The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Best MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-05T22:00:30Z best-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc “The challenge... The buzz... The reactions of an audience... The occasional ambience of glitz and glamour... Intangible rewards…" (including the personal rewards for emcees of having participated in successful events in meaningful and often invisible ways). To polished emcee Rob Doorey these are some of the alluring qualities of the winsome world of emceeing. But while he thrives on what can be fleeting associations, Rob has put in long hours over a sustained period of time in the entertainment industry to hone his talents. Most assuredly, he has done the hard yards. "In the lyrics of ACDC, 'it's a long way to the top'," Doorey said. For instance, in the early years of what has now evolved into more than a couple of decades for him in the commercial broadcasting industry, Doorey's first foray was as a team-driver ofthe Black Thunder vehicles for 2DayFM Radio in Sydney (the Black Thunders were the station’s promotion vehicles). During this stretch, Doorey and 5 other drivers took six cars allaround the streets of Sydney, from the beaches to the bush. Their station promotions saw them generating listeners and attracting patrons through a wealth of activities - among them: running contests, dishing out promo prizes - large and small, and interviewing multiple fans and various guests sponsored by the station for featured promotional events designed to rev-up the station’s fan-base. Doorey was also involved at this time in the introduction of special characters such as “Bladerunner” and in new night-radio promotions that proved very popular. Doorey's launch into full-time on-air broadcasting came in his hometown of Gosford at Coast Rock FM, where his solid work ethic came into focus. Working from midnight to dawn, Doorey delivered the night broadcast program and soon after dawn took the Gosford station’s promo vehicle out onto the streets for the breakfast show promotions.He also began doing guest DJ work at local nightclubs in the evenings - all this time still driving the Black Thunders in Sydney as well. While Doorey's work commitments didn’t leave much time for rest, the varied and busy roles sufficiently cut his teeth in the industry. Live promotional events for radio, for instance, could see Doorey interviewing and introducing live bands on stages in front of crowds on beachfronts or in shopping centres and seamlessly handling all the unseen variables involved in these styles of productions, where “multiple things are happening at a time”. Such events even came to include televised events on football fields with new sets of multiple variables and similarly pressured environments with strict production deadlines, all of which Doorey learnt to adeptly handle. After the early periods in Sydney and Gosford, Doorey headed north -- working for several radio stations, including 4CA - Cairns and Triple M Brisbane; as well as hosting for The Sky Radio network, The Super Radio network, Talk Australia, C91.3FM and Breeze FM. Doorey's years in radio clearly equipped him for unexpected challenges in fast-paced, pressured situations and gave him the knack to calmly deal with split-second changes that may arise at any moment. Doorey describes himself as a calm and organised person who does his homework and is not averse to problem-solving. These are real assets in his current profession and of real benefit to his clients. As he says: “I am able to make the (event/presentation) process easy and comfortable for those around me. While we may be working on the most important event in our (clients’) lives, I will bring a calm to the event,” comments Doorey. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Make Pregnancy Comfortable with Wardrobe Staples from Glama Mama 2019-08-01T01:56:07Z make-pregnancy-comfortable-with-wardrobe-staples-from-glama-mama Australian maternity wear brand Glama Mama believes comfort should be the top of the priority list when it comes to buying the best maternity clothes. Glama Mama is one of Australia's leading online maternity wear store for mums. Their exclusive collection features comfortable, high quality, European made fabrics for pregnancy and beyond. Their website offers a great selection of pregnancy and maternity wear. As the pregnant body changes, clothes need to accommodate its new needs. This doesn’t mean women have to sacrifice personality. Glama Mama has identified maternity clothes that offer excellent styles, maximum comfort, and affordability. Their selection of necessary pregnancy wear includes dresses, jeans, leggings and inner wear. Maxi dresses from Glama Mama such as the Ethnico pregnancy dress maxi is designed to look fabulous for any occasion. The dress features a v neckline, and it is made from light fabric that is perfect for summer. These dresses are also a great option for mothers looking for nursing dresses. With a flexible style, maxi dresses provide stress-free breastfeeding access so they do not have to worry about being confined. Glama Mama jeans are so comfortable that even non-moms wear them. The Jagger city jean, for example, is a fashionable skinny maternity jean in dark blue denim, cut from a soft, stretchy fabric. The jeans ensure a slim look and extra comfort during your pregnancy with jersey waistband, which can be worn over the bump or folded under the belly. It also features three front and two back pockets, faux fly detailing and belt loops. The legs are decorated with metal zippers.  A tried and true fashion trend, mom jeans from Glama Mama will simply never go out of style when it comes to being comfortable and fashionable at the same time. Glama Mama’s jeans collection is form-fitting, flattering and doesn’t restrict movement. The collection is made with mothers in mind, featuring a special elastic waistband to suit every mom’s growing belly. Another staple from the brand are the sportswear leggings. Glama Mama’s leggings offer great support with a flexible and stretchy waistband that allows women to move, be active, and still look great. Maternity jackets and knitwear can be both cosy and stylish. These are ideal for work or relaxing at home, pregnant women will find be thankful for the stretchy knitted fabric as the trimesters pass. Plus, they get even more comfortable with wear, and are great for cosying up in winter. The Coffee Toffee knit-dress from Glama Mama, for example,  is designed in a comfy slim cut. Featuring a round neckline, long sleeves, lace insert on the chest, front pockets, and a tie-up strap on the back. Comfort is the key says Glama Mama. Lastly underwear sets that are comfortable and stretchy are perfect when belly, hips and other body parts expand.   For more information on maternity evening dresses online, stylish maternity clothes, stylish pregnancy clothes, designer maternity wear and more, visit Melbourne Wedding & Bride – Bridal Expo returns to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 2019-07-25T07:02:37Z melbourne-wedding-amp-bride-bridal-expo-returns-to-melbourne-convention-and-exhibition-centre Media Release                                                                                                                       July 24   Melbourne Wedding & Bride is excited to announce that Australia’s largest bridal expo will be held again at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this October. The expo will see more than 150 of Victoria’s leading wedding industry suppliers exhibiting, allowing brides to find everything they need to plan their big day, all under one roof.  “The event will run from Friday October 4 until Sunday October 6,” says Catherine Doedens, event coordinator at UMG Events. “As a limited-time offer, all brides will receive a free ticket into the expo when they use the code WEDDINGANDBRIDE. The tickets to the expo will allow guests access across all three days of the event, with unlimited entries and exits.” “As an exclusive offer, we will also be giving free bridal bags to the first 50 brides to enter the expo on Friday, and the first 100 brides on Saturday and Sunday, valued up to $200 each,” she adds.     This year the expo will become the venue for one lucky couple who wins the competition to elope at the expo, with many of the best vendors in the business involved in providing goods and services for this special opportunity.   About Melbourne Wedding & Bride: United Media Group has been publishing Victoria’s leading bridal magazine, Melbourne Wedding & Bride, since 2005. Following its huge success, the company launched Australia’s largest bridal expo in 2015. With years of industry knowledge and hundreds of Victoria’s premium wedding suppliers backing them, Melbourne Wedding & Bride – Bridal Expo has become Australia’s favourite wedding expo.   HEMPLE LAUNCHES IN THE USA 2019-07-15T00:00:08Z hemple-launches-in-the-usa FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 15 July 2019 Following a recent investment from MMJ (ASX:MMJ), Australian hemp & cannabinoid brand, Hemple, has launched in the USA. The millennial founders, Cade Turland (31) and Forbes 30 Under 30 list-maker, Georgia Branch (30) are de- termined to carve out their piece of the world’s biggest CBD market, projected to be worth US$22bn by 2022. The team is being on beer delivery technology for their organically grown CBD and innovation through first-to-market, functional CBG and CBN formulations to set their brand apart. Their Australian Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil and US grown and made, Sigma N-Osmo CBD have already made it into the hands of the Kardashian’s. Both products featured in the most recent Travel Mailer which landed Hemple in social media feeds of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Selma Blair, Shanina Shaik and Behati Prinsloo. As Facebook and Instagram continue to disallow ingestible hemp foods and CBD advertising, the founders see this style of organic social media endorsement as key to reaching their millennial consumer - a fast growing segment of the hemp CBD market. Brightfield Group dubs the 26-35 year old CBD user group as “stressed out millennials”. This group accounts for 38.2% of the total US CBD market. More than half the members of this segment have a household income of US $50,000+ and are looking to relieve the pressures and stresses of their busy young professional lives, turning to hemp CBD to relieve a range of emotional health issues, most prominently: anxiety, depression and insomnia. Co-Founder, Georgia Branch, says, “There’s over 5600 CBD tincture brands in the USA. We’re breaking away from the commoditised products which dominate the market. Our approach is to differentiate with a premi- um brand position that’s backed up by truly innovative, effective products targeted towards the needs of our customer. Each of our products will have a specific functional benefit - from stress management (like our first CBD release, Sigma) to sleep.” Turland continues, “We’re one of few companies in the US using nano-technology to improve the absorp- tion rate of cannabinoids. Similarly to vitamins, only 10-30% of most CBD edibles and tinctures are absorbed by the body. The technology used in our N-Osmo cannabinoid range increases absorption to over 90%. Ulti- mately, this means beer value for money for the customer.” Value for money maers, as Brightfield Group shows 41.3% of this group are taking some form of CBD to manage everyday pressures, 5-7 days per week. On 29 July in the US, Hemple will launch with Fleur Marche, dubbed the “Sephora of CBD”. In Australia, Hemple’s range of hemp foods products are listed in over 350 health and specialty stores including Flan- nery’s and Healthy Life. Ends For more information and high res images contact: Georgia Branch +61 410 690 408 Honey Birdette Calls Out “Gender-Biased” & “Unjust” Lingerie Regulation Guidelines From Ad Standards Australia 2019-07-03T19:29:37Z honey-birdette-calls-out-gender-biased-unjust-lingerie-regulation-guidelines-from-ad-standards-australia MEN & WOMEN ARE NO LONGER EQUAL ACCORDING TO NEW STANDARDS IN LINGERIE ADVERTISING. HONEY BIRDETTE HAVE RECEIVED AN EXCLUSIVE COPY OF THE NEW LINGERIE REGULATION GUIDELINES FROM AD STANDARDS. THESE SPECIFICALLY TARGET WOMEN. Global lingerie retailer, Honey Birdette have received an exclusive copy of the new lingerie regulation guidelines from Ad Standards Australia. The new standards, which will further limit lingerie advertising in all public spaces specifically and unfairly targets women, women’s sexuality and the gay female community. Honey Birdette Founder, Eloise Monaghan said the rampant double standards towards women and their sexuality are clearly reflected throughout the guide in which they utilize multiple advertisements from Honey Birdette alongside other brands in order to provide context for the new rules. In one example Ad Standards compare an ad featuring a heterosexual couple and a lesbian couple alongside one another. The image which depicts a same-sex female couple embracing is called out for being inappropriate, while the image of Bras and Things ‘husband and wife’ kissing is considered appropriate. Models standing to the side with their bottoms or torso pushed forward, their back arched with their eyes closed or sitting down with their legs apart are shown in the guide as unacceptable. Ad Standards now considers these poses to be highly sexualized stating that the models appear to be ‘PRESENTING’. Ad standards have previously imposed guidelines regarding the censorship of nipples, however under the new stricter regulations even fully covered nipples adorned with pasties will be deemed unacceptable and highly sexualized as they draw attention to the breasts and therefore are not suitable in a public space. High-cut bodysuits and G-strings are also considered to have high levels of nudity and would be in breach of the new regulations. Women in lingerie can also no longer appear in advertising alongside men in clothes. In response to the new guidelines Managing Director of Honey Birdette Eloise Monaghan stated - “This has to stop! Why are men allowed and women not allowed to show their bodies? Why are we teaching young girls and women to be ashamed of their bodies? The female form not a matter of vulgarity or indecency.” “The changes to these guidelines are a frightening development for the modern woman and Ad Standards should be ashamed of themselves. These standards are highly archaic and repugnant to all women not just across Australia, but globally.” “I won’t be silenced and let this go. We are here to empower women and we are going to continue to do that.” What’s next? Two weeks ago, Honey Birdette revealed their latest campaign, Red Alert. Featuring censorship banners across the front of every image, the campaign responded to claims that the Australian and Victorian Government were giving in to the radical views of a conservative Christian group who want to enforce stricter guidelines in advertising specifically targeting women. Managing Director of Honey Birdette, Eloise Monaghan said the brand decided to launch a campaign to highlight the discrimination that women face for being exactly what they are; women. “I certainly won’t let conservative fringe groups, (male politicians and female hating woman) blame women’s bodies for domestic violence and we are gearing up to create a movement with contemporary women and men around the world. Our bodies are not up for discussion, how “appropriate” our breasts are for display in lingerie advertising. Nor does lace underwear consent rape.” Alongside this campaign, Honey Birdette launched a petition calling for customers to help protect women against double standards in advertising. The petition reached 52,000 signatures in just two weeks, while the conservative group lobbying against Honey Birdette have taken two years to collect 70,000 signatures. “If Collective Shout think they have a voice, mine will be a viral speaker phone to every person out there. I have avoided this action, but they are now threatening what we stand for.” Now that the new Ad Standard guidelines have been revealed, Honey Birdette will share the gender-biased and unjust regulations in a bid to highlight the gender disparity in current advertising censorship and reveal how they aim to strip away women’s rights and representation with regressive policies. “Women should have the right to set their own boundaries and identities around sexuality. We need a revolution which allows women reclaim sexual independence and the gay female community freedom to express themselves as they wish, where they are not objects of gender-bias rules, ridicule, shame or the patriarchy.” Help us reach 100,000 signatures and protect women from outrageous double standards in advertising. Sign the petition at Disclaimer: All signatures captured by this petition remain separate from the commercial operation of the Honey Birdette brand. They will not be used for marketing or commercial gain in any form or format. This petition has the sole purpose of bringing attention to and creating a counter movement to resist the regression of women's rights in Australia and around the world. STILL #NOTASKINGFORIT Bendigo Writers Festival 2019 program 2019-07-03T02:22:51Z bendigo-writers-festival-2019-program-1 Bendigo Writers Festival has unveiled the full three-day program for August 9 to 11, with a galaxy of stars and a supernova of sessions set to light up the end of winter. “We’ve dusted off the mirror balls, for a bit of retro party-time,” Capital Venues and Events manager David Lloyd says. “With a new venue to add to our constellation, the Festival Precinct will now be even more accessible and welcoming, so audiences will enjoy hearing all the absolutely brilliant writers on this year’s program.” The Festival launch was held at Bendigo Bowls Club, which will host sessions throughout the day, and then become the Festival Club on Friday and Saturday nights. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen announced the international writers on the program, as well as some of the 150 Australian speakers heading to Bendigo in August. Festival guest Greg Fleet spoke about the writing life, as a comedian, memoirist and novelist. Feature events in Ulumbarra Theatre at the Festival this year include Friday night’s World of Food with Food Safari presenter, Maeve O’Meara. On Saturday night, world-renowned astrobiologist Paul Davies tackles the biggest question of them all - What Is Life? And for a dazzling finale, the internationally acclaimed surgeon Munjed Al Muderis will present the Closing Address on Sunday at 4.30pm, talking about how hope and courage can change lives. “Gastronomy is big on this year’s program,” Ms Sorensen said. “We are keen supporters of the City of Greater Bendigo’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so we have food writer Jill Dupleix, sustainable farmer Charles Massy and food-and-mood expert Felice Jacka, on the program. “We’re welcoming British philosopher AC Grayling for discussions about democracy, criminal psychologist Julia Shaw, to talk about evil, and from New York, Min Jin Lee, to talk about Korea.” Also on the program: Clementine Ford on Boys Will Be Boys Louise Milligan on Cardinal John Marsden on Parenting Alan Kohler on Money and Ethics Benjamin Law on Growing Up Gay Ranjana Srivastava on A Better Death Speakers include Peter Doherty, Chloe Hooper, Kerry O’Brien, Ginger Gorman, Kate Forsyth, Jessica Rowe, Don Walker, Greg Fleet, Jane Caro and Don Watson. The Text Marks the Spot free schools program takes place on Friday, and a new series of Entrée Events on Friday morning give audiences a chance to get out and about in Bendigo. “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, for an event with the “bad Buddhist”, Meshel Laurie,” Ms Sorensen said. “And in the heart of Bendigo, at the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum on Pall Mall, there’s a first-time event about the women poets of Central Victoria writing during the First World War. “There’s a special launch too, of a new book about Bendigo, called Sludge, to be launched by John Brumby, Chancellor of La Trobe University.” Bendigo Writers Festival is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with La Trobe University and supported by Bendigo Tourism. James Pratt Asked To Italk LA 2019-06-26T14:09:04Z james-pratt-asked-to-italk-la Leadership Content, Pop Culture and Stage Drama collide this July 12th in Los Angeles, when iTalk LA holds its next leadership event at the former estate of Frank Sinatra. The world-renowned iTalk events confirmed they have asked in-demand Australian actor and celebrity auctioneer James Pratt to join the star-studded line up of speakers this July in Los Angeles. This is the first time an Australian talent has been asked to speak at iTalk. Pratt who is fast building an esteemed reputation internationally has impressed iTalk in the past with his skillset, and if he confirms, he will be join the best across USA Film, Television and Fashion including Sean Stone, film actor and son of the legendary film maker Oliver Stone, celebrity stylist Ali Levine, MTV’s Chanel West Coast, and Frank Knuckles former percussionist for The Roots and The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, all whom will be showcasing specific leadership advice aimed at inspiring the next generation of pioneers Motivational Leadership events are growing rapidly in popularity, but with this growth also comes higher expectations from the audience according to Jen Montague, co-founder and Sr. Director of ITalk, and who’s worked hard at making sure her events are keeping up with the progressive trends. One of the biggest challenges right now is to build events that satisfy the moment-by-moment engagement that audiences are craving and not just millennial audiences but audiences of all ages. Content has to grip them, keep them, and provide them an opportunity to participate, to party, to network and so much more. The content has to be engaging enough for them to then share it online and on social media with their own followers. In other words, it’s about the experience said Jen Montague Director of ITalk, who enjoys merging her music conservatory and theatre roots with her corporate leadership and human resources professional experience. The infusion of pop culture is another unique facet of the platform, keeping audiences engaged. We’re pushing leadership and pop culture forward with iTalk said the world acclaimed International DJ Casper, Co-Founder and Director of Music for iTalk and DJ for “super producer,” Rodney Jerkins. In April iTalk Philadelphia featured speakers such as, Meisha Johnson (CBS Anchor) Stephen Hoelper, Vice President of Product, Comcast NBCUniversal and Desiree Rogers –former CEO of Johnson Publishing, LLC and former Social Secretary for Barack Obama’s Administration. But it was not just the speakers and their content serving as the engaging hook; the event featured live music and some original works by The International DJ Casper, along with the fact that the event was held on the roof of the majestic Kimmel Centre at sunset, ensuring an emotive and inspiring set of colours as the backdrop for learning and the perfect party scene. This July, guests attending iTalk LA can expect to experience the same type of star power! Tickets are currently selling fast. Frank Sinatra’s mansion will serve as the backdrop for leadership development and empowerment in Los Angeles. The International DJ Casper signed to DarkChild Entertainment will be doing a live set to turn up the crowd, all culminating in a truly dope leadership-club “experience” iTalk has termed “Motivational Nightlife.” The keynote speakers will also be cutting down there talk time to under 10 minutes to allow for better interaction with guests after speaking. iTalk provides three directives to their iTalkers Be Bold (make a strong impact), Be Brief (under10 minutes) Be Gone (get off the stage). The event also covers an array of topics all aimed at increasing those looking at self-improvement and being inspired; Courage, Vision, Change and more. Although it’s not yet confirmed if Pratt has accepted his invitation to be a keynote speaker, it’s another testament to the enormous international reach iTalk Events attract, and the high calibre of talent their speakers have. Ultimately, challenging attendees to: think non-traditionally, identify creative solutions to problems and share their own stories, based on their passionate why, is how Jen describes this next exciting ITalk event and the iTalk platform. For more information go to Influence with Integrity: How to Create Engagement with Heart 2019-06-24T23:55:48Z influence-with-integrity-how-to-create-engagement-with-heart The pursuit of fame for fame’s sake has been one of the Internet’s hallmarks, but in the era of “the influencer”, are we becoming tired of being sold to at every turn? According to author, thought leader and mindset coach Maria Boznovska, audiences are awakening to their need for authenticity in order to engage beyond one or two interactions with online personalties, regardless of how many followers they have amassed. “It is no longer about following the crowd and taking someone’s word as gospel, just because they have been labelled an influencer,” Maria says. “An authentic influencer doesn’t aim to tell people how to think, rather it is in their beingness of who they really are—on and off camera—that demonstrates an energy of authenticity that people naturally become attracted to. The audience can then determine their own truth.” Maria says an authentic influencer does not become “obsessed” with how many followers they have accrued, or with suggesting others should think the way they do. They encourage people to want to think for their own selves and tap into their own truth about any given situation. How to Create Social Engagement with Heart Maria’s tips for creating authentic relationships online: Awareness of your relationship with yourself is key. Are you coming from a place of love, acceptance and embracing who YOU are with compassion and understanding? This is key. The relationship with yourself is what you project to the world. It's how you see others and how you see the world, and in turn, how others see you. Clarify your top three values in life and in business. Are the aligned? These govern decisions you make and are what makes you live in alignment with your authentic self. Ask yourself: "In the context of my business, what are my three highest values?" "In the context of my life, what are my three highest values?" Then, sit back and observe. Are they aligned or profoundly opposite? Understand your message—your why—and then be fully self expressed in everything you do, say, write, and even how you dress. Your message and presence is then consistent. State: "This is who I am. How can I share who I am and be of service to others?" Most people ask: "This is who I am, do you like me?" and then twist and contort themselves to fit in and please the market. Thus, they lose the message they authentically want to share. Understand you are not for everyone. When you try to be someone you're not, there is a huge disconnect. Who you are authentically "being" is the message to the world. Own your vulnerability. Shine a light on where you feel vulnerable. By doing this way you heal yourself, and in the process heal others. This is our greatest equalizer—our commonality—that we all share: we have the same emotions, even though our stories may differ. It's what connects us and makes us feel seen, heard and validated for our experiences. Listen to understand, rather than merely listening to respond. Be interested, rather than interesting. Too often we think as an influencer we must be interesting and constantly make it about us. Without an audience you are not an influencer. Very quickly you realise it's not about you and necessarily your journey, rather it’s about others and how your journey and experiences and message can unite others and bring oneness. Don't aim for perfection - Trying to be perfect is the exact opposite of being authentic. However many people are afraid that if they make mistakes then they won't be seen as an expert. This is what makes you relate-able and how we gain experience and evolve to be and become. An authentic influencer doesn't aim to tell people how to think rather in "being" demonstrates a thought system of how to live congruently aligned. People can then determine their own truth. I do not want people to think the way I do, I merely want people to think: Empowered to think differently about themselves and about others. ENDS Media Contact: Shannon Dunn, Communeco +64 2 2 6362405 Exciting Additions to Haus of Leather 2019 2019-06-14T05:45:48Z exciting-additions-to-haus-of-leather-2019 Haus of Leather are pleased to announce updates to our online collections. An exciting array of new products and designer bags are now available online. These include new leather bags for both men and women, along with other stylish additions. FOR WOMEN New to our store are a range of beautiful bags for women. Included are a selection of tote handbags, clutches and shoulder handbags of many different designs. Our options include both full genuine leather bags, as well as highly affordable PU leather pieces. In addition, you will also find our leather belt collection includes some stunning pieces to accessorise your outfits. Slim-line belts are available as well as cummerbunds and wide-style designs. Comprising a mixture of genuine leather as well as mixed-texture designs, our selection has it all. FOR MEN Recent additions to our men's collection includes new man bag offerings for both formal and informal occasions. These comprise a trendy selection of mens shoulder bags, leather satchels and messenger bags. With a striking range of options on offer, whether you are a student or professional, there are an abundance of options. More so, our men's range also includes a range of backpack bags perfect for conveniently storing your essentials. From small to large backpacks, you will enjoy perusing our great range of various designs. OTHER EXCITING ADDITIONS You will also enjoy a range of new offerings at Haus of Leather. Within our collection of travel and duffel bags, you will discover luggage options including carry on bags. Whether you are looking for a weekend bag for a quick getaway, or something larger with more storage, we have plenty of options to suit. Be sure to peruse our collections and recent additions to discover what's in store for you. We constantly add new products to our online store, so be sure to check back regularly to see what is new. Finally, don't forget that all purchases at Haus of Leather enjoy free shipping! Haus of Leather Hollywood Celebrity Designer To Lend Star Power To Miss World Australia State Finals 2019-06-13T21:27:29Z hollywood-celebrity-designer-to-lend-star-power-to-miss-world-australia-state-finals Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, Rocky Gathercole is lending his star power to the Miss World Australia New South Wales state finals with pageant finalists showcasing his brand new collection at a star-studded event at The Star Sydney in July. Internationally-renowned, Los Angeles based Rocky Gathercole is a favourite of big-name celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry as well as Australia's own Sia, and recently showcased his avant-garde creations at Los Angeles, Miami and New York Fashion Weeks.The forthcoming spectacular fashion showcase is the brainchild of Marites Novis and William Lin, executive producers of Sydney-based MFN Productions, and will feature as part of the evening wear judging section of the Miss World Australia 2019 New South Wales state finals on the 7th of July.Ms Novis reached out to the famed designer after being exposed to his unique designs through social media, often adorned by the world’s biggest and brightest stars.Both Ms Novis and Mr Gathercole are Filipino born, and proud to celebrate their heritage and achievements around the world.“Rocky and I have become good friends, and now we are hand-in-hand in producing fashion shows that not only showcase his incredible avant-garde fashion designs, but also wave the flag of the Philippines worldwide,” said Ms Novis.Homeless from the age of 14 in the Philippines with limited support, Rocky moved to Saudi Arabia where he embarked on the journey of launching his eponymous label for which he is now famous the world over.“As a fellow Filipino, I couldn’t help but feel proud of his collections being recognised worldwide. So, with utter determination to help extend his international reach, I invited him to debut his collection at the Miss World Australia state finals in Sydney, and then we just clicked,” said Ms Novis.In this international exclusive two-part showcase, YouTube singing sensation, Jasmine Henry will be taking part in the fashion show portion of the evening, along with the Miss World Australia 2019 New South Wales state finalists who will be parading Rocky’s latest avant-garde creations, all with various motifs. “I can’t stress enough how thrilled I am for guests to witness his stunning collection. Even though I’ve only seen a sneak peek, I already can’t contain my excitement for this event,” said Ms Novis.Miss World Australia national director, Deborah Miller said she was excited that Mr Gathercole had chosen to align with the pageant, known the world over for its “beauty with a purpose” mantra.“We are really excited as an organisation to collaborate with such a highly-regarded and internationally-recognised fashion designer as Rocky, and appreciate his belief that there is room for all types of beauty,” said Ms Miller.“It’s really a perfect match as the Miss World Australia pageant is so passionate about championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms.”Finalists from across the country will compete for the coveted title of Miss World Australia 2019 at the gala crowning ceremony at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast on Friday, 19th of July, 2019.Tickets to the Miss World Australia 2019 New South Wales state finals on the 7th of July at The Star, Sydney can be purchased at the Ticketek website:  - ends -Rocky Gathercole is available for interview via live-cross from Hollywood, as well as phone/email interviews.Marites Novis is available for interview via live-cross or in studio from Sydney, as well as phone/email interviews.Miss World Australia 2019 NSW finalists are available for photo opportunities in Rocky Gathercole creations.For more information and/or photo/interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: MFN Productions' executive producer, Marites Novis (centre) flanked by models, all wearing avant-garde creations by Hollywood based celebrity fashion designer, Rocky Gathercole VisionDirect EOFY | End Of Financial Year 2019 Key Dates and Sales 2019-06-11T08:31:58Z visiondirect-eofy-end-of-financial-year-2019-key-dates-and-sales The financial year is a 12 month time period that is used for tax purposes. For Australians, the financial year ends on 30 June, with the next financial year beginning on 1 July. From 1 July through to 31 October both individuals and businesses are required to submit a tax return form to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The ATO then use this form to determine how much tax is owed to the government, or how much the government needs to reimburse the individual/business if they have paid more tax than was owed. will be holding sales throughout June for EOFY, so you can save up to 50% on hundreds of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses. To see the ful sale please head to our FLASH SALE here: As well as being the perfect time to get your finances in order and ensure you get the best possible tax return, the end of financial year also brings about some great sales as businesses try and clear older stock models to make way for new ones. We've got a selection of the deals on offer below as well as plenty more information on how to navigate the end of the financial year. More tips to help you prepare for EOFY Get organised. How often do you end up struggling to find important documents, receipts and the like when tax time rolls around? Do yourself and your accountant a favour and set up a simple, organised filing system well in advance. This will save you both time and stress. Research your options. Do you know what you can claim deductions for? Is the Australian Tax Office (ATO) introducing changes that you could benefit from? A little bit of research can go a long way when it comes to the amount of money you get back. Make a list. To help get organised it can be a good idea to create a checklist of all the documents you’ll need. This can include PAYG and bank statements, dividend statements, private health insurance statements, plus the all-important receipts for everything from work expenses to charitable donations. Business matters. Business owners need to organise all receipts and records before tax time rolls around. Calculating your income and expenses is a must, and the use of business accounting software can make this task a whole lot easier. With a little bit of preparation and some simple research, you can save yourself a whole lot of time and money at tax time. For more information on getting the most out of the end of the financial year, speak to your accountant. A New Online Shopping Experience – Haus of Leather Online Store 2019-06-07T02:49:13Z a-new-online-shopping-experience-haus-of-leather-online-store Haus of Leather is an online shopping destination offering you designer leather goods and accessories at amazing everyday prices. From beautiful leather handbags to stylish satchel and messenger bags and more, their collections are designed to highly impress. Having established itself in recent times into a recognised online store, Haus of Leather is continuing to expand its product collections. In addition to the aforementioned product lines, more recent additions include their elegant women’s purses, stylish men’s wallets and belts. From genuine leather products through to highly affordable PU leather options, there are plenty of options to select from; irrespective of your budget. Likewise, if you are looking for a memorable gift for a friend or significant other, you will find an abundance of options to suit. In addition, as part of Haus of Leather’s service all orders placed online receive free shipping. The list of countries that are eligible are constantly expanding and can be viewed on their company website. Haus of Leather proudly invites you to view their online catalog. If you are looking for the latest in designer leather accessories at affordable everyday prices, then you are encouraged to share in their passion for fine leather goods and accessories. More information on their products and service can be found on their website, while any additional enquiries can be made directly to the team at Haus of Leather Significant challenges to confront construction sector in 2019 and beyond 2019-05-20T02:06:19Z significant-challenges-to-confront-construction-sector-in-2019-and-beyond Obtaining insurance cover in the coming year and beyond will be a very costly undertaking and a significant challenge for businesses within the construction and associated industries.    This is as a result of recent commercial driven decisions by reinsurers combined with the fallout from building disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London and the LU Simon Lacrosse tower fire in Docklands Melbourne and subsequent court ruling by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) said Adam Richardson, Honan Insurance Group (Honan) Construction Industry Lead.   This spate of similar losses affecting the construction industries have come together at a time when the building sector is in a very delicate position with a slowdown in approvals / commencements, tighter lending conditions and heightened media and government scrutiny.   “Looking back over the past decade the Professional Indemnity and also Design & Construct Insurance was a relatively soft market with an abundance of capacity, and insurance companies were competing for top line growth or market share”, continued Adam Richardson.    “From our observations we have noticed this change in insurers appetite and overall approach shifted around end of financial year in 2018 and has continued into 2019 with a shift away from top-line growth strategies with a view of insurers only looking to support profitable business.”     “In the case of ‘distressed accounts’ where contractors have had multiple professional indemnity losses or notifications we are finding the local market has become unsupportive and having to resort to Lloyds of London options with strict mandates”.   “What’s more, if insurers are not achieving their premium/revenue objectives, they are prepared to walk away!  Bill shock will be a significant issue for many organisations when they receive their Professional Indemnity renewals this year with premiums and loadings in some sectors increasing threefold”.   The fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire in London and the Lacrosse apartment tower in Melbourne has seen an immense emphasis on cladding.  It has been estimated by planning and fire experts that there may be more than 5,000 buildings in Victoria alone that contain non-compliant cladding, similar to that used on the Grenfell Tower.   As a result, non-compliant cladding is well and truly on the radar of insurers – as well as planning authorities and government throughout Australia.   Adam Richardson continued, “The spotlight has been put on building surveyors, architects, engineers following the VCAT decision earlier this year that ordered LU Simon to pay more than $5.7 million to the Lacrosse apartment owners”.    “However, VCAT ruled that the money would be paid to LU Simon by the architect, fire engineer and building surveyor who worked on the project as they had breached their contractual obligations.”   In the ruling, it was found the architects had failed to remedy ‘defects in its design’, which allowed the ‘extensive use’ of aluminum composite paneling (ACPs).  The building surveyor failed to exercise due care, whilst the fire engineer failed to recognise and warn the builder that the ACPs did not comply with the building code.   Compounding marketplace concern was the flammable cladding fire that spread over several storeys of the Neo200 apartment complex in Melbourne earlier this year further heightening alarm over the use of combustible materials as cladding on high rise buildings.   As a result of this litany of disasters, it is becoming increasingly difficult for building surveyors, architects and engineers to be able to obtain Professional Indemnity cover without strict endorsements and/or exclusions for uncompliant cladding.   A further issue and concern for businesses will be an inability to obtain cover for cladding exposure and as a result they will not be compliant with their license.   The days of just providing a proposal form and renewing insurance and rolling over are gone.  Hence Honan are working proactively with its building and construction sector clients to assist them to acquire cover.    Adam Richardson concluded, “We have been emphasizing the importance of early engagement with our clients as it’s an imperative in the current environment.  Underwriters will not positively receive risks which are presented late or close to expiry date and it is vital that proposal forms are submitted well in advance to ensure sufficient time to negotiate the most favorable renewal outcomes”.   “At Honan we take immense pride in our professional and proactive client-broker relationship that is underpinned by a holistic and creative approach to assisting clients with their insurance needs”.   Issued by Honan Insurance Group   Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Tel:  +61 3 9324 0362          Mob:  +61 412 112 545       Email:     Retail Express partners with Afterpay to offer direct payment integration for retailers. 2019-05-13T22:49:40Z retail-express-partners-with-afterpay-to-offer-direct-payment-integration-for-retailers Retail Express, Australia’s leading cloud POS platform, has announced a partnership with Afterpay, allowing Australian and NZ retailers to directly integrate in-store payments. The ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ (BNPL) payment category continues to charge forward, with growth expected to exceed 120% this year.1 Recognised by many as the must-have and preferred BNPL option, Afterpay allows shoppers to receive products immediately and pay for them in four, interest-free instalments. Shoppers who use Afterpay tend to have a greater spend per transaction and over their customer lifetime, and be more loyal. Of the 2.6 million active Afterpay customers in Australia & New Zealand, 90% are returning customers who on average shop with Afterpay 9 times in a year. The Retail Express and Afterpay POS integration allows retailers to save time and minimise effort, providing a more efficient and streamlined payment experience for both customers and staff. To integrate Afterpay into Retail Express, it’s a simple 3-step process: Customers open their Afterpay Mobile App in-store to make a purchase A barcode is generated in their Afterpay Mobile App Retailers scan the barcode and process the transaction in Retail Express In addition to providing a superior customer experience, the powerful functionality of Retail Express means retailers can leverage valuable purchasing insights for business and marketing initiatives.   An intelligent product search and up-selling and cross-selling engine recommends the most relevant range of products to suit Afterpay customers. Powerful profiling and marketing tools send highly targeted campaigns to offer the most relevant products and offers over the customers’ lifetime. Implementation of advanced loyalty programs to ensure Afterpay customers are rewarded and form long-term relationships Afterpay purchases can be identified and compared with other payment methods with Retail Express’s unrivalled reporting capabilities. Afterpay joins a diverse and growing portfolio of Retail Express integration partners from payments, eCommerce, marketing & analytics, accounting, human resources, to inventory & logistics. “Retail Express has invested significantly in partnerships with leading software, business and retail technology providers since the beginning. The opportunity to work with Afterpay, given their market strength and innovation in payments and technology, will help Australian and New Zealand retailers drive further growth and loyalty.” - Aaron Blackman, CEO Retail Express About Retail Express Retail Express is a cloud retail POS platform that drives faster growth across online and physical retail channels. The company was founded to address limitations around existing software solutions for fast-growing retailers. To date, Retail Express has helped drive over $20bn in Australian and New Zealand retail sales and the industry expertise remains second-to-none. As we come into the EOFY period, Retail Express’ cloud POS system is also eligible under the instant tax write-off scheme. Australian retailers that invest in these systems before June 30th 2019 could claim an instant tax deduction in the current financial year. Find out more here: About Afterpay Afterpay Touch Group (ATG) is a technology-driven payments company with a mission to make purchasing feel great for a global customer base. ATG comprises the Afterpay and Touch products and businesses. Afterpay is driving retail innovation by allowing leading retailers to offer a ‘buy now, receive now, pay later’ service that does not require end-customers to enter into a traditional loan or pay any upfront fees or interest to Afterpay. Afterpay currently has globally around 3.5 million active customers and over 25,000 active retail merchants on-boarded. Touch comprises innovative digital payment businesses servicing major consumer-facing organisations in the telecommunications, health and convenience retail sectors in Australia and overseas. Reference