One of the things I love about networking (other than the endless free refills of coffee) is the opportunities it brings you. You never know who will be in the room that day: who will hear your pitch and remember you the next time somebody mentions that they're looking for a writer? Who will keep your business card in their desk drawer until they need your services? Who might ask you to be a guest on their podcast?
Ok, so that last one might not happen all that often but if you bump into Ade Oduyemi from Maximum Inheritance, and you fulfil his criteria, you might just be lucky enough to be invited to be a guest on the 'The Whole Lot'. Which I did. And I was. We had a really enjoyable conversation: enjoyable enough that I wasn't too put out that he forgot to bring his much anticipated lemon drizzle cake...
To say thank you for having me on his podcast I'm very pleased to have him as my first guest blogger. Here's what he has to say:
In Conversation With A Writer
Words. I dare you to point to a business owner, a serious business owner who doesn’t care about words. Words are the building blocks of communication. How else could an enterprise communicate with its clients, prospects and community?
Like most, business folk have an urgent need for words. Some know how to write them. Others need help in writing them. Nonetheless I was thrilled to make the acquaintance of a lady who believes everyone can write. Talk is cheap. My friend puts her money where her mouth is. She shows people how to write.
I’m an inheritance planner and will writer in my day job. A wag once asked the connection between inheritance on the one hand and talking to artists, business owners, and writers on the other. Nothing and everything.
Nothing if you’re dull and have nothing to say. Everything if you’re a lively and personable interlocutor. For my podcast interview my prime, nay, sole criterion for being a guest is that you are interesting.
After all, I run no police interrogation. These chats have been described as: ‘sort of Desert Island Discs, for business folk’ and ‘the sort of conversation one would like to overhear’. No need to earwig, listen to the conversation with Rosalind here.
I must thank the networking group The Family Network (East Surrey) where I met Rosalind Brookman. We talked about her life and times:
* her business journey
* her mission
* the way she fits her work round her family
* her funny streak or was it her sense of priorities?
* social justice
* her business plans
I nearly forgot. My boundless gratitude to Rosalind for accepting my IOU for cake.
Ade Oduyemi helps ensure families’ wealth are transferred down the generations. His mission is to ensure that several generations hence, your new money would become old money. He’s an inheritance planner who, for a hobby, hosts a podcast interview series in which he talks to entrepreneurs and artists. You can get a free copy of his latest book, Maximum Inheritance, here.
So, thank you, Ade for helping me to continue to move outside my comfort zone: it was a fun way to spend an hour or so and I've also been able to listen back to our chat and not cringe at the sound of my own voice...a definite positive step!
My blog posts are few and far between at the moment due to lots of work, school holidays and a secret writing project that I am very excited about...but I will be back with the next in my Freelancer's Guide to Getting Out of the House soon!