Events

Here you’ll find an outline of the events that we offer:

  • short, fun, evening  “In the vicinity” events where we gather in a town to host an interesting conversation or collaborate around a theme
  • longer day-time events where you can spend a little more time honing your skills in a specific area

For more information on all events click here    or  scroll down to book for a specific event.

Special offer ends Wednesday 17 October at 5pm AEDT

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Events led by Vanessa Wiltshire

Day-time events

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NO MATTER how good an idea, product or service is, people will not listen if they don’t feel engaged.

So how do you get commitment when it feels like people are just scrolling past? Come and learn the hidden power of human engagement and story-telling to build trusted relationships. Learn how to connect with yourself and lead with authenticity, vulnerability and purpose. Develop and implement change that people commit to, and then ultimately lead themselves.

Who should come? This event has been developed for mid to senior level leaders in government and business who are responsible for stakeholder engagement, communications, economic development or community strengthening.

What you’ll get:A strong understanding of how and why people connect through authentic, genuine and purpose-driven stories. Story-telling comes in multiple forms, and this is not a workshop on writing. It is an exploration of how leaders can use various mediums, including real-life conversation, to connect with people at a deep level, to effect positive, lasting change.

Duration: 3 hours

Locations:  Morwell, Leongatha

Morwell  Book here   Leongatha  Book here

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Come and join writer and journalist Vanessa Wiltshire to chat about our small townships and communities and what makes them ‘go ahead’. What has made the great things in Gippsland happen? How can we create even more of that? Come and share your thoughts and observations over nibbles and a drink.

Who should come? Community leaders, small business owners, government officers and officials.

What you’ll get: You will have the chance to share your opinion, observations and story about the challenges and opportunities facing small country towns. It’s also an opportunity to have a friendly drink, to meet and to listen to others.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Traralgon Book here             

Events led by Vanessa North

Day-time events

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Why worry about social media in healthcare? It’s out there and it’s not going away!

“The mayo Clinic believes that social media tools offer healthcare professionals opportunities to learn, create, collaborate, educate, connect and build community. Dismissing social media as online entertainment minimizes, if not ignores, its impact on the healthcare industry.” Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, 2018

Who should attend? Healthcare professionals, administrators, managers

What you’ll get: What is social media in healthcare? and why you should care, Benefits to healthcare professionals, patients and communities, Spreading the word – health promotion, Researchers and opportunities – collaborate with the best, Safety and privacy – how to do it right, Personal and organisational branding and why it matters

Duration: 3 hours

Locations: Leongatha

Leongatha Book here   

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Think Twitter and Facebook are just for telling people what you are having for lunch? Twitter was voted the number one tool for learning in Jane Hart’s 2017 Top 100 Tools for learning and has topped the international list for 6 years in a row (C4LPT). If you are not using social media for learning you are missing out and your colleagues are too. Social media opens up a whole new way of how we ‘do’ learning and professional development. Come prepared to get social! The workshop is interactive and introduces you to a range of social media and on-line tools that you can use in your organisation and for your own learning.

Who should attend? everybody and anybody who wants to make professional connections and collaborate with others

What you’ll get: how to create and expand your Personal Learning Network (PLN) no matter where you live using Twitter and Tweetchats to connect with people in your professional community, learn from thought leaders and share resources, use LinkedIn for personal learning and networking, Google Hangouts/Zoom meetings for real-time free video-conferencing to connect people in a virtual ‘meet up’, Meet Up – when virtual connection is not enough organise to meet in person!

Duration: 3 hours

Locations: Morwell, Traralgon

Morwell  Book here   Traralgon   Book here

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“You don’t need to keep score or view networking as a set of transactions. Rather, you contribute to individuals in your network without expectations, knowing that, across the entirety of the network…you will ultimately benefit too.” John Stepper (Working Out Loud: For a better career and life. 2015)

Who should come? Anyone who wants to learn a few networking skills and enjoy a great evening talking with friends that you haven’t met yet.

What you’ll get: Networking for those who hate networking! it’s not about what you can get, it’s about what you can give… Come along and  Learn how to make networking fun and boost your confidence – it’s shouldn’t be a chore, and you never know who you will meet and where it will take you.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Morwell  Book here

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Leongatha! you get to participate in both events at the same time. Vanessa & Vanessa will both host a short session at this event. You’ll start with Networking: the mindful cultivation of generosity, then get to try out you networking skills; followed by a conversation around what makes rural communities thrive.

This event wraps up our week in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland and will be a great opportunity for us to share with you what we have learned along the way (and share some stories!).

Who should come? Anyone who wants to learn a few networking skills and enjoy a great evening talking with friends that you haven’t met yet. Community leaders, small business owners, government officers and officials.

What you’ll get: Networking for those who hate networking! it’s not about what you can get, it’s about what you can give… Come along and  Learn how to make networking fun and boost your confidence – it’s shouldn’t be a chore, and you never know who you will meet and where it will take you.

You will have the chance to share your opinion, observations and story about the challenges and opportunities facing small country towns. It’s also an opportunity to have a friendly drink, to meet and to listen to others.

Includes fresh local produce platters and your first glass of wine.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Leongatha  Book here