Jessica Symes Toomey – MSc (CoachPsyc)
Executive and Career Coach
My name is Jessica Symes Toomey. I am a coach that specialises in supporting clients in their career, with their confidence and on their overall wellbeing to help them realise their full potential and live their best life.
I hold a Masters of Applied Science, Psychology of Coaching from The University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Communications, Theatre and Media from Charles Sturt University Bathurst.
In addition to my work in private coaching practice, I am also an adult learning specialist, designing learning and development experiences in the workplace to enhance creativity, collaboration, communication and empathy for overall workplace fulfilment from courageous, resilient and innovative teams.
I believe in everyone’s ability to realise their potential given the right tools, knowledge, support and coaching to achieve and experience all that they set out to achieve in their career and life.
Coach – Career, Confidence and Wellbeing
After my first one-on-one coaching session with Jess, I knew it was a worthwhile investment in my career. Jess’ deeply perceptive skills allows her to develop a tailored, strengths-based approach to coaching that is ready to implement. Her knowledge and smarts are self-evident, but for me, it is her personal style in delivering a resounding message and custom-fit strategy that has works for me.
Jessica is delightful! She has a huge portfolio, which she expertly tailors to suit her client, and she has the ability to “keep it real” with her audience. Jessica’s sessions are engaging, interactive and insightful. Combine this with her great sense of humour and sharp wit; and the audience are with her all the way through.
Executive coaching sessions with Jess have had a profound impact on my life, both personally and in the workplace. She has helped me to improve my self-understanding and build on my strengths, which contributed to increased confidence and improved resilience – exactly what I wanted to achieve.I have recommended Jess’ coaching to friends and colleagues already, and will continue to do so. It is such a worthwhile investment!
Jess and I worked together on the delivery of a global management development programme for BT. She and I were on the team that delivered it to the BT Global Services team in Sydney, Australia and then she went on to roll the programme out across the AsiaPacific region. She was very thorough and diligent in her preparation and she facilitated the programme in a wonderfully conversational yet challenging way. It brought out the best in the programme Participants and gave them a memorable learning experience. I found Jess’ enthusiasm both energising and inspirational and it was clear that the Participants did too. I would have no hesitation in recommending her for Leadership and Management Development initiatives.
Jessica Symes is an able, personable and thoughtful coach, specialising particularly in developing presence and confidence in public speaking. She combines an intuitive inter-personal understanding with significant skills in acting techniques and has received excellent feedback from the clients I have shared with her. I am very pleased to recommend her as a coach.
Jessica Symes is an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate professional who always has her clients best interest at the forefront. If your business or corporation needs assistance in forming a more cohesive, productive, creative and innovative team I highly recommend reaching out to Jessica. As an individual, looking to get more out of your career, Jessica’s one on one coaching comes second to none. Providing support and assistance around areas of improvement and uncovering strengths you didn’t even know you had. I had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with Jessica and her team some time ago and experienced her passion for people and their success first hand.
My one-on-one coaching sessions with Jessica have been a priceless experience, and a turning point in my career. Jessica has unmatched skills in ‘reading’ people and unveiling areas for improvement, which led me to discover so much about myself. Jessica challenged me in many ways, with a level of care and passion that was comforting at the same time. I highly recommend Jessica to anyone who wants to take their career to the next level.
Jessica worked with me as a Professional Coach. It was clear even early on that Jessica was a knowledgeable and experienced coach that utilised a range of techniques and exercises to develop confidence and personal branding. Jessica is an intelligent, articulate and adaptive consultant that takes the time to understand the client and then develops and delivers a tailored program to achieve the clients’ outcomes.
My team engaged Jessica Symes and the Symes Group team to facilitate the 2018 graduate six day soft skills development program for 130 new to corporate graduates. Jessica and her team were extremely professional, well prepared, energetic and 100% focused on delivering an engaging experience. I was particularly impressed with how the team were able to quickly adjust to last minute agenda changes with ease. Jessica, I look forward to continuing to work with you and your team at Symes Group for the upcoming mid year training session.
Jessica’s dynamic and engaging presentation style make her a fantastic coach and facilitator. Her work with RANZCR highlighted Jessica’s precise understanding of leadership skills and management responsibilities. Her honest and forthright communication style are refreshing and useful for creating group learning and dialogue. I have no hesitation in recommending Jessica as a coach and a facilitator.
I was lucky enough to attend the Symes Group’s Presenting with Impact workshop in 2015; Jessica has an incredible skill, through her unique blend of expertise, to draw out the hidden potential in each and every one of our diverse team, giving us the freedom and courage to dig deep and face our fears. The program had such a profound impact, that we introduced the workshop as part of our High Potentials development offering for GM-trajectory, and the feedback from our senior leaders was phenomenal.
Jess is one of those gems who lights up a room and fills you with confidence, positivity and enthusiasm! I have known Jess for many years and Jess has worked with me through training, workshops and business coaching. Jess always goes over and above with her time, as well as making great suggestions and invitations to different events and collaborations. Thanks so much Jess for always guiding me in the right direction!
During the 4 month program Jessica facilitated many fantastic one-one-one coaching sessions that drew on her wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of coaching.
I have worked with Jessica over the last 18 months and she is an excellent coach. She always provides relevant insight and advice to assist with personal and professional situations and works with teams to build engagement.
Jessica is an inspirational and visionary leader. She is the kind of person who is always lifting others up, encouraging them and showing positive support. She is creative in ideas and projects and I would recommend her for anyone wanting to work with someone who possesses creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit and positivity.
I feel like a very lucky girl to have sat in a room (aka a very lovely space called the White Loft) for 1.5 hours today with Jess – it really could not have been a more of a valuable use of my time. Within one short session, Jess helped me identify the “self-limiting stories” that lay in the way of what I now see as an ultimate and achievable future, and helped me determine the steps to move towards it. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Jess, who is one of the most engaging and inspirational people I have had the pleasure of working with. She has an exceptional talent and genuine passion for motivating and guiding others to realise their potential. I walked in a little lost today and left totally excited and energized with a renewed confidence – a little bit of magic has already started to happen!!… thank you Jess, I can’t wait for the next session.
I’ve worked with Jessica for almost three years now. She is engaging, insightful, energetic and fun. She provides sage advice on recruitment and team working, and is a real asset to our organisation. Highly recommended.
I have now attended two training sessions facilitated by the Symes Group and have twice between blown away by their insight, professionalism and ability to capture an audience. Jessica’s style is refreshingly honest, compassionate and pragmatic. I would recommend the Symes Group to any organisation looking to upskill their staff or any individual looking for genuine professional development. Jessica stands out in my memory as one of the most effective presenters I have come across in a professional, academic or informal setting.
Jess’ enthusiasm and commitment to her clients is unmatched! She doesn’t take a ‘one size fits all approach’, and instead everything is tailored to the individual. Would definitely recommend Jess to organisations both large and small.
FACET5 realising potential and the power of personality
Personality and Communications Styles Assessments and Development Reports
Jessica uses the world renowned personality tool ‘Facet5’ to support her clients realise their potential through increased self awareness and awareness of others. After completing an online assessment, the data collected can be used in many different ways to support recruitment, development and communication. The data can also be presented in various different reports that support different development opportunities from communication style, preferences, conversation styles and career motivators. Some reports require a debrief either as a group or individual and some reports are stand alone and can be self assessed.
What is it to have Career confidence and how can you work towards it or develop it.
In this book I aim to one person at a time support each reader compassionately towards a happy, content and purpose driven career in which they feel they are in control of. As an executive coach I have seen an epidemic of people unhappy, lost, unsure and unconfident in careers that were based more on expectations than strengths and passions. My coaching has been focused on supporting individuals to work out what they are good at, what someone will pay them to do and what they love doing. It is that simple but can be complex to navigate through limiting beliefs, perceived expectations of others and perfectionism that are all holding them back from the career of their dreams.
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