AALS 2020 Workshop 2: Communicating with power and influence
COVID-19 has been more than just a health and economic crisis but a societal one, with reports of racism and a strain of nationalism on the rise worldwide – and Australia is no exception. Since the emergence of the pandemic, some Asian-Australians have been made to feel like outsiders, with some questioning their Australianness, identity and sense of belonging.
At this critical time, strong leadership is required, and a renewed emphasis on the importance of Asian-Australian leadership to safeguard our cohesive society and economic prosperity.
The second Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) is convened by PwC Australia, Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Johnson Partners and the Australian National University. This year’s Summit, facilitated via an online platform, will host a diverse program of interactive sessions, with the aim of establishing new strategies, new partnerships, and identifying champions of change. The 2020 event will also reveal the results of specially commissioned research.
The fundamental difference of cultural values between Asian-Australians and non-Asian-Australians often becomes apparent in their networking and communication styles. For many Asian-Australians, the natural preference to be ‘seen and not heard’ and not to interrupt others mean they often miss out on leadership opportunities.
In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to receive guidance from an experienced communication coach and curator. The session will provide strategies on how Asian-Australians can use their natural style as a strength, and communicate with power and influence.
Hosted by Jieh-Yung Lo, Director, Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership, Australian National University.
Jon Yeo, Founder and Lead Speaker Coach, Brightstar Consulting and Coaching.