Everyone has strengths in communication. It is my job to identify and nurture those strengths and bring them to the fore. I work to empower everyone to embrace their personal style and perform at their peak with self-belief, humour and ease.

Sarah Thurstan -  Director, Facilitator and Coach   

Sarah Thurstan - Director, Facilitator and Coach





Whatever your business, whatever your particular needs, Performance Link will fashion a completely bespoke training programme for you - from just a few hours with an individual, to a major programme with an entire department. Focussing on the natural strengths of each person in a risk-free environment, Performance Link will bring out the natural best in everybody. 

Please get in touch to discuss your individual needs and budget. 



Senior Management, Directors, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Leaders

Personal Presence

Public Speaking

Leadership Communication

Confidence and Self Awareness

Interview Technique


2 – 6 people

Effective Communication

Proposal Coaching

Presentation Skills

Personal Presence

Presenting to Camera



Individuals or groups of any size

Bid Coaching

Business Theatre

University Lectures

Story Telling Workshops

Executive Presence


Leadership Courses

Psychometric Testing (MBTI)



Finding the optimum setting is key for delivering conducive programmes. This beautiful, light filled room is one example of a space that creates a calming feel where Sarah provides an attentive and interactive coaching session with Kathryn and Frances Nichols from The Nichols Group. 



Whether in our professional or personal lives, communication is the greatest tool we have. Yet many of us are oblivious to our own capabilities and often lack the foundational confidence to enjoy the full potential of our communicative powers.

Since it was founded in 1993, Performance Link has used its distinct blend of knowledge from the worlds of acting, teaching and business, to create bespoke coaching and workshop sessions that empower you to improve your personal business performance.

Director Sarah Thurstan has a unique and dynamic approach to personal development and along with her team of expert communicators will enable you to better understand yourself and forge new levels of creativity, energy and confidence in your work.


“In the increasingly competitive sphere of business I believe it is more necessary than ever to be aware of one’s individual strengths and also those personal skills which require development.

With my background in both professional acting and education, I work on building confidence through the use of the voice, posture and self-awareness in an energized and unthreatening environment. This empowers delegates to employ their individuality, whilst still remaining wholly professional.

Being a performer, I know that personal presence and storytelling are the essential tools to captivate and build rapport with your audience, whoever they may be. I share this ethos with my clients in a very practical way to help maximise their abilities in public speaking, presenting, group communication and inspirational leadership.”

SARAH THURSTAN - Director, Facilitator and Coach





Addleshaw Booth



Better with Jam

CityWest Homes

Clifford Chance

Context Architecture

Cumbria Tourist Board

Develop Change

Friends Provident

GB Railfreight


Heathrow Airport Limited

Hilton Worldwide

Impact International

ING Bank

JBA Consulting (Jeremy Benn Associates)


Lancashire Police

Lancaster University (The Management School)

Legal & General

Liverpool University

Marks & Spencer

Microsoft Limited

MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Music Learning Live


Northwest Arts



Rolls Royce

Royal Bank of Scotland

Scottish Power

Stylus Media Group

The Audience Agency

The Environment Council

The Fundraisers Association

The Hive Group

The Nichols Group

Thornton Tomasetti

Turner Townsend

UBS World Bank

Walker Crips


Zurich Insurance




I really want to say a heartfelt thanks for a wonderful two days. They were full of insights (from you) and subsequent personal learnings (for us); an exhilarating mix of presentation skills training with a bit of therapy thrown in! So thank you for that especially.

Emily Gordon-Smith, Head of Fashion, Stylus

I found the 2 days both insightful and inspiring, and that was testament to who you are Sarah, the talent you have and the ability you have to let others realise the same in themselves. Quite a ‘gift’!..

I assure you I’ll be using everything I’ve learned to good effect and enjoying it all the more whilst I’m doing it! So thank you again.


John Matthews, Senior Consultant, Impact International. Custom Experiential Solutions for Leadership & Key Talent

"We have seen direct business benefits from working with Sarah on this series of workshops. From a sales perspective, we have won a significant number of new sales from our sales team applying Sarah’s approach to planning presentations and engaging with an audience.”

Samantha Carey, Head of Impact UK, Impact International.

"Sarah makes presenting fun! She inspires confidence and gives you the belief to present in a way that reflects the real you. This enhances performance of individuals and the team overall.”

Trevor Rees, UK Audit Sector Lead, Public Sector, KPMG

"I’ve done loads of development courses and I can honestly say that yours is the one that I have benefited most from (by some way!).”

Matt Brown, Executive MBA Lancaster University

"Sarah was inspirational and for me it was the best designed and delivered course I have been on throughout my entire career.”

Michael Hurn, Consultant, The Nichols Group

"Performance Link managed to bring to life through the play “Armada” the issues relating to project management in a humorous yet poignant display. This was extremely well received by the Company’s Global Leadership Meeting attendees from different backgrounds and cultures who immediately understood the message and the importance of the subject”.

Ken Dalton, Chief Executive, Building Engineering, Aecom

"Sarah’s courses have had a great impact on our company, adding immense value to our business and interpersonal communication skills. She has an amazing ability to work at all levels within an organisation, from board level to new starters. I myself have attended several of Sarah's courses and they have truly had a lasting effect on my personal presence.”

Frances Nichols, Board Member & Creative Director, The Nichols Group

"Our Senior Brand Manager had a very positive experience and called these two days ‘the most inspirational training session she had ever had’.”

Margot Klerkx, Marketing Director, Global Brands, Sara Lee Corporation



Get in touch

We would be only too happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call or email us or simply fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.


+44 (0) 1303 211 428

+44 (0) 7931 310 296


Performance Link Ltd, Flat 5, 19 Grimston Gardens, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2PU.


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