Last week, I had the privilege of not only meeting Bill Rancic, but also hearing his thoughts (and those of Dr Michio Kaku and Mr Mark Gallagher) on the importance of innovation in business. If you’re thinking that’s a little bit beyond my scope of interest, you are right. Hahaha. But I do not regret attending the Business Of Innovation event one bit!
Hosted by The London Speaker Bureau, in partnership with Iskandar Malaysia, the gala the night before the event was a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the speakers, and also a certain fellow attendee who I happened to be very excited to meet – Alex Phang from Season 2 of The Apartment! As starstruck as I was, I think I was pretty calm and collected that night (aside from the incessant giggling and constant flipping through the pictures of me with the fellas).
|Alex from The Apartment|
The main event on April 9 itself was also a revelation – I was excited to hear what the speakers were going to share, but was apprehensive about whether or not I’ll get useful information for the field I’m in (and the fields I’d like to venture into). I was pleasantly surprised when Mr Gallagher not only kept me riveted through 6 hours of speaking about F1 (split into two parts, naturally), but also got me interested in the inner workings of the industry. I kid you not, I know more about the beauty of pit stops than I ever did before! He is a bigwig in the F1 industry, but is humble enough to reply Tweets, if that tells you what kind of guy he is.
After the delicious lunch at Shook, Bill Rancic came on stage and shared plenty of insight behind the secrets of his success. Among others was the need to identify and ignore negative people if you ever want to be successful – definitely something I need to work on! He also mentioned the importance of good decision-making. “Analysis Paralysis” was the exact words he used when urging us to make the leap in our business. Yet another thing I need to work on. And something I did on that day itself: my friend Zarina suggested to give carriers to Mr Rancic to use with “The Duke” (his nickname for his son, Edward Duke), to introduce the babywearing industry in Malaysia and as a little (well, not-so-little) souvenir. I meant to give him a letter as well, but circumstances were against that happening. Either way, he’s now got his hands on some proudly Malaysian-made carriers from Jumpsac and SNUGGbaby!
The last speaker of the day, the rockstar of science, Dr Michio Kaku, completely blew my mind with his predictions on what the future may bring. From contact lenses that display subtitles for you to view when conversing with someone speaking a foreign language, to digital wallpaper that you can have in your home as a one-stop computer interface, his vision of the future was at times fascinating as it was creepy (we all know the privacy issues that already stem from existing computer technology, yes?).
I think its safe to say that it was not a wasted day. Aside from making new friends, I bumped into some old friends as well. It made the crazy traffic to JW Marriott worth it, haha! My heartfelt appreciation goes out to Suzy and Zarina for inviting me. Glam Mama will owe its world domination in part to you ladies ;)