Thursday 15th November 2012: The idea of business can be a scary one… meetings, conference calls and pitches all sound a little intimidating, and if you’d asked me six months ago if I would feel comfortable partaking in any of these things, you would have been answered with a pretty firm NO! Little did I know that within my first few weeks at Mallzee, I’d not only have done all of the above, but I’d feel pretty confident about it.
My day at Mallzee usually starts with a meeting with our CEO Cally to discuss what our schedule and objectives are for that day, and to plan how to move forward. My focus is mostly on the business aspect of Mallzee, which means I regularly approach fashion companies about partnering with us. Another part of my job is working on information packs for the companies, which really puts my university knowledge to the test.
Often our partner companies want to organise conference calls to discuss how we can work closely with them. Today we had a few calls with some big companies to discuss how we can work together. Conference calls can be a little intimidating as it’s difficult to talk to and negotiate with a group of people when you can’t actually see them, and you’re also depending on technology, which isn’t always my best friend! It’s important to share all the relevant information about Mallzee as we are a new company and we want our partners to be as excited about our concept as we are. The conference calls today were great and it’s really encouraging to hear how enthusiastic the businesses are about working with us. To round off my afternoon we have another meeting to discuss what the next steps are for the week. The office is always really motivating and inspiring, so I leave feeling extra positive!
A big highlight for me has been meeting Sir Tom Hunter at an event. It was pretty nerve-wracking approaching him, as he is such a respected businessman, but he was very nice and loved our concept. The picture above shows Mhairi and I presenting him with a Mallzee business card.
Negotiating with big companies and powerful business people can be intimidating, but when you’re passionate and excited about what you’re talking about it’s so much easier. They can always suss out if you know what you’re talking about, so be sure to swat up first!