The Tough Conversation Cure

Avoiding a difficult conversation? With thousands of tough conversations under my belt over 20 years, I've got The Cure.
Tough Conversation Cure

How can strategic communication redefine your life?


For me, this model has impacted so many leaders that I've amassed an Expert Speaker reputation, over 7,000 leaders developed, global awards for impacting serious change and 5 #1 bestselling books.

The decision to switch from god-given gut-feel speaking, to strategic communication so drastically & beautifully changed my life...


That I became OBSESSED with shouting how I built this expertise from the freaking rooftops!

But the leap from saying what was expected and fitting the rules- to sharing the stage with Olympians, World leaders & Industry Leaders, empowering thousands to be more impactful through their words- even to leading my own team effectively... it didn’t happen overnight.

That “leap” was more of a back and forth dance with plenty of average reputation moments and devastating failures I literally wasn’t sure I’d survive.

Was it worth it?



Fell into Recruitment & began my career in HR in my hometown of Sydney.


Gave my notice from Recruitment & stepped into the world of high volume Executive Coaching, in Melbourne. Working with clients like Fosters, ANZ, Village Roadshow, Johnson & Johnson.

I started Catherine Nolan Consulting, delivering HR & Coaching projects for global clients.


Moved back to Sydney & my babies started to arrive.

Suddenly I was up to 3 babies while delivering Coaching and HR projects largely from a home office, around the kids.

Working with leaders from businesses like Taubmans Paint, NSW Councils and Coca Cola Amatil.


2015 was a milestone year...


In March, I created Gender Gap Gone alongside CN Consulting, to empower women & girls to close courage & pay gaps. Because I'd noticed that even with mega doses of expertise, women didn't believe in their abilities as much as they should.

I was invited to speak at Leadership conferences...

The feedback was... a solid average. 

In July came my Ballerina Sticker moment - WHERE EVERYTHING CHANGED.


Amid the after-work chaos of my gorgeous 3 at home one night, preparing for a Key Note talk to an international group of ICT Leaders in Sydney next morning, I was staring at a ballerina sticker on the kitchen floor. That tiny sticker I'd not got around to cleaning up, had come to symbolise how utterly imperfect I was, both personally & professionally. 

Until then, my talks had been kind of textbook. I'd followed popular thought on great delivery for a motivational talk. 

The feedback was good, it was fine. 

Fine. Not 'damn fine'. No girl wants to be 'fine'!!

So in that moment- my Ballerina Sticker Moment, I decided to tear up my talk. To turn my back what was working OK - my god-given gut-feel communication & choose instead, to be strategic.  

What followed was a flurry of awesomeness. The immediate feedback was loud and, like-

"OMG my plane landed this morning - THAT was what I needed to hear"


"From this moment, I'll be doing EVERYTHING differently"

Oh hun - so would I!!! I was about to carry this change through aaaaallll my communication. 

Up until then, I'd been focusing my communication efforts on DELIVERY. When I shifted to INCLUSIVE delivery, people felt truly heard. They felt like I was speaking directly to them.


What followed was a flurry of Key Note requests- in bigger & bigger rooms, with more & more epic feedback.

It grew and it grew.

My Exec Coaching clients were using my strategy with their teams - bigger & bigger scale. It worked reliably, on repeat. 

But still, while I was the queen of communication... I hadn't really been tested in my own personal growth. Confidence at this point came pretty naturally to me. 'God-given & gut-feel' kind a fit. And life was starting to send me... knocks. So despite my professional success, my identity was waning.


My own personal Gender Gap widened. I became a single mother with 3 kids under 5, sometimes a homeless single mother with 3 kids under 5 in traumatic circumstances. I now had a domestic violence back story with lingering complex PTSD.

My personal re-build from Confidence Ground Zero, taught me HOW to build confidence in others- by helping them get clearer on the brilliance of their own IDENTITY. 

In 2015, through Coaching & speaking, leading & trial & error I'd learned the DELIVERY & also how to HEAR. Now I was learning to teach EMPOWERED IDENTITY. How to define what's most important to you, & build the confidence to stand so fully in that identity, that you create it.

Truly engaging, strategic communication requires a holy trinity:


Most people only focus on the delivery - but all 3 parts are critical. Miss one & your communication is average.

But when you hit all 3, your IMPACT becomes mighty.


By the time we hit the Conference Industry shut down of 'COVID Season', I was regularly sharing the stage with Olympians, with World Leaders & Industry Leaders... empowering hundreds of other leaders at a time, to be more courageous through strategic communication.

My team had grown to 6 & we ran in-house events, as well as supporting Industry, Business & Community level events. The businesses we touched were exponential. 


By 2023, I was a 5 Time #1 bestselling author.

The latest, Courage & Confidence, was a collaboration with 23 other successful Australian Businesswomen. It was picke dup by the people who run the red carpet goody bag at the Oscar's, in 2022 AND 2023. So all Oscars nominees from those years (Dame Judy Dench, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, Michelle Yeoh, Cate Blanchet, Brendan Fraser...!!!!

And my work empowering leaders and closing the Gender Pay Gap led to me receiving a number of Awards, both People's Choice and Judged Awards, in Australia and Global. Awards like Coach of the Year & Woman Changing The World.

You want now what I wanted then...

to swap out smarter for harder. 

Strategic communication doesn't solve all of life's leadership challenges. But the leverage it delivers!

Stronger relationships mean vast time savings, greater productivity & less stress.

Take it from a girl who hoped, who took a risk... then lived it.

If you're eager to learn the strategies, the tools and the mindset shifts that will help you to be a more Impactful leader, then I'm eager to help you get there.

The Tough Conversation Cure

Avoiding a difficult conversation? With thousands of tough conversations under my belt over 20 years, I've got The Cure.
Tough Conversation Cure