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Club 3004 July 2018 Networking Event

By Business

I attended the Club 3004 July networking session at Lakeside Business Centre. Club 3004 is a networking group aimed at business owners based in the 3004 postcode precinct. The business network also attracts business owners based in surrounding suburbs and has been in existence for a substantial amount of time.

The event commenced with networking where we got to know other participants at the event. There was a large spread of cheeses and snacks available as we networked. I had previously attended Club 3004 about a year or so ago. Most people at this event were the same as those that had been there previously.

We were then ushered into a boardroom at the event where Mike Williams from Exit Value Advisors spoke about how business valuers evaluate the value of businesses. The discussion was insightful and raised important points around exiting a business, including the fact that there is a difference between a business valuation and the way that a business broker values a business. Most attendees at the event were service based business and Mike mentioned how these businesses need to separate the value that the business owner provides from the ability for the business to function on its own.

Once the formalities of the event finished, there was more time for networking, with most attendees choosing to remain at the event.

Over the years, Club 3004 has transformed from being a business group to very much a social group – where business owners can catch up for after work drinks.

Things to Note:

  • Location: Lakeside business centre, 4/150 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205
  • Highlight: Topic covered was universally useful to all business owners
  • Cost: $25.00
  • Hot Tip: If you are a local business looking for an outlet – this is a great networking group for you

Ratings:

  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 2/5
  • Total: 15/20

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

 

Empowerment in the Age of AI: Event Review

By Business

I attended the Empowerment in the Age of AI event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 31st of May.

The event was held at Pongo Labs on Queen Street from 12pm-2pm.

I wanted to attend this event to learn more about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how organizations around the world interact with AI. Artificial Intelligence is here, it’s now and its the future and we must accept this.

Arriving to Pongo Labs, there was a large selection of sandwiches, vegetable sliders, brownies and a coffee machine for all attendees to indulge in. The food was delicious and this served as a great way to mingle with the other guests before being seated.

We sat down to listen to the three key note speakers. The panelists included Johnathan Chang, Founder of Silverpond, Dee McGrath, the Managing Director of IBM Global and Professor Tim Miller from University of Melbourne.

Throughout the conversation, there was a live infographic artist, Luke Feldman who drew images on the backdrop screen to support the current discussions. This was a great addition to the event as the attendees loved seeing Luke’s drawings change and develop from topic to topic.

A lot of the attendees had introduced virtual personal assistants into their organisations. However I still believe that there is a huge value of having a personal assistant and face-to-face social interact in an organisation.

Overall the event was interesting however was more of a Q&A as the attendees spent most of the time asking the panelist questions. The majority of attendees already had their questions pre-prepared and knew about AI.

The event was well worth attending although I was hoping for the seminar to be an introduction to what is AI as well as time for the panelists to discuss their business and how they interact with AI. Instead of Q&A with the panelist.  I feel I did not really get to know the panelist well.

Things to Note:

Location: Pongo Labs, Level 20, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Highlight: The food

Cost: $69.00

Hot Tip: Get in early to eat the delicious food

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 3/5

Networking Opportunity: 1/5

Total: 14/20

Networking with a Twist – Event Review

By Business

I attended the ‘Networking with a Twist’ hosted by Your Time Matters on Tuesday 29th of May.

The event was held at the Deck in Brighton and ran from 5.30pm-8.30pm. Your Time Matters is a networking group ran by Kerryn Powell and her husband Leigh Powell for the past 8 years.

Your Time Matters hosts monthly events. They seek to build a trusted network emphasising on creating strong relationships and connections.

The guest speaker was Stephen Read, a landscape designer who spoke about the importance of collaboration and who we should seek to collaborate with. His motto is ‘Stop Collaborate and Listen’ and he had recently collaborated with a few attendees in the room designing their new gardens!

We were given a complimentary drink on arrival and there were shared cheese platters on each table. The attendees sat around on tables and answered questions given to us on our Your Time Matters ‘conversation cards’. These questions were either personal or professional related and designed to have the group talking. Through this we were able to find solutions, share knowledge and see connections.

The idea of asking questions was an interesting aspect to the night which was different to simply networking. This was a great discussion tool and you learnt more about all attendees. The event wasn’t primarily about networking, it was more focused on building relationships with all attendees.

As this is a monthly ran event, the majority of attendees knew each other quite well and had been coming for a while to Your Time Matters events!

The type of attendees were IT and web developers, inter designers and other small business owners.

I found the event worthwhile to attend it was enjoyable and I left with new ideas and connections.

Things to Note:

Location: The Deck, 212 Bay Street, Brighton

Highlight: The conversation cards

Cost: $60

Hot Tip: Come with an open mind

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 3/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 14/20

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

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

 

 

Fireside Chat: The Future of Work: Event Review

By Business

I attended Fireside Chat: The Future of Work on Wednesday 11th of April. The event was held at WeWork, a co-working space in the heart of the CBD on Elizabeth street.

The shared space layout at WeWork was very interesting with various areas to set up for work as well as meeting rooms to book for clients. There was a large outdoor seating space too with a lot of co-workers from WeWork mingling together.

The attendees were a selection of university students, attendees who wanted to come and listen to the key speakers and members of the WeWork collaborative space.

Georgia Beattie, the executive manager of Spacely moderated the discussion between the panelists. The theme was the future of work which is the theme for the entire of April for WeWork.

The panel included Tony We from Weploy, Jamie Dawson from WeWork, Jane Pirovich from Hall & Wilcox and Julian Waters Lynch from TypeHuman. These panelist came together to discuss the ways in which technology and innovation are influencing the way of the future of the workplace.

The changes in culture, fast advancement of technology and work hours have developed over the years. These changing conditions are affecting the way we work, where we work and when we work with a huge focus on work-life balance and flexibility.

Majority of the panel discussed the benefits of working in a creative co-working space. The are around 80-90 spaces in the city alone. This will continue to grow as workers understand the importance of creating a shared workplace environment especially for the evolving start-up and entrepreneur culture in Melbourne.

Overall I really enjoyed the panel discussion as well as hearing their personal stories within their industries of work.

Things to note:

Location: WeWork, Level 4, 152 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000

Highlight: Very interesting discussions by the panel

Cost: Free

Hot tip: There was no food so make sure to bring a snack. Could get a water from the co-working space bar.

 

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 0/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 12/20

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

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