The Synergy48  Group Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series

The Background and Inspiration Behind the Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series

Information is Noise – Knowledge is Power

A 2016 survey of 300 business leaders from 16 countries conducted by CIMA and AICPA found that senior leaders are struggling to make the right decisions, with 72% of organizations admitting to at least one strategic initiative failing in the last three years as a result of flaws in their decision making processes.

A top cause of poor decision making identified in the study is information overload, with 36% saying their organization is not coping with information overload, and that it is making life harder for those charged with decision making because they are unable to extract relevant information and turn it into insight.

The dilemma is clear: on the one hand, business leaders receive too much information, while on the other hand, they don’t get enough knowledge and insights to make sound decisions and develop new capacities for action.

Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline distinguishes information sharing (giving and receiving data, facts and opinions) from knowledge sharing, with knowledge sharing occurring when people are genuinely interested in helping one another improve decision making and develop new capacities for action.

This idea of “Knowledge Sharing” working collectively to help our clients improve decision making and take action to develop stronger business practices across all areas of their business inspired the creation of the Synergy48 Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series.


How the Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series works…

1. Four Guiding Principles

Every dinner in the series is based around Four Guiding Principles:

  1. Singular Focus: Every dinner focuses on exploring a specific business issue which SMEs have consistently identified as a significant concern.
  2. Multiple perspectives: Each dinner panel is made up of four specialists from four different industries/professions to provide multiple perspectives on the issue.
  3. Relevance and Significance: Your guests have the opportunity to explore the issue in depth with each of the experts to determine how it applies to their business.
  4. Capacity for Action: Your guests leave with a clear and prioritised action plan developed for THEIR business – NOT a generic “To Do” list.

2. A Proven Formula

In addition to our four guiding principles every dinner is based around our proven formula so you can have complete confidence in inviting your clients to attend as guests. 

  • Attendance is by invitation only and is only open to Synergy48 Group members and their clients.
  • The full dinner series for each year is planned at a meeting of all advisors in the region each December based on the identified needs and interests of their clients.
  • Each dinner is allocated to a panel made up of four specialist advisors from different industries/professions who bring differing perspectives to the topic for the evening.
  • Typically panelists are selected from the advisors in the region, although where appropriate a guest panelist may be included.
  • Every dinner program consists of two elements: a facilitated panel Q & A and a series of small group discussions with individual panelists.
  • The panel Q&A is hosted by the facilitator for the region to ensure an optimum experience for all guests.
  • All dinners are held at quality venues and include a two course meal. 
  • To ensure an optimal experience each dinner is capped at 32 attendees.
  • All guests are provided with a workbook for the evening including a customisable action checklist.
  • A carefully planned follow up process ensures that your guests are only contacted after the dinner when they have expressly requested it and you are closely involved in the follow up process to ensure outstanding value for your clients. 

What S48 members and their clients say about the Knowledge Sharing Dinner Series

The real risks of business and the internet: beyond cybercrime - 14 August 2018

"Able to discuss in depth relevant issues for my business with no obligation"
Heidi Froelich, HF Bookkeeping,

"Educational and enjoyable evening. Valuable Information."
Carl Huybers, Mad Scientist Digital.

"Lots of interesting and stimulating discussion with fellow business owners."
Peter Burgess, Olivitek Software Pty Ltd

"Come along! You will be surprised how much you could do better."
Dheeraj Sachdev, First Class Accounts Parkdale

"Really interesting. Great format - listen to the panel and then have the opportunity to ask questions in small informal groups."
Raie Lyth, Web Ideas

"Thought provoking, great knowledge transfer, clear list of action items"
Ian Bosler, Intertype

"Lots of valuable, practical information which is unlikely to come out of a normal business presentation."
Robin Snelling, BCP Growth.

Brilliant, entertaining, valuable. A great investment of time and money..
Lisa Wiking, Motivational Leadership

Recommended as an informative and worthwhile knowledge sharing experience.
Mary Anne Waldron, MAW Action

"Very professional speakers, well organised evening. Information extremely relevant to my business!"
Jeanine Purdie, Business Credit Solutions

"Well worth attending. Lots of good information"
Andrew Poulter,  IRT Advisory

"It's like Q&A for the intelligent business owner. A must!"
Peter Engelhardt, Plan2Brand


Is your marketing delivering a positive ROI? - 11 September 2018

"Highly recommend to attend these dinners - but only if you take me with you!"
Jenny Pownall, The Tutoring Company

"A wealth of knowledge and information to delve into."
Frank Amato, Frank Amato Photography

"The information you'll receive will be invaluable to your business. There's more value delivered throughout the evening than you'll receive at any other networking event."
Dave Dickson, 3DStyles

"Very informative. I thought the night was a very well structured event."
Duncan Powell, Splash Imaging Supplies

"Come with a clear head ready to absorb lots of ideas."
Kelly Stock, Kelly Ann Events

"Fantastic event, well worth time, learnt heaps plus had fun!"
Damien Battersby, Proactive IT Solutions

"I got a lot out of tonight. Very informative."
Michael Riley, Exec Director Australian Patients Association

"The event was particularly well run to time. The panel was well balanced and offered great value. Love the emphasis on strategy and processes. Also liked the insights into different aspects of digital marketing."
Helen McIntosh, Operations Genie

"Very insightful and enjoyable company of professionals."
Mick Guerin, Foodworks

"Thought provoking, knowledge filled, entertaining."
Ian Hopkinson, Mad Scientist

How Lovable is your Business? November 2018

"A great opportunity to think outside my sector and think about marketing for the business."
Kate Sutton, Humanitarian Advisory Group

Come along for the dinner. Stay for the education 
Benny Ausmus, Big Change Agency

"Excellent opportunity to learn more about business in a targeted manner. Excellent knowledge on the panel".
Sarah Cowan, Light and Dark Creative

"Good mix of business and entertainment. "
Gerard Keble, Keble's Trading

"Informative and in a format that is engaging and useful."
Warren Cochrane, Neopost

"Fantastic insights on lots of aspects of business relevant to any business owner. It's like speed dating for your business. Plus lots of useful hacks, many of which we will be implementing tomorrow. "
Jessica Pile and Peita De Trizio, DeArch

"Insightful - great for getting focused with critical items for business/clients etc."
Ben Recto, Elephant Financial

"Really interesting and engaging. Very professional."
Matt Dunstone, Horizons Wealth

"Take notes! You learn and get an opportunity to talk to others about your business".
Sarah MacDonald, Canine Comprehension

"There is no way you wouldn't learn something valuable."
Alan Gill, Choice Energy

"Very informative, relevant. Great networking. Learnt a lot "
Adam Williams, Zeroda Sports Wash

Strategic Planning: The superhighway to business success. April 2019

"Highly recommend the format and content"
Bill Bennett Miles Townsend

"Really good business acumen" 
Darlene Neu RAMS Home Loans Maroondah Yarra Ranges

"Well worth it"
Jenny Pownall The Tutoring Company

"Well worth the time and effort"
Michael Storm Stormy's Garage

"You'll love it"
Sandra Watt Bay Fish n Trips

"Great networking"
Sean Tuckett Melbourne & Peninsula Gardens

The Long and The Short of It: Marketing as an Engine for Finding Life Long Customers - 19 March 2019

"How to grow your business. Great all round team to develop your business"
Ali Mir, North West Day Hospital

Dean Ellul, EHC Australia

"Come along. The panel discussion is always very informative. Contacts and conversations at the table always very worthwhile."
Helen McIntosh, Operations Genie

"It was good"
Jahan Trevena, Lighthouse Building Permits

"Good quality speakers and contacts in the room"
Margaret Lange, Margaret Lange Connections

"Come along and learn something"
Nigel Saul, Active Weighing Solutions

"Great way to get information from the panel - love the targeted topics"
Sarah Cowan, Light+Dark Creative Studio

"The practical examples and specific advice on a relevant problem for our business was a great takeaway"
Sharyon Saul, Active Weighing Solutions

"Great learnings of the digital marketing world tonight "
Trevor Neate, NeateFinance

The Four Pillars of Successful Business Growth - 12 Feb 2019

"Great overview of essential business ideas and strategies"
Aleks Todorovic, Active Environmental Solutions

"Very insightful, great topics, great company, well run"
Amy Phillips, Horizon Management Group

"The food is really good and its great to chat to other business owners and share experiences."
Carole-Anne Brook, Key Administration Solutions

"The table by table discussion was excellent and informative"
Damien Prunty, SCS Performance

"You can learn something"
Eric Nguyen, TE Partners

"Highly recommend attending as a base for building your business"
Louise McKenzie, Canine Comprehension

"Very informative. Great range of topics"
Martin Farrugia, Employ Sure

"Great group of experts. You learn tons"
Sarah McDonald, Canine Comprehension

Is Fast Growth Sending Your Business Broke? October 2018

Interesting, entertaining and informative

Just do it! Have the panel discussions and chat with other panelists

Very informative and great bunch of people

Very useful. Particularly for a small startup business like me to get an insight into what to expect. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to relate to the information but in fact it made me realise the key things I need to implement if I want to succeed

Worthwhile! Very informative and the style of presentation is great

Bring your questions. Ask first

Very worthwhile

Highly Recommended. Very Informative. Great B2B Facilitation

Great night, learnt a lot even about things I thought I knew

Go you will definitely learn something

Great format and good interaction wih panelists. Guarantee you will get some useful insights and value from the dinners.

Great experience and sharing of common experiences and learning from others

All good

Very informed. Good information

Excellent;Stimulating table discussions. Come!

Good content and good food! What more could you ask

Open discussion to help build your business

Great opportunity to ask questions regarding how to grow your business or start your business. Great networking opportunity

Deep knowledge from an amazing panel

Friendly, welcoming context to discuss business challenges

It's always useful to talk to others in business and get fresh perspectives.

Is poor communication costing your business? Warren Buffet says YES! - 7 May 2019

Insightful and panelists are knowledgeable.
Anant Yuvarajah,  ASC Tanks and Pumps
Very good.
Arun Marappan,  Fully Promoted Mt Waverley
Worthwhile attending, more effective way to network.
Chris Baring-Gould,  CFO Centre
Excellent source of information and great value for SMEs.
Di Bunney,  P1 Technology
Highly valuable.
Jenny Pownall,  The Tutoring Company
Write down all of your ideas and don't be afraid to ask questions. The group is passionate and highly knowledgeable in their field and willing to share.
Kym West,  Lorna May Creative
Good varied panel with interesting and helpful response to questions. Great to have the personal one on one time with panelists.
Madison Chia,  Mad Scientist digital
Come along. It's a wonderful informative evening!
Melisa Sloan,  Madison Sloan Lawyers
Great learning and great group of sharing participants.
Robert Bonifacio,  Robert Bonifacio Coaching
Great format! Both the panel format and the individual table Q&A were highly engaging. Thank You!
Scott Trevethan,  Scott Partners

Show Me The Money - Cashflow & Finance to enable Business Growth: 11 June 2019

"Encourage attendance due to the engagement model"  Andrew Whitmore.  Whitmore Consulting Pty Ltd
"Great value"'  Chris Jounnou
"Great info/learning opportunity", Bill Bennett Miles,  Townsend
"Absolutely worthwhile"  Jenny Pownal,  The Tutoring Company
"Informative, relaxed and enjoyable"  Jennie Grigg,  Blink-Connect
"High level business conversations with experienced invested guests who have a lot to learn from" Kerry Nelson,  Operation Verve
"Great networking group and can liaise on potential problems in your business" Paul Brown, Shed Doctor
"Very informative and enjoyable and informal as well as a great networking opportunity"  Lisa Vecchio
"Positive. I got a lot out of tonight, great networking and great conversations." Adele McLean,  Hospitality Wise
"Come along. you'll be sure to learn something that'll make a difference in your business." Di Bunney,  P1 Technology

The pathway to a successful business purchase, sale or merger - separation or a new beginning - July 2019

Enjoyable - no pushy sales - informational
Adam Hillary, Silver Service Real Estate

A great format and lively discussions - expect to take away some practical insights
Chris Dvoracek, Transform Communications

Good format and focussed discussion from experienced panelists
Colin Wright, 3S CFO Group

You'll get more out of this than you can ever imagine
Dave Dickson, 3D Styles

Great way to get helpful, useful information on business
David Kambouris, Kambo & Co

A casual welcoming atmosphere. Knowledgeable speakers. A great time out to just think about your business
Digby Laurance, HMR Referrals

Good value - very well presented and entertaining
Larry Beston, RF Composites

Great opportunity
Steve Clark, Water Technology

Simplify and Systemise for a Sustainable Business in 2020 and beyond: 15 Sept 2019

Great opportunity for informative quality conversations
Jason  Gatt,  Banjo Loans

Great opportunity to learn something and to meet interesting people
Marie  Bigaignon,  Soleil Solutions

Very informative and enjoyable. Great variety and interesting topics
Matt  Hutchings,  Trafficworx

Friendly group of enthusiastic professionals Nikk Huges,  Inspire Tribe

Give it a try
Peter Hannan,  Hannan IT

Do Attend!
Pieter de Boer, PB Automation

Risky Business: Managing the risks that keep you awake at night. 25 Feb 2020

Good bunch of people - worth a look
Adam Hillary Peer Partners

Great to hear from experts and opens your eyes to the exposures we have as business owners
Catherine Belford Focused Wealth

Very informative
Katherine Grace Elemental Solutions

Great cross section of guests. Small groups works well. Like the checklists
Litsa Barberoglou Brandivine

Really valuable opportunity to learn from specialists
Matt  Dunstone Horizon Wealth

The format is relaxed and very engaging
Michael West Anatara

Come along and meet some knowledgeable business owners
Rob Wandaller Melbourne Home Builders

Great information with experts in a small environment to ask all your questions you never even knew you needed to ask
Sharon  Knott Noel Jones Ringwood

Very informative and worth the time
Stephen Ingham Is Advertising Pty Ltd

Stephen Michell PCI Partners

Great group of professional people. Incredibly informative and thought provoking
Wendy Wandaller Melbourne Home Builders

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