Work hard, do well and then do good | A Q&A with Piers Linney

1 January 2012

We interviewed Piers Linney to hear about Dragons Den, his speaking career, and why we should all strive to “Work hard, do well and then do good” in business.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?

On a personal level, getting from a comprehensive school in Lancashire to a City law firm and then Credit Suisse. As an entrepreneur, raising finance to build a technology business for scale and the massive personnel, structural and technological challenges we faced in creating Outsourcery.

How did the corporate speaking begin?

The combination of my personal story, varied professional and business experience and entrepreneurial endeavours has led to a growing demand for me to speak at a range of events about a range of relevant topics.

Why do you love being a speaker?

Sharing experience and insights and raising the aspirations of others or inspiring audiences.

What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?

Demonstrating through my experiences and story that you can achieve your ambitions through some hard work, self-belief and the confidence to grasp opportunity and take some risks. What it is really like being a Dragon and the process of making investments on TV.

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

The importance of education and training, success through self-belief, how to structure and finance a business and entrepreneurial challenges. They can also learn about business transformation and the story and challenges of turning a tired mobile phone re-seller into a world leading cloud computing services provider. I can share my experience of Dragons’ Den and Secret Millionaire, I can also tailor a talk to a wide variety of audiences.

What personal ambition must you fulfill before you die?

Establish one or more scalable social businesses with longevity and the power to bring about change.

Can you leave us with an inspirational one liner from your speech?

“Work hard, do well and then do good.”

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