Transforming leaders and teams

We join, repair and heal fractured teams and turn them into something quite wonderful.

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

Number of specialists trained in sales
Number of hours spent presenting & training
Number of hours spent coaching


I really enjoyed seeing different perspectives and getting to know people.  It was very interactive and a lot of fun.  Something new, not like most team buildings. All the training was relevant.

-High Performance Team Development Program

tough conversations

Laetitia van Rhyn

Specialist Pharmacist: ChroniLine (Executive team)

Storytelling is not only one of the best ways to teach, inspire and to get your audience to take action. It’s also considered one of the best tools to effect change management initiatives.  I’ve never seen anyone tell emotive “call to action” stories like Yoke van Dam. She has the ability to teach and use stories in a way that inspires people to strive for more and to become the better versions of themselves.  I highly endorse her as a vastly capable trainer, speaker, leadership and people development partner.

Attended one of Yoke van Dam speaking engagements

Kk Diaz

Marketer, author, speaker

Super super fantastic content at today’s camp 1 of the Power of Persuasion Presentation Bootcamp.

It was phenomenal and I’m so glad I was part of it. Sculpting my passion and craft. 

Thank you so much for your passion and knowledge imparted to us today.  You were amazing.

Professional speaker

Nqobile Nkosi

Professional speaker and Image Consultant

In this industry tempers can sometimes get out of hand, I wanted Yoke to teach our staff techniques to cope better, to build better boundaries and to have better relationships with each other. Her training course was highly interactive,  everyone were on there feet – engaging in the process.  Yoke’s training is extremely valuable, and she taught us skills that we can still use today. I highly recommend using her for Changing behaviors, as Speaker or Motivator.

Richard Opperman

Richard Opperman

Phat Brand Activation

I attended a two day High Performance Team development program based on the 5 Dysfunctions of a team.  I highly enjoyed to see how our team communicates and interacts, to realise that we have the potential to work together effectively.  I gained insight into the dynamics of a team and enjoyed being able to speak openly in a safe space.

Estee Fourie

Estee Fourie

Specialist Pharmacist (Executive Team)

I had the pleasure of attending Yoke’s talk on Co-dependence. Her unique style of drawing reference, quotes and metaphors made it enjoyable, while the topic itself has huge relevance for all not only in the workspace but in their personal lives too. I highly recommend using Yoke to grow your leaders to create awareness that will ultimately affect change.

Testimonial for Yoke van Dam

Candice Goldsmith

FNB -Learning and development consultant

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.

Ann Mukudu

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 that 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


“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

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

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, masterclass 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 already been discussed in this past year?
  • All Y-Connects courses are fully customisable according to your specific needs and outcomes of your business. Set up a Zoom or Skype call, or schedule an appointment to discuss your brief and objectives with Y-Connect.
  • Yoke has trained CEOs, directors of companies, sales and Marketing personel and business executives. The types of coaching vary depending on the clients needs. Some CEOs have asked to deal with anxiety in public speaking. Others have dealt with phobias, work-life balance, leadership, resolving conflict, giving performance appraisals and tough feedback to their staff.
  • She has coached sales and marketing directors on managing their teams, how to motivate them, and how to keep the teams accountable.
  • Her coaching can help you change your patterns,to become a great leader with integrity, that people will trust and want to follow.

Yoke can customise her keynotes completely according to your objectives. Her topics range from sales and leadership, to people engagement and changing behaviors. Click here for more details.

Coaching can happen at your offices if you are based in Johannesburg, or via Skype or Zoom from anywhere in the world.

  • A data projector.
  • Flip chart with markers.
  • Notebooks for delegates.
  • Teas and lunches for all delegates and for the trainer.
  • We do offer our services outside of South Africa as well.
  • All travel and accomodation has to be provided by the agent who is making the booking, or can be billed seperately.
  • Please arrange a Skype or Zoom meeting to discuss your specific needs and to find out international training and speaking rates.
  • Please confirm your timezones, so that we can find a time that can work for both parties.
  • Please arrange an appointment to meet via email at yokevandam@y-connect.biz so that we can arrange either a Skype or Zoom call.
  • Please send me three dates and timeslots that can work for you.
  • Here are my Skype details: https://join.skype.com/invite/hB2d3lBkPXri

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Want to book a speaker for your event? Contact us now.