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You are in the right place!  We understand the importance of motivation and why supporting people's intrinsic motivation is SO important.  

Understanding motivation is the key to unlocking people's potential.  We are all motivated by different things.  Understanding what motivates us is CRUCIAL to supporting our wellbeing and mental health, our performance and our achievement.

Motivation isn’t something that is DONE TO other people.  A person cannot be motivated by someone else. Motivation is intrinsic energy.   We can not motivate other people simply by talking to them as we don't know what motivates them!

What we CAN do is learn about intrinsic motivation and the conditions we can create to support our own and others motivation.  This enables us to provide the right conditions, and the right support to increase our own and others motivation- increasing engagement and unlocking hidden potential.


For individuals

As a Coach, Sarah uses her knowledge of motivation to underpin her coaching, supporting people to identify and achieve their goals.  So whether it's finding a new job, personal development, getting clarity on your life goals, or setting clear targets and being held accountable, Sarah will help you to shine.


For organisations

As a Trainer Sarah supports individuals and teams to understand our own and others' motivational needs, understand our differences and be able to communicate and support each other in the best way, supporting employee engagement and wellbeing as well as improving team performance.


Are you looking for a Motivational Speaker?  If you are looking for a motivational speaker whose talk will stay with listeners for a long time Contact us 

A WORD OF WARNING!  Sarah is not your standard motivational speaker - she doesn't deliver inspiring stories.  What she does do is far more useful.  She gives people deep insight into where we get our energy (or in other words, our motivation) from and offers practical, easy to use advice about how you can motivate yourself and others.  But rest assured, you will be motivated to achieve your goals once you have heard her.



COVID has changed the world.  It has changed many people's outlook and view of what is important

If this includes you, you may be wondering how you can make the changes you know you want to make or you may be looking for support to achieve your new goals.

A great coach will help you to achieve this at a speed that is right for you.  Sarah would love to help.


Young people today have so many challenges

As a parent, you want what is best for your child. We we give you the insight to understand what makes your child ‘tick’ and provide effective and simple, easy to implement strategies to engage your child.

We also know that children often listen to other people more than parents and we provide coaching for young people

Motivated and engaged students and teachers achieve more

We work with you to understand what motivates your teachers and students to improve results, increase attendance and engagement and help your school or college and most importantly, your students, achieve more.


Successful businesses need engaged and energised staff

Understanding and developing your greatest asset, your staff, is the key to a happy, healthy and productive workforce. Increase engagement, reduce staff turnover and sickness absence and achieve more today.

hear what others say about working with Sarah

We know the power of understanding what motivates you and the difference this makes for our clients. However, we love it even more when we hear it from others.   That's why we are sharing this testimonial we recently received from Katherine Jennick of What's your Strengths.

“The motivational mapping exercise has given the team a much more creative and effective way to approach project planning and management. As a Manager, it has given me deeper insight and understanding of my team members”

A Spivack, Head of Department

We make motivation simple 

We are passionate about enabling people to shine.

Working with schools, colleges, youth development organisations, parents and guardians, and focusing on motivation, we support people to improve self-awareness, relationships and engagement. Whether we got out of bed to go to school, college or work, we do so because we are motivated. Until now, it has been hard to identify what it is that gives us that energy.

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We work with individuals, schools and businesses, to develop your understanding of intrinsic motivation. We assist leadership teams in recruiting, managing, developing and retaining, motivated and engaged staff.


Plain Sailing also helps people to find motivating and enjoyable careers for you personally, or your team or organisation.


Our focus is on working towards positive outcomes for challenges such as individual wellbeing for children and adults, high staff turnover, poor attendance and conflict management in the workplace, and team management challenges and supporting pupils in schools, to name a few. We do this by using Motivational Maps® to identify individual’s motivators and give them strategies to maintain and improve their motivation – resulting in happier, more engaged individuals and improved performance.

"Thank you Sarah for a really interesting session with our two teenage daughters. The questionnaire was simple for them to complete but the report was really comprehensive – as well as reinforcing things we already knew, it provided some really useful food for thought on their motivators (including, interestingly, how they can use this insight to push and develop themselves further). I really was impressed with your style and approach and how you engaged with them. Thanks again for a really helpful session."
- Gill Bonello, Parent


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