Author Archives: Naomi Simson

“I stand here asking for your help please..”

Recently, I wrote about my experience on Shark Tank, and reminiscing with the other sharks about our early days in business. When we all start out, the things we learn most from is our mistakes – some more expensive than others. Some of the contestants on Shark Tank were new to business. They had great ideas and amazing passion, but I could tell they hadn’t considered what type of challenges they would face as a business owner. Some of them…

Live What You Love: Passion (Extract)

  Here is a small extract from my book Live What You Love There’s a notion that passion belongs to artistic types, musi­cians, painters, writers and children at play. The idea of being passionate at work can be met with, ‘That’s ridiculous! We’re all meant to be achievers.’ But think how ridiculous this is. Why would you reserve doing things you are passionate about just for the weekend? That’s how people become conflicted around life equilibrium. Sure there may be…

Summer Reading

I am just back from my summer break – and like everyone else most of the year I make a pile of fabulous books that I am given or collect saving them for the time that I can sit down and enjoy. This summer I managed to be consumed by six books… Thanks to all those people who gave or lent me these great books… (only one fiction). The thing is about books – they have some benefits over the…

Getting to know my fellow ‘Sharks’

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Walking into the studio to film Channel Ten’s Shark Tank for the first time was like a first day at school – of all my experiences, TV production was not something I knew much about. Janine and I were both called earlier than the guys so that we could meet with wardrobe and hair and makeup. We were taken around and shown the Fox Studios facilities and in a way it was like we had a buddy in the playground… we…

#WinningWomen – EY 2015 program announced

I already feel like a ‘winning woman’ – having been selected to participate in the inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ (EWW) Asia-Pacific program. 2015 will be an exciting and massive year. I also know that to stay at the top of the game I have to keep learning… reading, listening, discovering. And one of the best ways is to meet like-minded people who have deep experiences that they are willing to share. And whilst I have been speaking with EY…

Personal appearance, style or brand are not the same thing

  Recently I wrote about a ‘new you’ for New Years. Style is not the same as ‘brand’ nor is style the same as appearance. I am a big believer in people being themselves, however I also believe in people respecting the people around them. Colour is one thing that I use consistently to help people know me. It is no coincidence that to celebrate my coming of age the theme of the party was ‘bright’. My first attempt at…

Join me at my book launch….

How exciting that Business Chicks and my publisher Harlequin have teamed up to help me take “Live What you Love” to the largest community of it’s type in Australia. There could not be a better place for me to tell the story about discovering passion and a deep sense of purpose. People perhaps look at me and say ‘Wow – she has it ‘all’”. I believe holding oneself out to be super human is not the key to a sense…

What You Need to Thrive as a Startup

Way back last century I thought it would be a great idea to leave my safe, secure and (relatively) well-paid corporate job to start my own business. I had worked for big corporations, who had big budgets, planning processes, accounts departments and IT help desks… in startup land you have none of these things, and there is no one to ask about anything. Last century we did not have Google as a “question/answer tool,” or YouTube with “how-to videos,” or…

New Year… new you? Your personal style.

I always find that at the beginning of the year I reflect on what I achieved last year and what I plan to do differently this year. One thing we often avoid considering is our personal style (and the impact our choices have on people around us). Does how you present yourself reflect who you are planning to be this year? There’s a lot of information available to help you to consider what is right for you. You will want…

Two buddies on the way to work

I was back in the office today after taking a few weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Year and I could not resist taking this quick video of the ‘boys’ coming to work. Dexter as Head of Security at RedBalloon has an apprentice – known as Charlie Bear – for obvious reasons… Dexter is clearly the head hound – taking the lead… too cute. A bit of fun at work. They say that having a best friend at work…