Sunshine Coast Business Expo Arrives

Lisa Wilkinson headline speaker at 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Expo

Thousands of Sunshine Coast business people will take time out of their busy work schedules on Wednesday (28 May)  and Thursday (29 May) this week to gain some valuable insight into a range of business subjects at this year’s Sunshine Coast Business Expo.
Sunshine Coast Business Expo Chair Ross Hepworth said the event coordinators had raised the bar yet again, welcoming renowned media personality Lisa Wilkinson and CareerOne CEO Karen Lawson to the speaker line-up.
“We’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Expo this year and believe the jam-packed program of keynotes, workshops, presentations, interactive panels and more intimate boardroom briefings is a terrific way to mark such a significant milestone,” Mr Hepworth said.

Lisa Wilkinson headline speaker at 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Expo
Lisa Wilkinson headline speaker at 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Expo

“For the first time we have a sell-out event a week out which is testament to Lisa Wilkinson’s popularity — not only as a presenter but also as a businesswoman who has an impressive track record in the publishing industry.”
Ms Lawson’s presentation at the opening breakfast will give attendees the chance to get up to speed with the concept of ‘collaborative consumption’ regarded by Time Magazine as one of the Ten Ideas that will Change the World.
“Collaborative consumption – also known as the ‘sharing economy’ – is where consumers are less concerned about owning products; they are keen to rent, lend, swap, barter, gift and share products and services to bring their day-to-day costs down,” Mr Hepworth said.
“This trend is becoming more and more prominent and will significantly change consumers’ spending and purchase habits, as well as recruitment processes within businesses in the coming months and years.”
Mr Hepworth said the drawcards at this year’s Expo were not limited to the keynote speakers, with time management and performance improvement experts FranklinCovey on board to deliver their first ever presentation to Sunshine Coast audiences.
“Best known around the world for their training modules based on Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, FranklinCovey will deliver a workshop at this year’s Expo about how you can rule your technology rather than letting it rule you,” Mr Hepworth said.
“We all know the benefits of having 24/7 access to everything on phones and other devices but sometimes we can lose hours of our day without actually achieving outcomes for our businesses.”
“It’s a real coup to have FranklinCovey involved with the Expo — we know their philosophies have a very strong following on the Coast and we feel very privileged to have their team hosting a workshop.  There are still tickets available online for those who want to come along on the day.”
“We’re also very excited to launch our ‘boardroom briefings’ this year which include sessions by Clare Edwards, Piers Thurston, Peter Jones and Ben Amos.”
Mr Hepworth said the Expo program also includes the Digital ‘Business Leaders’ Panel, which will explore how businesses can improve productivity and boost profitability through the effective use of digital tools.
“Other highlights include sessions with Barry Bull, Yvette Adams, Alistair Horscroft, Liz Rivers, Lisa Harrison and Stephen Clark as well as a number of skills workshops for jobseekers,” Mr Hepworth said.
“This year’s Expo is shaping up to be the best yet; we’re looking forward to taking the event to a whole new level.”
“What’s exciting is that we’re not just focusing on business owners and operators alone this year; there are a number of events on the program that will appeal to community organisations as well as local jobseekers.”
“In particular, the Jobs and Skills Market component on day two of the Expo is expected to attract up to 1,000 visitors, with more than 200 jobs available on the day for those in search of employment.”
There are 26 events on the program of which 23 are free and access to the exhibition hall with over 40 exhibitors is also free, so business people are encouraged to come to the Mooloolaba campus of TAFE Queensland East Coast to experience the Expo for themselves.
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2014 Sunshine Coast Business Expo events

6.30am for 7.00am start-8.30am Opening breakfast with CareerOne CEO Karen Lawson brought to you by Sunshine Coast Council – $59.00
9.00am-10.00am Taking the Bull by the Horns.  Barry Bull workshop – Free
9.00am – 10.00am Liberating your business – am I in the way?  Boardroom briefing with Piers Thurston – Free
10.00am-11.00am Digital ‘Business Leaders’ Panel. Panel discussion with Karen Lawson and digital and cloud technology experts from across Australia – Free
10.30am-11.30am Neuroleadership / BrainSmart Leadership – what it’s all about and why you need to know about it. Boardroom briefing with Clare Edwards, Changeworks – Free
11.30am-12.30pm Digital Marketing seminar – tackling content marketing to get to the top of Google.  Stephen Clark, Sparx Digital – Free
12.00pm-1.00pm drinks
1.00pm-3.00pm lunch
Corporate lunch with media personality Lisa Wilkinson brought to you by the Telstra Business Centre, Sunshine Coast – SOLD OUT
3.00pm-4.00pm The benefits of experiential marketing and the core part that events play in customer engagement.  Event workshop brought to you by SCENE – Liz Rivers – Free
3.30pm-5.00pm Exhibitor drinks – invitation only event


7.30am-9.30am Export information session and 2014 Premier of Queensland Export Awards launch. – Free
9.00am-10.00am Understanding online video strategy for business. Boardroom briefing with Ben Amos, Innovate Media – Free
9.30am – 12.30pm ‘Rule your technology, don’t let it rule you’.  FranklinCovey workshop presented by Lindsay Bridger – $79.00
10.00am-2.00pm Jobs and Skills Market – Free
10.00am-10.30am Jobseeker seminar – Employer expectations. Presented by Sonia Fry, STEPS – Free
10.00am-11.00am Tips for the perfect business pitch.  Presented by Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast – Free
10.30am-11.00am Skills workshop – Employment interviews. Presented by Sonia Fry, STEPS – Free
11.00am-11.30am Skills workshop – Resume writing.  Presented by Laura Simpson, TAFE – Free
11.30am-12.30pm Using social media to boost your career. Presented by Lisa Harrison, POMO – Free
12.00-12.30pm Employment seminar – Motivation. Sonia Fry, STEPS – Free
12.00pm-1.00pm Skills workshop – Getting up on social media (computer access). Ange Lisle – Free
12.00pm-1.00pm Successful business partnerships.  Peter Jones, Partners Insync – Free
1.00pm-1.30pm Skills workshop – Resume writing.  Laura Simpson, TAFE – Free
1.00pm-2.00pm Digital literacy is the new financial literacy – skills for the digital age. Yvette Adams, Creative Collective – Free
1.30pm-2.00pm Skills workshop – Employment interviews. Sonia Fry, STEPS – Free
1.30pm-2.30pm What’s happening at TAFE.  Alan Scott, Asmosys and Jenny Butler, TAFE – Free
1.30pm-2.30pm Human behaviour and your business.  Alistair Horscroft – Free