I found the preparation work beforehand incredibly useful in helping plot out a way forward. The session itself was thought provoking with some inspired thinking; I felt like I came away with a toolkit. The follow up strategy and supporting guidance were absolutely essential to helping me drive this forward when I could have easily forgotten all the gems that came out of our discussion. I look forward to a more proactive relationship with clients and prospective clients as a result of the work we have done together. Thank you.
Where to start… Paula has helped us in so many areas... It is not possible to include all the help Paula has given us without writing a mini novel but we are already very pleased with results.
We absolutely love Paula’s suggestions. What’s great is that she has looked at us from the point of view of a customer, plus she’s had her PR hat on. Sometimes it’s hard to look at your own business from an outsider’s point of view as you’re too involved. And, she’s bang up to date with what is big right now. And also there’s a sense of fun about it, and a bit of fun in the office makes a day pass so much more pleasurably. We’re impressed.
I would not be where I am now without the assistance of Paula. She is a very clever lady, who really knows her area of expertise. She is creative and provides excellent ideas. I have no hesitation in recommending her very highly.
I was seeking a catalyst to explore a new direction in my career and really benefited from using Paula as a coach. I instantly connected to Paula and her open, straight forward coaching manner. The sessions and exercises proved very interesting and stimulating, prompting me to invest in the creative side of my personality, reinforcing the values that were important to me now. I am now working in a different area in media/advertising and looking forward to the challenge. Paula used her vast experience in the profession, to tailor her approach to my specific needs and I feel more energized and positive because of the experience. Thanks Paula
Paula is not the usual coach. She lets you find your own feet, while guiding you, oh so subtly (so not of that I have a 100 more things on my to do list after a coaching session). I came out of my first mastermind session with Paula not only having a greater respect as a coach, but also tools, ideas, thoughts and some soft challenges. She is not like other coaches and as a coach myself, she is a lovely inspiration. I can’t express how much I would recommend her. The space she has created to allow ideas to percolate, be shared and actioned is lovely. She is happy to be vulnerable with you and at no point did I feel like I was a failure because I wasn’t there yet. Her many years in PR and running her own business are invaluable and just add another layer of what she adds to the groups. So if you are thinking about wanting to grow your business and actually do it and want someone who is going to let you spread your wings, then Paula is my top recommendation.
Paula Gardner from Scarlet Thinking ran an intimate visibility retreat. I knew that this was my next turn in the road and I jumped on it! This was followed by a telephone call to check that I wasn't a crack pot and also that Paula was gonna be able to deliver what I needed. I passed the test and was then moved on to the next meeting which was a face to face Coaching to find out where I was and what I wanted to walk towards. I landed in Verona and was a bit worried about accommodation - however I was not to be disappointed- Paula had reserved the whole B&B for us and the rooms were fantastic. Upon entering my room I found a wonderful goodie bag which really made me smile. I knew then that I was gonna be nutured and my journey would be a safe even if challenging one. Paula was immaculately prepared with timetables and work sections for us to get through which really helped the organisation of my thoughts. Every topic was valid and moved me to the next level. I was never pushed or prodded. I am a bit of a retreat expert and I am used to attending retreats where the person running it is so worried about delivering and making sure that you leave with a result that you are left feeling a little sad if you don't get the big breakthrough. Paula's gentle approach meant that I didn't have to have a big breakthrough. The journey took me on such a smooth and consistent pathway and along the way I kept having little glimpses of genius. I have walked away from this retreat with my life truly changed. I didn't have to run around looking for anything. Paula showed me that it was already there inside me - it just needed a place to be visible and a platform to speak from. I will never be the same again. On returning home - I know people have noticed a change - lots of people keep saying to me "you are really grounded Nadine" and I smile knowing that on this retreat I found a reason that was worth me being visible for. Not only to the world - also to myself. If you are looking to make powerful change while being made visible at a gentle pace that suits you. I wouldn't miss this retreat for anything.
Coaching with Paula focuses my mind. I always feel like I come away with a plan in my head. Things change but the plan helps me move forwards. If I can't work it out, Paula questions me until I get there. Often I'm all over the place so this really helps me narrow down and concentrate. Paula's grounded, level and calm attitude means she's a good coach for me. She's also very inspiring! CEO, Hugo Ridge Limited