What people are saying…

About working with Michelle…

Michelle has supported the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Land and Sea Management Unit (LSMU) since early 2009 by facilitating our annual planning forums.  Michelle has seen the growth of the Unit from 20 or so staff to approximately 70 today, and has taken us on an amazing journey of reflection, planning and bonding as a team.

Michelle’s ability to work with the energy in the group, to distil key issues and priorities, and to depict things visually, has been very effective in the cross-cultural and dynamic environment in which we work.  Michelle has also supported professional development opportunities for our staff, including Indigenous staff members, by providing training in facilitation techniques and tools, and co-facilitation of forums by LSMU staff. We have no hesitation in recommending Michelle in any circumstances where a group requires a dynamic, engaging, democratic, flexible, energetic and creative facilitation style, to get the best value out of a forum and its participants, and to achieve outcomes that a group feels a true sense of ownership over.

– Damian Miley, Manager, Land & Sea Management Unit, TSRA

The words I’d use to describe the facilitation services Michelle provides through Curious Minds Co. are: professional, value and unique… And for Michelle’s work – focused and strategic.

– Rik Whitehead, Regional Director, NSW DPI


 …about Michelle’s programs

Michelle is an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate trainer and models great group facilitation techniques.

— Kerry Azar, Founder, New Duende

Leadership Development and Executive Coaching, QLD

Michelle has shown me that visual thinking is a skill I can access and I just need to be brave to use it.

– Piet Filet,
NRM and Agricultural Advisor and Facilitation consultant

This course gave me all that I needed and more and was probably one of the most cost-effective courses I have done in a long time”.

— Tony Weber, National Practice Leader: Water Quality, BMTWBM Consulting, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University

The three words I’d use to describe the facilitation services Michelle provides through Curious Minds Co.  are: professional, value and unique… And the three words for Michelle’s work – focused, intense and strategic.

– Rik Whitehead, Regional Director, NSW DPI

Michelle has given me an understanding of the tools and materials for my visual thinking practice and how I can use these tools for my current work. It’s been excellent. I am very excited at the prospect of using the techniques I learnt from Michelle to communicate my research.

 Dr Nina Saxton, Australian Rivers Institute

Michelle gave me the confidence to go and DRAW!

– Sandra Bale, Gold Coast Medicare Local



My overall feedback on the Essentials of Visual Thinking course is I LOVED it! Michelle had great content, extremely practical and expertly delivered. There were good links to further learning in the support material. I benefited a great deal – thank you.

— Aden Murphy, Manager Upstream International

Shell, Perth WA

Great content, well-paced and excellent delivery. Thanks!

— Michael McKeown, McKeown Planning and Design

(great review of the course posted at: http://www.mckeownplandesign.com.au/tag/visual-thinking/)


Michelle is a generous host and teacher. I appreciated the experiential nature of the course and the energy she generated in the group. As a professional communicator it has really opened my mind and I believe it will deepen my facilitation practice. Michelle has given me confidence through her tools, practices and the knowledge she has shared. I am just beginning my graphics practice and it’s been great to have Michelle’s frameworks to anchor it at the start.

— Melissa Geltch, Facilitator and Art-of-hosting specialist,

Queensland State Library, QLD


I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt it met my aim of giving me pragmatic tools I can use immediately. Overall, really enjoyable and certainly something I know I’ll make use of.

— Holly Waltham,

SA Power Networks, Adelaide SA

This was going to take me way outside my comfort zone – but I survived, learnt heaps and feel good about what I achieved. A great day!!

— Tanya Fox, Service Manager

Brighter Access Inverell Disabilities Services Inc, Inverell NSW

Really good day that has given me the confidence to be able to give it a go and equipped me with the framework, skills and some tools to start incorporating graphics and visuals from Day 1!

— Dawn Mirapuri,

Customs Department, QLD

EXCELLENT. The course is immediately useful and a breath of fresh air!

— Clare Fountain

SA Power Networks, Adelaide SA

I enjoyed the course. It gave me the confidence and a sense of grounding some of the things I am already doing. There were great take away resources that I’ll be able to look back on especially the start of my library of visual icons.

— Cara Targ,

Families andCommunity Services Department, Sydney NSW