Agenda

Increasing confidence and using your voice to be heard

 
Melbourne: 16 March 2021 
 
 

Speaking up, being heard – Speaking out, being understood 

 
Session 1:  Unleashing your inner voice 
  • Recognising self-beliefs that keep you quiet 
  • Learning to be in-charge of your voice 
  • Preparing yourself to be loud and proud 
  • Listening to yourself, so others will listen too! 
 
Session 2: Creating convincing stories, that others want to be part of 
  • Understanding the power of a persuasive story 
  • Learning how to sweep your audience into your world 
  • Digging into yourself to find a voice  
  • Bringing your whole self to the stage 
 
Session 3: Dodging the landmines you set for yourself 
  • Recognising how you often sabotage yourself, using deficit language 
  • How does deficit language become a part of our DNA? 
  • Re-framing your narrative to foster belief 
  • Believe in the power of language 
 
Session 4: Opening yourself to being a leader 
  • Thinking of yourself as a leader can be scary, or is it? 
  • Getting in touch with your inner narrator, so you can speak with honesty in your voice and clarity in your mind 
  • Recognising the immense power of empathy in a dialogue 
  • Learning that listening is the most powerful tool in your toolkit   
 
 
 

Workshop Leader

 
 
Anu Krishnan, Director, Kulturbille 
 
Anu Krishnan has a background in Social Anthropology, Social Work, Applied Psychology and Social Research.  
Over the last 28 years, Anu has lived and worked in five different countries in Education, Banking, Not-For-Profit and Government sectors. 
Anu develops and delivers resilience, well-being and behaviour change programs for lay and professional clients.  
Anu has also helped and supported people from a range of backgrounds, experiences and life-stages which brings her joy to see her work enable and empower individuals to achieve their full potential. 
Her expertise is derived from her experience working in different cultures and communities. This provides Anu with a unique perspective and deep understanding of her client’s individual needs, which underpins the programs she delivers.  

08:20

08:50

EMPOWERING CHANGE AND TAKING ACTION

09:00

  • How the Gender Equality Act is setting the scene for change in the public sector  
  • ‘Stop Fixing Women’ – the benefit of building more equal workplaces   
  • Data as a vehicle for change  
  • Addressing the gender pay gap and increasing women’s workforce participation  

09:30

  • Fast-track your thinking about change and the future 
  • Keeping one step ahead of the game: How to implement creative and strategic thinking to solve difficult problems in the workforce  
  • Utilising technological advancements to develop agility, innovation, resilience and expand on existing skills 
  • Insights into harnessing generosity, diversity and inclusion to reinforce a positive workplace culture 

10:10

10:25

EMBRACING CHANGE AND ADAPTING TO THE NEW DIVERSIFED ROLE OF AN EA

10:50

11:00

  • Changing perceptions on the role of an EA and their position as a hybrid multi-tasker 
  • Commending EAs and recognising their value as an asset to the business  
  • Demonstrating the importance of a positive and dynamic relationship between the executive and the assistant  
  • Nikki Doolan, Executive Assistant to Deputy CEO, Australian Trade & Investment Commission

11:30

  • Moving beyond traditional tasks into a higher-level, strategic role 
  • Developing the knowledge and confidence to make decisions on behalf of your manager 
  • Feel more empowered within the business, more confident to take calculated risks and learn to be an agile and invaluable asset 

12:10

ADVANCING YOUR SKILLS AND MAXIMISING YOUR POTENTIAL

12:50

  • Learn how to be ahead of the game: exceeding expectations in your role and maximising your unique attributes 
  • Developing emotional and social intelligence skills to navigate difficult situations 
  • Recognising the importance of further educational opportunities for EAs

01:20

  • Moving beyond the perceived limitations of an executive assistant role 
  • How to respectfully negotiate mutually beneficial flexible working arrangements  
  • Creating your own opportunities for growth and development through the support of your manager and the business

02:00

  • How to accelerate new skills and create opportunities to be a strategic EA and beyond 
  • Getting uncomfortable with change in your career with the intention of pursuing personal growth 
  • Thinking outside the traditional EA role, how to move in different circles to create a different pathway to a career change 

02:30

Roundtable A: How to lead when you’re not in charge 
Megan Green, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer; Australian Executive Assistant of the Year 2016, CEO Magazine EA of the Year 2018 Finalist, Reliance Real Estate  
 
Roundtable B: Collaboration – Working effectively with your team 
Kelly Pollard, Executive Assistant to Executive Chair and Group Chief Executive Officer; Executive Director; Group Executive, Ventia

03:30

THRIVING DURING TIMES OF CHANGE

03:50

Join Australian Executive Assistant of the Year for 2016 and 2018 Finalist for the CEO Magazine EA of the Year, Megan Green as she discusses her journey in becoming a high-achieving, powerful and impactful EA.  

04:20

  • How to communicate effectively across the organisation on behalf of your executive 
  • Understand how to gain respect and influence across the business 
  • Discover tools for building trust, projecting your voice and improving assertiveness 

04:50

05:00