Biz Extra

Published: September 10, 2020 | Updated: September 11, 2020

Advice to anyone starting out? Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

The worst part of his job is when he’s asked to do a talk for free because it will be good publicity (he tried it on the plumber and it didn’t work with him either!), his favourite smell is fresh cucumber being sliced, he’d like to share a car with Carl Jung and Beyonce and chooses the theme to Black Beauty as his favourite piece of music.

Andy Edwards, Founder and Director, Nine 5 Three Ltd, providing professional speaking, behaviourally focused training and effective coaching, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Boston Legal.  Very, very funny; very, very clever – and James Spader is a great orator.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Up front – Carl Jung [Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst]. Back seat – Beyonce!

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Standing in front of 1,000 people or more, speaking from my heart – and holding their attention for an hour.  Can I talk about the standing ovation after…?

Q: And the worst…?

A: “Can you do this talk for free? It will be good publicity” (I tried this approach on my plumber – it didn’t work with him either!).  Also I am rubbish at the tech side of things.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: I honestly don’t think I had one… is that normal?

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Fresh cucumber being sliced. But it has to be in a very cold kitchen with deep frying chips in the background (reminds me of childhood Christmases at Grandma’s).

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: My garden. We have a third of an acre in West Parley and it is utter sanctuary.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: With my own money, The Shadows:  20 Golden Greats. I picked up the guitar and played five years in an 80’s rockband all because of Hank Marvin!

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Purposefully disrespectful behaviour. Usually fuelled by the twin attitudes of ignorance and arrogance.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Galloping Home – the theme to Black Beauty by Denis King. Even writing this gives me goosebumps and makes me well up.  Don’t really know why.  Perhaps I should buy a horse?

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: A ‘can do’ attitude – and all that goes with it.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: That fillet steak always beckons.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Steamed pudding but why just custard when there’s cream and ice-cream too?

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: We have it all: Bucolic ‘West country’ and urban ‘South East’. Plus beach, forest, Jurassic coast. Sometimes I forget how wonderful this area really is.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Understand the sacrifices made by small business owners and reward/incentivise them accordingly. SME directors are NOT fat cats and tax dodgers.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Currently… The Chancellor’s preparedness to ignore small company directors’ contribution to the economy and the lack of support given during the Covid crisis. Don’t get me started!

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Mellieha Bay in Malta. I was born on the island and love to re-visit with the family.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: On a stage in front of 1,000 people. Yes, I’ll be 67… but you can’t ‘retire’ from something you ARE.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: I have recently captured my experiences, knowledge and ideas in books and online training courses. These are my business legacy. On my gravestone will be the epitaph: “He Had Something To Say’.”