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DRBF 20th Annual International Conference

On June 30, DRBF’s 20th Annual International Conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal. Advisory Excellence Member, Giovanni Di Folco, was a speaker at the event. Giovanni is the President of Techno Engineering & Associates, which is a key player in the industry.

Mr Giovanni Di Folco speaking at the prestigious 2021 event.

Mr Giovanni Di Folco speaking at the prestigious 2021 event.

Event details:

  • 30 June: Q&A about DBs –  Mr Giovanni Di Folco, together with Mr. Sean Gibbs, Mr. Ignacio Palacios, and Mrs. Giorgiana Tecuci; 
  • 1 July: Effective Project Delivery: DBs and Quantum Assessment – Mr Giovanni Di Folco together with Mrs. Marianne Ramey and Mrs. Patricia Sulser;
  • 2 July: Dispute Board Seminar for Public Entities – Mr Giovanni Di Folco together with Mr. Leo Grutters and Mr. João Mora.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit the Techno Engineering & Associates website.

Deloitte to launch northern hub for creative agency 368 in Leeds

Deloitte is today announcing the launch of a northern hub for its creative agency 368 in Leeds.

First launched in London in 2018, 368 is Deloitte’s in-house creative agency made up of strategists, creatives, filmmakers, developers and event specialists.

The agency was created to rival traditional agencies in its blend of creativity and infallible knowledge of Deloitte’s brand, clients and business. It plays a central role in supporting Deloitte’s position as the world’s strongest and most valuable commercial services brand, devising a range of diverse campaigns for instance addressing the climate crisis and the need for digital inclusion and re-skilling.

Applications are now open for more than 20 newly created roles in 368’s Leeds hub including in planning, copywriting, design, social media and project management teams. 368 will launch in Leeds in June, looking to scale to c. 50 people by the end of 2021.

Annabel Rake, partner and chief marketing officer at Deloitte, said: “I’m based in Leeds, and know first-hand that it’s a dynamic and influential destination for creativity. Offering a community of diverse, creative talent, Leeds is now the workshop chosen by many to create distinct and unique marketing campaigns. 368’s new northern base in Leeds will provide a vibrant backdrop to support our ambition to launch award-winning campaigns, created by some of the brightest and most ambitious creative talent in the industry.”

Stuart Cottee, Deloitte’s Yorkshire and North East practice senior partner, added: “A number of leading businesses, and now Government with the United Kingdom’s first infrastructure bank, have chosen to open their doors in Leeds in recent years, attracting a range of experienced and new creative talent to lay-down roots in the region. Having 368’s creative and digital prowess on our doorstep is yet another string to the bow of the burgeoning creative community that we have here in Yorkshire. Seeing businesses and sectors like this grow and flourish in the North is a key facet of levelling-up, and we are pleased to be part of the growing momentum for greater investment across the nations and regions.”

Agency director Nick Burbidge and 368 creative director David Harris will continue to lead the 368 team across London and Leeds. The agency’s film studio and experiential teams will continue to work from Deloitte’s London base, collaborating closely with the Leeds-based 368 team.

David Harris, creative director of 368, concludes: “Recent months have taught us how to work collaboratively and creatively with our teams, wherever we are based – however the connections we have with our communities continues to influence the work that we deliver. Leeds for many generations has been the home of inspirational innovators and creators who continue to drive the city’s evolution. Creating more of our work in this region will allow 368 to continue shaping compelling campaigns that capture the attention of our clients and communities across the United Kingdom.”

3 Simple Steps to Becoming a Better Networker

I’ve always been a natural extrovert in school and in business. I find it easy to socialise with others and connect with them personally and professionally. When I first embarked on my entrepreneurial journey and left the practice of law, I used to attend as many local networking events as possible. I deemed it important to get out there and connect with other business professionals to build both my brand and network for prospective clients, speaking engagements, and other business opportunities.

I realise that networking is not easy or simple for everyone. There are some who fear being in large crowds of people they do not know at networking events and being forced to strike up a conversation with someone they have little synergy with. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you can build solid networking skills through these 3 simple steps:

Attend as Many Networking Events as Possible

I am sure you have heard many say, “You need to put yourself out there if you want to meet the right person.” Networking is a lot like dating. In order to find a date, you need to put yourself out there in the limelight, and practice makes perfect.

First, find out where the local networking events are in your community. A great place to start is your local chamber of commerce and other leadership organisations that are industry-specific. Many groups will offer the first event free to all guests. Some events may be as high £180 for a lunch. Either way, if you meet your next business contact or potential boss, suddenly that fee becomes pennies and the reward outweighs the risk. But don’t forget to dress professional to the networking event. Treat it like a series of mini interviews.

Bring Business Cards & Don’t Forget to Take Business Cards from Others

Every person you meet is an opportunity. A key step to networking is having your own professional image and brand. Don’t make the mistake of showing up to a networking event without a stack of professional business cards.

Make sure the business card has your name, professional title (i.e. Managing Director) or industry (i.e. Finance), phone number, email (keep it professional), and Linkedin URL. Before you put your Linkedin URL on your new personal business card, ensure that you have a customised URL.

When you go to networking events, take a business card from each person you meet and give them your business card. Easy and done, right? Not so fast.

Following-up is the most important part of networking. Always follow-up with each person you meet. Get on their contact list. Tell them you hope to see them at the next event (which may open the door to them inviting you to an event you didn’t know about!). Invite them to have lunch or coffee the next week. Being consistent and committed is key.

Connect on Linkedin & Beyond

If you are going to attend networking events and build connections on Linkedin with attendees from the events (which of course I highly recommend), make sure your Linkedin profile is fully optimised with a powerful headline, compelling summary, and details of your experience. It’s important that the image you put out at the networking events matches your digital footprint — i.e. your personal brand aligns. You never know where this connection may lead.

Develop a rapport with other professionals and connect on a greater level through Linkedin. Share and comment on each other’s content. Engage with one another beyond just being a connection. Join groups they are members of and possibly connect with their connections.

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