Principal and co-founder of Amazing People, known to all as SAM!
Founder of Inspirational Women
Author and Photographer of the book; “Inspirational Women – Ordinary Women doing Extra- Ordinary Things” and Embracing Cancer and Pivot Point (both coming soon).
SAM's extensive business background helped establish the blueprint for Amazing People's business systems. These systems are the foundation of the quality that clients of Amazing People have enjoyed for over 25 years.
She has been a major influence in all facets of the business either working or being responsible for project management, facilitation, financial management or system design.
In her spare time SAM published her first photographic book under her brand - Inspirational Women, Ordinary Women Doing the Extra-ordinary. Her photographic work led SAM to travel throughout Asia to places such as the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and China working with, photographing and documenting the work that Inspirational Women are involved with, making a difference in people’s lives.
Mid 2015 – 2016 – SAM Co-Founded a networking business on the Central Coast, with Simone Wylie, their core purpose was to educate and encourage women to step into their businesses and look at how they could improve and build on what they already had, gain support from other women and learn and grow. Sometimes it can be very lonely running your own business, this networking business led to the forming of the WMAD Mastermind Group in 2017.
In 2016-mid 2017 – SAM had to participate in her own Cancer journey. Being diagnosed with a Her2+, Grade 3, 5cm breast cancer on New Year’s Eve, she underwent, an interesting 2016 with nine rounds of chemo, major surgery as well as 7 weeks of radiation therapy. She is currently writing her book about this journey to help others who are about to embark on the journey or loved ones, who would like to gain insight into how to help and support their family member as they go through this challenging journey called cancer. Her aim is to have this book published in 2018/2019.
2018 also sees Amazing People launching Dr Sherry Buffington’s Quantum Leap products; Success GPS, CORE Map and RAMP into the Australian, New Zealand marketplace. This is a very exciting venture and a personal mission for SAM as she helps others find their own way through their life’s journey to living a life of authenticity and connection to their goals. Dr Sherry Buffington will be venturing “Down Under” in 2019.
Paul Macklin is the principal and founder of Amazing People. Paul's passion for educating and helping people identify their creative potential began in the late seventies when he completed his Bachelor of Education, majoring in Art Education and Ceramics, at Sturt University. He then worked for a brief period as an academic before spending a decade as a professional artist, working throughout Australia and Europe. In the early 1990's Paul took on the role of Creative Director for an advertising agency. It was during this time he began to consolidate many of his ideas regarding creativity, human dynamics and teams as they applied to the corporate world.
Recognising that people in business wanted practical tools they could apply immediately, Paul has spent the past 10 years developing and refining a range of specialised proprietary models. Built on practical experience and an analysis of what works, rather than pure content and theory, these models form the foundation for Amazing People's training methodology and have been used to train more than 10,000 people. Each model has direct application for daily use - whether at the organisational, leader or team member level.
A critical factor in the success of Paul's training and development methodology has been to recognise the complexity and challenge of change management in organisations. He does not believe in taking a short-term approach. Instead, Paul has successfully partnered with the most senior people in a variety of organisations to provide executive coaching support and interventions that support the change process throughout the entire organisation, providing everything from diagnostic and business analysis through to strategic planning facilitation, team and skill development programs. Paul's unique blend of more than 25 years experience in education, creative expression and organisational development has led to him becoming one of the leading experts in his field in Australia today -- he is a dynamic and highly sought after presenter, facilitator and executive coach.
Paul's passion is simple - to inspire and transform the world!
We have an Amazing Group of Associate Facilitators to help to deliver and assist us, depending on the size of the project required. Full details of their past experience and capability will be forwarded to our clients prior to project commencement.