“The training was so well received that we ran three further courses in the following year”

“We needed to develop a training program that enabled our workers to target and craft their stories to the specific mental health recovery needs of individuals, and to do so appropriately, powerfully but without imposing their own experience on vulnerable persons. Simon’s sensitivity and skill working with staff with often traumatic personal experiences was remarkable. The training was so well received that we ran three further courses in the following year and all returned consistently high approval and recommendation ratings. Simon delivered above more than we hoped and I would not hesitate to recommend his energy and insight to anyone looking to add or hone one of the most important interpersonal skills – storytelling.”

- Mike Janssen, Former General Manager, Mental Health Recovery, EACH


“We gained a $40K partnership the day after our session!”

“When it comes to the art of storytelling, Simon is a true craftsman. He helped us refine our work at Waves of Wellness, into a clear and compelling story, allowing donors to connect and relate to our mission - so much so we gained a $40K partnership the day after our session!”

-Joel Pilgrim, CEO, Waves of Wellness Foundation


“I felt confident, prepared, and even excited to present my pitch.”

“I had to prepare a pitch for a corporate presentation - I had the content, but I really needed help with the order, the structure and the delivery. Simon spent time getting to know my product, and getting to know me, before providing me with a logical order and accompanying story line which not only tied it all in together, but allowed for a personal and authentic approach. I felt confident, prepared, and even excited to present my pitch and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.”

-Tiffany De Sousa Machado, Founder, The Village Foundation


“I recommend him highly for any business wanting to tell an authentic story”

“I’ve never been comfortable on camera and I hate salesy videos, but I wanted something for my website that explained my philosophy towards building.  Simon coached me to tell my story and the first time I showed it to a former client she sent it to a friend of hers who immediately hired me.  As an artist this new client was after a craftsman with integrity, and this video showed her who I am.  Simon is a master storyteller and I recommend him highly for any business wanting to tell an authentic story” - Tyrone Jaspers, Artisan Builder


“It doubled our usual income”

“Through our work with Simon we created a very different video to past ones, and when we launched it along with an appeal . I would not hesitate to recommend Simon Oats to any organisation that is seeking to be more effective”

- Lisa Rossi, Fundraising Marketing & Outreach Manager, Sea Shepherd Australia


“On every level, Simon is a joy to work with”

“I have collaborated with Simon Oats over a number of projects, and can vouch for him possessing the rare qualities of being highly creative, hardworking, and greatly skilled. He is a superb writer, actor and storyteller, and to all his work, brings a deep and innate understanding of people, and human nature. He is one of the few people I have worked whose work ethic matches his levels of creativity. On every level, Simon is a joy to work with.”

- Michael Veitch, Author, Actor & Broadcaster


“A useful and powerful structure”

“Simon Oats is a master storyteller. We needed to empower our more junior people to create a movement within the front line teams of our business so we asked Simon to teach them how to create stories. Simon was a wonderful facilitator but the magic was his ability to help people break their stories down into the key component parts, build them back up into a useful and powerful structure and then deliver them with confidence. I would highly recommend Simon!” 

Daniel Murray, Senior Manager, IAG Foundation


“The outcome has been regular invitations to speak at conferences and meetings to spread the word about my work.”

“I had the opportunity to give my first keynote at an awards dinner. Simon took me and my story and shaped us into an entertaining, powerful and impactful public speaking force. The outcome has been regular invitations to speak at conferences and meetings to spread the word about my work. Simon's understanding of how an audience hears and what it takes to deliver a talk that creates impact is profound. I highly recommend Simon for his skill and guidance.”

-Sarah Gun, Founder & Social Enterprise Director, GOGO Event


“I love working with Simon because he is highly creative and has such a broad range of skills”

“Simon understands my business and my audience, and helps to craft my creative ideas into works of art with tangible results. Simon helped me to turn an album of children's songs into a narrative stage-show; he has directed and co-written a series of Online tutorials for my Ukelele school: and is currently co-writing and directing my new live show. I love working with Simon because he is highly creative and has such a broad range of skills from writing to drama and comedy to musical composition."

- Woody Clark, Founder, Woody’s World


“All sorts of people came up to me afterwards with offers of support”

“After hunting for the right person for a long time, Simon - in a period of 10 short days, whilst I worked long hours on my day job - helped me craft a 15 minute talk to 500 people that I needed to get right. I was super nervous, but it went really well. All sorts of people came up to me afterwards with offers of support. Since then I am a lot more comfortable with public speaking and telling the stories that describe our work. Working with Simon to tell the story, meaning and purpose of my work was an incredible opportunity.”

-Luke Terry, CEO, Vanguard Laundry Services.


“Changed the way I create and receive stories”

“After participating in Simon’s storytelling masterclass, I felt well-equipped to put a story together that would tie in a global narrative with our local project. Then I worked with Simon one-on-one who helped me clarify the structure, audience and impact to curate a meaningful and memorable experience for the viewers. His insights, analyses and instincts were truly valuable for the project and changed the way I create and receive stories.”

– Julia Suh, Director, Small Shift


“It made me rethink my stories and how powerful they could be”

“What an inspiring day. It made me rethink my stories and how powerful they could be. Totally recommend to anyone who wants to make their stories really sing!”

Jo Flannagan, Business Development Coordinator, The Benevolent Society


“The workshop was really useful, informative, creative and brilliant!”

– Carla Fuentes, Fundraising Assistant, The Kids’ Cancer Project


“Engaging, useful and thought provoking. Simon is a wonderful presenter”

– Stephanie Russel, Media and Communications Officer, Benetas


“Simon Oats is a fantastic and inspiring teacher. I didn’t want to leave – more please!”

- Christine Brown, Executive Coach and Manager of Learning and Development at Vision Super.