My programmes are intensive, experiential, and participatory (digital workshops included). Participants choose their own degree of challenge in a safe, confidential, and highly supportive learning environment.

All my Workshop programmes can be delivered virtually or in person… but…. what works in the training room doesn’t necessarily directly translate to being delivered digitally. Therefore, virtual and in-person workshops on the same topic will differ – in learning outcomes, approach, and the way participants experience the activities. This means that however I deliver your workshop, your participants will be getting the best possible learning experience, adapted to the medium we’re using to deliver it.

I specialise in the way individuals understand themselves and relate to others, so workshop topics fall into two broad themes, for example:

Personal awareness & self-management:

  • Boost your resilience and manage stress
  • Deploying your strengths and values in making decisions
  • Wrangle your workload
  • Navigate change and uncertainty
  • Tools for handling perfectionism and imposter phenomenon
  • Writing for researchers: creative approaches to workflow and productivity

Interpersonal:

  • Assertiveness skills
  • Communicating your expertise and potential
  • Communicating your research to non-specialists
  • Ditch the agenda: make every meeting worthwhile
  • Negotiating skills
  • Preparing and performing your Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
  • Resolving conflict in the research environment
  • Stop networking; start connecting (with other human beings)
  • Train-the-Trainer (Introduction to training skills)

Experiences and expertise in these topics is highly individual, so it is rare that any two participants show up with the same agenda or objectives. Because of this, a cohort model – taking all learners from point A, though point B, to point C – doesn’t serve participants well.

Instead, you’ll take ownership of your learning path. You’ll establish your landscape (what’s my starting point and context?), set your own development goals (what do I want to change?), experiment with activities and tools (how might I make change?), and then plan implementation (how will I start closing the gap?).

You’ll develop a deeper understanding of your behaviour patterns, your strengths, and your learning preferences; this means you’ll make better choices about your personal and professional development.

When you take control of your learning in this way, you’ll grow in confidence: make better choices, work to your strengths, approach problems creatively, and make the most of your personal resources and external support.

Connect with me to start the conversation of how I can provide the programme you need.

Reflect and reframe

This session has really encouraged me to reflect on my career so far, spot the negative assumptions I have about it and reframe them positively.

Researcher
Oxford Brookes University

Perfect pace

Presented nicely, perfect pace, the discussions were directed but free to expand – not overloaded.

Researcher
University of Sussex

Warmth, respect, humour and sincerity

Really presented and explained to such a high standard, with a lot of warmth, respect, humour and sincerity. The group sessions were really valuable and I felt completely safe with the feedback. Such camaraderie has been built up. I feel privileged to have experienced this and to have Sarah as a mentor.

Staff member
University of Portsmouth

Session worked seamlessly online

Clearly a lot of thought was put into delivery, and the session worked seamlessly online. Often online sessions can be pretty unengaging, but the delivery was excellent.

Researcher
CHASE DTP

Content great, safe space, build rapport

The training was fantastic. The content was great and fulfilled my expectations (tips for talking about research and tips for networking). It was tough but it was a safe space and so useful to speak to non-specialists about your research. I also liked that we stayed in those groups for the rest of the morning allowing us to build up rapport and a relationship.

Researcher
CHASE DTP

Learnt some useful de-stress skills

Everything was brilliant, I was able to de-stree during the session with the good rapport developed in the short time and learnt some useful de-stress skills as well.

Researcher
Queen Mary, University of London

Meant the world to me to feel so heard and seen

Sarah has been brilliant. She’s encouraged us, and challenged our negative thought patterns to help us engage in a way to build on what is working, and enhance these aspects and identify areas we want to work on in future like self-belief and making time to recognise our successes. One of the workshops brought to light some of the things I am struggling with, and in a conversation with Sarah, she helped me with insight into the heart of this challenge for me by asking gentle questions. She was really compassionate and understanding of my experience and it meant the world to me to feel so heard and seen.

Staff member
University of Portsmouth

One of the best I’ve ever attended

The flow of happiness that I experienced during and after the workshop has changed things for me already so thanks again!
It really was a great workshop, and you are so good at what you’re doing. They way you’ve explained all of this, the examples you’ve use and the humor that you’ve brought in, has made this workshop probably one of the best I’ve ever attended (and you can bet that you’re making a change).

Researcher
University of Sussex