An interview with…
Business Development Manager, Adam Budd.
Today he turns 25, which means he finally gets to drive our company car Toto to his delight! He is a big fan of Love Island, loves a bit of Magic FM and an afternoon snack of chicken noodles. We thought we’d ask him a few questions…
1. What did you want to be when you were a child?
Growing up, I always wanted be a professional footballer (doesn’t every young lad!). But at 25, I’m still playing local league football. I don’t think you’re going to see me in the Premiership anytime soon!
2. What was your favourite TV show when growing up?
I used to love watching Gladiators every Saturday night as a kid. I think Jet was my first little crush…although I used to get a little scared of the big bad wolf!
3. What was your first job when you finished college? Did you enjoy it?
My first job leaving school was for Lloyds TSB. I really enjoyed working there and it taught me a hell of a lot. But in the end, it just wasn’t for me.
4. What made you want to get into sales and marketing?
After working at Lloyds TSB, I learnt that I was good at talking to people which resulted in me converting leads into sales. This then lead me to leave Lloyds and go into a more salesy environment….and the rest is history.
5. What do you consider the 3 most important aspects of successful marketing?
Firstly, I would say relationship building. If there is no relationship between you and your potential client, there’s no sale as there will be a million other sales guys that offer your service, so show them why they should choose you.
Secondly, you need to believe in your product. If you don’t believe in your product yourself, how can you make someone else believe in it?
And lastly, product knowledge is very important. You need to know your product inside out before you consider selling to others. If you are unable to answer questions about your product, your potential client is not going to buy it – they’re going to buy from someone who knows what they’re talking about.
6. What advice would you give to someone who wants a career in marketing?
To get out there and give it a go! You don’t know if you’re going to be good at something until you try. I would advise people to get into sales as the possibilities are endless and the only person stopping you from succeeding is yourself! It’s a very rewarding job if you put in 100%. My only other advice is you do need to be thick skinned as rejection is something you’re going to be dealing with everyday.
7. What would be your dream job if you could do anything in the world?
Travelling the world testing water slides! How could you not enjoy getting paid to do that!
8. Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Leonardo Dicaprio. Enough said.
9. You’re off to the cinema – what would you choose?
b) Pick n’ Mix
d) Sharing bag
Answer: Popcorn, all day long! (Salt and Sweet mixed).
10. And finally, name 3 things you would take if you were stranded on a deserted island?
Sun glasses, Suncream and a towel.