Do you never seem to have any cash?

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

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…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Nine on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Nine on TEN

  Another magical episode of Shark Tank Australia – exploring what it takes to turn an idea into a business. This episode we have many seasoned entrepreneurs that are looking to supercharge their businesses with the help of a shark or two. New age store – Jen has a ‘set and forget’ business with a recurring online income produced with her tarrot card reading site New Age Store – her profits are good, her web traffic outstanding, and she only…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Eight on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Eight on TEN

“Is this a dream or a nightmare?”  This is what we set out to discover in this episode of Shark Tank – clearly I am incredulous about something – the joy of discovering is not lost on even battle worn one’s like me. There was the inspired, the ingenious, the innocent, the inventor and perhaps the idiotic; we cover so much ground in just one episode. What we continue to love about the program is it’s diversity of ideas and…

Being bowled over by the ‘Big Idea’.

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…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Seven on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Seven on TEN

Your Closet - For Millennials young women who want to wear designers formal dresses (and then send them back for another one).  – the allure of “no ownership” is moving beyond housing and cars and has transformed retail shopping entirely. Gone are the days where you save your weekly pay for the expensive shop window beauty you’ve pined for that will look stunning at your formal – now you have the choice of renting a designer dress for a fraction of…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Six on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Six on TEN

 There is such wonderful variety in each episode of Shark Tank and episode six is true to form – Aussie innovators who bet it all to get their idea off the ground. From Road Traffic Control to the eradication of skin cancer – getting you anything anywhere within 60 minutes to a natural doggie ablutions platform…. Incredible – here are my notes from set. There is a #SharkFight or two – but even a #Dogfight – wonderful Cap Hat - Bernie…

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

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

  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…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Five on TEN

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Five on TEN

Here are my notes that I took on set during the filming of Episode Five. If there is a word to describe this episode, it would be #Courage. All entrepreneurs by nature must be courageous – but may show it in different ways. All the businesses we see tonight have grand plans for growth – but all believe that they would do much better with the experience of a shark to help them reach their aspirations sooner. It also takes…

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…