Author Archives: Naomi Simson

Do you never seem to have any cash?

As I walked through the city last week between appointments, I noticed the Big Issue being sold by a regular face that I have seen many times. (The Big Issue is celebrating 20 years of helping people help themselves. It is a social enterprise that supports the homeless and disadvantaged by having them be the sellers of a well produced publication splitting the revenue 50/50.) I asked for a copy and as I reached for my wallet I realised I…

Why pitching is storytelling with facts

I was asked last week, in an interview as part of the ANZ Business Ready program at #IdeaNation hosted by B-School, what makes a great pitch. Even though a third of my new book Ready To Soar is dedicated to answering that question, I think there is one element that appeals to me most and that is how well the ‘pitcher’ engages with the listener. All of us in small business pitch for one reason or another. Whether it is…

Being bowled over by the ‘Big Idea’.

Waiting, waiting – wondering ‘Is this the one?’ I’m sure every investor is the same, not just the Sharks on Shark Tank – who so publicly wait with baited breath to hear the story behind the business idea – wondering is this the next big thing. The entrepreneurs passion can be infectious – there enthusiasm and energy is exciting… and they truly believe that the ‘Big Idea’ is the next big thing. We as investors can get swept away in…

The entrepreneur’s journey Coming Up this week 6 June 2016

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  Sometimes I simply laugh because as I start each week with the question – “what is the one thing that I need to get done this week so that if I get it done everything will become easier?” This might seem like an easy question… however this week particularly I did not quite achieve it – though recruiting new team members will mean that the next weeks should get easier… Yet this week it was a wonderful blur of…

The entrepreneur’s journey Coming Up this week 30 May 2016

And the winner is Mud & Musk

Last week was one of those incredible weeks when a plan comes together. If I was to give it a theme it would be ‘Inspired Start Ups Center Stage’. From sharing the love with Ready to Soar for Business Management students at Queenwood School to BSchools #IdeaNation sponsored by ANZ Business Ready in Melbourne. I finished the week talking all things Live What You Love in Alice Springs for the Strata Managers conference. Shark Tank found its new place on…

An Entrepreneur’s Journey – Coming Up This Week 23 May 2016

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The big news for the week is Shark Tank moving from Sunday nights to Wednesday nights…. Episode 4 of Shark Tank will air on Wednesday 25 June – straight after Master Chef Last week for me was all about planning. With all of the businesses that I work with we are coming close to the end of the year. Looking, designing and creating strategies as very much a part of the entrepreneurs journey. I have been using the #OnePageStrategicPlan from…

No one intends to crash and burn

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  As the new book ‘Ready to Soar’ begins to arrive in book stores I reflect on why I dedicated hours and hours to putting down on paper what is in my brain. The experience of nearly 30 years of being in, or working with small business has given me not just vast knowledge but battle scars. People ask me regularly “I’ve got a business idea, what should I do next?” – and quite frankly the answer to that question…

Talking about the ‘Bucket List’

RedBalloon has always been about ‘good times’ it might just as well be about the ‘bucket list’ or ‘dream catcher’… Maybe your family or friends might give you something from your list – or maybe you will choose something for yourself… Here I talk with Grant Denyer on All Star Family Feud (with Shark Tank and Bondi Rescue) about ticking things of my bucket list.   Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it and when…

Shark Tank vs Bondi Rescue All Star Family Fued

Join us Monday 11 April at 7.30 on Channel 10. The Sharks play for the  Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation…. shame I get so tongue tied… The Research Foundation has been doing it’s work for the last 10 years – and this is what has been achieved so far:

The 11 Golden Rules of Conversation

I was in a cafe in Argentina with my daughter a few weeks ago – and on the front of the menu was a list of  ‘the golden rules of conversation’. Now whilst it was quite amusing – see the picture attached, I thought there must be a reason – even if it is just for the sake of conversation – that they chose to write about conversation. Are we losing the art of conversation? Do many people communicate more…