Above & Beyond

Your portal to thought leadership

Training & Facilitation

Whether your sales team want to up their game, or staff morale and internal communication need a boost, we teach both the theory and practical skills to achieve the best outcome for your company and its people.


Leaders who lack confidence or interpersonal skills cannot get the most from their teams. Our individualised coaching sessions shape leaders who communicate effectively and inspire synergy.

Public Speaking

Need an engaging speaker for your next conference or company event? We offer customised keynotes on topics such as behavourial change, persuasion and thought leadership delivered by a Distinguished Toastmaster.

Staff engagement & productivity low?

A specialist in neurolinguistic programming, Yoke van Dam utilises emotional intelligence skills to help employees truly connect with their company’s culture, purpose and core values. She coaches leaders and team members to be more effective, which increases their overall productivity and improves their internal and external relationships. She also coaches business and team leaders to become engaging speakers who can deliver memorable presentations to small and large audiences.

The Y-Connect Difference

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On behalf of my team of Principals and Educators at the Beauty Therapy Institute, I would like to thank you so much for the time you spent with us during our recent Franchise Development Forum. You spent time with our team, assisting in expanding themselves and showing them the way forward… You have contributed in a meaningful way in assisting us in this quest.

Sandy Fuhr

Director, Beauty Therapy Institute

“I can apply the methods of breaking down stories into a set structure in my presentations going forward, as well as making those stories relevant to the specific target audience in the room. I learned how to use metaphors, alliteration, call-backs, and triplets for effect in my talks. I will be working on my structure and body language going forward. I also learned that confidence is a state of mind.”

David Fischer

Market Sales Specialist

My gratitude goes to you ESPECIALLY for the excellent teaching skills and courteous personality when training which helped the interns tremendously through the interview processes. You also got some of them out of their shells and they managed to grab job opportunities availed to them.


Old Mutual Insure

Yoke van Dam from Y-Connect enlightened Mensa Pretoria during our AGM/Speaker Evening with her “A dolphin’s guide to healthy relationships” delving into co-dependence. This was not her first, nor last, appearance at a Speaker Evening and she truly is a wonderfully engaging speaker who hits a chord with people from all walks of life. Thank you for your patience with us, Yoke. We are looking forward to your next one already.

Shaun Heunis


Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of answers to common questions.

You can email our offices at yokevandam@y-connect.biz with the following details:

  • Date of your event.
  • The number of delegates attending.
  • What is the purpose of the event?
  • What other speakers and topics will be on the agenda?
  • What do you want to achieve through this keynote, workshop or training session?
  • Please send your company organogram and any details that can assist Y-Connect in preparation before meeting to discuss your brief.
  • What topics have you discussed in this past year?
  • Y-Connect’s courses are fully customisable according to the specific needs and outcomes your business requires. Set up a Zoom call or appointment to discuss your brief and objectives with Y-Connect.
  • We can include the company’s core values in the training as well.
  • Yoke trains CEOs, directors of companies and sales and marketing personnel. The types of coaching vary depending on the client’s needs. Some CEOs ask to deal with anxiety in public speaking. Others ask to deal with phobias, work-life balance, leadership, resolving conflict and giving performance appraisals or tough feedback to their staff.
  • She has coached sales directors on managing their teams, how to motivate them, and how to keep the teams accountable.
  • Her coaching can help you change patterns, create better habits and become a great leader who people will trust and want to follow.

All keynotes can be customised to your specific needs.  Her topics range from sales and leadership, to people engagement, and changing behaviours. Click here for more details.

Coaching can happen at your offices if you are based in Johannesburg, or via Zoom.

  • A data projector.
  • Flip chart with markers.
  • Notebooks for delegates.
  • Teas and lunches for all delegates and the trainer.
Want to book a speaker for your event? Contact us now.