Testimonials

Giselle De Mello

Senior Marketing Manager

Steadfast Group LIMITED | MBA

My one-on-one coaching sessions with Jessica have been a priceless experience, and a turning point in my career. Jessica has unmatched skills in 'reading' people and unveiling areas for improvement, which led me to discover so much about myself. Jessica challenged me in many ways, with a level of care and passion that was comforting at the same time. I highly recommend Jessica to anyone who wants to take their career to the next level. 

 

Penny Fraser

Group Benefits Manager

Medibank

During the 4 month program Jessica facilitated many fantastic one-one-one coaching sessions that drew on her wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of coaching.

Lauren Blair

Wellness at Cisco Systems Inc.

After my first one-on-one coaching session with Jess, I knew it was a worthwhile investment in my career. Jess’ deeply perceptive skills allows her to develop a tailored, strengths-based approach to coaching that is ready to implement. Her knowledge and smarts are self-evident, but for me, it is her personal style in delivering a resounding message and custom-fit strategy that has works for me. 

 

Amy Cotterell. 
HR Business Partner at Arcadis.


I have worked with Jessica over the last 18 months and she is an excellent coach. She always provides relevant insight and advice to assist with personal and professional situations and works with teams to build engagement.

 

Julia Weber. 
Student Ambassador at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
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I have now attended two training sessions facilitated by the Symes Group and have twice between blown away by their insight, professionalism and ability to capture an audience. Jessica's style is refreshingly honest, compassionate and pragmatic. I would recommend the Symes Group to any organisation looking to upskill their staff or any individual looking for genuine professional development. Jessica stands out in my memory as one of the most effective presenters I have come across in a professional, academic or informal setting. 

 

Hanna Thomas
 Director at Mint Talent


Jess is one of those gems who lights up a room and fills you with confidence, positivity and enthusiasm! I have known Jess for many years and Jess has worked with me through training, workshops and business coaching. Jess always goes over and above with her time, as well as making great suggestions and invitations to different events and collaborations.  Thanks so much Jess for always guiding me in the right direction!

 

Kelly Lambropoulos
 On-Demand Support for Non-Profit Associations
. 

Jessica is delightful! She has a huge portfolio, which she expertly tailors to suit her client, and she has the ability to "keep it real" with her audience.  Jessica's sessions are engaging, interactive and insightful. Combine this with her great sense of humour and sharp wit; and the audience are with her all the way through.

 

Caitlin McNulty
Talent Acquisition Specialist at Clemenger Group. 

Jess’ enthusiasm and commitment to her clients is unmatched! She doesn’t take a ‘one size fits all approach’, and instead everything is tailored to the individual. Would definitely recommend Jess to organisations both large and small. 

 

Lorena Guthridge
 Office Manager
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Jessica Symes is an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate professional who always has her clients best interest at the forefront. If your business or corporation needs assistance in forming a more cohesive, productive, creative and innovative team I highly recommend reaching out to Jessica. As an individual, looking to get more out of your career, Jessica’s one on one coaching comes second to none. Providing support and assistance around areas of improvement and uncovering strengths you didn’t even know you had. I had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with Jessica and her team some time ago and experienced her passion for people and their success first hand. 

                        

Justine Cooper BA Hons MA (HR Leadership) 

I was lucky enough to attend the Symes Group's Presenting with Impact workshop in 2015; Jessica has an incredible skill, through her unique blend of expertise, to draw out the hidden potential in each and every one of our diverse team, giving us the freedom and courage to dig deep and face our fears. The program had such a profound impact, that we introduced the workshop as part of our High Potentials development offering for GM-trajectory, and the feedback from our senior leaders was phenomenal.  

 

Mark Nevin
 Senior Executive Officer, Faculties, Strategy and Advocacy at The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists. 

I’ve worked with Jessica for almost three years now. She is engaging, insightful, energetic and fun. She provides sage advice on recruitment and team working, and is a real asset to our organisation. Highly recommended.

                        

Peace Mitchell
 Author, Founder of The Women's Business School, Presenter at Women will change the world TV
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Jessica is an inspirational and visionary leader. She is the kind of person who is always lifting others up, encouraging them and showing positive support. She is creative in ideas and projects and I would recommend her for anyone wanting to work with someone who possesses creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit and positivity. 

                        

Michelle Hooper
 Transformation & PMO at BT Financial Group. 


My team engaged Jessica Symes and the Symes Group team to facilitate the 2018 graduate six day soft skills development program for 130 new to corporate graduates. Jessica and her team were extremely professional, well prepared, energetic and 100% focused on delivering an engaging experience. I was particularly impressed with how the team were able to quickly adjust to last minute agenda changes with ease. Jessica, I look forward to continuing to work with you and your team at Symes Group for the upcoming mid year training session.

                        

Natalia Vukolova
 Chief Executive Officer | Strategic Change Management & Operational Business Improvement
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Jessica's dynamic and engaging presentation style make her a fantastic coach and facilitator. Her work with RANZCR highlighted Jessica's precise understanding of leadership skills and management responsibilities. Her honest and forthright communication style are refreshing and useful for creating group learning and dialogue. I have no hesitation in recommending Jessica as a coach and a facilitator. See less

                        

Hans Rostrup
 Owner, hranda
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Jess and I worked together on the delivery of a global management development programme for BT. She and I were on the team that delivered it to the BT Global Services team in Sydney, Australia and then she went on to roll the programme out across the AsiaPacific region. She was very thorough and diligent in her preparation and she facilitated the programme in a wonderfully conversational yet challenging way. It brought out the best in the programme Participants and gave them a memorable learning experience. I found Jess' enthusiasm both energising and inspirational and it was clear that the Participants did too. I would have no hesitation in recommending her for Leadership and Management Development initiatives.

 

Megan Barnes
 Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach
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I feel like a very lucky girl to have sat in a room (aka a very lovely space called the White Loft) for 1.5 hours today with Jess - it really could not have been a more of a valuable use of my time. Within one short session, Jess helped me identify the “self-limiting stories” that lay in the way of what I now see as an ultimate and achievable future, and helped me determine the steps to move towards it. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Jess, who is one of the most engaging and inspirational people I have had the pleasure of working with. She has an exceptional talent and genuine passion for motivating and guiding others to realise their potential. I walked in a little lost today and left totally excited and energized with a renewed confidence – a little bit of magic has already started to happen!!… thank you Jess, I can’t wait for the next session.

David Goldsworthy 
Project Director.

Jessica worked with me as a Professional Coach. It was clear even early on that Jessica was a knowledgeable and experienced coach that utilised a range of techniques and exercises to develop confidence and personal branding. Jessica is an intelligent, articulate and adaptive consultant that takes the time to understand the client and then develops and delivers a tailored program to achieve the clients' outcomes.

 

Pete Savvides
. Australian Territory Manager at Imprivata
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Jessica immediately and consistently communicated herself as positive, motivated and dedicated to achieving our objectives when we began coaching sessions in 2011. Jessica balanced an exploratory, open-minded approach to my requirements for our coaching with a focused, outcome-oriented strategy. The result was a very efficient shift towards my objectives, with lasting change. Jess's consultative, non-confrontational nature was highly conducive to uncovering honest feedback in our sessions. Applied to the development frameworks she employed, this was deeply effective in achieving our outcomes. I'm very grateful to Jessica for sharing her expertise and enthusiastically recommend her abilities to any organisation or individual looking for a catalyst for change, communication or education. 

                        

Craigie Macfie
 Senior Faculty at Australian Graduate School of Leadership.

Jessica Symes is an able, personable and thoughtful coach, specialising particularly in developing presence and confidence in public speaking. She combines an intuitive inter-personal understanding with significant skills in acting techniques and has received excellent feedback from the clients I have shared with her. I am very pleased to recommend her as a coach. 

 

Sonja Cronjé | Senior Executive Officer | Faculty of Radiation Oncology
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

Executive coaching sessions with Jess have had a profound impact on my life, both personally and in the workplace.  She has helped me to improve my self-understanding and build on my strengths, which contributed to increased confidence and improved resilience – exactly what I wanted to achieve.I have recommended Jess’ coaching to friends and colleagues already, and will continue to do so.  It is such a worthwhile investment!

 

Ph: 1300 657 934  

M: +61 403 363 257

jessica@symesgroup.com.au

PO Box 5192 Greenwich NSW 2065

Symes Group Pty Ltd trading as Jessica Symes Toomey.

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