Challenge Night Tips from Camberwellians
On 16 August 2017, a variety of people who live, work and network in Camberwell gathered together to share their Challenge Tips with others at Elyros, 871 Burke Road, Camberwell. Here are their tips (paraphrased from notes by Sue Ellson). The event was facilitated by local bookkeeper, Bernadette Bacash and it was also part of the Victorian Government’s Small Business Festival (event number E18941)
https://festival.business.vic.gov.au/event/business-challenge-night (original festival link now removed)
https://web.archive.org/save/https://festival.business.vic.gov.au/event/business-challenge-night/ (archived version)
Bernadette Bacash – Bookkeeper and BAS Agent
Challenge is to help my clients pick the right vehicle to record their income and expenses, hear how they use it and encourage them to speak to their accountant and choose the most appropriate software – an Excel spreadsheet may be okay.
Eric Drinkwater – Lecturer at Deakin University in Exercise Sports Science
Challenge was to create a Masters Degree, write the course and be responsible for marketing the course, recruiting students – needed to learn marketing to complete the task.
Milla Medeiros – Marketing Specialist in her own business
Connecting with the right people for marketing and implementing the right marketing strategy, not the wrong ones. Find people that believe in marketing.
Alex Lasry – Project Manager
Becoming redundant is a challenge, especially in a different country, in information technology (IT) and project management, member of PMI, technical roles only a few weeks, management roles, more competitioni, different game learning and studying local certifications, different from job hunting in Argentina.
Daniel Terranova – Business Development Manager in Cyber Security
Challenge is to get the right fit company for the cyber security product, products are for highly sensitive company information, need more company awareness to get the message out there and spreading the word.
Sue Ellson – Independent LinkedIn Specialist, Camberwell Network and Newcomers Network Founder
Beginning of last year, wanted to do another research project for Newcomers Network in 2017 and really wanted to do it with a university that was close by and targeted Swinburne University. Firstly contacted the person who had requested my services, not approved. Then contacted other contacts who worked there, no answer. Then applied for a Student Research Project, not approved but then finally, someone else pulled out of the student project and mine was accepted – meeting with the students next Tuesday. Persistence is the way to find a solution.
Garry Prigg – International Business Consultant
Lovely group of people here. Challenge is being conscious of knowing what you don’t know. Thought understood branding. Previously worked as a CEO and Chairman of the Board and was advised to work with other CEO’s and board members, not to everyone. Need to focus on the right audience, energy lines up. Airport control type focus and who client is, focus and will come. Be open to learn, ask more questions, gain knowledge and expertise. Wisdom is realising that the more you learn, the more you don’t know.
Ingrid Pich – Fitness Trainer and Health Coach for 40+
Challenge is so many people with Type 2 Diabetes, health and obesity and the value of intermittent fasting. Can’t convince people but need to explain benefits of cutting food and carbohydrates and triggering keytosis. Not a diet, a lifestyle, increased energy afterwards. Not eating for 12 hours. Eat good quality fats. Real butter, real coffee and real cream. A lot of people will not pay money for their health, but you need to protect your health so that you do not have issues when you are older.
Bala SK Subramaniam – Accountant
Helps small businesses run more efficiently, provide better solutions for people, save more time and money. Challenge is finding the right people to network with and develop strategic alliances.
Gita Gauba – Human Resources Professional
People who are not in HR but have HR responsibilities – find that in the workplace, disagree with their work practices, not suited for the role. A senior manager sends messages about all people being valued and all treated equally but changing the mindset is a challenge, especially when not in a paid role. People become disengaged and not motivated and I ask myself, why are they working – just leave! Plenty of unemployed people would be happy to take the role. Changing mindset is tough. Executive Director does not have experience or qualifications to work with people and be a good manager. Requires motivation, engagement with HR, all recruiting to make staff more motivated. Results driven and general chatting helps.
Ray Usanto – Personal Assistant and Assistant Accountant
When offering services as a personal assistant, with new businesses and new clients, need to find out what clients want, many things to do. Need to know the customer. Be willing to take criticism and go forward and learn from past and keep improving. Longer you live, more you realise you don’t know everything. Need to take everything step by step.
Amir Shahverdi – Business Coach and Trainer
Healthcare background and corporate selling, like helping people. Most valuable and most costly asset is people. Develop them with coaching and strategies for coping with challenges – HR, growth, time with family. Challenge for every new business is to make money from great leads using marketing and selling.
Himanshu Batra – Residential Mortgage Finance
Learning can occur when there is a culture of trust – helping clients and get their needs met. Need to help them understand and convince them of the best product when they may already have something else in mind. Change their mindset to what is best for them.
Deepak Narang – Consulting to Restaurants
Connect my clients with a database of businesses and go to networking events to bring databases together and bring each other business based on what customers want and build business and share clients and leads to people who need help. Marketing $15M – $100M business to each other.