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Tackling Hardtalk

4 minute read.

On Monday 24th September, we hosted our 12th Career Clinic at WitWork’s stunning new co-working spot in the Intercontinental Marina. Our Career Clinic was hosted by Dawn Metcalfe, the Managing Director at PDSI, coach, facilitator and author of Managing the Matrix and HardTalk. Our session was aimed on understanding how to tackle tough conversations. 


Our evening started with a warm welcome by our team and a variety of drinks and canapés to nibble on! Dawn began by telling us all about the need for having HardTalk when needed. HardTalk is designed to teach participants to identify situations where speaking up is important and give them the confidence and skills to do it effectively and productively. 

Dawn mentioned that one of the key factors making HardTalk more difficult is Diversity. Diversity introduces many filters to consider when approaching someone for a HardTalk. These filters vary from age, race, gender, culture, to many more. It would be essential to keep these in mind when articulating your thoughts across to a person; as this would be the best way to ensure they understand your point well. 

A lot of the women said that discussing a pay increase/salary, wanting to quit and disagreements were HardTalk scenarios they faced in the corporate world, where many felt unequipped to have these discussions. Needless to say after our Career Clinic No.12 this would no longer be the case thanks to Dawn! Furthermore, we uncovered how important it is to tackle these HardTalks head on and what factors to keep in mind when having them. 

We wrapped up with an interactive chat with all the ladies sharing one of their HardTalk situations and everyone collaborating to find solutions together following Dawn's advice. This was a hands-on session as Dawn ensured everyone was engaged and involved throughout. There were many mini quizzes and interactive sessions for Hopscotch Women to share their thoughts and experiences. There was ample time left for women to network with Dawn, the Hopscotch team and one another! 

Keep an eye out on the News page for blog articles from Dawn and stay tuned for more information about Career Clinic No.13! 



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