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End of Year - Progressive Networking Dinner

  • The Deck 212 Bay Street Brighton, VIC, 3186 Australia (map)

Progressive Dinner Networking Events - help you to create business relationships over dinner

BONUS INSIGHT - "Problems vs. Opportunities" 


Sharing a meal together. Extending hospitality… In many cultures, these are expressions of trust and a commitment to amnesty and good faith. For most of us, meals are times for conversation and relationship building. So, our progressive dinners build on these characteristics because they express our belief that networking is about building relationships, not about sales.

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Tonight's insight will focus on how four very different business owners  have faced into problems in growing their businesses and have found ways to turn  situations into opportunities along their individual  journey.

Hear from 

Eric Chan- The Pitch Specialist -  Eric has built his brand by guiding professionals on how to capture attention by delivering their key message with precision, clarity and impact. He is also the founder of the Soapbox Revival movement, taking groups of people out into public to spread messages of joy, inspiration and growth. 

Many budding entrepreneurs can relate to the self doubt that plagues the newcomer to an industry. "Why would anyone pick me over someone already well known? Even I look up to and aspire to be these people!" 

Eric asked these questions of himself a year into his entrepreneurship and decided to take a leap of faith,  making two  key decisions which changed the trajectory of his success.

Jane Seymour- Mount Zero Olives.  As a primary producer of olives and olive oil and a co-founder of Mount Zero Olives, an award winning iconic Australian brand.

Jane started with a neglected olive grove and over many seasons learnt to rejuvenate the trees using Biodynamic farming methods to focus on the health of the trees and the soil.  Her business  was inducted into the Melbourne Food and Wine Hall as food legends in 2010 for their  contributions to Melbourne’s food culture.

For the last several years Jane's challenge has been to incorporate the health giving properties of our Mount Zero certified biodynamic olive oil into natural skincare products.

Andre Baruch-  Past Owner of Australia Wide Chaffeur Cars.  Born in New Zealand, André completed school in Lower Hutt and then spent a year studying at the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem, Israel.  Returning to Sydney André completed his university education at the University of New South Wales, while also working for Coopers and Lybrand.

Upon completion of his studies André moved to Melbourne and worked in his wife’s family business of property development and management for 8 years.  After doing similar for 2 years on his own André was at a loss as to which way to go next.  He decided to go back into driving taxis – after doing it part time as a job during a university break – and from their an opportunity arose to enter the Hire Car Industry.  After 12 years owning, growing and running his business, André took the opportunity offered to exit via a trade sale.

The achievement that André is the most proud of his is raising, together with his wife Lisa, their four beautiful sons; now aged 15 – 22.

Michelle Jelleff, Founding Director of START Foundation. As a Founding Director of START Foundation, Michelle is  making a difference by engaging with our community and empowering amputees by providing grants to enable them to participate in their chosen sport in order to achieve their sporting dreams.

To achieve our goals, they are constantly  seeking partnerships with Australian organisations who share our values. START Foundation recognises the key benefits for amputees participating in sport.  Michelle kick started the presentations for the year at  YTM year and it will be interesting to hear how they have progressed in their mission over 2017. 


PLUS- Your Time Matters’ Progressive Dinners provide:

  • An opportunity to eat and enjoy relaxed, meaningful conversation with matched business people.

  • Introductions to other guests with whom you have common interests.
  • Structured conversations using special YTM Conversation Card decks that help you to give and receive value.
  • Opportunities for casual conversation with like-minded people.
  • Enjoyable, yet efficient networking opportunities and excellent speakers.

Meet the YTM Team

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Leigh Powell, Business Strategist and Mentor, will help tease out some of the issues and ideas you have around your business in a likeminded group of business owners who offer up and share thoughts on your Proposition, how to find target markets, the collateral and evidence you have to demonstrate you can solve a client’s problem and more.

Kerryn Powell, known as "The Connector" and a network strategist, helps individuals, business professionals and organisations build real networks. Her ability to seek out solutions for any problem has developed through her career portfolio where she has also built a diverse network. Kerryn has also solved awkward networking conversations by creating the YTM unique conversation-starters which lead to participants sharing experiences, challenging and endorsing ideas, learning new things and creating exciting new synergies and opportunities as they boost their confidence and business.


What Happens at a “Progressive Dinner” Event? 

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  • 3 hours of strategic conversations that give you plenty of time to talk and listen to others + a delicious 2-course meal + informative speakers.
  • Open networking with your hosts, primed to make helpful introductions and ensure you aren’t standing by yourself.
  • 2 x tables of 6-8 strategically matched, like-minded business owners (you change tables after the main course).
  • YTM’s unique Conversation Starter cards to create meaningful timed discussions (everyone gets a chance to participate).
  • Relaxed, yet structured format.
  • An informative and relevant speaker or panel to answer questions and provide ideas for your business.

    Learn more about YTM Progressive Dinner Events and other YTM events


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    Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions

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    Kerryn Powell

    0414 856 616



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