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Sunday 13 July 2014

Fired Melody to tone down in future

Melody Hossaini said she learned some lessons from her time on The Apprentice

Fired Apprentice candidate Melody Hossaini claims she has learned a lesson about "listening more" after viewers saw her talk her way out of a job with Lord Sugar.

The business consultant's over-lengthy chatter proved a turn-off in the boardroom, leading to her being axed during Wednesday night's edition of the BBC1 show.

Melody had volunteered to project-manage her team in this week's "reinvestment" task but failed to show enough savvy.

She tried hard to defend her actions to Lord Sugar in the boardroom, prompting advisor Karren Brady to tell the business guru: "If you went into business with Melody, your board meeting would be a very long affair."

After being fired, Melody, who is the founder and director of a global youth consultancy business, said: "Lord Sugar and I won't be going into business right now, but perhaps our paths will cross again and I can tell him what I do, which is more than just talking."

Speaking about what she would be taking away from her stint in the show, she said: "Listening more."

Melody added: "I think we're expanding our business at the moment and I've run it single-handedly for a long time, so I've had to rely on my own instincts, but now I will be forced to work with a lot of different people.

"Also, that I don't have to come across as so strong all the time and that it's okay to show a bit of vulnerability."

The aspiring apprentice admitted she came across as arrogant but insisted she was putting on a confident attitude to hide her weaknesses.

She said: "When I'm coming across as most confident and arrogant is when I'm feeling my most insecure and vulnerable. It's my way of covering it up, and that's me being completely honest."

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