Who’s it for?

This edition of Tune In: Unlocking the Power of Self-Talk is for women who want to:

  • Quieten self doubt and negative self-talk
  • Change the conversation with their Inner Critic
  • Dial up their confidence and Inner Coach
  • Deal with ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and back themselves

This immersive development experience is for women who see themselves as self driven learners with a growth mindset about their character, ability and potential BUT they are also aware that they're the ones getting in their own way.

Negative self-talk, niggling self-doubt and a noisy Inner Critic are stopping them stepping up to the next level in their career, taking the next leap in business evolution or stretching into the next level of becoming a better version of themselves in life.

Sound like you? Then make yourself a priority for ONE DAY.

What is it?

Tune In: Unlocking the Power of Self-Talk provides a much-needed opportunity to increase your awareness of the constant stream of ‘chatter’ going on between your ears, the negative impact this has if left unchecked BUT the power it offers as a guide and self-coaching tool when harnessed.

This 1-day workshop brings women together as a learning community to share their experiences and insights as they explore their internal dialogue, the impact it’s having, and how to tune in and take charge of it.

The spacious, conversational design allows you to reflect on, connect with and share your own experience; learn from the experience of others; and contextualise new tools, practices and frameworks within your own reality PLUS you'll leave with a self set action plan and an Accountability Buddy for support.

Why is it important?

“The most important conversation is the one you have with yourself.” 

Kate Billing

The relationship we have with ourselves is the single longest relationship we have with anyone in our lives and yet we invest little to no time, energy and attention in ensuring it is a healthy one.

When it comes to the challenges and obstacles we all face as part of a 24/7, always on, high change environment of life and business environment, self-talk can be our biggest enemy or our most powerful ally.

But we just don’t know how to tune in to it and even if we do, we don’t like what we hear. In a series of studies people preferred to distract themselves by self-administering electric shocks rather than sit alone with their own thoughts for between just 6-15 minutes!

Personal Leadership means developing our ability to connect more deeply with ourselves; build our self confidence; access our creativity, problem solving and innovation capacity; embrace vulnerability and stretch into new opportunities or make the most of the ones we have in our hands right now.

Learning to have healthy conversations with ourselves is a great place to start!

Workshop outcomes

By participating fully in the Tune In: Unlocking the Power of Self Talk workshop you can expect the following outcomes:

  1. A new awareness and wider perspective on your internal dialogue
  2. Personal leadership insights and self-coaching practices to implement immediately to improve your ability to tune in to and take charge of self talk
  3. A new understanding of, appreciation for and relationship with your Inner Critic
  4. Identified opportunities to develop new habits and practices to grow your ability to use ‘chatter’ as a self-coaching tool
  5. An action plan based on learning insights and an Accountablity Buddy to support you in your evolution.


$795 pp including GST and Booking Fee 

[Registration includes all food and beverage for the day, a Tune In Journal and materials in the workshop along with follow up resources.]

PLEASE NOTE - places strictly limited to a maximu of 16 people so get in while inspiration grabs you!

This event starts PROMPTLY at 9.00am so please arrive by 8.45am for a cuppa and conversation to connect before we begin. The session is a full agenda through to our 5.00pm finish so please ensure you can stay for the whole day.


Email paul@blacksmith.co.nz for more information (both men and women’s sessions), pricing details and potential dates

Your Facilitator  Kate Billing

Kate is renowned thinker, designer and facilitator in the New Zealand leadership space. With over 20 years experience in the people, culture and leadership domains, she is one of the Co-founders of www.blacksmith.co.nz, a leadership development practice specialising in the development of human-centred leaders and fully human organisations.

Kate has also earned a ‘life university’ PhD in suffering as part of the human condition and developed a deep appreciation for the value and importance of personal growth. It is this magic combination of experiences, her realness and her commitment to a conscious approach to life, leadership and business that makes her a leader in the field of personal and organisational evolution using a fully human approach.  

Don’t let who you’re being get in the way of who you could become.”

Kate Billing

Feedback from previous Tune In participants:

"I recently attended ‘Tune In - Unlocking the Power of Self Talk’ with Kate. Anyone that has attended workshops facilitated by Kate will know how amazing she is - her openness, genuine interest in understanding what makes people tick and her phenomenal knowledge and passion for her craft put her in a league of her own. Tune In was particularly well timed for me, having recently returned to work full time after being on parental leave and feeling conflicted about my changing role. Throughout the day I identified my ‘inner critic’, what they were saying and put in place some strategies to start changing the dialogue. It was an immensely rewarding day and the interactive session was also a great opportunity to share experiences and network with a truly great bunch of woman. I would highly recommend it." - Abi Cameron, Manager Capital & Governance, Vodafone

“I recently attended “Tune In” a workshop designed and led by the amazing Kate Billing. Kate is one of those rare people who as a facilitator can create and keep the space for others, enabling people to speak with their authentic voice, learn, stretch outside comfort zones and be vulnerable. Kate has deep knowledge and experiences to draw from so the course content is always meaningful, appropriately contextualized and facilitated with just the right amount of challenge to ensure we left feeling fully accountable for and more in control of our future selves. For anyone who needs to become more aware of the impact of your own thoughts on your behaviours, ‘Tune In’ and the exceptional Kate Billing need to be on your personal development plan for the year.” – Jacqui Simpson, Asia Pacific (APAC) Region Human Resources Director, Amplifon

“I was lucky enough to attend the Tune In workshop with Kate recently (May 2019) and it was extraordinary. Kate is a wonderful mix of smarts, humour and human compassion. She had us laughing, thinking, connecting, planning, doing (and the odd bit of crying) all in one day and I now have some simple tools in my kit to manage my headspace. We don't often spend time on our brains, we expect them to work their best while we continue to pile more and more into them. Kate made us all realise how important it is to look after our thoughts and internal processes. I recommend this workshop 120%.” – Angela Barnett, Founder of www.prettysmart.nz


What’s the refund/transfer policy?

We don’t offer refunds for this learning experience however you may transfer your place in this workshop to a workshop being held at a later date.

Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

Snacks and lunch will be provided as part of your registration and we will be in touch in advance of the workshop to ask about dietary requirements so keep an eye out for an email from Kate.

What do I need to do to prepare?

  • Dress – comfy casual layers so you can warm up or cool down as you need and a brollie/coat if it looks like rain
  • Phone – this will be an ‘unplugged’ day so make sure those that will want to connect with you understand you won't be glued to your phone
  • Materials – yourself and a learning mindset – we’ll provide everything else!