Fashion, Motherhood and Baking: A Q&A with Barjis Chohan
Barjis Chohan is a fashion designer and entrepreneur, and the founder of BARJIS, an award-winning London based design company.
An incredible inspiration, Barjis speaks with clear passion on smashing through the glass and breaking through ever-present barriers for a Muslim woman making a commercial success in the world of fashion, not to mention of course the challenges of being a working mother.
With all that in mind, who wouldn't want to fire off question after question to Barjis and pick up some top tips.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
For me, it has been establishing a startup fashion business with very little money. This is when passion and grit play an important part in the success of the business.
How did the corporate speaking begin?
I was asked by my university to speak at their conference. It was on Faith and Fashion, the feedback I received from the audience motivated me to take it seriously as a career.
Which event has been your favourite and why?
Last year, I was speaking at Aston University - a young girl nudged me on my back after my speech and gave me a handwritten note to say how much she was inspired by my speech. I was moved by her gesture and it reminded me how one speech can transform someone's life for the better.
Why do you love being a speaker?
Storytelling is my passion, I have gone through a lot of hardship to get where I am. It's important to share my story.
If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Ted talk, The World Economic Forum, and Oxford University
Who would you most like to share a platform with?
Mahesh Bhatt - he is so real, unapologetic and straightforward.
What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?
Speak with honesty and from my heart.
What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?
The fact that failure is part of your success and money is not the be all and end all of your existence. Finally, you don't need long-winded scripts to get your message across.
What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday?
Baking with my daughters and reading.
What personal ambition must you fulfill before you die?
To write a book about a loved one who has showed me through his life what serving really means.
Thanks for your time Barjis, we can't wait to read your book when it gets published!
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