The experiment for small-group discussion without time limit went on. The 4th Pitch ‘n’ Win 2.0 session was conducted in Chinese in a new venue called Storyteller’s Cafe in Subang Jaya.
Pitch ‘n’ Win 2.0 – 商战孙子兵法 was organized on 6th November 2014 in the cafe full of books. As the event name suggested, the session was about business applications of The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
All of us were to introduce ourselves, what we do, and how we compete in business. For those of us who knew the book by Sun Tzu, they were welcome to share their strategies by employing Sun Tzu’s Art of War too.
The host Kiiwii Ng first introduced the event, followed by each of us briefly introducing ourselves. Then each of us started to share something about our business and the strategies we used.
Members having fun after discussing Sun Tzu
Not all participants had a business though. Anyway, we all did share about ourselves and our views on Sun Tzu’s strategies. Not all of us understood Sun Tzu very well, some of us even questioned about his methods.
Anyway, a vibrant discussion went on as those who knew the book helped to explain Sun Tzu to the rest of us, and as ideas and viewpoints bounced from one another. It was a mutual beneficial session full of learning and peer sharing.
The cafe owner’s 18-year old daughter, Wong Siew Leng, obviously surprised the group by her wise and mature sharing. As a result, she was voted as the best contributor to the session.
After 4 trials of discussion in smaller group, we have learned a lot what might work and what might not. However, we decided not to adopt the new model as it is not much different from some other sharing events. But we still look forward to using the new format when necessary especially when the crowd size is small in future.
- We can apply Sun Tzu’s teaching into many aspects in life, including business.
- If other event organizers can do a certain event better, try not to do the same thing.