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Carl Cachopa, RSM New Zealand


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RSM New Zealand

Chartered Accountants
Unit C3, 17 Corinthian Drive
North Shore
09 4146262
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Chartered Accountants in Albany and Highbrook, Auckland, New Zealand

RSM NZ, Chartered Accountants provide a full range of accounting and advisory services to its clients. We have offices in Albany on the North Shore and Highbrook in East Tamaki which enables us to service clients Auckland wide. RSM NZ have been in business for over 65 years and during this time have built a team that is strong in technical ability, focussed on helping clients achieve sustainable growth and committed to building enduring relationships with their clients. At RSM NZ we acknowledge that each client operates in a unique environment and that they have varying business and personal goals. For this reason we tailor our services to the needs of each client.

We are able to offer our clients access to additional expertise through our membership of NZ CA – an Association of Independent Chartered Accountants, and globally through our international affiliation with RSM International. These alliances allow us to support our clients as they grow on a national or international level.

RSM NZ provide a complete offering of services across all industries. While being strong in compliance, we also offer specialist services in Audit, Tax (including Transfer Pricing documentation and reviews), Business Consultancy, Due Diligence, Valuations, Cash Flow projections and Growth Options reporting to name a few. We are big enough to assist no matter what you do but are small enough to provide a personal service and to provide access to staff  from accountant to Partner.


The Power of Business Cards

The Power of Business Cards
By Alfred Ardis January, 2016



It may come as a surprise that, in today’s highly digitized world, business cards are still highly useful networking tools. A good card is like a good suit or even an office: it’s not necessary in the strictest sense of the word, but it signals to other professionals that you’re the genuine article. Your business cards should be an extension of your professional persona, one that reminds the holder of why they got your information in the first place. When tailored to your personal brand, they can be a gateway for professional opportunities. For such small pieces of paper, business cards carry a lot of weight. Here are some tips to help you get the right print.


Don’t Skimp on the Stock

One of the easiest ways a print shop can make business cards more affordable is by reducing the thickness, or stock, of the paper used. While fiscal responsibility is always an important principle in business, this is one area where you shouldn’t cut corners. It’s more than a piece of paper; it’s a lasting reminder of that first impression. A flimsy piece of paper sends the signal that the professional it represents is flimsy, too. You want to convey success with your card, even if you’re just getting started.


Size Matters

The standard size is 2 inches by 3.5 inches-stick with that. A lot of people these days are trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to size and shape, making pieces that are bigger, smaller, circular, etc. While these might be memorable, they’re also likely to get cut if they don’t fit neatly into a wallet or holder.


Include a Visual Cue

Your card should remind the holder of who you are and link back to some memory of where and why they got your info. If you or your company has a pattern or color scheme, incorporate that. If you are in a business where you trade on your personality (salesmen, attorneys, realtors, etc.), it’s a good idea to include a photo of your smiling face in order to convey the winning personality that has made you a success!


Keep it Simple

Even with a photo or color scheme that serves as a visual cue, don’t over-complicate things. Your business cards represent you; they don’t speak for you. You don’t want something that requires people to search for the information they need. Ultimately, the information should be quick and accessible so that the holder can contact you, not get caught up in the paper.


Raised Text

This one is optional and, admittedly, a bit more expensive. But it’s worth it in certain contexts. If you attend networking events where people trade their info left and right, something that stands out sensually can make a huge difference. If a potential client has 20-plus cards, the feeling of that raised text as they leaf through could make the difference between a connection and the recycling bin.

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Network Your Identity

Business Networking

Network Your Identity

By Chi Chi Okezie

As you are out and about networking, are you incorporating your identity into your networking plan? Are you meeting people and letting them know about you, where you are from and who you are about? How are you infusing your identity into your brand? How are you implementing your identity into your products and services? How are you relaying your identity into your conversations and core values?

Listed below are ways that you can combine your identity into your networking agenda?

Background Check

As you are attending events and meeting people do not hesitate to inform them of your background. Whether humble or extravagant, let people know where you are from. Let them know how you grew up and the lessons you learned along the way. Incorporate mentors and role models who were able to give you direction and shape your identity. Talk about how you developed and grew into the person you are today. Also mention your education and previous careers.

DNA Make Up

Besides where you are physically, talk about your ethnic and cultural background. Do not hesitate to talk about race and ethnicity and how that has shaped your physical character. Include language and social commonalities that would be relevant to the dialogue. Also talk about your family and relatives to make the conversation more expansive. Explain how your relationships have shaped the way you communicate and connect with people socially and professionally.

Current Projects

Now that you have established an excellent platform to share your identity, talk about how you are using it in current projects and agendas. Converse about how you use your identity to shape your message, build your brand or design your products and services. Let others know how you use your identity as a touch point to differentiate yourself from competition or be an added value to your customers and clients.

I hope this advice will help you along the way of communicating who you are. Use these practical tips to enhance your networking agenda, build your networks and achieve your goals.

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Build solid connections with the people you network with!

Planning is the key to helping you quickly build solid connections with the people you network with.

Do you make your connections count?

Here are a few tips for you when you are connecting with new folks, live or virtually:

1. Develop a plan that suits you. Plan where you will go, and who you hope/plan to meet. Figure out what you want to accomplish at each event or gathering – ahead of time. If you are looking online, think of a couple of LinkedIn group that might be helpful. And then be active in them. Don’t plan to have too many places to network or you will never be able to keep up properly with any of them.

2. What is your goal? Who will you speak with? What is your motive in speaking with them? What do you want to achieve by reaching out to each individual person you speak with? You want to have a clear motive for each person you speak with – add them to your audience, nurture them as a prospect or as a strategic partner, get a consultation with them, convert them to a client… there can be many reasons to connect with people. Make sure you know what your reasons are.

3. Don’t forget your follow up! Once you are out there, you want to follow up on what you are doing – to be sure it’s working for you. If you are attending a regular live networking event, chart your progress so you can be sure that you are making headway with your relationships. If not, change your approach. Sometimes you will find that some activities aren’t working for you. Don’t waste time on something that’s not working. Measuring results regularly is key to making sure what you are spending your time doing is working.

4. Find your balance. Many virtual assistants spend all their time ‘networking’ with their colleagues. They keep asking advice and sharing their strategies, but the truth is many of them are just networking in the wrong place. While it’s important to network with colleagues, it’s far more important to spend the time networking with potential clients. Be sure to find your balance of colleagues, clients, potential clients/prospects and your general target market. You will find more clients by spending your time around them!

5. Schedule your time. Make sure you put your networking time in your calendar every week. Schedule a decent amount of time (could be 15 minutes every day or 30 or more a couple of times a week, depending on how your calendar looks) and make sure to hold yourself to that. It can be easy to get lost in meetings and events and online social networking. Do what you came to do, and then move along to something else. Keep your business and personal socializing separate so you can be sure that you are maximizing your time (and it will help with your analysis of your results too!)

By having a plan and sticking to it – as well as keeping an eye on what’s working and what’s not working – you will make each connection you make, count!

If you are having difficulty finding clients when you network, take a look at where you are going, what you are doing when you are there, and what happens when you leave.

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The Shy Guy Guide to Effective Networking

By Vinness Callope Bilon

04 Feb 2014


You walk in a room filled with people talking proudly of themselves. It’s another day for networking. You then grasp for air and begin to have butterflies on your stomach. It is time to speak up. But how? You try your best to hope that a big hole on the floor would suddenly swallow you. No such luck. So you sulk and wonder how can a shy guy like you make it good in networking?

Now, relax. You should have spent your night preparing for such big event. That means getting a copy of all attendees and to already identity the people to target. You should have also decided on a question to ask them so they remain interested in you. And, you should have not forgotten to prepare your introductory lines.

The right opening line can make a big difference. This can determine if whether or not you will catch the interest of people within the meeting. And, do not forget to pair all the talking with a firm handshake and an eye contact.

Be very careful with how you introduce yourself. While a shy guy may want to do everything just to appear confident, however, this does not go like “Hi, I am John Doe of XYZ Consulting firm. So tell me, how do you feel about running the biggest oil mining company in the world?” This will most likely trigger disbelief. So instead of appearing like an airhead, act naturally and friendly. Be relaxed and social.

Talk to each prospective client as if you are building a relationship instead of selling anything. Once you are able to connect with the client like a friend, you can do the marketing after. Some networkers however would get too excited and jump into their marketing pitch right ahead. While the latter option can also be effective for some but for a shy type like you, it is best to remain careful with your moves.

Never speak like you are promoting yourself to the client. Although culture may have something to do with this but it would be better to be on the safe side. In America for example, self-promoting is alright but in Australia, you might be seen ridiculous by doing this.

Next question, should you arrive early or late for a function? There is a great debate behind this question. Some think that arriving early may mean that you do not have any nice thing to do. Like you are not busy with any business venture, therefore you can afford to be there on time. Nonetheless, for some, arriving late can mean very unprofessional. But for an entry level networker like you do, it is better to arrive early. This way, you can warm up and get a feel of the place. This will also give afford you the opportunity to be introduced by the host to other attendees.

Attach a nametag to your clothing at the right side of your body. As people shake your hand, they will be able to read your name and may even recall it in the future. Do not let a conversation go more than five minutes. Talking too long can be an obstacle for you to better go around and meet more prospective clients. Also, do not let your eyes wander around the room as you talk with someone. This can be offending.

Follow all these tips so you can change yourself from a shy guy to the man who rocks the networking world!