October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

Whenever I am asked “Who is my mentor? Or from whom do I get knowledge to learn business from? Or who’ve guided me in running my businesses and grow them?” – people are expecting me to say a name – or two (or quote famous coaches). But to be honest, I do not really have a mentor. Well, let me rephrase that, everyone I know is sort of a mentor to me. Before you start to wonder the kind of mentor I am seeking guidance, and if they have high qualifications or great track records or sell hundreds of workshops…

October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

Personal branding was accidental for me. It was years after I got public that I realised what I’ve done all along is personal brand myself. In the early days when I’ve started my account on Facebook to share my newly married life in Australia, I thought that was what social media is about – sharing (or showing) what you have. I was expecting people to like me, or love me, or made me famous. Facebook Ten years ago, I started an account on Facebook just to share my family blog stories and pictures of my children. I was attracting mainly…

October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

For the last six months at least, we’ve been discussing on Bebebargains and its potential growth as it goes live into more than 17 countries, globally. As ambitious as it seemed, we are dedicated to connect tens of thousands of mothers worldwide on our app – a baby goods marketplace. This is the first in the world, to capture this niche market and launch in more than 2 countries. The launch of Bebebargains – what is it really? Bebebargains is a baby goods marketplace that allows a seller (mothers) to list brand new or used baby goods to sell to…

October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

It was a Friday last 13th July, and I had agreed to mentor some students who flew all the way in from Australia with Austern International. I had connected with the founder of Austern, Lily Wu, and we shared a great time in Sydney when we caught up for coffee and cakes sometime last April. She did mentioned, about this event in July and I was – as always – ready to participate and support her. About Austern International Austern International provides 3 week career bootcamps that aim to build millennials to become future leaders of the workforce. Participants experience…

October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

The one thing Spendless Academy offers different from all the online training platforms there ever was; the genuinity that comes along with it. If we want to know the top ten strategies of how to market on Facebook, it takes us ten seconds to google and hundreds of articles would appear. To sit in through a course, online or offline, structured content is almost irrelevant without knowing how to apply. And knowing how to apply, is to listen to real experiences from people who actually have applied, tried and tested. As an entrepeneur, I am all about learning new things…

October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

Willpower The resilience to fight through adversity is one of the strongest attributes of becoming successful. The path to success is not easy, as it is full of challenges, hardships and tests that could potentially break you rather than groom you. To maintain a positive attitude and mindset, and despite the setbacks and failures, you need to remind yourself that you are still moving along the road to success. Coupled with adversity, is the power of resilience, determination and the willingness to learn. As an individual, you must evolve and learn as your company grows and lead the company in…

October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

Not everyone in your company will aspire to become a team leader or manager. As a CEO – the best assets of your company are your people, and without motivated and conscientious people, the odds of your business succeeding are fairly low. Therefore, you need to invest in your people and nurture them to the best of your ability. Here are 10 reasons why. 1. They represent you. In delivering tasks, taking accountability, and communicating with your clients and partners, your employees are a direct reflection of what you stand for, who you are and the value that your company…

October 1, 2018 Leza Klenk

When you start on the journey of building something, there is no such thing as “back to square 1”. It’s not possible to go back to the start and re-start the journey differently entirely. Entrepreneurship is a continuous journey. Sometimes, yes, it takes you in circles or through dark alleys and often, to dead ends – when that happens, you get back to the main road and pick another turn. A few months ago, someone contacted me sharing his struggles in building a business. He seemed to be running the company for at least 14 years, and doing well at…

September 30, 2018 Leza Klenk

I have been on both ends of this spectrum – the investor and the entrepreneur seeking investments. Hence, I understand how that pitching game works, how to excel and how to win investments. It’s not a straight forward process but instead consists of multiple stages, trying to keep the interest of the investor lingering around until it builds momentum to close. It takes longer than usual, if you are not delivering your best at every stage but if you do, it’s not hard to seek funding. Understanding Investors Bear in mind, the behaviour of an investor – they have seen…

September 30, 2018 Leza Klenk

Not everyone has the desire nor the aspirations to become a leader. Likewise, not everyone can be groomed to become a leader. The responsibility of a leader is far more onerous than you would have imagined it to be. I, for one, would never have thought, coming from a humble beginning, would I be spending my days leading hundreds if not thousands of people on a daily basis. The real question is, how much work and effort is there when it comes to leading? Certain attributes make a leader. Resilience is one of the main qualities that distinguishes a good…