This evening the Melbourne Business Network presented Get Connected, an event focused on improving networking skills of the attendees.
This event was held at the Blue Rock offices. The initial space was vastly different to any of the networking locations I had been in before. Styled after The Faraway Tree and other children stories, the location had a number of small nods to the stories I read as a kid. While it was a decidedly different space it was also a little distracting, with so many different items drawing your eye it took some concentration to really focus on the networking conversations.
Once the main portion of the event got underway we were shown to a conference room. The event was hosted by Bev Friend, President of Melbourne Business Network. Bev was an engaging presenter, constantly interacting with the audience and utilized her own experience to provide context and relevance.
Bev also covered how to interact productively with a number of different personality styles, covering the DISC personality breakdown. The presentation also provided tips on how to best do business with the different personality types. DISC consists of four major personalities, Dominant, Influential, Steady and Compliant.
The Dominant subset are the do-ers, they get the job done efficiently and on time. Influential are the leaders, they motivate others to achieve. The Steady subset are the team player, loyal and patient. Compliant are the group who dot the i’s and cross the t’s, this group are analytical and thorough.
The majority of the attendees came from professional services firms, ranging from financial services through to strategic planning.
Overall the event was fantastic, providing many helpful tips for networking more effectively. As with the previous Melbourne Business Network event I went to earlier in the month, this evenings event was worth going to.
Things to Note
- Location: Blue Rock, 414 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
- Highlight: Entertaining presentation with many useful tips for networking
- Cost: $33
- Hot Tip: Be sure to listen closely
- Venue: 4/5
- Catering: N/A
- Speakers: 4.5/5
- Networking Opportunity: 4/5