I’m really pleased to say that Kamila Dolna , the second greatest businesswoman of Slovakia 2011 agreed to an interview. It’s very interesting to hear the opinions of such a successful businesswoman.
What was the first business that you created?
The first business was travel agency, company organizing the incoming to Cyprus and to Slovakia. Then since 2004 it was transformed into Personal, Education and Training company and portfolio of projects we are implementing now is really rich now.
Were you nervous that your business would not have success?
In the beginning, yes, but we don’t need to call it nervousness, maybe just doubts sometimes in some issues, or decisions, if they are really correct and can bring the expected results, there were many risky decisions and many projects of high risk, but the most important in this stage is to believe in yourself and completely believe in what we are doing. Positive energy, hope and trust in your business can overcome even the most difficult times.
Now what is your current position in business?
I am the owner and manager.
You host many conferences, what do you discuss in these conferences for example?
It depends on the Conference. Some conferences are organized by my company, they are focused on education, vocational education, improvements for teachers, teaching methods, etc.
Sometimes I am invited for Conferences like Global Women Conference in Kenya and Zanzibar, it was very interesting, my speech was about my company, and activities I do and possible ways how some of my know how can be used in another countries, especially in third world countries. I can say, it was very successful speech.
I was also on Conference of Oriflame, invited to motivate the sellers of Oriflame.
There are another small conferences I am invited for, usually aimed on education, training, motivation, projects of EU.
Do you ever become nervous before a speech?
I am not nervous, I feel comfortable giving a speech.
What do you enjoy the most about hosting a conference?
The interaction with Audience and when I understand that they would not move being so much focus on my speech and when I see their enthusiasm at the end, new energy and new motivation, which can help them in their life, at work, or in their career.
In business, what do you think is the most important in an employee, what impresses you?
Well, for my employees, I don’t really care about their education and experience – if it match exactly with what they are supposed to do at my company, because they would learn it , but, they must be flexible in their time, loyal, always using their brain, think of consequences. They should enjoy being in environment where there is always something new happening, there is no routine, always new projects, new situations.. I like when they are optimistic and should have smile on their face all the time.. /most of the time/.. Employees as I have described gain a lot with me in this case!
Do you have any advice for people just starting their business?
They just have to believe in themselves and their ideas! If their belief in their projects 1000%, then it will work. And sometimes they should be prepared to get advice from their family, friends, official advisors, it is important to be open and listen.
As an employer, how do you motivate people?
Fun and good energy in office, special business trips /I am sure they enjoy travelling/, holidays, giving them opportunity to meet interesting people /they would never meet in person/, financial benefits.
Away from business, are you still planning on a career in media?
If there is a good offer, why not.