Business boot camps draw rave reviews

Wollongong businessman Steven Dixon is attracting plenty of positive feedback for the Breakthrough4Business boot camps he hosts at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.

Mr Dixon always brings five impressive speakers to the city for the two-day workshop for owners and managers interested in learning more about constant improvement.

Kwik Kopy and 121Creative director Michelle Morrisey said everyone was raving about the speakers at the one she attended recently.

They included Jennie Brown, who spoke about mindset, wealth and success, Kym Williams, who was recently judged as one of the "Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders" in Australian magazine In the Black, and Tony Gattari, who is the man credited with driving the Harvey Norman Group to dominance in computer sales.

He increased the division's turnover from $12 million to $565 million.

Entrepreneur, thought leader and business coach Nick Psaila shared his knowledge from transforming careers, businesses and lives by helping to shift people's negative, self-defeating mindset to an action, goal-oriented mindset.

Mrs Morrisey was keen to hear Steve Major talk about unlocking the power of pricing so that businesses could achieve higher profitability and increase sales.

"He was very informative on pricing structures ... it was a good way to learn more about how you can charge appropriately."

Mrs Morrisey also enjoyed listening to Novotel general manager Walter Immoos, who was put under the spotlight as a "local legend".

"He was really interesting and very informative on how he runs his organisation," she said.

"And then Steven did a workshop where the participants got up and asked questions that might help them improve their business. Audience participation was encouraged. Then we all set a 90-day action goal."

Mrs Morrisey said she immediately wanted to put what she had learned into practice.

"I have actually implemented some of the pricing tips ... and I am amazed at how we held ourselves back on pricing appropriately in the past," she said.

"People appreciate paying appropriately for a service they are getting. It was good to see that from a different perspective."

Mrs Morrisey said many of her clients were in the room and it was really interesting hearing their feedback.

"It was very informative and I would do it again," she said.

"Steven did a great job putting it all together. I highly recommend it."

Mrs Morrisey said it was great to have such a high level of business coaching available locally.

"I now wish I had attended the first day, because everyone was raving about it. I felt like I had missed out on something really spectacular. But I enjoyed the second day thoroughly."

The next boot camp is on February 21 and 22. Further information at

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