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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!

Emotional Mastery with Mel Harvard. Avontuur Business Club.

Globally we are seeing how the pandemic has affected not only physical health, but also mental health. Having the right tools to assist us during these unprecedented times is imperative. Our guest speaker at our next Business Breakfast, Mel Harvard will be talking about Emotional Mastery – How to Feel Better Fast.
1.Where feelings come from and what they mean.
2.Some main causes of feeling bad.
3.Becoming a scientist of yourself – what is going on, and what to do next.
4.Processing thoughts and feelings – a tool for change
5. super-easy feelgood tips to use right now.


Date: 12.5.2021
Time:08h30
Investment: R200
RSVP below or call 021 8554296
(Bring a NEW guest, one who has never been before and only pay for one seat!)

‘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.

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

“Entrepreneurship 101” with CEO of The Skills cafe, Robyn Jackson.

“Entrepreneurship 101”

The  “Governance” and Legal Stuff

  • Director vs Shareholder vs Manager
  • Basic overview of The Company’s Act and it’s legal and
    operational implications

Knowing where your business is going

  • Exploring the purpose & vision of your business
  • Goals and strategy, a must!

 Business – “To-Do-Kit”

  • Basic Business roles in any business
  • Wearing the different hats

Simplifying theories and processes

Robyn’s experience as an entrepreneur –  founding, and successfully growing her business in the air-conditioning industry (SamsungAir) over 15 years, resulted in her being a recipient of the  International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award (IWEC) in 2010, through the Chambers of Commerce of, Cape Town, Barcelona, New York, India and Australia and since then has attended  international Women in Business conferences

After selling her interests in her air-conditioning distribution company,she followed her passion for personal & entrepreneurial development in the professional sphere as a Non-Executive Director; Business and Leadership Coach and Mentor.

Robyn completed her Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) in business and leadership at the University of Cape Town (cum laude) in 2015.  Robyn is also a qualified coach, facilitator and executive profiler.  Robyn is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Women’s Presidents Association (WPO) and IWEC alumni with the Chamber of Commerce.

Robyn is launching two apps shortly  as well as currently studying for her third year as a PhD student at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, focusing on organisational  leadership and the impact of behavioral self-awareness on adaptability in organisational leaders.
Robyn is always striving to find ways to share skill-sets, make business principles more practically understood and contribute to creating ethical and values-based leaders to enhance the economy in our country.
When this is all too much – she gets stuck into her garden and can play all day long!

Date: WEDNESDAY 12.06.2019
Time: 08h30 -10h30
Investment: R180
R.S.V.P: 021 855 4296

**** Each attendee will get a soft copy of the presentation emailed to them (with additional detail not covered in the 30 mins)  for free if they bring a business card with them.