BDO Business Expo 26 February 2015 Gaylene Findlay, Partner, BDO Taranaki

In February we were excited to bring Debbie Mayo-Smith to Taranaki for our annual BDO Business Expo. I had been fortunate to see Debbie Speak some 10 years prior and she still was as bubbly and passionate about sharing her wisdom and helping others.

Debbie was so easy to work with. We exchanged a few emails and telephone calls about what we were trying to achieve, the theme of our expo, and topics that other speakers were presenting. She was able to put together and present two seminars and a key note presentation that not only achieved our outcome of motivating business owners and managers to think about how they could increase productivity and collaborate with technology, but also followed up with tips and resources to continue that journey after the event.

Debbie has the ability to talk real language (the accent is just the icing on the cake!). She gets her point across using stories involving her friends and family. The personal touch connects the audience and practical examples keep the audience engaged and thinking about how they can apply or adapt to their own situation.

Debbie went over and above by making herself available during the day in between seminars and at our networking event. It is not every day that our local businesses get the chance to chat with international speakers & Debbie was only too happy to fly our
“BDO” flag. I think it is really important that any speaker does this to give credibility in the fact that they take a real interest in their audience and whatever event they are aligning themselves with – particularly in the regional centres like ours.

We surveyed our Expo attendees and they only had positive feedback, this is what they had to say…“…Loved it; Very good; Excellent & informative; Awesome, Brilliant, Needed to be longer; Very interesting & what’s more, useful down to earth advice; Very informative seminar; Look forward to putting into practice the technology tips I have learnt; Enjoyed Debbie’s vibrance…”.

BDO was delighted to have Debbie present at our Expo, she certainly got us thinking about what we could be doing differently in our business. I personally have put some of these tips and tricks into practise and have shared them with our team.