- Do you think speakers make or break a networking event?
So, do you think speakers make or break a networking event?
Before I give you my opinion it’s important to have context. There are a couple of traditional networking styles that you should understand.
FIRST. Pass referrals in structured held accountable, slapped on the wrists if you don’t pass referrals style meeting.
SECOND. Free flowing networking, Think drinks style event.
THIRD. Networking Activities. Think Speed Networking, structured event to get you results.
FOURTH. Speaker Events.Continue reading →
- Train Your Mind To Look For Collaborations In the early days, months and years of business, it can be all-consuming to look for the right Clients – the people who can pay your bills and keep you being paid for doing something you love.But, at some point, the ‘chasing’ of clients on your own can become …– a bit boring– a bit tough– a habit that keeps you playing smaller than your potential.That is where Collaboration comes to play. But, how do you know who will make a good Collaborative partner? How can you work out if you will get as much as you will give, out of a relationship?There’s no doubt about it that a Partner – someone you are jumping in to business bed with – needs to be as committed to the outcome of your collaboration as you are. And, it’s not always a fast thing. Sometimes you can meet a Collaborative Partner who makes sense straight off the bat. You have each other’s clients and offer different but complementary services.Continue reading →
- The 6 Must-Have Considerations for your next Special Event
BY: Guest Contributor, Annie Noon, Head Snapper at Fotoforce Photography
The Business League has a wealth of knowledge inside its community. This year, we’ll be sharing the biggest and most impacting tips and tactics from our senior leaders inside our membership. Today, our long-time member, Partner and resident photographer Annie Noon shares how you can get the best photographic evidence of your next special business event.
You’re organising a Special Event and you want some awesome, scintillating, eye-catching images to record and showcase this event for all time. There are 6 things that we know, from decades in the business, that you should include in order to make the most of your opportunity.Continue reading →
- Would you like to know the best piece of networking advice I have to offer?
You see, my wife and I have been at the helm of The Business League for nearly 6-years and the Business League is now nearly 10-years old.
So in the 6-years I’ve been running networking events, I think I’ve seen a thing or two, but before I give you the ‘BEST ADVICE EVER’, let me put it in context. I started networking over 10-years ago and whilst I didn’t mind it, I was CRAP at it.
You see I was naturally an introvert.
I didn’t want to be the centre of attention.
I wasn’t great at interrupting a conversation.
I would gravitate to people I knew.
I struggled to leave rubbish conversations.
I would get nervous when I had to stand up and talk about myself in front of 30-people (I used to give orders to 150-soldier… Go figure…Continue reading →
- Five Reasons Your Business Needs PR
By Guest Contributor, Amanda Williams, Yellowpanda Ringleader
FROM getting clients in the media, to building online reputations and establishing individuals as thought leaders, public relations can help differentiate businesses and brands from the competition.
While the role of a PR professional spans a range of disciplines, including corporate and crisis communications, digital and social media management, and strategic content creation, it ultimately focuses on building trust, reputation and lasting relationships with stakeholders.
Through multi-channel platforms, including print, online and audio, clients can build credibility, expand their presence and control the story they want to tell.Continue reading →
- How to Avoid Online Cowboys
BY: Guest Contributor, Damian Papworth, CEO SEO Resellers Australia
The Real SEO Support That Digital Marketing Agencies Need Today: White Label SEO Professionalism
The Business League has a wealth of knowledge inside its community. This year, we’ll be sharing the biggest and most impacting tips and tactics from our senior leaders inside our membership. Today, our long-time member and international businessman Damian Papworth shares how your company can avoid the pitfalls of digital marketing.
Australian digital marketing agencies experience day-to-day frustrations in creating, managing and profiting from SEO practices for their clients. There are a number of reasons for this. Expensive local resources, lack of knowledge of the intricacies of SEO, the time it takes to effectively execute an SEO campaign. The list goes on.Continue reading →
- 4 common networking problems and how to fix them in 2018
One: not knowing why you’re networking…
As someone who knows networking like the back of my hand, many people assume that I justContinue reading →
have a natural knack for it that others simply don’t possess. This is far from the truth. I am actually
not a natural networker. So I’ve experienced my share of setbacks, awkward conversations, and
being stuck with the wrong person on my way to where I am now, running the Business League on a full time basis. This 2018, I’d like to help others to overcome the four most common problems that people face in networking. These are the four core problems that can give you a varying array of bad results. If you address these you will dramatically improve the results from your networking.
I’ve personally been in each situation before and have experienced what it takes to get out of it. This blog will tackle the first problem.
- 3 Secrets for Successfully Growing a Team in a Transient Tourism Industry
Guest Blogger: Amery Burleigh, General Manager, Sofitel Broadbeach
Tourism and hospitality are one of the biggest sectors of the Australian economy, with spending expected to exceed $167 billion by 2025. Demand is expected to increase in the future, but staffing remains a major concern. The hospitality industry is famous for its high turnover, and transient nature, and finding and hiring the right staff is considered a major challenge for 54% of all hospitality business owners and managers. So, what can they do about this? I believe the answer lies in having a structured approach, which leads to a low turnover and high engagement.As someone who’s cut her teeth and risen through the ranks in the local and international hospitality industry, I’ve come up with three core secrets of success that can help you find and retain happy and suitable staff. Here are my very simple secrets of success:Continue reading →
- 10 top business strategies from a global real estate business owner
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The Australian real estate industry has never been better, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy field to work in. Speculation and market forces can make or break a business in the blink of an eye, so it’s essential to have a business strategy informing your decision making. As someone who’s been on the market for decades, I’ve come to rely on 10 strategies to take me from strength to strength:
- What selling sex products can teach you about making your business succeed
It’s never easy to take a leap of faith into the unknown. Yet this is exactly what Keith Jones did when he started selling adult romance products in Australia, many years ago. Today, the Sensuous intimacy enhancer range is internationally renowned. We had the pleasure of listening to Keith speak on “The Business of Sex” at May’s Business League Business Breakfast. Here are some insights that he shared which really jumped out at us:
- Just Do It. There is never going to be a right time to start a business, and making that leap of blind faith is essential. When he started, Keith had no prior experience in working with sex products, and had to back himself, trusting that he could learn it, and do it at the same time. If you think too hard about waiting for the perfect situation, you’re just putting obstacles in your own way.
- Embrace change. No business idea is risk-free, and you should expect change and setbacks to occur, which you’ll have to power through to succeed. Create an idea or vision for your ideal business, and stick to your guns while being flexible enough to move on. If you’re working with a business concept that is scalable and can be shrunk, you’re already at an advantage. Be prepared to hit a wall and slide along it until you get the break. There are always challenges in business, keep persisting, change and know that as Florence and the Machine said, “It’s always darkest before the dawn”.
- Know your strengths. Do what you’re good at, and don’t be afraid to outsource the rest. When you outsource you can focus on the important things, like creative ways to approach challenges and opportunities, without having to spend all your time managing others. Speaking of managing staff:
- Choose your staff carefully. Why outsource when you can start growing your business, you ask? It’s Keith’s opinion that when you’re trying to get a business off the ground, that staff can bring more challenges than they’re worth, draining you of time, energy, and money. All of which you cannot afford to spend too much of.
These are just a few thoughts that Keith shared, that really stood out to the Business League. As you can see, it doesn’t really matter whether you sell sex products or not, the challenges of getting any new business off the ground are the same. With these tips, we’re confident you’ll be better prepared to face them, no matter which industry you’re working in.Continue reading →