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Taking notes on how to Boost your Business @ SouthsideB2B

The visitors and members alike were certainly absorbed in the what Jason McChesney had to tell them about how they can set their goals and achieve them during 2013. The attendees were scribbling frantically to take as many notes as possible to gain as much as possible from a man who has been there and done that.

Jason is not only a great business coach but also a great athlete and completed a half ironman in 2005, ran 2 marathons in Dublin & New York in aid of Crumlin Childrens Hospital.

The crowd in the room were also very impressed by the fact that Jason is one of the crazy people who swims in the 40ft all year round and is currently in training to complete the full ironman sometime in the next two years.

When it comes to business Jason has shown that he can not only talk the talk but can also walk the walk having successfully setup and sold two previous businesses and now shows others how to do it.

Southside Business Network are honored to have someone of his skills and experience as a long-standing member of the group and always welcome Jasons presentations.

If you would like to learn more from the Boost Business Coach here are the details of his upcoming seminar in conjuction with DunLaoghaire Rathdown Chamber:
When: Thursday January 31, 2013 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
Where: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber Offices, Kilcullen House, 1 Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire

Price: €85 (members), €95 (non-members)

Space limited to 10 students

For further information and to book you place please call Loredana McHugh at 01 284 5066 or e-mail



The Gathering 2013

Yes its 2013, the year of The Gathering and Southside B2B Business Network is having a gathering of it’s own.
We’d love to hear from all our old past members where ever they are around the world.

We’d love to hear from you.
If you are a past member of Southside B2B Business Group please be sure to give us a call over the coming days and months and visit one of our fortnightly meeting to catch up on old times and maybe even make a few new contacts. You’d be most welcome.
Even if you give us a call we’d love to hear how you are doing these days and hopefully the recession is’t hurting you too much.

Past Visitors
A big shout out to all the very many visitors we’ve had over the last 12 years of the groups existance, we’d love you to come back to our own little gathering for 2013.
Even if you just want to get out of the house for and hour, have a bit of crack and even a drink in the bar afterwards, we’d love to hear from you.

We are currently looking for a number of people to refer business to in the following professions:
INsurance Broker
Graphic Artist
Gas Fitter
Personal Trainer
Estate Agent
Pension Consultant
Loss Adjuster & Accessor
Event Management Consultant
Public Relation Consultant
Alarm Security



Samsung Flexible display prototype Hands-On


Do whatever you want to do and forget the money… it will come!


Business Model Canvas Explained

Courtesy of Business Model Generation


What are You Grateful for this Year?

It’s hard to believe Christmas is upon us already, where has the year gone!

In USA they have just celebrated “Thanksgiving” on last Thursday of November as a time
of Gratitude and to “give thanks”. What are you grateful for? What are you thankful for?
Even though times are tougher with having to work harder for less, there is always someone
else worse off than you and there is LOTS to be grateful for and thankful for.

If take a moment, get a blank page and write down a list of things that you are grateful & thankful for
Eg I am grateful for my health, have all my limbs, sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch (if you are not feeling this yet
Just close your eyes and think what the rest of your life would be like with no sight … or put your hands over your
ears and think what life would be like with no hearing.

Check out “NICK VUJICIC – No arms, No legs, No worries!” video on You Tube where a man without any limbs is positive
and living his life to the full.

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Angela Connolly’s Members presentation

Conbu DesignSouthside Business Network is a business and professional networking group that offers members and visitors the opportunity to share ideas, contacts, support with a view to helping each other build their respective businesses.

Last Wednesday evening Angela Connolly of Conbu Interior Design give the group a very knowlwdgeable and well prepared ten minute presentation about her business . Angela has a wealth of knowlegde in the area of Interior Design and her backgrond in project management not to mention her passion and for the job certainly leaves no doubt who to get advice from when you are thinking of doing even the smallest change to your living space.

Angela’s slides showed how she can transform the most difficult little space into a room that you’ll probably never want to leave.
Be sure to check out Angela’s website at


5 reasons people come to an event

What drives event participation?

For an answer to this question, I turned to my friends at Event360.  They have a great five-point model to describe event participation. (Get a free download here.)  A good event speaks to as many of these factors as possible. Here are the highlights:

1. Affinity to third-party group. Often participation in an event is not because of the activity or the beneficiary at all, but rather due to the efforts of an affiliated (or unrelated) third-party group. For example, individual donations to the United Way come mainly from corporate appeals conducted in the workplace; employees give out of loyalty to (or pressure from) their company. Similarly, many events use large corporate teams in which affinity to the corporation is the defining motivation.

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Gestures that make you look good + add impact to your body language !

Courtesy of YouTube and OnYourFeet


“A story well told is a powerful tool in your presentation and can make an impression.” ~quote by Anonymous

ABC’s of Networking (continued)

J – is for job security, which you will always have if you develop a good network.

K – is for keeping in touch. If your network is going to work, you have to stay plugged in and keep the wires humming.

L – is for lessons. The best networking opportunity I’ve had over the last11 years in business is Southside B2B Business Network.

M – is for mentors. In the best of all possible worlds, your role models can become your mentors, helping you, advising you, guiding you, even lending you their network as you build your own.

N – is for a nework of contacts. A network can enrich your life.

O – is for outgoing. Be the first to introduce yourself, lend a hand, or send congratulations for a job well done.

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ABC’s of Networking

If I had to name a single characteristic shared by all the truely Successful people I’ve met over my time networking, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.

I could lose all my money and all my business, but leave me my contacts and I’ll be back in business as strong as ever in three to five years. Networking is that important. The alphabet is a great place to start as you build your network – Organize your contacts from A to Z:

– is for antennae, which should be up every waking moment. Never Pass up an opportinity to meet new people.

B -  is for birthdays. It’s always advantageous to know the birthdays of you contacts and that’s getting easier with reminders coming from all the social media platforms your connected to.

C – is for contact management system. Have your data organized so that you can cross reference entries and find the information you need quickly.

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Making Positive Connections at SouthsideB2B

Southside B2B Business Network hold their visitors open night twice yearly and has proved to be a GREAT foundation for building relationships and business networking in general. Last nights visitors night was no exception.

The business network group is now in it’s eleventh year and last nights event, as usual, held in their home venue in the plush surroundings of the  National Yacht Club, Dunlaoghaire and was another great success in offering local, and not so local, businesses a great opportiunity to meet other like minded business people.

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Photographer & Model do a presentation with a difference

Members and viitors to last Wednesday’s Southside B2B business network meeting were treated to a presentation with a difference in the National Yacht Club Dunlaoghaire.

Colin Byford of Byfocal Photography gave us a  “fly on the wall” view of what it’s like in his studio when he brought this mobile studio along to the yacht club together with the very beautiful Christina Urban as his subject for the night. Colin used his 10 minute presentation to show the members and visitors what its like in a real photo shoot environment and then showed how he can enhance the photos on his computer, not that the pictures of Christina needed any enhancement at all.

Well done Colin and of course Christina for a very entertaining and enlighening presentation.

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5 Ways to Use Your Network to Grow Your Business

Have you ever looked for advice from the people in your business network? If not, you could be missing out on one of the secondary benefits of being involved in a business networking group.

The primary reason you network is to get referrals, but you also have access to professionals in amany other types of business and your network can become a type of “knowledge” group that you can tap into to get help with projects you might have.

Here’s an example – A small creative-services firm wanted to relocate across the country to somewhere with more business potential. But she became frustrated by her difficulty in communicating with a government agency. Her plans came to a standstill.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do on LinkedIn

LinkedIn isn’t just a digital destination for your curriculum vitae; it’s a vibrant online hub offering all kinds of useful information, tools and functionality.

If it’s been awhile since you explored the site, check out this list of  things you might not know you can do on LinkedIn

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Miglio jewellery launches new collection!

Miglio JewelleryJust to let you know that Noelle De Barra will be launching the new Miglio jewellery collection at her home next Saturday 8th September from 2pm – 5pm. All welcome to come along and view this lovely new collection, which will include fabulous belts and handbags. Enjoy a browse, a coffee and pick up a catalogue. I would be delighted if you can make it. Please feel free to bring a friend.


Every professional needs to win referral business – heres some tips on how!

In Network Marketing terms new business comes from one of three sources:

  • Existing clients wanting more work
  • Existing clients recommending their friends and network
  • Referrals from Introductions

These  are probably the easiest and most cost effective ways of winning more business. However, all three of these rely on you as a professional service firm knowing how to get recommended, or  talked about and ‘referred’, to others.

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Southside B2B Members take time out on the Grand Canal Barge


Photography courtesy of Colin Byford of

The Southside B2B members all took some time out on Wednesday 4th July to enjoy a nice summer evenings “bonding” at their annual Summer night out.
This year it was spent on a wonderful canal cruise on a replica Guinness Canal Barge, MV Cadhla (a client of one of our members!).

We meandered from Grand Canal basin all the way up to Charlemont Place seeing Dublin from a different view whilst savoring some socialising over a few drinks & bite to eat.

A very enjoyable evening was had by all.



http://www.nursinghomecare.ieThe Fair Deal scheme is still processing applications for the care of elderly people in homes, writes Lisa Jewell of the Irish Independent


Reading through recent headlines, you might have got the idea that the Nursing Home Support Scheme (better known as the Fair Deal scheme) was closed to new business. Last year, it did temporarily freeze new applications and there are regular debates about how the scheme is being funded now and in the future.


But while there is a waiting list for funding approval, the Fair Deal scheme is still processing applications from people who need state assistance in paying for their nursing home care.


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7 Great Networking Tips

1. Resist the urge to arrive late. It’s almost counter-intuitive, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side. As a first attendee, you’ll notice that it’s calmer and quieter – and people won’t have settled into groups yet. It’s easier to find other people who don’t have conversation partners yet.

2. Ask easy questions. Don’t wait around the edges of the room, waiting for someone to approach you. To get the conversation started, simply walk up to a person or a group, and say, “May I join you” or “What brings you to this event?” Don’t forget to listen intently to their replies. If you’re not a natural extrovert, you’re probably a very good listener – and listening can be an excellent way to get to know a person.

3. Ditch the sales pitch. Remember, networking is all about relationship building. Keep your exchange fun, light and informal – you don’t need to do the hard sell within minutes of meeting a person. The idea is to get the conversation started. People are more apt to do business with – or partner with –people whose company they enjoy.

If a potential customer does ask you about your product or service, be ready with an easy description of your company. Before the event, create a mental list of recent accomplishments, such as a new client you’ve landed or project you’ve completed. That way, you can easily pull an item off that list and into the conversation.
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Another successful Meeting at SouthsideB2B Business Network

Last night visitors and members were treated to a very nice presentation by our Painter & Decorator member Brian Roche.
Brian told us how he started out in the business showed up some great slides of very prestigious work he has done over the past few years as a professional Painter & Decorator.
He’s worked for some very important people and his impressive slideshow was a little insight into “cribs” of some of the rich and famous.
Well done Brian.

As well as the members we had the pleasure of the company of:

Thanks to everyone who attended, helping our business network help your business make money.

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Former SouthsideB2B Member launches his new book – Not Running Away

Ken Cowley a former SouthsideB2B member has launched his new book, Not Running Away”, about his life experiences so far and especially in the context of the current ecomonic climate.

It’s a very personal story of the Irish property crash, crisis & recovery, running & music & more.

Especially interesting is Ken’s account of the Property Crash, how he sees it and how it affected him.

One quote from Ken’s book says “my campaign is for justice for the negative equity generation. I am not necessarily asking for 100% debt forgiveness, but it does make for a good starting position.”

You can buy the book, and other ways to help and interesting links on the website he has launched to coincide with the book launch –


Google adds 450 new fonts, 60 new templates, and more to Google Docs

Google are always making improvements, that’s what makes Google – Google. Well they’ve made lots of additions to Google Docs over the last month and announced the addition of 450 new fonts users can add to their collection. In Google Docs, there’s a new menu item to “add fonts”; this brings up a new font management menu that displays many new options that you can add to your default set of fonts.
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Successful Visitors Night at SouthsideB2B Business Network

Photography courtesy of Colin Byford of

Every other week, a number of business people take the opportunity to visit the Southside B2B Business Network & their reaction is always very positive.

On wednesday night last we got the same reaction only better. The weather outside was blowing up a storm and from the comfort of our home in the National Yacht Club we could watch the waves crashing against the pier wall and the rain pelt against the window while we all met a whole bunch of new business people and do a little business networking.

That’s what it’s all about… Business Networking.

We didn’t quite match our usual numbers for a visitor’s night but despite the wintery weather donditions outside we did have quite a few visitors and everyone seemed to enjoy the banter on the night. So, a big thank you to all those who came along despite the weather. We really do hope you come back and visit again.
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Click Your Way to the Bank: How to Write Great Calls To Action

Landing Pages and Calls to Action

The most important part of any online campaign is the call to action. A call to action is a simple request for your audience to take the next step. The easiest thing to do is use a “Buy Now” button, but you’re probably losing out on a lot of conversions if all you’re doing is asking people to buy. Other calls to action are:


• Subscribe to Newsletter


• Download our Free E-Book


• Download our Free Videos


• Order a Catalogue


• Request a Proposal


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