When I met a Dragon...
28th November 2019
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This week I had the amazing opportunity to hear and meet Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den.

She was one of the most honest, down-to-earth and inspiring entrepreneurs I’ve ever listened to.

After her talk event attendees were given the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with her and here are some of the key nuggets of advice she passed on.

Everything you do in your career is a marker in your life (Deborah was once a bingo caller)

The power of properly paying attention to your customer and working out what matters to the customer.

You don’t have to get it all right, your customer is forgiving, if they like you.

Spend your energy on things that take you forward - don’t drain yourself on the little things.

An organisation behaves how the owner behaves - how does your personality, language and trust contribute to how you are perceived as a business owner?

Spend your time scanning the horizon so you can spot opportunities.
The ability to be flexible to adapt your plan is critical.

You don’t have to plan everything - stop over-rehearsing. If you love and are passionate about what you do, you understand your business and marketplace, you believe in your products or service and why it is needed by others, people will invest in you and what you are offering.
Authenticity is critical.

Always look forward and not back (If she doesn’t get a deal and it’s gone then she moves on).

Deborah also shared with us that she walks barefoot in her garden for grounding purposes and connecting with the earth’s energy, and that she likes a good oat milk latte.

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Martin D

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Hi, if we have yet to meet, my name is Martin and I have been running the Best of Farnham for over 13 years.

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