NEWS: Summary of My Guest Lecture at Birkbeck University – on China & MumpreneurshipPosted by in Case Studies, China, Latest News, Public relations
On 7th January morning, I was invited as a guest lecturer at Birkbeck School of Business, Economics and Informatics, sharing my insights on doing business in China and my mumpreneurship journey. I was most delighted that both talks were very well received by some 30 students, considering that it’s my first time to lecture at a university in London!
Here’s a summary of my talks.
In the first session, I shared my insights on doing business in China, as follows:
- 5 big opportunities or mega-trends in China for UK businesses: Urbanisation (= Wealth), China’s Middle Class, Chinese Millennials, The Brainpower Behemoth and China’s Internet (Addition to E-commerce)
- 3 real stories from real people. Big thanks to Michael Holt, James Baillie and Kong Jialin for sharing their insights on running their businesses in China on the ground; and
- 4 tips on working with Chinese people: “Work hard on your personality besides your job title”, “Be a WeChat fan”, “Develop your interest in food, if you are not already a food lover”, and “Treat your Chinese business counterparts as your family members”.
Following this, students were divided into small groups to brainstorm and come up with a business idea. I then gave feedback and observations on their business ideas.
In the second session, I shared my own mumpreneurship (i.e. being an entrepreneur and a mum at the same time) journey and 10 learnings from my first failed business experience and running my second successful business 11K Consulting (thus far):
- Build a good foundation
- Follow your passion
- Starts with why
- Trust your abilities
- Ask for help
- Build a good reputation
- Work on your business, not in it
- Be yourself
- Being a parent does make me become a superwoman
I must say that it was a hugely enjoyable session and look forward to speaking at Birkbeck again in future.
PS: I lost half of my voice after talking for three hours but it’s all worth it!Tags: Birkbeck, China, entrepreneur, Mumpreneurship