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The Importance of Having the Right Temperament and Disposition in Business

Over the past 5 years, Shawn Khorassani has been able to work with a wide range of entrepreneurs and businesses through his work with Coras – the foundation he set up and pioneered.


This has put him in a special position to see what makes a successful leader /entrepreneur and to provide an insight into what specific attributes are needed to establish and drive a successful business.


So, in his opinion, what are the key ingredients?


“There are many management gurus and manuals that have a lot to say about successful people/business having the right people, leadership and management skills. However, there is something that you don’t often hear about and is not talked about in this particular way. These are Temperament & Disposition.”


Shawn went on to expand on what these attributes are. “Your temperament will define whether you are cut out for this game or not – surviving and prospering in business means that you have to deal with any situation that life throws at you. You cannot afford to be emotional or anger quickly when things go wrong, as they inevitably will. The key is to take a breath and look at the bigger picture.”


He believes that having the right temperament means being consistent in how you deal with difficult situations and with people. “I used to expect everyone to be like me, to think like me and to work like me – I had a lot to learn. We have to respect everyone for their differences and their own talents.”


But what about disposition, how does this fit into the business recipe?


“Having the right disposition is about having faith in your vision for the business and the future. To be a successful entrepreneur and business creator you must have the courage to take risks and take on challenges.” Humility is also an asset “Make sure that you learn everything you can from those around you and never be afraid of questioning – sometimes the simplest question is the most important one.”


Crucially, patience is vital “Do not be precious about the speed of progress or anxious about the growth of the business. If you believe that you have the right plan and the right vision then have faith it is going in the right direction.”


So can you summarize by saying that is this in your DNA?


“Yes, I think it is something that you are born with. However, if that’s not the case, it is fine and you use your talents in other areas rather than running a business – as you will not enjoy the ride!”


Perhaps the most important thing is to understand that not everyone is ready for the journey “Know yourself and understand your character first. Being successful is a long game.


All the people I have met through Coras have worked hard – success does not come overnight. It takes tenacity, patience and courage. I have had a fantastic 5 years and am privileged to have been involved with some amazing companies and some amazing people. I am looking forward to the next 5 years.”

Book your place in the 2015 Coras Awards Ceremony and Dinner – In its third year and still growing

Coras has made its reputation by promoting and nurturing businesses and entrepreneurs in and around Newbury – and in 2015 we will continue to do just that. On 7th May we are holding our third gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Hilton Newbury Centre. We would love you to join us.

This is a great opportunity for you to meet business professionals at a high level, to promote what you do and to celebrate the success of local businesses.

If you would like to attend or would benefit from winning £1K cash, 6 months business mentoring and an opportunity to tap into a possible £50K investment (or know someone who would) then read more here.

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With 20 days left, there is still time to get involved with Coras 2014

With 20 days left, there is still time to get involved with Coras 2014

7:00 pm 1st of May, Hilton Newbury Centre Hotel

What else have we been up to in the last quarter?

Coras Partners’ Lunch
March 27th: This year’s partners’ lunch was a great success with most of the partners and sponsors in attendance. Check out the photos on Facebook.

We Do Love Kombucha
Recently, Love Kombucha, one of our finalists from last year, wrote to us: “When I stood in front of the Coras audience in May 2013, Love Kombucha was really just a seed of an idea. However, the overwhelming response I had from the attendees was so positive, that it gave me the confidence to push ahead.”

Coras on the big screen!
If you followed us on You-Tube you would have noticed the new videos we launched this year for all the people attending or wanting to learn more about us.

It could be yours, remember it only comes once a year and will open up so many doors for you. Check the testimonials from last year.

Hello from Coras, we hope you have had a great start to 2014

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What else have we been up to in the last quarter?


Sovereign Housing Open Indoor Market

Dec 7th: Here we have Shawn with Hedi Leyshon of Sovereign Housing at the opening of the Indoor market, where he and the mayor of Newbury launched this initiative.


Why aren’t you in this picture?

Why not be the new face on our next newsletter? If you would like Shawn to help your business grow or if you need help from an external observer with challenges you face in the business world, get in contact with Shawn. Click on the picture!


Greenham Trust Annual Charity Evening

Nov 27th: Julian May, Communication Manager of Greenham Business Trust with Jane Walker of Ufton Court the winner of the competition to have a session with Shawn in December 2013. Shawn was the keynote speaker at this event. If you like Shawn to speak at your next event why not contact us.


Shawn goes back to school!

Nov 17th: Shawn goes to Kennet school to speak to the 6th form students during their Global Enterprise Week.

Coras JULY 2013 News Update

Thought you might be interested to know what we have been upto in the last month since the big night!

Community Support
Sunday 23rd of June Supporting Newbury Rotary Club Boules event in the town centre. Shawn playing for Prestige Network Team. We might well have a Coras Team for next year, the polo shirts are ready. If you are talented sports wise you can play as a guest for Coras and keep the Polo shirt!

Coras in Greenham Business Park
We use Liberty House as our first base. Stuart Tagg, the CEO of Greenham Trust said, “We are very pleased to welcome Shawn and Coras to The Enterprise Centre. Having a successful entrepreneur base their operation at Greenham Business Park provides great opportunities for start up businesses to take advantage of some of the mentoring that Shawn is able to give.’

Check out the latest from the finalists.

Coras sponsors…
Coras has become a sponsor for the viewing of a Iranian Taboo which will be held at Arlington Centre on 19th October.

Video Highlights of Coras 2013
Check out the highlights of on the Coras Channel Coming up soon the full presentation of Shawn on the night!

Non Stop Media Coverage
Since 2nd of May, media has been very kind to us, with regular articles appearing in the local media including Newbury Weekly News, Buzz Magazine, Breeze Radio, plus a major 3 page spread in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life for Fields of Fun, the winner of Coras2013.

Date for your Diary: Coras Lunch at Hilton Hotel on 19th of September.
If you are interested email

Can’t wait till the next news update?
Check our Facebook page. Photos of the event reached over 3500 people.

Entrepreneur Shawn Khorassani, co-founder of Prestige Network, today launches a new personal website.

The website includes information about his business portfolio, a business tips section and latest news which will be updated regularly.

The website coincides with an important step forward for Shawn Khorassani, as he takes a step back from the day to day running of Prestige Network, to focus on other projects.

Follow Shawn on Twitter here to stay up to date with his latest ventures and keep your eyes peeled on any that you may be able to get involved with!