About Marie O’Donnell

Trainer – Specialising in Leadership and Management

I have over 10 years’ experience of managing and leading together with over 17 years’ experience in teaching leadership, management and teacher training.  My experience ensures that I can relate to your workplace issues and offer realistic, practical solutions.  I have taught extensively across the three sectors; public, private and voluntary which enables me to understand issues facing all three sectors.

My philosophy

I find that the most enjoyable learning experiences I have had, have always been when the trainer has encouraged people to enjoy the experience and not be afraid of having fun while they learn.


My philosophy is and always has been, that people ‘learn when they laugh’. I find that the most enjoyable learning experiences I have had, have always been when the trainer has encouraged people to enjoy the experience and not be afraid of having fun while they learn.  This includes being made to feel safe and able to learn from mistakes too.

I find ‘dry’ training experiences dull and boring and lets face it, management can be like that at times!  Therefore, I try to create an enjoyable learning experience whereby learners share knowledge and experience but in a friendly, non-judgemental way.  I like to create fun, engaging sessions where you will laugh a lot, however, you will learn and remember a lot more!  I like to encourage reflection within my sessions and will encourage my learners to consider past experiences and how they could learn from them to improve their future management practices.

I get so much satisfaction when I see the difference in my learners and building confidence is one of my priorities.  Additionally I like to acknowledge when learners have managed issues well in the past as this in itself is a confidence booster.

Why me?

I have a strong background in managing and developing others and my goal in life is to see others thrive.

I don’t teach from the textbook.  Yes, they are important however life doesn’t always work like it does in the movies and work doesn’t always work the same way as it does in books.  That said, reading is important therefore I try to bring management models to life using my own work experience so that they make more sense and can be applied to improve your working practice.

I also realise that some learners are daunted by what I call ‘management babble’.  I will help you to understand this ‘babble’ but more importantly, I won’t be using it in my sessions.  I use plain English so everyone can understand.  I have also taught many learners from Europe and the rest of the world so it is important to avoid jargon so that everyone gets a good learning experience.

What do I know?

 I realise how challenging studying, working and balancing all of that with family time can be. However, I also know how rewarding it can be when you look at that certificate you have worked so hard for.

  • I know you may find it challenging at times to balance your commitments.
  • I know that you may find it daunting to embark upon ‘a management course’.
  • I know that you may worry that everyone will know more than you.
  • I know how difficult it will be to stay on track, to stay motivated.
  • I know all of this because this is exactly how I felt when I completed my studies.

I always keep that in mind when I meet my students and I will do my best to make you feel comfortable.  I will provide a relaxed and supportive environment where you won’t feel silly if you make a mistake, where you can come and talk to me if you are struggling to meet deadlines and where you will enjoy the course and make some new friends.

Finally, I will be there to help you to celebrate your fantastic achievement when that day arrives!  That’s the time to celebrate and if it is your round, mine’s a large glass of prosecco!

And finally,

I want to make sure that you feel confident that the course you are interested in is the right one for you.  I am more than happy to talk with you about this via any of the following media:


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