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Seven Ways The World Is Getting Better

 31st December 2018 by gihan

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China On Our Doorstep

 18th January 2016 by gihan

China On Our Doorstep

The world’s power is shifting, and many commentators are calling this The Asian Century. China expert David Thomas explains why Australia is perfectly placed to take advantage of this – and why it’s an imperative now.

In this conversation, you will learn:

  • How the world’s economic power is shifting – and which countries will be taking the lead by 2050
  • The big shift in China’s central government control over business – and what that means for Australian business
  • The five key business sectors that can most take advantage of business with China
  • How SMEs can take advantage of the China opportunity
  • Why Chinese entrepreneurs want to invest in Australia
  • The importance of Australia’s strategic position as a future partner for China
  • The biggest mistake Australian leaders make when dealing with China (because it’s the exact opposite of how we do business in Australia!)
  • Two simple, low-cost ways for any Australian business to get their foot in the Chinese door
  • What our ageing population means for our relationship with Asia
  • What Australia’s political situation means for future business in the region
  • How to get started with doing business with China

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Find out more about David here.

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This Asian Century

 6th August 2015 by gihan

The power in the world has shifted, from Europe in the 19th century and the USA in the 20th century. Now we’re in The Asian Century, and it will change our world in profound ways. Organisations who tap into it will see great opportunities, while those who don’t will fall behind.

If you want to know how the world has changed, and what it means for us in Australia, watch the recording of my webinar “This Asian Century”:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“The potential and size of Asia”

“The number of “middle class” expected in Asia in the relatively short term – i.e. how quickly people are lifting themselves out of poverty”

“The concept of Australia being ‘the Switzerland of Asia'”

“The exponential rise of Asia – China and India in particular”

“The contact people who could help us move into Asia”

“Red, orange, green ‘traffic light’ idea about scheduling what I want to get done instead of just thinking that I’ll do it sometime”

“Future possibilities for working in Asia and the way the world is changing in Asian countries. I also found the fact that Asians are very innovative interesting.”

“Phillippines is 5th biggest English speaking country – I’ve been there, & loved it, so I should pursue the opportunity.”

“Who the top 3 tourism spenders are in Australia”

“The scale of the changes that are upon re the Asian power shift!”

“Big numbers on population, food for thought on our plans for expansion of business overseas”

“Asia is ‘closer’ than we may think it is!”

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The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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Think Digital, Go Global

 3rd February 2014 by gihan

Think Digital, Go GlobalNext week, the National Speakers Association of Australia is hosting its national convention in Melbourne. The theme is “Going Global: Building a Powerful and Profitable Speaking Presence in a Digital World”. This is timely, because every business should be thinking about “going global”.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to start selling online or try to reach the entire world. But it does mean using the power of the Internet to reach further than ever before. Almost every business can take advantage of this in some way, and if you’re a speaker, trainer, coach, consultant or other thought leader, it’s essential, not just optional.

You might think “going global” means reaching out to the entire world, but that’s (ironically!) a limited mindset. Instead, think of this as taking advantage of the digital (online) world. For example, running a training course by webinar potentially gives you global reach, but it’s valuable even if it saves you from domestic travel.

Here are five things you can do to take advantage of the digital world.

1. Buy global.

Online shopping – both at a national and international level – has grown dramatically in the last few years (about $15 billion in Australia last year). Of course, this puts pressure on bricks-and-mortar retailers, but it’s a boon for consumers. If you haven’t started buying online, you don’t know what you’re missing! It’s efficient, convenient, reliable, and very affordable.

Buying online can also mean switching to digital goods rather than physical goods: Kindle e-books rather than printed books, MP3 music rather than CDs, online subscriptions rather than physical boxes.

2. Hire global.

You probably won’t move entire departments offshore like large organisations do, but you can take advantage of outsourcing to do this at a smaller scale. Sites like Elance, oDesk and Fiverr (called “talent markets”) make it easy for you to get specialised work done by experienced professionals around the world. Don’t start with mission-critical, difficult, or highly sensitive tasks. Start small to dip your toes in the water, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.

More about outsourcing here ….

3. Sell global.

If you sell any products directly to clients, also promote them on your Web site and make them available for sale there. Even if you never make any online sales, it helps position you as an expert, and provides a starting point for negotiating sales with your corporate clients.

You don’t need a fancy (and expensive) shopping cart and payment system to take the orders. Just use PayPal to get started, and you can replace that with a more sophisticated system later if needed.

4. Serve global.

Your core business might be delivering your material in person – at a training course, in a seminar, as a conference keynote presenter, or at a coaching session. Keep doing that, but also consider how you could make some of this material available online. This will supplement the work you’re already doing for clients, and might eventually turn into a completely independent online product.

For example, many infopreneurs and thought leaders are now building a “membership site”: a resource centre full of downloadable products and digital services in their area of expertise. If you have a membership site, you can offer it to your existing clients or sell it as a stand-alone product to others.

5. Live global.

You can’t succeed online without spending some time there. That doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking minute on Facebook and Twitter. But you should be familiar and comfortable with the sort of technology your clients and audiences use – Facebook, smartphones, webinars, video conferencing, LinkedIn, whatever. Even if you’re not using these tools to promote or sell, at least understand them from a user’s perspective.

So … Attend more webinars. Buy and read e-books. Spend some time on Facebook. Start a mastermind group that meets by video conference. Whatever.

What are YOU doing to go global?

Which of these ideas could you use in your business? I hope you can use all five to some extent, and some more than others. Don’t hold back because you don’t know how! Instead, start small to get the experience, and then expand as needed.

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