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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

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

Australia China Business Council: International Education Forum: Event Review

By | Business

I attended the International Education forum Delivering Value to the China Market on Wednesday 16th of May from 10.30am to 2pm.

The event was hosted by the Australian China Business Council (ACBC) and was held at the Westpac building on Collins Street.

Chinese students are the major source of income to the Victorian economy and Australia is the 3rd most popular education destination in the world.

The forum focused on the topic of International education and how we can best deliver value to the Chinese market.

The event begun with a selection of breakfast items such as fruit, pastries and chocolate cake.

The host, Ms Virginia Birrell, the CEO of the ACBC who welcomed the attendees and introduced the key speakers.

The speakers were Phil Honeywood, the CEO of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and Rob Thomason, the Group Executive of Member Engagement and Education.

The keynote speakers discussed some interesting points about International students in Australian Universities and how the percentage is increasing each day.  This was followed by a Q&A panel discussion with the speakers Phil Honeywood, Rob Thomason as well as Judith Uren, the manager of International Education for the Victorian Government and Irene Yu, the Victorian Director of the Cultural Diversity Leadership at Westpac.

Overall, I found the event interesting and I’m glad I attended as the speakers discussions were intriguing.

The forum ended at 1pm with lunch being served and an opportunity to network with the attendees. The majority of the attendees were from leading education providers.

Things to Note:

Location: Westpac Building, Level 12, 150 Collins Street, Melbourne

Highlight: The key speakers

Cost: Member rate

Hot Tip: Arrive early so that you have time for networking

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 4/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 15/20

 

Rankin & Co: Women in Fashion and Design: Event Review

By | Business

Megan and I attended the Rankin & Co ‘Women in Fashion and Design’ drinks and networking event on Thursday 3rd of May. The event was held at Misuzu’s, an authentic and delicious Japanese restaurant in the heart of Albert Park.

We were invited by Rob Roy Rankin, the Director of Rankin & Co, a law firm. At the event,  Megan and I met a range of his work colleagues. We were also introduced to Rob’s contacts and clients who had known Rob for years.

Rob often hosts these evening event throughout each year as it’s an opportunity for Rob to introduce some of his fashion and design clients to all the attendees as well as networking with like minded individuals.

The venue was a suitable choice as the event was quite intimate and relaxing. All attendees sat around a curved table sharing stories and enjoying delicious food and wine that Rob had organised for the night.

Megan and myself were fortunate enough to receive an attendance gift, a stila matte lipstick from MECCA which we were extremely grateful for.

Things to Note:

Location: Misuzu’s, 3/7 Victoria Ave, Albert Park, 3206

Highlight: The food and the MECCA gift

Cost: Free

Hot Tip: Be quick when circulating the tables to network

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 3/5

Speakers: N/A

Networking Opportunity: 1/5

Total: 8/15

Leadership Skills – How to Motivate and Inspire: Event Review

By | Business

I attended the event Leadership Skills – how to Motivate and Inspire on Wednesday 18th of April.

The event was run by She Mentors; a space for women in business to come together to inspire, connect and support each other.

The event was held at Inspire 9 in Richmond, a co-working space in Richmond predominantly for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers. This space was a suitable venue for this after-work event as it was spacious and provided us with an idea of what working in a co-working space would be like.

The guest speakers were Kylie Lewis, who owns a platform where Kylie conducts consulting, coaching and workshops for businesses in social media, as well as digital and content marketing. She has had previous experience as the Head of Digital for Kikki K and is now an entrepreneur.  I was particularly interesting in listening to Kylie speak due to the fact that I enjoy Kikki K’s products and wanted to learn more about the brand.

The second speaker was Sherryn Bowers who is a women’s leadership coach focusing on building up our strengths and skills of women in leadership positions.

The attendees of the event were members of the She Mentor space that attend regular events, as well as small businesses and creatives. Sherryn attracted quite a crowd as majority of the attendees came to this event because of their admiration for her.

The two speakers discussed their success stories and challenges in the workplace. They both had similar views on the difference between ‘leaders’ and ‘managers’. They highlighted the importance of challenging yourself every day within your workplace as well as to not be afraid to take risks!

 

 

Things to Note:

Location: 41 Stewart Street, Richmond

Highlight: The speakers

Cost: $11

Hot Tip: Bring a note book and pen as speakers are interesting!

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 2/5

Speakers: 4/5

Network Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 12/5

 

 

Fireside Chat: The Future of Work: Event Review

By | Business

I attended Fireside Chat: The Future of Work on Wednesday 11th of April. The event was held at WeWork, a co-working space in the heart of the CBD on Elizabeth street.

The shared space layout at WeWork was very interesting with various areas to set up for work as well as meeting rooms to book for clients. There was a large outdoor seating space too with a lot of co-workers from WeWork mingling together.

The attendees were a selection of university students, attendees who wanted to come and listen to the key speakers and members of the WeWork collaborative space.

Georgia Beattie, the executive manager of Spacely moderated the discussion between the panelists. The theme was the future of work which is the theme for the entire of April for WeWork.

The panel included Tony We from Weploy, Jamie Dawson from WeWork, Jane Pirovich from Hall & Wilcox and Julian Waters Lynch from TypeHuman. These panelist came together to discuss the ways in which technology and innovation are influencing the way of the future of the workplace.

The changes in culture, fast advancement of technology and work hours have developed over the years. These changing conditions are affecting the way we work, where we work and when we work with a huge focus on work-life balance and flexibility.

Majority of the panel discussed the benefits of working in a creative co-working space. The are around 80-90 spaces in the city alone. This will continue to grow as workers understand the importance of creating a shared workplace environment especially for the evolving start-up and entrepreneur culture in Melbourne.

Overall I really enjoyed the panel discussion as well as hearing their personal stories within their industries of work.

Things to note:

Location: WeWork, Level 4, 152 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000

Highlight: Very interesting discussions by the panel

Cost: Free

Hot tip: There was no food so make sure to bring a snack. Could get a water from the co-working space bar.

 

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 0/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 12/20