Testimonials & Endorsements

“Sam has extraordinary energy and ability to tune into the needs of a project /event/issue, and effect outcomes to the desired deadline. Her ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and team members (or equivalent) is matched with her insights into the wider issues and implications that bring added benefits, both for individuals and companies alike. I would recommend Sam to any individual or group wishing to make changes and improvements.” Cathy Landau

“Sam is one of those rare individuals that who is both decisive and strategic. She never lets a good wait get in the way of positive action but at the same time doesn’t let the urgency of action get in the way of strategic and critical thought. She has clearly invested a great deal of time and effort in the development of her soft skills and she rightly deserves to be the poster-child for “working on yourself”. Not only does it make her more effective, it breeds inspiration within a community and encourages others to aspire too. I have no hesitation in recommending her for any endeavour.” Rob Wood

“I have known Sam over many years through the public speaking and leadership club she founded, Shropshire Speakers. Over this time, I have seen Sam deliver a wide range of themed speeches, and help many other club members improve their communication skills. As well as a kind, sympathetic and warm nature, Sam has a wealth of experience, and can encourage others through simple, practical tips as well as in-depth one-to-one guidance. Sam is an outstanding teacher and mentor, and I am sure that Sam will be able to help others improve their speaking, communication and leadership skills.” Matt Hegarty

“Sam is a very skilled communicator, I’ve attended several of her training sessions and by giving you the structure, support and tricks to feel confident, she certainly helps you Get Your Message Across! Sam recently interviewed me on video as part of her series ‘600 seconds with Sam’, she was very professional and put me at my ease – in fact I quite enjoyed the experience which was unexpected. Thank you Sam!” Kim Gilmour

“I recently had the great pleasure of speaking at the first TEDx Telford event which was organised by Sam. The whole event was flawlessly executed by not only Sam, but the team of people she had selected to support her in arranging the day. Despite working within very strict deadlines and to exacting standards, Sam still found time to offer support to me and all the speakers, communicating regularly and giving feedback. The day itself was excellent; a sell out crowd, 15 amazing speakers and memories that will last a lifetime. It was all made possible by Sam. Thank you Sam.”  Jackie Handy

“Sam and I worked together on the delivery of TEDxTelford, which took place last weekend. Sam was the lead organizer, curator, and all-round drive for the entire project from start to finish. Before this event, I had never worked, met, or even heard of Sam. During our initial meeting, Sam was professional throughout. She understood the TED brand intimately, and had a clear vision of how to deliver what the brand demanded, however was able to put her own stamp on it. Throughout the project, I worked directly to Sam. She would request tasks to be completed, and she would leave me to it to deliver how I saw fit. It was good to feel trusted to just get on with the task. This also gave Sam some space to focus on other tasks that needed a little closer touch. The event was a resounding success, and in my eyes, this was all down to one person, Sam. Her leadership, guidance and vision throughout were spot on. She made everyone feel part of the team and valued everyone’s opinions throughout. I think it is key to point out that the whole event was delivered in a mere nine weeks. TED recommends three months are needed, and there were plenty of people who said that it couldn’t be done; all that seemed to do was fuel Sam even more. She executed the event flawlessly in such a short time frame, demonstrating just how capable she is Sam is an extraordinary person, and I can’t wait to work with her again to deliver the next TEDx event.” Lindsay Thorburn

“I recently worked with Sam for the TEDx Telford event, where I was a speaker. Sam’s professionalism, commitment and support ensured the event was a complete success and I, personally, felt fully confident in Sam’s ability to deliver excellence. I especially loved how she worked with her team and brought them together as a tight knit powerhouse to help deliver an exceptional event in a very short time frame. I was absolutely delighted to be a part of the event and wouldn’t hesitate to work with Sam again!” Jenny Thomas

“I connected with Sam as a speaker on her event TEDx Telford. Prior to the event, I had a coaching session with Sam through her company helping individuals craft their message and deliver it with pazzaz! I knew I was on my first steps to joining the most powerful ‘ideas’ platform TEDx and I wanted to work with an expert to help me deliver a compelling and enlightening talk. Sam coached me brilliantly and gave good direction for the content so that it would appeal to a wide audience. On the actual day of the event, Sam had a solid team in place and everything was organised very well. I was one speaker in a group of 16 all of which Sam had helped to be the best version of themselves on the stage. Sam has definitely helped me achieve one of my career ambitions and enabled me to share my skills through a fantastic TEDx event. I wouldn’t hesitate booking her for her speaker and presentation coaching sessions.” Sunita Passi

“It was an honour and privileged to work with Sam when she organised the first ever TEDx Telford in September 2018. I was fortunate enough to be one of the speakers at the event. Quite simply, Sam is one phenomenal lady. She organised and delivered an immensely successful TEDx event in just 9 weeks from conception to completion. Not only was it quick the standard was world class. Every small detail was tended to and she went above and beyond expectations. The event was a massive success for both the speakers and the audience. A few key stand out points for me about Sam: > She is incredibly thorough and leaves nothing to change. > She invested time in ensuring everyone was well rehearsed and confident prior to the event. > She utilises technology effectively (for example, to quickly and efficiently share rehearsal videos) > Her communication was impeccable and many of my guests commented on how well informed they were about the event. > On top of all this Sam has a wonderful warm and friendly attitude that makes working with her a complete pleasure. Thank you Sam, immensely.”  Fran Boorman

“I had the privilege of working with Sam at TEDxTelford – well I say ‘with’ – I was lucky enough to be selected as a speaker and Sam, with her team, organised the most spectacular event. Sam was incredibly encouraging and supportive during the entire speaker ‘journey’, from organising and giving superb feedback in rehearsals, being available on email in between times and being incredible at the event too. Always friendly, always helpful, always supportive (even when she was clearly very busy!). And Sam’s own speaking manner was something else – a true education and hugely inspiring. I learnt a huge amount from Sam and can’t speak highly enough of her.” Rhea Freeman

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sam on different projects, including presenting a Toastmasters program in leadership and public speaking at a local school, and most recently when Sam organised a TEDx event at which I was a speaker. If I say that Sam arranged the event in less than a month, this should give you an idea of her enormous drive and commitment. The success of the event is testimony to her passion for public speaking, her attention to detail, and her ability to motivate, organise and deliver. On a personal level, Sam is friendly, enthusiastic, intelligent and an absolute pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for someone who can break communication down to the natural skill that it should be, Sam is your go-to person.” Lindsey Sharratt

“I was honoured to have been selected by Sam and her panel to be a speaker at the first ever TEDxTelford event. Sam was incredibly professional and meticulous over every detail of the event. She cared enough to ensure all the speakers had plenty of rehearsal time even though there was a relatively short time to prepare. She was there throughout all rehearsals with excellent feedback and support. On the day, everything ran like clockwork and everyone who attended enjoyed it all. A job so incredibly well done! Her dedication to making the event a success was rewarded by her creating and hosting an amazing sell out event. I’d have no hesitation in working with Sam again.”  Sara Moseley

“I had the pleasure of working with Sam for one of our staff training and development days in July 2019 (The RNN Group).Sam was tasked with planning and delivering ‘confident speaking’ training/workshops to our teaching and staff (120 on the day). She did a fabulous job! A knowledgeable and very practised public speaker; her sessions were very well received (excellent feedback from staff through event evaluation). I would recommend Sam not only for her professionalism on the day when faced with a rather large cohort of education professionals; her adaptability when things don’t quite go to plan and her overall approach and delivery of the session material. I look forward to working with her again.”  Diane Hardiman

“I have worked with Sam on several occasions over the past few years and whenever I know she will be at an event I will be attending I always look forward to seeing her. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at her TEDx event and I must say, WOW! what a well organised, well run event from top to bottom. Sam is absolutely top notch in everything she does and this was no exception. She is super professional and very personable and made the entire experience so easy and enjoyable for everyone involved. Her willingness to go above and beyond, her attention to detail and her meticulous preparation really makes her stand head and shoulders above the rest! I can highly recommend Sam, she is BRILLIANT!” Bret Freeman

“I’ve recently had the absolute pleasure of working with Sam (and her TEDx Team) after being successfully selected to deliver a TEDx talk. Sam’s support, coaching and guidance enabled me to shape and enhance my talk – her feedback was invaluable. She is highly experienced, encouraging, warm and calm. Sam and the team worked seamlessly together to deliver a truly inspiring event. I would highly recommend Sam to others.” Teresa Boughey

“I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Sam when I was selected as a speaker for TEDx Telford – What Next? Sam was the Licensee and event organiser and she provided me with fantastic support and coaching in developing both my talk and stage presence. The feedback and guidance I received from Sam and the rest of her team was second to none and she encouraged both myself and the other speakers every step of the way. She helped build my confidence as a speaker and was always there with advice (and a hug) when I needed it. The TEDx event was incredibly well organised from start to finish, and what Sam and her team achieved was astounding. I can highly recommend Sam and would jump at the chance to work with her again in the future.”  Emma Roscoe

“I met Sam in her capacity as Lead Organiser for TEDx Telford. Sam was exceptional. She was very easy to work with, highly dedicated to producing an outstanding event, empathetic with all of us nervous speakers, patient with our egos and just a very nice person to work with. Highly recommended.” Scott D McArthur

“Sam is really amazing at helping Individuals and Organisations understand how to use the incredible talents of those with autism, particularly in the IT sector. She is a very relevant and enthusiastic speaker who will engage your audiences and provide huge value to your organisation. ” Yvonne Emery

“We worked with Sam for the launch party of our new business. She was invaluable when it came to planning and running the event, she gave brilliant coaching and tips for our speeches and was friendly, professional, helpful and a huge asset to the event. It definitely wouldn’t have been the same without her. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring her back for any future events.”  Pete White

“I love your energy and exuberance. It’s never dull watching you present.  It would be so easy to be just completely factual like you were doing some sort of science lecture but you make it fun for everyone; made it interactive, and I really love that.”  Phil

“I saw Sam Warner give her ‘Autistic Toastmaster’ presentation at the Area (39) training day.  Due to the number of speakers that day, Sam had only around half hour to give her presentation, the content and the value within the content did deserve more time, but in the time she had Sam packed in lots of great thought provoking ideas, which throw light onto an important subject. For me the outcome of hearing this presentation was, I am now better informed about the subject, which to me I believe is something of value both inside Toastmasters and the wider world. I would love to see Sam give a full workshop at a Toastmasters conference and believe it would offer something of great value.”  Tony Brassington ACS ALB Heart of England / Ludlow Speakers

“You really touched my heart, I loved how vulnerable you were, thank you”  Valerie

“Your speech was so good, you know, it’s really struck a chord with me about one of my co-workers. She wears headphones in our office and she’s real stickler for the rules. I’m going to see if I can help make work a more comfortable environment for her.”  Fiona

“I can’t believe I knew so little about this before, I guess, I just hadn’t thought about it that much, that (speech) was really interesting.  Now you come to mention it we have someone in our club who is a real stickler for rules, and can be a bit too rigid, he gets very upset if people don’t do what they say they will do, and he can’t understand why or how people can be unreliable or casual about the things he really cares about.  He can come across as aggressive too which can be upsetting for the other members. Perhaps I can help him to integrate a bit better now.”  Richard

“You’ve helped me so much in such a small amount of time. I’m so grateful. I’m so pleased with the result! I’m not afraid to charge on with my videos now – I’m all fired up!”  Mags

“Sam, you know so much! …and I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you so much for helping me get my thoughts into order so that I can prepare my show-reels! These are so important to me to get right, you’ve me given me the confidence to know I’m being thorough and professional.”  Sandra

“Nailed the best man speech! So chuffed. Loads of compliments. Thanks for all your support over the years.  Couldn’t have done it without you and Shropshire Speakers. Now going to ‘celebrate’.”  Matt

“The workshop I enjoyed the most at the WiRE Conference in April was Sam’s, her energy, what she said made sense, and I got a lot of value out of that session”  Kath

” I love watching you speak.  You have so much energy and enthusiasm.  You keep the audience’s attention so well.  Your speeches are interactive, fun and enlightening.  You look like a pro.  You’re not afraid to be vulnerable or make fun or yourself.  You seem to be able to present on any subject.  I hope I can become as confident as you one day. ”  Sue

“What you said really resonated with me about my grandson. I wonder if there is more I can do to help him as he does seems to struggle with day-to-day living. Are there any books you can recommend that we could read so we could help him, he’s my grandson but he is also an adult.”  Christine  (I suggested a couple of books from Amazon on Aspergers in Adults.)

“Thank you so much Sam, since speaking with you about Asperger’s and applying the techniques you told me about, our family life is so much calmer.  It’s helped us to be more patient with our daughter and to agree with her some ground rules, and we all abide by the rules and harmony has returned to the house.  We were at the end of our tether and as she moved into her teenage years we thought it was just going to get worse. But now we can see that’s not the case, now we know how to communicate.”  Nicky

“Hi Sam, just a line to say thank-you for last Fridays mentoring session at SYST. Not only was it interesting but inspirational too. I shall be putting some of your ideas/suggestions into action in due course. Best regards, Gary”

“Sam is an excellent communicator. I recently attended a project management short course and as always Sam gets the message across in a clear, unambiguous and memorable way.  I came away with knowledge and advice to put immediately into practice; most timely.  I have also heard Sam on Presentation Skills and on Video and Digital, subjects at the core of getting your message across and Sam not only gives you the knowledge, she presents in an inspiring, confidence boosting manner.  I would not hesitate to recommend Sam.”  Jill Bagnall

“I can’t believe how well you handled all that heckling; so many useful tips in that speech, thank you so much.  I know that I’ll give at least one or two of the points a try straight away.”  Fiona

“You know you’ve just described my wife. The things that you’re saying are totally making sense. The way that we argue is definitely more like a discussion of whether the facts are correct rather than whether she or I are correct. And I’ve noticed that sometimes she cannot handle more than one task at a time and can get quite snappy at very short notice. Now I know I need to give her the gift of some space and time to do things more her way. Thank you”  Gerald

“You’re always so confident; you just look like you love doing this.  I would love to get to that place.  I’d love to be that good.  Can you help me?”  Nikki

“Someone else told me that I have to practise practise practise otherwise I’ll never be really good at speaking in front of others. But I prefer to speak with the flow speak from my mind and just have an idea about what I want to talk about before I start talking. Thank you for reassuring me that this is not wrong this is just a different style of preparation and it’s one that suits me. I was really worried I would have to do it a prescribed way and I wouldn’t have joined if that was the case.  I feel much better now.  I can be me and still learn a great deal, but I’ve got to be me.”  Marina

“I have worked with Sam within the Strategic Architecture Team and Architecture Group at Capgemini. She has an ability to assimilate knowledge and readily apply it to produce solutions to the requirements we have. Sam is an exceptional presenter and is very comfortable presenting to the team. She has a very creative mind and applies that attribute when creating solutions. Sam is readily sought out on the estate because of her knowledge in specific technical areas, such as Microsoft SharePoint and considered the Subject Matter Expert. Sam is always enthusiastic and she is well liked by the Teams she works with. ” Shailesh Patel

The following feedback is from a Digital Marketing presentation for the Marches Growth Hub, attendees were asked what they liked and got out of the training workshop:

Kipper – good mnemonic for everything and relevant to presenting – PB

All of the content was very relevant and useful.  Many of the points also apply to other      forms of marketing as well – IY

Actually all of it – very relevant – JB

Sam was great, really engaging and provided lots of tips – CM

Platforms; platform illiterate – AM

Learning about different platforms and vlogging – CM

Thinking about using videos for social media marketing – GS

Where to market videos, specify what you need to achieve. Also a variety of possibilities with video – RR

The whole presentation – SS

Video Tips: I have little to no experience in video presentations so it was good to get an intro – CH

All of it was excellent – how to get started, planning and different platforms – SJ

Elements required to video, Having a story and confidence, impart knowledge and building relationships – SB

Presentations / video campaigns – RB

Show reels – didn’t know about them.  Introduction into various platforms and tools that can be used to design and upload a video marketing campaign.  Tips on how to start, etc – RA

Great to go through the structure and how to go about developing a marketing strategy to incorporate video – LT

 

 

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