During these years in the upmarket catering industry, Derek was involved with hundreds of corporate events, product launches, trade shows, sport events, galas, etc. He often felt being on the “wrong side”, missing out on all shoulder rubbing, the mingling with CEO’s celebrities, politicians and all the glamour. So he created his own platform. J-Biz Lounge/ Networking with a Twist was launched in Jeffreys Bay (that’s where the” J” comes from) in 2009 at a 5 star game lodge, inviting 100 business owners. Since then he had events in 3 cities in South Africa, then launched the concept in Marbella and Malaga. Derek has shared his knowledge on Why you should stop hunting business cards but build relationships instead, be the person you would want to network with, have business cards ready, be yourself, show interest, adapt and be flexible to the situation, why it’s best to give an introduction to give your business card.

To get in touch with Derek, go to jbizlounge.com

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