When our Sub Urban Advisory Board Chair, Phil Sales, asked me to be a guest entrepreneur at one his Applied Business papers at Whitiriea New Zealand. I said “sure - that sounds like fun!”
Actually I didn’t really know what I was getting myself in for but meeting a bunch of young people and seeing what and how they learn about entrepreneurship sounded like an opportunity too good to miss.
First step in the process was being interviewed/taken out for a coffee by one of the students, Unni Krishnan, who is from Kerala in India and has an undergraduate degree in Engineering.
We tend to take for granted our “taking people out for coffee” culture - and it made me reflect that chatting with a random person about their business (especially if English is your second language) is not an easy thing.
Needless to say, Unni did really well - and I loved learning about his experiences of New Zealand and plans for the future. I also asked him what was the most significant learnings he had taken from his course so far.
For Unni it was being in Phil’s class - gaining confidence to voice his opinions in front of others in the class - and (he was very happy about this) getting rid of his fear of public speaking. That’s pretty neat :)
The next step in my guest entrepreneur experience was coming into the class to be interviewed “cafe style” by Unni and his classmate Harpreet. Check out this view from the Whitireia Campus!