NEWSLETTER: This week in entrepreneurship… #27




8 Electrifying Ways To Cut Loose In Melbourne

Want to end 2016 on a high? These activities are sure to get you and your team’s blood pumping





Meet The Teenager Who Has Become QLD’s Young Australian Of The Year

Taj Pabari started his business when he was 11 years old.


You can read Taj’s story in his own words in the Rare Birds comic book for children Brilliant BusinessKids




Essential Poolside Reading These Hols 

These 27 young women entrepreneurs have all built hugely successful businesses in Australia. They give raw and honest insights into how they made it.

Get $12 off with the code: rarebirds


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Is Twitter Your Go-To Platform Yet?

Communications expert Catriona Pollard says Twitter’s ability to enhance your social media presence can’t be ignored




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1 Relationship Helped Triple The Size Of This Business

Bockers & Pony Founder and Managing Director Leonie Henzell shares what it’s like inside the relationship that has shaped her business.




Grow Your Business In 2017

We’ll be in Adelaide in December to talk about getting the mentor you really need to help grow your business in 2017. Come and hear a panel of experts.





Networking Is About To Get A Whole Lot Easier

Top entrepreneurs (including Rare Birds Founder Jo Burston!) share their networking tips during a panel event this Thursday. Come along! Afterwards, you’ll get the chance to put your skills into practice.



This Mentor Relationship Actually Helped Triple The Size Of This Business

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The time you spend with your mentor can be fundamental to growing your business – and yourself.


Leonie headshot b&w (1)Leonie Henzell, Founder and Managing Director of  gourmet hamper company Bockers & Pony shares how she makes the most out of time with her mentor.


Q. How did you meet your mentor and establish your relationship?

LH: Two years ago, after James Stevens sold Roses Only, he approached me again and requested to invest in B&P. He had approached me to invest previously and I’d said no at the time. The situation seemed so different this time – he was now unencumbered and he could spend time focusing on B&P, and that just seemed like a better situation for me, so I agreed. So this is a slightly different situation in that my mentor has also been an investor in my business.

Q. How often do you meet with him and how long do you spend together?

LH: James is intense. It can seem almost like a cyclone coming into your life – in a nice way! He infuses his energy, approach and strategy into the business, and what I do. James lives in Sydney and I live in Melbourne, so we have to use technology. It can be a phone call whenever I need; it can be email all the time. He is very responsive. We use FaceTime – have long phone conversations. We might meet quarterly in person.

Q. How do you meet?

LH: I actually find in person is the best. When I do spend the time with James, I go to Sydney. There is so much more connection, trust and respect in person, than via email and telephone conversations. Because I have to travel to meet with James there is also that consideration of what you have to get done together. I’m conscious of not wasting his time and spending that time wisely.

Q. How do you prepare for meetings with James? What information or guidance are you trying to get out your meetings?

LH: The key is preparation. When we’re having a weekly meeting over the phone I make a list of things I’d like his advice on – it might be particular problems I’m having, getting advice on what his experience has been in the past, his thoughts on the different approaches I could take. When we’re spending the day together there’s more chunky preparation involved, so I’m ready for more in-depth discussions. I have a lot of information and data prepared, whether it be financial, customer trends, results of previous marketing efforts. Any information I can pull will help decide how I can move forward and will assist James to provide sound advice.

Q. What have you been able to achieve as a result of having a mentor?

LH: In the last two years we’ve been able to triple the size of our business. In terms of financial success that’s a big achievement. For me and for our business it has been the ability to develop a whole gamut of new skills as we grow. It’s fast paced learning. James is a good networker – a connected businessman. He’s also been able to help me build my own networks.

James also helps me with the confidence to make particular decisions. He’s been through everything that I have to go through. He’ll say, ‘What’s the worse thing that can happen?’ It’s about getting me to take a bigger view and challenging my way of thinking. I feel as though he’s so persistently kind that the theme is always there and he’s patiently waiting for me to grow. There’s definitely a level of closeness in that relationship – he’s committed to me and my business, and I’m committed to growing.

Q. What are your top 4 tips for mentees?

1. Be prepared for your meeting with a view to not wasting your mentor’s time. They’re generally busy and successful people. If they’re giving time to you be prepared to get most out of situation.
2. Be open, honest and raw. Let yourself be open to change. It’s not easy, but important.
3. If it’s a short meeting, go in with one really big problem. If I’ve got 15 minutes with James I’ll go in with my biggest problem and use that time with him to help figure it out.
4. Be open to modelling some behaviour of a really successful person. There are definitely some of James’ behaviours and skills, and way he approaches life, that I can see make him successful. I try to emulate those characteristics myself.


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8 Electrifying Ways For Teams To Cut Loose In Melbourne


End 2016 on a high with these eight pulse-racing activities in Melbourne. From death-defying heights to underwater wonders, these are perfect ways to let loose and get you and your team’s blood pumping.


1. Skydiving

For a full adrenaline junkie experience head to St Kilda to skydive over the beach. After jumping out of the plane you will experience 60 seconds of free-fall before enjoying a sail down to the sandy shore.

2. Escape room

Put your problem-solving skills to the test while you battle the clock at Escape Room Melbourne. You have just 70 minutes to solve the puzzles in the room in teams of two to six people. It’s a great team bonding experience that will have your heart racing and your brain working, too.

3. Rock climbing

Rock climbing is a fun activity that puts your strength to the test. Hard Rock in Melbourne’s CBD is a large facility with plenty of space to scale the walls. From the bottom it might not look that high but once you start climbing it’s a different story.

4. Shark diving

Interested in an extreme adventure? Head to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium where you can come face-to-face with a shark – an experience you will probably never forget. Shark Tank has got nothing on this!

5. Hot air ballooning

You may have seen hot air balloons dotting the early morning skyline in Melbourne. Why not experience the city at sunrise in a hot air balloon yourself? Melbourne hot air balloon by BalloonMan gives you a thrilling ride with panoramic views of the city ending at the Grand Hyatt for a champagne breakfast.

6. Body electric dance class

Dancing might not seem too dare-devilish but Body Electric Dance Studio takes things to the next level. Designed for beginner adults, the jazz dance classes run for a semester during which you learn a routine. At the end of the semester there is a performance with matching costumes to boot. Test out your performance skills on stage and shake off those nerves! Classes often book out so get in early to secure a spot or apply to the waiting list.


7. Treetop obstacle course

Trees Adventure in Glen Harrow Park is an obstacle course with a difference – it’s located high up in the canopy. Soar between the branches at super-fast speeds on the flying foxes, jump across to ropes and test out the airborne skateboard. The course will take you around two hours to complete and afterwards your legs might feel a little like jelly.

8. Aerials circus class

Learn circus skills with an aerials class. You can work on strength, flexibility and confidence while soaring through the air on a trapeze or aerial ring. The National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia is located in Prahran. Cirque De Soleil, eat your heart out.


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