About Us

SO’C Consulting is a network of experienced training, coaching and facilitation specialists with expertise in the areas of leadership and interpersonal communication skills development.

Consulting Network

The network have engaged with some of the worlds leading organisations to solve the communication skills challenges of their leaders and staff.

SO’C Consulting will work closely with you to gain a deep understanding of your staff’s strengths and challenges.  The learning solution is then targeted to directly meet the participants needs. 

Satisfied Clients

Successful Projects

"Sarah is a great communicator and excellent at building rapport. She explains concepts and then talks through why and how they are relevant."

Sylvia Howes – Senior Consultant, Altis Consulting

"Easy to understand and the content was so interesting. Lots of activities and great engagement from all participants"

Neha Kaul – Managing Consultant, Altis Consulting

"This course will allow me to be more confident and present my work more effectively. I believe that I will be perceived more confidently"

Emilie Alexandre – Project Manager-Systems, Transurban

"The course was REAL!! Real fears came to the table but was met with clarity and kindness"

Paul McMahon – HSE Advisor, Transurban

"Absolutely amazing, very eye opening. The program has given me many tools to improve. I took 100% out of it!"

Justine Peel – Terminal Chemist, Caltex Australia

"This course will have lots of impact on my work! It will help me deliver training and Tool Box Talks more effectively"

Lee James – Senior Safety Advisor, Ventia

"The content is invaluable to so many colleagues. It should be mandatory"

Participant, CSIRO

"I will be able to deal with both supervisors and team members in more efficient and effective ways, based on the methods described in the course"

Participant, CSIRO

"Perfect. Well paced. Informative. Friendly."

Leah Ward – Production Manager, Laing O’Rourke

"This is by far one of the most relevant and practical courses I have been on, It was worth every moment and I would encourage others to attend it. It forms the cornerstone for getting us to collaborate better."

Moses Machao, CSIRO

"Very indepth and lots of relevant information for me to take on board."

Georgie Sands, Retention Team – IMB


Sara O’Connor

Sara is a trusted partner to senior executives, HR teams and business unit managers in designing and delivering development solutions that build on the strengths and authenticity of staff.

Sara has been a key influence in problem solving the learning solutions across many industries, globally.  Sara’s work has brought practical and sustainable benefits to organisations around the world. 

She has led the design & delivery of domestic & global development initiatives

She has been a Bid Coach on successful infrastructure and IT tenders with individual win values in excess of $5 billion

She has directed the personal development of individuals, as their coach
She has conducted the learning opportunities at large scale conferences
She has tailored the learning solutions to meet the targeted needs of participants and the strategic goals of their businesses


When in the workshop room Sara finds it particularly motivating to work with participants who have immense technical mastery and aspire to balance that prowess with improved leadership and communication skills. Sara is enthusiastic about seeing people strive for excellence, whether that’s learning an entirely new skill or simply challenging a thought. The drive for constant learning can be expressed in many ways and Sara has a passion for supporting the process to achievement. 

What’s really important to Sara is “having a way to express yourself accurately”, so she makes every interaction significant, useful and an energised experience.


On a global scale Sara has engaged with many clients to bring insight, creativity and skill to the workshop room. Her credibility and genuine investment-in-others sees her establishing great rapport and connection at all levels within business. 

Sara makes a difference to the organisations she partners with by encouraging an openness to learn, making concepts and theories relevant through ‘real world’ stories and inspiring stakeholders via thought-provoking discussions. Her experience makes her an exceptional business partner, facilitator and mentor.


Sara has worked as a coach, trainer and facilitator since the year 2000, facilitating, coaching and teaching adults all over the world. Sara has a key role in programme design & delivery, research and client relations. This breadth of opportunity gives Sara deep appreciation for the goals of her clients. As a leader her objective is to ensure that clients return to time and again for quality programmes that bring exceptional development to their staff. From 2006 to 2015 she was the owner and director of Message Train Pty Ltd. 

Sara has a great deal of comfort working with a broad cross-section of business; at the board and executive level, right through to client facing staff. She has a proven ability to add value and create a positive learning environment at all levels.

Sara is also a professional vocalist and currently fronts one of Australia’s most successful Swing big bands; The Velvet Set. She consistently performs at major venues throughout the country. Sara has always paralleled her corporate life with her passion for music. Sara’s creativity and business acumen compliments the style and dynamics of her strategic partners.


  • Bachelor of Creative Arts, Wollongong University, 1995
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • Social Style
  • DiSC
  • Full Range of Leadership Model, MLQ360
Together we can design a tailored learning solution that suits your availability, location and budget.