Inspired to be your best
AN audience from across South Gippsland of mainly women but with a smattering of men gathered in Leongatha Memorial Hall on Saturday morning for the SBWN Day of Inspiration.
In its 17th year, the Southern Business Women’s Network (SBWN) has more than 270 members from a diverse range of businesses including agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and service industries, and inspired they were from the very first on Saturday morning.
Delivering an event of this nature, with four speakers of such a high calibre all on the one day, in itself is a phenomenal achievement, SBWN president Megan Vuillermin said in her opening remarks.
She thanked South Gippsland Shire Council for an event grant without which such an elaborate event would not be possible and Brent Sinclair for his catering, which never disappoints.
Peter Thurmin, whose business Blackbelt in Excellence takes him around the world to deliver motivational presentations, had the audience in the palm of his hand from the moment he leapt onto the stage to deliver a session titled, Be the best you can be.
Mr Thurmin from Malvern has a background as a Toorak pharmacist before he decided to found Blacbelt in Excellence.
He remarked that we live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet and said, “People travel to the other side of the world to see what I saw this morning: the sunrise over Leongatha.”
In a thoroughly engaging and energetic delivery, Mr Thermin said that it is the doing that counts in life, getting up and having a go and believing wholeheartedly in yourself.
As a successful pharmacist (he bought his first pharmacy in the Toorak Village when he was 22 and eventually had four), he worked with his team of people to bring out the best in his business environment with an emphasis on quality, consistency and an aggressive focus on being better even tomorrow.
He brought to life an ailing business he was advised he would be a fool to buy, in a strip where there were five other pharmacies, by taking a genuine interest in his clientele and doing the little things which he said, “are easy not to do.”
By way of an example he told the gathering, “Giving flowers is easy to do, easy not to do. It is your choice.”
The three other speakers on the day were equally enthralling, with Sue Barrett, the founder and managing director of Barrett Consulting Group (her speech was Selling is everybody’s business and everybody lives by selling something); Sadhana Smiles, CEO Harcourts who was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2013 (speech, I want what she’s having); and Chris Hedler, certified practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming (The power of influence) filling out a most impressive program.
This event certainly lived up to its title: SBWN Day of Inspiration.
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