Here in the UK Lord Alan Sugar is back with “The Apprentice”. This is one of those programs that once you have seen once you are hooked. For new people the program is about 16 people looking to be the winner and the price a 50/50 partnership in their new business and an investment of cash from Lord Sugar of £250,000.
Over the the different episodes the two teams have to compete in different tasks. The winning team have a reward some luxury meal, spa treatment etc, and the losing team sit in a cafe go over why they lost and then back to the boardroom to see why they lost then the project manager brings two others back who they think lost the team the task and one of them is fired (some times more) the others back to the house for another task.
Now we have had two episodes so far first task they had a container of products to sell all imported items and the team who sold most won – simple? Well yes but when the girls team took a product to China Town to sell good luck cats you knew these were top business women lol.
Even when a girl told them people in China Town could buy these cats far cheaper then they were selling at and most people had one they took no notice and wondered why they did not sell.
The second task was to make a designer beer. The lads thought they had it made (they did win again), but they split the team up into two one part stayed in London do do the marketing, design labels etc. The other part of team went to the Midlands to make the beer. But the Project Manager sent four people to make the beer who did not drink, did not like beer, and had no interest in beer.
The girls team at least did send people who liked beer.
So so far what can we learnt from the first two episodes
- Know the products we are selling and who we are selling to.
- If we work with people in our business, use their strengths and not put them in situations they cannot handle or know nothing about
- Keep focused and have a plan.
Each week I will try and do a report from each episode and bring you some hints and tips I have seen.