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Vancouver Business Network Meetup ("VBN") was founded in 2010 and to-day is the largest community of active and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Pacific North-West. VBN holds inexpensive networking events and workshops every week. These help entrepreneurs to learn, network and grow: they learn new tactics, tools and techniques, they network with like-minded people and they grow their knowledge, networks and businesses. We record each workshop and upload it to our YouTube Channel for the world's entrepreneurs to view for free. Start growing your business and advancing your skills today by checking us out - attend one of our weekly Meetups and discover why VBN is the largest small business Meetup the Pacific North-West.

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Improve Your Memory by 700% in one evening (yes, really!) | Graham Best

Avicenna Holistic Centre

CA$12.00

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF … • You want to quickly and easily retain important information • You want to make presentations without notes • You want to recall what you read WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Come and join us on Tuesday evening, March 26th and learn from Graham Best how to: • Have confidence that you can retain important facts at your fingertips • Remember errands or tasks “on-the-fly” without writing them down • Recall details from conversations This is not your typical memory workshop. Graham will present powerful content that can be applied immediately! The presentation is fast paced and full of humour. SPEAKER’S BIO Graham was a Physics teacher with the Vancouver School Board for 37 years. He founded GB Memory Dynamics Inc. in 1976, and began teaching memory systems to groups as diverse as Undercover Police, BC Real Estate Association and Adult Students who need to upgrade skills. His most recent publication is “Your Complete Guide to Building a Memory Palace.” Graham’s personal mission statement is, “To Teach with Passion Things That Matter.” Graham is an avid guitar player. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and is enthusiastic about his presentations. AGENDA – WHAT TO EXPECT 5:45pm - Doors open 5:45pm to 6:15pm – Open networking 6:15pm to 6:25pm - Opening remarks 6:25pm to 6:30pm - Networking tip 6:30pm to 6:45pm - Idea Parties 6:45pm to 6:50pm – Food sponsor’s presentation 6:50pm to 7:30pm – Collaborative networking 7:30pm to 7:45pm – Break and open networking 7:45pm to 8:45pm – Graham’s workshop 8:45pm to 9:00pm – Open networking 9:00pm - It’s a wrap. ADMISSION Your investment is $12 cash at the door. GUARANTEE You have a 100% unconditional, no-quibble, money back satisfaction guarantee.

Use PowerPoint to Inform, Influence and Inspire Your Audience | John Nieuwenburg

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF … … you want your presentations to dazzle and not commit murder by PowerPoint. There’s more to Presentations than just reading off a thick slide deck of PowerPoint slides! If done right PowerPoint can: 1. Engage the Audience’s Minds Done right, the words and images in your slides can involve and engage your audience the way a print ad can. This makes the selling process interactive, especially if you make use of specific and descriptive words, letting your clients form pictures in their minds. 2. Persuade Whether you’re advocating a new idea or persuading clients to buy into your proposal, print ads and a properly designed slide both show an effective call to action. Taking time to learn the ropes and design your PowerPoint to complement your pitch is rewarding in itself. The trick is to keep your visual design simple enough to work with your text (if any). 3. Give You Control As with the pages on a print ad, every slide you make is a chance to make your company and your proposal look appealing. This is why whatever you put in that slide is a reflection of your brand’s image and credibility. With PowerPoint’s ability to link to music, videos, and even websites, you’re in control of what your audience wants to see. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION JFK is quoted as saying: "the only reason to give a speech is to change the world?" Are your presentations good enough to get the results you want? To get the sale, win the deal or persuade an audience to take action? If they are, congratulations! If you'd like to be better, than this talk is for you! Come and join us on Tuesday evening, April 2 and learn from John Nieuwenburg how to effectively use PowerPoint. It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to champion your ideas at a school or a Fortune 100 company, you’re probably going to use PowerPoint. Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are. Our brains have two sides. The right side is emotional, musical and moody. The left side is focused on dexterity, facts and hard data. When you show up to give a presentation, people want to use both parts of their brain. How will you create a presentation talk that engages your audience at all levels? TAKEAWAYS • You'll learn how to structure a presentation, to include insights and supporting data. • You'll also learn some design principles for effective visuals and slides. • Learn why Steve Jobs is the master and how Bill Gates has gone from awful to great as a presenter. SPEAKER’S BIO John Nieuwenburg is an award-winning Business Coach who has worked with hundreds of clients. John coaches in 3 primary areas. Business: getting things done using proven tools, strategies and techniques to grow your business. 2) Personal Growth: working with you in areas such as decision making, leadership, delegation and time management. 3) Accountability: helping you to stay accountable for the results you have chosen. In an earlier life, John was the President of the BC Liquor Stores that today does about $3Bn of which about $1Bn is profit. Before that he was an Executive with a national menswear retailer. If you’d like to know more about what John’s clients are saying about coaching, you can find out here: https://w5coaching.com/testimonial/ AGENDA – WHAT TO EXPECT 5:45pm - Doors open 5:45pm to 6:15pm – Open networking 6:15pm to 6:25pm - Opening remarks 6:25pm to 6:30pm - Networking tip 6:30pm to 6:45pm - Idea Parties 6:45pm to 6:50pm – Food sponsor’s presentation 6:50pm to 7:30pm – Collaborative networking 7:30pm to 7:45pm – Break and open networking 7:45pm to 8:45pm – John’s workshop 8:45pm to 9:00pm – Open networking 9:00pm - It’s a wrap. INVESTMENT Your investment is $12 cash at the door. SATISFACTION GUARANTEE If you are not satisfied with the value you received you’ll be given a 100% no-quibble refund.

Build a better business by managing emotions & keeping cool | Dorothea Hendriks

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF … … you have trouble managing your emotions and keeping cool when … 1. Dealing with challenging clients 2. Receiving unwelcome criticism from others 3. Failing to do what you said you’d do and follow through WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Come and join us on Tuesday evening, April 9, 2019 and learn from Dorothea Hendriks how to handle your emotions and keep your cool in times of stress. As entrepreneurs, most of us face some kind of daily stress in our work whether it’s dealing with upset clients, handling unwelcomed feedback or being disappointed in ourselves because of what we think we have or have not accomplished. How skilled we are at managing our emotions, maintaining our composure and keeping our cool links directly to how successful and effective we will be in both our work and in our relationships. In this workshop we look at what we need to do in order to control our emotions instead of having them control us. TAKEAWAYS • Tips for eliminating self-defeating behaviour and building better habits • 5 easy steps to help us remain calm and focused in emotionally charged situations • Learn how we emotional hijack ourselves and what we can do about it SPEAKER’S BIO As an educator, former instructor at Vancouver Community College and contract trainer to a leading North American company, Dorothea Hendriks has presented to over 5,000 people across Canada. A former provincial champion speaker, she has coached both entrepreneurs and business professionals to master their presentation skills and speaking competence. Since 1998, Dorothea has been developing and delivering a variety of skills building workshops and training programs to clients in law, health, and finance, as well as, professional associations, government and not-for-profit organizations. In 2008, she re-branded her website to ‘Art of Speaking for Success’ specializing in communication skills for the workplace. AGENDA – WHAT TO EXPECT 5:45pm - Doors open 5:45pm to 6:15pm – Open networking 6:15pm to 6:25pm - Opening remarks 6:25pm to 6:30pm - Networking tip 6:30pm to 6:45pm - Idea Parties 6:45pm to 6:50pm – Food sponsor’s presentation 6:50pm to 7:30pm – Collaborative networking 7:30pm to 7:45pm – Break and open networking 7:45pm to 8:45pm – Dorothea’s workshop 8:45pm to 9:00pm – Open networking 9:00pm - It’s a wrap. INVESTMENT Your investment is $12 cash at the door. SATISFACTION GUARANTEE If you aren’t satisfied with the value you received you’ll get a 100% no-quibble refund upon request.

Less is more - boost your productivity by doing less | Michael Stone

Avicenna Holistic Centre

CA$12.00

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF … • You sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed and like you’re running to keep up with your to do list. • You excessively worry about having enough time to balance your work and personal life. • Your inner critic seems to be working overtime and your mind is constantly going. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Come and join us on Tuesday evening, April 16th and learn from Michael Stone how to transform stress, anxiety and doubt, into peace, confidence and inner resilience. In this workshop Michael will teach you easy tools, techniques and practices for grounding, centering and focusing your attention. You will learn to experience embodied presence as a practice that leads to greater creativity, clarity, and peace of mind. Through proven awareness practices you will learn to calm the mind, access body wisdom, and find inner peace. Michael has been teaching transformational programs to organizational leaders for over 40 years. TAKEAWAYS • Redefine Stress as our greatest opportunity for personal & professional growth • Learn grounding, breathing, & meditation practices for stress reduction and quieting the inner critic • Transform stress into resiliency, creativity and peace of mind by cultivating presence SPEAKER’S BIO Michael Stone is a consultant, teacher, author, radio host and producer. He is committed to revealing and dissolving the myth of interpersonal, relational and cultural separation in organizations and the world. His work is building bridges of belonging and interconnection that lead to a more connected, integrated and peaceful world. As a teacher, consultant, journalist and radio host, Michael teaches people how to remove the barriers to living a life of love, contribution and service, which are his core values. He has been teaching and leading teleseminars and transformational workshops on Embodied Leadership, Belief Change Management, Moving Meditation, Personal Growth and Spiritual Fulfillment for over 40 years. For additional information, visit Michael online at www.WellofLight.com AGENDA – WHAT TO EXPECT 5:45pm - Doors open 5:45pm to 6:15pm – Open networking 6:15pm to 6:25pm - Opening remarks 6:25pm to 6:30pm - Networking tip 6:30pm to 6:45pm - Idea Parties 6:45pm to 6:50pm – Food sponsor’s presentation 6:50pm to 7:30pm – Collaborative networking 7:30pm to 7:45pm – Break and open networking 7:45pm to 8:45pm – Michael’s workshop 8:45pm to 9:00pm – Open networking 9:00pm - It’s a wrap. INVESTMENT Your investment is $12 cash at the door.

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