Sarah Kalmeta

"Sarah the Pivoter” is a Success Coach. Lecturer. Reiki Practitioner. Authenticity Advocate. Public Speaker. Dual Business Owner. Sarah is a Corporate Escapee and modern day Viking - that is, one who approaches the unknown with curiosity and strives to face hardships with courage. Having worked hard, and played harder, for 15 years in the corporate world, she now explores the other side of high performance and the impact it has on peoples’ lives, both personally and professionally. Sarah helps people navigate life’s changes through emotional mastery, healthy boundaries and communication. She offers a holistic approach, addressing the Mind, Body and Soul to help others Reframe and build new neural pathways through micro-steps and unique, science-backed approaches. When she isn’t helping others refill their cup, Sarah can be found in the forest, doing something unusual like standing on her head or enjoying a good bourbon with friends.

“What is your number one hack for getting yourself motivated when things seem hopeless?”

I pull out my “Resilience Reminder” notes. This is where I outline the tough situations I’ve faced in life, both personally and professionally, and how I overcame them. This helps me remember different strategies to try and also reminds me of what I have already overcome in the past, boosting my motivation to face whatever tough situation I am currently in.

“What is your best advice for people on how to recruit great team members?”

Two words – Authenticity and Alignment. Does the person align with the company values and culture? Are you being authentic during the interview process, and are you able to tell if he/she is being genuine? Ask questions that are not related to the role itself and focus on finding out more about the person and how they operate. Do they work well under pressure or a constantly changing environment or do they need structure and hierarchy? Why do they get out of bed in the morning? What motivates them? Understanding these elements will help with ensuring the best fit. To get started, make sure you also have an ideal profile set to help with matching!

Sarah Kalmeta – Question 4: “What misconception do people outside of your industry hold about it?”

Misconception
1) You only get coaching if there is something wrong with you
2) A life coach will provide you with the solution you need
Reality
1) Coaching is about helping you maximise your potential. We don’t feel there is something wrong with us when we hire a piano or language coach, why would hiring a life or business coach be any different?
2) No one knows you better than yourself. A coach helps provide you with a roadmap, but the route you take is ultimately up to you. A good coach will empower you to make your own decisions.

What belief do you hold about your industry that is not shared by many?

Not everyone is coachable. This may sound negative, but not everyone is coachable all the time, including myself! We all need to go through our process, learn and integrate the knowledge to have lasting change. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. Coaches do not do the work for you either. We will guide you, but we will not do the work for you.

Question 2: “What makes you most optimistic about the future of your industry?”

Without a doubt the increase of interest in “Experience Coaching”. Humans connect by story and by shared experiences. When we create a container that allows people to connect, experience the possible shifts in real-time and, most importantly, feel and see the results, they become more committed to the actions that will recreate that outcome. Taking the coaching outdoors and providing innovative and alternative approaches is something I regularly do with my clients, and I am excited to see this move into the corporate space more. Breathwork and movement are two things I’m most excited about. Simple, yet powerful.