I had the pleasure of speaking to the Bright ideas Club in London this week. This charitable venture was set up by Tim Campbell MBE (the original winner of the BBCs The Apprentice). Upon meeting him I realised that this was a very energetic motivated individual who maintains his London roots, and you can tell would become trusted totally by those he reaches.
The energy he created in the room when first opening the event and then interviewing Derin Cag, the CEO of Richtopia (a publication platform with over 1M followers) really epitomised the “new technological world we live in” – blockchain, growth hacking, artificial intelligence, a land of challenge for the “grey and balding” but exciting for this particular one – the opportunities are endless with these technologies. I could have gone home then as they were a very hard act to follow, but after all these years I can’t let the Energetic and Driven drive me away. Up I got and went completely away from any plans I had, getting carried away with the amount of information that was getting passed over to everyone – I absolutely loved it presenting more of a boot camp approach and not sure how many questions I posed everyone… “remember a consultant is defined by the questions they ask not the answers they give”. It certainly was well beyond the 7 included in the title.
This was followed by a panel with a continuous stream of questions from thirsty young entrepreneurs and further members of the “Grey and Balding” mentors for the organisation. Nobody trying to catch anyone out, no egos, no fear… all of the success criteria for entrepreneurs. The two hours passed so quickly everyone stayed to ask more questions and continue their quest for knowledge as well as a little wine and food. Just a shame there was a train to catch for this “grey and balding”.
If this is the outcome of a Bright Ideas Trust event, then we definitely need more of this in the North-East of England. We look forward to welcoming you to our part of the world. I look forward to the “return leg” Tim… Thank you to Catherine and all the team for making me welcome.
All the best.
Grey and Balding 1.