Prominent Buyer’s Agent launches Australia’s first ever simple step-by-step guide for everyday Aussies looking to invest in commercial property

Chinese-Australian buyer’s agent Helen Tarrant is Australia’s number one commercial property buyer’s agent. With house prices fluctuating and interest rates continually rising, she believes it’s time Australians end our ‘love affair’ with residential property. Having built a multi-million-dollar property empire herself, Helen is finally unmasking the hidden secrets surrounding the alternative investment pathway – commercial property.

Traditionally, this property market area has felt confusing, inaccessible, and unaffordable for many investors…and this is where Helen’s new book comes in.

This Spring, Helen’s first book Cashed up with Commercial Property: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Cash Flow Positive Portfolio, will launch in bookstores Australia-wide. Published by Wiley, the book will be a first-of-its-kind educational guide that makes commercial property investment easy to understand and accessible to all – no matter your age, ethnicity, or background in investing.

Whilst most of us feel like we need to either win the lottery (or have cashed up family members) to get our foot on the property ladder, Helen’s own story proves this doesn’t have to be the case. After migrating to Australia from China as a young girl, Helen’s family had only $70 to their name. She moved house 9 times and worked three jobs to support her family throughout high school. After completing a Master of Laws at university, she founded her own beauty therapy business. She was burning the candle on all ends, yet still felt like she couldn’t save, or find any work life balance. It was during this time that a single moment with her landlord changed the course of her life forever…

“My landlord would show up, collect my rent, and then just go out fishing. That was all he did. His income from the rent of his tenants in our building meant he could live the life he loved. Cue my light-bulb moment…maybe I should look into commercial property. After doing some research I found that commercial property had the potential to halve my investment journey time and help me make ten times as much cash flow than investing in residential. And so, I took a leap of faith and never looked back,” Helen says.

In 2012 Helen purchased her first commercial property, a Japanese restaurant in North Sydney for $395k. Fast forward a decade, Helen’s property portfolio is worth over $30 million.  And due to the way that commercial property is geared, during that time, Helen was also able to build her income, earning an additional $20k plus in positive cash flow per week from her investments alone.

These simple ideas and lessons Helen learnt along the way was what eventually inspired her to become a buyer’s agent. Realising there were many misconceptions in the market and no one really educating everyday investors about commercial property, she found a niche providing essential education and strategies for the average Australian seeking to get their foot in the door. Helen now has helped over 1,000 Australian investors find financial freedom through commercial investment, with a total property portfolio worth over half a billion.

Cashed Up with Commercial Property is unique in its category, as it features real life case studies and practical guides for what is required to invest in commercial property. It provides helpful comparisons on investments between residential and commercial, as well as sound strategies that any Aussie can use to generate additional income as they work towards their property/investment goals.

One such case study is Sydney mum Joey. With three kids under five, Joey works as a compliance consultant while her wife, Diane, is a dentist in her own practice. “Joey first approached me when she had 11 residential properties, was negatively geared and in desperate need of some cash flow so she could support her growing mortgages and family lifestyle. Over the past three years we have helped her source excellent commercial investments that would drive a sound return and help her reach her cash flow goals. In that time, we have secured her three properties and close to $100k in passive income, and that’s after outgoing expenses,” Helen explains.

In her book, Helen debunks the biggest myths about commercial property and provides encouragement that no matter who you are or what your property goals are, she can help you on your journey. Three simple pieces of advice her book, includes:

  1. Embrace the Mindset ChangeTrying something new always comes with uncertainty and a bit of gear-shifting. But embrace the mindset changes and don’t apply the same things you know about residential, to commercial. It’s a learning curve, but the payoff (literally) is worth it.
  2. Don’t wait!Ever heard the old idiom, there’s no better time than now? Well this is completely true in commercial property. The market is always changing, so no matter who you are, I recommend getting some advice and starting now, even if it’s small, because the longer you wait, the lower the yield. Build the right strategy and don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone.
  3. Allow Yourself to Dream Big!We can so often feel despondent about property – whether you’ll own the dream home or are scared of being priced out of the market. But with commercials, we encourage you to dream big no matter where you’re at in your investment journey. Map out your big-picture goals, and then with the help of your team, we can help you work backward so you can figure out the best way to start now.

Cashed Up with Commercial Property is published by Wiley and is available for purchase through all good book retailers for $32.95.  For more information or to purchase a copy, visit: https://helentarrant.com/

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Jim Thompson signals the beginning of a new chapter

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter.

 

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter.

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter. Inclusive of the original Jim Thompson House Museum, it features a new “Museum About the Man”, a Home Furnishings Exhibition, a café and a new Iconic Store.

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter.

Local and international visitors will get to soak in the rich history and stunning architecture of what was once the residence of Jim Thompson and explore the beauty of Thai culture, silk traditions and the Thai spirit of innovation as well as discover exhibitions about the life and work of the “Silk King”.

Frank Cancelloni, Group CEO at Jim Thompson explains“We are excited about this new chapter. This is not just any lifestyle brand; it was founded by an iconic man who revived the Thai silk industry. The project will be 100% completed by April 2023 with the opening of a restaurant, a bar and a multifunctional hall, all reflecting the spirit of Jim Thompson.”

Jim Thompson House MuseumComprising of 6 teak houses sourced by Jim Thompson from all over Thailand, his residence also became home to an extensive collection of Southeast Asian art. After his disappearance in Malaysia in 1967, his home was carefully preserved and turned into a museum.

Museum About the ManDrawn from the archives of The James H.W. Thompson Foundation, “The Man Himself” highlights the critical milestones in Thompson’s life, from his early years to the last day that he was seen. The exhibition also charts the journey of Jim Thompson fabrics from Vogue to Broadway and on to becoming Thailand’s only global lifestyle brand.

Home Furnishing Exhibition‘The Evolving World of Jim Thompson Textiles’ is an exhibition that unveils the story of the Thai Silk Company Limited and the prominent creative figures behind the company’s successes in the textile and fabric world after the mysterious disappearance of Jim Thompson in 1967.

The Iconic StoreVisually stunning, the store offers over 6,000 products and exciting collaborative projects including menswear, womenswear, bags, knick-knacks, accessories, homeware, and exclusive collections only available at this location.

The Jim Thompson Art CenterThe Art Center is a place where ideas and stories are shared through creative experiences. It is also a gathering ground for cultural communities to come together, learn, discover and exchange dialogues.

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Job postings at Coles Group Australia soar by 138%

In contrast to increasing layoffs across all sectors, job postings at Australia-based retailer Coles Group Ltd (Coles) year-on-year (YoY) increased by 138% from 1,002 in August 2021 to 2,386 in August 2022, according to GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company.

An analysis of GlobalData’s Job Analytics Database reveals that job postings dropped by 42% from 1,002 jobs in August 2021 to 583 jobs in December 2021. However, job postings rose in Q2 2022 by 17% compared to a 16% decline in Q1 2022.

Sherla Sriprada, Business Fundamentals Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Coles plans to expand business through various new roles, teams, and stores. A newly created role, ‘Business Manager’, is looking for fresh produce suppliers. Also, the newly created channel services team is hiring for a ‘Technical Business Analyst.’” 

In April 2022, a newly created role, ‘Operational Privacy Manager’, is looking at operationalising the privacy framework across the Coles Group and ensuring first-line defense processes and controls are in place to minimise privacy compliance risk.  Other new roles were ‘Assistant Trade Planning Manager,’ ‘Program Manager – Network Transformation,’ and ‘Trade Support Lead.’

Cole’s e-commerce function is currently undergoing a period of transformation and growth. As a result, the retailer has posted a few roles such as ‘eCommerce Trade & Content Manager’, ‘Product Manager – Payments’, and ‘Associate Product Manager – Click & Collect Network.’

Sriprada concludes: “The retailer is also focusing on roles for the newly created stores. One such example is ‘Commercial Manager – Range Transformation’ role, which looks at developing strategic plans for optimising space allocation across the business, including sales density and macro space blueprints for new store openings.”

Notes 

  • Quotes provided by Sherla Sriprada, Business Fundamentals Analyst at GlobalData
  • GlobalData’s Job Analytics Database tracks over 29K companies globally, including 6,600+ listed entities, across industries. The dataset has over 51 million jobs in the database and has over 4.1 million active covering 20+ sectors spanning over 200 countries.
  • Job Analytics tracks daily job postings for companies globally. Hiring intentions is an excellent proxy for identifying trends and key signals at macro, sector, theme, and company level.

About GlobalData

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Advertising vs Marketing: What’s the difference?

Business owners often overlook the monumental difference between marketing and advertising. From colossal highway billboards, full-page print ads, recurrent radio ads, and primetime television airtime, there seems to be a lot more advertising than marketing strategies. While we acknowledge that both are of equal importance, a sense of balance and a strong distinction is necessary to come up with calculated strategies that will ultimately address the growth of any business.

Delineation: Advertising vs. Marketing

Advertising is a single constituent of the whole marketing plan. If marketing were to be a metaphor, it would be that big pie, and advertising is but a slice of the whole piece, together with other slices such as promotion and branding. Advertising is the clear articulation of the promises that you want to tell your customers. You advertise to create interest in your product or service. You make the customers want or need what you’re offering. Effective advertising will initiate the ultimate action plan – buying your product and generating repeat customers. It HAS to invoke a purchase or the actual consumption of your goods or your services. This will be the measure of its success.

Advertising involves ad placement in different mediums such as TV, radio, newspaper, direct mail, and the Internet. The placement, frequency, layout, and content should be concise, clear, and commercially captivating. It should make your product stand out and be memorable at the same time.  With the plethora of competitors in the market, appeal is definitely imperative.

Marketing, on the other hand, is the bigger picture. Marketing is a system of strategies that are geared towards knowing your market better. It is a process where you focus on why people buy. What makes them shell out 100 dollars on lingerie and only 10 dollars on food? What kind of branding will get their attention? Will gold packaging really make them get your product when placed right next to a competitor in the supermarket? Marketing entails a closer look at your target demographics and their buying motives. Before you even advertise, you need to lay the basics of an effective ad that will capture your target market. From competitor research, sales strategies, media planning, pricing, advertising, distribution, and customer support, every detail needs attention and research to come up with a seamless marketing plan. All these factors should have a unified purpose to reach your business’s bottom line.

The Cliché Syndrome

In both advertising and marketing, you simply can’t use any more clichés and platitudes. A lot of advertisers and marketing professionals get stuck in hackneyed taglines like “We go the extra mile” or “Best in Business since 1910.” These are empty words that have become so trite that consumers are not buying them anymore. If you are in the process of making a marketing plan, be sure that you stick to concepts that will differentiate you from the rest of the people offering the same thing in the market.

Another common clichéd indication in a business is the use of seemingly important announcements with absolutely ZERO market value. For instance, a restaurant spends on advertising by displaying a big banner that says “Under New Management” or “Newly Renovated.” To the owner, this might seem like a significant feat or maybe even a big difference in customer perception. But to ordinary bystanders, this sign says nothing more than management troubles in the past. If the owner had taken the time to do market research, he would have known that people who eat in his restaurant come back because of the organic produce or the freshly squeezed juices that they don’t find in nearby food establishments.

This is the best example of poor advertising without market research because there’s definitely no market for “Conveniently Located,” “Newly Renovated,”  “Wide Selection.” Not even for “Under New Management.” J

Five Ways To Protect Yourself Against Cyber Threat

As the summer season is underway, people are increasingly taking holidays. Whether holidaymakers have chosen the beach, the countryside, the mountains, or an urban setting, one thing is certain: no one is immune to having their devices stolen or hacked while away from home. Cybersecurity experts at NordVPN provide travelers with seven tips for a cyber-secure holiday.

Back up your data

“My whole life is on my phone” — if this phrase sounds like something you would say, remember to make sure you have your phone’s contents backed up before you leave. After all, no one is safe from losing their phone or having it stolen. This also applies to the SD cards of your cameras.

Safe payment methods

Instead of your main bank card, use a separate prepaid debit card abroad. This card can be topped up with any amount you want. That way, if your card details are stolen, you won’t lose all the money you store there.

Take a portable charger with you

Don’t go out without your portable charger or a charging cable. Why not? Simply because charging stations can be a playground for cybercriminals. A USB/lightning cable can be modified by a malicious person, like in this demo made by a hacker in 2019.

Avoid public Wi-Fi

Using mobile data while traveling is always a good idea because it is encrypted. However, if you have no choice and need to use public Wi-Fi, don’t forget to use a VPN. This tool will protect you from cybercriminals, who can retrieve your personal data through a public network. They later sell the stolen data on the dark web.

Do not post your photos in real-time

Posting a picture of your plane tickets can make your social media followers jealous. But more than that, doing so puts you at risk. It’s a perfect way for cybercriminals to find out your personal data and use it later for various malicious purposes. It’s also worth remembering that posting your holiday photos while you’re still away can be dangerous and can lead to robbery in your home. Whether your account is followed by hundreds of thousands of people or just a few, stay vigilant in all circumstances.

Keep your documents secure

Many people make a photo or a copy of their ID or passport in case they lose their documents. But this is not the most secure way to deal with your documentation. Unencrypted ID or passport scans and photos that you store on your phone can get leaked. Then you run the risk of your identity documents ending up on the dark web. A recent study by NordVPN showed that the American ID card had an average price of $76.45 on the dark web. The average price for an American passport was worth $20.77.

Use unique passwords

Create new passwords before you go abroad. If you have used the same password for all your accounts and one of them gets hacked, it puts the others at risk. Don’t hesitate to use a password manager such as NordPass. It will help you create sophisticated passwords to make life difficult for hackers.

“No one is safe from hackers, who are becoming increasingly creative in stealing and selling your data. It is worth remembering that a data leak can also happen to the service providers you use (hotels or transportation companies often get hacked). So don’t hesitate to ask how they store your data or what kind of encryption and other cybersecurity tools they use before giving your data to these companies,” Daniel Markuson, a cybersecurity expert at NordVPN, recommends.

5 Effective Ways To Market Your Website In 2022

Now that you’ve got your website up and running, the next issue on your mind will undoubtedly be how to advertise your website. Is it possible that if a website is made on the internet but is not connected anyplace, no one will ever see it?

Suppose you’re curious about how to advertise a new business website, and you’re still in the early phases of your business. In that case, you’re probably scared that the only efficient approach to increase visitors will be to spend a fortune on ads.

Fortunately, there are several ways to advertise a business site available. This piece will look at a few ways to promote your business website in 2022.

1.    Search Engine Optimization

The most important bit you can do to promote your website is to use SEO or search engine optimization. If you don’t keep your website search engine friendly, you risk it becoming lost in the flow of information. There are over 2 billion websites on the internet, and more are being created every second.

There are thousands of online ways to promote a business that may help you enhance your website’s SEO, so you don’t need to pay an SEO consultant. Most SEO issues on your website may be resolved by yourself with a few basic tweaks.

There are two significant factors to consider when it comes to your website’s SEO: on-page SEO and off-page SEO.

Everything viewable on your website is referred to as on-page SEO. This includes content, pictures, videos, meta descriptions, responsive design, and even your website’s structure.

Off-page SEO refers to what goes on behind the scenes of a website. This includes things like who is linked to your site, how authoritative it is, and how engaged readers are with it.

2.    Social Media

Social media is the most popular free means of marketing new websites for a good reason. Platforms with billions of users, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, make it simple to interact with other local companies and advertise your own. These all social media platforms help you with how to advertise your business website.

However, before you begin using social media, you should examine your company’s brand voice, whom you’re marketing to, and whom you’re attempting to reach. If you have enough money to spend on advertising your website, Facebook Ads are the best way to market your business on social media.

Facebook Ads include many targeting choices, making it simple to narrow down your target demographic. You may also opt to target folks who are friends of your existing followers or who follow specified other pages.

3.    Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is a terrific strategy to promote your business and get connections to your new underused website. To demonstrate your competence, you publish a guest post for a reputable blog in your sector (or a related one). You’ll be able to route traffic from a trustworthy source back to your new website by linking back to it at least once in each guest post.

Whether you’re a new business or in marketing, you may find it tough to get a guest posting place on some websites due to circumstances beyond your control. Given that guest blogging for other publications used to be a hugely popular SEO practice, many websites either thoroughly scrutinize who guest writes for them or don’t accept entries.

The most important thing to remember with guest blogging is that it is less about SEO and more about developing connections with the publication and your audience. This is one of the best ways to promote your business website.

4.    Content Marketing

Information marketing is one of the best ways to advertise your business site since it boosts your SEO while also producing content that your target audience will find beneficial. A popular fallacy is that to perform content marketing, you must blog, but this is not always the case. While blogs are the tried-and-true content marketing channel, you can also make videos, launch a podcast, or even start a newsletter centered on your work.

An important point to remember about content marketing is that the information you publish must be helpful, intriguing, or entertaining to your target audience. Doing a lot of keyword research before you start is the most significant way to ensure you’re answering people’s queries.

5.    Email Marketing

If you want a tried-and-true way to promote directly to your consumers, email marketing is a terrific alternative. Establishing an email marketing campaign is simple once your business site is fully operational and many email marketing services are available for free or at a small fee.

The amazing thing about email marketing is that people don’t even have to visit your website to sign up for your email newsletter, so you can start advertising your new website before it ever goes live. Most email marketing programs let you share a signup URL with your subscribers so they may join your email list without having to visit your website.

Final Words

Now you don’t have to worry about how to advertise a new business website. Some of the methods discussed above will be more appropriate for your website than others, but they should all help you take it to the next level. Every website marketing approach we’ve covered will assist you in getting the word out about your site.

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Top 3 Best Business Ideas For Every Aspiring Entrepreneur For 2022

Being your own boss sounds just so enticing that most people leave the corporate world to start their own business. With the promise of time flexibility, an ideal effort-to-income proportion, and the chances of limitless growth, more and more individuals are venturing into the business scene and tinkering with their entrepreneurial instincts.

If you have been considering starting your own business but don’t know where to look for ideas, then this should be a good read.

Make Money from your Hobbies

There’s probably nothing more fun than making money from something that you already enjoy doing for free. Hobbies such as photography, sewing, cooking, and even gardening are a few niches that can turn into promising businesses. The key is making time to learn beyond the basics and to hang out with people who can help you improve your hobby and turn it into a moneymaking craft. If you simply like taking photos, then you may want to take extra photography workshops and become an events photographer in the long run. Occasions like birthdays, showers, and weddings happen all year round so if you take it seriously, your hobby may just land you frequent bookings for the whole year.

Craig Jenkins-Sutton, the owner of Topiarius, considered himself a green thumb and did gardening only as a hobby. He had no formal landscape training but his love for designing gardens has turned into a business with average annual revenue of $1.2 million. Megan Duck had a similar story from sewing. From her first project of sewing ornate linings for the coffins of her employer’s Halloween décor to the silk chandeliers that she made for The Mirage in Vegas, her average annual income from her sewing and rental business is now at $6 million. Both have been featured on the site Entrepreneur.com, and they continue to inspire new breeds of entrepreneurs across continents.

Turn your Network into a Pool of Talents

The 21st century has definitely changed the business landscape in terms of offshore and outsourced projects. From BPOs building operations facilities in Asian countries, to Western brands banking on offshore talents for services like accounting, design, translation, IT jobs, etc., you cannot argue that there is indeed a growing demand for a diverse and competent workforce who can get the job done without having to think of added operational expenses and employee benefits.

If you are one of the rare people who have quite a diverse network of skilled people, then this simple “advantage” can be turned into a thriving business. Third party vendors like agencies are becoming lucrative businesses because they bank on a local pool of talents those offshore providers are looking for. For instance, if you are an engineering major, you may have a lot of connections with a similar crowd. You may find it surprising that there are actually dozens of real estate companies who are looking for freelance teams who can do structural drawings and renderings on their behalf. A lot of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean students also run online to find English teachers who can teach from home. If you have friends or relatives who fit the bill, then you may want to connect them with these students. The trick is finding legitimate providers and matching them with the skills of the people who are already in your existing network. Just be sure that all terms and fees are set at the beginning to maintain a smooth and professional workflow for everybody. Remember, you want to build bridges while helping people and earning in the process. The last thing on your list is a fatal mismatch that can give your “agency” negative publicity. If your “hires” provide quality service, then referrals can come pouring in. Good output always translates to better business transactions.

A Pocketful of Passion

Most of us have passions. Genuine passion means loving something on a deeper and more profound level than just a hobby that you simply enjoy. Some develop a different passion for vintage cars and end up with an auto shop that specializes in car restoration. Your passion for instruments or the performing arts such as dancing, acting or singing can be turned into conceptualizing a small school where you can help more people share and develop the same passion as yours.

Terry Finley had an intense passion for horse racing which prompted him to buy his first horse at $5,000. With a lot of learning and advice from the pros, he has managed to build a business with 55 syndicated horses and 550 investors who also earn when their chosen horses are sold, bred, and even when they win those infamous horse races. Terry has mastered the art of the trade and decided to share his passion with the same people who loved the things that he was into. In the process, he was able to start West Point Thoroughbreds, a label that now earns around $6 million annually.

While being an entrepreneur takes a lot of technical strain in terms of cash flow, permits, and marketing strategies, newbies have to realize that they definitely need to start somewhere. They can start small, but at least take the first step and test the waters with one foot. Starting a business and building a label empire does not happen overnight but when you start to take off, you’ll realize that you’ve built a business that will be positively rewarding even after retirement age. By then, you’ll realize that those paperwork, sleepless nights, and zero months have finally become worth it.

CAMILLA AND MARC Have Launched A Global Campaign Dedicated To Changing The Face Of Ovarian Cancer.

CAMILLA AND MARC have launched Ovaries. Talk About Them. 2022, a global campaign dedicated to changing the face of the deadliest female cancer – ovarian cancer.

There is still no test for ovarian cancer, despite it affecting millions of women each year, with close to 300,000 new cases annually, worldwide. Women deserve a test. Women deserve not to feel shame about their body parts. Women deserve to not be dismissed when they know something is not right with their bodies.

This year, CAMILLA AND MARC is announcing a cumulative $1 million fundraising goal as part of its Ovaries. Talk About Them campaign, which is now in its third year. Every single dollar raised through the campaign will go directly to Associate Professor Caroline Ford’s team at the UNSW Ovarian Cancer Research Group, who are working to have an early detection test move to clinical trials in the next four years. If successful, it will be a simple blood test made available to women globally at their regular GP visit each year.

To date Ovaries. Talk About Them. has raised a remarkable AU$544,000 enabling the UNSW Ovarian Cancer Research Centre to employ two key scientists as well as a full-time research nurse.

Creative Director Camilla Freeman Topper said, ““Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest female cancer – yet still, there is no test. Women deserve a test. My mother passed away 28 years ago, and statistics have barely changed, largely due to funding and awareness. Through this bold campaign, we are driving a new conversation for ovarian cancer so that women can feel confident to talk about their bodies, and rightly claim what they deserve as a basic healthcare right.”

“Women’s health issues have been overlooked and underfunded for too long. Ovarian cancer is a devastating and deadly disease, frequently diagnosed too late. Women deserve better and I’m proud to be part of a global movement shining a light on this disease and leading research to improve outcomes for all women. Funding from this campaign will directly fund research in my lab towards an early detection test for ovarian cancer,” said A/Prof Ford.

CEO Marc Freeman said, ““Ovarian cancer is desperately under-funded and the awareness remarkably low for a disease that is the deadliest female cancer. We want to change that through this powerful campaign. Through the work that we are doing, we aim to change the face of ovarian cancer, through bold and honest conversations so that women worldwide can get the early detection test they deserve.”

Ovaries. Talk About Them. 2022 is a poignant campaign focussed on the message “women deserve better”.

The Ovaries. Talk About Them 2022 capsule collection comes in a palette of deep navy and cream and is defined by two unisex sweaters, two unisex t-shirts, children’s t-shirt, a cap, and canvas tote. This is the first year a kid’s option is included in the collection, ensuring the message is universal and touches every generation.

The capsule collection is now available online and at all CAMILLA AND MARC boutiques nationwide for a limited time while stocks last. 100% of all sales will be donated directly to the cause.

Champion change through social media with the tags #OvariesTalkAboutThem #CAMILLAANDMARC

Visit https://www.camillaandmarc.com/collections/ovaries-talk-about-them

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Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The June 2022 Issue Of MoneyCentral Magazine: Dr. Apollo Emeka

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Dr. Apollo Emeka is a leadership and organizational coach and consultant with a vision to see everyone reach their full potential for good. If you saw Apollo as a kid, you probably wouldn’t expect he’d grow into the type of guy who’d be fortunate enough to start, grow, and run his own business. In fourth grade, he essentially stopped going to school and officially opted for the GED at 17 years old. Few would have thought he would ever earn a doctorate, join the FBI, become a Green Beret, or become a successful entrepreneur.

Apollo continuously took unconventional and sometimes counterintuitive steps to achieve success. He distilled what he learned as he reached milestone after milestone and distilled it into a system that helps others achieve seemingly impossible personal and professional feats. Apollo is the ultimate coach, consultant, and accountability partner to help high-performers stay focused on the strategies and actions they commit to.

MoneyCentral Magazine recently caught up with Apollo to discuss his journey in the industry, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you became a leadership and organizational coach?

Growing up, I didn’t go to many schools and never graduated high school. Despite my unconventional start, I had ambitious hopes and dreams. I knew if I had any chance of accomplishing greatness, I’d have to do it unconventionally. By the time I was 36, I had accomplished nearly everything I had set out to do when I was 18.

I battled my way through community college, then went on to earn a BA and a doctorate from USC. I served in the FBI for six years; I became a Green Beret and did Special Forces work worldwide, built and sold a business, and started a family. My ability to accomplish so many big tasks in such a short time frame drew the attention of a friend and fellow entrepreneur, Chris, who asked me to consult on his business. That was 2016, and he was my first client. I’ve always had a passion for growth and performance improvement, but it was Chris who helped me see that I could build another business out of that passion.

Is there a particular moment that comes to mind when you realized leadership coaching was your calling?

Some leaders energize and empower teams, and other leaders create chaos and stress. Like most people, I’ve worked for both types of leaders, which made me understand the impact leadership can have on people and outcomes within organizations.

When I attended the Special Forces qualification course, I learned how transferable leadership skills are. I came out the other end of that 15-month course completely transformed. I figured if I could learn all of these skills, anybody could. I carry the philosophy into my own company and help other entrepreneurs embody the same skills.

How did you get into this line of work? What qualifies you to be a leadership and organizational coach?

Coaching is such a strange profession right now. There are coaching certifications you can earn in a matter of hours online and others that take months of study, in-person meetings, and supervised coaching sessions. But I believe that anyone can be a coach in areas where they are knowledgeable.

Every single member of a Special Forces team is a coach in their areas of expertise. My specialty was communications, so I regularly coached my teammates on radio operations. I’d also get coached by our medics on things like hemorrhage control and get coached by our engineers on the safe handling of explosives. I believe that what qualifies one to be a coach is the proven experience in impacting the desired outcomes of the person they are coaching. And that if you are a member of a team that has skills that others don’t, it is your obligation to coach them.

So, what qualifies me to be a coach? I have a track record of personal accomplishments despite daunting obstacles. I’ve built and sold a business, I’ve coached across language and cultural differences worldwide as a Green Beret, and my doctoral work focused on organizational development and leadership. Every time I help clients achieve their goals, I become a little more qualified. Being a great human is all about continuous learning and development. Coaches have an even greater obligation to continuous improvement. I never stopped learning.

What are some primary issues that you see your clients going through?

All of our clients want to shift their team culture to incorporate diverse perspectives and generate high-performance results. Their challenges range from managing change and its fear to understanding what skills and systems will drive high-performance. Even as teams become more diverse, the status quo is a powerful cultural force that prevents diverse perspectives and ideas from being leveraged to their fullest potential. As a result, innovation efforts fall flat, things feel overwhelming, calendars are packed, and organizations plunge into a reactive fire-fighting mentality. Our services are designed to help our clients overcome these challenges and achieve consistent success.

What is the most difficult part of your job?

The most difficult part of the job is also the most fun. Unlike most coaching and consulting agencies, our goal is to build capacity within the companies we work with. We’re not trying to be the smartest people in the room; instead, we aim to help our clients become stronger, better, faster versions of themselves. When clients have a growth mindset, their ability to generate high-performance results improves quickly and dramatically. On the other hand, working with some clients feels a bit like trying to coach a couch potato to run a marathon. It doesn’t do any good for us to run the marathon for them. But that’s also the fun part because everyone gets super pumped when the couch potato not only crosses the finish line but becomes a motivator and coach themselves. That’s a cultural shift!

Another big challenge is that we are committed to outcomes, not deliverables. We don’t get tunnel vision on completing a deliverable at all costs, even when we know it won’t move the needle. We stay focused on the desired outcome and constantly engage in reflection and retrospection with our clients to understand how we need to pivot our activities to get the results we all want.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

I take two approaches to marketing: passive and active. Our passive efforts consist of thought leadership content. We’ve gotten a surprising amount of business from videos and blog posts that resonate with people.

My active marketing approach is hyperfocused networking. I’m not talking about going to the Chamber of Commerce meeting and swapping business cards, then having ten lunch meetings to keep in touch. I have a list of companies we want to work with, and I actively ask happy clients and close personal connections to make introductions with the pretext of working together. I’m surprised by how few people take this direct approach. It’s how we’ve generated the bulk of our business.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

In the last few months, we had to make the tough decision to end our work with a client once I realized our values weren’t in alignment. Our company values are courage, inclusion, authenticity, intention, and growth, and we take them very seriously. This client didn’t display the courage necessary to generate the ambitious results they said they wanted. It felt like we wanted to hit their goals more than they did. It also became painfully clear that this client was not committed to inclusion which is inconsistent with the makeup of our company and the vision of the world we seek to co-create.

We don’t expect the companies we work with to mirror our values. We look for companies with complementary values that create magical synergies to foster close working relationships and create mind-blowing results. That type of synergy is what we have with the rest of the leaders and teams we work with.

What new business would you love to start?

I’m completely obsessed with our current business, and I’ve prioritized exciting ways we’re going to grow and expand to serve more people even better.

That said, if I were starting a business today, it would probably be in the mental health space. Emotional intelligence is so important, and most people are never explicitly taught how to develop it. Couple that with the increasingly complicated nature of just being a human, and you get a massive market need and an opportunity to do some real good in the world.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The selection process for Special Forces is a physically, mentally, and emotionally daunting three-week event. On the first day of selection, a crusty old medic with a thick Boston accent addressed around 500 other soldiers hoping to qualify for Special Forces and me and said, “I know you’re all here because you think you want to be hard. But there’s hard smart, and there’s hard stupid. If you’re about to hurt yourself or get injured, just stop and come see me.” He paused a moment and then exclaimed, “Don’t be hard f***ing stupid!”

That quote really hit me. I hear that thick Boston accent every time I think that I might be pushing myself too hard. You can’t fight if you’re broken!

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

People tend to focus too much on admin and operations early in the business formation stage. Like, “Should it be an LLC or an S-Corp?”Or, “What kind of software should I use?” The only thing you should be thinking about early on is, “How am I going to create massive amounts of value?” It means finding a big problem you can solve for someone or a massive opportunity you can seize.

If you can create an opportunity for someone to save or gain $10 in value, you can easily charge them $1. That math works into the millions. If you can create an opportunity for someone to save or gain $10million in value, you can charge them $1million. Before you think about what you’re going to sell, identify a target market and talk to them about their challenges and hopes. Once you’re really clear on the size of the value there, you can start building your product or service to create massive value and capture a portion of that.

Market leading KPMG family business consultants launch Lineage Group – Australia’s first and only business family office

Market-leading KPMG family business consultants launch Lineage Group – Australia’s first and only business family office 

A new Australian advisory firm specialising in working with successful business families has just launched in Melbourne.

Lineage Group is spearheaded by KPMG alumni Michelle De Lucia, Dominic Pelligana, and Andrew Muscara.

After decades of leading family businesses at KPMG, and having grown up in family businesses, the group fully understands what it’s like to spend their lives around both kitchen and boardroom tables.

70% of Global GDP comes from family businesses, yet few acknowledge the incredible commitment and contribution they make to our economy and society. Lineage Group believes family businesses are the optimal business model, and treat them with the respect and understanding they deserve.

“Within a large firm, we saw how family businesses can be treated like a transaction, with little investment in a relationship. The very thing that families thrive on. And so do we.” says Partner Michelle De Lucia. “Our successful track record of delivering for families comes from taking the time to truly understand them, inside and out.”

Lineage has a close relationship with Australia’s most established and successful business families, including the Victor Smorgon Group. This powerfully connected network allows Lineage clients – 1st to 5th generation business families – to benefit from the collective knowledge and know-how accumulated from decades of effectively leading business, family and investments.

“We have the ability to connect them to opportunities and networks they couldn’t achieve on their own.” says Lineage Partner Andrew Muscara “Our experience strengthens families through business and business through families.”

Partner Dominic Pelligana adds “Nobody in the market knows family business better than us. We use our deep insights and connections to help families achieve what they want personally and commercially.”

“We’re looking forward to operating in our new business model, offering broader and dedicated support to our business families including: M&A, capital structure optimisation, strategic & financial planning, family office, philanthropy & social impact, and next generation transition and development”.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Medianet