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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

 

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

Startup Grind Melbourne: Startup Grind hosts Tony Wheeler (Lonely Planet) Review

By | Business

Startup Grind Melbourne kicked off 2018 with a lovely summer session at MYOB’s Melbourne office in Cremorne. While you’d expect a low turnout for an event in early January, storied guest speaker Tony Wheeler (Lonely Planet) made sure that a few dozen sparkling eyes were in attendance.

Tony regaled the audience by sharing anecdotes from Lonely Planet’s humble beginnings in the early 1970s to his and his wife Maureen’s most recent work with The Wheeler Foundation and the Global Heritage Fund. He also discussed how Lonely Planet was a very early adopter of digital publishing and even published its books and maps on portable devices in the 1990s and early 2000s. Interestingly, Tony noted that Lonely Planet’s offline sales have grown despite the overall physical book market shrinking – maybe we’re too worried about paying for data overseas to use our smartphones.

The majority of the attendees seemed to be 30-somethings who were looking for inspiration and advice on their next projects. We attended the event to meet some of these wide-eyed hopefuls to see how we could help them fulfill their dreams.

As for the venue itself, MYOB’s office certainly appeals to the start-up crowd, but its uncomfortable seating and small foyer was not conducive to a pleasant listening or networking experience. Speaking of networking, it would be a good idea to get StartUp Grind early if a storied speaker like Tony Wheeler is speaking because the majority of the crowd tends to flock around the speaker for photos, book signings, and a chance to chat.

All in all, Tony was the highlight of an otherwise okay start to StartUp Grind’s 2018 calendar.

 

Things of note:

  • Location: MYOB, 167 Cremorne St, Cremorne
  • Cost: From $30
  • Highlight:Tony Wheeler’s stories and photographs
  • Hot tip:Come early for a better chance at networking

Ratings

  • Networking opportunity: 3/5
  • Speaker: 4/5
  • Venue: 2/5
  • Food: 2/5

Total: 11/20

The Simbisa Session Review: ‘How Businesses can Avoid Issues’

By | Business

The event was to recognise the issues faced by businesses today and how to avoid these issues within your own business.

This event was held at the Cluster on Queen Street from 6pm to 9pm. The event featured light refreshments before sitting down to listen to the Co-Founders of Simbisa Law, Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea.

The Co-Founders and hosts of the event Rugare Gomo, a solicitor and Luke Galea, a business coach presented discussions and ideas to the audience in an engaging and unique way.
The main discussions were about the many issues faced by businesses today and the solutions to avoid these issues. These discussions included how to avoid a bad partnership and the steps taken to work effectively with your co-founders and your shareholders in your business.
Rugare provided the audience with examples of business issues from their past client which Simbisa Law had deal with and the outcomes of these business issues.

The informative workshop followed by an open Q&A session from the audience to ask questions.

The attendees of the event were a mix of business coaches, lawyers, accountants and business owners. There was a small opportunity to network before and after the event.

Location: The Cluster, 17/31 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3004

Cost: Free

Highlight: The discussion was engaging and the food was good.

Hot tip: Get in early as there is food at the event. There was limited time to network before and after the event

Rating: 1/5

Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea presenting at the Simbisa Session

Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea presenting at the Simbisa Session