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MICEBTN - january - March 2018 • Page 37 For more articles by Robyn Henderson, visit www. networkingtowin. com.au posts). e.g. congrats on your recent promotion. Would it be convenient for me to give you a quick phone call this week? I have been out of the loop recently and just want to reconnect with you. What suits you? Regards xyz.” OR “Hi Mary, we worked on the CDE expo last year, would love to recon- nect with you. Would a phone this week be convenient? Thanks xyz.” Again you may be ignored, or not , but at least you have made contact. And again in 30 days you can re-ap- proach them. 5.Now for your C list. Here is where you need to do your re- search. You are building a relation- ship from scratch. So let’s start with reading their profile, making notes of common interests or connections. Next step would be sending them a customised invi- tation from their profile page with a personal message. Eg. “Hi Mary, I have been in the events industry for the last five years and am always looking for new connections in the industry. Would like to add you to my LinkedIn network. Regards xyz.” If you are unsure who to put on your C list , try entering events industry and your location in the LinkedIn header and you will find a long list of potential connections. You may then look for the names that you have the most connec- tions in common with and follow the process. Always nurture your connec- tions. Your Reconnect , Renew and Replenish Your Network project is in fact an entire business devel- opment project for the next 12 months. Yes, it will take time, yes you may be rejected, just as you rejected people during your busy period and yes it is definitely worth it. See you on LinkedIn. The ‘first pour’ sees Christchurch Convention Centre on its way to 2020 completion and major events CONSTRUCTION is now under way on the Christchurch Conven- tion Centre, with the first con- crete now poured. Construction will require around 19,000m3 of concrete, 4,400 tonnes of structural steel and 43,000 facade panels. Work will initially focus on the construction of the plenary hall, on the northern side of the site. Boasting 2000-person ca- pacity, it will attract events to Christchurch not possible in the past . The new centre will be able to simultaneously host two 600-person events, which the pre- vious facility could not . The Convention Centre in- cludes a 1,400-delegate auditori- um, a 3600m2 exhibition hall and 1600m2 of meeting rooms that will overlook Victoria Square. Caroline Blanchfield, Christchurch NZ Industry part- nership manager – Tourism said: “Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide either have recently expanded - or plan to expand - their conven- tion centres because it is a growing industry.The lack of a suitable conference venue in Christchurch is currently cost- ing the local economy more than NZ$90 million each year in direct economic investment.” Tourism New Zealand’s international business events and premium manager Lisa Gardiner says it’s exciting to see the construction of the Christchurch Convention Cen- tre get under way. “New Zealand is seeing signif- icant growth and benefit from international events organisers choosing the country as a busi- ness destination. The addition of this new world-class venue will help support this.” Construction of the Conven- tion Centre is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020 and to be available for smaller regional events from the middle of that year.