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Exploring the Power of Soft Skills and Toys with Ilana Ben-Ari

  • By Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP
  • October 17, 2023
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In this podcast episode, Diana Kawarsky speaks with Ilana Ben-Ari, a toy designer turned social entrepreneur. They discuss the controversial nature of soft skills and the undervaluation of these skills compared to hard skills. Ilana shares her experiences with her learning and development toy company, Twenty One Toys, and the challenges of convincing adults that toys can be valuable tools for learning. They also explore the importance of confidence in entrepreneurship and the role of tension and friction in creativity and design. The conversation touches on vulnerability, self-awareness, and the significance of intuition and emotional awareness in personal growth and entrepreneurship.

Today’s Selected Questions

  1. Do you use the term soft skills, why or why not?
  2. What does success leading others look like to you?
  3. How do you define confidence?
  4. What have you done or seen during your career that develops a person’s professional presence?

Visit The Soft Skills Group to explore all our workshops to help you and your team in all aspects of communication.

Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP

Diana Kawarsky is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc. She is a senior training and development professional with over 20 years of experience in the delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. Diana is a Certified Coaching Professional (CCP) working one-on-one, in-person and remotely, building individual success skills. She also holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the author of two well-reviewed books: Soft Skills Volume 1 and The Soft Cs. In 2021 Diana attained the rank of #26 in Global Gurus’ “Top 30” in the Communication category. Top 30 Gurus, in their respective categories, are the “Cream of the Crop”, the World’s Top 30 most influential Professionals Speakers, Trainers and Consultants in their areas.