Monday, June 17, 2019

The 5 keys to networking


Want to Network?

There are a myriad of places to go 

  • trade shows and association meetings
  • business after hours social events, 
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • clubs
  • masterclasses
  • interest group 
  • referral groups 

To easily find events, use the sites listed below. You can search most of these sites by city name or zip code to find events located in your area. is the world's largest network of local groups.  You'll find everything here from business networking events, singles events, to yoga classes, dog walking groups (by breed!) and more.  Set up a free account and sign up for the once-weekly email calendar of all the Meetups happening in your area.  

Eventbrite allows you to search for events by location andcategory.  It also allows you to register for the event as well as easily share events with your connections.  

Eventful is an events website which not only lists events, it alsohas a social networking aspect allowing you to connect with other users. helps you find out where to go and what to do. You can search for events by Type, City, Time and Category. 

LinkedIn has an events section listed right on your homepage.  Click on one of the events to get to events section where you can search for events in your area. You'll also find events, lectures, classes, and seminars listed on many of the Group pages.  

Facebook allows you to see events your friends are hosting or attending, and to share those events with others.  You can also find events on Fan pages and within Groups.  

Twitter is a social networking site, but you can use it to search for events in your area. Search for Tweetup and you might find a gathering of twitter users in your area.  


Craigslist is a large classified site which includes listings of events and classes.   

So where to start? ........ Build a funnel 

1. Make a plan

  • What do you get out of going to a networking event/s?
  • Why are you doing it?
  • What is your objective? 
  • Is it to get a source of leads ?  One lead? Become an expert? 
  • Do you just enjoy it? 
  • Who are the people you want to meet? 

Understand what you want to get out of each meeting you go to.... your time is precious 

2. Break your plan into goals 

  • Long term
  • Medium term
  • Short term 

3. Develop Strategies to Achieve your short term goals 

4. Develop smart tasks/ action plans  - to achieve your strategies so you can achieve your goal 

So why BBG? 

BBG is more than s networking event

It’s about the  4 C’s

Connection - same as above - that initial spark - that contact on Facebook, LinkedIn , twitter or insta 

Collaboration - of like minded people with a common goal (to learn social media) or common interest (such as those interested in innovation) or common client base (those interested in a specific group of clients . It’s about learning from each other - and going to the group with a focus of adding value to each other vs having a mindset of wiifm! 

It’s about Collaboration with other network groups - with a focus of abundance 

Consistency - the objective is to build know like and trust between bbg members - and to do this you need to meet consistently . 

Klt takes time

  • Know - getting to know each other takes time
  • Like - getting to like each other takes time 
  • Trust - getting to trust each other takes time 

With the objective of creating a Community of like minded people that are continuously upskilling each other and acting with a spirit of generosity! 

Comparing BBG to Golf 

It’s sort of like belonging to a golf club - where people are continuously looking to achieve their pb (personal best) .... and instead of hitting the ball in the hole - the objective is to continuously add value to members - through collaboration, referrals or sharing knowledge. 

The weapons/tools at a golf club is 

  • your mind, 
  • your body 
  • A good attitude and mindset 
  • a set of golf clubs 
  • a golf ball and 
  • a golf course 
  • A score card 

The objective - to get ball in 18 holes with the fewest of shots.  (of course you can do this online - but it’s not the same !!!)

The weapons/tools at a bbg chapter 

  • your mind, 
  • your body , 
  • A good attitude and mindset 
  • a bbg forum 
  • A speaker
  • A facilitator
  • The score card - Referron 

The objective is to collaborate, learn and grow and build a community of know like and trust with your fellow members and their stakeholders 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Glenn Coxon inspires us to Break Through!!!

Brilliant session with Judith-Rose Max Glenn Coxon Larry Dorfan Kirsty Fox Leon Fredkin  Tanya Gray Michael Wardlaw Tania Samuels Adrienne McLean - many takeouts - 
Mine was - you can  #BEAT anything with the right  #mindset #belief #experience (#practice)#action and  #team

Sunday, June 2, 2019

5 strategies to build a great team

#BBG members at the annual gala lunch of the amazing #kookaburrakids

Inspired by HBR article 

“Build Self-Awareness with Help from Your Team” by Audrey Epstein

A Harvard study showed that 95% of people think that they are self aware - but only 5-15% of people actually are! 

An important trait of an effective team is that they give effective feedback in a positive way.

Members in high performing teams feel accountable for each other’s success, and willingly provide support and candid feedback with a spirit of generosity to help each other  be at their best.

They will

spend time debating, discussing problems, and making decisions

address unacceptable team behaviors promptly

give each other tough feedback

Talk about those “undiscussables” that others can’t talk openly about

There are 2 types of teams says Audrey 

Crappy teams  that have  distrust, politics, infighting, and gossip 


Great teams  that have trust, candor, feedback, shared goals, and joint accountability.

They talk honestly and openly about each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and because they trust each other, they assume positive intent when the tougher conversations happen. It’s ok to mess up and fail. It’s ok to be vulnerable


What if you could get honest insights and feedback from coworkers who are truly committed to your success and get to see you in action all the time, on both your best and worst days? 

You can, and you will, if you build a Great Team. 

Imagine if you were surrounded by people motivated to give you useful feedback says Audrey Epstein - an emotional intelligence guru! 

Audrey gives 5 tips to building a great team 

  1. Assume positive intent. Give your teammates the benefit of the doubt. Assume they are providing feedback not to judge you but to make you better.
  2. Communicate effectively - Talk to your teammates, not about them. You can’t solve problems with gossip. Venting without follow-up action ensures that you are building cliques and solidifying rifts. Talk directly and respectfully with teammates when something goes wrong - this can solve many issues without creating drama or bringing others into it.
  3. Show that you care - Care about your teammates’ success. Celebrate wins. Ask questions about their concerns, know what their goals are, help where you can, and be a good listener and collaborator. You can’t be a  great teammate if you don’t know what drives others’ success.
  4. Hold your teammates accountable and be accountable. Push your teammates to do their best work and vice versa. Great Teams, have members challenge each other to reach their goals. They don’t spend energy watching their own backs, so they take risks and reach higher. Start by asking your teammates to challenge you. Bring them ideas and ask for input. Ask for feedback on your plans. Embrace the idea that your teammates make you better.
  5. Give and be open to get feedback. Ask your teammates what you could do to better support their success. Ask peers for suggestions on one behavior you could work on to become a better teammate. Give permission for teammates to share feedback by asking for it regularly and listening openly. Thank others for giving you feedback.

It’s up to you to build a great team of people who know, like and trust you. You need to nurture those  who will support you, and challenge you to be your best. 

Surround yourself with people who will speak their truth, even when it’s hard. And then listen. When you do, you will see an amazingly positive impact — on you, on them, and on the overall success of your team.

  • Great teams deliver stronger results, faster. They’re more innovative. 
  • They challenge you to learn more quickly and to be at your best. 
  • And, let’s face it — they’re simply more fun to work with.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Is your LinkedIn profile boring, cold & distant?

Great insights from Karen Tisdell. 

Have you spent time focussing on your profile? Is it personal? Does it say to the reader.... I want to get to know this human better? 

Is your LinkedIn profile boring, cold & distant?

If it’s written in the 3rd person, the answer is yes.

I always advise that LinkedIn profiles should be written in the 1st person. Here’s why:

Your profile is an opportunity for your clients to feel like they are communicating with you every time they see you online. You want your stakeholders to experience what feels like direct access.

You do this by being authentic & direct.

So, do you sound like yourself? Or does your profile read like your secretary is managing your social media presence?

You should be writing in the 1st person, speaking directly, so people can get a sense of who you are & feel connected to you. 

People want to feel special. Noticed. Not ignored. Not sidelined to talking to your secretary.

Trust is the new currency

Be yourself. Let people hear your true voice & you will forge deeper, trusted relationships.

If you’re writing in the 3rd person, you are giving the impression that you think you’re too important to speak to people directly. 

So remember why you’re on LinkedIn. Think of the people you want to engage. Talk to them in your authentic, 1st person voice. 

Don’t appear aloof. Distancing yourself doesn't impress anyone.

đŸ“© #karentisdell #linkedinprofilewriter

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Why Psychological Safety is so key to success

Some  insites from  Laura Delizonna’s article in Harvard Business Review.

A two-year study on team performance at Google revealed that the highest-performing teams have one thing in common 


Psychological safety creates an environment of trust, and as Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google said “There’s no team without trust,” 

Psychological safety, the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake. 

Psychological safety allows for the types of behavior that lead to market breakthroughs such as

  • moderate risk-taking, 
  • speaking your mind, 
  • creativity, and 
  • sticking your neck out without fear of having it cut off 

Psychological Safety is both fragile and vital to success in uncertain, interdependent environments. 

Here’s why - 

The amygdala, that little kernel like thing in your brain - is our “emotional centre” - and the alarm bell in the brain. 

When there is a fear of danger - it ignites a fight-or-flight response, hijacking higher brain centers. It is a survival instinct that has made our species survive through the Millenia.

This “act first, think later” brain structure shuts down perspective and analytical reasoning... and just focussed on your survival. 

Quite literally, just when we need it most, we lose our minds.

An example of the Amygdala acting in the workplace 

The brain processes a provocation by a boss, competitive coworker, or dismissive subordinate as a life-or-death threat. (Its not - but the kernel has been triggered. ) While that fight-or-flight reaction may save us in life-or-death situations, it handicaps the strategic thinking needed in today’s workplace.

Psychological safety allows the amygdala to allow us to take those risks and still be comfortable that we will survive and thrive!

About the thought provoker

Laura Delizonna, PhD, is an executive coach, instructor at Stanford University, international speaker, and founder of

Friday, May 24, 2019

Learn from the experts on how to use LinkedIn to get more qualified leads

As an experienced coach or consultant it’s easy to feel left behind as social media and technology keeps moving so fast - right?

How do you keep up with technology, and winning new clients with the noise these ‘young marketers’ generate.

You know you have the knowledge experience and skill to add value to your prospects and clients and help them grow their business and help increase their sales and profits. 

How do you get your message across to the 30,000 business owners and leaders in your sphere of influence?

Join me in Melbourne on  the evening of 13 June at NAB Docklands where  5 of Australia’s top LinkedIn influencers will share their strategies of have they have been able to cut through the noise by tapping into the power of LinkedIn.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Referron Sign Up

Referron is an app we use to connect and refer - when you sign up, it creates your business card and enables you to send your business card and make  referrals and track them. ) 

It’s still a bit buggy but works well. It's free - if you choose to sign up - please use the orange button and not the mobile signup - see below -

And what it does