Speaking: Lived experience

Burnout: The issue we can’t afford to ignore

Be inspired by this lived experience of burnout and learn what to do to prevent or overcome it.

Be inspired by this lived experience of burnout and learn what to do to minimise or avoid it. Founder/CEO of ROW, Sarah McGuinness, a recognised mental health speaker, shares her fascinating lived experience with burnout in this highly informative workshop. She weaves her personal story into a talk that not only captivates audiences but also provides practical advice on how to recognise and prevent burnout.

Sarah’s burnout story has been featured extensively across New Zealand media, establishing her as a renowned burnout prevention advocate in New Zealand. In this transformative workshop, she walks participants through her personal journey of reaching a crisis point and the subsequent recovery. With a strong foundation in psychology, this workshop offers insights into burnout, its impacts, and actionable strategies to navigate the road to burnout or support someone who is.


  • What burnout is, and what it isn’t.
  • The symptoms of burnout and how to identify them.
  • What burnout feels like, first-hand.
  • Why it’s important to address burnout and the consequences.
  • How to prevent burnout in the workplace, and what managers can do.
  • How to overcome burnout.
  • Exposing burnout myths and what’s real.

In the session, Sarah also shares the essential ingredients of a satisfying life,  the importance of trust and boundaries and navigating barriers, and explores the vital concept of self-care.

This workshop can be interactive or delivered as a keynote and is grounded in psychology. Sarah’s style is engaging, informative, and empowering. She seamlessly weaves in leadership themes, ensuring that the activities can be applied to individuals or used as team-building exercises in the future.

By the end of this session, participants will gain a better understanding of their own wellbeing, gain valuable insights to reflect on and leave equipped with practical strategies that they can implement immediately. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to prioritise workplace wellbeing and prevent burnout.

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THE RELATABLE story you need to hear

Sarah is a passionate mental fitness and wellbeing champion and is determined to reduce stigma and improve conversations around mental health. Through her recovery, she made a proactive decision to share her story of burnout and recovery to pull-back the curtain on what’s it’s really like.

Her poignant story has been featured in high-profile media including Stuff, The Project, Seven Sharp, and nbr. She’s presented at popular sell-out events including the Annual Westpac Queenstown Chamber Women in Business Conference, and to organisations around the country.

  • Duration: 60min or 90mins in length (the longer session allows for more interactivity)
  • Mode: Can be offered in-person or online, or a combination of both.
  • Customisation: Included to make sure the talk hits the mark.

Your presentation was perfect for what I was hoping to achieve, and the team and I appreciated and learnt from your storytelling and vulnerability – thank you.– Katherine Swan, Country Director, Randstad

“Well you did an absolutely brilliant job. We were delighted with how it went and feedback so far has been very, very positive. Thank you for truly listening and considering our requirements and getting it right for our audience. We loved working with you.” – Petrina Austin, J Ballantyne & Co.

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