Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Derek Daly, Founder of Derek Daly Group, located in Indianapolis, IN, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Keynote Speaking. Corporations always need learning moments from non-industry experts.

Tell us about yourself

I was a professional race car driver in Formula 1 (1978-82) and the Indy 500 (1983-89). I also spent 25 years and television broadcasting, so Keynote Speaking was a natural extension for me. I use my experiences, both good and bad, to influence corporate audiences around the world.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Getting to work at my passion in a sport that very few get to compete in and influence people along the way.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?


What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be passionate about the business.
  2. Build trust within your team of people and provide them with opportunities to develop and grow.
  3. Know the numbers.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

The zone of Peak Performance is not a crowded place. There can be a high price for entry. It takes commitment, dedication, sacrifice, trust, and an element of risk to operate on the edges of what might be possible.

Where can people find you and your business?


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