TESTIMONIALS

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nicole for around 18 months now, and her advice and perspective has been incredibly helpful in both managing a period of disruption in the business, and in prompting positive growth in my own interpersonal management skills and mindset. It’s a truth that through both ego and agenda, at a senior level it is often difficult to get constructive objective advice from within the business. This is where working with a impartial external coach offers such an advantage, allowing issues, challenges and strategies to be viewed through an uncluttered lens, and offering alternative paths to resolution. My ‘journey’ with Nicole has touched on many areas, however our work around an enhanced staff management mindset in particular has had great success, both tangibly within the business, and also as a satisfying source of personal growth. Never pushy, but always engagingly ‘on point’ and professionally challenging, Nicole really has taught this old dog some new tricks! – Nigel Bell-Booth, National Sales Manager

It is my pleasure to be able to recommend Nicole Coyne as a Professional Business coach/mentor.

ORIX has contracted Nicole to mentor several senior sales managers over the past 4-5 months. We have been very pleased with her level of professionalism and also the outcomes that both we as an organisation and more importantly my colleagues have seen as a result of her assistance. Because of the positive influence we have observed we have decided to extend her contract into the new year. I have no hesitation in recommending her services.

Barry Nicholson – General Manager – ORIX New Zealand Limited

I highly recommend Nicole to whom ever that is struggling or finding it hard to step up as an executive. Before I started using her services my time management skill, communication skills and my management skills were very poor. With her coaching I have been able to complete my daily task very easily. The funny thing is that we all know what needs to be done but we have blockers within our selves that do not allow us to move forward. Nicole helped me understand that these blockers are easily removed. More so she taught me how to get rid of these blockers. I am grateful to Nicole for helping me improve my communication skills and management skills. I highly recommend her. Thanks Nicole. – Neha Jamnadas – Associate Solicitor at Neilsons Lawyers

“I recent worked with Nicole as a coach for my business. Before this I did wonder why people would actually use a business coach, now I know why. Nicole has helped be set goals, stay focused on what needed to be done and kept me on track. Whether a start up or growing business Nicole has a superb skillset to help you on your journey to excellence. It is easy to get overwhelmed when in business but having Nicole allowed me to remove the clutter and stay grounded. Highly recommend Nicole as a business coach at any stage of your business.”
– Gillian Lynn – Independent Consultant for EC Credit Control

“Nicole and Tikumu Consulting is the reason why we are still in business! MASSIVE statement right? These words are a testament to the service, guidance and support Nicole gave me through a pretty tough personal time that had a direct impact on my business Brandstorm. To say she successfully navigated Brandstorm through some great highs and epic lows is a understatement. Brandstorm invested in monthly coaching, support and development for almost a year… Nicole took us back to the beginning, stripped out why we are in business and then helped develop a plan to kickstart and revive Brandstorm, holding us accountable for monthly objectives that help us grow, not only financially but personally. We are super excited to offer this insight and can’t speak more highly about Nicole… LOVE your work and we look forward as always to our continued working relationship. Thank you : )”
Anthony Simons – Brandstorm

“Almost a year ago a week before our first lockdown one of my friends recommended Nicole. At first I was a bit sceptical about a business coach, but decided to give it a try. It has honestly been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Nicole is very easy to work with and is amazing at keeping you on track. Her no nonsense attitude is very good for people like me who tend to procrastinate. Nicole has fantastic ideas and makes you think outside the square. My favorite traits about Nicole are that she is incredibly calm and very logical. I highly Recommend working with Nicole.” Andrea Hume – Merchandising Manager Farmers Trading Company Ltd

“Prior to my time working with Nicole, I had tried several different business programs that all promised the same result – increased sales.  However, when it came to implementing their top technique to achieve sales, I failed miserably every time.  Cold calling had never been my area of expertise, this all changed however when I started working with Nicole of Tikumu Consulting.  In our regularly sessions, Nicole unpacked the art of discovery of what I either as Chartered Accountant or Business Advisor should be asking prospective client as open ended questions in order that I put them at ease and feel that their problems are not unique but by working together they would come out with both  a healthier business but also more fully informed

Now 3 months on from our original coaching session, my mindset towards cold calling has shifted and my approach to undertaking a cold call feels a lot more authentic, which has resulted in an increase in sales turnover.
Throughout the process Nicole was encouraging, patient and always willing to offer alternative approaches to reach an outcome that I was comfortable to adopt. Thanks Nicole.”  – Murray Phillips – Principle at Insight CA

“I am a passionate fire protection expert, with very little formal education or training when it comes to running a business. I was introduced to Nicole around 9 months ago by a friend. At that time, I was massively overwhelmed with my workload and struggling to make any critical strategic decisions to aid the growth of my company. Since our introduction, I have made some major business decisions and I credit Nicole for giving me the confidence to make these decisions myself. The past 9 months have been some of the hardest I’ve experienced, but Nicole has always been at the end of the phone at all hours, offering sound advice and support and going the extra mile without asking for a single cent in additional compensation. I would recommend Nicole as a coach without a seconds hesitation. If you are looking for someone to help you realise your potential as a business owner, you could not do better than to make use of her exceptional skills, abilities and personal qualities.”
– Russell Hogg, Owner-Operator of The Fire Guys

“Getting a business coach was the best decision I have ever made for my business. When I contacted Nicole I had no idea what to expect and didn’t really understand how she would be able to help me. I had all these ideas and I thought I had a good grip on what I was doing but still felt like I was getting nowhere.  Nicole helped me understand how my business works, how I can take what I want my business to look like and actually make it happen. I had no idea what my financial where doing and if you had asked my how much money I was making my answer would have been I don’t know. Now I can look at my business and know exactly what I need to do, exactly where I need to improve and how. She showed and taught me how to run my business to the fullest. I have never been so happy and never been so organised in my life. I actually have time to spend with my family and I am able to separate my work life and my personal life. I never feel overwhelm with my work as I now plan everything and know exactly what has to be done when. Nicole has really saved my business and has really allowed me to see that I can make something of this and that I can reach my goals. I cannot recommend Nicole more!!!!” – Chanelle Mansel, Director and Instructor at Interfusion Dance Studio

I was lacking direction and motivation with my business and feeling overwhelmed and stressed with trying to run a business. Nicole was great at coming in and helping me to look at all aspects of my life, identifying my mental blocks and giving me some strategies to put things into perspective and allow the work to flow again. I can now plan better and write my daily, weekly and monthly goals down which allows me to free up space in my head and work towards achieving those goals.
I found her to be a great listener and communicator and she is really passionate about seeing improvements in her customers wellbeing. I would recommend her to anyone seeking help with running their business or just running life in general!” Renee Orlop, Merge Media

Nicole has helped coach/mentor me over the past year to address certain issues that were starting to impact on my 20 years @ this company. Nicole has been able to listen, encourage & provide direction in key areas of both my private/business life which I hadn’t been addressing or had felt needed addressing.

Work place pressures over time & Covid have provided some interesting situations that I hadn’t realised were in play & I now feel a lot more confident that I can deal with these particular scenarios if & when they happen again.

Nicole has also helped me to see different ways of dealing with issues so that I can provide self-analysis & more adequately deal with issues if & when they arise.

My work/Life balance is now a lot more balanced so that I can enjoy both & my family certainly appreciates some of these changes.

I would thoroughly recommend working with Nicole to help improve in any areas that you think require change or refining. Andrew Curry  – Fleet Disposal Managers ORIX NZ

“It was the best decision to partner with Nicole for coaching support at a time when I felt quite stuck. Her ICF accreditation gave me comfort she coaches to a high standard and her professional approach to the coaching partnership was great. She has a relaxing yet pushing coaching style which encouraged me to reflect how I was being and thinking which in turn led to really positive change. She is goal focused and helped me to really focus on and nail my goals. Thanks very much Nicole! “- Lisa Boltman, OD Manager, Leadership and career coach

“I worked with Nicole as my business coach for a series of sessions and she was brilliant. Her approach is very professional, her coaching style is wonderful, she drew out the best in me and allowed me to focus on what was important for my business. She is inspirational, I would highly recommend working with Nicole for your business coaching.”
Emily Keal – Owner of Online Toolbox – Marketing and Websites

“I was referred to Nicole by a business associate who only had great things to say about Nicole’s service. He was right, from the first coaching session it felt as if a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I had a sense of direction with my business. Nicole asked the right questions and helped me form a complete overview of my business. This objective view enabled me to look into and improve certain aspects of my business that never previously crossed my mind. I highly recommend Nicole’s service!”
Kyle Esterhuizen – Ester Electrical

“Nicole has been a huge asset to our business in helping us get on track and also stay on track. Nicole has an amazing ability to be positive and real in all situations and has some real gems to share with her clients. I particularly like that Nicole is able to stretch us without it hurting! I always look forward to our sessions and I come away so positive and with a renewed appreciation for the fact that I love what I do!”
– Nicky Remkes – Tom, Dick and Harry Events Management

“Basically, there is no one more perfect I could think of to help me thrash out some options and ideas! Nicole has some serious talent to share & I HIGHLY recommend her. When I wanted some help – I had no doubt who I would contact, having met Nicole through a networking Group. My one off session with Nicole will stay with me for a very long time & I can’t put a value on it. Nicole, thank you so much for your expertise. Your manner and technique put me at ease, I am still buzzing and sharing my experience with you with others! THANK YOU!”
– Claire McArthur

“Working with Nicole has opened up my mind to the possibilities that exist when it comes to setting up a small business. Nicole’s coaching style really matched with my learning style, and that’s what helped me grow and learn in an area that is new to me. Each session is thorough, and followed up with an email to confirm the thoughts and ideas from the session. Nicole uses business tasks to keep you focused on your immediate priority, at the same time allowing you to cement the intricate details of your business, as well as reflect on decisions that need to be made. Working with Nicole has been eye opening; she has believed in me and my idea since day one, and that alone has inspired me to keep going, even when I thought I couldn’t. Nicole is thoughtful, helpful, and considerate. Thank you for your professionalism, your confidence, and your honesty.” – Deepika Gosai

“I came to and what seemed like a brick wall in my business and in particular in the sales area. I had set goals in 2016 to fulfill in 2017.Nicole was able to ask a series of pertinent questions that unearthed beliefs, patterns of behaviour, values that I had held that were restricting my movement forward to what I had seen in my mind how 2017 would play out.”

“She coaches in such a way that makes you think, reflect, even challenging and you go away knowing you have to put the work in so that change can take place. Since our first coaching session I have started a gratitude journal, looked at different ways of building a pipeline of prospects leading into selling, my thinking has changed and I am a lot more relaxed on the journey that I am travelling now. Nicole always checks in with you to follow up on the last coaching session to really see how you are progressing. I am still continuing today to have Nicole challenge me to new heights in business.”

“Every successful person that I know has a coach speaking into their lives, bringing encouragement and challenge in order to grow into the full potential of what we were put on the earth for.”

“I would thoroughly recommend Nicole to you and your organisation because it is an investment that makes a real difference.”
– William Tatana, Harcourts Cooper & Co Real Estate Agent

“Nicole is a fantastic coach. I worked with Nicole over a number of months and I love the way that she thinks on the spot to tailor the sessions to suit what is going on for you on the day. She’s so knowledgeable on a wide range of topics and I like the way that she listens and encourages you to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone into a place of growth. I’d highly recommend Nicole as a coach. If you’re ‘stuck’ or looking to reach their goals but need some accountability then contact Nicole”
– Janette McCormick, Viva Chiropractics

“I would highly recommend Nicole to anyone who is seeking a coach who is highly professional and skilled. Nicole is very creative and accommodating; and, she knows exactly what techniques and skills to apply to bring out the best in you. She creates a safe environment where you can have meaningful conversations and walk away feeling confident and enriched. Furthermore, she easily puts you in a comfortable zone where you can gain clarity and structure in your thought process – in order to develop yourself into a focused and better version of yourself. Each session with her has been positively beneficial and insightful. ” – Nisha Mirpuri – Business Development Manager at Rosser Underwriting Ltd.

“When I was told I was going to receive coaching over skype with Nicole, I was unsure how this would work and was a bit sceptical. I was however pleasantly surprised at how well it does work. I found Nicole pleasant, clear, easy to understand, and listens to what is been said. She offers clear guidance, which is backed up with different forms of information that helps you get what you need without spending countless hours of researching to find it. I would highly recommend Nicole to anyone who wants to exceed or cope with issues that they are experiencing.”
– John

Nicole has an incredible way of getting you to see what is going on without you feeling like you are an idiot! Working with Nicole has been transformative – I will be taking these skills with me for years to come. If you have a sense that you want more or things could be better but aren’t sure what – then I recommend Nicole to help you get things sorted. – Roselle O’Brien National Technology and Innovation Lead at Hawkins

“Nicole has an amazing ability to get to the heart of an issue. I can quickly become overwhelmed with the ever-increasing list of jobs I have taken on. Nicole gave me clarity in my decision making and I have now delegated, prioritised and re-assessed work and issues in my business, so that I am now feeling less overwhelmed and able to breathe again. Thank you Nicole, you are fantastic!”
– Lorraine

“Nicole has been my business coach for more than a year now. Using Nicole helps us to stay focused on the important tasks that move the business forward. I’d recommend a business coach to anyone who feels like they can get stuck in the day to day but wants to move forward. Nicole has been great for us!”
– Andrew Millington Director Chartered Accountant at The Accounting Hub Limited

“Nicole has had a few sessions with us now and we always look forward to her return! She is a breath of fresh air and has really enabled us to step outside of ourselves to reflect on where we are and where we’re going individually and as a team. The personal reflection and group discussions following her sessions have been most enlightening and have actually helped our team come together much better. I would highly recommend Nicole for both Business and Life Coaching capacities as we feel our team has benefited substantially from her skills.“
– Natalie Kemp (Manager Peak Pilates & Physiotherapy Newmarket)

“ I engaged Nicole initially for a business consultation. I had a specific end goal in mind and an idea of how I wanted to achieve that goal but was looking for some support in reaching it. Whilst working with Nicole I quickly realised that some work needed to be done on a personal front in order to then grow my business ideas. Nicole was able to help me gain some clarity around what my real passion was and how I could turn that into meeting my end goal. Working with Nicole has kept me accountable and whilst she is empathetic she can also be tough when its needed, I absolutely recommend Nicole’s services to anyone who is wanting some support to find their way forward in both personal and business.”
– Melissa

“I started the Bricks and Mortar Business Challenge knowing that I needed someone to work alongside me to condense my business ideas and put them into a workable plan. As an accountant I can prepare the numbers but I am not very disciplined at documenting the other bits that create a successful business. I retain my ideas in my head and by working with Nicole she was able to extract those ideas and put them on paper. I found the business challenge was exactly what I needed as it made me look into my business in depth and define what I really wanted to achieve. I have really enjoyed working with Nicole and the benefits have been immense. Her coaching style is very professional and she is disciplined in keeping you on task and also has a keen interest in seeing you achieve your goals. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Nicole.”
– Tanya Kravenko Chartered Accountant Beanies2u

“When I first started with Nicole, I wasn’t 100% sure how much I would gain from our sessions as I felt pretty ‘together’ with just a couple of areas of my life needing some guidance. However, thanks to Nicole’s expertise, what eventuated was a complete journey (for which I was not sure of the route when I started!) that resulted in the reframing of my self-definition as a ‘stay-at-home Mum’ and achieving significant progress in an area of my life that had stagnated for some time. Nicole has a very calm, practical and inspiring style and she has helped me effectively work through some big and interesting decisions. I would highly recommend her as a coach for both the big and small things in your life that need a little external guidance to move forward. “
– Katrina

“Thank you very much for the professional coaching session. I came away from it with a new insight and tools that will help me in a number of areas. You are a great coach! “
– Vicki

I absolutely recommend Nicole Coyne as a business coach. Our sessions have covered a wide range of topics, and have been hugely educational for me as a business owner. I always look forward to my coaching sessions with Nicole because I have absolute confidence that while she will hold me accountable, she’ll do so in a positive and supportive way that helps me to move forward. She has been instrumental in my shaping my business, improving business practices, and helping me to decide on pathways for my career. For anyone who has been considering whether to take on a mentor, Nicole is an excellent choice.  – Kody McIntosh Founder of Signal. Boost Creactive Ltd

“… Nicole had a wonderful way of explaining what we’d be doing and how to approach our sessions. She is an incredibly kind and compassionate person which immediately makes you feel at ease, and that you’re in a supportive, non judgemental space. That’s not to say she doesn’t ask some tough questions, and at times pushes you to really think about what you want to achieve, and how you will approach it. Nicole has a wealth of industry and personal “life experience” so I felt she could easily relate to my goals and personal challenges. Our sessions were mentally and emotionally challenging at times, but it pushed me to challenge behaviour and thought patterns holding me back from reaching my full goals. “
– Claire

“…Right from the start you made it clear to me that this was my process, and while you would be there to coach, mentor and support me, I had to drive the process and own it. You used many different tools and strategies that all helped in different ways. But the best thing you did was to encourage me to take the time to reflect about me. My life, and what I was doing with it and where I wanted to be. Through your gentle but firm questioning you encouraged me to reflect a little deeper about why I do the things I do, and why I don’t do somethings that I should do. “
– Jacqui

“Thank you so much for the wonderful coaching sessions so far. They have enabled me to get ideas and myself up and running to give me a much needed boost and direction. With appreciation and thanks. “
– Kirsty

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Nicole for helping me get to where I am today! If anyone is looking for some help in life or business Nicole is fantastic and I highly recommend having a chat with her…”
– Melissa

”Nicole is very professional! Thank you for everything.”
– Participant of the Conflict Management and Courageous conversations workshop

“…Working with the ‘always upbeat’ Nicole, is truly rewarding as well as exciting, interesting and fun. It is a pleasure to work with one who knows her business so intimately and who has such passion for all she does. Her energy and enthusiasm never cease to amaze me. She is an outstanding trainer as I evidenced both in the training room and in the brainstorming and perfecting of the storyboards for our training modules…”
– Anthony Kampf Director of Competence on Line

“…within a very short time of working with Nicole, she had shown herself as an associate of unwaveringly consistent high levels of integrity, discretion and collaboration. Nicole is someone who will always hold a space of respect for those she engages with, whilst being able to hold her boundaries. These attributes are priceless in any organisation…”
– Bron Villet Corporate Facilitator and Behaviourist Coach

”…As an instructor, she ranks amongst the best that I have had the privilege to work alongside, and as a supervisor she commands the respect and love of her subordinates…”
– Daniel Joubert CFEI CFII AMSAESI Fire and Safety Engineering Consultant

“…Nicole’s people skills and her ability to provide inputs to project teams are of the highest order, and she always exhibits unquestionable integrity and work ethic, which made for a trusting and highly productive relationship…”
– Piet Els – Director of Competence on Line