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Get Connected – Melbourne Business Network Event Review

By Business

This evening the Melbourne Business Network presented Get Connected, an event focused on improving networking skills of the attendees.


This event was held at the Blue Rock offices. The initial space was vastly different to any of the networking locations I had been in before. Styled after The Faraway Tree and other children stories, the location had a number of small nods to the stories I read as a kid. While it was a decidedly different space it was also a little distracting, with so many different items drawing your eye it took some concentration to really focus on the networking conversations.


Once the main portion of the event got underway we were shown to a conference room. The event was hosted by Bev Friend, President of Melbourne Business Network. Bev was an engaging presenter, constantly interacting with the audience and utilized her own experience to provide context and relevance.


Bev also covered how to interact productively with a number of different personality styles, covering the DISC personality breakdown. The presentation also provided tips on how to best do business with the different personality types. DISC consists of four major personalities, Dominant, Influential, Steady and Compliant.


The Dominant subset are the do-ers, they  get the job done efficiently and on time. Influential are the leaders, they motivate others to achieve. The Steady subset are the team player, loyal and patient. Compliant are the group who dot the i’s and cross the t’s, this group are analytical and thorough.


The majority of the attendees came from professional services firms, ranging from financial services through to strategic planning.


Overall the event was fantastic, providing many helpful tips for networking more effectively. As with the previous Melbourne Business Network event I went to earlier in the month, this evenings event was worth going to.


Things to Note

  • Location: Blue Rock, 414 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Entertaining presentation with many useful tips for networking
  • Cost: $33
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to listen closely


  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: N/A
  • Speakers: 4.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 12.5/15

The Pointy End of Sales Event Review

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This morning the Melbourne Business Network held an event, at the RACV City Club, titled “The Pointy End of Sales”. Initially there was a presentation by the RACV’s mobility team, introducing attendees to their new Carshare platform. Rivalling carsharing, such as GoGet or FlexiCar, RACV’s Carshare provides individuals and businesses with flexible, low cost car rentals.


The main speaker, James Tuckerman, then presented “The Pointy End of Sales”, aiming to educate the attendees on how to maintain an efficient sales funnel. The presentation was engaging and thoroughly entertaining. Working as any good funnel should, James began with the top, explaining the breakdown of your target market. Within your target market there are five different segments.

·         The “Yes” group: These customers need your services at this moment (3%)

·         The “Active” group: The customers in this segment are actively looking for you or your business (7%)

·         “Aware”: This group is aware of you or your Business but may not believe they need your service at this time (approx. 24%)

·         “Unaware” (approx. 36%)

·         “No”: AKA as Red flags. These people will always say no to your service. (30%)


The “Unaware” segment are likely to reject your offer unless they are made aware of the issues you can solve. The problem many businesses face is they operate under the belief that everyone is part of the “Yes” group.


As always, the RACV Club is a great place for networking, the food was good and the coffee was fresh (exactly what was needed at 7 am). The Melbourne Business Network seems to attract a wide range of people from every industry. I spoke with a number of technology based Business Owners, along with a few Managing Directors of financial services firms. I also had the chance to touch base with a couple of people I met at past networking events. 


I will definitely be attending more Melbourne Business Network events in the future.


Things to Note

  • Location: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Fantastic audience engagement
  • Cost: $35
  • Hot Tip: Get ready for an engaging presentation!


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

Total: 17/20

PM Club Melbourne Business Network June Event Review

By Business

I attended the PM Club networking event at the Cluster.

The PM Club is part of the Melbourne Business Network. A not-for-profit organsiation that exists to facilitate networking and connections for Melbourne based businesses.

The Melbourne Business Network is often a staple for small business owners who are just starting out in business and hosts events both in the morning through its AM Club and the evening.

The event that I attended was smaller than most of the other PM Club’s that I have been to in the past. Usually there are about 40 attendees at these types of event however this event seemed to have about half the number. I think the low attendance numbers may have had something to do with the weather as it was a freezing Melbourne day.

As with other PM Club’s there was the opportunity to easily network with other people in the room as they played games where you met people with a different colour dot to the one on your name card.

I knew quite a few people in the room having seen them at other networking events. The think that I like about the PM Club is how friendly the atmosphere is and the genuineness of the event organisers, most of whom are volunteers.

However, I find following leads up from this event very difficult as many seem to forget meeting at the event. So if you do go make sure that you follow up within a week otherwise it can be difficult to engage.

At the event they also presented awards to the winners of the 3000+ awards who were unable to make to the award ceremony.

Things to Note:

  • Location: The Cluster, 17/31 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Highlight:  The opportunity to network with almost everyone in the room
  • Cost: $40
  • Hot Tip: Make sure you follow up contacts within a week of meeting them


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

Total: 14/15



Yarra City Council Lunchbox Learning Event Review: ‘Make Sales Leads Find you’

By Business

I attended the Yarra City Council Lunchbox Learning session on Thursday 30th of November. The topic of discussion was on how to make sales leads find you.

The Lunchbox Learning sessions are hosted by the Yarra City Council. They have been running for the past 4 years and are held at the last Thursday of each month.

The intent of these sessions are for local businesses to get together to share their knowledge, listen and learn to the speaker and to have the opportunity to network.

As it was a lunchtime event running from 12pm-1pm, attendees could bring their lunch to eat or there was tea, coffee, cold water and biscuits provided for all.
It was quite humid and the temperature was hot during the day so being greeted to a cold glass of water was a great start to the session!

I attended this event through my contact Umesh Ratanje from Brompton & Co.

The speaker was Nerissa Atkinson who is the Creative Director and co-Founder of The Revery, a Marketing Agency based in Richmond.

The topic was how to make sales leads find you, Nerissa focused on two aspects which were making sure your band appeals and knowing where your target audience is looking.

Nerissa discussed the importance of content marketing. Content helps convert your website visitors into customers.
For content marketing to be effective, it must be creative and insightful. This enables your business to build relationships and add value to your brand.

As lunch can be a busy time, the event went for 1 hour and a lot of attendees left exactly at 1pm to get back to work on time. Arriving about 15-20 minutes earlier than the event provides you with a good opportunity to network with the attendees before listening to the speaker. There were 7 attendees are the lunchtime event which provided for a small and intimate group.

The cost of the event is free. All Lunchbox Learning sessions are free and are worthwhile attending. It was an informal event, allowing the attendees to sit down, relax and listen to the speaker throughout a lunchtime learning session before heading back to a busy afternoon at work.

Location: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121

Highlight: The speaker Nerissa, provided us with some good insights and tips on content marketing.

Cost: All sessions are free and it was a worthwhile event

Hot tip: The group of attendees were friendly and the biscuits were delicious

Rating: 3/5

Women’s Leadership Breakfast Review: ‘Owning Your Power In and Through Overwhelm’

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The event I attended was to celebrate women in business. I attended the Women’s Leadership Breakfast which ran from 9am-10.30am. The event was held in a boardroom at One Roof on City Road. One Roof is a co-working business space for women and provided a relaxing and bright open space for our breakfast.

The event was hosted by Kelly Tsagournos who is a development and transformational coach.  Her main focus is to empower and inspire women to thrive in their personal and professional lives.
Throughout these forums which Kelly hosts regularly. Kelly’s aim is to create a space for women who want to develop, grow and feel supported as well as making connections with like-minded women around them.

The topic of this breakfast event was owning your power in and through overwhelm. This session was to support women as we tackle the challenges, demands and opportunities that we face throughout our life. We started from the basics and discussed what the triggers and causes are of feeling overwhelmed, how we move through and manage this feeling as well as actions to be taken to reduce and prevent being overwhelmed.  Acknowledging and accepting that we as individuals often will feel overwhelmed throughout difference stages of our life is important.

The catering for the breakfast event was great. As the event started at 9am, I already had breakfast beforehand and was not expecting much food to be on offer. However when I arrived, there was a substantial selection of food! The selection included fruits, muffins and ham, cheese and tomato toasties which all were eaten up. Beverages such as hot chocolate, coffee and tea were also available.

There was not much of an opportunity to network throughout or after the event. The event was more of a informal group discussion where everyone had the chance to speak. It was a small, intimate group of women which provided a encouraging space to talk. Majority of the women at the breakfast had been to Kelly’s previous events before and were quite good friends with Kelly.

Location: One Roof, 77-79 City Road, Southbank, 3006

Highlight: The event was catered well for a breakfast and the topic of discussion was interesting

Hot tip: The group of women are really friendly

Rating: 3/5

Selection of breakfast at the Women's Leadership Breakfast

Selection of breakfast at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast

Australian British Chamber of Commerce Trivia Night Review: ‘Multimedia Trivia’

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This event was hosted by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), celebrating their first ever trivia night.

The event was held at Spaces Richmond, a co-working space with a unique interior design on Church Street. The co-working hub currently has over 250 office desks. They have just announced that two new Melbourne locations in the City will open in late 2018. Located at the Rialto and the T&G Building both on Collins Street.

We attended the event, with our friend and team-member Duncan Buchanan, the Director of Adept Research.

The event began a 6pm and ended at 9pm. The first hour, attendees arrived and had the opportunity to network with other attendees.

The trivia began at 7pm sharp where all attendees sat in their teams of 4 on a designated table and created a team name. There was about 20 teams who had signed up to attend the trivia night.

The trivia was run by a program called Quiz Meisters. Quiz Meisters is not your traditional trivia. The majority of the questions asked were based on multimedia either listening to a song, watching a video or looking at an image. As well as interactive questions where team members had to stand up and move around.

Quiz Meisters provided for a fun and exciting environment which was different to any other trivia we had participated in before. The layout of the event at Spaces Richmond also provided for a informal, spacious and relaxing tone to the night.

The catering for the event was excellent. The table filled with rice paper rolls, pork buns, chicken sandwiches, sausage rolls and corn fritters. We were able to take a plate to our table and eat throughout the event. The refreshments at the bar included beer, wine, champagne and soft drink.

Although there was an opportunity to network at the beginning of the night. It was not much of an official networking event as some attendees came to the trivia night in Richmond to just relax and enjoy a night of trivia.

Location: Spaces, 580 Church Street, Richmond, 3121

Cost: To submit a team of 4, cost is $120

Highlight: The location was interesting and the event was well catered for.

Hot tip: The trivia is not your traditional trivia. Come prepared for an interactive and fresh approach to trivia.

Rating: 3/5

Image from Australian British Chamber of Commerce Website

Marketing Womens Inc Breakfast Review: ‘Changes in Marketing’

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This breakfast event was to celebrate women in marketing and ran from 7.30am to 9am.
The event was organised by the Marketing Womens Inc where it was held at Y&R Melbourne on Collins Street. The layout of the building provided a friendly and welcoming setting for the networking event whilst we listened to the guest speakers.

The guest panel were Margie Reid (Managing Director of OMD) and Teresa Basile (Former General Manager of Marketing, Communications and Digital at GM Holden).
The two industry leaders discussed the impact of the changes that are taking place within marketing today in businesses as well as discussing some insights into their businesses.

As it was a morning event, most attendees left straight away to get to work on time which provided with limited opportunity to network after the event finished. There was the opportunity to network with the guests who were seated on your table.

The catering for the breakfast was a selection of pastries, toast and bagels as well as fruit. Beverages such as coffee, tea and fruit juices were also available.

The Melbourne Womens Inc (MWI) have regular networking events, as well as a mentoring program which focuses on empowering women and connecting women through marketing. You can sign up to become a mentor or a mentee here.

Location: Y&R Melbourne, Level 3, 162 Collins Street Melbourne, 3000

Highlight: The event was catered well for a breakfast and the guest speakers were interesting

Hot tip: Get in early before the breakfast selection run out and the MWI are starting an October Book Club event

Rating: 3/5

Breakfast at the MWI event

Breakfast at the MWI event

Breakfast at the MWI event


Guest speakers at MWI

Guest speakers at MWI

Lord Mayor’s Melbourne Day Oration & Cocktail Soiree Event Review

By Business

This event was to celebrate Melbourne Day. Robert Doyle, the Mayor of Melbourne spoke at the event about the future of Melbourne and also reflected on achievements within the municipality over the past year.

The event was organised by the Melbourne Business Network, was held at The Trust, a bar that is located in a heritage style building on Flinders Lane. Catering and the layout of the event provided a friendly and welcoming setting for networking.

The aim of the event was to provide small business owners to network with corporate organisations and discuss all things Melbourne. There was a wide mix of people in the room, with most attendees either being small business owners or Business Development Managers from corporate organisations. Most small business owners were either start ups or had their business for a considerable amount of time.

It was quite easy to network at the event as Melbourne Business Network provided the opportunity during the event to network with people that you may not know.

Location: The Trust, 405 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Cost: $40 for members, $60 for non members

Highlight: The event was well catered and the location was spectacular!

Hot tip: The Mayor spoke for a considerable amount of time – so if you attend this event in the future make sure to get in 15 minutes before the event starts so you can network with other participants.


Rating: 3/5