You do not want to miss our next Lunch ‘n Learn session

Our first Lunch ‘n Learn session for this year was well attended. You do not want to miss the next one next month.

This year’s sessions will be held on the first Tuesday of every month. We highly recommend Lunch ‘n Learn, because, apart from being educative and informative, these session are a great platform to network and advertise yourself or your business. We all know that networking is a really valuable way to expand your knowledge. It helps you learn from the success of others, attain new clients and tell others about your business.

The topic of the first session today was on Marketing, looking into The Importance of Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses. It was such an insightful, well-researched presentation, wherein people walked away with very helpful information on how to go about marketing their businesses.

“I found this session to be so much informative. I thought I knew a lot about marketing, but my eyes were opened to a whole lot of new things today”, said  business owner Vincent Staples who was in attendance.

As you learn how to run a business, it’s always a good idea to add variety to your content marketing strategy. Lunch ‘n Learn is one of the platforms that you can use to source information for the benefit of your business.

One of the the few things that we touched on was the Product Marketing Specification. This is about creating a persona when marketing your product or business. Do you know who your ideal clients are? What are you offering?  Do you have a strategy for turning potential clients into paying clients?

Find today’s notes on www.slideshare.com and learn more about  The Importance of Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses.

We trust that we will see you at our next Lunch ‘n Learn session next month on the first Tuesday of the month.

By |2016-11-01T10:20:11+02:00February 2nd, 2016|Marketing|0 Comments

Meet Stephanie Tanny – Our speaker on today’s Lunch ‘n Learn

Stephanie TannyThe highly-rated Stephanie Tanny, who hails from Colorado in the USA, was today’s speaker at EI’s Lunch ‘n Learn programme.

Stephan is a phenomenal woman who is a Life and Business Coach. She works with individuals across the world helping them realise their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives.

Stephanie’s journey towards international acclaim started when she became part of The White House Leadership programme in 2012.

Since then, she has appeared live on C-SPAN and shared the stage with public figures such as President Bill Clinton and John Oliver from The Daily Show.

Stephanie is currently in South Africa on business, and was thrilled when she got the invitation to come and speak at the Lunch ‘n Learn. She shared with participants about ‘The Full Spectrum of Wealth’, which are Vocation, Health, Relationships and Time & Money freedom.

She believes that connecting people with similar experiences will only energise you because our work is all interconnected.

Her motto in life is “You deserve to live a life you truly love”! Check out her website to keep up with her!

 

By |2016-11-01T10:20:22+02:00September 9th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Lunch ‘n Learn – Presentation skills

Another Wednesday – and another insightful Lunch ‘n Learn session hosted by EI!

As it has now become synonymous with Wednesdays, another Lunch ‘n Learn session held today served to equip participants.

Today’s topic was about Presentation Skills. It was delivered by yet another great speaker Debra Glover, who is a Voice & Speech coach and presentation trainer.

As most would know, presentation skills and public speaking skills are very useful in many aspects of work and life.  Most professionals need these skills when making presentations in business environments.

Drebra’s job is to develop people to have the confidence and capability to give good presentations, and to stand up in front of an audience and speak well.

She did a phenomenon job by sharing some of the useful tips and tricks about speaking and presenting in front of an audience and feeling comfortable about it.

She talked about the key objectives of making a good presentation, which are:

– Comfortable

– Confident

– Engaging

– Credible

“You need to look comfortable and confident when making your presentation in order for your audience to be comfortable too,” she said.

She emphasised the importance of body language, saying that gesture is very important because even if we are not speaking, our bodies speak.

“YOU are the message when making a presentation,” she said.

Another aspect of a good presentation that she touched on was preparation and practice. These two combinations, according to Debra, should make it a lot easier for anyone to make an impressive presentation. And of course knowing the kind of audience one is presenting to is also a key factor.

She quoted Mark Twain by saying “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”

By |2016-11-01T10:20:24+02:00June 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

EI launches Lunch ‘n Learn

 

EI launches Lunch ‘n Learn

Business people and other interested stakeholders showed massive interest as they tucked into the EI’s newly-launched Lunch ‘n Learn programme.

The EI’s Lunch ‘n Learn programme, which kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, would see weekly one hour sessions dedicated for business people or any interested person to spend their lunch hour learning, networking and sharing business ideas. 

Each week there will be a speaker sharing ideas on different topics that are aimed at empowering and instilling knowledge that would help in improving the attendees’ businesses.

During the maiden session of Lunch ‘n Learn, the EI’s Bruce Wade shared on Time Management for Entrepreneurs, which provided valuable lessons not only for entrepreneurs but for professionals in general.

In his presentation, Bruce touched on the “Time Wasters”, which are the little things that become ‘time thieves’. He explained that in order to manage time properly, people needed to be aware of those things.

Some of the “Time Wasters” could be the internet, social media, e-mails and bad habits. He said it was important for one to identify, schedule or eliminate them.

Bruce Wade giving a presentation at the first session of Lunch 'n Learn

He further elaborated as follows on some of the techniques one can use in order to improve on time management as an entrepreneur, which he termed the 4Ds:

Do it now – If you do not do tasks immediately, you may forget to them later;

Delegate to someone else – We always have people around us who can help us. Give the tasks that you cannot do to them;

Diarise it for later – If it is not urgent, put it in the diary for later and focus on the urgent tasks first; and

Dump it in the bin – If it is not important or urgent, do not waste time on it, and dump it.

The first-ever Lunch ‘n Learn session set the bar quite high and if it is to be used as a yardstick, then upcoming events are expected to be even more insightful.

 

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By |2016-11-01T10:20:25+02:00May 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments