker/ MC who is fun and very entertaining, or as corporate trainer he is great at whipping up activity and boosting sales.

He is a unique character of high integrity and a bigger than life personality. If any business owner/executive seriously wants to improve their bottom line results, Big Dave is the best man to turn to.”

Ron Kucharski, Owner
Vantage Advisory