It Started With a Kiss... And Confidence
1999: The Beginning
In the beginning there was The Art of Storytelling…
In 1999, inspired by a decade in academia, Kissing With Confidence founders Sharon McLellan and Russell Wardrop set out to teach the world the most important leadership skill: how to speak in public.
Innovative, dynamic and slide-free in-room delivery soon took us from Glasgow to London, where our original and unique pitching programme was picked up by the world’s biggest professional services business. In 2006, Michael Fleming joined Kissing With Confidence. Michael was a partner in a law firm, an incredible speaker and a delegate in our very first programme. He joined us as an associate and soon became head of KWC Legal, our biggest sector.
Since then, we’ve helped clients transform their business development capabilities and win billions in boardrooms across the globe.
The Noughties: Sales Solve Everything
The 2007 crash meant businesses needed to sell in a jargon-free way that got immediate results. With sales in our DNA since the beginning, we created Rainmaker, our flagship business development programme, to inspire both companies and individuals to love selling. Now, across the UK and around the world, our courses have inspired tens of thousands of professionals to become brilliant at business development. And learn to truly love selling.
Rainmaker doesn’t stand still. It’s continuously improved by our team, using the knowledge and feedback they glean from the relationships formed in every programme. And, of course, every facilitator is also a Rainmaker for KWC Global.
Today: KWC Global
Rainmaker was a game-changer in 2007 and Zoom a name-changer in 2020.
Now we’re not limited to facilitating in the room, Kissing With Confidence can provide training anytime, anyplace, anywhere. It’s hello world with a brand new name - KWC Global. We now have three flagship programmes:
- Rainmaker - a learning journey that embeds a sales culture, wins more pitches and transforms business development prospects.
- Pitchmaker - a transformational programme that shows participants how to create the perfect pitch, improving their win rate.
- Teammaker - our programme designed to help delegates understand themselves better, develop key skills and foster a culture of collaboration and efficiency within their teams.
These programmes are dedicated to inspiring people through transformational learning the world over. Because that’s what drives growth - both professionally and personally.
Dynamic action learning remains our house-style and it’s perfect for live online.
Our work begins with our purpose. We create unique, challenging and compelling learning events that are catalysts for growth. Natural born teachers and voracious learners, we make an impact in three areas: business development, compelling storytelling and creating high performing teams for professionals worldwide.
Since 1999, we’ve been curious to uncover your needs, collaborate when creating learning journeys and be inspirational in the room.
When all our development programmes had to be converted from face-to-face delivery to online virtual delivery in 2020, KWC Global was great. They adapted the programme to work on Zoom and the experience was interactive and engaging.
KWC Global’s work has always added value, encouraging people to re-look at how they communicate and present themselves and their ideas, often in a thought provoking style.
A 100% satisfaction rating for KWC Global’s seventh consecutive year with Deloitte senior consultants. A three day business development programme embedded in a week-long Senior Consultant Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark for sixty delegates.
I tell the most senior people in my team to listen to what KWC Global has to say. There is no question we would not be where we are in the HE Sector without the work they have done on our pitches.
KWC Global has helped us revisit, refresh and re-energise our image of ourselves and how we do business.