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VCCI Speed Networking Event Review

By | Business

Tonight the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) held another of their Fast Forward – Speed Networking events. This time the event was held at Pitcher Partners new offices on Collins Street, with a stunning view and an expansive space, it was a great location for the event.

 

As with the previous Speed Networking events, asides from the event last week, each conversation lasted for two minutes. This was enough time to provide an introduction to your business and learn more about the other person’s business.

 

Speaking more or less constantly for around an hour in a loud room is always an interesting challenge. Some people were fairly difficult to hear as they were softly spoken, but the majority of attendees made sure they were easily understood.

 

The attendees of the event ranged from Lawyers with varying size law firms, through to hospitality specialists and everyone in between.  Speed Networking always represents a fantastic way to meet a large number of contact fairly efficiently, while still having a meaningful conversation with them. I also spoke with a few people I had met before. Both during the Speed Networking portion of the event and the networking opportunities at both ends of the event.

 

The catering presented by Pitcher Partners and VCCI was fantastic, including a wonderful slow cooked lamb and polenta canape! None of the canapes disappointed, all offering something different and equally tasty.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this month’s Speed Networking event and will definitely attend the next event in November.

 

 

Things to Note

  • Location: Pitcher Partners, 664 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Fantastic way to meet a large number of contacts
  • Cost: 
  • Hot Tip: Make sure to bring plenty of business cards

Ratings:

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

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

 

 

Victorian Chamber – After Dark at Mercedes Me

By | Business

Ruby and I attended the Victorian Chamber after dark event that was held at Mercedes Me.

In the marketing world Mercedes Benz is well known as being a pioneer in defining the customer experience across their purchase journey from pre purchase activities to purchase and post purchase.

As part of the pre purchase and post purchase phase of the customer journey the brand has created Mercedes Me cafes. These cafes provide potential and existing customers the chance to experience the brand and what it stands for.

The venue itself looks kind of like a giant tree house with wooden paneling, plenty of plants and sleek bars on both the  top and bottom levels. There was also a car situated on the bottom floor that was part of their AMG range.

The event was packed with close to 100 people in attendance. When Ruby and I got to the event the top floor looked like it was already at capacity. Catering for the event was provided by South Melbourne local St Ali- so the food and wine were a great complement to the event. St Ali has a cafe within the venue.

The CEO of Mercedes Benz Australia Horst von Sanden spoke at the event. Horst is an unusual CEO as he rose up the ranks by holding marketing roles. Often we find from our experience CEO of organisations of the breadth and depth of Mercedes Benz usually have CEOs with and Accounting or legal background so Horst was a refreshing change. He spoke about the fact that he came from marketing being something that really helps him to get ahead in his role.

 

Attendees at the event were a diverse mix. As with many other Victorian Chamber events, there were plenty of Business Development Managers. I have to admit that the presence of so many business development managers in some way as a business owner is a bit off putting as everyone is very “salesy”. There are the usual screening questions of name, position, organisation size and clients that we work with and when they don’t see the opportunity, they move on. If I was a business development manager, I would find this event a waste of time as it would not have been of value for me to network with other business development managers.

The event also attracted business coaches, lawyers and bank managers. I found that they seemed rather out of place within the glitz and show that the business development managers were putting on. It was quite awkward going to this event as a business owner – and I am not sure if I would go to this type of event again. We have in the past spoken to the Chamber about this however they continue to run their events this way which would most likely lead them to have a high turn around in membership numbers. It is like hitting brick wall sometimes speaking with the Victorian Chamber when making suggestions on how to improve – perhaps looking at their marketing governance/ marketing strategy may assist them? Eventually things will need to change.

The speaker at the event had a fascinating story, and so does Mercedes in terms of its customer experience and brand promise. It would have been great if they could have spoken about this more, and perhaps provided a tour of the venue and why it has been designed they way it is set out. I think this may have also led to a different crowd attending the event and also enabled Mercedes to really shine.

Things to Note:

Location: Mercedes Me Store 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Highlight: The amazing Mercedes car in the cafe!

Cost: Member rate

Hot Tip: This is an event more for a networking pro as many of the attendees were business development managers

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 3/5 – Liked the Mercedes speaker

Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 14/20

 

VECCI Fast Forward Speed Networking Event Review

By | Business

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) held its speed networking event on Wednesday 11th of October.
The event was from 5.30pm-8pm at Citadines on Bourke Street.

VECCI Fast Forward Speed Networking event is quite similar to a speed dating event where you sit across from an individual, you are given a total of two minutes to network with the business owner before moving onto the next business contact.

The attendees are the Fast Forward event contained a mix of business development managers, small business owners and relationship managers from corporate organisations such as banks and Universities.

The venue at Citadines had high ceilings and when all participants spoke at once, the event become very loud. Don’t forget to bring in a glass of water in as you are speaking quite fast and loud.
Overall, you meet up to about 20 people throughout the night.

There is the opportunity after the formal networking rounds are finished, to further network with like-minded individuals over drinks and canapes until the event ends.

Location: Citadines on Bourke Street, 131/135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $60 members, $80 non members

Highlight: Being able to meet a selection of interesting businesses in one night

Hot tip: To remember to bring a lot of business cards to the event so you don’t run out

Rating: 2/5

 

 

Attendees at the VECCI Fast Forward Event

Attendees at the VECCI Fast Forward Event

Attendees at the VECCI Fast Forward Event

 

Small Business Festival: VECCI Fast Forward Networking Event Review

By | Business

For the Small Business Festival Victorian Chamber held its speed networking event at Citadines on Bourke Street.

Fast Forward is a similar style event to speed dating where you have a total of four minutes to network with other business owners. Overall, the Fast Forward events you see about 25 people.

The event for the small business festival was well attended and contained a mix of small business owners and business development managers representing corporate organisations who have packages for small businesses. The venue had very high ceilings and this made the event very loud. For someone such as myself who has a soft voice, I found this event very challenging to attend. I even had a participant leave me mid networking to get herself a glass of water. This networking event is not for someone who get’s easily offended.

Location: Citadines on Bourke Street, 131/135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $60 members, $80 non members

Highlight: Being able to reconnect with regular attendees – that’s where the real value is

Hot tip: If you have a soft voice make sure that you follow up leads a day or two after the event as people may not have heard what you said

Rating: 1/5