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#LinkedInLocal Event Review

By Business

This evening #LinkedInLocal held a panel discussion on How to Attract Your Audience Through Storytelling. Held at the Launchpad Hub in Richmond, the event was open to professionals looking to make connections within their community.


There was a wide variety of people present at the event, ranging from news reporters and social media influencers through to hospitality and events specialists. The panel consisted of a news reporter, a Social Media Influencer and a business coach.


The panel discussions were very interesting, covering the how to develop a story, keep your audience engaged and what drives a good story. The panelists were engaging and provided a number of good points. One of the stand-out points that was made is it is better to focus on Noah rather than the Ark. Making your story about people, rather than the facts, allows the audience to relate to the story, by imagining themselves in the shoes of the protagonist.


Once the panel discussions were concluded the attendees were encouraged to break into small groups to discuss creating their own story. The group based discussions were interesting, allowing attendees to share their experiences of sharing their story and learn from others who have shared their story successfully. Attendees were encouraged to record short videos of their story, while this was a good way to get people involved I found that some people were not as comfortable sharing their story on camera.


Overall the event was enjoyable, encouraging people to participate through the exercise after the panel was different. The attendees were incredibly varied and worth taking the time to talk to. I would attend events with #LinkedInLocal again.


Things to Note

  • Location: LaunchPad Hub, 10 Kingston Street, Richmond
  • Highlight: Friendly group of attendees
  • Cost: $30
  • Hot Tip: Get there early and make the most of the networking


  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 3.5/5
  • Speakers: 4.5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 16/20

Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce Presents; Cyber Security: Are you Cyber Ready? – Event Reivew

By Business

This evening the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) held a discussion around Cyber Security and preparing for a cyber threat. After all with cyber threats it is a matter of when, rather than if, you and your business will be affected.


The panel consisted of two Cyber Security experts, Telstra’s Chief Security and Compliance Officer and a Crisis Communications expert. Given the variety of these individuals it was interesting to hear their differing views cyber threats. The common theme of the discussion was preparedness when it comes to cyber threats. Rather than protecting everything, restricting your businesses capabilities, businesses should prepare for how they are going to deal with the fallout from a cyber attack.


One of the biggest concepts that came from the discussion was that a rapid response to cyber issues is vital. The response does not have to provide answers to the issue, but rather “an issue has occurred and this is how the business is going to deal with the matter”.


The attendees of the event were an event split, between students in Information Systems degrees and professionals either in Cyber Security or related fields. I spoke with a member of a Canadian owned security hardware company, a recruitment agent specialising in Information Systems and some colleagues of both the CACC and the panellists.


Overall the topic was insightful, the panellists were engaging and often discussed among themselves without much prompting from the moderator and there were a number of individuals within the audience that had their own insights into the content. The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce put on a relevant and fascinating discussion and I would definitely attend more events in the future put on by the Chamber.



Things to Note

  • Location: Telstra Customer Insights Centre, Level 1, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Engaging panel discussion around a vital topic for businesses in the current environment
  • Cost: $22
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to ask plenty of questions when you can


  • Venue:  3/5
  • Catering: N/A
  • Speakers: 5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 12/15