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Real Talk Business 2019 wrap up


Creating a profound new level of connection in the hairdressing industry, Real Talk Business 2019 has shaken up the industry’s business education offering.

Powerful, ambitious hairdressers, salon owners, brand representatives and business people congregated at the Ovolo, Woolloomooloo on August 5 for the inaugural Real Talk business education event, witnessing a significant line up of speakers as they spoke to every important facet of the industry and salon management. In a day that covered networking and high-powered learning, Real Talk worked with some of the biggest names in the industry to invigorate its audience and truly create conversations that matter.
The day was opened by INSTYLE editor Cameron Pine, who spoke of the anticipation in the air with the big names on show in a day dedicated to a mentality of learning, growing and sharing in the name of community excellence. MC and retail expert Terry Hawkins then officially opened the proceedings, getting the audience up and out of their chairs to interact. She discussed important concepts of outlook, empathy and sincerity, before making everyone introduce themselves in a non-talkative way to truly connect. Dario Cotroneo, Lee Cohen, Renya Xydis, Monique McMahon, Bridgette Burchall, Bianca Bouldon, Francesco Ruggerino and James Fitzgerald marked the further list of leading presenters as well as a collective of 9 leaders across two panels – Industry Insight and Technology. This highly curated mix of guests and hairdresser involvement allowed for an insightful and motivational day like no other.

“Real Talk was all about connection and creating a room of unbranded, inspirational and authentic conversations. Through a mix of renowned speakers and hairdresser involvement, the feedback from Real Talk has been overwhelmingly positive,” said INSTYLE Editor Cameron Pine.

“Testament to the industry’s need to get together no matter the salon level or cause, Real Talk breaks down barriers and cultivates ego free conversations that matter”

More information on the dates and program for 2020 will be released shortly.


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