Dragons’ Den – Success From Pitch to Profit

The Book entitled “Dragons’ Den: Success from Pitch to Profit” (published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd) 2007 is a terrific read – and a must if you have ever watched, or intend to watch (or better still – intend to take part in) DRAGONS’ DEN.

For those who don’t yet know what the Dragons’ Den is, think X-factor for the business world. With a panel of eminent business judges who are willing to invest their own money (many thousands of Pounds, in fact) sitting in judgement on the would-be new Business kid on the block. Each candidate must do their best to impress some of Britain’s best business brains with a short pitch on their new idea (sometimes an existing, and already successful business which needs some extra cash, or perhaps the expertise that any of the “Dragons” can bring).

Featuring interviews with Peter Jone (aka in this book as “The Visionary”); Deborah Meaden (aka The Marketeer); Theo Paphitis (The Retail Expert); Duncan Bannatyne (The Serial Entrepreneur); James Caan (The People’s Investor) and Richard Farleigh (The Business Angel) with a foreword by Evan Davis (The Economics Expert) – it is an exciting book which is inspirational as well as scary!

Scary, I hear you ask? Well yes – in my opinion it must be completely nerve wracking for many of the intrepid entrepreneurs who have ventured up that long stairway (OK – maybe it just seems long – I’ve never actually walked it myself, of course) into the Dragons Den and onto our TV screens. If you succeed in your pitch possible fame and fortune awaits. If you fail, then with the high coverage viewings that the Dragon’s Den has now enjoyed into it’s Fifth Series (at time of writing), then you are going to be seen as having failed in the Dragon’ Den by a lot of people! The reassuring thing with this book however, is that even for some of those who have “failed” in the Den, there has been some other successes outside. Conversely some of those participants who appeared to get backing and whom we would assume would go onto bigger and better business success, have actually stalled after the programme was viewed.

The Dragon’s all carry out due diligence on their would-be proteges after the programme is aired (or at least before the business proposition can go ahead) and it is not unheard of for some of the business plans and ideas to have fallen short under closer scrutiny. In these cases, the planned investment does not go ahead. This book shows who has faltered and who has succeeded (and why) and gives a good background for anyone who is thinking about going into business even if they are not planning to go into the Dragons’ Den to seek investment for it.

You really need to read the book yourself to get the full facts on what each of the Dragon’s are looking for; the personality traits and ideals that appeal to them most. One commonly recurring theme amongst the dragons was that presentation IS important! Not necessarily being able to stand in front of them with a flip chart or powerpoint and making a good impression in that respect, but certainly personal appearance was important for everyone. A clean, professional image with polished shoes and neat appearance. Now I think I could probably manage the polished shoes, but as for the polished presentation of some million-dollar making business proposal? Well, chance would be a fine thing!

One tip of my own though: polished shoes look good; new shoes look good. The difference being that you must be comfortable in whatever shoes you are wearing at the time. And new shoes are often NOT the most comfortable ones – so don’t make that mistake. Your great overall presentation might be ruined by the look of discomfort on your face when the toes of your new shoes start pinching halfway through your pitch…. Just a thought!

The other recurring theme is this book is the fact that all successful business people agree with the old saying “If you Fail to Plan, then you Plan to Fail”. Don’t try and impress the Dragons (or your Bank Manager!) without a full Business Plan. If you are not sure where to start with writing one, seek advice. It is better to ask and get it right, and then put in in writing, than to think you can just remember all the salient points of your business idea and take it from there. If you ever go into the Dragons’ Den you will need to show that you have done your homework – and if your memory is not what it could be (or was), then arm yourself with a copy of your (professional) business plan and impress the Dragons (and surprise yourself) with what a clear and comprehensive business plan you have produced.

Discover the Power and Protection of the Dragon in Your Home

There are multiple cultures around the world and every culture has religious symbols that people use for prosperity. The Dragon is a cultural symbol of China, which is considered as the most beloved and the most valuable symbol for Chinese people. The citizens in China use this symbol to adorn everything, including the walls, fabrics, appliances and the furniture.

The Chinese experts say that the dragon represents power, male, fertility and the yang. This symbol is a favorable Feng Shui cure for several problems of mankind. The experts offer several ways of making life easier and enjoyable by using the dragon symbol. The dragon adorned furnitures bring more wealth, power and prosperity in people’s life and that’s why experts suggest people to buy such furniture.

What is Feng Shui?

The ancient Chinese people had developed a way of bringing happiness, prosperity and peace in life. Today, this way is known as Feng Shui. It is called the gem of Chinese culture that combines Hydrogeology, geophysics, architecture, environment and landscape science, human life science, earth’s magnetic field orientation science and several other theories. The Chinese people use this art mainly to remove all the elements from their property that can produce negative energy and affect the life. The experts first learn the present environment and then make significant changes in the position of things to enhance the positive energy releasing elements in the space. This technique is beneficial to the mankind in many ways.

Some well-recognized benefits of Feng Shui are:

It brings more wealth in your life:
Whether you are founding a new business or a new retail store, take the support of an expert to arrange your home in a right way. Yes, your home’s arrangements can help you in gaining more profit in your business. The cashier desk, goods’ rack and all other things in the shop should be arranged according to Feng Shui so that these elements can produce positive energy and you can work better. The same thing applies for the position of appliances and furniture in the home. All things will work in your favor, if you follow the rules of Feng Shui.

It helps you in finding the love of your life:
One of the most recognized benefits of Feng Shui is finding a right life partner. Many individuals have admitted that they were single for a long time and arranging the house according to Feng Shui helped them in thinking positive. They have got their best matches quickly and got committed to a right person. Several people consider it a myth, but the maximum people in China believe that good Feng Shui can help you in finding the love of your life quickly. It does not matter that how beautiful or pretty you are. You will always feel demoralized, if your home is full of negative energy. That technique can help you in bringing positive energy in your life and consequently you will get what you wish.

You may get promoted quickly:
You can check the biography of all the successful people across the world. They all had the support of astrologists, numerological experts, metaphysical experts and the Feng Shui masters. Yes, there are also many people, who have succeeded on their own strength. Those, who seek quick advancement in their performance, they take help of experts. In China, people believe that getting promotion quickly is not possible without applying good Feng Shui. The position of office cabin, blocks and tables affect the workability of the employees and that’s why they all need good Feng Shui to help them in building a brighter and better future.

It promotes good health:
People often connect health and wealth with the location and direction of their home. It seems quite real because many people have got positive changes in their health after applying the good Feng Shui. There are several people, who were suffering with chronic diseases and then they had applied it to improve their health. It had brought positive changes in their life. Their health improved and today they firmly believe in that home organization. The experts may also suggest people to change their house, if the source of negative energy is not curable. You should also try it, if several diseases have turned your life into hell.

The power of Feng Shui Dragon

The dragon is a religious symbol that is quite valuable for all the Chinese people. The experts consider it an auspicious and powerful Feng Shui cure for several problems of the life. It is called the symbol of wealth and power. If you have furniture in your home with a crystal in dragon’s claw, it will bring lots of good opportunities in your life.

Positive changes the dragon symbol can bring into your life:

• The retailers, business owners and the industrialists can keep the dragon statue on their desk to bring luck and remove negative energy out of their business. It is the symbol of luck according to Feng Shui and many Chinese businessmen use it for business’s growth.

• Suppose, you have furniture adorned with the dragon symbol, it will enhance your knowledge and give you power of understanding things better and faster.

• The experts say that Dragon is the most powerful Yang symbol that enhances courage and fearlessness of the person.

• Using the dragon adorned furniture in the home would be a right decision for bringing fortune, power and prosperity in the life. The dragon guards your home against all the negative powers and improves protective energy around you.

• You should place the dragon statue on the east side of the home to pull wealth and success. It works and many people have got benefit through it.

Today, many experts believe that Feng Shui techniques work effectively. Millions of people across the world have changed their homes according to Feng Shui, they have bought the dragon adorned furniture and the dragon figurines to have a better life.

Chinese New Year of the Dragon – 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon – 2012

The Year of the Water Dragon begins on 23rd January 2012. The mythical beast is a lucky sign, the fifth of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese dragon is a much more loving creature than the Western equivalent – blessed with supernatural power, fortune, and understanding.

Eastern philosophy regards the dragon positively, the supreme beast, fearless, wise and master over all – the dragon represented the emperor. People born under this sign gain power and respect, which is why it is the most popular Chinese zodiac sign attracting an increased birth rate in oriental countries.

Predictions

Dragon years usually bring large happenings, either good or bad – an abundance of yang energy. However, they are positive for finance, and the water dragon acts more considerately then his fellow dragons. This means the usual dragon disasters will be less likely. The dragon’s obstinate ego will bring power and bold ambition to 2012, making it a good time to start a business or get married. They like to spend money.

Best and Worst Month’s

Best months in this dragon year are: January, February, July, August and November – and the worst are will be September and December. Generally, people who take chances and are ambitious will benefit in a Dragon Year.

Dragon People

People born in this Chinese zodiac year are extrovert, brave, quick-tempered, generous, honest and passionate. They prefer being on their own and doing things independently. Their excellent entrepreneurial skills make them successful businesspeople, as well as good inventors, lawyers and sales persons. People born in this year find their energy, competitiveness and determination usually allows them to achieve near the top of their profession. The long dragon tongue seeks and gains influence.

Dragon Relationships

Dragons have a deep sincere heart and will give in to love despite their independence, but a thick-skin is needed in their partner to take their quick temper. The best relationships are with either a monkey or a rat – the least compatible being the ox or goat. Despite the dragon’s personality, once they find the right partner, they usually commit for life.

Dragon Years

If you were born in any of these years, then you are a Dragon: 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000 * 2012

Famous Dragon People

Bruce Lee, Julius Caesar, John Lennon, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King Jr, Mae West, Colin Farrell, Grace Kelly, Bob Monkhouse

Western Counterpart: Aries