"Across 12 weeks in early 2021 Sarah helped me find the answers I needed to reinvigorate my professional focus. She has such an incredible talent for making what could be a painful task of self-inspection and self-determination into an easy and even, enjoyable process. It was critical to my journey - with her superb guidance - that a lot of layers of my lifelong low self-esteem and self-criticism were stripped away and we could 'start again', looking at what my realistic ambitions and goals were, how we could achieve them, what I was really good at doing, and, most importantly, with Sarah's help and coaching, put together a tangible, practical plan.
Sarah is a perceptive strategic thinker who gets to the nub of a problem in a sympathetic and creative way. She uses a great mix of personal reflections and experiences and is flexible and brave to stray from the rigid structured approach. She is never judgmental and highly amusing, a lot of laughter featured in all our sessions!
It was a fascinating process that has led me to understand myself much more and, most importantly, has given me a profound understanding of what I want to do with the last decades of my working life.
Sarah is supporting, clear-thinking, inspiring and deeply perceptive. I loved working with her and could not recommend her more highly to anyone at a 'crossroads' in their careers or having second thoughts on their chosen career path in life".
Oliver Stones, Director Olie's Travels, Auckland, New Zealand
"My experience working with Sarah Newton-Palmer for 8 weeks from the start of 2021 was fantastic.
I decided to investigate a business coach as I was feeling a bit stuck in how to take my dog walking business into the future and start seeing some better results. I also wanted to learn how to get my business running in a more productive manner so I could step up to the position of managing rather than the “feet on the ground” role that I had been constantly stuck in.
Initially it was a little bit scary taking on board the investment into some coaching and wondering what I would gain from meeting with someone. I can truly see the value and change in learning with Sarah. Her gentle but steady support and the way she helped me to see what I need to do to step into my business future have been of great value to me. Helping me gain confidence with my decision making and business planning and the overall perception of where I want my business to go and how I think about and plan those steps to move forward.
The best thing about working with Sarah is she encourages you to see your own results and outcomes. Setting tasks to action each week was great. It kept me focused and challenged me to accomplish lots of things I had been wanting to get done.
Learning about other people’s personalities and where my own sat was a great lesson. How to deal with difference and how to get the best out of others even if their personality and views are different from your own. Seeing things from the “Balcony View” has helped me assess my own position and what I need to do on a daily / weekly /monthly and yearly basis with good and effective planning so we can be prepared for growth and change.
I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone looking for that next step and help with moving forward and gaining insight and confidence to take their business into the future".
Billy Douglas, Managing Director, Lil Luka Dog Walks, Auckland, New Zealand
"It has been a pleasure to be coached by Sarah, I have grown and learned so much. The programme sessions gave me new insights into my strengths and affirmed the new direction I want to take while expanding my self-awareness. Sarah has positive energy with a wealth of knowledge as a coach. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sarah to anyone looking for new levels of empowerment, confidence and clarity.
Becky Le, Case Manager, Ministry of Social Development, Auckland, New Zealand
I have had the good fortune to work with Sarah on her Art of Real Work programme after having left a difficult role. Sarah has helped me to slow down and take a step back to reconnect with my values, to determine what is important to me now, and how to focus on achieving that. Sarah is a warm and generous coach I highly recommend her".
Fiona Wylens, Practice Manager, Toitu Envirocare, Auckland, New Zealand
Fantastic course; highly engaging, helpful and relevant;
Sarah is a wonderfully warm and utterly authentic coach. Her open and candid approach is both engaging and supportive. Sarah deftly builds trust and rapport with her clients by listening attentively to their concerns, understanding their needs and responding with tailored advice. Sarah is wholly focused on supporting her clients - often during challenging transitions in their careers – to build confidence in their own abilities. She achieves this by generously sharing her considerable knowledge, expertise and own very relatable experiences. Any time spent with Sarah is a valuable and highly recommended investment.
Sarah is able to provide meaningful insights into the career aspects of her clients, allowing them to utilize their full potential in a targeted career plan. I would strongly recommend Sarah as a coach and career advisor.
Sarah is a great coach but more importantly wonderful and compassionate person. She helped me to rebuild my self-confidence and she motivated me to find my inner strength to stay positive during my transition to a new job. I was lucky to have her as a transition coach.
Sarah spoke for one of our CEO Institute syndicate groups, and was so well received, they asked her back! The group rated her as one of the best speakers in years! Would highly recommend getting in touch with Sarah as she truly is an expert in her field and delivers engaging presentations.
Sarah Newton-Palmer is probably the best facilitator I have ever had the pleasure of being coached by. Thank you.
Sarah has been my personal career transition coach for a period of two months. In this time, Sarah taught me skills essential for moving forward within my career goals and has enabled my return of confidence through a difficult time in my career. I cannot thank you enough Sarah for working with me, allowing me to talk openly about my fears and to listen and then counsel me to move forward. I will be forever grateful in your belief in me. Thank you. I highly recommend Sarah Newton-Palmer for anyone seeking transition counselling/coaching.
I have recently had the privilege of being coached by Sarah. Sarah quickly builds trusting relationships through her warm, open and approachable style. She takes the time to truly listen to and understand her clients’ needs by asking insightful and thoughtful questions. Sarah is generous in sharing her knowledge and I have personally gained a great deal from Sarah’s guidance and advice. I highly recommend Sarah as a life and career coach.
I completed a Leadership Development course with Sarah through her company. I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah for the journey that she took myself through. I not only transformed my thinking but I strengthened my physical resilience which I have benefited from. I have since been able to share my leadership insights with other and act as a role model to my colleagues and family around me.
"The experience of working with Sarah as my transition coach in 2020 was nothing short of exceptional. Sarah's ability to facilitate insightful thinking and practical steps made an incredible difference".
John Sgambelluri, Managing Director, Prime Profit System, Perth, Western Australia