Talking about business networking on @MadeInCardiffTV
You know how I often say I’ve got a habit of being in the right place at the right time? This week has a huge example of exactly that.
This was my sixth year speaking at The Welsh Business Show in Cardiff. The first time I spoke there in 2009 I blagged it and told them I was a speaker. I remember pretty much reading my whole 15 minutes on business networking from a piece of A4 paper, shaking and slugging water all the way through. But you know what was great? The feedback I got from that presentation was extraordinary. My content was good, and people excused my nerves and lack of presentation skills.
I wrote a blog about getting a second chance to make a first impression and that is exactly what happened. They asked me back the next year and now I speak at all three of their shows, and am very flattered to be invited every year (PS – don’t take stuff like this for granted. I still have to work hard every year to make sure I fulfil my side of the bargain. I have no right to be there and never ever think I have).
So fast forward to 2015 and, a few weeks before the show I was on the ‘phone to Emma Wilkins, who owns and runs the show. We were sorting out details and timings and what she needed from me. Emma dropped into conversation that she was really excited that the Cardiff show was being filmed by Made In Cardiff TV for their “What’s occurring Cardiff” programme this year. The show is on a Thursday and the programme would go out on Friday night.
And they were hoping to interview one of the speakers. So I asked Emma if they would like to do me.
On the day, my seminar was stacked out with 50+ people in a room with seating for 40. I enjoyed the seminar and then was interviewed by Made In Cardiff presenter Mariclare Carey-Jones.
I’m excited by this interview. Firstly because I reckon I did alright and didn’t have the nerves I have done before in front of the camera. Secondly because back in 2009 I had a little conversation and agreed to support a new show Emma was launching in Cardiff. In 2015 that turned into a big opportunity for me. Someone probably should write a blog about that – “Every big opportunity starts with a little conversation”.
Have a look at the interview below. Let me know what you think.
And you can see the full program here: