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Ruby Barry

The Hunger Project: Event Review

By Business, Uncategorized

I attended ‘In Conversation with Change makers of the Hunger Project’ on Wednesday 1st of August. This event was held at Ernst & Young on Exhibition Street from 5.45pm-8pm.

The Hunger Project is a global not-for-profit organisation that aimed to empower women and men living in rural villages in Africa, Bangladesh, India and Latin America to end world hunger.

 

This was the first ‘In Conversation with Change Makers’ in the series by the Hunger Project. With more events to continue later in the year due to the number of attendees at the first one. The event was a sell out with about 40 attendees.

The event was targeted to mainly women who wanted to focus more on their entrepreneurial spirit and listen to a selection of positive changing women.

 

The night begun with 30 minutes of small talk with the attendees. There were a selection of nibbles and beverages that were being served. The food was absolutely delicious.  We were then seated in a seminar type format.

The MC for the night was Cyan Ta’eed, the Founder of Hey Tiger and Envato. Hey Tiger, Cyan’s latest social enterprise start up and Envato, one of the largest digital market places in the world.

 

We sat down to listen to the panelist discuss why they were committed to empowering women globally. Touching on their personal and professional leadership journey.

The panelist were Lisa Michael, the General Manger of People and Business Improvement at DECJUBA. Followed by Chantal Noble, who was on the Board for the Hunger Project Australia (THPA).

 

I found the event was worth-while to attend however it was not much of a networking event. Majority of the attendees had some connection to either of the two panelist or just had an interest in raising money and supporting the not-for-profit, the Hunger Project.

 

Things to Note:

  • Location: Ernst & Young, Level 23, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
  • Highlight:  The panel discussion
  • Cost: $30
  • Hot Tip: Wasn’t much of a networking opportunity

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 1/5

Total: 14/20

Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce: Event Review

By Business

I attended ‘Embracing Disruption as an Opportunity’ on the morning of Wednesday 25th of July. The event was run by the Canadian Australia Chamber of Commerce (CACC) in conjunction with C2. The purpose of the event was to promote C2 as well as creating an environment to network, engage and explore ideas that enhance your business.

The breakfast event was held at Cargo Hall on South Wharf Promenade and ran from 7.30am-10am. I arrived at 7.30am with the room already packed with Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce members. Majority of the attendees were members of the Canadian Australia Chamber of Commerce. There was a long table filled with breakfast items including hot and cold pastries, fruit and muesli as well as tea, coffee and orange juice on offer.

Previously, I have attended another CACC event back in May and the selection of food was absolutely delicious. The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce do not fail to disappoint with their catering.

This was an opportunity to network with the attendees. There were a mix of small business owners such as accounting firms and leadership coaches to large corporate firms such as Telstra, Porsche and Melbourne Airport.

 

After 30 minutes of mingling with the attendees and eating breakfast. We were moved to a dark room seated in a circular format with the panel standing in the middle of the audience. There were four members on the panel. The panel included the Martin Enault, the CEO of C2, Michele Levine, the CEO of Roy Morgan, Mike McGrath, the Chief Marketing Officer at PwC and finally Laura Anderson, the Chairman of SVI Global.

The panel discussed some interesting insights into the world of business and being disruptive.

 

The CEO and host of the event, Martin Enault then gave us an insight into what the ‘C2 Experience’ was.  As there was up to 80 attendees, we were asked questions about the future of work and what elements of business would be most affected by digitisation. This gave the attendees an opportunity to discuss our opinions with each other.

 

The C2 experience wants to explore and transform the way people think about the role of creativity in a business.  C2 is hosting a Melbourne first event on October 17-19th.  The event is priced at $2495 for the 3 day event.

 

Overall the event was entertaining to attend.  It wasn’t really much of a networking event but more of an introduction to C2. It was an entertaining to gain some insight into C2. There was quite a hype around C2 and their way around networking events. It was great to learn a bit more about what C2 does and how they run these type of events.

I really enjoyed listening to the speakers as they were quite high level in their roles and found their discussions interesting. However I don’t think I will be paying $2495 for a 3 day networking event in October.

 

Things to Note:

  • Location: Showtime Events, Cargo Hall, 39 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, VIC, 3006
  • Highlight:  The panel discussion
  • Cost: $30
  • Hot Tip: Be ready for a different type of networking

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 16/20

 

Fresh Speed Networking Breakfast: Event Review

By Business

Lachlan and I attended the Fresh Business Speed Networking event on the morning of Friday the 13th of July.

Fresh is a networking community aimed at business owners expand their networks through relationship building in a empowering environment. There are 15 Fresh Hub’s around Melbourne and they host events every two weeks for members and their guests to attend. This event brought together all the Melbourne Hubs.

Lachlan and I arrived at the Metropolitan Hotel where the function room upstairs was set out for our Speed Networking event. Before the actual speed networking began, there was an opportunity to network with the attendees while making a coffee or breakfast.

We were quite impressed with the delicious food on offer at the Metropolitan Hotel. There was a various selection of breakfast items such as eggs, bacon and tomato. As well as a variety of fruit and cereal.  The catering was a real highlight for such an early morning start!

There was a guest speaker, Shaun Resnik from VitalMe. He presented and discussed the importance of active listening. This discussion was quite fitting as we were about to begin our speed networking. The room was busy and loud so actively listening to the business contact in front of you is very important!

Similar to other speed networking events in the past. There were two long tables where you are seated across from a business contact. There are 2 minutes allocated to chat and introduce yourself and your business to the contact in front of you before moving onto the next business owner.

One side of the table was Fresh Networking members and the other side was guests. As there was two of us, Lachlan and I split up so we didn’t chat to the same contacts. The Fresh Networking members all recommended that we joined each of their Hubs.

The type of businesses who attended were a mix. There were mortgage brokers, accountants, law firms, management consultants as well as business coaches, stylist as well as a behavioral specialist.

Overall, Fresh Business Speed Networking event was quite enjoyable to attend. The networking  environment is fast pace and fun. All members are welcoming of new attendees and are keen to continue chatting after your two minutes is over.

Things to Note:

  • Location: Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William Street, Melbourne, 3000
  • Highlight:  Meeting a selection of new businesses
  • Cost: $30
  • Hot Tip: Bring a lot of business cards

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 3/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 16/20

Business Builder Group: Event Review

By Business

I attended the Melbourne Central Business Forum hosted by the Business Builders Group (BBG).

The breakfast event was ran from 8am-11am and held at the Australian Institute of Company Directors on Collins Street.

Business Builders Group is a networking group who meetings monthly. It is aimed at business owners that would like to grow through collaboration and learning. Emphasing on forming meaningful connections.

The event was run Business Builders Group Manager, Geoff Kelly and had up to 12 attendees. There are 35 members in the Melbourne Central Business Builders Group.

The event began with breakfast in a smaller room, a selection of croissants, tarts and fruit were on offer . The Australian Institute of Company Directors also provided tea, coffee and hot chocolate. This was the perfect opportunity to introduce myself to the attendees and network with like-minded individuals. The majority of attendees were business owners in industries such as financial services, printing services and a business coach. Each attendee regularly attends the Business Builders Group so they are quite familiar with each other. However they were extremely accommodating to myself as a newcomer!

A typical Business Builders Group event is structured with introductions of each member, followed by two key speakers who share their knowledge to the audience. This is called ‘Hot Seat’.

The first speaker was Kate Engler a PR Guru who owns the Publicity Princess. Her discussions were really engaging and I left with a new found knowledge of the PR Industry. She discussed the importance of publicity as a tool in your business to gain awareness. The second speaker was Ian Bosler, the CEO of Intertype, a marketing, sales and printing service who discussed a new product he was developing and was interested in our feedback as consumers.

As it was a seated event, there was an opportunity to network during the breakfast as well as after the presentations.

As I hadn’t attended a BBG event before, I found the discussions interesting and really enjoyed the relaxed environment in which the event was held.

I found the attendees had a genuine intent in coming to the monthly breakfasts and a desire to learn. Unlike other breakfast events which I have attended, where attendees rush out of the door at 9am to go to work. All attendees stayed at this event until 11am.

Things to Note:

  • Location: Port Phillip Room, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Level 26, 367 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: The food is delicious and I learnt some great ideas from the key speakers
  • Cost: $29.96
  • Hot Tip: Arrive early so you have extra time to network

Ratings:

  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speaker: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5
  • Total: 15/20

 

Business Growth Partners: End of Financial Year Celebrations

By Business

We hosted our End of Financial year celebrations on Friday 22nd of June.

Our event began at 4pm and finished up around 8.30pm at our office in South Melbourne.

Business Growth Partners has hosted a various networking events and celebratory casual drinks in the past. Having informal drinks is a great way to mingle with our past and current clients as well as staying in touch with other small business owners in Melbourne.

Over 40 attendees joined us to celebrate our End of Financial Year celebrations. It was great to see some familiar faces who have attended our past events as well as meeting new faces!

Throughout the night, Business Growth Partners and Syneka announced some new changes. Natalia was excited to reveal the new logo’s of Business Growth Partners and Syneka. These new logos will be rolled out over the upcoming months on our website and new business cards. Very exciting times ahead.

We provided a large selection of snacks and beverages throughout the evening.

All food was sourced from the South Melbourne Market, our local fresh food market which doesn’t fail to disappoint!

Michael Cullen, from the Workwear Group was the lucky winner of our door prize.

Business Growth Partners looks forward to an exciting and busy second half of 2018.

We will be hosting a Welcome to Spring celebrations in September. More information to come closer to the date.

VCCI Speed Networking: Event Review

By Business

Lachlan and I attended the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ‘Fast Forward Speed Networking’ event.

The event was held on Wednesday 13th of June from 5.30pm-8pm. Located at the RACV City Club on Bourke Street, it was a perfect venue for a large networking event.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, otherwise known as VCCI host regular networking events throughout the year for like-minded individuals to meet and form connections.

Business Growth Partners are members of the organistion. We often attend their events as we find its a great way to meet people and form meaningful business relationships.

The idea of speed networking is that you have two minutes to chat to the business contact in front of you. Before moving onto the next business contact.

This quick 120 second conversation allows you to introduce yourself, your business and discuss who you are and what your business does.

After the formal speed networking ends, there is an opportunity for all attendees to continue to network over drinks and canapes. The RACV Club served up a delicious section of food and beverages.

The type of businesses that attend the Speed Networking event was a mix. There were business owners from different industries ranging from small businesses to large corporate firms such as the big Banks and education providers. There was quite a lot of business development managers at this event.

Overall, I’ve attended a few speed networking events over the past few months and I find them quite enjoyable.  It’s loud, fast paced and quite an interesting way to meet a large selection of businesses. It’s also a great way to perfect your elevator pitch.

Things to Note:

  • Location: RACV City Club, Level 2, Club Pavilion, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
  • Highlight:  Meeting a selection of new businesses
  • Cost: Complimentary ticket with new membership
  • Hot Tip: Bring a lot of business cards

Ratings:

  • Venue:  5/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 2/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 16/20

 

 

Rock your Revenue: Event Review

By Business

Maddie and I attended Rock Your Revenue on Thursday 7th of June.

Rock Your Revenue was a networking event, primarily about sales and the tips to improve your sales game for businesses.

The event was held at YBF Ventures on Bourke Street, a large co-working space designed for tech start-ups, investors and small businesses.

The event begun with an hour of networking and meeting like-minded individuals. Followed by a panel discussion on sales and tactics.

The three panelist were Sally McKenna, the Sales Director at HROnboard, Trent McLaren, Head of Accounting and Sales at Practice Ignition and Dean Paquola, the Sales Manager at Ento. I found Sally an interesting speaker as she spoke with more experience and had value to what she was suggesting in regards to sales tips.

The key speakers made an interesting points about being on top of your sales game. All three panelist agreed about being persistent and consistent when contacting your prospects. Touching base regularly is the key for a better conversion rate.

The type of attendees were a range of IT start ups and small business owners. Maddie and I met a range of small business owners. Most of the attendees actually had a personal relation to the key speakers and came to support their sons speak!

There was wide selection of Crust Pizza’s as well as drinks on offer which was a perfect way to end a Thursday night after work.

The event was a interesting one to attend, the catering was very good and I left feeling that I have learnt some new sales techniques. However I don’t think I will attend another event by Rock Your Revenue in the future.

Things to Note:
Location: The Ballroom, YBF Ventures, 520 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
Highlight: The food
Cost: $16.91
Hot Tip: Bring a notebook and pen to take notes

Ratings:
Venue: 4/5
Catering: 5/5
Speakers: 2/5
Networking Opportunity: 1/5
Total: 12/20

 

Empowerment in the Age of AI: Event Review

By Business

I attended the Empowerment in the Age of AI event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 31st of May.

The event was held at Pongo Labs on Queen Street from 12pm-2pm.

I wanted to attend this event to learn more about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how organizations around the world interact with AI. Artificial Intelligence is here, it’s now and its the future and we must accept this.

Arriving to Pongo Labs, there was a large selection of sandwiches, vegetable sliders, brownies and a coffee machine for all attendees to indulge in. The food was delicious and this served as a great way to mingle with the other guests before being seated.

We sat down to listen to the three key note speakers. The panelists included Johnathan Chang, Founder of Silverpond, Dee McGrath, the Managing Director of IBM Global and Professor Tim Miller from University of Melbourne.

Throughout the conversation, there was a live infographic artist, Luke Feldman who drew images on the backdrop screen to support the current discussions. This was a great addition to the event as the attendees loved seeing Luke’s drawings change and develop from topic to topic.

A lot of the attendees had introduced virtual personal assistants into their organisations. However I still believe that there is a huge value of having a personal assistant and face-to-face social interact in an organisation.

Overall the event was interesting however was more of a Q&A as the attendees spent most of the time asking the panelist questions. The majority of attendees already had their questions pre-prepared and knew about AI.

The event was well worth attending although I was hoping for the seminar to be an introduction to what is AI as well as time for the panelists to discuss their business and how they interact with AI. Instead of Q&A with the panelist.  I feel I did not really get to know the panelist well.

Things to Note:

Location: Pongo Labs, Level 20, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Highlight: The food

Cost: $69.00

Hot Tip: Get in early to eat the delicious food

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 3/5

Networking Opportunity: 1/5

Total: 14/20

Networking with a Twist – Event Review

By Business

I attended the ‘Networking with a Twist’ hosted by Your Time Matters on Tuesday 29th of May.

The event was held at the Deck in Brighton and ran from 5.30pm-8.30pm. Your Time Matters is a networking group ran by Kerryn Powell and her husband Leigh Powell for the past 8 years.

Your Time Matters hosts monthly events. They seek to build a trusted network emphasising on creating strong relationships and connections.

The guest speaker was Stephen Read, a landscape designer who spoke about the importance of collaboration and who we should seek to collaborate with. His motto is ‘Stop Collaborate and Listen’ and he had recently collaborated with a few attendees in the room designing their new gardens!

We were given a complimentary drink on arrival and there were shared cheese platters on each table. The attendees sat around on tables and answered questions given to us on our Your Time Matters ‘conversation cards’. These questions were either personal or professional related and designed to have the group talking. Through this we were able to find solutions, share knowledge and see connections.

The idea of asking questions was an interesting aspect to the night which was different to simply networking. This was a great discussion tool and you learnt more about all attendees. The event wasn’t primarily about networking, it was more focused on building relationships with all attendees.

As this is a monthly ran event, the majority of attendees knew each other quite well and had been coming for a while to Your Time Matters events!

The type of attendees were IT and web developers, inter designers and other small business owners.

I found the event worthwhile to attend it was enjoyable and I left with new ideas and connections.

Things to Note:

Location: The Deck, 212 Bay Street, Brighton

Highlight: The conversation cards

Cost: $60

Hot Tip: Come with an open mind

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 3/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 14/20

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