For years now we have been telling people in Masterminds and Events all around the world that TRUST is the No#1 thing missing in business today.
You know how it goes. You log onto to LinkedIn and there is someone from a foreign land telling you how well they can build your website or get you SEO. No thanks, I think I’ll go to my friendly scammer and give them all my business.
With everything virtual (I even know one person who has an avatar instead of him meet with clients… he voices it), the is NO substance and whilst it’s all good to be virtual and cool, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so more and more people are running away from virtual.
We pressed on with Live Events during Co-Vid, yes it was painful at times but people rallied and loved being in the room with others. We printed our magazines and books. LEAD Magazine always has people go ‘wow this is quality’ when they hold it for the first time (it happened yesterday in fact).
And… PEOPLE WANT TO CONNECT.
Just getting your directors and staff together live to talk and mingle creates magic and whilst every speaker I know is buying tech like crazy to look good on screen, in the end the live will rule through. So we knew we had to do something totally against the tide.
Enter… THE OCTOPUS HOUSE
We had been looking for premises, working from home 24/7 is not fun. We were used to working on islands, airports and hotels, but nothing kills the passion of a pitch more than the washing machine finishing its cycle.
We scoured the Strand in Cape Town and found, due to a very small sign in the window, an old fishing cottage that was perfect. We did the deal in 15 minutes and then it was ours. (Bonus: it came with two new besties… George and Karina, the previous owners) George is a MacGyver and with our vision and his skills we renovated and created The Octopus House. We launched it just prior to Christmas 2021.
The Octopus House is our office, a private members club where members get a cool space to operate, plus training, our award winning entrepreneur ed-tech platform, regular masterminds, international connections and much more. They will grow and scale fast. In addition this is a boutique venue with themed rooms – Egypt – China and has a Sacred Library. You can read a 17th century Bible, Qua-ran from the 1960’s, books on the Templars, Sumeria, Feng Shui, Spirituality, ancient books on Rome, da Vinci, the scope will keep you busy for ages.
Different spaces, like the private meeting rooms, boardroom, lounge area, great kitchen, front and rear patio (which we are making Moroccan this year) and a cool chill bar vibe to work in. People love the space. It can be rented as a whole venue or a meeting room for the day, plus we are introducing a wine tasting club and chefs table in the space for people who value style.
You see, we believe every business has to create something of SUBSTANCE to build TRUST. You may not need an Octopus House, but you may have to get away from behind a computer, meet some people, talk, produce a Coffee table Book of Your Company – We have one of those too – and start creating trust again. You will up your game, and that will get you more than you imagine.
If you are in Cape Town and fancy a trip to Strand to check out The Octopus House then just click on the link and connect. Come and do coffee or a wine.