John Quinn Presentologist Audience Alive UAE, US, AUS, NZ, IRE, UK

Duncan Ashford


Duncan helps people of all backgrounds to communicate with clarity, impact and – above all – authenticity. 

Too many presentations are afflicted by poor planning.  The audience pays attention for a few minutes then retreat to their mobile phones!   As a content consultant as well as skills coach, Duncan can help you compose and structure your content into a compelling and engaging message.  He can then coach you to deliver it with confidence and credibility.  Whatever the situation..  from important meetings and conference calls, to formal sales pitches and conference presentations. 

Core to his success is his ability to ensure people communicate as ‘themselves’, adopting a natural, genuine and conversational style, which is recognised today as the only successful model for business and political presentations.  Plus, with more than 25 years’ business experience with global companies in Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, he truly understands the skills needed to successfully interact and communicate with people and business across a wide range of cultures. 

Duncan operates as Lionheart Consulting Limited. He’s based in Queenstown but travels everywhere.  And when you can’t find him, he’s out on his bike or skis.

Industry Expertise

Content consultancy, including storytelling
Communication skills
Presentation skills


Public speaking skills
Business development pitches – content preparation and pitching skill


“It was great to meet you last week.  Thank you for an excellent presentation skills training session. I came away with a more structured approach to conveying a message to an audience for maximum impact as well as a few other good tips to put into practice!”  (senior NZ bank leader)


“Your workshop was very informative, easily the highlight of the leadership course.  It is going to make the thought processes much clearer in all sorts of communications” (NZ research scientist)


“Thank you for the excellent advice, it was great to meet.  I found it really useful – great practical advice on how to give awesome presentations!”  (Agribusiness leader)


“I just would like to emphasise that I found the program to be well structured, engaging and very useful. This is in part a result of its structure and content, but also your own efforts and style which made it relevant and enjoyable for everyone involved.” (NZ Government employee)