Our Instructors

Trevor Lawson

Associate Instructor, Australia & New Zealand

Trevor was introduced to Verbal Judo in 2011 while in his role as the Security Training Coordinator for a Major Victorian Healthcare network. Trevor was trying to find a communication system that would equip his team with the right skills and strategies they would need to deal with the many difficult and violent situations they face on a daily basis. After studying all of the books and literature on Verbal Judo, Trevor took the next step and attended a training session with Master Trainer and then Director of Verbal Judo Australia, Will King and was blown away by what Verbal Judo had to offer those that have to communicate with others on any level. 

The Verbal Judo system not only assisted his Security workforce in gaining the cooperation of the difficult and aggressive, but also gave other frontline staff the knowledge, skills and self-awareness to modify their behavior when interacting with public under stressful conditions.

As a frontline Security professional with over 20 years’ experience and an instructor in Management of Aggression strategies and customer services skills, Trevor knows that the Verbal Judo principles work. His passionate, motivated and dynamic approach to teaching will provide your team with the skills they need to do their job safely and professionally. As a student of the Chinese Martial Art Wing Chun, Trevor knows first-hand how the ability to give way to another’s energy helps in both physical and verbal conflict. Trevor has conducted training sessions across a wide variety of areas, including: education, local Government, Health care, compliance, customer service, banking & security as well as many more. All sessions are conducted in an informal, interactive and enjoyable environment to ensure all participants get the most out of the experience. Trevor was trained by Will King, who brought Verbal Judo to Australia in 1993, and in 2016 took over the role of Director of Verbal Judo Australia after Will’s retirement.