On Tuesday the 21st, myself and Business Growth Partners Director, Natalia, attended the Winning the Game on the New eBay – What’s working in 2018. The event was hosted by guest speaker; Neil Waterhouse, a multi-million dollar seller and author of Million Dollar eBay Business From Home. The event was held at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Unfortunately, our experience did not start off positively. Natalia and I arrived at the venue at 6:30pm to find that we were unable to use the elevators and there was no one in the lobby floor to guide us to level 3. We walked around the lobby floor but could not find an alternative way to get to level 3, or did we see any signage to direct us.
After this, we were slightly annoyed and decided to recheck the Eventbrite event page as well as the tickets we pre-purchased. We had the address, date and time of the event correct. 20 minutes had passed since we’d first arrived and we were close to leaving when Natalia spotted “level 18” in one of the last paragraphs on the event page. We were confused, as both the tickets and the location listed on the event stated “level 3.” Fortunately, the elevators carried us to level 18 without an incident.
Our evening’s bad start was indicative of the event ahead. Frustrated with the unprofessional management of the event, we slipped into the room which was set up as a lecture hall, and took our seats. Neil Waterhouse, the guest speaker was already underway with his presentation. Although it seemed as though he was extremely knowledgeable and experienced in developing a business model around selling on eBay and Amazon, he was not a very engaging speaker.
Almost immediately, Natalia and I realised that the people attending the event were those who were looking to make a quick dollar online, rather than small business owners that were invested in their businesses and looking to develop another channel to market. We also realised, that there wasn’t going to be a networking segment of the event, as much of the time was being taken by tedious questions from the crowd. At 7:10pm, we decided it was a waste of time and left.
In conclusion, we were disappointed with event. The management of the event was unprofessional, the speaker was unengaging and there did not appear to be any attendees that we would be able to create an exchange of value with.
Summary of event
- Location: Institute of Chartered Accountants Level 18, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
- Cost: $10 per person
- Highlight: No highlight.
- Hot Tip: Do not attend this event if you want to network.
- Networking opportunity: 0/5
- Speaker: 2/5
- Venue: 2/5
- Food: 0/5