Bearded Dragon Breeders – How to Avoid Pitfalls

Plenty of people will tell you that if you’re in the marketplace for a bearded dragon as a pet, you need to avoid heading to the local pet store, and there might be a good reason behind this recommendation. To be truthful, there are lots of breeders out there breeding the bearded dragon, in reality just about all bearded dragons available to the general public, will be captive bred reptiles, supplied by bearded dragon breeders.

One of the problems related to purchasing your pet from a pet store is the incontrovertible fact that the pet store customarily gets their supply from a pet wholesaler who will obtain bearded dragons in bulk from assorted breeders, without first checking the quality of the lizards, or the breeders. You’ve got to remember the issue for the wholesaler is not about pet care or a love for bearded dragons. The wholesaler has just one target and that’s to turn a profit in all sales.

So, like any other market in the world we reside in, there are always going to be bad breeders and great breeders, and the bulk of breeders will fall somewhere between these 2 points. The issue is that without taking care to choose only high quality stock to supply the pet stores, the wholesaler will just obtain the number he has to make his money. He doesn’t care about the quality, because once the pet store takes delivery that’s generally the end of the accountability for the wholesaler.

Being the pet store cannot afford to have each animal it buys in checked by a vet, the possibilities are fairly high the stock may actually have mites, or bugs, or other conditions.

Often this is even picked up by the reptiles as a consequence of being kept and shipped with lots of other animals, some who could be infected. Unless you know what you’re looking for, you won’t always know that your selected dragon is sick. Reptiles tend to cover symptoms, and bearded dragon breeders know this.

On the other hand it creates a lot of sense to look for a breeder in your neighborhood or close by, who has a reputation and a history in providing dragons. A breeder will usually certify the health and well being of reptiles from their grounds, and most good bearded dragon breeders will do whatever they can to be certain you’ve got the right dragon for your situation. They have their business image to guard, and they desire your repeat business. After all there isn’t any middle man concerned in this process, it is just you and the vendor.

Dedicated bearded dragon breeders will pride themselves on not only delivering a better quality reptile to you, they will be the best folks to find recommendation about the breed, and the people to gain from as to how best raise and care for your new pet. They’re folk who spend all of their time breeding, raising, feeding and caring for young and adult bearded dragons, and due to this, they might be considered the best folk to be purchasing from.

Glaringly when working with bearded dragon breeders, you must treat the arrangement as though it were any other business arrangement. Raise questions and expect answers, till you are satisfied the breeder has been about for a very long time, and they know what they are talking about. Get a clear communication channel opened with them, so that when you do purchase from them, you can contact as urgently as you must for the support you could need.

It is a good idea NOT to buy from online sources.

From Dragon Boating to Business Managing

Dragon Boating is one of the sports that when you’re having fun with it, you’ll dedicate your life to it. From there, you and your teammates can read each other’s mind, communicate with each other without verbally saying anything. It’s that amazing!

If our 8 hours a day at the office can be spent as if we are on a dragon boat, making sales numbers at work will be as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

Here’s how

1. Teamwork to achieve One Goal

Dragon Boat – One goal and that is to win the competition TOGETHER. The front paddlers keep good timing, the middle paddlers serve as the engine, and the rear paddlers stay back to react to unexpected circumstances.

Making Sales – One goal and that is to win the deal TOGETHER. Different teams focus on different tasks. In an IT firm, business development team defines business strategies while system developers contribute speedy and quality of work. All standby for unexpected circumstances that come at anytime.

2. Steersman stays low profile at the back

Steersman is key to lead the Dragon Boat goes straight during the race. However, such an important person stays at the very back of the boat. Business leaders define missions and visions for the group, but he doesn’t need to be a star at the front row seat. Successful leaders stay low profile to coach employees rather than micro managing every single matter.

3. Drummer controls the pace

Drummer needs not be strong and muscular, rather he needs to be small but energetic. Drummer controls the pace, but he’s not setting the pace based on his own will. His responsibility is to maintain the pace with lots of considerations – team strategy, paddler’s strength, competitor’s performance, unexpected circumstances etc. He is there to cheer up, keeping everyone proactive and to maintain a positive mental and emotional condition.

As for the business leaders, they are setting goals not from his own will, they should be defining goals that the team members are willing to achieve even though there are challenges all over the place. His role is to coordinate and coach the team members to a point that they are proactively reaching their own targets in all circumstances and at the end achieving the team’s goal.

4. Not to distract by competitors

During a race, knowing competitor’s position is important, but each team has their own tactics based on their own strength and conditions. Do not distract by others when your team is behind. The others may slow down when it’s your time to switch gear.

– Stick with the tactics that has been communicated before the race started

– Trust and follow the beat set from the drummer, he takes lots of consideration (both external and internal) to set that speed. Trust that the drummer will adjust the beat when experiencing unexpected circumstances.

– Each race lasts only couple minutes, pay attention to the timing. Once the beat is off, it could cause a major destruction to the team performance.

Same concept for business management, just change the word ‘race’ with ‘pitch’, and ‘drummer’ with ‘leader’. Stay focus to the goal, trust your teammates and not rushing the projects. Keep in mind that rush and speed have different meanings, quality tells it all.

5. Practice, practice and practice

Practice makes perfect. The 2-minute dragon boat race takes up months to prepare. During the practicing period, members get to understand each other’s behavior, set expectations, trial and error to optimize paddling skills and at the end getting everyone’s mind in sync.

There is no difference to win a sales pitch. The team could go through couple rounds of failure before winning the first pitch. Those are the times when team members get to know each other to have their minds in sync.

Conclusion

I’m a weekend Dragon Boat paddler at Wu Kai Sha, Hong Kong. I believe each person is unique and no one can live alone without interacting with others. I believe Dragon Boating is one of the sports that connects everyone together regardless of race, age, gender and religious believe. Initially, language could be a temporary barrier for team communication, but once the team is formed, we’ll create our own team ‘language’. Verbal communication takes only 30% of our communications, the rest of the time, we read each other’s mind without saying a word.

I spend 40 hours at work every week, way more than the 5 hours dragon boat training during the weekends. Yet, the 5 hours I spend on the dragon boat has generated positive insights to my 40 hours work.

Dragon Slaying in the Dragons Den With Evan Davis

Move over Saint George there’s a new bout of dragon slaying with Evan Davis Dragons Den.

Business owners will no doubt be riveted by the new Dragon’s Den 2010 eighth series. I think the Dragons Den should be compulsive viewing for every new business start up owner.

Who can fail to learn from a multitude of business ideas presented to credible investors like Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden & James Caan.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Peter Jones

Peter Jones is a charismatic investor known to have visionary tendencies.

Given there have been seven prior series of Dragons Den TV, his fellow Dragons Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden and James Caan appear to have wised up to his tactic of sitting back and letting his associates fight over a deal before coming in late and stealing it out from under their noses.

As the visionary of the investors, Peter Jones appears to listen very carefully to each and every one of the ideas presented to the investors.

He is firm, but fair and has often provided excellent advice and encouragement to aspiring entrepreneurs who have failed in their pitch for financial investment.

Conversely, rub him up the wrong way and his tongue lashing flicks out with the venom of a spitting Cobra.

Despite his somewhat lay back attitude, Peter Jones is very big on presentation, and despite dismissing several previous candidates for pitching their ideas while dressed inappropriately, candidates still appear before the Dragons dressed down in street casual clothing.

The Military use the phrase, ‘Booted & Suited’ which means dressing to impress in your best outfit or uniform. Peter Jones has expressed booted & suited is the option he prefers from people who are looking for him to invest in them.

Peter Jones shares business growth traits with the USA entrepreneur Donald Trump, as they have both stated they believe, if you are thinking anything about business, then you should think big.

After appearing in all seven of The Dragons Den TV series, most fans now search for him online using the key phrase Peter Jones Dragons Den.

Look to the Dragon’s Den 2010 series for more dynamic investments from Peter Jones.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne is one of two remaining original Dragons. He has been described as a tough no nonsense Scotsman, who voices his opinion whether negative or positive in the Dragons Den.

Labelled as the Dragons Den serial entrepreneur, Duncan Bannatyne appears to be the Dragon most entrepreneurs’ presenting business pitches to seem to fear the most.

And rightly so, as Duncan Bannatyne has little time for fools or bluffers. This fact will be borne out by his commanding officer in the British Navy who Duncan tried unceremoniously to throw overboard, resulting in him receiving a dishonourable discharge from Her Majesties Navy.

Duncan Bannatyne places great emphasis on entrepreneur presenters’ getting their financial figures right. He places great emphasis on financials and on people involved in the business.

Viewers of Dragon’s Den 2010, and fans of Duncan Bannatyne will be anxiously watching to see if he retains his investment partnership with James Caan.

Or if he’ll throw the TV audience a curved ball and align himself with Peter Jones to grab the best investment proposals away from Team Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden.

Given his status as a serial entrepreneur, it will be interesting to see which of the Dragons Den ideas excites Duncan Bannatyne in the new series.

Some business owners will be betting he will look to invest in new Dragons Den ideas that will compliment his existing portfolio of business interests.

Either way, Duncan Bannatyne gravelly voiced rendition of, ‘I’m Out,’ will send many aspiring entrepreneurs racing down the stairs crying for their Mommy.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Theo Paphitis

On The Dragons Den most aspiring business entrepreneurs begin their journey with what they consider to be a fantastic business idea.

They climb The Dragons Den steep staircase, and walk under the spotlight completely out of breath to be faced by a bank of financial investors.

Collectively they are known as the Dragons.

Individually they are Theo Paphitis Dragons Den, Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden and James Caan. Collectively as fierce some as any front line of an all American football team.

If ever you want to hear, and see the greatest leveller directed towards an aspiring presenter pitching his or her business ideas, then listen out for the stinging remarks from Theo Paphitis.

“I’d rather stick needles in my eyes than invest in you.” “You are completely un-investable” and “that’s the worst presentation pitch I have ever heard,” are just a few of his dismissive remarks.

Theo Paphitis is recognised as The Dragons Den Retail Expert.

In relation to retail product sales, many aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas in the hope of hooking Theo Paphitis because he is the only Dragon who can offer an almost immediate sales outlet through his core businesses.

This ability to move immediately has been the determining factor in securing investment away from Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden and James Caan, despite him requesting a higher equity stake in the business.

This ability to move retail products quickly to market has resulted in a perfect investment partnership between Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden. Her marketing knowledge, and his retail sales skills form an outstanding synergy.

Any aspiring entrepreneur finding investment from this partnership in the Dragon’s Den 2010 series will find they are receiving lots of added value besides the financial investment.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and Deborah Meaden

Watching Deborah Meaden on The Dragons Den as she engages with someone pitching their business idea and screwing up their presentation, is like watching a battle between a Mongoose and a Cobra.

That said, on the face of it, Deborah Meaden seems easy to please. She is on record as stating the following 4 issues are what dictate whether she will invest in a business or not.

Are we getting the right solution?

Can the vendor really do it?

Is it a fair price?

Will it deliver a good return on investment?

Address these issues and you will grab the attention of Deborah Meaden.

However be advised, fail to address these issues or try to bluff, or wing your way through your Dragons Den ideas pitch, and the Mongoose will launch a pre-emptive strike.

Once in attack mode Deborah Meaden never let’s go until she finds the precise answers to her direct and probing questions.

This has left many aspiring entrepreneurs shell shocked and wondering why they ever considered pitching before the Dragons.

It’s not just the entrepreneurs who hunker down when Deborah Meaden is in full flow. Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis and James Caan all back off in the face of one of her scathing attacks.

It will be interesting to see if during the new Dragon’s Den 2010 series whether Deborah Meaden continues to partner up with Theo Paphitis on some investments, or whether she will continue to identify environmentally sound investment ideas.

Dragons Den Dragon Slaying With Evan Davis and James Caan

Billed as The Dragons Den’s People Investor, James Caan is a canny investor who seems to place a great deal of emphasis on the people presenting their ideas for investment.

Viewers watching the new series Dragon’s Den 2010 will understand what I mean, when I say James Caan would make a lousy card player.

However James Caan might just be fooling the entire TV audience with his ‘Card Game Tell Habit’ of stroking his beard whenever new ideas seem to excite him.

On the face of it, James knows exactly what he is looking for in an investment proposition and he sticks rigidly to his guns to find out the precise answers to his probing questions.

James Caan has formed a very successful alliance with Duncan Bannatyne and viewers of the new 2010 series will be eager to see if this team partnership is formidable enough to see off challenges from Team Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden.

One thing is certain, James Caan needs to keep a very close eye on rival Peter Jones because he is equally as adept at identifying and closing down a lucrative investment on Dragons Den TV.