Unlocking Potential #oneteam
As part of our next #OneTeam blog series, we chat to Sumara Liau: one of our Business Development Managers. She tells us all about how she loves having exploratory conversations with the business owners she works with, learning Arabic and the importance of elasticated pants!
Sumara, what is your role at Unlocking Potential?
In a nutshell….My role as a Business Development Manager with Unlocking Potential involves supporting businesses in Cornwall to grow and develop their capabilities to gain a competitive edge. Throughout this journey with businesses, we can tap into the wealth of expertise and resources that Unlocking Potential has at its fingertips.
What experience have you had working with businesses?
I started working with businesses when I left University and started working in the London. I worked for a financial products company, and then with people who were setting up their own financial boutiques. I also decided to buy and set up a bar and restaurant, so I guess you might say that I’ve got experience working across different sectors and have seen it from different vantage points too.
What do you most enjoy about working with businesses?
I’ve been working with Unlocking Potential for over 2 years now, and I love the fact that people have such passion for what they have created. I love learning about people’s motivations and the reasons behind why they started their venture.
You also continually get to learn from business owners you meet, and often get inspired by their vision. And naturally, it’s great having those exploratory conversations with business owners and seeing which direction it takes you in…there’s never a dull moment!
How do you stay inspired?
Lots of things inspire me from travelling, getting outside, a good book, but most of all people stories inspire me whether that is someone who has faced adversity and come out stronger because of it, people who give their time selflessly to a cause, or people who are constantly trying to improve themselves in some way. I always love a good TED talk!
And I have to say that I’m inspired by my (almost) 17 year old dog, who is now deaf and blind but just lives in the moment. They do say ‘Be who your dog thinks you are’…
And now for something a bit different…
What is your favourite family tradition?
I come from an Asian background so family tradition is often steeped in food and anything to do with eating and cooking, so when we get together it definitely requires you to wear elasticated pants!
What is something you are doing in the next year that you have never done before?
Learn Arabic and hopefully climb Kilimanjaro for charity.
What is the best advice you’ve ever heard?
I know this seems obvious and old hat, but I still think a lot of people don’t adhere to it, and that is what my parents always used to say to me, which was ‘You don’t have anything, if you don’t have your health’. That includes mental health too. In the age of constant information overload and social media, I think this is pretty pertinent.
Read about last week’s #oneteam Business Development Manager, Beckie Pascoe