News from Carolyn Banks, Venus CEO

604, 2017

Newsletter from Carolyn Banks, CEO – April 2017

Hello Venusians, welcome to my second newsletter, boy time really does fly when you’re having fun! Hasn’t the weather been atrocious recently – I’m so happy to be living on the boat, at least if it floods I know my home will float! My work life balance battle continues although I do think I’m getting on top of it. Sometimes though even lying on the couch on a Sunday afternoon I can’t stop thinking about Venus – I seem to have great ideas either then or dog walking! So what have I been up to? The last month saw me down in Christchurch catching up with the Regional Management Team and setting a plan in place for the next twelve months. As well as that I’ve been working with the Academy Managers and Facilitators and working through an Academy programme for each region. If you’re not sure what is going [...]

1603, 2017

Newsletter from Carolyn Banks, CEO – 20 March 2017

Hello Venusians, welcome to my very first newsletter as CEO and owner of Venus. Wow, what a ride I’ve had over the last month. The settlement was Valentines Day and it’s been completely full on since then. I’m very definitely in my happy place though, and although my workload is pretty full on I’ll admit I’m loving every minute of it! It's right what they say "when you’re doing what you love it doesn’t really seem like work". Probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned this month is about balance. To be effective in my role I need to work hard but I also need to look after myself in order to keep the pace up! A little bit of play never hurt a girl! So what have I been up to? Well, I’ve been down to Tauranga and caught up with our groups at a social networking event. Tauranga, of [...]

2102, 2017

Newsletter from Carolyn Banks, CEO – 21 February 2017

Hello and welcome to Venus 2017. For the ‘newbies’ among us, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Carolyn Banks and I am the CEO and brand new owner of Venus. I had been running the business for the last 18 months under Vanessa Davey, the previous owner, and decided to ‘feel the fear’ and step up and put my money where my mouth is when she decided to put it on the market. Best decision I ever made! 2017 is going to be a big year for Venus, I have a lot of ‘cunning plans’ that are going to see the light of day and add value to your membership, just let me get my ‘feet under the table’ so to speak and get a handle on everything first. I’d like to introduce to you to Team HQ, who besides myself, are the women tasked with doing all [...]

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Here are some of the most common questions asked by members

It’s a one-on-one intentional business that you have with another Venus woman. It’s how women will get to know you, and how you get to know them. We recommend you have at least one RAVE a week until you’ve met everyone in your group. We also encourage you to use a RAVE form – you can find these in your member handbook.
Approach a member after a meeting or give her a call and ask her to have a RAVE with you. Simple as that. Remember, every woman in Venus wants to grow her network so she’ll most likely be very keen to meet. Some women have lots of RAVE’s already booked in so they may need to book you in, in a few weeks.
Yes you can, as long as there is not a member representing the same profession as you. If you’re keen to visiting a group please email your Regional Manager (her contact details are here). She’ll make sure there are no profession cross overs, make sure there is space to visit and will organise one for you. These are free and an amazing way to grow your network, meet more Venusians and have more women meet you.
A Power RAVE is a meeting with your Regional Manager and ITS ALL ABOUT YOU!

First and foremost its free, but its also a really good way to make sure you maximise the investment you’ve made in your membership. Your Regional Manager is aware of the membership in the region and can ‘matchmake’ introductions for you to other businesswomen you are may be able to work alongside. She is the one that has the introductory conversations with each and every member so has a good understanding of who our members are. Additionally she knows the resources available, not only within the region, but nationally within Venus as well. To book a Power RAVE please call your Regional Manager.

These free two hour workshops are run every quarter in each region. Please check out our events page for specific dates and times. To register please contact your Regional Manager.
Our values are at the heart of everything we do at Venus; how we live, how we work and how we serve the New Zealand business community. Our culture provides a foundation to achieve our purpose: to empower New Zealand women to thrive. They include:

You can read how our we commit our actions to living these values here. 

These will be launching around each region over 2016. The purpose of them is to foster business within Venus and outside of Venus. We’re living our value of collaboration and mixing it with our philosophy of abundance. It’s taking what we do in our group meetings to the next level of pro-activity and accountability. These are for women who are in similar fields and professions, working with similar clients. They involve a facilitated quarterly get together to brainstorm about how they can help one another and foster business. Women must be members of a Venus Networking Group to attend one of these gatherings.
From events, training, Academy courses and building your network, there is always plenty happening. Regular newsletters keep you updated as well as our Facebook page and groups. You are always welcome to ask any questions or tell us your suggestions. Visit the contact page here.
You can network with any Venus member by RAVEing. Even if you do not live nearby you can RAVE by Skype or phone.
When you become a member you will be given a log in to the members area and your profile. Here you can upload photos, link to your social networks and wesbite. You can be quite creative; add testimonials, recommendations, offers and lots more. Take a look at other members profiles in the group directory list.
Read more about advertising opportunities on the Venus Magazine page. 

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