Dear Guest,

I am not exactly sure how many days April went for, it seems like time has taken on new meanings lately. What I can say though, is that I’m glad to finally see the fresh new month of May! But before I launch into the upcoming excitement, I want to do a quick recap on all the things WNA has worked hard on throughout April. 

We transitioned to virtual events 

With the restrictions on groups and gatherings, we had to make the sad decision to postpone our scheduled events around the country. I truly appreciated your understanding and that of our speakers as we made this tough decision. 

Fortunately, we were able to move quickly to establish WNA Virtual, a 
six-episode series of online events focused on helping our members maintain business momentum during this challenging time. During April we virtually attended Episode One with Sally Prosser and learnt how to stop our listeners hitting mute during phone or virtual conversations. Time flew during Episode Two with Janet Camilleri of Front Page Web Writing as we learnt about how to improve our search engine optimisation (SEO) and steps to immediately increase the chances of being found online. We are currently planning Series 2 of WNA Virtual, so stay tuned for details. 

Also during April I implemented my weekly “From the CEO’s Desk” email. I am loving the opportunity to connect regularly with members and summarise the week that was! It’s a great way to remind you about WNA member benefits you should be taking advantage of, and remind you of the fantastic upcoming events! I appreciate the kind feedback that I have received about this communique and, as always, encourage you to provide any feedback or contributions you have. 

As many of you have noticed, another change during April was to really increase the focus on the fantastic work being done by our WNA members. I have implemented the weekly WNA Member Highlight which is shared on our social media pages, as well on our WNA website. This gives you the opportunity to share your business achievements with our national network, and beyond. I have also introduced our regular “Monday Matchmakers” and Tuesday’s “Time to Shine” in our Facebook Group and encourage you to get involved and promote your business as part of these specific opportunities. If you’re not yet part of our Facebook group, search of us and request to join. 

Finally in April’s list of achievements, we rolled out a special partnership called I Empower Through My Power which provides WNA members and friend with the opportunity to save on their energy bills while also donating to charity. I’m thrilled that a number of members have chosen to spend their savings windfall by buying things they need (or desire!) from other WNA members. We’ve created a virtuous circle! 

In all, it’s been a BIG month! But, wait, there’s more… behind the scenes I have been working on something special that I am very excited to finally be able to launch! 

Welcome to MAY MEMBER MONTH!!! 

With the economy slower than usual and many of our members facing financial challenges, it is more important than ever that we support each other. Starting today, I will be providing members with a raft of opportunities to promote yourself, save money and WIN PRIZES!  Scroll down for further details. 

WNA has dedicated this month to you and is also encouraging you to spread the word with your friends and contacts, providing them with the opportunity to join WNA and share in the value that the network provides. 

I have developed a WNA Member Month calendar of activities that will help you make the most of upcoming opportunities. 

During the month, I will continue to provide you with weekly email updates, and our popular “Socialise at Sunset” virtual networking sessions to highlight parts of your WNA membership you might not be utilising at the moment. 

There is so much to come that I am very excited about! That includes another two WNA Virtual events this month as well! 

As always, I am here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do assist you.

Wishing you a wonderful May!
 
Best wishes,   

Janelle   

P.S. Don’t forget our free “Socialise at Sunset” virtual networking session is on again this afternoon (Friday) from 4:30pm. Follow the link to register via Zoom.


     

We’re bringing WNA’s events directly to you! 

Coming up in May we have another two episodes of WNA Virtual – Season One. The details of those episodes are included below and tickets are now available. 

Don’t forget, you can still purchase a season pass which includes access to the remaining four WNA Virtual episodes, as well as recordings of the two episodes we have already had.

Presented by WNA member Stacy Farrell of Content Box, Episode Three (6 May 2020) will take you through why it’s important to maintain your marketing focus and outline the what, why and how of marketing during these times of turbulence. Stacy will tell you what you need to do in the current climate and how you can maintain your marketing activities even when budgets are drying up.


Presented by WNA member Nici Bickley of Autom8 Now, Episode Four (19 May 2020) will take you through the four P’s – Pause, Purge, Plan and Promote. You’ll learn what you can do when the going gets tough and how your software can help you. If you haven’t claimed your Google MyBusiness page yet, Nici will show you how in the Promote session, and let you know how beneficial this can be for business. 

Membership

WELCOME TO MAY MEMBER MONTH!! I hope you’re as excited as I am for all of the wonderful things coming up this month!


During Member Month, we’ll be featuring one WNA member every week, as well as those who are participating in WNA Virtual as guest speakers. I’ll also be letting you know how you can get involved and what other opportunities there will be to feature your business through WNA materials.

Karen Vercoe is a Human Resource specialist, speaker, educator and published author. Karen’s focus is to ensure that small to medium sized businesses are educated on their legislative requirements. As well as being a HR specialist and valued WNA member, Karen is a wife, mother and grandmother and spends her spare time writing fiction books.Find out more about Karen on her WNA member profile.

Tell me more about May Member Month, I hear you saying! Well,I’ve made it easy for you to take advantage of what’s on offer by putting together your very own Member Month Activities Calendar. This calendar includes prompts and details of upcoming May events, opportunities for all WNA members to increase awareness of your business and in some cases, save money!


You can download the Member Month Activities Calendar by clicking the button below.

Once you’ve downloaded your May Calendar, you’ll find one of the first activities is to download and use your WNA ‘Official Member’ e-badge.This can be used as part of your email signature block or even uploaded to your website to show you’re a proud member of our network.

Finally, don’t forget to join our virtuous circle. By calling I Empower Through My Power for a free consultation on your energy plan, you could find yourself saving money and saving the lives of vulnerable women.


Call 1300 271 814 or visit www.iempowerthroughmypower.com.au  to find out more and book a free consultation.

A few more things

Do you have any of your own “Time-filling Tips”? If you have any great tips or recommendations, please feel free to pass them on so that they can be included in this section.

WATCH
Even though the Museum of Brisbane, located in Brisbane’s City Hall, is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, they have made the collection available virtually on their website. There are some fantastic exhibitions and you can still access the museum shop. It’s well worth taking a look via the link below. 

https://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/exhibition-highlights/

ACT
Once you have downloaded your WNA Member Month Activities Calendar, you will notice some items you can action straight away to get organised for the upcoming month.

  • Register for this afternoon’s “Socialise at Sunset” virtual networking, from 4:30pm. You could win one of our WNA Prize Packs, only available during Member Month.
  • Book your ticket for WNA Virtual Episode Three with Stacy Farrell of Content Box on 6 May 2020.
  • Download your WNA ‘Official Member’ e-badge and update your website and email signature.
  • Make sure you have joined our WNA Facebook Group and participate in “Monday Matchmakers” and Tuesday’s “Time to Shine” sessions.

READ
I was thrilled to take part in the judging of “Brisbane’s Best Dressed” recently. Fashion Director and Creatives Agent Liz Golding of Illuminate Management ran a competition on her social media 10 days ago which quickly grew into 200 nominations.You can read more about the competition results and see some fantastic fashion images via the link below.


Do you know someone who would benefit from being part of WNA? 

Feel free to forward our Member Benefits link so they can join too! 

 



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