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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

 

Bridging the Cryptocurrency Knowledge Gap – Australian China Business Council: Event Review

By | Business

On Thursday,  April the 19th I attended an event hosted by the Australia China Business Council, entitled ‘Bridging the Cryptocurrency Knowledge Gap’ at the International Chamber House on Exhibition Street.

The event was lead by James Nguyen, Founder and Managing Partner of Anti Hero Capital. James was a fantastic host and delivered clarity to the audience around the basics of cryptocurrency. The panel included; Matthew Snowden, CEO of Anti Hero Capital, Christine Satchell, Head of Research and Innovation at Blue Chip Vision and Jenny Wang, Director of Berrigan Double Lawyers.

The panel’s speeches displayed a clear passion for cryptocurrency and the possible innovations in the near future that could create incredible changes in the process of business, both in Australia and the global market.

Aside from innovation, a primary discussion point focused on the ramifications of the reactive nature of law. As the law cannot keep up with technological innovations, the future may hold problematic affairs for criminal activities and ignorant users.

The event was great for personal interests and to enhance my knowledge on the complicated topic. However, it was unfortunately an unproductive event for networking opportunities, as it was structured as a seminar.

It was evident from the attitude among the audience that they were present only for the panel, as they were hesitant to network. Most attendees either worked with IT, or it was a strong hobby.

All in all, I would only attend this event again to increase my knowledge on the subject, however, I would not attend it for lead generation purposes.

 

Things of Note:

Location: International Chamber House

Highlight: Jenny Wang

Cost: $55

Hot Tip: Get there very early if you would like to network.

 

Ratings:

Venue: 3/5

Catering: 3/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 1/5

 

Total: 11/20

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

 

 

The Business of Marketing – Women in Business: Event Review

By | Business

On Thursday the 12th of April at 9:30am, I attended the ‘Business of Marketing – Women in Business’ event at the Melbourne Polytechnic Conference Centre.

The venue was spacious and comfortable with chairs set in rows for the presentation. The walls were lined with tables sporting white table clothes and platters of canapes and barrels of different coloured juices.

The morning began with a brief networking opportunity. The room was filled exclusively with women, who stood in clusters introducing themselves and politely asking questions about each other’s businesses. At 10am, everyone took their seat for the presentation.

All attendees were female and owned their own business. They were excited to learn about how to set up their own social media channels and work on their digital marketing activities.

I was fortunate enough to hear guest speaker, Emily Osmond, speak about starting her own business, Good Media, and content marketing.

Emily talked about believing in yourself and always giving value to clients before you ask for their business. This resonated with me professionally, as providing the highest value possible to clients is a value at Business Growth Partners. The entire crowd was engaged, and Q and A time was so popular it had to be cut short.

The last half an hour was set aside for another networking opportunity. I would attend the event again.

 

Things of Note:

Location: Melbourne Polytechnic Conference Centre

Highlight: Emily Osmond

Cost:

Hot Tip: Bring a notepad and pen

 

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 4/5

Speakers” 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 3/5

 

Total: 15/20

Marketing Women Inc: Wake Up with WMI, April 2018: Event Review

By | Business

On Tuesday the 10th of April at 7:30am, I attended the Marketing Women Inc event, ‘Wake Up with MWI, April 2018’ at Carat in South Melbourne.

The event boasted three incredible panel speakers, Joanne Markham, Executive Director of Aftersales at GM Holden, Mandy Henderson, Managing Director at Threat Communications and Elise Bucholz, Client Services Director at Time Out.

Approximately 50 women stolled into the venue between 7:30am and 8am in groups of colleagues and had a casual chat over fruit and danishes before the event officially started just before 8am.

Over the next hour, the panel talked about their experiences in the marketing world as women and shared the secrets of how to get ahead in the world of marketing. It is fortunate that the marketing industry is female dominated, therefore giving rise to a strong understanding among industry professionals of each other.

For myself, Joanne Markham truly shone as the star panellist. The crowd really responded to her story and yearned to hear more. She talked about the importance of authenticity in leadership and told the audience that she once cried in front of her team.

Joanne also spoke about maternity leave. She advised all women to ensure they stay in regular touch with the organisation during leave, check in with leadership departments every 6-8 weeks and ensure they know what you expect for when you return.

Joanne also spoke about the importance of having sponsors, which she described as the people who will advocate for you when you are not in the room. The best way to accumulate sponsors is to be a kind and genuine person that works hard.

All in all, it was a great event to hear three successful marketing women’s experiences. It filled me with motivation for the workday ahead of me. I would attend the event again.

 

Things of note:

Location: Carat, South Melbourne

Highlight: Joanne Markham

Cost: $30

Hot Tip: Bring a notepad and pen to take notes.

 

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 3/5

Speakers: 5/5

Networking Opportunity: 2/5

 

Total: 14 / 20

 

Melbourne Business Networking: The PM Club “Autumnal Networking” Event Review

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On Thursday the 22nd of March, I attended the PM Club “Autumnal Networking” Event hosted by Melbourne Business Network. The event was held at the Courtyard in the RACV Club on Bourke Street.

The event started off with an opportunity to network. As you walked in you were given two drink tickets for the bar. This was shortly followed by platters of canapes that were brought around by waiters.

It was a great chance to be able to have a chat to the other attendees. The live music gave the event a relaxed feel. However, it was slightly too loud and made it difficult to have a meaningful conversation.

Following this, President of the MBN, Bev Friend, made a small speech about the importance of making valuable connections during networking events. She also talked about how important it is that we are happy at work. During her speech, Friend mentioned that she did not wish for attendees to swap business cards, rather, she wanted the crowd to have meaningful interactions. Unfortunately, this set an atmosphere that made it difficult to collect business cards.

As usual for a Melbourne Business Networking event, we played a few games that involved the coloured sticker on our name tag. As we paired up with people with the correct colour, we talked about ways to improve the happiness at our respective work places.

Primarily, the people that attended the event were employees of various Not-For-Profits, and a few people who worked in small businesses. Although these kind of games can make people uncomfortable, everyone enjoyed talking about ways to create happiness during work.

I would attend this event again, as it was a good venue, good catering and all the attendees were really nice. Bev Friend is a good host and always has something to say from the heart.

Things of note:

  • Location: RACV Club Courtyard
  • Highlight: The Food
  • Cost: $30
  • Hot Tip: Have some fun things about yourself ready to say!

 

Ratings:

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

 

Total: 14 / 20

Tim Smith’s Speed Networking Review

By | Business

I attended Tim Smith’s speed networking breakfast on Monday 19th of March. The breakfast was a early wake up, starting at 6.45am at the Little Collins Street cafe, Henry and the Fox.

I was invited by Tim, from Sable International who successfully ran this event.

Before we began in our speed networking, we sat down and ate breakfast. I ordered the smashed avocado and cherry tomatoes on toast which was delicious. It was a great chance to relax and get to really know the attendees. .

The speed networking was very fast paced and loud but the cafe, Henry and the Fox was a perfect environment for a event like this as we were placed in a back room.

Similar to speed dating, there were two long tables where you sit across the table from a partner and have 30 seconds each to introduce and chat about your business. This is where it is important to master your pitch as 30 seconds is a very quick time frame to discuss your business!

 

The turn out for Tim’s speed networking event was really good, with up to 45 people attending. A few attendees stood up and spoke about other networking events around Melbourne that they find useful to attend such as Fresh Hub networking, Your Time Matters events and South East Manufacturing Association (SEMA). They host regular networking events every fortnight.

This event is a perfect opportunity to network and meet like minded individuals for someone who is new to networking.

Tim has a wide selection of networks from different industries. It is recommended that you join his mailing list as Tim sends regular emails with upcoming events each month.

Things to Note:

  • Location: 525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
  • Highlight: Meeting new people and learning about their business
  • Cost: $25 for breakfast
  • Hot Tip: Bring heaps of business cards and a pen

Ratings:

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

Total: 17/20

Business Builders Group Event Review

By | Business

On Tuesday the 13th of March, I attended a Business Builders Group (BBG) networking event. The event was held at The Australian Institute of Company Directors in Collins Street. The event was hosted by Geoff Hirsh, founder and CEO of BBG.

The Business Builder Group is a referral marketing group that focuses on creating synergy and collaboration between small businesses. The Group is designed to help small and medium business owners and leaders to develop and grow their businesses.

The event began with a light lunch and time for networking. The lunch was really nice, mainly fresh sandwiches and a variety of fruit. However, the networking opportunity was limited due to the arrangement of the room. The tables were set up to only allow small groups to have conversations, rather than just standing room, which encourages people to mingle with many others.

After lunch, we were all invited into another room that was set up like a lecture room. Geoff was a great speaker and interacted with the audience constantly throughout his presentation, ensuring everyone in the room was engaged. However, the presentation was slightly disappointing as it was very clearly a sales pitch. It did not teach the audience anything, only the benefits of becoming a Business Builders Group member.

I would recommend the event to anyone who are considering becoming a Business Builders Group Member.

 

Things of note:

  • Location: The Australian Institute of Company Directors, Collins St
  • Highlight: Lunch was great
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: Be interactive!

 

Ratings:

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

 

Total: 13 / 20

John Maltby Event Review: ‘Creating a Powerful Personal Brand’

By | Business

I attended John Maltby’s event about ‘How to Create a Powerful Personal Brand’.

The event was held at General Assembly on Williams Street. General Assembly hosts short-courses, events and workshops throughout the year.

The event was from 12.30-1.30pm which was convenient as it’s throughout lunch time and the location of the event was easy to get to via pubic transport.

John Maltby is a personal branding and career consultant. He focuses on helping his clients define their professional identity by uncovering their unique strengths and skills as well as promoting themselves by defining their core message.

John believes that your own personal brand is the new formula to a career success.

In saying that however, your personal brand can be easily damaged – just like pro golfer Tiger Woods and singer Chris Brown!

John outlined 3 crucial steps in creating your personal brand

  1. Define
  2. Refine
  3. Communicate

Define and deconstruct who you are and what value you bring at your work.

Refine and reconstruct your core message. Create a branding statement that captures who you are and what you do as well as identifying your top skills and your goals.

Communicate and self promote yourself. Highlighting on the importance of your digital presence and making sure that your LinkedIn is a well documented with key words to summarise your work ethic.

John believes ‘when you become visible, you become valuable’.

There was a good turnout to John’s event however there was a very little opportunity to network.

Majority of the attendees actually worked at General Assembly and came to listen to John on their lunch break. As soon as John finished speaking, a lot of the attendees left as they had to get back to work.

This event was the 1st session of his workshop series.

Each Wednesday from 12.30pm-1.30pm over the next five weeks, John will be speaking at General Assembly. His upcoming one hour sessions include perfecting your elevator pitch, creating the ultimate CV,  optimising your online presence and how to uncover the hidden job market.

These five sessions of his workshop are free to attend.

I would attend John’s events in the future. They were informative and he provided a lot of useful tips. The event also being during lunch hours is a bonus as it only took 15 minutes to get into the CBD.

Remember to bring a notepad or a laptop to note down what John is saying. Felt like an hour of power – as he goes through a lot of content and information in the space of one hour!

 

Location: GA Melbourne, 12A, 45 William Street, Melbourne, 3000

Cost: Free

Highlight: Was a very informative hour

Hot tip: Bring a laptop to take notes and get there early

 

Overall Rating

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 0/5There was no food or drinks on offer

Speaker: 4/5

Networking opportunity: 0/5

Total: 8/20

 

John Maltby defining what Personal Branding is

 

Startup Grind Melbourne: Startup Grind hosts Tony Wheeler (Lonely Planet) Review

By | Business

Startup Grind Melbourne kicked off 2018 with a lovely summer session at MYOB’s Melbourne office in Cremorne. While you’d expect a low turnout for an event in early January, storied guest speaker Tony Wheeler (Lonely Planet) made sure that a few dozen sparkling eyes were in attendance.

Tony regaled the audience by sharing anecdotes from Lonely Planet’s humble beginnings in the early 1970s to his and his wife Maureen’s most recent work with The Wheeler Foundation and the Global Heritage Fund. He also discussed how Lonely Planet was a very early adopter of digital publishing and even published its books and maps on portable devices in the 1990s and early 2000s. Interestingly, Tony noted that Lonely Planet’s offline sales have grown despite the overall physical book market shrinking – maybe we’re too worried about paying for data overseas to use our smartphones.

The majority of the attendees seemed to be 30-somethings who were looking for inspiration and advice on their next projects. We attended the event to meet some of these wide-eyed hopefuls to see how we could help them fulfill their dreams.

As for the venue itself, MYOB’s office certainly appeals to the start-up crowd, but its uncomfortable seating and small foyer was not conducive to a pleasant listening or networking experience. Speaking of networking, it would be a good idea to get StartUp Grind early if a storied speaker like Tony Wheeler is speaking because the majority of the crowd tends to flock around the speaker for photos, book signings, and a chance to chat.

All in all, Tony was the highlight of an otherwise okay start to StartUp Grind’s 2018 calendar.

 

Things of note:

  • Location: MYOB, 167 Cremorne St, Cremorne
  • Cost: From $30
  • Highlight:Tony Wheeler’s stories and photographs
  • Hot tip:Come early for a better chance at networking

Ratings

  • Networking opportunity: 3/5
  • Speaker: 4/5
  • Venue: 2/5
  • Food: 2/5

Total: 11/20