Communication expert, keynote speaker, moderator, and panellist
United Arab Emirates
Dawn Metcalfe, a communication expert, helps teams, individuals, and organisations develop skills and behaviours needed to succeed in today’s world. This implies they should hear and be heard effectively, speak up, and embrace change. In other words, to communicate effectively, motivate others, and lead with impact.
A highly successful author, Dawn Metcalfe has worked and lived in eight countries. Her career has seen her work with people from across the globe and organisations of all sizes and industries. She has taught teachers in China and Japan, been on the fast track to becoming a UK headteacher, been a medical education consultant, and set up her own successful business, PDS, in the United Arab Emirates.
Her experience has taught Dawn Metcalfe one thing: effective communication is difficult, no matter your age, culture, background, or experience. And poor communication can cost a business billions of dollars per year. Her mission is to help people overcome communication difficulties, build no-fear workplace cultures, and help shape the workforce of the future.
Dawn Metcalfe has written about this extensively for Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, Training Magazine, Arabian Business, and various others. She is also a regular Forbes contributor.
The author of three bestselling books on effective communication, career advancement, and changing behaviours, Dawn Metcalfe started PDSi. The business aims to help drive both behavioural and cultural change.
Dawn Metcalfe is not only a sought-after keynote speaker. She is also a lively moderator and panellist. As a speaker, she wishes to help people of all ages, from students just starting on their career path to seasoned pros. She is based in the UAE, speaks seven languages, and presents in English.
“I had a chance to attend Dawn's webinar during lockdown, Her talk was very inspiring and practical, I learned how an organization and professional should embrace change and address the challenges at the grass root level. As a professional it helped me a great understanding of requirements, pros and cons of "cultural shift". I strongly recommend Dawn to any professional or an organization to make use of her ideas, strategies for their professional growth. she's also an eminent author, writer.”
“When COVID-19 hit the world and we all ended up working from home and social distancing, I knew that as part of the D&I UAE Network for Standard Chartered, we would need to change tack on how we were going to deliver our 2020 programme. I knew who the first person to call would be - Dawn! And I was right, she was bubbling with excitement with what we wanted to plan. Within 2 days, she had come up with how she and what she was going to deliver.”
"Dawn from HardTalk just delivered a sort of conference talk you dream of. Funny, snappy, engaging, and about people and behaviours."
"I really enjoyed Dawn’s presentation during THN Conference. It’s not easy to catch my attention for long and keep me off my phone, however I listened to Dawn very carefully. The way she presented was very interesting and engaging."
"I thought the presentation was very engaging and gave a great insight into human behavior in challenging situations. I’m now much more conscious around how to try and communicate effectively."
"I have attended a virtual session on organizational culture with Dawn, which was fruitful, informative and enlightening! Being from the event industry I can gladly recommend Dawn as a speaker. Taking into consideration the insights given in the session, the methods explained and the approach in evaluating organizational culture, I can also comfortably recommend her as a consultant too."