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Entrepreneur Naomi Simson’s Insights To Strengthen Your Business

Naomi Simson

When I speak to Naomi Simson, we’ve not long been released from the grip of COVID-19 Level 4 and the experience is still etched in our mind. Naomi is enjoying a peaceful harbour-side walk when we speak on the phone. She has, I suspect, always been a master multi-tasker and freely admits a walk and a chat makes a better alternative to a non-stop chain of Zoom meetings. 

It also sets the tone of our discussion about the opportunities that will arise from the ashes of the current economic slow-down to the many things we can and should be grateful for both personally and professionally.

Naomi Simson
Entrepreneur Naomi Simson and Lenovo ambassador

“I’m on a walk to avoid the trap of video call to video call and the weather is amazing,” says Naomi, the founder of the online experience gift retailer RedBalloon and popular shark on Network Ten’s TV show Shark Tank. “I’m down looking at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. So, I’m feeling grateful I live in a lucky country, one with strong leadership. From our banks to our Government, we have benefited from our leaders taking tough decisions early and had their consistent approach to dealing with COVID-19.”

Naomi Simson painting
Find out more about Naomi Simson’s amazing paintings here.

 “I’m feeling grateful I live in a lucky country, one with strong leadership.”

Naomi Simson

Naomi is still working from home, something she admits, has its advantages. Namely, it has given her the chance to enjoy her long-held passion for painting and she’s relished in a world where colour and texture, rather than business decisions, rule. “Painting is fabulous,” says Naomi, who is a business and thought leader with more than 2.8 million Linkedin followers.

Naomi Simson on the set of Pic by Cliff Kent
Naomi Simson on the set of Pic by Cliff Kent

“I need to start selling them now. It’s a very expensive hobby especially as I’m using Belgian canvas. My husband found one of the first paintings I did recently and snuck it off and is getting it framed. I painted it 20 years ago.” 

Naomi’s beautiful abstract paintings of lemon-scented gums and glistening wet autumnal leaves can be seen, and yes even bought, on her site where she describes her world of painting as the special place where she ‘can get lost in.’

Naomi Simson and Sarah Harris on the set of Pic by Cliff Kent
Naomi Simson and Sarah Harris on the set of
Pic by Cliff Kent

Read about the tips she gave to three small business owners here regarding working remotely. And don’t forget to check out her Game Changers interview with Sarah Harris here!

Robyn Foyster

Written by Robyn Foyster

Robyn Foyster is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly. She is also the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech, Game Changers and The Carousel. Robyn is the owner and founder of a tech business called AR tech, where she helped create the world's first AR community shopping app called Sweep and her team produced the 2018 Vivid app. She is a speaker and a judge of the Telstra Business Awards and Mumbrella Awards. Robyn is passionate about supporting women in STEM.


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