Client Testimonials


What My Clients Say...

As a coach myself, I have particular appreciation of the skills Simonne brought to our coaching sessions. She impressed me at our first meeting pointing out that despite my high level of motivation, I had an area of discomfort that was going to cause me difficulty in launching a new product. I have worked with mindset change my whole career, and I love creating programmes and tools to make that easy, which has culminated in our coaching toolkit Colournostics, a combination of colour psychology and NLP. However the ‘creative stage’ had moved to the ‘selling and spreading our message’ phase, and I really appreciated Simonne’s perception that this was not a natural fit for me. There is no ‘one size fits all’ with Simonne. She tailored her coaching to fit my personality and worked with me to find the ‘congruent’ place for me to feel comfortable selling our product, and to get clarity about how to convey our message to potential customers. The turning point came when she very skilfully integrated the processes from my own Colournostics toolkit on me, which demonstrates her skill and versatility. I highly recommend her for the way she uses her wide repertoire of skills, while remaining very clear and focused on the end goal. - Mary Ashby-Green (Colournostics)

Coaching

2019

I approached Simonne Liley because Mark from The Gap has highly recommended her. Before working with Simonne, I didn’t have the confidence to convince the potential clients to buy my services; I had difficult charging the price that I deserved; I struggled to get more leads. Simonne helped me by working on my mindset and fundamentally changing my thinking. She helped me to stay focus and always reminded me the result I wanted to get. She offered all the supports and encouragements that I need for success. The result was incredible. I was well on track with my 90 days’ plan. I had massively increase of my confidence level. I am charging the right price and I am getting more clients. Simonne is a very tough but yet caring coach, which I really appreciate. She made me accountable for the things I said I would do, but she also shared my journey with me, the ups and downs. I found the experience very eye-opening and satisfying. I couldn’t believe I can achieve so much in 90 days. I look forward to working with her in the near future. I would recommend Simonne to anyone who want a transformation of their personal life and business life, and want to achieve their true purpose. - Tracy Liang (Director @ Target Accounting Service)

Coaching

2019

I love it! I forget every time how productive each session is, now coaching is a very important part of my life. I like the accountability. I liked the idea that I could keep myself accountable, but having a third party keeping me accountable has been really powerful. Coaching really does work, it takes you to places you didn't even know you could go! Simonne is an incredible woman to work with. - Michelle Tomlinson

Coaching

The coaching I had with you has been the best time of my life. You have made me do things that I didn't think I could. Without you I tend to slip into procrastination. You have helped me to feel more confident, be more consistent and helped to get things done that have been on my to do list for a long time. I am way ahead of where I would be without a coach! - James Burn (James Burn and Associates}

Coaching

Simonne’s skills are the perfect complement to an accountant’s. As a professional trainer and business development specialist, she expertly helps clients in areas of real value, but that are often a bit far from the core skills of accountants. Simonne has helped my practice better serve our clients. At the same time,she has allowed me to focus on the areas where I can add the most value. Our clients are happier and so am I. - Robb MacKinlay (MacKinlays)

Business Development

"When I started with Simonne three months ago I had taken the giant leap of moving into the coaching space for that is where my passion lays. However, I thought that I have a good year's learning ahead of me before I would be able to deliver any coaching. I was not sure if I could afford that time or financially. Simonne, took the time to ask questions and find out what has been my previous experience. She believed that I do have the skills already, however I was not convinced in my heart. After six months trying to find my own way, I engaged into her coaching program. Within three months my confidence level in my own abilities has grown from a 4/10 to a 9/10. Simonne's coaching style is gentle, yet firm. She holds you accountable and helps you to set realistic and challenging goals. I feel comfortable that any business owner will benefit from the services of Simonne. Thank you Simonne, for believing in me and helping me to see my own value. This is not only evident in my business, but also in my personal life. I feel empowered." - Linda Klox (Klox Limited)

Coaching

2019

Easy to understand and broken down into manageable chunks, going through the business planning workshop has given us clarity, a sense of direction and action points to get us where we want to be. - Rebeccas Hadley (Dingo Groundworx Ltd)

Business Planning

2017

This the best business planning workshop I have ever attended. It was delivered with care and clarity and excellent current examples. Simonne was approachable and helpful. - Kristine Khaw (Tai Chi Instructor)

Business Planning

2014

“Thank you Simonne, a big thank you! With your help Zenergy will move forward next year in a way I have hoped for, for a long time…..” - Akasadaka Robson (Zenergy Global Association)

Business Planning

2017

Studying for the Certificate in Small Business Management has given me great knowledge and has equipped me for running a business. The course is well resourced and with up to date information, as well as having a family like environment which makes it a great place to study. The course has given me confidence in business; and also the lecturer Simonne Liley – who is also an entrepreneur and has years of life experience in the business world – makes delivery for every class very effective. I highly recommend this course to anyone…. - Sam Muelu (Hallenstein Brothers)

Certificate in Small Business Management

2013

Simonne is a truly gifted teacher not merely a professional who knows her material well, is always organised, and able to convey her knowledge in a way that everyday people can digest. Simonne is able to guide, and inspire those around her to be the best they can be. I respect Simonne greatly as an intelligent business woman. I have found she is very well respected in her field, but to me what sets her apart is her integrity, and her empathy for others. Simonne is a leader of people who really loves serving her community by empowering others.​ -Kerianne Orchard (Director @Artistree Ltd)

Certificate in Small Business Management

2012

A few words can’t really explain how fabulous you are at your job! But I will say that out of all my adult learning years you have been the most motivating, inspiring and dedicated tutor I have had! - Joey Lewis (Forest Fellas Ltd)

Certificate in Small Business Management

2011

Diploma in Hospitality Management - 2006: You're an amazing person and I wouldn't be where I am in my career if it wasn't for your inspirational training!! Thanks for everything xo - Philip Dobson (Duty Manager @ Accor Hotel Group)

Advanced Food & Beverage Management

2006

Your compassion, vitality and wonderful sense of humour have created an awesome space of learning for us all this year. You are an inspiration. Love and gratitude, Jane Dromgool (Paihia Paintball / Dromgool Horsemanship)

Certificate in Small Business Management

2011

Thank you very much for your time & knowledge, you are an inspirational person of whom I am so fortunate to have met. I will cherish everything I have learnt this past year and thank you for all your encouragement and support. Moving forward I know mine and my families future will be bright, with a lot of hard work it will pay off in the end. <br><br> I will need further advice with my business venture in the future and will set your number on speed dial. Thank you so much Simonne for teaching this class, your words and wisdom will help my family grow. - Kristina Paparoa (Director @Next Generation Couriers Ltd)

Certificate in Small Business Management

2013

Really enjoyed Simonne's friendly approach to showing my colleague and I through Xero. We definitely benefited from our session, and highly recommend her. - Anastasia Donnachaidh (Business Mentors NZ)

Xero

2018

Simonne, I have been meaning to email ever since you helped me sort my GST return and a hundred other things with XERO to say THANK YOU so much. You are an amazing, patient facilitator and I really like the way you keep encouraging me to think like an accountant rather than a teacher!!!! I still have so much to learn but I am really enjoying using XERO. - Glenice Andrews (New Zealand Literacy Association)

Xero

2016

Expert in this field - cannot recommend highly enough for any small to medium size business. - Nic McDonald

Xero

I have worked in the same office space for an extended period of time with Simonne where she was Practice Manager & Consultant for a busy Auckland CBD Chartered Accountancy firm. Her professionalism was always evident, however what did impress me was her ability to communicate and subsequently obtain the buy in from a diverse group of accountants to the technology changes and upgrades that she was developing within the practice. My practice, a niche insolvency and restructuring firm, recently had need of Simonne’s forensic skills in analysing a Xero file in a complex insolvency assignment that was suspected of being corrupted. I engaged Simonne as a Xero specialist to provide a report identifying the areas of risk and where there was a potential for ‘leakage’ to have been buried. The work and resulting report that Simonne provided was succinct and provided a clarity as to the specific areas of the Xero file that further forensic work was required. The work is ongoing and I will likely be engaging Simonne for further forensic work drilling down on those risk areas. I highly recommend Simonne as a highly competent professional who is also a great communicator. ​- Chris Horton (Chris Horton Associates)

Xero

The session with Simonne is very helpful and productive. We learned a lot specifically in streamlining the process. Really blessed with her knowledge and the way she conducted the training. Highly recommended. God bless you Simonne! - Adette Bawanan-Gonzales (Business Mentors NZ)

Xero

....Simonne was very thorough in her training sessions and explained things clearly and methodically. She showed us a number of ways to achieve the same outcome and helped us come up with the best option for our business. On the odd occasion Simonne was unsure of an answer she researched her topic and came back to us with her findings. - Fiona Sykes (Office Manager @ The Natural Funeral Company)

Xero

2014

I found Simonne to be an excellent teacher who was able to convey the required information in an easy to understand format. I would highly recommend anyone wanting to learn any accounting software be trained by Simonne as she is able to answer any questions or queries and is only too happy to provide assistance after the training has been completed providing an overall enjoyable training experience. - Samantha Jeffs (Avanti Finance)

Xero

2008

A decision was made by Toybox to transition to Xero from an outdated system that had been installed almost 17 years earlier. We are a medium sized company of about 18 core people and employ any number of production and post production staff on a freelance basis.I approached Simonne Liley to help with the installation as I knew that it would be a sizeable job.Simonne efficiently and calmly went about the set up and conversion. Thank goodness I had her on board. A correct set up is key to your success with Xero. I was impressed with how easy it was to sit with Simonne as she very patiently guided me through the inner workings of Xero. The whole process was completed within 2 months.I can’t thank Simonne enough for the ease in which she made this transition. The structured training was priceless and Simonne was only ever a phone call away.​ - Jane Illingworth (Finaance Manager @ Toybox and Flying Start Pictures)

Xero

2017
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