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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.

Year of the Dragon – 2012

In Chinese tradition, every year is dedicated to a particular animal. The 12 animals that are a part of this tradition are the Dragon, the Horse, the Monkey, the Rat, the Boar, the Rabbit, the Dog, the Rooster, the Ox, the Tiger, the Snake and the Ram. Each of these animals is believed to bestow its characteristics to individuals who are born in its year.

According to the Chinese astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. And true to the animal’s nature, the Year of the Dragon is expected to be marked with excitement, exhilaration, intensity and unpredictability. The drama and spirit of the dragon is expected to inject vitality, energy and unbridled enthusiasm which could easily lead individuals to throwing caution to the wind. It is especially important to take care this year, and avoid unnecessary risks that could lead to tragedy.

The dragon year is a special year for excellence and Chinese astrology dictates that dragon people are expected to excel during this year. The Year of the Dragon is special in many ways. For one, you will find that the dragon is the only unreal animal featured in the Chinese zodiac year. What’s more, the dragon is revered and has a special place in Chinese astrology. In fact, the dragon is generally of special significance to Chinese people.

History

The Year of the Dragon can trace its origins to over 4,000 years ago. During this time, China was formed by two very large tribes and many smaller tribes. An animal represented each one of these tribes. When the two larger tribes decided to unite, they decided that their emblem would be the dragon as a symbol of power. Today, Han Chinese still call themselves descendants of the dragon.

The Dragon

Because its body comprises of parts from different types of animals including fish, tiger, eagle and snake, the dragon is regarded as a powerful and mighty king in Chinese astrology. Unlike the perception in the west of a threatening evil being, the Chinese dragon is regarded more as a symbol of power, protection, authority and superiority. As a result, in many places in China, you will find numerous sculptures and carvings of dragons.

The Dragon Personality and Dragon People

Chinese astrology deems a dragon person as special. As such, individuals who are born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon typically stand out and enjoy a status befitting a dragon. Such persons are generally regarded as being wise and powerful. They are not shy, but instead command respect and attention with their passion, courage and self-confidence. In short, dragon people have a certain aura about them and seem to enjoy very good fortune.

Dragon people are generally regarded as doers as they are able to achieve power by taking action and getting things done. These individuals at best will have pioneering spirits, but at worst, their foolhardiness will easily get them into trouble. Dragon individuals are smart, enterprising and generally have a wicked sense of humor. If you want to remain updated on the latest trends, consult dragon people as they have a flair for fashion. Just as the fire-breathing dragon, dragon people are generally thought to be hotheads. It is therefore wise to steer clear of them in the event that they get angry!

In contrast however, because dragons have soft underbellies, dragon people are thought to have soft spots as well. As such, you may find a dragon person easily angered, yet capable of great compassion for those who are in need of their help. This contrast is further illustrated by dragon people who can be confronting, but if you touch their soft hearts, they quickly become worthwhile allies. In addition, they are generous – although this is a positive thing, it can easily turn problematic when they become foolhardy with money.

Dragons have long tongues which they often bare and make visible. In turn, dragon people are generally said to have sharp tongues that make them say things that can be very sarcastic and biting to whomever they are directed to.

2012: The Year of the Dragon

The Year of the Dragon 2012 will begin on January 23rd this year, which marks the beginning of 15 days of celebration. January 23rd is actually the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year which typically occurs in the early months of January or February.

In accordance with the Chinese horoscope 2012 will be ushering in the Water Dragon. The water works in calming the innate fire of the dragon. As such, water dragon people are more open to others opinions and are better able to channel their charisma into leadership qualities. Celebrities born in the Year of the Dragon include Al Pacino, John Lennon, Matt Dillon, Marlene Dietrich and Ringo Starr.

If you were born in a Chinese Year of the Dragon, then according to feng shui 2012 is your year. But what does this mean? Well, first, you should double your efforts in whatever you do – be it your work, studies or any other projects you may be working on. And once you do this, you will find that your natural abilities and talents will easily stand out and enable you to achieve great results. It is also important to watch your temper in 2012 to avoid ruining all your hard work this year.

The Dragon and Love

Because dragons are passionate, they tend to fall in and out of love just as quickly. With their charm and charisma, they are able to easily draw the attention and admiration of individuals of the opposite sex which is what dragon people crave. While they tend to treat love like a game, when they meet the right partner who is strong enough to match their strength, they can settle down.

Wealth in the Year of the Dragon

If you are looking to start a business or begin a new project, the Year of the Dragon is the time to do it. This is because money is more easily accessible for everyone this year – whether you earn, borrow or receive it as a gift. However, avoid unreasonable expenditures as you will have to account for these once the Year of the Dragon comes to an end.

Chinese Good Luck Symbols – Part 1: The Power Of Chinese Dragons

Chinese dragon

The Chinese dragon is the symbol of protection and success.
It is regarded as the supreme being among all creatures. Temples and shrines have been built to honor Chinese dragons.

There are nine kinds of dragons, which are the earth dragon, the wind dragon, the sea dragon, the water dragon, the sky dragon, the fire dragon, the golden dragon, the mountain dragon and the heavenly dragon.

Chinese dragons control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. Being the divine mythical animal, the dragon can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the innocent and bestow safety to all.

The dragon is traditionally associated with the east direction and it is believed that placing an image of a dragon on the east side of your home or office will protect you from negative energy and bring you great fortune.

The Chinese dragon & phoenix – for happy marriage

The Chinese dragon and phoenix are the perfect couple which symbolize yang (dragon )and yin (phoenix ) in feng shui.

The phoenix alone projects yang character but when the phoenix is shown together with a dragon or placed beside a dragon, it becomes yin.

The dragon and phoenix couple symbolize the emperor and empress and they represent a happy marriage blessed with success and prosperity.

The dragon and phoenix couple not only strengthens relationships, it can even relight the fires of a kindling relationship with the fiery energy of the phoenix.

It is also the perfect Chinese symbol for people who are single looking for true love, and it’s best if the image is placed in the southwest corner of your home.

The Turtle dragon ( Dragon head tortoise ) – for wealth , career & business success, long life, protection

This unique creature, the turtle dragon symbolizes awesome powers of the turtle and dragon plus four spiritually endowed symbols of luck in Chinese feng shui.

The creature has the head of a dragon, the body of a turtle, and it is sitting on coins and gold ingots. There is a baby turtle on its back.

The turtle symbolizes longevity . It is believed that the mythical turtle ( tortoise ) will be able to live 3,000 years without food and air.

Chinese Dragon symbolizes success, power, courage and determination.

Gold ingots symbolize wealth and prosperity.

Chinese ancient coins symbolize increasing your income.

Baby turtle symbolizes wonderful luck for all your descendents.

A great place to display this powerful image is in the north corner of your home, and it’s best if the material used to make this image is metal.

Dragon head sailing ship – For all kinds of success

The sailing ship is described as “smooth sailing success and riches which bring wealth and prosperity from wind and water.”.
It is among the most popular symbols of business & career success in Chinese culture.

Sailing ships are usually displayed near the entrance of a store or office and many coins or gold jewelry are placed on the ship. The sailing ship should be placed at a lower position than your coffee table.

A long time ago, many old-style Chinese entrepreneurs used the sailing ship as their logo since it symbolized the winds bringing more business, more trade and therefore more revenue.

Next to the dragon, the sailing ship is the most popular symbol used by Chinese businessmen.

TheDragon head sailing ship is a combination of two success symbols, that become more powerful together and expand yang energy around the area.

It is said to bring favorable luck for all your goals, even personal accomplishment. The
position of the sailing ship has to be coming in, not going away and no higher than your coffee table.

Dragon dance

During the Chinese new year, the dragon dance is held as a celebration to welcome the New Year and it is an important occasion for new store and new business openings. The Dragon dance is believed to create positive Qi energy.
Similar dances are held during wedding ceremonies in China.