Interview with Michelle Mone OBE
What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?
I want to help people believe that you can achieve anything you put your mind to and to stay focused on your goals
What is the feeling you would like people to take away?
It’s always my aim to inspire and motivate people as much as possible
How do you prepare for speaking engagements?
I do my research – if I know what tone, information or anecdotes will best engage my audience, it will allow me to make the best impact
What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?
Speaking to large audiences is a challenge for me as an individual, but being able to inspire others is extremely rewarding and motivates me to continue
How do you use humor in your keynotes and other speaking engagements?
A bit of humour can help an audience relax – humorous anecdotes help people identify and relate as well as warm an atmosphere with laughter
What is your best advice to future entrepreneurs?
Ensure you have a thorough business plan and know your offering inside out, listen to advice and stay focused on your goals
How are your keynote presentations unique?
As a very straight-talking woman with a true story to tell and a raw passion and belief, this style appeals to a diverse range of delegates who can each find a point of interest
Do you have any unique memorable moments in your speaking career?
I gave a speech at the Leaders in London event alongside Mikhail Gorbachev and Bill Clinton several years ago and I was overwhelmed at the feedback that I was given considering I was appearing alongside some of the world’s most influential leaders.
Can you provide 3 tips for staying innovative?
- Ensure your knowledge of your offering is the best it can be and always look for ways to improve what’s available to the customer
- Know your competitors inside out
- Don’t be afraid to take risks