2017 Business Skills Seminar

Tuesday 17th October, 8am – 5.30pm
Summit Room, Edgewater Hotel

Speakers/Topics:

Presenter: Jason Watkins, Principal, In the Black Business Consulting
Topic:  Why business planning is more important than we may think – and what businesses can do about it. 

This session will cover the following: 

  • debunking some common planning myths  
  • types of plans that businesses can use 
  • what’s involved in the planning process 
  • how to create a basic one-page plan  

With over 20 years’ business experience working in banking, education, healthcare, science and technology, tourism and sports management roles, the bulk of Jason’s roles have focused on sales/marketing and general management.  He has been General Manager or CEO of enterprises in the sports, tourism, science and technology and education sectors.   Jason has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree and has also completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Hons).  He has also tutored Marketing and Management at the University of Canterbury.  Jason has diverse consulting experience across a broad  range of subject matter and focuses on small and medium enterprises and the challenges they face. 


Presenter: Randal Dobbs, Owner, Framework Marketing Group
Topic: Spotting the Gorilla – marketing = customers; sales = product.  What parts are you missing?

This session will cover the following: 

  • what does a workable marketing plan look like 
  • how to maximise your customer info and NOT drown in data 
  • building a sensible media plan in a complex maze of options 
  • PR & word-of-mouth are still important for reputation so make them work for your business 

Randalworked in, managed and owned advertising agencies for 25 years in NZ, Australia and Hong Kong before starting his marcomms consultancy 20 years ago. His client experience includes both FMCG (Coke, Gillette, Nestle) and service industries (mainly tourism (Air NZ, Australian Tourist Commission + others).  

Now settled in Wanaka with his wife (they 4 adult children scattered around the world), he has a roster of local, NZ & remote clients focused on small owner-operators & start-ups plus is a mentor in the CUBE Business Mentors Initiative. His skill is no-nonsense, practical advice with a good dose of fresh, lateral thinking.


Presenter: Blair Impey, Management Consultant, Crowe Horwath
Topic: How to future proof your business by competitive advantage and innovation

The session will cover the following:

  • How to identify your competitive advantage
  • Multiple ways to innovate in all areas of your business to strengthen your advantage
  • Testing your strategy against future trends
  • Core fundamentals you need to best execute a winning strategy (inc leadership, culture, structure, succession, efficiencies…)
  • How to roll out the changes required (inc planning and implementation)

Blair is currently facilitating a business performance improvement programme called ‘Innov8 2 Gr8’ in Southland, Otago and Central Lakes, sponsored by Callaghan Innovation. The principles in this session are core to the programme, which you could also apply for in next year’s intake. Blair is a professional in performance improvement and general management. His experience as a Management Consultant and General Manager has enabled him to achieve significant success in business turnaround in all business sizes.

Focus areas include:

o    Strategy – identifying competitive advantage and how to best align talent and resources to succeed

o    Innovation – creating new ways of thinking and application in all areas of business

o    Efficiencies – identifying and developing opportunities for operational improvement

o    Engagement – developing techniques to best engage customers, staff and suppliers

o    Planning – developing financial plans and action tracking that aid implementation

o    Leadership & Culture – coaching leadership styles, cultural assessments and personality tests


Linzi Ebbage-Thomas, Director Career Steps

Linzi is an Executive Coach and Organisational Development Consultant for a number of local, national and global organisations offering coaching, consultation, facilitation and executive assessment.   

Linzi initially studied business before completing a MSc. in Human Resources Development (her thesis focussed on coaching and mentoring relationships) from the Nottingham Business School in the UK and she is an accredited Coach for the International Coaching Federation. She has worked in Human Resources leadership roles for the British Army, a National UK Recruitment Company, a Global Investment Bank and a US retail brand roll-out in the UK.

Linzi has worked in organisations such as: King Salmon, the New Zealand Fire Service, Solid Energy fAirways, the University of Canterbury for Executive Coaching; MainPower, for a Succession Planning Project for the Senior Management team; the selection of Elite Coaches for the High Performance Sport New Zealand; Executive Coaching and the development of individual development plans for leaders at Christchurch City Council and Cardrona Alpine Resort. During the last seventeen years she has successfully created and operated her own hospitality businesses, consulted for Sheffield Ltd and the Mental Health Foundation and now operates her own Coaching and Consulting business across New Zealand.  Through her experience, Linzi brings sound advice on how to make a difference to an individual, team and organisation, delivering in a fresh and pragmatic style to individuals and groups.

Other Speakers (bios to come):

Kevin Sharpe, Head of People and Performance Real Journeys – Human Resource Management

Richard Liew, Director NZ Entrpreneur Magazine and Digital Expert


Registration Fee
Member – $125.00 + GST
Non-member – $145.00 + GST

Includes morning tea, lunch and after session drink to network.

Registration 8am and after-drinks 4.30-5.30pm

How to Register
To register for the Seminar please email naomi@wanakachamber.co.nz. Confirmation and an invoice will be sent to you upon receipt.

This event is proudly sponsored by:

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