Engage, Network, Action, Count, Take notes, Up your game and Steal ideas – Last minute tips for Enactus UK nationals… #weallwin

Engage, Network, Action, Count, Take notes, Up your game and Steal ideas – Last minute tips for Enactus UK nationals… #weallwin

we all win

So as my fourth national competition closes in I thought I would share some last minute tips for all those newbies around…

Engage in the presentations– When you are watching the teams, as tempting as it is to compare to your own team,  open your minds… It is so easy to spend your time looking critically rather than seeing how you could apply their thinking or angle for your own teams benefit. You can’t change what you have done now anyway so just enjoy!

Network – utilise the opportunity to get great contacts (phone numbers, linkedin, emails, facebook) with the businesses but also remember the incredible value of having other teams and alumni that you can pick up the phone and speak to during the year or in the rest of your life… Genuinely one of the best assets you can have is awesome people to understand your situation and give you advice who have been there and done it or are doing it!

Action – Apply your thoughts and findings within your Enactus team. It is so easy to give excuses or reasons why you can’t do something.. or its in preparation for next year! I did it many times… Don’t… You have one shot at Enactus – have no regrets and do everything you can to make good things happen.

Count the annual reports– The annuals reports are a great asset to collect from other teams. They provide insight that you simply would not get from just the presentations or websites… So get entrepreneurial and work out how you are going to get as many as possible.

Take Notes … You will leave nationals will a million awesome ideas but as soon as the adrenaline and after party hangover come over you… You won’t remember them! It really is as simple as writing down links to  presentations and websites or just key ideas. Also get out your diary now….. yes now…. and put in a time next week when you WILL review them. (Remember no excuses)

Up your game – Nationals is the inspiration but really the only person that can make the most of it is YOU. You are the lucky ones who have been selected from your teams so use this experience and get the most for your team… When you get back you will be changed from the experience, don’t forget the knowledge and experience you are gaining is extremely valuable.

Steal ideas – no really do it… don’t be afraid to take the best parts of other teams ideas… It is not all about coming up with a new way of thinking sometimes it is simply about adapting other peoples into your situation and network to make them better. We are a social enterprise based organisation at the end of the day! #weallwin


Over the next two days you have the opportunity to transform yourselves, your teams and your potential future career. Make the most of it.

In regards to N, to get you started teams feel free to get in touch if you think I can help or would like to chat. @peterwb1 Linkedin

Here’s another awesome post Enactus UK Blog


Fail Forward

I am so excited by this project. Fail Forward is a concept that I along with a number of other people have been working on for over a year now.

The inspiration came from a trip to Aaltoes society in Finland in 2012 with 3 entrepreneurial educators from across the UK. A write up about that will be added to my blog soon!


During the trip I was introduced to Riku, a continued friend and contact in Finland. Riku talked in depth about Day for Failure a project he had been involved in setting up to celebrate failure across Finland.

I will never forget my constant excuses to him about why I hadn’t started working on a number of my own ideas but rather had been helping other people start… This was a real turning point from which I now have set myself a personal mission to take up opportunities and give everything to them if they help me to meet my overall personal mission… (Another story, another time) This has lead to me running 3 different projects: South Africa ChallengeLoughborough Beanies and Fail Forward at the same time as supporting others to take on their ideas. (and developing a few more to be announced soon…)

The concept connected with me so deeply, I realised that I had been brought up in a designed environment that from a young age told you that failure was NOT ok.

You had to be the best in your class, the best in goal (I was a football goal keeper for a long time) or the perfect son or daughter. The truth and I can only say this on reflection is that I was living a life in which I would select things that I knew I could do well in. I didn’t take part in other stuff or really get involved until I got to university and even then I didn’t push myself hard enough to try until Finland. I am not saying I have regrets, every decision I have taken has no doubt brought me to the person I am today and hopefully will continue to scope me to becoming the person I want to be. However, I am so glad that I learnt that now rather than later on!

Failure Dale

So here it is Fail Forward is coming to Loughborough with a mission to:

Change the culture, feeling and understanding in the UK of failure

 by sharing stories, bringing people together and provoking conversation

on failure as an important part of growth & learning

I have a vision that Loughborough will be the beginning…

I see this concept as something that needs to spread as far and wide. I know that people will disagree with promoting failure and I am ready for it and to a certain extent that is the point. In challenging and intellectual conversation that follow, we can  begin to tackle our societal understanding of failure. In this process, I hope, we will aid in individuals personal development as it has in mine.

If you want more information about Fail Forward have a look at our websitewww.failforward.co , share your stories and challenge me to bring Fail Forward to a town, city or country near you!