The Venus Training Academy team have created a wide variety of workshops that will help YOU take your business to the next level. Our workshops are designed to be highly interactive and packed with valuable take-aways that you can implement immediately. Most workshops are delivered both ‘live’ and ‘virtually’ so that you can choose which format suits your lifestyle and schedule. ‘Live’ workshops run over the course of a full day and ‘virtual’ workshops condense the same content into a 3-hour online experience. Read more about each one below and start booking those you’re interested in now on our Events Calendar page.

‘Venus Academy Success Mindset’

Need some help to achieve a goal? Want to make sure you get there? Want to make that commitment ‘out loud’ and have others keep on track? Want an ‘accountability buddy’ Jump on board – this workshop will make a difference to your life and your business, it will keep you honest, on track and make sure you succeed!

A success Mindset is the most powerful asset you can have in your business. It helps you stay focused on growth, especially in challenging times. Act upon the opportunities presented to you, without hesitation, procrastination and fear.

If you want to increase your confidence, upgrade your prosperity mindset, and expand your vision, then Success Mindset is a tool to help you unlock your potential. You can have all the strategy in the world, but if you don’t implement things because you are constantly doubting yourself and feel you are not good enough or deserving enough of the success you want, nothing changes.

Support your business and personal your life by investing in you, your success mindset.

I really enjoyed the Success Mindset workshop!  I found it inspirational and helpful, with lots of amazing ‘nuggets’ e.g. defining my values and that my values align with both personal life and business; that people tell each other their values without even realising it (the art of listening!); growing my comfort zone in small incremental steps.” – Elizabeth Dittmer

‘Business Planning 101′ – Create a Simple Business Plan That You Can Actually Follow

Do you know you really SHOULD write a business plan but can’t wrap your head around WHY it’s important? You’re probably thinking that you’ll need to write a 100-page ‘book’ that will end up getting stashed in a drawer and never looked at again. Well, we’re here to tell you that a business plan IS important and that writing it can be (perhaps you should sit down) fun!

Your business plan is your ROADMAP in business. It outlines where you’ve said you want to take your business and how you plan to get there. After all, how silly is it to strike out on any journey if you don’t have a destination OR a route in mind? Yet too many business owners do just that!

In this fast-paced workshop, your Coach will dive into what makes an effective business plan that actually becomes a tool you can use regularly to keep your business on track. The session is full-on and covers topics like these:

  • How to conduct a proper market analysis to identify your ideal prospect
  • Learn where you sit in relation to your main competitors and what sets you apart
  • How to understand your revenue streams
  • How a SWOT can help you identify opportunities, focus your efforts and create back-up plans
  • How to look at your financial statements and gain a basic understand of how they can help you manage your business
  • You’ll be exposed to basic profitability ratios and learn some tips for improving your bottom line

You’ll connect with others who are working through the same process, so you’ll hear best practice tips and ideas from others in the session with you. You’ll be able to share challenges and solicit input from the group. You’ll reflect on your goals and purpose and, ultimately, walk away with a basic business plan, goals and a ‘roadmap’ for your business future that you can continue to reference and build on! 

“I thought I knew who my target market was but THIS has really helped me to understand that I need to get more specific in order to be more successful.” – Brenda  

“This workshop was SO good. It was a great wake-up call for me to really go back to some of the basics that I’ve gotten away from like regular SWOTs. Thank you for reminding me!Paula Kruger

View Jen Myer’s introduction to this course here…

VA Virtual – Business Planning 101 from Venus Network.

‘Keys to Successful Marketing’ – Don’t Be the Best-Kept-Secret in Your Market

Do you sometimes feel as if you’re easy prey for the media marketing salespeople of the world because you don’t really know WHAT to do to get more people through the door? Does the thought of creating a social media plan give you nightmares? Stop wasting your precious time and money on marketing! In this deep-dive workshop you’ll understand:

  • Why relying on ‘word of mouth’ alone isn’t a sustainable marketing strategy – this has been an eye-opener for many of our attendees
  • Why neglecting other forms of marketing is a rookie mistake and how it can be easily addressed for little to no money if necessary – the internet is a wonderful thing for marketing on a shoestring!
  • Exactly WHO your ideal target prospect is and how to go about reaching them – most of our attendees have never invested the time to really think about who it is they WANT to work with
  • The 4 Pillars of Marketing and how you can choose which marketing channels might be right for YOUR business
  • Create your own marketing activity plan that you can begin implementing straight away

You’ll walk away with a plan of action so that you can feel more in control of the marketing side of your business.

“I got a lot out of it! Using the marketing activity plan, I expanded it further so that I have my 4 pillars covered and have created a framework for a heap of free and gated content for our website visitors and clients. It’s really exciting! It was SO beneficial and Thank you!” – Laura

“While I was looking forward to attending the ‘Keys to Successful Marketing’ webinar, I DID think twice about cost (as most small businesses would); however, I took the plunge and I have to say – I think the course is very well-priced and great value for money. The thing I found most helpful were the ‘market segmentation’ exercises we completed, as the questions really got me thinking about my desired target market! I would absolutely recommend this course to others! I found the webinar format very personal and interactive, AND I could do it in my own space with no travel time involved.”  –  Britta Hollmann

View Jen Myer’s introduction to this course here…

VA Virtual – Keys to Successful Marketing from Venus Network.

‘Seal the Deal’ – Creating YOUR Unique Sales Process

Does ‘sales’ feel like a dirty word? Or do you struggle to seal the deal? Too often we ‘wing it’ when it comes to the sales bit of the business. We quickly share one aspect of how we can help without sharing the 5 ADDITIONAL benefits of working with us. We shy away from helping prospects take that next step because we’re not sure how to make it a no-brainer for them. We’re inconsistent and it shows up in our turnover – nobody loves riding the turnover rollercoaster!

Having a better understanding of what makes an ethical and effective sales process can help. That’s why we’ve put together this interactive, value-packed workshop to help you:

  • Write or refresh your ‘elevator pitch’ so that it fits YOUR business and personality
  • Learn ways to effectively transition a conversation from social to business, without being obvious
  • Discuss what is unique about YOU that you can leverage into more sales
  • Understand the concept of demonstrating your value by asking great questions of a prospect
  • Learn how to sell by ‘not selling’
  • Create your own unique sales process which you and your team can begin to implement with your next prospect conversation

Our attendees have had great success after attending this workshop.

“Because of this workshop, I now have an actual sales process in place that has helped me CLOSE a new client within a week of implementation.” Jeanette said: “Understanding the various buyer roles was interesting. Actually the whole workshop was! Thank you!”Kylie Kelly

“Understanding the various buyer roles was interesting. Actually the whole workshop was! Thank you!”- Jeanette Miller

“At first, I wasn’t convinced that the ‘Seal the Deal’ workshop would be appropriate for me. Fortunately, I ran into a colleague who had attended it and reassured me that “YES” it was for everyone! And where do I start with what I took away?! First, I really appreciated the exercise around finding my true or authentic ‘why’ – not the generalised reason I do things. I also learned about how to better value the services I provide to my clients. And finally, I loved the ‘sneak peak’ we got into the DISC behavioural styles model.  I enjoyed the webinar format as well  – it’s so nice to be able to log in from anywhere, and we had great interaction with our Coach.” – Denise Newton

“After completing a previous Venus Academy workshop, I was keen to attend ‘Seal the Deal’, as I knew I could rely on receiving more great content.  It was a great reminder that I need to focus on more than just 1 area in my sales process and highlighted the areas I need to do a bit more work on. Best of all, I now have several tools to help me do just that!” – Britta Hollmann

View Jen Myer’s introduction to this course here…

VA Virtual – Seal The Deal from Venus Network on Vimeo.

Increase your impact by understanding yourself and others…. DISC Communication Insights

Did you know that over 80% of disagreements and mis-communication are caused by the people involved simply having different personality styles? We, humans, are pretty egocentric beings. We like to think it’s the OTHER person’s problem when miscommunication happens. In reality, we don’t know what we don’t know. And when we LEARN that we can and should adjust how we communicate based on our personality strengths and challenges, we become SO much more effective.

The key to harmonious teams, higher sales and better productivity is EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION. As a matter of fact, we like to think it’s the ‘secret sauce’ of a successful life! The DISC behavioural styles framework is a really effective way to understand not only our own styles but also where others are coming from. This allows us to communicate more effectively. With a greater understanding of yourself and of others, you can leverage the right strategies for great relationships.

Jennifer Myers, Certified Behaviour Consultant and Certified DISC Behavioural Styles Coach & Trainer, will guide you through this full-on workshop where you will:

  • Explore the 4 main behavioural styles – Dominant, Inspiring, Steady and Compliant
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each style – learn what each one fears most and what question they need you to answer for them
  • Work through a few simple case studies to help you identify these styles in others by learning to pick up ‘clues’ in their body language, dress and behaviour
  • Discuss how to relate to those styles that are different to your own in order to communicate more effectively and increase your impact and influence.

*Jennifer Myers is a Certified John Maxwell Leadership coach and Certified Behaviour Consultant in the DISC behavioural styles model. She has over 26 years’ experience supporting business professionals to grow and develop the skills they need to be successful in her roles as a coach, trainer and speaker.

“I attended the ‘Increase Your Impact’ workshop because I wanted to learn more about myself and how to communicate better with others. It has taught me more about myself, and I can see that it will be very useful in dealing with both colleagues, and clients who are a mixture of types, including ‘Ds’ which I have historically struggled to connect with – until NOW! 
This workshop would be useful for people in all types of business because we’re constantly dealing with different personality styles and, rather than feel like we are talking at cross-purposes, we can hopefully begin to have more meaningful interaction. It also provides good insight into one’s own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to communication!” – Trudi Vossen

“I have done similar personality work – Myers Briggs, Enneagram etc – and  wondered if this workshop content was going to be too similar; however, I found that this particular training could apply to and benefit ALL areas of my business. I could see it having a positive impact on how I deal with clients, partners and suppliers. By having a more in-depth understanding of firstly how to communicate with someone to make them feel comfortable (and open up), and secondly how to understand and articulate their strengths, I’m in a better position to more accurately capture who they are and what makes them awesome. This information enables me to do a better job of telling their brand story! I would recommend this workshop to others, if only to feel more comfortable and confident about your own strengths and challenges (where you may need some support in business in particular). When you are able to step back and view an interaction with more objectivity around personality styles, you’re more likely to respond, rather than react.” – Monica Shepherd, Director

I wondered how relevant this course would be for me. Ultimately, I decided to give it a go after hearing others who had used DISC say that it was interesting and useful for THEM. After going through the session, I now have a much better understanding about what other people want out of interactions (by email or in person) based on how they communicate. I have also learned a lot about my own natural tendencies, which means I can improve how I word emails and hold conversations in order to get a better result. Thanks heaps for running the course! I got more out of it than I expected to and would definitely recommend it.” – Laurinda Sanders

“I’ve noticed an immediate difference in my relationship with my business partner. I now realise that my unwillingness to ask for help has a negative effect on our communication, which puts stress on our working relationship. This has really helped open my eyes to how I can adjust how I communicate and how I REACT to what others say.” Marina Mendes Dean

‘Financial Fitness’

How often have you thought to yourself, ‘I really should get more in touch with my numbers’ or ‘I know I need to meet with my accountant more often, but I just have no idea what they’re talking about most of the time!’ or ‘Numbers just aren’t my thing.’  If your eyes glaze over when the topic of business finances comes up, don’t despair! 

The team at the Venus Academy know that every business owner needs to understand their business finances but that, for some, it doesn’t come naturally. That’s why we’ve created ‘Financial Fitness’ – a comprehensive workshop that will help empower you to dig into those numbers without fear! In this value-packed workshop you’ll learn: 

  • best practices every SME should follow
    • separation of business and personal accounts and expenditures
    • GST basics
    • how do you choose an Accountant that’s the right fit for you?
    • ‘big picture’ considerations like goals and exit strategies
  • understand those financial reports!
    • how are you keeping records and what are your choices?
    • what reports will help you effectively manage your business and how do you read them?
    • ensuring you’re looking after yourself first 
  • effective strategies for managing cash flow and debtors
    • pricing strategies
    • terms
    • cash flow management tools and tips to ensure you don’t have to chase up debtors and you can pay your bills (and your team) on time
    • what to do when things go wrong  
  • end of financial year considerations
    • understanding what you need to pay and when
    • how much should you be putting aside for tax
    • understanding Income Tax, Prov Tax and PAYE
    • why cash flow and profitability are two different things!

So, pull your head out of the proverbial sand and join us for this absolutely essential workshop. You’ll walk away feeling more knowledgeable and empowered.

‘Find Your Voice’ 

Day 1 = “Learn How to POP as a Presenter”

Let’s face it – very few of us actually LIKE being in front of a roomful of people or in front of the video camera. The reality is that these skills are becoming increasingly essential to being able to grow your business. Whether it’s speaking to a prospect, potential investor or someone who is a key sphere of influence, facilitating a seminar or workshop, creating engaging social media posts or running webinars, your ability to effectively connect and engage while delivering your message are vital. 

The Find Your Voice workshop is divided into two separate topics delivered over two consecutive days. You can choose to attend only Day 1, only Day 2 or you can purchase both days.

Day 1 – Learning How to POP as a Presenter

Do you want to build more confidence in your communication and presenting abilities? Day one is just the ticket. During the session you’ll learn about yourself as a presenter and develop your presenting style so you can become more authentic, confident, engaging and memorable as a speaker.

This full-on day will focus on YOU as a speaker and explores some of the following concepts:

  • The power of our mindset and beliefs
  • Pre-presentation preparation and success strategies
  • Common causes of anxiety and how to manage them
  • Identifying your unique style as a presenter
  • Specific communication tips around body language, voice, and facial expressions

Dive into this workshop with both feet and you’ll be amazed at how your attitudes toward ‘public speaking’ will transform when you feel just that much more confident!

Day 2 = “How to Craft a Memorable Presentation”

Maybe speaking is your ‘thing’ and you have NO problem getting up in front of a roomful of people. Or maybe you’re a ‘one-take wonder’ when it comes to being in front of a video camera. GOOD ON YOU – you’re in the minority of the population if you’re comfortable with ‘public speaking’. But have you ever wondered if you could create more impactful, memorable presentations? Maybe you’re not winning as many new clients as you should be and your 1-to-1 presentations could be more effective. Maybe you have a blast speaking to a group (and they seem to love you) but you realise afterward you really didn’t do a good job of getting your main take-away OR call to action across to your audience and now you have nothing to show for the time and effort. 

We can ALL be better at intentionally designing a more impactful presentation – whether we’ve spoken to one group or 100 or if we have delivered thousands of sales presentations. The KEY is in the preparation and the practice. The goal of Day 2 is to provide you with techniques and tricks of the trade to help you to be more memorable. Throughout the day we’ll cover:

  • The different ways people learn
  • Success strategies to use on the day of your talk
  • Tools to help you craft your message
  • Tips to create powerful visual aids
  • How to ‘read’ your audience
  • How to capture and relate meaningful stories

We want to help you construct a talk like the pros! One that is engaging, cohesive, thought-provoking and ultimately packed with value for your audience (of 1 or 100!) Because you’re not speaking for your own gratification, you’re speaking to provide value for others in one way or another. When you leave this workshop, you’ll be equipped with the tools and processes you need to immediately make a massive improvement in HOW you present your message.

‘Become A More Effective Leader’

Your level of success in life and business is largely determined by your ability to effectively influence those around you. John C Maxwell, leadership guru and author of over 70 best-selling books on leadership and communication, states that ‘leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less.’  

Join Jennifer Myers, Venus Academy Manager, for this full-on session that will help YOU learn how to become a more effective influencer and leader. Over the course of her career, Jen has learned (sometimes the hard way) how to be a successful and influential business professional and leader. She knows that each one of us sets an example for others to follow. Do you want to know how to create ‘switched-on’ followers who will stick with you for the long haul? Enrol in this workshop and you’ll learn actionable tips to:

  • Motivate your team to do their best
  • The 6 key motivators that must be in place
  • Key DE-motivators and how to avoid them
  • Situational Leadership – it’s more than a catch-phrase! 
  • Implement the 7 Success Habits of Leaders
  • Approachability
  • Consistency
  • Values-driven
  • Plus 4 more
  • Understand the importance of clear communication when developing relationships with your team
  • Utilizing basic DISC behavioural principles to understand where you and your team members are ‘coming from’
  • Take away tools to keep you in touch with your key players on a regular basis

*Jennifer Myers is a Certified John Maxwell Leadership coach and Certified Behaviour Consultant in the DISC behavioural styles model. She has over 26 years’ experience supporting business professionals to grow and develop the skills they need to be successful in her roles as a coach, trainer and speaker.

“I recently attended the virtual version of the ‘Become a More Effective Leader’ workshop with Jen Myers of the Venus Academy, and it was great. It was a timely reminder to me of how important it is for me to be the right kind of influencer as the leader of my business. I found Jen’s style to be easy, relaxed and encouraging and would definitely recommend this workshop to others.” – Ann Woolston – Director, Smartway Builders

‘Build a Powerful Personal Brand’

Your ideal prospects probably know a lot more about you than you know about them by the time you actually come face to face. They have been doing their homework – checking out your website, your social media accounts and asking anybody they can what it’s like to work with you. 

When they ‘Google’ you, what will they find? Will your ‘personal brand’ speak loud and clear or will they struggle to get answers to their questions about who you are and what it’s like to work with you? 

YOU are a living, breathing representation of your business brand, and we know that people buy from people, not businesses. Your personal brand should be carefully considered and executed so that it positions you as the right choice for your ideal prospects. If this seems daunting, don’t worry. Johanna-May Manks and the Venus Academy team have your back! Join Johanna-May for this one-day intensive that will cover everything you need to consider when it comes to your professional image and presence in the marketplace. Things like: 

  • Your Image and Style 
    • they say a lot about your confidence and contribute to the perception people form of you before you even open your mouth
    • when you feel confident, your business results will improve
    • make a great first impression by understanding colour and style that suit YOUR individuality
    • do your business justice by representing it professionally 
  •  Your visibility in the marketplace
    • understand how your ideal prospects are researching you and your competitors
    • learn strategies that can help YOU stand out and be memorable
    • take away tips that will help you build trust with those you meet

Your ‘personal brand’ involves not just how you dress but how you carry yourself and how you create an aura of trust and expertise around your business. Is it time to up your game and become more intentional about how you present yourself and your business? If so, this workshop will be an eye-opener for you. *Johanna May is an accomplished personal stylist based in Auckland New Zealand. She believes that ‘achieving spectacular results in business and life is a product of knowledge, enthusiasm and confidence wrapped in motivation and style.

‘Imposter Syndrome’

‘I’m not sure I can do this!’ ‘They’re over-estimated my abilities.’ ‘I think I’m going to get found out.’ ‘I’m scared I’ve taken on too much.’ ‘What if I fail and I can’t do it?’

Does this sound familiar? Do you feel that no matter how hard you work, it’s never quite enough? Do you worry what other people will think? Do you tend to avoid taking risks or taking on challenges through fear that you’re not quite ready yet? Do you hold exceedingly high expectations of yourself and always aim for perfection?

You’re not alone! These thoughts played continually in Jess Stuart’s mind despite countless promotions as she worked her way up the ladder and then as she sat around leadership tables and worked with groups of leaders. Jess will be your facilitator for this important workshop. Imposter Syndrome is more common than we think yet never talked about, and the more we succeed the louder this voice becomes. But it is not reality! It is simply a voice in our head often clouded by our brain’s negativity bias.

Don’t let it slow your progress or allow these feelings to prevent you achieving your potential – learn how to navigate your negativity bias, overcome feelings of self-doubt, build resilience and face these fears to become the person you’re capable of being. In this course, Jess will support you to:

  • Consider what Imposter Syndrome really is
  • Why it affects so many women
  • How to navigate the nagging feelings of self-doubt
  • Explore the impacts of fear of failure

You’ll walk away with practical tips to build self-efficacy, resilience and tools to help you manage feelings of fear and inadequacy.

*Jess Stuart is an international speaker who has appeared on TV, radio and in print across the world. She has written several books including, Like a Girl and A Rough Guide to a Smooth Life and is currently working on her third book! She lives in Wellington, NZ and Venus Network is proud to call her a member.