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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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Boost Revenue, Retain Talent by Communicating Across Cultures | Catherine Steele

THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU IF … • You have experienced difficulty communicating clearly with clients, collaborators or team members • Miscommunication has cost you respect or revenue in the past • You want to take full advantage of the benefits of a globally-diverse team WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Come and join us on Tuesday evening May 21st, and learn from Catherine Steele how to communicate clearly to all audiences despite differences in product knowledge, cultural background, or language skill level. In this workshop Catherine will teach you tips and strategies that will make it easier to adjust to the needs of your audience. You’ll learn to develop a communication style that supports your listener. Through examples, stories, and visual demonstrations, Catherine will help you identify your communication strengths and develop core skills to help listeners understand your key message quickly and easily. Catherine has been coaching individuals and teams on clear communication strategies for over 25 years. TAKEAWAYS • Learn simple strategies to avoid embarrassing and costly misunderstandings • Eliminate communication problems before they occur • Develop a system to come away from each interaction knowing that your message has been delivered clearly and that true understanding has been made possible SPEAKER’S BIO Catherine Steele, B.Ed, TESOL, known internationally as The Clear Communicator, is a speaker, coach and consultant who trains corporate teams and individuals on the clear speaking skills necessary to be competitive in today’s global marketplace. Catherine is the CEO of English Pronunciation For Success and holds a degree in education with a focus on languages, literature and linguistics, combined with experience coaching over 7,000 clients on pronunciation. Visit Catherine online at www.englishpronunciationforsuccess.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 – Catherine’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.

How to Create and Sell Online Courses in 60 Days or Less | Brady Patterson

Avicenna Holistic Centre

CA$12.00

THIS TALK IS FOR YOU IF … • You want to share your knowledge or message, change people’s lives and build a successful business for yourself • You want to create an automated system that brings actual paying clients to you regularly • You get lost in between the tools, technology and the marketing skills needed to get your online training platform up and running TALK DESCRIPTION Come and join us on Tuesday evening, May 28 and learn from Brady Patterson how to: • Share your knowledge using videos, audios, e-books, PDFs and more using an online training platform • Sell your programs online using an automatic system with a proven 8 step process that our students use to successfully create and launch their online courses in 8 weeks • Recruit and track affiliates who send you actual paying clients on a regular basis TAKEAWAYS • Know exactly what to do this week to make a massive difference in your business • Have a simple step by step model to follow to create your first or next profitable course • How to get influential people to promote you SPEAKER’S BIO Brady Patterson is the COO of Success Road Academy, one of the largest information marketing training centers in the world with tons of online courses and hundreds of hours of training videos and audios. Success Road students have founded online training centers in almost any niche markets, anything from overcoming anxiety, living a happy life, managing personal finances, being a great public speaker, weight loss and other health programs and many more. Brady is driven to help business owners find success and balance at the same time because he grew up in an entrepreneurial family and his family was always working. Spending time with his wife is one of his strongest reasons to want the time freedom from the business. He’s got a fitness mindset, both physically and mentally and lives an active life. Honesty and directness are two of his top values and he dislikes inefficient and broken systems. Visit Brady online at www.linkedin.com/thebradypatterson 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 – Brady’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.

Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Network | Microsoft

Microsoft Store

THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU IF YOU … • Want to create a compelling LinkedIn profile of your capabilities and accomplishments • Want to grow your business’s professional network • Want an updated professional LinkedIn headshot that would normally cost you $200+ EVENT DESCRIPTION Come and join us on Thursday evening, May 30, 2019 and learn from a LinkedIn Expert on how to grow your network on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is an online network of professional relationships, used to present yourself and your qualifications, grow your network, and connect with new opportunities. In this 45-minute workshop you will to learn to create a compelling profile of your capabilities and accomplishments and grow your business’s professional network. What’s more, you’ll receive a complimentary, professional-grade photo for your LinkedIn profile. This event is limited to 60 people. TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn how to use LinkedIn to its full potential 2. Build your brand and grow your network 3. Receive a complimentary, professional-grade photo for your LinkedIn profile SPEAKER’S BIO Sadaf Abdul is a Community Development Specialist at Microsoft, working with local small-businesses, non-profit organizations, gaming communities, and educators. As a Community Development Specialist Sadaf hosts many events at the Microsoft Store in Metrotown and works with partners and small businesses to support them in digital transformation. Sadaf has been in the tech industry for 5 years and has delivered LinkedIn training to newcomers, non-profit organizations, students and small-business owners for over 3 years. INVESTMENT This event is hosted by Microsoft and is FREE! DRESS CODE Business casual

Stop losing good customers; 5 communication keys that drive loyalty | Neil Godin

THIS TALK IS FOR YOU IF … • You want to use repeat and referral business (the least expensive and most effective marketing strategy there is) to build your business • You lose valuable customers and don’t know why • You are prepared to take a fresh look at how you communicate with customers – from the planning stage, through completion, and beyond TALK DESCRIPTION Come and join us on Tuesday evening, June 4, 2019 and learn from Neil Godin how to  Uncover the reasons why good customers stop buying – and what you can do about it (Hint: It’s ‘not’ about price!)  Overturn ‘Murphy’s Law’ with intensive communication and contingency planning  Use predictive problem solving to pre-empt issues and prevent conflict  Take responsibility when things go wrong, and avoid ‘The Victim Game’  Learn customer-saving communication and ‘commitment management’ skills  Rescue relationships with customers by recovering brilliantly when things go wrong TAKEAWAYS  How to “set yourself up to succeed” with every customer  How to communicate effectively when (inevitable) mistakes are made  How to stay in touch with customers in ‘helpful’ ways after the sale SPEAKER’S BIO Neil is a former business journalist and is president of Neil Godin International Inc., a business consulting and training firm. Neil works with both sides of the training equation: Business development (training and coaching in marketing, sales and service), and ‘people development’ (training in leadership and team building; communication, and conflict prevention and resolution). As a speaker he has addressed more than 300,000 people in Canada and the US. For additional information, visit Neil online at www.neilgodin.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 – Neil’s talk 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.

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