Inspiring Entrepreneurs at the British Library
Inspiring Entrepreneurs at the British Library Wednesday 21st January 2009 “Business in Crisis”.
When Rachel invited me to form part of the panel, I of course accepted. Me, miss an opportunity to talk in front of 250 aspiring and budding Entrepreneurs “No Way”. I mean that like offering candy to a child!
I arrived at the Library early after a previous engagement at the Royal Courts of Justice (where a bird dropped the biggest poop on my head, shirt and tie that you have ever seen) and entered the auditorium to take a peak at the venue. WOW what a fantastic venue. The 250 seat auditorium by 6.20pm would be filled 250 aspiring and budding entrepreneurs listening to the panel speak. The speaker platform was awesome and in my own little way i felt how Mr President Obama must have felt during his inauguration speech – Very Proud and Honoured that Million Impossible supports aspiring and budding Entrepreneurs.
The panel consisted of:-
Rachel Elnaugh:- one of the original Dragons’ Den team, whose own business, Red Letter Days, collapsed into administration in 2005. Rachel has since distilled these traumatic experiences into a book, Business Nightmares.
Gavin Griffiths:- Gavin Griffiths endured his business nightmare when he purchased the magazine The Erotic Review for £1.
Aamir Ahmad: Aamir Ahmad launched dwell in November 2003 as a multi-channel company (mail order catalogue, online presence and a small store in South London). Over the past 5 years dwell has grown into a strong multi channel retailer with a significant online presence and seven stores spread throughout the UK with a combined turnover of over £25m.
The event was one of a series of events titled “Inspiring Entrepreneurs” and i must say that i enjoyed every minute of it. My presentation was titled “Never let anybody tell you that you cannot do something” and it was well received by the audience.
Speaking in front of people can be daunting for most people, but when you are speaking about something that you feel passionate about and its personal to you – well of course it just flows. Having to squeeze all that i had to say within 10 minutes on the stage needed some control on my part but combine that with the post event networking party was abfab.
I was amazed at the level of positivity in the audience and I am thankful for the kind responses that i have received since the event. I hope that The Mi team and myself can get more involved in supporting the British Library in the very near future. [youtube=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xKn5B0P0qtY]
With Thanks to The British Library and specifically the business and IP centre and of course their sponsors HSBC. On the day thanks to Shabana Mahmud, Isabelle Oswell, Matthew Rock and of course my dear friend Rachel Elnaugh for once again making it all possible!
“Dreams to Reality”