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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

Fresh Chapter Networking Event Review: ‘Digital Disruption & The Future of Businesses’

By | Business

I attended the Fresh Chapter in the Melbourne CBD. Fresh is a networking group that brings together business owners. Members of the CBD Chapter catch up fortnightly at the Melbourne Mint. Given its location, this group had a large amount of lawyers and financial brokers. In many ways Fresh is similar in composition to that of a BNI group as the meeting is structured, and its focus on providing members with referrals. As a guest it can be difficult to gain value from groups such as this as cliques have already been established, and this group was no different.

Given that the event was free, we had to purchase something from the venue. I bought a lemon, lime bitters that I later found out cost $12! So I would suggest that if you purchase something at this venue to avoid buying that.

The event consisted of time for members and guests to introduce themselves. I found that there were a large number of guests in the space. We also had to speak about a bone that we had broken. Interestingly, on of the lawyers told me that I could have a case with Telstra in regard to spraining my ankle at the end of last year – I guess that’s something I should have looked into in hindsight after spending about 6 months unable to properly walk or exercise.

There was also a discussion from one of the members about starting a business.

The speaker of the day spoke about digital disruption and the future of businesses and how they will be more reliant on digital technologies. I am not that sure how much knowledge he had on this topic as he was more of a business development manager rather than a IT professional. Regardless, the group was receptive to the presentation.

In conclusion, if you are new to business, and new to networking, this is probably a good group to attend to build you confidence.

Location: Melbourne Mint, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: Free

Highlight: Location was beautiful

Hot tip: Avoid the lemon, lime bitters – it’s not worth the price

Rating 2/5