1) Do your research- Understand who the target market of the event is. If possible, obtain a list of the attendees and research them on LinkedIn prior to the event, enable items for “small talk”

2) Find Common Ground- As you enter the networking event, approach someone who looks open to a conversation. Start with questions about them, their jobs, and interests.

3) Listen Actively- This is important. Do not just wait for your turn to speak. Ask relevant questions and listen intently to their responses.

4) Make a Polite Exit- When the time comes to exit the conversation, you could offer to get the person a drink. When you get back, they may be involved in another conversation, so you can give them their drink and leave.

5) Follow Up- Send them an email or add them on LinkedIn. Maybe they spoke about a hobby or issue at work and you see an article on that topic, so you could send them a link. This then gives you further credibility in their eyes.

Households are using the pandemic to build their nest eggs and guard against recession, with investments and savings trending higher since the start of 2020. This is evidenced by the average total balance of Commonwealth Bank Term Deposit and Savings Accounts (which account for a large portion of the market), increasing by 5% over the months of January to July 2020. Before the pandemic, total household income grew by 4% a year according to the Commonwealth Bank. It has grown 11% a year between January and August 21, 2020. Low growth in salaries and wages, including the job keeper payments, was offset by increased government benefits. However, purchases on Commonwealth Bank Credit and Debit Cards only increased by 8% a year over the same time frame.

During COVID-19, it is reported that half of Australia’s franchise stores recorded a substantial reduction in revenue, with Cafes, Restaurants, Gyms, and Child-Related Businesses among those most affected. A Pulse Check Survey was conducted by the Franchise Council of Australia of 70 franchisees covering 12373 stores nationally. Approximately 46% of survey respondents reported that revenue was less than half compared with the June 2019 quarter. Consequently, 35% recorded increases in revenues, with takeaway food, health, and freight businesses amongst those benefitting. The Franchise Council revealed the greatest challenges in the June 2020 quarter were landlord issues (54%), the health and wellbeing of franchisees and staff (54%), and franchisee financial performance (52%). What are your thoughts? What or have you struggled with during this time?

Retail figures released recently by the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) evidence an increase across the country. Further to the RBA’s report, 828 million purchases were made by Australian-issued cards (Credit/Debit) during the month of May 2020 (a 16.5% month-on-month increase). The total monetary value of the card purchases was $52.3 billion. In April 2020, card spending fell by 22% as a result of COVID-19 restrictions impacting consumers spending patterns. How has this change in our economy impacted you and your business?

Costless Payment Solutions

This pandemic has led to more use of cards with our spending.
Resulting from the fear of spreading coronavirus by using notes and coins, have led to businesses and personal consumers to rely on debit and credit cards as well as smartwatches.
The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Assistant Governor said last week there had been a sudden shift to contactless payments during the pandemic.
Automatic Teller Machine withdrawals in April 2020 fell 30% from March 2020.
In April, some banks altered contactless tap-and-go limits to $200 as a measure to reduce the need to enter pin numbers for payments.
59% of people say they will use some cash but not as much once the pandemic ends.
44% of people use a credit/debit card or mobile for payment more than 12 months ago.
59% say some of their local stores are only offering contactless payments.
* Source- MYOB Survey of 1080 Australians May 2020

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We have experienced changes to how we manage and use our money during this pandemic. Here are some of the changes: – (1) Cashless Economy Numerous Businesses have directed consumers to pay by card rather than cash during this covid-19 period. The reason for doing so is to prevent any spread of disease that could occur when dealing with cash (including coins). A report from The Reserve Bank (Consumer Payments Survey 2019) stated that there were still many households using cash for all expenditure. This report evidenced that 27% of all transactions were completed using cash a sharp decline from 62% in 2010. (2) Tap N Go A change was made last month (April 2020), where in limits on “contactless” payments were increased from $100 to $200. The new payment limit also extends to customers using digital wallets via other payment devices (such as mobile phones and smart watches)