There is no easy way to describe the impact of the invisible Coronavirus enemy on the world's population when in fact our immediate point of reference is New Zealand.
PopUp Business School has relevance in the realm of small business and yet this is the very market that has had the rug pulled out from under it. The government and us were thrust into an impossible scenario... let people die or let businesses (in particular small to medium sized business) hit a wall at speed.
The pandemic happened at speed and we also had to respond at speed to combat the undeniable impact of this deadly virus. In the end we did things as a nation that were unimaginable only a month or two ago.
If there was one thing we did as a nation, irrespective of anything else - we doubled-down. The Collins Dictionary describes this as: to reinforce one’s commitment to a venture or idea in spite of opposition or risk.
And then what happened was that we kiwis (as a general rule - there are still some idiots out there) got into a rhythm. That allowed us to have a largely united front.
In the middle of all of this we honoured the fallen, the unsung heroes as we celebrated Anzac day at letterboxes and in driveways around the country. Our fallen are a reminder of our nations courage and its collective strength.
I look on in awe at what our small country at the bottom of the planet has achieved. Our new front line of doctors, nurses, police, ambulance, fire service, armed service, volunteers and more... have been a spectacular backbone in trying circumstances. The numbers (of deaths, of infections) are tragic and yet compared to overseas as a country we have achieved success and it has forced a personal and business 'reset'.
And in that is an unexpected impact.
To a large extent business rule books are being rewritten. The creative, inventive and innovative nature of kiwis is bringing a new wave of pivot and change. Our #8 fencing wire mentality is indeed alive and well.
Like many other businesses across Aotearoa, at PopUp Business School we have grabbed the opportunity to instigate change that hopefully will enable more businesses to grow and be sustainable from this devastating time in Aotearoa's history.
We are, after all, a business whose prime purpose is to enable business owners to seize the chance to make their business dream real.
We are facing a new and uncertain future and yet I have hope, mainly because of who we are as people. From the time of our early pioneers our nation has continually punched above its weight.
As a nation of individuals we have an attitude of following our own path to get the job done and yet the world also knows of our ethics and our ability to collaborate. Examples abound: Giving women the vote before any other nation or saying 'NO' to nuclear ships and creating a nuclear free zone around our country... and so many more.
We will bounce back from this once in a lifetime event and as a nation, as a world we will be stronger. Kia kaha.
Founder - Popup Business School Aotearoa
From Dr. Ruth Herd
Kia ora koutou! Nau mai ki Paki Ngutu
Greetings to all! Welcome to my Blog.
Paki Ngutu means to clap your lips. It is having a natter or chat.
My background is in Māori education. I trained as a primary teacher in Māori language immersion schooling known as Kura Kaupapa. After graduating from Teachers college, I worked as the art lecturer at Te Wānanga Takiura for nearly 5 years. During this time, a group of students and lecturers from various Universities organised total immersion language camps during the school holidays. We would pack up our cars with resources, food and our kids and drive several hours to marae all over the country. We did this for 8 years and used innovative methods to teach. learn and practice our Te Reo Māori. This is where the name of my business originated. Ako means to learn and also to teach. The teacher and student learn together it is a collaborative partnership. AAAkona Te Reo are the words of a song by Moana and the Tribe. It occured to me that it is also a good name to pop up first in Google searches as my key terms are quite well utilised in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
In 2001 I left teaching and moved into Maori mental health and addictions field and started working as a health promoter in the Māori community utilising my skills of te reo, kapahaka and visual arts. My love for te reo Māori has not diminished over the 15 or so years I have worked in this field and I incorporate te reo in everything I do. I am currently living with a relative Jackie who is learning te reo at Te Wānanga Takiura where I used to work. I help her practice her new reo at home and she encouraged me to set up classes for other people and use my skills to make money doing what I love. The first class will start in our home over the mid semester holiday break as she and some of her classmates do not want to miss a thing.
Last year in August I attended the PopUp Business School PUBSA at Henderson-Massey and found it very useful. I was attending as a self employed contractor and was looking at ways to promote a project I was working on. Sadly that project did not get off the ground and I found myself at loose ends again. When I heard the PUBSA was going to be in New Lynn I registered to do a refresher and then I got the flu so I could not attend the first week. While I was recovering at home I decided to develop my concept using the tools from the first time around and came up with a plan.
Because I did not have much time to prepare for the PopUp Tradeshow I had no signage and used my existing business cards. I displayed some posters I had made for a conference and put that on the table to catch attention. I was much more relaxed about this show and did not go overboard buying resources like the last one. It was also good to recycle stuff I had already spent money on.After I set up my display and talked to a couple of people who stopped by my table, I decided to walk around and meet everyone and find out what they were doing. It was really enlightening and interesting and when I got back to my table I had a few names on my registration sheet to follow up with my Mobile Māori language course. I am still developing this idea and met people on the course who can help me develop my brand and logo. That was really exciting that there were people on the course who can support others to develop their business. I am also enjoying the daily inspirational speakers who run businesses in my local area and will endeavour to support all the businesses who attended this course.
Last year I spent two weeks with Tony and the team and it was full on learning. This year I learned nearly as much in two days including the Tradeshow. Second time around has been an enriching experience.
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A big shout out to our sponsors for the Tairawhiti Gisborne PopUp Business school
Hi my name Lou Zimmermann and I’m the Nit Lady I have a small business called Love4Lice. I found the PopUp Business course Aotearoa on Facebook and signed up straight away.
Before the course
Before starting the course I wanted to learn more on how to run a business. Wasn’t sure that I was going to do the full 10 days to be honest, I do know a little about business and the subjects I wanted to learn were more to do with taxes, GST, and apply for funding to help my schools have the programme. I don’t learn well from paper and pen and wasn’t sure I would be able to learn at all it’s been years for me in a classroom.
The 10 Days
I can proudly say, I did the full 10days and loved every day and every moment of it.
After the first day I was grabbed into it, Tony and his team are amazing, I learnt way more than I was expecting and yes I walked away with more knowledge on taxes, GST and getting a book keeper is the key.
Every day we had a speaker that was so empowering and inspiring listening to successful business owners and their own experiences. I took away so many empowering moments.
To name a few high points in the course was,
The Key Things I Learned
You don’t need a degree... Passion... grow with it... 1000 raving fans... step outside your comfort zone... Little and often... take imperfection actions... people buy off who they know and trust... don’t need to get into debt... find your niche market... how important social media is for business... know your customers.... and networking. These are just a few things I have learned!
The class of entrepreneurs was amazing! Being amongst people like yourself, we all learnt off each other and have some amazing new friendships.
How I feel about the future of my business
I feel more prepared now and positive about the future of Love4Lice, fail is not an option and I will read back on my notes when I need to regroup myself, my passion and drive is there and will stay there now I have more understanding in being successful.
My advice for people thinking of attending this course
If you’re sitting on the fence about doing this course then get off it take this opportunity with both hands you won’t regret it.
I have walked away with so much more than I expected and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone, running your business already or just setting up you will love it.
Don’t take my word get enrolled now.
Registrations are open for New Zealand's second PopUp Business School event. This School will by held in the Innovation Centre, Whanganui from 12 - 23 February 2018. You can meet the organisers and sponsors of this event via video here:
A huge thank you to our sponsors for the Whanganui PopUp Business School.
Two weeks ago on Friday 13th October 2017 I was sitting in an auditorium at Porirua's Te Rauparaha Arena. My brain was bursting at the seams with the amount of information that had been given to us over the course of 10 days. My heart had also absorbed the connections, stories and practical encouragement that had been passed on to us. I was part of a new 'us' - the first graduating class of New Zealand's Pop-Up Business School.
What is the Pop-Up Business School?
From the website: “The PopUp Business School runs inspirational business training events to help people in communities start small businesses and making money doing what they love”. The concept has been run successfully in the UK for 7 years and has been run in New Zealand now for the first time. For me, it is a real-world education environment that teaches practical skills for not only creating and building a business, but also to creating and building a fulfilling life.
I came with a business idea and over the course of the 10 days I had opportunities to test it out in multiple conversations, pitching it to the entire class and even teaching some of the content to my fellow classmates. Two weeks later, I’ve launched my website www.jenyinsights.com to the public (previously I only shared it with friends on Facebook or family members via email), have made my first sale and have had collaborative business opportunities coming from left, right and centre.
My Personal Top 5 Highlights of the 10 days
Advice for people thinking of attending a future Pop-Up Business School
It's a no-brainer. For the first 50 registered the 10 day course is free. Yes, you read that right. All you need to do is bring yourself, your energy and something to take notes on (if you don't have a laptop for the 2 days of working on websites, they can even help you sort this out). After that, it's $100 per participant. Even if you were the 51st person to register, you would still only be paying $10 per day to learn invaluable content and to be in an environment with people in similar situations to you. The Pop-Up Business School is an extremely cost-effective, time efficient way of learning how to create and run a business. Rather than going to university for 3 or 4 years and spending thousands of dollars you can invest 10 days of your time to learning incredibly practical, New Zealand-relevant information. Are you sold yet? If not, you can check out their website for more information before you make this life-changing decision.
My hope for the future of the Pop-Up Business School
I'm 100% an advocate for the Aotearoa Pop-Up Business School. I hope that the Pop-Up Business School will become common-place in New Zealand. It is an incredible opportunity for New Zealanders to make their visions come true with access to practical information, skills and local networks. Without Tony's vision to bring this UK concept to New Zealand and without the generous sponsorship and belief of local councils and organisations, the Pop-Up Business School would not exist in New Zealand. So, thank you to Tony and the local councils and organisations who believed in this opportunity and who made it possible.
And, allow me to do a little Martin Luther King-esque ending:
I dream of a day where people have the education, tools and skills they need to make their dreams come true and that makes a difference in this world. I've been lucky enough to have the education, opportunities, support networks and mentors who've supported my own dreams and vision early in my career. The Pop-Up Business School has been one of those opportunities that has helped me to make my dream a reality. Now, Jen Y Insights is a reality and I'm so excited to see what happens next. Thank you.
Jennifer Young (‘Jen Y’) is on a mission to support a flourishing, thriving and mindful Gen Y (Millennials) in their lives and workplaces... starting with getting 48% of their time back. Jennifer is a mindfulness facilitator, NeuroLeadership Institute trained coach, leadership development consultant and writer. To learn more about her services and projects, go to www.jenyinsights.com
An amazing ten days of intensive training in business startup topics came go an end for a group of Porirua people on Friday 13th October. 30+ celebrated as they received their graduation certficates from Porirua Mayor Mike Tana. Each participant expressed delight about their learning experience and the sense of community that had been created around them. Their feedback suggests that this has been an incredibly formative experience for them and their businesses and business ideas.
The Porirua City Council along with Te Puni Kokiri and WREDA were principal sponsors of this inaugural PopUp Business School in Porirua. School NZ founder Tony Henderson-Newport assisted by Anna Watson and a Team of Business mentors presented the school in the Theatre at Te Rauparaha Stadium.
The PopUp Business School concept originated in the UK from where Tony has brought it after participating in Schools there. Plans are afoot to offer Schools throughout Aotearoa. Check with the Events Page on this website for information about the next School.
Although it's only half way through, participants in Aotearoa-New Zealand's first PopUp Business School are buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm about their learning experience. Thirty local Porirua business entrepreneur's are into the second week of this business training event at Te Rauparaha Arena theatre. Each day business development skills are being presented and discussed, local business people are sharing their business experiences and participants are building their business websites and linking them with social media.
A-NZ PopUp Business School founder Tony Henderson Newport has brought the concept from the United Kingdom where he has presented in similar Business Schools there. Tony has gathered around him a think tank of business entrepreneurs and an operational team who are sharing in presenting the School content.
Other PopUp Business Schools are scheduled be held in other venues shortly. Check the Events page for more info.
Second Monday Morning Presenters and Participants in Aotearoa-New Zealand's first PopUp Business School
Tony, Arzoo, Mabel, Logan, Adrian, Keitha, Maria and Hemi.