Public Speaking & Training

“Life-changing!” – Mental Health Cert 4 Student

“That was a world class talk. You don’t hear many world class talks in South Australia” – General Practitioner

“Sarah is a fantastic speaker—personable, engaging and approachable… she has an uncanny ability to explain complex concepts…. unfailingly warm, compassionate, & infused with gentle humour.” -Peer

“(It) was an amazing presentation. I couldn’t take my eyes off you for a second! (except to maybe wipe a tear or two) Loved every second of it!” – Mental Health Cert 4 Student

I’ve been speaking and training since 2010 at a wide range of situations including TEDx in front of 900 guests, for Google, international conferences, psychiatric wards, general practitioner training, at carers groups, for community sector staff, TAFE SA, the Adelaide Fringe. To get a sense of my style, checkout my videos on my Media page.

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Public Speaking

I love to connect with a diverse range of people on a personal, human level. I’m great at going with the flow and adapting to the situation so I’m valued for my warm, honest, and intelligent contributions to panels and round tables.

For speaking that requires no preparation (panels, interviews etc) my rates are $150 p/hr, plus expenses.

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Training

The best kind of training is engaging, inclusive, trustworthy, and human. My training hits all these notes. My personally illustrated PowerPoint Presentations are stunning. I use my own artwork to embody key concepts in the training – I never just read from blocks of text. Visual art engages, illuminates, and helps people remember what they’ve learned.

All training includes time for facilitated reflection. I trained with Arana Pearson in adult learning principles with a special focus on support people to explore, question, and integrate new ideas and experiences. Real learning doesn’t come from merely accepting what we are told by an expert. It happens when we are both safe enough, and challenged enough, to engage.

My training is always built on a foundation of peer work. I have lived experience in every topic I train on, so it’s authentic, human, and relatable. But I go beyond personal experience, and add my experiences as a carer, as a professional, and my wide reading on these topics. This unique blend makes my training extraordinarily deep, considered, and powerful.

People feel challenged, heard, and excited. They leave with new insight into the topic, new confidence to engage it, and a change in perspective that’s sometimes life changing. I include handouts, further reading, and email follow up.

For training my rates are $450 for up to three hours, plus expenses.

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Peer Work Talk

My beautiful illustrations from the talk: Peer Work, a consumer perspective