Episode 9 of GLADly Chat is coming soon. Tune in on Tuesday, January 30 featuring Shezad Nawab for January’s theme of “Deaf Business Founder Journey”. Don’t miss it.
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GLADly Chat: January 2024 Transcript
[SLIDE: Tell me about yourself.]
Hello, my name is Shezad Nawab MBE
I am from the United Kingdom, specifically England.
I know six sign languages:
British Sign Language
American Sign Language
South African Sign Language
Moroccan Sign Language
Arabic Sign Language
International Sign Language
I have received several awards in business
and I had the privilege of being honored by King Charles
as a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
What is the significance of being honored as a Member of Order of the British Empire? Being recognized for contributions to business and other services. –
[SLIDE: What is your business?]
My business is ICE Ventures.
My goal is to train individuals to prepare for investment in business.
It is like Shark Tank, a popular TV show
It shows different types of investments by answering questions
on developing the business idea and how to borrow money
for your products or services and how to make money.
I train people how to get ready to pitch to the investors.
[SLIDE: What products and/ or services do you provide?]
I provide several different services.
Let’s narrow down the services I provide.
I want to show you the book titled “Born Deaf to be MBE”
This story is about growing up, how I became an entrepreneur by writing about ups and downs of a business.
[SLIDE: What was your experience as a business founder/owner?]
How many years of experience do you think I have?
Nineteen years of experience
I have many experiences like
starting and running small medium size business (SME)
sharing knowledge about profit and not for profit
How I became independent and own a business plus many more.
[SLIDE: Share one or two challenges you experienced?]
One difficult challenge
I remember when I tried my best to communicate as an entrepreneur
without a sign language interpreter.
There was a communication barrier
and I resorted to using writing and a pen as a communication method.
I tried to communicate with people more clearly
and make the process easier.
[SLIDE: Share a person who inspires you or inspiration quote]
I was about 10 years old when my father inspired me.
My father could communicate using sign language but
not professionally but used home sign language to communicate.
It was interesting my father could sign.
I was very impressed and surprised.
I had a question for my father about how to become rich?
My father was surprised with my question
thinking it could be a problem and would pose challenges in communication.
However, I was determined to learn about business by working in my father’s business
and for about 15 years I worked with
my father on postal office stamps
but didn’t have to deal directly with people by working behind the scenes.
From this experience, I learned about business, gained knowledge, and built confidence.