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An Inspiring Business Group

Business Women Australia – an inspirational networking group
Written By Sheryll Fisher from Outback Initiatives

So many things got in the way of me writing this blog for BWA this week. A new Mac, time constraints, a sick cat… but first and foremost, and the most difficult, was myself. I used to be able to write confidently .. a long time ago in a land far, far away. And when Jennifer asked me to write this weeks blog, I had a small panic attack at the thought of writing … dare I say, publicly.

I tried all sorts of delaying techniques… I did all the little tasks on my to do list (leaving this one till last again and again); I vacuumed the sofa free of cat hair, I finally  weeded the garden… I even dusted (an extreme delaying tactic used only in emergencies).

But I can delay no more as I have made a commitment – and I always keep my commitments – so, I have turned off the email and phone, hidden the to-do list and will rise to the challenge. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Jennifer Bryant, (Director of BWA) I was so busy scribbling notes (in my near panic) that I managed to miss half of what was said so I’m going to claim literacy license here!

What exactly is networking?

According to Mr Google, Networking as a noun is “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest”. And that’s exactly what we have at BWA: a supportive system of sharing between members.

So it’s no surprise that on this beautiful Spring morning there was a huge turnout at The Peasants Table for the BWA morning tea. There were lots of familiar members and and some invited guests; the atmosphere was buzzing with energy.  Jennifer warmly welcomed everyone in her engaging and charismatic way and informed us of the latest membership opportunities to help us expand and increase the benefits for 2015.  Fabulous for us!

All the members shared during their their 2+ minute spotlight which is always quite inspiring and to hear what amazing things people are doing; but I can only mention a 3 members so I chose those who I had not heard speak before.  Pictures below from left to right.

Eleanor Pollard spent 7 years in the UK as a police officer. After moving to Perth, she was looking for a work/life balance and is now heavily involved with Aloe Vera products through Forever Living Products. She’s heading off to the Taekwondo world championships next year!  Best of luck!

Deb Pearcey Director of Renovations Concepts – Deb is working on a collaborative workspace for business women in 2015.  Deb created the company WELL – Women Excelling in Life and Leadership as one of her passions is to develop women through mentoring and coaching with a focus on supporting women returning to the workforce. Deb has also found time to be a Telstra Woman of the Year Finalist and she encouraged the group to vote for an outstanding woman –  next year, lets get behind each other and push! So a hearty congrats to Deb for being nominated and making the finals – a huge achievement in itself.

So many things got in the way of me writing this blog for BWA this week. A new Mac, time constraints, a sick cat… but first and foremost, and the most difficult, was myself. I used to be able to write confidently .. a long time ago in a land far, far away. And when Jennifer asked me to write this weeks blog, I had a small panic attack at the thought of writing … dare I say, publicly.

I tried all sorts of delaying techniques… I did all the little tasks on my to do list (leaving this one till last again and again); I vacuumed the sofa free of cat hair, I finally  weeded the garden… I even dusted (an extreme delaying tactic used only in emergencies).

But I can delay no more as I have made a commitment – and I always keep my commitments – so, I have turned off the email and phone, hidden the to-do list and will rise to the challenge. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Jennifer Bryant, (Director of BWA) I was so busy scribbling notes (in my near panic) that I managed to miss half of what was said so I’m going to claim literacy license here!

What exactly is networking?

According to Mr Google, Networking as a noun is “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest”. And that’s exactly what we have at BWA: a supportive system of sharing between members.

So it’s no surprise that on this beautiful Spring morning there was a huge turnout at The Peasants Table for the BWA morning tea. There were lots of familiar members and and some invited guests; the atmosphere was buzzing with energy.  Jennifer warmly welcomed everyone in her engaging and charismatic way and informed us of the latest membership opportunities to help us expand and increase the benefits for 2015.  Fabulous for us!

All the members shared during their their 2+ minute spotlight which is always quite inspiring and to hear what amazing things people are doing; but I can only mention a 3 members so I chose those who I had not heard speak before.  Pictures below from left to right.

Eleanor Pollard spent 7 years in the UK as a police officer. After moving to Perth, she was looking for a work/life balance and is now heavily involved with Aloe Vera products through Forever Living Products. She’s heading off to the Taekwondo world championships next year!  Best of luck!

Deb Pearcey Director of Renovations Concepts – Deb is working on a collaborative workspace for business women in 2015.  Deb created the company WELL – Women Excelling in Life and Leadership as one of her passions is to develop women through mentoring and coaching with a focus on supporting women returning to the workforce. Deb has also found time to be a Telstra Woman of the Year Finalist and she encouraged the group to vote for an outstanding woman –  next year, lets get behind each other and push! So a hearty congrats to Deb for being nominated and making the finals – a huge achievement in itself.

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Look Who’s Joined Business Women Australia

Business Directory Listings showcase Profiles
We are all so excited to welcome new Business Women to our community!  With so many passionate women to journey with, this has got to be one of the most inspirational groups in Perth.

The opportunities to really connect and refer business personally means we have found a winning formula.  Our members look forward to hosting breakfast, lunch or sundowners and creating their own event as the presenter and deliver their expertise and knowledge while developing their Leadership skills.

An added bonus is being seen among the list of incredibly passionate women that love creating businesses that make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Reciprocal sharing across all our social media platforms and collaborating to create events, write books and deliver powerful seminars which change the way people do business.

We are looking forward to growing our community and welcome business women from all backgrounds to join us.  You are automatically given access to our closed group on Facebook “The BWA Leading Ladies” and a full page on our web page with all your informations and links.

What are you waiting for?    Good values attract good people!   We invite you to come and play full out with our group and share your gift.
MEMBERSHIP MONTHLY – click here
Our Vision – To build a vibrant and authentic community that offers support and quality connections and encourages collaboration

Our Mission – To help business women develop and expand personally and by offering on-going education and encouraging leadership

Our Values – To be open-minded, authentic offering mutual support and a sense of belonging in this High Energy and Fun Filled environment

We wish nothing but the best in all your endeavours to deliver a high quality business.

Warm regards
Jennifer Rose Bryant
Managing Director

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Creating friendships and digital footprints – Oh what a combo!

Members morning tea

Most of us start our businesses with very similar hopes and dreams of creating a successful business that will make a difference to so many believing whole heartedly that our products and services are worth talking about.  Being the most authentic business women we can and developing a close alliance with people that respect and trust in what we do is part of this journey.  Only when this is achieved can we look forward to friendly referrals and recommendations that help us develop a profile that will expand our businesses and help us achieve our goals.  BWA can help!

Women in Business WA has established a very solid online presence that can help other business women jump on board and catch our success wave.  You do not have to work on your own.  We can and do make a difference to building friendships and digital footprints.  All we require is your faith and reciprocal sharing of support and information.  With each member having their own unique gifts we ask for offers including writing event blogs, setting up and hosting events and participation in speaking presentations for those who are speakers.

Event Blog

September’s morning coffee, conversations and presentations was an enthusiastic, vocal group – no, no singing – just a lot of talking.  Less numbers, more talk time for each member which was especially good for the 5 new members who joined us.  Anna Melton of The Successful Mind said her travels and experience have taught her the basic issues are ever present in spite of cultural differences, so lessons learned can be used everywhere.  

We celebrated the success of Elke Richter from Forever Beautiful @ Advanced Beauty Concepts Medispa winning an Australian Industry Beauty award and we all received a complimentary voucher for a facial treatment. thank you Elke, I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Julia Harris of Lighthouse WA recently opened the Perth office and as the name suggests it is all about navigation, navigating change, development and a workshop on self-navigation is coming up on October 7.

Jennifer announced a significant milestone for the Business Women Australia public page on Facebook – 4,400 likes – congratulations everyone and don’t forget to post your events on the BWA Leading Ladies Wall.  This is a fabulous way to spread the word among the members and there are no doubt members will benefit from the skills and services and refer your business.  There could also be opportunities for combining talents and cross-promotion.  And the advertising is a huge benefit of becoming a member!  

This event blog was written by our member Claudette Pope from Third Eye – Word Works (click here for her profile and business details) and this is her spin on the experience we shared at our recent morning tea.  Thank you Claudette we love having your company too.

Together we go further and our community is full of support and we want to get to know you and refer your business to to our expanded network too.  We welcome business women from any background to become a member.

Warm regards
Jennifer Rose Bryant
Managing Director

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Perth Business Women Share and Learn over breakfast

It was just an idea?
Setting the scene…
Business Women Australia are a Perth based community of Business Women and also have a LinkedIn Group with more that 550 women associated with it.  I began thinking this was an awesome number of untapped resources and how could I bring about the connection between this group and the members of BWA.  It began with a luncheon and a presentation on “The Value of LinkedIn” by Jo Saunders which was very successful so we decided to hold a breakfast event which was also a huge success!
Jo Saunders a long time member of Business Women Australia and an expert in knowledge regarding “How to use LinkedIn for Business” and together we spoke of the possibilities of holding regular events that would include BWA members and business women from our LinkedIn Group.  The purpose of this was to bring together a diverse group of Perth Business Women so they could connect and share their expertise and stories.
Following our recent breakfast event we all agreed this has been a most successful experience for everyone.  The connections were dynamic and created a very happy and enjoyable learning environment which we will definitely be doing again in the near future.
The educational presentation was presented by Jo Saunders from Wildfire Social Marketing. The feed back has been positive and so many business women left feeling empowered with more knowledge on how they can engage with their LinkedIn account to create a profile and make useful connections to expand their business circles.
Each participant also had the opportunity to introduce themselves to everyone.  A process that was well received and had the Ladies engaged and ready to make connections.  What I liked the most was seeing the joy and authenticity whilst they share their passion.  A common denominator among all the women was they they simply want to make a positive difference by sharing their expertise and knowledge.

With so many talented Business Women at the breakfast table, I was humbled to be seated amongst them.  My dream is to encourage and inspire the women to join our community and contribute on a regular basis.
Business Women Australia offer a monthly membership with a no-lock-in contract at $44 per month. We help you market your business across all our Social Media platforms, on our event calendar and offer the opportunity to co-host events with BWA just has Jo did.  It is a real win-win opportunity!
I have personally invited all of the attendees to consider joining us and share their journey.  Here is a reminder of what we offer…

Business Women Australia Membership is available to all Business Women.  It provides you access to connecting with Business Women from many backgrounds. Perth has a lot to offer women who are seeking exposure, growth and quality connections.  So whether you are an entrepreneur, small business manager, consultant, speaker or represent a not-for-profit organisation, you are welcome in our community.
You will have the opportunity to join us at our face to face events and to advertise your own business, product, services and workshops on our beautifully designed web page. Our well established brand will have you positioned for success almost immediately you join us.
Join us and connect with other fabulous women and expand your business circles. Become a member today and create a Business Profile and Directory Listing and begin your journey alongside other like-minded business women.  Let us support you and give your digital foot-print a real chance to stand out.  We have been working on this concept for many years and your presence here will be priceless!
I want to say how grateful I am to Jo for the wonderful generosity she always shares to provide BWA with a most wonderful experience.  Click here for more from Jo.
Thank you also to our members and guests for joining us as I consider it a real privilege to have shared this experience with you.  I welcome your call if you have any questions in regard to the benefits of collaborating with BWA.
Please visit our web page for full details on all aspects of our business and to see our upcoming events.
I look forward to your comments and feedback should you wish to share.  I do hope we see you again very soon.
Warmest regards
Jennifer Rose Bryant

Call me on 0419 955 819

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We Are Unique

Roundup with Kim Kamarudin from Clear Blue Writing

After being a member of Business Women Australia for more than 18months I have been fortunate to meet and speak with dozens of BWA members. During this time it has been a privilege to notice individual members grow – from their ability to share about what they do in their business to how they look and present themselves.

I believe this one of the points of difference with Business Women Australia. The supportive, nurturing environment provided by Director Jennifer Rose Bryant and members creates a momentum of confidence and security that members embrace and run with.

Walking in to the Peasant’s Table, in Mt Hawthorn, for the BWA Morning Tea on Wednesday 9 April I was ‘dazzled’ by how lovely Di Hamilton (USANA Networking Professional) looked. Standing at the counter waiting to order, she glowed with health and vibrancy. When I first met Di she had a big smile on her face but lacked the confidence she now exudes. She shares vividly with members about her passion for health and USANA products and she looks great! A trained nurse, Di was introduced to the products after struggling with her health. She joined the company nine years ago and as a result of the networking business has completely replaced her nursing income.

Another member I have enjoyed watching grow and thrive over the past 12months is Sheryll Fisher from Outback Initiatives. The company offers transformative experiential programs for individuals and groups. I can say from experience the programs are both mentally and physically challenging AND provide fantastic, mind-blowing breakthroughs that apply to every area of life. Sheryll shared about learning about her own leadership style and how to utilise that and other skills to work with others. “I feel privileged to be able to watch people transform during our programs,” she said.

The ever-vivacious Caroline Compton from Immerse Face & Body proudly shared about the salons one year anniversary at The Mezz – yay! The salon focuses on whole body care and treatment from using all natural skin care products to having a Doctor and a Kinesiologist available for appointments. After winning a BWA door prize from Immerse last year I treated myself to the full-body scrub, mini-facial and massage for Valentine’s Day. The experience was sublime and I walked out of the salon feeling silking smooth and relaxed. Highly recommend a visit!

It was fantastic to see more than 25 members at the morning tea event, including a handful of new members (pictured). We look forward to seeing our newest members at a coming event and hearing about their businesses.

Perth based Business Women Australia members have been strategically planning and networking.  We had a very busy March and our experiences were fabulous! Thank you so much to all the members that continue to support each other and who show up with such wonderful intentions of sharing and collaborating.  Business Women Australia believe in the power of face to face networking with the intention of being authentic and respectful.  It is a fact that we do make incredible friendships and we love supporting each other.  We are unique!

Warmest wishes
Jennifer Rose Bryant  
Managing Director

 

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Blank Canvas Sundowner for Business Women in Perth

The first sundowner of the year for Business Women Australia was certainly an event that exuded creativity, excitement for a new year beginning, and a strong sense of purpose and drive from all of the attending members and their guests.

Arriving at the Anna Foley Art gallery in Perth, we were greeted with an amazing display of art in a lovely open-space gallery that reflected the down-to-earth nature of the artists. White walls, colourful images, and a strong sense of space and place were evident. You really felt welcome, invited and part of the environment. I have been to a few galleries and sometimes you feel like you should just simply be observing and absorbing, but the lively chatter of the members and the welcoming ambience of the gallery just made you feel relaxed and be able to enjoy yourself.

Two incredible and inspiring women were the hosts of the event: Contemporary Artist Anna Foley and Inspirational Leader Vida Carlino from Inspiration Source.

To “paint the picture” (he-he pun intended) of the experience and the event, Vida opened the evening with a bit of visualisation for the year ahead. As she herself said “I get really excited about a new year. I am so much better for the past year, and know that this year is only going to be better because of the knowledge I have gained in the last year”.  Yep, that rings true for all of us!

As an ice-breaker, Vida took the group through a little activity – the rose and the frangipani. I won’t reveal too much here but it really did help to get to know people on a personal level. This again reflects what I value in the Business Women Australia WA group. It’s not a corporate environment and I enjoy the level of friendship in the group along with the more personal approach to networking that is so unique to this membership.

We heard from a couple of members: Helen Devereaux who has the business My Budget Trainer and is really able to help individuals and couples get on track, set realistic goals and achieve their financial independence. She has even created her own concept the Cashflow Boardgame – a strategic play for letting you take the risks you normally would in life without the “risk” and therefore understanding the implications. The second person to provide a member profile was Kath Mazzella. She introduced her campaign for Gynaecological Awareness and has been awarded the very prestigious OAM [Order of Australia} for her wonderful contributions. She has a great if quirky sense of humour which is clearly demonstrated by her very unique patch-work quilt that she designed to spread the message about her campaign. You simply have to see this glitzy and glamorous quilt for yourself. It’s something you won’t forget.

Vida then finished off the evening with a bit more goal setting: “Set the intention which will then expand your awareness to achieve these goals”. For me personally, this was absolutely in line with my goal setting for the year ahead that I had currently been working through. I particularly wanted to share this as part of the blog post because setting the intention is really opening up a range of knowledge and potential ideas that I was previously not aware about – what a wonderful concept and piece of wisdom that Vida so generously shared with us on the night. Yep, Vida is an inspirational leader.

I then got the chance to catch up with Contemporary Artist Anna Foley and asked about her favourite painting on display that evening. She talked about a piece called “Clarity”.  Her style of art is meditative visualisation and this particular piece had been a reflection of her time in India. She had made this particularly piece a focus for the night and placed it in the centre of the stage are to provide. Her aim was to provide the sense of clarity and embrace of strength for the speakers that would address the group on the night. It was a wonderful and colourful piece of artwork that demonstrated depth of colour and context throughout the entire piece. I had to ask if the piece was actually for sale because she was so passionate about the piece, and yes it is. Looking for your own clarity? Perhaps contact Anna and go see it for yourself.

To wrap up the night, we were all presented with a little gift that a few of the BWA members had created as their first experience of meditative art-form. It was a beautiful envelope with some invitations to future events. Anna has an event coming up called “The Blank Canvas”. If you want to try this out for yourself, No Experience Necessary – which of course is the best part from my perspective as there no expectations!

As an experienced Events and Marketing Campaign Specialist, I really have to commend the ladies on putting on a wonderful event. Lots of activities, lots to do and lots of time to network. What a fabulous way to start the year of 2014 while leaving with some inspiration of endless possibilities.

Contact Managing Director Jennifer Rose Bryant with your membership enquiries.

Written by:

Ruth O’Dwyer

Business Owner and Consultant

PESTEL Marketing: www.pestelmarketing.com.au

GOE Lifestyle: www.goelifestyle.com.au

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