Business storyteller visits RDC
The Donald School of Business started its annual business speaker series, by stepping into the Dragon’s Den.
Author of The Wealthy Barber and the newest member of CBC’s popular TV series, Dave Chilton was in Red Deer talking about his experiences and stories as a businessman and entrepreneur.
He was the first speaker in the Red Deer College Donald School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series.
“They’ve (RDC) built a good reputation on a lot of fronts,” said Chilton.
“They’ve started to emphasis business and entrepreneurship more and more, so it is a great natural tie in.”
As well as The Wealthy Barber, Chilton has written a follow-up, The Wealthy Barber Returns, and a series of low-fat cookbooks.
In 2012 he became a regular on the Dragon’s Den.
Chilton said the group he spoke to was a good mix of students, faculty, regular public and small and medium-sized business owners.
“I’m a storyteller and I talk about my own experiences, including some failures and mistakes etcetera,” said Chilton. “I think people draw their own messages out.
“I think they take different parts of each story and apply them to their own situation. Some will work and some won’t.”
Chilton’s talk focused less on finance and more on business during the talk.
He spoke at the City Centre Stage in downtown Red Deer Wednesday, capping off the annual Distinguished Speaker series the college runs.
Darcy Mykytyshyn, RDC Donald School of Business dean, said the series gives them the opportunity, particularly for students, a chance to take the theory they’re learning and hear people talk about how they applied that in the real world.
“He talks about entrepreneurialism, he talks about saving for the future, he talks about his own experience and share stories of Dragon’s Den,” said Mykytyshyn.
“Dave does it in a comical and very common-sense type of way.”
Chilton was announced as the speaker about a month ago, but in that time they sold out the show.
“What I’m very interested in hearing about is how Dave has been able to take his experience as entrepreneur, because that’s really what he is, and how he can help entrepreneurs in the audience turn that into something that is powerful for them,” said Mykytyshyn.