My kind of training

My programmes take learners from self-discovery (what’s my starting point and context?), through setting their development agenda (what do I want to change?), to implementation (how will I close the gap?).

Along the way, my learners grow in confidence: make better choices, work to their strengths, approach problems creatively, and tap into personal resources and external support.

My training enables deep learning, which occurs in the stretch area of comfort zones. It is at its most effective when there is a balance between challenge and support, and when it is conducted in a safe and confidential learning environment.

There is no one-size-fits-all (because it rarely does).

The point of balance is different for each individual, so participants on my programmes experience a range of exercises and practical tools. This puts them in a better position to decide what might work best for them, and take control of their own development.

Learners engage with different perspectives, draw on personal insights, and create an individual plan of action; taking into account their own motivations, learning preferences, context, and goals.


My Programmes

I specialise in the way individuals understand themselves and relate to others, so topics fall broadly into two themes. Here are some examples:

Personal awareness and self-management:

  • Boost your resilience and wellbeing
  • Deploying your Strengths and values in decision-making
  • Master your workload
  • Navigating change
  • Overcoming perfectionism, imposter phenomenon, and procrastination
  • Stress management
  • Writing for researchers: creative approaches to workflow and productivity


  • Assertiveness skills
  • Communicating your expertise and potential
  • Communicating your research to non-specialists
  • Preparing and performing your Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
  • Resolving conflict
  • Stop networking; start connecting (with other human beings)
  • Train-the-Trainer (Introduction to training others)

How I create a unique (and memorable) experience for your people

We start with a conversation focusing on what you want to achieve for the individuals, and for the organisation. Together, we explore your desired outcomes and options to make sure the programme fits into the broader context for you and your participants.

I then design a bespoke programme, and deliver it in a way that works for you and your leaners: face-to-face, videoconferencing, e-learning, group coaching, or a combination / blended learning approach.

Connect with me here to start the conversation.

Very good at explaining the theories

Sarah was approachable, funny, knowledgeable, pragmatic, generous, enthusiastic and very good at explaining the theories behind the programme.

University of Portsmouth

Totally inspiring

Made us feel brilliant and supported on our journey. Conveyed the skills in an easy and friendly manner, making us believe we can achieve anything. Totally inspiring.

Support staff
University of Portsmouth

Making us think rather than accept

Caring. Empowering. Asking / challenging – and making us think rather than accept. Such a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic person – human.

Support staff
University of Portsmouth

We are all capable of changing anything

Engage us, make us smile, laugh and feel more positive that what we were thinking and doing is normal, but that we are all capable of changing anything that affects us negatively.

Support staff
University of Portsmouth