About

NEIL SHEPHERD – PROFILE

Neil has professionally trained thousands of  individuals in Corporate and Public courses/ presentations/ and mentoring support over the past 5 years.  He has been learning and growing with various mindfulness practices for over 20 years, so has a rich background to draw from.

Neil likes to see people thrive by helping to develop essential skills in our challenging & exploding information age !  It’s a time where skills in self-awareness, self-regulation, stress management and resilience are paramount. Resilience is learnt !

As a part of his own personal development programs, he has also trained with 

  • Michael Bunting – as a Corporate Mindful Leader Facilitator for Wellbeing & Leadership Programs
  • Dr. Russ Harris in mindfulness-based ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) basic & advanced 
  • Dr. Joe Dispenza in the neuroscience behind mindfulness and meditation – to advanced level. 
  • HeartMath™ Internationally Certified Mentor ™ (stress management using biofeedback devices)
  • Google’s Leadership program – (Search Inside Yourself Leadership)
  • Peaceful Kids and Peaceful Parents facilitator (Georgie Manning) 
  • Vipassana 10 day silent retreat programs (twice) 

Neil also comes from a corporate background, so understands corporate challenges, structures, and cultures. He has worked with both private and public sectors in a variety of senior management and senior technical roles. Neil has qualifications and experience in mindfulness coaching, workplace training, business improvement, complex systems management, and business intelligence in numerous industries including air traffic control.

Neil founded Inner Synergy to make a difference, and works with organisations, groups, and individuals to help both build and sustain valuable “life changing skills”.  

Growing Mind Intelligence™ to help people thrive, not just survive!




Case Study – Karabar High School

  The Requirement

The mindfulness initiative was driven by administration & management team for Karabar High’s admin staff. The organisation wanted to give staff a break from the challenges associated with the recent COVID impacts as part of a staff development day. A two-hour presentation with practical tools, techniques and experiential practices was requested without it being “too busy like a workshop”. The mindfulness experience focused on a framework of practical skills with layers of experiences:

  • Experiential sessions – micro, mini and formal guided & focused mindfulness experiences
  • Mindfulness videos – some short clips included to help break up the presentation.
  • Awareness – how to build the observing mind to “notice” with mindfulness practice
  • Understanding the mind – how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours effect our reality
  • Resilience/Stress Mgt – tips and hints towards managing stress and attitudes through workdays 

Throughout the presentation humour, anecdotes, engagement and story-telling was used to help staff understand emotional intelligence and mindfulness concepts.  Reinforcing messages such as developing self-awareness and skills to “notice” more as a precursor to being able to respond rather than react. Participants were given access to personalised guided mindful meditation links and a one page “tips and hints” sheet.

RESULT

The presentation was very well received with the following formal testimonial:

A big thank you to Neil for the great “Mindfulness Experience” session you ran for us at the beginning of our school term. What a great way to put the last few months into perspective and begin the new term on a positive note.

Everyone (even the sceptics amongst us) thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the session and many of us have put into practice the skills learned.

We would definitely recommend the experience to others.”

Administration Team – Karabar High School 


Case Study – National Medical Research Council

 The Requirement

The mindfulness initiative was driven by HR area for the National Health and Medical Research Council. The organisation wanted to introduce mindfulness skills and experience for staff as part of a well-being program. Neil Shepherd was engaged to design and present a mindful experience. The event was filled straight away so a second event was booked.  The mindfulness experience focused on the framework of:

  • Awareness – how to build the observing mind to “notice” with mindful living practice
  • Understand the mind – how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours effect our reality
  • Acceptance and Resilience – how our attitudes can make situations challenging and stressful
  • Experiential sessions – guided & focused mindfulness experiences

Throughout the presentation anecdotes, engagement and story-telling was used to help staff understand concepts.  Reinforcing messages such as developing self-awareness and skills to “notice” more as a precursor to being able to respond rather than react.

Some mindfulness related video links were sent out to staff prior to the presentation to whet their appetite. Participants were given access to one of our personalised guided mindful meditation links and a one page “tips and hints” sheet.

RESULT

The presentations were so well received, NHMRC immediately booked a 4-week follow up corporate training course. Training included further details of the mindfulness knowledge framework and extra experiential exercises. Focusing on self-awareness, self-regulation, stress management and building resilience in the work-place. The goal was to help staff personally and professionally. Further follow up sessions have been delivered since.


Case Study – Australian National University (ANU)

The Requirement

The mindfulness initiative was driven by HR for the Joint College of Sciences in Australian National University. The ANU is ranked at around 19th for best universities in the world and ranked the best in Australia. The organisation wanted to bring mindfulness experience for staff as part of a well-being program. Neil Shepherd was engaged to design and present a mindful experience that staff could elect to attend. 50 staff initially signed up for the event though 60 arrived for the presentation.  The mindfulness experience focused on the framework of: 

  • Awareness – how to build the observing mind to “notice” with mindful living practice 
  • Understand the mind – how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours effect our reality 
  • Acceptance – simplify, understand how our attitudes can make situations challenging and stressful 
  • Experiential session – guided mindfulness experience

Throughout the presentation anecdotes, engagement and story-telling was used to help staff understand concepts.  Reinforcing messages such as developing self-awareness and skills to “notice” more as a precursor to being able to respond rather than react. How mindful practice can benefit us both personally and professionally – building resilience and well-being. 

Some mindfulness related video links were sent out to staff prior to the presentation to whet their appetite. Participants were given access to one of our personalised guided mindful meditation links and a one page “tips and hints” sheet.   

Result

Participant attendance exceeded expectations especially being a voluntary program run over a lunch break. ANU instigated an internal survey review relating to the presentation and 40 odd responses were overwhelmingly supportive of the value.

ANU Testimonial (official)

“Neil Shepherd conducted a session on mindfulness as a part of our staff well-being program which was very well received by staff”

Joint College of Sciences – The Australian National University