Y.E.S.S. – Young Entrepreneurs taking Steps to Success – 26 November‏

Volunteers from JCI Liverpool are organising a half day of training sessions, designed to help professionals and entrepreneurs in Liverpool to succeed in business. The event is branded the “Y.E.S.S”. event, which stands for “Young Entrepreneurs taking Steps to Success”, and it will take place at the office of Liverpool law firm, Hill Dickinson (No.1 St. Paul’s Square, Liverpool), on 26 November 2013 from 2pm. JCI Liverpool is organising the event in collaboration with leading representatives from business and politics, including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar and Max Steinberg CBE.
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JCI Liverpool is part of Junior Chamber International, the leading global network of young professionals, present in more than 100 countries with almost 200,000 members across the world, offering its members opportunities in networking, training and volunteer work. JCI’s mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.   Kai Graf von Pahlen, who is a Solicitor at Hill Dickinson and President of JCI Liverpool, said: “This event will give professionals, especially young professionals, the opportunity to take their goals to the next level. We have a dynamic range of speakers who will encourage delegates to develop strategies for succeeding in what they do. In addition to the training sessions, there will also be free dinner for the delegates, kindly sponsored by Mayur Restaurant.   At JCI Liverpool, we are all volunteers who want to give back to the community. We are organising this event in order to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. We also want to make this event accessible and affordable, and we therefore only charge a small administration fee of £2 for each delegate, which (together with any donations received) will go to charity.”

The training sessions   All the presentations will be delivered by members, and corporate partners, of JCI Liverpool, who have created a diverse programme of activity, with the clear objective of teaching valuable skills to those who wish to succeed in business. The training sessions will include:

  • Why do leaders lead?”, by Jim Graves and Peter Schriewersmann, who will explain leadership theory and competencies. Jim is a professional trainer, and also serves as the Chairperson of the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust. Peter is Head of Partnership Development at arvato UK & Ireland (Public Sector), which is part of Bertelsmann, Germany’s largest media corporation.
  • Learning Styles & Memory Techniques”, by Laura Beswick and Nadine Hughes. This session will give you a greater understanding of how the mind works and the different memory techniques you can employ to work more effectively. Laura is the Managing Director at BPP University in Liverpool. BPP is Europe’s largest specialist professional education, training and publishing provider.  Nadine is an Apprenticeship Recruitment Manager at BPP.
  • Less is more”, by Andrew Barlow and Ania Tukalska, who will show you how simplifying every aspect of your business presentations can deliver the results you want and make your life easier! Say goodbye to death by PowerPoint and learn how to create engaging presentations that will win over your audience every time. Andrew is a self-employed presentation consultant, and Ania is a lawyer who originally qualified in Poland and now works at Liverpool law firm, Hill Dickinson.
  • “Risk: Surviving and Thriving”, by Tawhid Islam, who will speak about how assessing both business and market risks can build the platform for success in the future. Tawhid heads the corporate services team at Islam & Co, Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers, and he is preparing his presentation in collaboration with Carol McLachlan, a chartered accountant, who runs her own coaching company.
  • Social media use in business”, by Derek Tierney and Lisan Beentjes, who will give practical guidance on using social media effectively in business, and establishing your brand online. Derek is the Managing Director at Hot Web Designs, and Lisan is Head of Customer Service Improvement at Merseyrail.

The best speaker at the event will receive JCI Liverpool’s “Public Speaking Prize”, which will be awarded by a distinguished panel of judges, to include Peter Jackson (Managing Partner of Hill Dickinson), Ged Gibbons (Chief Operating Officer of the Liverpool BID Company), Jenny Stewart (Chief Operating Officer of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce), Steve Cornforth (Immediate Past President at Liverpool Law Society) and Kartik Rajput (Business Specialist at HSBC and Deputy President of JCI Liverpool).

Support from Liverpool community   The members of JCI Liverpool have been very pleased about the support which they have received from the Liverpool community. For example, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool will be guest of honour, and open the event for them. Then, the speakers will be introduced by award-winning radio presenter, Mark Jones, from Liverpool’s Radio City, who previously hosted the Michael Jackson Aintree concert, entertaining more than 125,000 people. Other sponsors for the event include Hill Dickinson, Swan Print, BJC Foundation and Mayur Restaurant.   The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Gary Millar, stated, “JCI helps professionals to develop skills, and have fun at the same time. Members of JCI Liverpool will deliver presentations on the event’s theme, ‘succeeding in today’s business world’. This will be a great way to learn and empower budding entrepreneurs and professionals. I am certain it will be a memorable event, and  I’d like to thank JCI Liverpool for raising money towards my Charities, The Linda McCartney Centre, The Whitechapel Centre, Variety – The Children’s Charity and The Michael Causer Foundation”.

Sign up for the event   Anyone is welcome to attend the event, but only limited spaces are available. You can sign up at http://www.jciliverpool.co.uk/events.aspx

JCI Go-Kart racing night – 29 November

When? 29November, 7pm

Where? The Circuit, Sandycroft (just a few miles from Chester)

How? Depending on numbers, we will try and organise lifts from Liverpool City Centre (departure around 6pm)

JCI’s mission is to help young talents and entrepreneurs go full throttle in their career…  Taking this principle to heart, we thought it would be a good idea to organise a JCI Go-Kart racing night – a perfect opportunity for members to join, have fun, challenge and network.  If you belong to the many people thinking ‘I haven’t been go-karting for far too long…’ – join into this special and fun event and let’s go full throttle!

The cost will be £20 for 3 sessions of 12mins per person – after which you will be keen to have a break anyway, no doubt…..    Will all want-to-be Hamiltons and Vettels please register under:  (£10 deposit required).   Thanks and see you soon for an exciting race night.

Register for this event now at : http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8981577139/rss

JCI Liverpool Saturday Drinks @ Hannah’s Bar, 9th Nov 9pm‏

Join us for our monthly Saturday drinks night – this time we’re meeting at Hannah’s Bar (2 Leece Street, Liverpool L1 2TR), on 9th Nov, at 9pm.  We’ll stay there for an hour before moving on for drinks elsewhere (we have some places in mind but we’re always open to suggestions). This is a good chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones, and we especially welcome new faces.

JCI Liverpool is the local branch of Junior Chamber International, a worldwide organisation dedicated to career development and charitable fundraising.  Our members reflect the diverse workforce of this city. To find out more about us, please visit http://www.jciliverpool.co.uk/

If you’d like to join us for drinks on 9 November, please sign up for this event via this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8342188711

Empowering Tomorrow’s Directors‏, by Aidan McManus

When climbing the career ladder, a good indication that you’ve reached somewhere near the top is being bestowed with a Directorship. But a place on the Company Board doesn’t automatically come with the knowledge of the roles and responsibilities that you will suddenly be expected to take on. Even though you might have the qualifications to succeed in your chosen industry and ably demonstrated the professional qualities needed to rise through the ranks, taking on the role of a Company Director presents a whole host of new challenges when compared to your usual day-to-day job.

Fortunately, help was at hand when JCI London, in collaboration with the Institute of Directors, organised a training course at London’s South Bank University. The aim of the day was to ask the young professionals in attendance, who had given up their Saturday for the opportunity to be there, were they ready for the Boardroom? To ensure that they were significantly more prepared by the end of the day than they might have been at the beginning, a range of presenters delivered the Good, the Bad and the Ugly experiences of life at Board level.

Having made his fortune in business, Alan Edwards came out of early retirement to invest in and take up non-executive positions on the Boards of numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. With a wealth of experience, he was able to explain to the audience why having an effective Board of Directors is crucial to the successful growth of a business, how the best Boards have a large breadth of knowledge and experience among their members and why investors look to the management expertise of the Directors before deciding to risk their money. At the slightly more youthful end of the scale was Marcus Evans who, at a relatively tender age, had already held numerous Board positions. Marcus is currently the Commercial Director for Nutbourne, an office design and IT services company. But, before creating his own start up with a school friend, Marcus was able to talk about the many mistakes made along the way and the lessons he had to learn to get him to where he was today. Paul Munden, the lead governance instructor at the Institute of Directors, was able to put a humorous spin on the serious topic of corporate responsibility and the legal ramifications that can come from Directors not acting in an ethical and legal manner. Through audience participation he was able to work through a number of fictional scenarios, getting people to consider the various decisions that a Director might be faced with in their role and the potential consequences if they made the wrong ones. Stepping back from the profit driven world of private corporations, Alex Swallow, Chief Executive of the Small Charities Coalition, spoke passionately about the important role that young people can play as a Trustee for a charitable organisation. With the average age of a Board of Trustees in the UK hovering in the high fifties, Alex illustrated the many ways that we could influence and shape the work carried out by charities. The obvious subtext being that, not only was getting involved in charitable work incredibly satisfying on a personal level, but taking up the role of a Trustee can be excellent preparation for a place on the Board. The compere for the event was Marcus Orlovsky, Director at Bryanston Square. Having been incredibly successful in a number of industries, including finance, recruitment, property development, education and antique selling, Marcus delivered an inspirational presentation on risk taking, identifying gaps in the market and seizing opportunities. Speaking from his own personal experience, he was able to demonstrate that approaching problems with novel solutions and disrupting already established markets are some of the best ways to generate rapid business growth. Always looking for new challenges, it was great to hear from someone who is brave enough to get to the top of their profession and then look for something else to which to apply themselves.

Overall, it was a fantastic course and credit must go to Nahas Abdul, JCI London’s Business Director, and his team for organising such a well attended and smoothly run training event. It was also a great opportunity to meet other members of JCI from around the country, as well as student members of the IoD and the University. It’s safe to say that, if people didn’t think that they were ready for the Boardroom when they first arrived, by the time they left they were considerably more so.

Aidan McManus is a Member of JCI Liverpool, and Operations Director at Tenet

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To find out more about JCI’s events across the country, please visit http://www.jciuk.org.uk/