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Communicating with power to get what you want

2 Weeks

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Cohort-based Course

A program designed for women to deliver your message with authority and present your most persuasive self.

Hosted by

Kate Mason, Ph.D.

Ex-Google, YouTube, Medium, and Khan Academy. World-champion debater.

Course overview

Learn powerful tools to turn up your volume at work.

In my global programs, I've taught thousands of women to step into their authority, and to communicate powerfully in a way which feels good to them. Now online and live, come join a cohort of incredible women from today's most interesting companies to learn together.

Who is this course for?

01

Exceptional women who are looking for the inside scoop on how to improve their impact at work. 

02

Emerging women leaders who are looking for career development and to rise in their organization.

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Brilliant team members who have been told to "develop executive presence" and are frustrated by that annoyingly vague advice. 😉 

Engage your audience and communicate the most authentic, powerful version of yourself.

Understand how authority might feel foreign and how to step into it.


Right-size your evidence and context to be their most compelling.


Scope out a clear win: create a cheat-sheet for being prepared for every interaction.


Understand the most 🔥 persuasion strategies.


Win through calm: build logical, clear and incontrovertible arguments.
Signpost your credibility and do it in a way that feels good to you.
Use your time to its fullest: don't play small or short.

What people are saying

        Kate is an exceptionally talented practitioner who consistently takes storytelling to the next level with impactful strategies that really make a difference. I’m already planning our next workshop together, don’t miss her upcoming program for real world insights into truly world-class communications.
Amy Kunrojpanya

Amy Kunrojpanya

VP Communications, Netflix
        Kate's coaching is at once simple and direct, and also profound - she zeroes in on exactly the techniques that will provide the biggest gains in how we present our ideas, and presents them in a sticky and memorable format. It's been striking to see how many of her recommendations are still being used by the team, months after our session together.
Annie Lewin

Annie Lewin

Head of Advocacy, Google.org
        Of all the coaches and experts we have hired, Kate was head and shoulders above as a world-class leader in her field. She is warm, thoughtful and easy to connect with, her curriculum was thorough and evidence-based and what we loved most of all were the practical tactics and concrete strategies that could be immediately deployed.
Rebecca Mann

Rebecca Mann

Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
        I've always been acutely aware of the need to ensure my voice is heard in meeting rooms, but I struggled to go about it in a way that felt authentic to my personality. Kate armed me with so many practical tips and tricks on how to turn up the dial on my professional presence, and how to support my colleagues in doing the same.
Alexa Dennett

Alexa Dennett

Head of Communications and Marketing, Heirloom

Meet your instructor

Kate Mason, Ph.D.

Kate Mason, Ph.D.

Founder, Hedgehog + Fox

I'm Kate Mason, founder of communications strategy firm Hedgehog + Fox, where I focus on helping individuals and companies create strong, compelling positions from which to get what they want. 


I spent my early career years at Google, YouTube, Khan Academy and Medium and saw firsthand the challenges women can have at work. I also spent many years winning national and world rankings in debate, a professionally adversarial and very male environment. Now I help thousands of women elevate the way they operate and communicate, boosting their signal at work. In order to find an authoritative voice to call one's own, I guide people through lessons to help shape our presence, logic, and persuasion to succeed.


With over twenty years experience in coaching women, my work maps creative and important ways of presenting yourself and your work, whether it's your first job, you're trying for that next promotion, or you're already in the C-suite. 


I live for creating warm, engaged spaces where women leaders can connect, grow and learn together, and supercharge their value and impact at work.


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Course syllabus

01

📢 What turns your volume up (and what turns it down?)

In this session we're going to map out our individual preferences for communicating at work, and understand where our sweet spots (and not-so-sweet spots) might arise. We'll explore some behaviors that we might build into our comms, and others we might want to leave behind, creating a plan to be ready for the next time we're put on the spot at work

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🔥 Strategies for being persuasive: Stepping into authority

We're going to cover off the more tactical aspects of persuading your stakeholders to help you get what you want (and keeping everyone on side in the process). We'll cover some behaviors that tend to undermine authority and explore some examples of building your power, such as understanding your win and painting a compelling vision for the team

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💬  Holding your conviction: Communicating in adversarial situations

We'll study applying straightforward argumentation logic to have productive conversations with those around you. Conflict communications aren't firing squads (although they can feel like it!) and we'll understand some of the levers of control to navigate them, like holding your ground and taking your time

04

💅  Communicating with comfort: How calm reinforces power and authority

Public speaking is always ranked in the top 3 fears of all time, but what if we approached it from a different direction? Here, we'll use strategies I used in world championship debate to see the importance of calm comfort, and some ways to present yourself in a way that feels authentic, powerful, and most of all, like the best version of you

Course schedule

2-3 hours per week
  • Monday: November 28, 2022

    60mins, 5pm PST/ 8pm EST /12pm AEDT +1

    Interactive workshop #1: Interactive lecture and small group break-outs to workshop, practice and share ideas as we learn them.

  • Wednesday: November 30, 2022

    60mins, 5pm PST/ 8pm EST / 12pm AEDT +1

    Interactive workshop #2: Interactive lecture and small group break-outs to workshop, practice and share ideas as we learn them.

  • OPTIONAL Friday: December 2, 2022

    60mins, 1pm PST/ 4pm EST /8am AEDT +1

    Office hours: drop-in Q&A

  • Monday: December 5, 2022

    60mins, 5pm PST/ 8pm EST/12pm AEDT +1

    Interactive workshop #3: Interactive lecture and small group break-outs to workshop, practice and share ideas as we learn them.

  • Wednesday: December 7, 2022

    60mins, 5pm PST/ 8pm EST/12pm AEDT +1

    Interactive lecture and small group break-outs to workshop, practice and share ideas as we learn them.

  • OPTIONAL Friday: December 9, 2022

    60mins, 1pm PST/ 4pm EST/8am AEDT +1

    Office hours: drop-in Q&A

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Learn what you were never taught

So-called soft skills are actually really hard. Take time to get up to speed on strategies and tactics you use every day so you fully understand their foundations.



Learning together > alone

Explore perspectives and experiences different to your own. And meet some of the best women around at the same time.



Practice in real-time


Workshops are interactive and vibrant: and we also take time to apply skills back at work and re-group to measure how you improve and grow during the course itself.



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