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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

 

VTIC’s July Mixer Event Review

By | Business

Each month the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) holds a networking mixer for the tourism and events industry. This month I attended the event, held at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, one of the largest tourist destinations in Melbourne. Sea Life opened up their Mermaid Garden are for this event. A wonderful space that affords a spectacular view of the creatures of the deep.

There was a brief welcome speech from the General Manager of Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, covering the philanthropy and promotions that Sea Life has undertaken recently and are planning in the future. One of the many events Sea Life has coming up is Sea Life Nights, taking place on the 31st of August giving the young at heart a chance to wander through the aquarium with a cocktail in hand.

Many of the attendees for the mixer were from the tourism industry, ranging from Business Development managers from hotels to single operator tour operators.

To encourage conversation between individuals from different industries VTIC organised fish varieties to be added to the name tags that were collected by attendees during registration. The idea behind the fish names was to find your fellow fish and use that as a sort of ice-breaker to initiate conversation.

 

One of the many fascinating individuals I spoke with runs environmentally focused tours through the Yarra Valley, catering to corporate groups and tourists alike.

VTIC and Sea Life provided an array of finger food throughout the event, all of which looked and tasted wonderful. Ironically (and quite to my amusement) a significant portion of the food on offer was seafood, with sashimi and fish cakes making the rounds as attendees arrived.

Overall the event was a fantastic opportunity to network with a variety of people from the tourism industry in one of the most interesting networking venues I have seen so far.

Things to Note:

  • Location: Sea Life Melbourne, corner King and Flinders Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: The stunning sea life on display
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: Take a large stack of business cards

Ratings:

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

Total: 12.5/15

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

 

VTIC 2018 Mixer Series Event: June Tourism Networking Event Review

By | Business

On June 6th, the Syneka Marketing team attended an event hosted by the VTIC. The event was held at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium at Flinders Street.

The VTIC Mixer series is held monthly throughout the year, from February to December 2018, to provide business development and networking opportunities to all members.

We were warmly welcomed with champagne and nibbles upon arrival, and all attendees gathered in a large room surrounded by sea life visible through glass wall barriers. VTIC representative, Robert Ratcliffe welcomed all attendees to the event and introduced a Sea Life representative to give us information about the night, and encourage everyone to meet and enjoy the venue.

We attended the event as a team, and it was a great way to finish off a busy day at work and have a glass of Champagne together in such an amazing venue!

The event was from 6 pm- 8 pm, and as the speakers spoke briefly at the start, there was a lot of time to look at the sea life and meet other people. The nibbles were great and there was a lot of it to go around the event, such as Mushroom Gnocchi and Mexican Tortillas.

However, due to the size of the venue, people were intrigued by the seal life and walking around to see all of the sea creatures which made it quite difficult to engage in a conversation with others. Signs with the event name would be useful to save people time trying to find the event entrance, as it was quite hidden.

This was a great event to finish of a busy day at work, despite the lengthy time for networking, the venue made it quite difficult, so I wouldn’t recommend this to people who only want to network. However, it is great for a team catch up after work!

Things to Note:

Location:

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Corner King and Flinders Streets

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Cost: Free

Highlight: The sea life and the food

Hot Tip: Take a camera, as the lighting looks amazing at night

Overall Rating:

Network Opportunity: 2/5

Speakers: 1/5

Venue: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Total: 11/20

StartUp Grind Event: Global Female Founders Month

By | Business

On May 23rd, Natalia and I attended an event hosted by StartUp Grind. The event was held at the Zendesk venue at Queen Street in Melbourne.

StartUp Grind holds events after work hours throughout the year, to accommodate the busy working individuals that come along straight after work. The event started at 6:00 pm with networking and food, a Fireside Chat at 7:00 pm, and finished with networking at 8:00 pm.

The event was hosted by Nick Bell, one of Australia’s most prolific self-made businessmen, who started WME in his bedroom with only $400 and sold his business to Melbourne IT for $39 million. He organised three female entrepreneurs who have successfully launched their own businesses, such as Dr Kate Cornick, Shahirah, and Emily Rich.

Dr Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s lead start up development agency. She made sure to emphasise that being a ‘CEO’ is not as glamorous as people believe, and involves a lot of responsibility. She mentioned the stresses involved of having a high job position, by drawing on previous experiences and failures to discuss the importance of work-life balance and listening to your mind and body through stressful times, in order to make appropriate choices.

Shahriah is the co-founder of Finch, a financial app for your social life that helps you track your social spending and pay and request money instantly. She agreed with Kate, and shared that when you start a business, it is everything to you, you live and breathe it, and therefore it can take its toll on friendships and family. She brought up the commonly held belief that ‘when you start a business you have no life’, and mentioned that for people who are passionate about their business, this is a choice that they make. Shahriah relaxes and takes her mind of work by getting up early in the morning to do yoga.

Emile Rich is a young woman with a wealth of knowledge at such a young age. She is a tech entrepreneur, having sold Jemsoft to a publicly listed IoT company in 2017, she now invests in projects at their early stage. She shared that from her own personal experience with gaining venture capital, it is crucial not to take the first investor’s offer, and to choose your investors wisely by looking at what they can bring to the table. Therefore, she only invests in start-ups based on what she can bring to their team.

The guest speakers discussed the processes involved in starting a business, and the struggles faced along the way. In particular one of the struggles raised by a member of the audience was sexism and asked whether the entrepreneurs whether they have experienced and how they handled it. Shahriah answered this by saying that in a meeting she was presenting, she was ignored by her male audience and all questions asked were directed to her male colleague. She handled this situation by carrying on with the meeting politely, despite knowing immediately that she would not take any investment offers from them.

There were some attendees who were passionate about technology and others who plan to start their own business in the future and wanted to gain insights from the experiences of successful entrepreneurs.
We attended this event to organise appointments with people who want to grow their businesses and reach their goals. We met individuals who have started a business and would like to receive structured support through our Marketing Governance Framework to make more informed business decisions.

The women were well informed, and discussed their experiences starting a business and the processes involved in gaining investment. However, the discussions were constrained to starting a business and did not delve into the successful management of the business and maintaining momentum over the long-term.

Location:

Zendesk

67 Queen Street, Melbourne , VIC 3000

Cost:
$25 per person

Highlight:
The chance to meet passionate individuals

Hot Tip:
Get there as early as possible to network before the Fireside Chat starts, as people tend to leave after the speakers have finished

Take Outs:
Work-life balance is so important to run a successful business
Ignore sexist remarks
Only accept investors who can bring something to the table
The Government has a lot of work to do in assisting start-up businesses in Victoria

Overall Rating:

Network Opportunity: 3/5
Speakers: 3/5
Venue: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Total: 13/20

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

DM Forum: Dando and LinkedIn Present: Event Review

By | Business, Uncategorized

On the first Tuesday in May, Business Growth Partners attended the DM Forum hosted by Frank Chamberlin. The event was held at the Monash Conference Centre on Collins Street from 6-8pm.

The DM Forum is an casual after-work function that is held quarterly on a Tuesday evening throughout the year.

The presenters for the event were Steve Crough, Founder of the Dando, as well as Helen Hollins, the General Manager of Dando.  A digital agency in Richmond. The second speaker was Kae Hum, Head of Enterprise Sales for LinkedIn.

Kae Hum was a great public speaker and kept the audience engaged through his presentation. LinkedIn has over 550 million members globally. ! As majority of individuals and business owners have a LinkedIn presence, it was interesting to learn about the tactics for businesses to reach their marketing objectives through LinkedIn.

The DM Forum is always great to attend, Frank makes such an effort to connect individuals and businesses owners together. Every time I go, I meet a selection of interesting attendees who are at the DM Forum out of interest of the speaker and enjoy the great event that Frank hosts.

The sandwiches are a favourite and a highlight with the crowd.

There is limited time to network at the event – it is key to get to the venue before 6pm to have a opportunity to network with like minded individuals. The type of attendees were a lot of Monash marketing students as well as digital agencies. The key speakers tend to speak for about an hour and a half. In this case, make sure you get in early to network and to eat some of Frank’s sandwiches!

Things to Note:

Location: Monash Conference Centre, Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

Highlight: The sandwiches and speakers

Cost: $32

Hot Tip:  Get in early to network

 

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 4/5

Network Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 16/20

 

Steve Crough from Dando presenting

Kae Hum from LinkedIn presenting

Alibaba Group – Conversation with Daniel Zhang: Event Review

By | Business

Megan and I attended  the Alibaba Group: Conversation with Alibaba Group Global CEO Daniel Zhang on Monday 23rd of April.

The event was held at the Plaza Ballroom, on 191 Collins Street, Melbourne. The venue was incredible and the interiors were stunning. We arrived to a red carpet entrance where attendees were able to get their photo taken with the Alibaba sign behind.

Walking down into the ballroom, it was quite interesting to view the various selection of products on show that Alibaba sell online including vitamins, Kathmandu jackets, baby powder formula, goat milk moisturizes, petfood and sunscreen.

The MC was Ticky Fullerton who moderated the discussion with Daniel Zhang, he was fascinating to listen to and so modest. The atmosphere was electric as all attendees came out of interest to listen to Daniel and the other speaks talk. Following on, we were introduced to four new high level panellist who discussed more about the platform and its use.

The panel included Christine Holgate, the Managing Director and Group CEO of Australia Post, Damien Gance, Co-Founder of Chemist Warehouse, Jessica Rudd, Founder of Jessica’s Suitcase and Maggie Zhou the Managing Director of the Alibaba Group.

The evening continued on after the discussions, were there was a cocktail reception with a big selection of food and drinks. The catering was delicious and some of the best food I have eaten at an event this year.

As it was quite hard to chat while we were seated. There was a chance however to network with the attendees during the cocktail reception. Majority of the attendees we encountered were either managers or business development managers from companies which sell on Alibaba.

Overall, we were extremely impressed by the turn out and set up of this event and hope Alibaba hosts more events in the future.

Things to Note:

Location: Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Highlight: The food and the key speakers

Cost: $38

Hot Tip: Linger near the waiters who are serving food

 

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 4/5

Network Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 16/20