“Our country is in need of people of your mind set, so that you can change what seems to be impossible to possible” – Client at Oxford University Press
Saffron Baggallay is TomorrowToday’s knowledge connector. She has a background in teaching and training and is passionate about ensuring that she connect her clients with knowledge so that they can actually apply in their workplace. With a particular interest in self-awareness, emotional intelligence development, relationship-building and producing engagement from employees within organisations, Saffron believes strongly that it is no longer about what you know, but rather about what you do with what you know that differentiates you in the workplace today. Saffron strives to change people’s thinking, feeling and behaviour if it serves them to do so. She is a specialist on how the new world of work impacts people-dynamics and how individuals can respond to this. She is a talented presenter who has been in education and training since 1999; and is passionately interested in drawing the best out of people. What differentiates Saffron as a speaker and facilitator is her ability to adapt herself to her audience. She makes it a priority to understand not only the client’s specific needs, but also the questions pertaining to the client’s environment and industry-specific challenges.
Saffron has a BA (Hons) Sociology and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin (1998) and a MADA from WITS (2006) where she specialised in identity theory. Saffron has a particular interest in how identity theory can be used to assist organisations to understand talent diversity from a generation, gender, socio-economic and personality-type perspective, in particular. Saffron also has a coaching qualification using the Enneagram, which she uses to help organisations understand how different personality profiles, inside departments, or as an organisation as a whole, can impact productivity.
Saffron works in the consulting, presentation and training space, where she focuses on how individuals and organisations can become more self-aware and emotionally intelligent in order to cope with the challenges and responsibilities associated with
change within the context of the new world of work. A lot of her experience has centred around helping people cope with having to take on roles they ‘didn’t sign up to do’ within the context of a connection economy. For example, helping auditors become sales people or managers become mentors.
Specifically Saffron enjoys:
- Presenting and keynote addresses at conferences and events on current trends that are influencing change and therefore impacting both corporate and education institutions
- Designing and delivering programs on what skills are needed to effect behavioural change in order to cope with the New World of Work
- Consulting around what problems exist within client-specific environments; and what customised solutions can be found to unravel those problems
Saffron uses a four-pronged approach when presenting and training: emotions, entertainment, facts; and aesthetics, as she has found this combination to be most effective when helping people learn and remember. The sustainability of her involvement in organisations is very important so Saffron has spent 14 years thinking about how to make her messages memorable and easily applicable. Her methods and structure for training, in particular, therefore always focus on how to make information easily palatable for audiences and easily memorable.
Saffron works on four principles when designing material:
- Can it be recalled?
- Is it comprehensible
- Can delegates analyse the information
- Will they be able to apply it
That is how Saffron designs her programs. To introduce information and then through various methodologies like discussion, reframes using multi-media, putting people on camera for self-reflection and other activities, Saffron is able to assess how sustainable her training offerings are.
She has worked primarily in the professional services, banking, insurance, advertising, pharmaceutical, information technology, retail and education environments.
Specialising in presenting on all forms of communication, Saffron uses her enchanting personality, love for story-telling and acting; and her wide experience, to make presenting fun and entertaining as well as informative and enriching.
What clients have said about Saffron:
- “The course really showed me a good strategy and system to apply to presenting no matter the situation, it will help me with presentations that I need to make to my team, managers and clients but also with the day to day of dealing with people in general” – Nic Hanafey, Product Developer, Sage Alchemex
- “I thought Saffron’s presentation was extremely deep and thoughtful, and considering the limited amount of time you truly did a superb job! The healthy mind of a “school teacher” combined with your impressive ability to connect with others has been a truly inspirational experience for the whole team. I got a lot of great feedback.” - Farid Fezoua – CEO GE
- “Fantastic (she) really made me delve deep inside myself and take cognisance of my core beliefs”
- “(She) helps one to understand him or herself, and decisions that need to be taken. It improves tolerance, patience and prosperity….very motivational”
- “A very deep organised person, with much food for the soul” and “not lecturing….but very involving, she made us aware of ourselves by listening to us.”
- “Very professional, passionate, energetic and brings the point across. Lovely personality.”
- “Very energetic, well informed, outstanding sense of humour, well researched content, clued up on diversity.”
- “Knowledgeable, interactive, great communication skills.”
- “WOW! Knowledgeable, passionate and in touch with current trends.”
- “Great fun. Makes the content easy to understand how to adapt to personal life and work environment.”
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