business breakfast

Compliance with Melanie Coetzee at Avontuur Business Club

What is COMPLIANCE?

Why would I want to do something so mundane considering the previous corporate successes which I had reached in my professional career?
There is nothing better than finding your niche in life. Most people struggle for years, often a lifetime, to find their happy place in work. There are many reasons for this:

  • We all grow up institutionalised;
  • We grow up fearful of failure;
  • We grow up supressing our own authenticity.

During school, I took both art and academic subjects. I have always been a little bit different and artistic so when I had to choose my career path, I faced the choice and chose law. How do I reconcile the artistic side of my brain with my academics? That is the secret to my happiness and I will be sharing the joys of living authentically AND finding your success path.


A bit about me:
Between being born in Burgersdorp, growing up on a farm in Barkly-East and ending up in the largest corporate property law firm in SA pretty much sums up my meander. I obtained both my BPROC and LLB degrees at UPE in 1999 where after I worked at a law firm in London for a few years. Upon returning to SA, I took up a position at Buchanan Boyes attorneys and worked there as an attorney, conveyancer and notary until 2020, 10 years of which as a partner.

Until breast cancer halted me in my tracks in 2018. As with all cancer survivors, I questioned my WHY and whether I was really being fulfilled in the fast lane. In addition, I realised that I badly neglected to continue my self development and just being present in the moment during the years in corporate and based my “success” in life on the amount of money that I had in the bank. I also compromised massively on other areas in my life in my quest to be successful.

In 2020, I made the massive leap and left the corporate law firm to start my own small compliance business. What a leap to say the least!
Looking back, I now realise that I never really felt fulfilled or took in most of what was going on inside and in my environment. Since I left corporate, I have realised my own professional boundaries. I am in control of my time and my income and enjoy every moment of generating connections and doing business with people who appreciate my skills and knowledge.

Date: 14.7.2021

Time: 08h30

Cost: R200

RSVP: 0218554296 or email us at openhand@polka.co.za

Bring a new guest, one who has never been and only pay for one!

Hello marketing, my old friend! A back to basics approach to marketing with Chris Kolbe.

Date: 10.2.2021
Time: 08h30
Investment: R200
R.S.V.P : 021855 4296 or email us at openhand@polka.co.za
BRING A NEW  GUEST (ONE WHO HAS NEVER BEEN BEFORE ) AND ONLY PAY FOR ONE SEAT.
THEME:
Hello Marketing my old friend

Providing a more in-depth understanding of what it truly is and why it is imperative for companies to incorporate marketing as part of the core foundation of the business. The fourth industrial revolution is here and all companies need to embrace it and go digital with websites and social media. The trick is your digital efforts need to be developed strategically from a good solid overall marketing plan and strategy. We will also look at and explore the various different marketing channels available and learn how to work smart, not expensively hard.
Good marketing is within the reach of all businesses.
Chris Kolbe studied a Bcomm Marketing at Stellenbosch University. He has been working since the age of 14 starting as Golden Feather and building up to Marketing Manager for Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing. Over the many years Chris has worked in a variety of different industries ranging from Radio, Media, Engineering, and Agriculture. One of the costs of getting a degree in life he decided to cash in his entrepreneurial core to go corporate. After 7 years of the corporate world, Chris is back to being an entrepreneur by offering the experience, skills, and insights he has gained as a marketing and business development consultant. This lead to the birth of Live2Dream. Live2Dream provides a ground up personalised consulting service to help companies be courageous and embrace marketing as part of their businesses foundation.
Bring a NEW guest and only pay for one!!

‘Train Naked’ with Pierre du Plessis, our last Business Club meeting for 2020

To train naked is to show up just as you are, without pretence, masks or bs. It is to live and work intentionally, to design and train for the life and career you desire. The ancient Greeks trained in the nude and competed naked in the Olympics, they literally had skin in the game. The word for gymnasium in Greek, gumnasia, literally means to train naked. These gyms were not only for physical training, they also had dedicated spaces for intellectual exercise, philosophy, teaching and conversation.
We train to compete and succeed. We practice over and over in order to nail a presentation. We must then also be training just as hard to become better human beings, to live meaningful lives, to do work that matters, and to thrive in chaos.
This keynote and book are calls to train naked, to have skin in the game and start training for the ultimate marathon, life.
It speaks of identity, purpose, ethics and along with a selection of life changing practices, they aim to inspire each one to take charge, get skin the game and train. www.thisispierreduplessis.com
Date: 11.11.2020
Time: 08h30
Investment: R190
Bring a new guest, one who has never been before and only pay for one seat!
R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296

IN A CHAOTIC WORLD
PIERRE HELPS

businesses do work that matters and people build meaningful lives.
He is currently the CWO (Chief Writing Officer) of his passion project, HumanWrites, an organisation that gets storybooks to kids who need them.
He is an educator at DUKE CE University and has spoken at BMW, KFC, Adcock Ingram, FNB, Nedbank, and has been featured on TEDx stages numerous times.
He has worked in fashion, advertising, trend analyses and branding.
Pierre leads a contemplative community of faith in the heart of Cape Town, is a published author and has received the Desmond Tutu Gerrit Brand literature prize.
He believes he is the love child of Gertrude Stein and Jason Bourne. He lives in Cape Town with his wife, two kids, and his iPhone.

Beat your competition by identifying your REAL USP”

Avontuur Breakfast – “Beat your competition by identifying your REAL USP”
Like the rest of the world, South Africa is moving into the 4th Industrial Revolution and Artificial Intelligence is becoming a very real part of our existence. Yet there is still much value to be placed on human connection. And human connection in the business context cannot be authentic without knowing and communicating your unique differentiator. For owner run businesses who compete against large corporate multinationals, it is THIS that will set you apart, and NOT your service offering.
We need to know what differentiates us in order to sell ourselves, and let’s face it – business people HAVE to sell themselves. Although I operate in the recruitment sector, the application is very similar to business people “recruiting” clients.
Learning your differentiator in the marketplace in not as simple as coming up with a value statement. People buy from people, and they only do that if you are truly one of a kind and have instilled trust in them. It is important to realise the subtle difference between marketing yourself and not being arrogant about it. I find that a lot of people confuse modesty with humility, when in fact it is not humility to underplay one’s strengths.
Whether you are in business, changing jobs, or trying to get a promotion, you can’t succeed until you can quantify and communicate your intrinsic value add, and learn how to sell yourself as a result of that.

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Chantelle Botha
Chantelle has spent over a decade in recruitment from the agency perspective, she has sat in the manager’s chair where she has recruited her own staff, and has spent a significant amount of time in solution based sales. She has been fortunate to have worked for one of SA’s leading job boards, two of the top recruitment agencies, and one of the biggest privately held colleges in SA. In most of these companies, she has broken records and improved revenue and performance. She has built a reputation as a rainmaker simply because she sees things differently and believes that no problem can’t be solved.
Some years ago, she started coaching candidates on various aspects of job search (CV and profile optimisation, interview coaching etc.) More recently, whilst at the helm of the CTU Campus in Stellenbosch, she has facilitated CV and interview workshops for tertiary students entering the job market, as well as provided advice to companies and Line Managers on how best to maximise their process for cost-saving and employee retention. It is this passion and ability to impart valuable knowledge that people can implement immediately that led to starting her own consultancy.
Currently she works with job seekers, Line Managers, Recruitment Agencies and Schools & Tertiary Institutions. Her aim is to bring a fresh perspective to every aspect of recruitment by helping individuals to identify and communicate their intrinsic value add and using this to effectively sell themselves
Date: 11.3.2020
Time: 08h30- 10h30
Investment: R190.
Bring a new male guests and only pay for one seat!
RSVP: 0218554296

How to WIN at Buisness, our topic for October at Avontuur Business Club with Lindie Malan.

“How To WIN at Business” 

Your business is your “vehicle of choice” towards your desired future…

Some real questions all business owners should ask themselves…

How will my business look when it is done? Do I have an exit strategy? Will I be able to sell my business? Can we expand or will I be able to hand over and exit?

Are you exhausted by running your business, challenged by crisis management, cash flow issues and managing an ineffective team?

Lindie’s life purpose is to work with business owners to address these questions and other business challenges so that they can win at the game of business!


Lindie is an experienced entrepreneur, business owner, business coach and event speaker. Her 25-year journey in business includes involvement in a family business, a partnership and several successful start-up business ventures.”Being a business owner taught me a few hard lessons like perseverance, to focus and to understand the importance of building a business with real value. Giving up on myself, my goals and dreams has never been an option. I lead from the front and I am congruent in everything I teach and coach my clients!”Lindie’s love for business, her belief in the power of coaching and her drive to change the way entrepreneurs do business, led her to become an ActionCOACH business coach. She has coached more than 100 business owners in various industries on many levels towards achieving significant business results.

Date: WEDNESDAY 09.10.2019
Time: 08h30 -10h30
Investment: R180
R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296Bring a NEW male guest and only pay for one seat.
(New means a male guest who has never been to our business meetings before) 

BREAKFAST CLUB INFO:

NO membership fees.
Open to all interested individuals and businesses.
Every second Wednesday of the month.Looking forward to making valuable connections at Avontuur!Connect * Share * Grow *

You are welcome to bring brochures, flyers and business cards.But nothing beats the power of eye contact and a handshake!

Understanding the cost of advertising, Business breakfast topic with Chrisitelle Lochner.

Understanding the cost of advertising:

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with advertising, because we have no clue which avenues are the best to choose from.

Between printed media, pay-per-click, direct marketing and vehicle or shop signage, it can be confusing to figure out which would be most valuable.

The aim of this talk is to help you to understand how to break down the cost of each of these types of advertising into a cost per impression, and help you to understand which are most likely to generate sales for your business now and over time

Bio:

Lochtec Innovations is a bespoke digital marketing agency, located in Somerset West.
We specialize in website design and development, Social Media Management, and Google AdWords management. We are passionate about entrepreneurship, and we want to see businesses succeed, so that South Africa can have a thriving economy once again.

Lochtec Innovations is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Shawn and Christelle Lochner, who have more than 18 years of combined experience in the advertising industry.

Christelle specialises in Google AdWords management and crafting effective social media strategies for clients.

Date: WEDNESDAY 11.09.2019

Time: 08h30 -10h30

Investment: R180

R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296

BRING A NEW MALE GUEST AND ONLY PAY FOR ONE SEAT! 

 

 

 

 

Business Breakfast with Jean Muir, this August at Avontuur.

Join us for our next Business Breakfast with Jean Muir who will be covering all things financial…
She will spend time giving you pointers in financial planning and how it ties into your business financials.
Specifically:
– Budgeting
– Paying me (the entrepreneur, you)
– How to safeguard my assets
– What’s this thing called risk cover
– Why we build relationships with financial advisors
 
 
Please bring a pen and paper, make sure you know how much you are currently earning. (If it varies, take the average of the last 6 months.)
Why come to meet Jean? She says ;
 
When I started as a young financial advisor, I had dreams to cure poverty and to assist everyone with their financial future. However, I was hard struck when I realised poverty is only part of our problems. Our health is a bigger issue.
 
I quickly learned that life throws us with curveballs we don’t expect. Most of us don’t believe it will happen to us and then we try and put our life together piece by piece.
 
My life mission is to assist my clients, family and friends by asking them the questions most of us don’t want to comprehend or think about.
 
I assist you with holistic financial tips, starting with how does a budget work, how we pay off debt and how we know our biggest asset is secured should we get the bad news.
 
If you would like tips on how your reality can be changed, how you can think about your business and personal finance this morning is for you.
 
I am looking forward to hosting you.’
Please note there is only a limited number of seats, as it is a seated networking event which includes breakfast. So, book your seat and invite someone with, who you know would like to take hold of their financial planning.
Date: 14.8.2019
Time: 08h30
Investment: R180
Reserve your  seat on  0218554296

Last minute presentations, we give you the skills at Avontuur Business Club

Aletta Rochat is passionate about helping you speak like a professional. So many people are talented and hardworking. They miss out on opportunities because they lack confidence to speak up in meetings, or to present in front of others. As a result, their voice is not heard and often their superb ideas never see the light of day. In addition, we never seem to have enough time to prepare for our presentations. We know we could do better, but don’t know how.

Aletta is a Certified World Class Speaking Coach as well as a Distinguished Toastmaster. She has spoken and trained in 21 countries. She delivers keynotes, dynamic training and coaching. She is a master story-teller who captivates her audiences.

Last Minute Presentation Secrets is the template you need to speak confidently, even if you have NO time to prepare. You will leave this event empowered, knowing exactly how to speak and connect with your audience. This is what you need to move from anxiety to confidence!

Date: WEDNESDAY 10.07.2019
Time: 08h30 -10h30
Investment: R180
R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296
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** Bring a NEW MALE GUEST**
(someone who has not been to the Avontuur Business breakfast before)

 and only pay for one seat. ** 

 

Goal Setting with Sonja McKaiser Business Club May 2019

I’m Sonja McKaiser, a coffee-fuelled soulpreneur, and owner of
The Creative Space with Sonja.

I help my clients write their own narrative, through interactive workshops (and one-on-one coaching sessions) that are designed to unlock creativity, define goals, and unleash expression. Using tools such as vision boarding and expressive writing, my clients learn to take charge of their own stories, changing their lives in the process. When I’m not working, I enjoy taking my dogs for walks on the beach and visiting new markets in and around Cape Town.

Goal setting

  • Getting clear on what you want – soul goals ;
  • Your limiting beliefs, and how are they are stopping you from achieving your goals ;
  • How to set and achieve your soul goals


Sonja McKaiser

Date: TUESDAY  07.05.2019
Time: 08h30 -10h30
Investment: R180
R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296

Social Media 101 with Tamsin Kolbe

Social Media 101
Has social media made you feel you should run for the hills? Do #hashtags leave you with a feeling of #fomo #fearofmissingout? Twitter has you feeling rather ruffled?

Join us for a workshop which will cover the basics about getting your business online and chatting to communities where they are spending their time.

The workshop will cover:
Facebook – getting started and what you need
Instagram – What even is this? How to download and get sharing.
Twitter – Will this work for your business? If yes, then how?

Come with a notebook and pen, smartphone and/or laptop (smartphone is a must if Instagram is something you want to learn).

Date: 15.5.2019
Time: 08h30 – 10h30
Cost:  R220 per person and includes breakfast.
R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296