Nicole Smart

Nicole is Irish national born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She began her training career in 1997 counselling and up-skilling American youth at the YMCA Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA. She also headed up the Acting and Drama Programme focussing on confidence and public performance development. Thereafter she went on to become a Business Development Manager for Clube Praia Da Oura Algarve, Portugal.
She continued gaining international experience when she relocated to Dubai in 2009, building knowledge and a better understanding of Middle Eastern markets and culture.
Nicole relocated to Muscat, Oman in 2011 and has since played an instrumental role in training Omani nationals and expatriates alike towards the sustainable development of the private sector and closing Omanisation gaps within all levels of management as well as soft skills development.

Her all-encompassing experience in the field of business, psychology and guest speaking in front of audiences world-wide, has been the basis on which her success as a training consultant and executive coach is comprised.

Master of ceremonies and speaking engagements

  • M.C: Nayomi fashion line, Dubai, UAE 2010-2011
  • M.C: Oman Economic Review CEO Golf 2011
  • M.C: Al Mara Excellence Awards, Oman 2011
  • The Oman Debate, featuring BBC Hard Talk Anchor, Tim Sebastian 2011
  • Guest speaker: Symposium for Ministry of Higher Education: ‘Value of spotting Leadership in Children and applying Emotional Intelligence to enhance child development, Oman 2013
  • M.C: European Business forum, Oman 2013
  • Guest speaker: Muscat College, ‘Managing Change in Times of ‘Flux’, Oman 2013
  • M.C: ICAP event – Celebrity event to raise funding for the Rhino, South Africa 2013
  • Guest speaker: ‘Conflict of Interest in the workplace’ MB Petroleum, Oman 2014
  • Guest speaker: ‘Value of enhancing the English Language’ Faidh Al Marifa Girls School, Oman 2014
  • Guest speaker: ’Work life balance’ Oil & Gas sector 2014
  • Guest speaker: National Principles Academy – Video live stream: ‘Emotional Intelligence for school leaders and Principles’ – Washington D.C, USA 2014
  • M.C: OSAFA (Oman South African Friendship Association), Oman 2015
  • SQU (Sultan Qaboos University), guest speaker to the Engineering graduates: ‘How to prepare for the workplace’ 2016
  • M.C: Signature 100 Luxury Awards, Muscat Bay 2017
  • Guest speaker: Majan College. ‘Closing skills gaps’ between College graduates and Private sector, 2017
  • Voice over recording: Corporate event: ECGA (Export Credit Guarantee Agency), Oman 2014
  • OER-Oman Economic Review: CEO Golf tournament and strategy event: TBC
  • Voice over recording: Corporate event: Al Adrak Trading and Contracting LLC/Mazoon Dairy, Oman 2017
  • Guest speaker: Majan College. ‘Closing skills gaps’ between College graduates and Private sector, 2017
  • Keynote speaker: Ministry of Education Conference, Advanced Emotional Intelligence and how it applies in the education system: ‘Teachers or Life Savers?’ Language re-enforces self-esteem in children, 2018

Training and executive coaching assignments

  • PDO(Petroleum Development Oman)
    Advanced Presentation skills
    Change Management
    Effective Time & Stress management
    Communication & Developing teams
    12 Day Work Excellence programmes, 2012-2018
  • Occidental (OXY)
    Technical Business & Report Writing
  • Oman Sail /STOMO/ Mazoon Electricity
    ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) 3-year Business Diploma programme
  • Bank Muscat
    Executive Coaching Clinic for Senior Management, 2017
  • Oman Gas
    12 month programme across Oman. Stakeholder Centred Executive Coaching
  • The Chedi Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Oman Oil and Exploration Company, PDO, Cluttons Real Estate, Oman Cables Industry
    Emotional Intelligence Development

Tailor made workshops and speaking engagements

  • Nicole was awarded a contract on behalf of Kaplan Genesis (United Kingdom) to train and coach The Ministry of Health, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in October 2017 on the subject Train-The-Trainer and Engagement and Mentoring, Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • PDO (Petroleum Development Oman) Women empowerment and Development high impact workshops, 2015-2018: Self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence; Work-Life Balance; Executive Presence and Visibility
  • 8-Day Work Excellence Programme to a group of 40 Petroleum Engineers from Shell, Iraq
  • The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Management and Team development workshops; One-on-one Executive and Leadership coaching for senior management
  • Nicole is frequently called upon to host 5-day tailor-made Work Excellence programmes in Salalah, Oman, for Oman Airport Management Company
  • Nicole successfully hosted a 4-month SME (Small Medium Enterprise), Entrepreneurship Development Programme in the Oil & Gas sector, which encompassed: Team training and one-on-one development coaching
  • In 2013, after seeing Nicole present the ‘Value of spotting Leadership in Children and applying Emotional Intelligence to enhance child development’ for the Ministry of Higher Education, Oman, Dr.Steven Edwards invited her to conduct a live (virtual) workshop for 40 School principals in Washington D.C, USA in 2014 on ‘Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders and Principles’
  • In addition, Nicole is a trained Television Presenter (On Cue Communications, South Africa)
  • Nicole was an esteemed film actress in South Africa, as well, having been selected as the lead in high profile television advertisements, magazine and billboard campaigns
  • Nicole is actively involved in public speaking and she is called upon by organisations, educational and government bodies to guest speak on various topics