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When the big fear gets in your way: failure.

When the big fear gets in your way: failure.

A blank white screen has been sitting before me for a little too long, and I am questioning why it has taken me so long to write on this topic. This isn’t because I haven’t made any mistakes – between you and me, I’ve made a lot. Given my deep commitment to positive words, I really struggle with the word “mistake.” I would rather refer to mistakes as experiences or life lessons. (More on the power of positivity in Live…

Where it all began…A checklist for Start Up businesses

Where it all began…A checklist for Start Up businesses

“How did you start?” is the question that I get asked most, which is a wonderful question because it also gets me to reflect. I was a guest on Channel Ten’s Studio 10 last week and this is the exactly the question they wanted me to answer – with a bit of a twist: How do you turn your passion into a business? So I share below the 5-minute video where I summarize the key steps I took to start…

Why “I didn’t know” is no excuse

Why “I didn’t know” is no excuse

This article first appeared on LinkedIn in March 2015. I was always getting into trouble as a child and breaking the rules. At the time I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I didn’t think anyone would notice. I was trying to ‘get away with it’. One thing I have found fascinating through my experience on TEN’s Shark Tank, is that some people pitching somehow still think they are in the schoolyard, and that cutting corners is OK….

Why I ate pet food on national TV and why I would do it again

Image courtesy of TEN - On set for Shark Tank

When I walked into work on Monday morning I was met by RedBalloon’s PR Executive who greeted me with, “You’ll never believe the headline I just read about you!” The article she was talking about was Shark Tank recap: The night Naomi Simson ate dog food on national television. There’s no doubt eating food meant for canines makes great TV, but there was actually a very real business reason why I did it… it’s called “customer experience”. During episode two…

‘The Sharks’ reveal their secrets to running a successful business.

View the video on Secrets to Success here on TenPlay

THEY are ‘The Sharks’ on Ten’s new reality show Shark Tank — and here they reveal their secrets to running a successful business. This article appeared in news.com.au on 18 February 2015 So just who are these entrepreneurs and what have they done to be worthy of the label ‘Shark’? Tech entrepreneur … Steve Baxter from Shark Tank. INTERNET PIONEER STEVE BAXTER My business motto is… Do business you are proud of. The best deal I ever made was… On…

Seven secrets to nailing your pitch

Image courtesy of TEN

  Let me paint a picture for you .?.?. You’ve been practising your business pitch for days – to family, friends and even your dog. You’re confident everyone will love your idea as you’ve been told you’re onto a winner. As you wait for the signal, you rehearse your pitch over and over again. This is the moment you have been waiting for. The music starts as you begin the long walk through the Shark Tank. The doors swing open…

Best Advice: Persistence (from Live What You Love)

Best Advice: Persistence (from Live What You Love)

Persistence – extract from Live What You Love When asked to contribute to this special LinkedIn Influencer content edition – I knew I had to share some of what I have written in my about to be released book “Live What You Love” I headed it up “Best Advice: Get in the driver’s seat” Some of the best advice I was given was simply: “Don’t give up – if it was easy everyone would do it.” However it is important…

Personal appearance, style or brand are not the same thing

Selecting the 'costume' for the filming of Channel Ten's Shark Tank - red red or red...

  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…

What You Need to Thrive as a Startup

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.

Making a powerful choice about matching your 'look' to your aspirations. (Always in red at work - during the filming of Channel Ten's Shark Tank Australia

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…