Each week we shine the spotlight on a leading light in Dorset and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…
His favourite smell is a BBQ, 52 weeks of the year whatever the weather; he’d like to share a car with Spanish football manager Pep Guardiola and gets angry at litter and bad manners.
Paul Taylor, Business Development Executive, Dorset Chamber, takes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 Questions.
Question: What is your favourite TV show?
Answer: ‘Breaking Bad’, the American drama series. It was groundbreaking at the time and the first television series I ever watched on Netflix and binge watched, TWICE!
Q: Who would you like to share a car with?
A: Pep Guardiola, the Spanish football manager. I’m not a Man City fan (AFC Bournemouth obviously) but I love his management style and achievements and I think a lot of these could be transferable into the business world.
Q: The best bit of my job is…?
A: Meeting people and discovering the amount of diverse business and business sectors we have in Dorset – world class.
Q: And the worst?
A: Walking to work in the rain.
Q: Who was your childhood hero?
A: Barry Sheene, who was a two-time world 500cc motorcycle champion. An incredible rider of his era, always smiling and always positive.
Q: What’s your favourite smell?
A: BBQ, 52 weeks of the year whatever the weather, come rain or shine. The envy you have when you can smell your neighbour’s BBQ and you’re not having one!
Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?
A: Sandbanks beach. It doesn’t matter about the weather, just sand in your toes and listening to the waves crashing onshore. No better place.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?
A: Choose a sector you are passionate about, so that you have a reason to get up in the morning and treat it like it’s your own business.
Q: What was your first record/CD?
A: ‘You’re the One that I Want’ by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta from the film Grease. Purchased from Woolworths.
Q: What gets you angry?
A: Litter and bad manners. No need for either and they don’t cost you anything.
Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?
A: ‘Adagio for Strings’ by Samuel Barber. This was one of my late father’s favourite pieces of music and featured in one of my favourite films, Platoon.
Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?
A: Passion, reliability and confidence.
Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?
A: Sunday roast; not fussed about which meat but must have Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes. The taste and the smell just brings a family together.
Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?
A: Strange one. Melon but it must have prosciutto ham with it, I know!!
Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?
A: The fact that we have the most amazing coastline and countryside around us and we are only two hours from London.
Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?
A: I would not allow career politicians in the House of Commons. I believe you need life skills before you can become a politician.
Q: What’s your biggest frustration?
A: My partner (only joking!). It would have to be not making every day count. Life is short so we should make the most of each and every day.
Q: Where’s your favourite holiday location?
A: I’ve travelled around the globe quite a bit but I still love the UK, especially Scotland and recently the Lake District.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
A: Hopefully not in a wooden box with my partner dancing on top! I don’t see myself retiring, I would get bored too quickly, plus I’ve still got a big mortgage to pay off!!
Q: What would you like to be remembered for?
A: For these 20 questions, oh, and being able to make people smile 😉.