Nicola Balestrini is a certified coach, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell Team and obtained an Advanced Diploma of Ministry from Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia. He is trained on Basic Human Factor with Swiss Aviation Training. Nicola spent 19 years in designing and delivering of team building in organisations. He speaks French, English and Italian. During 7 years he was Ramp Supervisor at Geneva Airport leading a team of 30 people taking important operational decisions and planning responsibility for 70 people. During 12 years he was involved with several NGOs, not only organising trips for the team, but also travelling himself 9 times for mission field in Kosovo, Albania, Cambodia, Argentina and Nicaragua. During 6 years he was promoter, booking agent and tour manager for various Swiss and international rock bands.
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Nicola describes his learning at the Hillsong College Australia as follows:
“I customised and delivered team building training for adults a class of 12 people, most of them being volunteers and coming from many countries. Being a student in this college gave me an incredible opportunity to be trained with the most effective technic when it comes to team building in a real context and experience the three necessary steps in this entire process:
• 1st year how to become an excellent team member (you are part of a team)
• 2nd year practical steps to become an effective leader (you lead a team in different settings, projects, conference, events etc)
• 3rd year practical steps to overseas leaders (you overseas leaders to make sure they reach their goals as well as helping them in their personal growth)
I also participated 2 semesters to an incredible class in public speaking and platform ministry where I could practice and improved my own personal skills.
During my third year, I had the opportunity to build a brand new project targeting parents. I had to build a team of 15 people, train 3 leaders, overseas the project while reporting to the Campus leader. As a leader of change, I discovered that I was able to apply constant and consistent pressure until the tipping point was reached and inertia became action. The part I really enjoyed was that I could give the team and the leaders a passionate sense of purpose, a compelling vision of the future, and constant reinforcement that the effort will be worthwhile.”
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