Peter Engelhardt with David Sharrock, Andre Ong and Mitchell Zadow (August 2019)

Meetings are held quarterly, with keynote business speakers, discussion groups, business book reviews, handouts and legal spotlights.

The School of Hard Knocks is a hands on, very practical club.
The aim is for local businesses to improve and be successful.

We want business people to learn from one another and to pick up on ideas from others who are outside their own industry and business experience and who might have quite different perspectives.

As an owner or manager of a business or not-for-profit enterprise, you are warmly invited to attend any of our business club meetings.

Business Club members can access handouts and material from previous meetings here.

Our Next Meeting

OCTOBER 2019 BUSINESS CLUB

Scott Dutton
"Difficult to Connected Conversations: DCs made easy"

Yikes! How much do we look forward to those difficult and necessary conversations? A DC is anything you find hard to talk about but know that you need to.

Mmmm... The issue is often how to start those sensitive conversations that will invite open and constructive dialogue. When interactions become difficult, emotions can often escalate and communication can break down. We often fear having the difficult conversation as we are concerned that we may make the situation worse - so we may try to avoid it or we know we have to have it, we may try and blunder through it. Scott shares (with humour!) the necessary understanding, skills and confidence to successfully transform that conversation from difficult (+ challenging + tough + unwanted) to connected + confident through a clear and concise 3 step process.

Yep, that DC just got that much easier!

What you will take away from the session:

  • How to transform a difficult(+ challenging + tough + unwanted) conversation to a connected + confident conversation
  • How to develop a mindset with an intent that invites open and authentic communication
  • How to practice a 3-step process that ensures the transformation of conflict into connection and the key strengthening of relationship
  • How to implement key strategies to deal with challenges while remaining mindfully centred with the chaos of conflict

What else?

  • A short, ‘legal spotlight’ on a significant issue helpful to enterprises
  • A TED-like talk on 'Helpful communication tips for a high performance team'
  • Round table discussions about your business concerns
  • Enterprise book review relevant to our topic
  • Free legal advice from our Lawyers at the end of the meeting
  • Door prizes.
About Our Guest Presenter

Scott is the Conflict Whisperer and the Fun Maker! Scott is known as the most engaging, insightful & fun speaker in the conflict resolution arena. He has presented to 15,000+ professionals and is in high demand as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. Scott has been awarded CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation - the highest level of international accreditation. He is one of Australia's top 100 speaking professionals as certified by the Professional Speakers Australia (PSA) and is recognised by the Global Speakers Federation (CSF) as among the top 15% of professional speakers worldwide.

Scott is the Founder & Company Director of Fighting Fair - a leading conflict resolution training + services consultancy. His knowledge and expertise is sought by leaders across all sectors. Scott's qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Bachelor of Science (BSC. - Psych. Major). He is a member of the Professional Speakers Australia (PSA), the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), a practitioner member of the Australian Dispute Resolution (ADRA) and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.


Tuesday 29 October 2019
12pm–2pm
for a 12:30pm start over lunch
Price
$20 per person at the door
Location
Waverley RSL
Sunset Room
Level 1, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley VIC 3150
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2019 Guest Presenters

August

Our last guest speaker was Peter Engelhardt, founder of Plan2Brand and strategic design agency Creative Brew.

His topic was: "Brand Strategy Demystified".

May

Our guest speaker was Jessie Weatherley, founder of Jork Consulting, a boutique marketing agency.

Her topic was: “10 Red Hot E-Marketing Tips to Attract New Customers”.

February

Our guest speaker was Danielle Storey international business co-owner and innovation champion.

Her topic was: “There has never been a better time to be YOU!”

2018 Guest Presenters

November

Our guest speaker was David Sharrock, Author, Managing Principal and Accredited Business Law Specialist.

His topic was: "Gotta Keep the Customer Satisfied"

August

Our guest speaker was Rachael Robertson, an Antarctic expedition leader with 20 years of 'extreme' leadership experience.

Her topic was: “Leading on the Edge: the future of teamwork and why respect trumps harmony”

We also had additional guest presenters:

The Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock sharing on “Highly Effective Leadership”

Jacob Sarkodee from International Justice Mission

May

Our guest speaker was Dr Graham Kenny, an international recognised expert in strategy and performance measurement.

His topic was: “A Blueprint for Agile Strategic Planning”

We also had The Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock sharing on “Building Pyramids Incisive Planning for Enterprise Success”

February

Our guest speaker was Des Mueller, a retired Lt. Gen. of the Australian Defence Force is uniquely experienced in implementing strategy for enterprises.

His topic was: “Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works!”

We also had The Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock sharing on “Up Up & Away! Strategizing for Enterprise Success”

2017 Guest Presenters

October

Our guest speaker was Leanne Faulkner, a champion of small business and an advocate for mental health awareness.

Her topic was: “Stress Busters for You and Your Team!”

We also had additional guest presenters:

Jessica Lancashire from Online HR, shared on “Self-Care for Employers”

Philip Heaven from Sharrock Pitman Legal, shared on “Workplace Stress, OH&S and Your Enterprise”

August

Our guest speaker was Ron Gauci, who has experience at the top levels of the business world in globally listed companies, as well as in a range of not-for-profit organisations and start-up ventures.

His topic was: “Optimising the Performance of your Organisation”

Our very own Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock, also shared useful points for businesses. His topic was “Planning for Enterprise Success (Part 1)“.

May

Our guest speaker was Shaun Coulton, from Coulton Consulting being a company which demystifies social media tools for businesses.

His topic was: “The 12 Steps to Building Your Personal and Business Brand on LinkedIn”

We also had additional presenters sharing on digital media trends:

Adam Laurie from Digitial 360, shared on “Current Trends in Digital Marketing Strategies”

Phil Speers, from Catch All Digital, shared on “SEO Do’s and Don’ts”

Mitchell Zadow from Sharrock Pitman Legal shared on “Your Business on the Web: Managing the Risks”

February

Our guest speaker was Craig Rispin, an international speaker, author and leading expert on future trends in business.

His topic was “Bullet Proofing Your Business for the Future”.

The Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock, also shared useful points for businesses. His topic was “Leading on L Plates – 5 More Things I Learnt in 2016“.

2016 Guest Presenters

October

Our guest speaker was Chris Helder, an international speaker, trainer, consultant, writer and business strategist.

His topic was “Useful Belief – as a game changer in the field of motivation and performance”.

Our very own Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock, also shared useful points for businesses. His topic was “Generating Business Momentum“.

August

Our guest speaker was Glenn Manton, former AFL footballer, media personality and philanthropist.

His topic was “Positive Conversations and Life-giving Relationships”.

The Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock, was joined by his business partners Andre Ong and Mitchell Zadow as they had a panel discussion on ‘Positive Conversations, Positive Relationships’ in their law practice.

May

Our guest speaker was Jason Cunningham, television personality and accountant.

His topic was “Have Your Cake and Sell it too: The 7 Key Ingredients of Business Success”.

The Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock, also shared about a key ingredient to business success. His topic was ‘Business Values’.

February

Our guest presenter was Graeme Joy an intrepid explorer and adventurer.

His topic was “Leading Your High Performance Team”.

David Sharrock, Managing Principal of Sharrock Pitman and a reluctant entrepreneur at heart, provided some great insights on leadership. His topic was ‘Leading on L Plates’.

2015 Guest Presenters

November

Our guest presenter was Vanessa Hall, a leading thinker and teacher on trust. Her simple but profound model for trust is creating significant change in businesses.

Her topic was ‘Marketing – the Maker or Breaker of Trust’.

August

Our guest presenter was David Parkin, former AFL player and coach.

His topic was ‘Team Building’.

David Sharrock, as the Reluctant Entrepreneur, shared some red hot tips for firing up your business.

April

Our guest presenter was David Penglase, a bestselling author and leading expert on the ethics of selling.

His topic was ‘How to Build Intentional Trust to Boost Business Success’.

The Reluctant Entrepreneur, David Sharrock, also provided some inspiration on boosting business success. His topic was ‘For Business Success, Build a Bridge of Trust’.

January

Our guest presenter was Iven Frangi, a business builder and recognised thought leader on customer experience.

His topic was “Outstanding Customer Experience for Business Success”.

We also heard from David Sharrock again. His topic was ‘Customer Service’. David is the Managing Principal of Sharrock Pitman Legal and a most reluctant entrepreneur!

2014 Guest Presenters

October

Our guest presenter was Russell Pearson, brand strategist and director of Crimson Fox Creative Studios.

His topic was about the ‘Elements of Effective Brand Design’.

David Sharrock spoke on ‘Business Branding’.

August

Our guest presenter was Tom O’Toole, the baker from Beechworth and franchisor of Australia’s greatest bakery.

His topic was about ‘Workplace Culture and Team Building’.

David Sharrock spoke on: ‘Let’s go fishing …. for a vibrant workplace’.

May

Our guest presenter was Amanda Gome, a successful business person, journalist and media entrepreneur.

Her topic was on ‘Entrepreneurship – Crikey, I Forgot My Skirt’.

David Sharrock, our very own Reluctant Entrepreneur, facilitated a panel discussion and Q & A with three local entrepreneurs, Christo Christophidis, Craig Lane and Adam Laurie.

February

Our guest presenter was Tim Costello, the CEO of World Vision.

His topic was ‘Becoming the Business Leaders we can be’.

The quintessential reluctant entrepreneur,David Sharrock, shared a few thoughts on business leadership.

2013 Guest Presenters

November

We had a panel discussion on how to deal with tough financial times.

Our panel comprised of:

  1. Tim Wilson, Partner, Wilmit Australia Pty Ltd: 5 Hot Tips on Surviving and Thriving in Your Business in Tough Financial Times
  2. Paul Humphreys, Director, Accountkeeping Plus Pty Ltd: 5 Hot Tips on Having Great Business Cash Flow in Tough Financial Times
  3. Mathew Thong, Business Banking Manager, National Australia Bank: 5 Hot Tips on How to get Bank Finance for Your Business in Tough Financial Times
  4. Mitchell Zadow, Principal, Sharrock Pitman Legal Pty Ltd: 5 Hot Tips on Protecting Your Private Assets from Business Creditors in Tough Financial Times
  5. Ashley Davidson, Executive Director, Pitcher Partners Advisors Pty Ltd: 5 Hot Tips for Dealing with the ATO in Tough Financial Times

August

To kick off the first School for Hard Knocks our presenter was, David Sharrock, Managing Principal of Sharrock Pitman Legal. David is both a stressed business person and a most reluctant entrepreneur. Our business club was started for like-minded business owners and managers.

His topic was “What’s the Key to Sustained Success in any Business”.