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Alternative Ways to Brand You and Your Business

Alternative Ways to Brand You and Your Business

They are the envy of every marketing person, every guru, every expert and every business just starting or been in business donkey's years: brands who have a community of die-hard cult followers … Continue Reading »

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4 Tips for a Successful 2018

4 Tips for a Successful 2018

What are your goals for the year ahead? Maybe you want to develop a new product and grow your business? Or perhaps you want to improve efficiency and save money? Whatever your business resolutio… Continue Reading »

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Two Ears. One Mouth. Use Them That Way.

Two Ears. One Mouth. Use Them That Way.

To be good at selling any product or service you have to be good at listening


Ironically many salespeople miss the point when it comes to selling. Even more amazing are internet personalities tha… Continue Reading »

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Bring Your Personality to Work Day

Bring Your Personality to Work Day

Today I want to start a National Day for all workers. Something that would make your business a great place to be and something that your customers and clients will absolutely love!


Encourage peo… Continue Reading »

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Notebooks - The Secret Weapon for Business Success

Notebooks - The Secret Weapon for Business Success

Keep a notepad in your pocket. Simple. It could be the secret weapon in making your business a success.

Successful business entrepreneurs and owners tend to be very good observers. They … Continue Reading »

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If you Google me, I’m Quite a Big Deal

If you Google me, I’m Quite a Big Deal

"If you Google me, I’m Quite a Big Deal"


Can only be said by someone who genuinely thinks they are a big deal. This is the same week that online, someone locally was called, “The best coach i… Continue Reading »

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The 8 Questions That'll Attract The Right Customers

The 8 Questions That'll Attract The Right Customers

"Coaches, coaches everywhere telling me what to do and how to run my business."

Really? If that's the case then, they are instructors and not coaches. Managers and not coaches.

C… Continue Reading »

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12 Ways To Boost Your Sales NOW!

12 Ways To Boost Your Sales NOW!

Strategy 1: Use Content Marketing

“The key is not to call the decision maker. The key is to have the decision maker call you.” - Jeffrey Gitomer

A few years back, when you had a … Continue Reading »

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How Can a Disruptive Business Attract New Customers and Clients?

How Can a Disruptive Business Attract New Customers and Clients?

In the traditional approach to marketing, companies develop products or services and then implement strategies to help attract new customers to their business.

But times are changing. Today’s… Continue Reading »

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Why You Should Go Networking To Get New Customers

Why You Should Go Networking To Get New Customers

As a coach, I'm aware of many businesses that pursue ‘silver bullets' when it comes to attracting new clients and customers. It's quite a fascinating topic when there are many ‘guru's' in the bi… Continue Reading »

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How Should I Dress to Attract New Customers?

How Should I Dress to Attract New Customers?

Back in the early '00's I went for an interview at a high street bank, looking to remove myself from working in retail. The job was for a ‘personal account manager’ and I ended up getting th… Continue Reading »

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Why should small business owners change themselves before they change their business?

Why should small business owners change themselves before they change their business?

We generally change our businesses for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation. And because of those two choices, we then either change ourselves, or we don't. The problem with not changi… Continue Reading »

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What is a Mastermind Group?

What is a Mastermind Group?

You don’t have to do it alone. Running or managing a business can be a lonely place. So, whatever you want to achieve, whether in developing your own business or progressing your career, you wil… Continue Reading »

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The Ticking Time Bomb of the Self Employed and 3 Things To Do To Stop Going Boom!

The Ticking Time Bomb of the Self Employed and 3 Things To Do To Stop Going Boom!

In the last couple of years, stress in the workplace has become a serious subject. But I want to talk to you…the business owner. The self employed business owner. The person that HAS to get up… Continue Reading »

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9 Reasons You Should Look After You and Success Will Follow

9 Reasons You Should Look After You and Success Will Follow

Today marks the start of Men's Health Week 2017. Started on 2002, celebrated in June and always ending on Fathers Day, it promotes "Awareness - Prevention - Education - Family". From a personal … Continue Reading »

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Why You Didn’t Know They Had Depression

Why You Didn’t Know They Had Depression

Most of us have had it happen — the conversation that reveals someone we know, possibly even love, battles depression and we didn’t know it. We think to ourselves “but they seem so happy!” or “t… Continue Reading »

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An Anxious Workplace is a Crap Workplace The Art of a Brilliant Business

An Anxious Workplace is a Crap Workplace   The Art of a Brilliant Business

Anxiety at Work is a career ending condition.

Anxiety disorders have the potential to negatively affect job-performance and could ruin your career. Stop it dead in it's tracks. Stop the … Continue Reading »

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Your Network, Your Business, Your Mental Health

Your Network, Your Business, Your Mental Health

People who ‘do business’ sometimes shy away from networking events. Some are very simple. Some networking events make you ‘beg for work’. Some events involve walking in fields and networking. (S… Continue Reading »

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Better Sleep, Better Mental Health, Better Business

Better Sleep, Better Mental Health, Better Business

Poor sleep is a very serious threat to a business persons health and mental health. Poor sleeping habits lead to altered hormone balances and circadian rhythms. This process accelerates the agin… Continue Reading »

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Business Nightmares - Too Good To Be true

Business Nightmares - Too Good To Be true

They are absolutely everywhere you look. “Buy one, Get one free!” “Half price!” “Buy two get one free!” “Get a free x if you buy y”, but what happens when a special offer becomes a disaster and … Continue Reading »

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10 Ways Not To Look A 'Dick' At a Networking Event

10 Ways Not To Look A 'Dick' At a Networking Event

Here is an unremarkable fact: Small-business networking involves contacting people, talking with people, staying in touch with people, getting involved with groups of people in person, or via e-… Continue Reading »

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5 Benefits of Networking

5 Benefits of Networking

As a business owner within any industry, networking should be a key activity that is not only fun, but critical to your personal growth and business development. 

Businesses of any size … Continue Reading »

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Simple Questions To Put Your Business Back Together

Simple Questions To Put Your Business Back Together

There are many experts, me included that write about and talk about how you come up with an image or a brand or how you differentiate yourself from other businesses that maybe similar to yours. … Continue Reading »

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7 Levers to Grow Your Business Today

7 Levers to Grow Your Business Today

Early in 2014, I was given access to Pete Williams, an Australian Entrepeneur, described by the Australian Press as the ‘Australian Richard Branson’.

At the age of 21, he saw an opportu… Continue Reading »

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8 Reasons To Take Time Off

8  Reasons To Take Time Off

Here we are, racing toward the end of the first  month of the year and Christmas seems like an age away. For me it’s been a month of self discovery, rebuilding and putting one foot in front of t… Continue Reading »

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13 Things Not To Do at a Networking Event

13 Things Not To Do at a Networking Event

If you’re in any kind of business, you’re probably not going to avoid awkward networking situations entirely, no matter how hard you try--at some point, you will get cornered by the one person i… Continue Reading »

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The Business of Being an Entrepreneur

The Business of Being an Entrepreneur

Now before we go any further, I just want to say congratulations. Seriously.

Not on reading this, but because..well actually yes, you are reading this and that's good as well.

But mainly because… Continue Reading »

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10 Reasons Why Your Business Might Fail

10 Reasons Why Your Business Might Fail

No small company wants to go out of business, yet many do. The passion and the the dreams of many people go by the wayside. And the younger the company, the greater the likelihood that it will.


A… Continue Reading »

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13 Things Failure Taught Me To Do Better

13 Things Failure Taught Me To Do Better

Everyone fails in life. At one point or another, you’re going to suffer through failure. It's a fact of life I guess. If you haven’t already experienced some monumental failures, then you just w… Continue Reading »

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Why Your Ego is Your Enemy

Why Your Ego is Your Enemy

“If success is ego intoxication, then failure can be a devastating ego blow – turning slips into falls and little troubles into great unraveling. If ego is often just a nasty side effect of grea… Continue Reading »

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3 Things I Learned From Sherlock

3 Things I Learned From Sherlock

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

Steven Moffatt and Mark Gattis have never shied from fiddling with the format of Sherlock. For each “normal” episode – clever deductions, crime solving, battling M… Continue Reading »

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What Every Successful Person Struggles With

What Every Successful Person Struggles With

Scott Samuel “Scooter” Braun was born on June 18, 1981 and is an American talent manager and businessman. He owns two record labels: School Boy Records and Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG). … Continue Reading »

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The Business Life Podcast Episode 7

The Business Life Podcast Episode 7

Welcome to Episode 7 of The Business Life Coach.

Marc has decided that he wants to take a different tack on the start of 2017’s podcasts. Everywhere is nice and fluffy and so I’ve decided tha… Continue Reading »

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Practice Makes Perfect in 2017

Practice Makes Perfect in 2017

Just what does it take to be the best? What is the hidden logic of success that shapes the careers of world-beaters like David Beckham and Serena Williams, and creative successes like Mozart and… Continue Reading »

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New PODCAST OUT TODAY: Episode 3 “It’s Only Words”

New PODCAST OUT TODAY: Episode 3 “It’s Only Words”

This podcast is about words. I’ve been amazed at the power of them for some time. And in an age where we constantly message each other and sentences can take on different meanings by the way the… Continue Reading »

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5 People’s Rag’s to Riches Stories, You Might Not Have Heard Of

5 People’s Rag’s to Riches Stories, You Might Not Have Heard Of

Last week I was given some feedback that suggested one or two of my posts were on the slightly negative side. I’d like to think they were on the realistic, my head isn’t in the clouds kind of po… Continue Reading »

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Why Do You Do What you Do? Really? Why…?

Why Do You Do What you Do? Really? Why…?

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
Malcolm X

Yesterday I had a conversation with someone I hadn’t had a chat with for ages. In a throw away comment they said that … Continue Reading »

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33,000 People Hit The Benefits Jackpot and The Other 50+Million Don’t

33,000 People Hit The Benefits Jackpot and The Other 50+Million Don’t

What’s a positive heading? I bet my critics are reading this article going “Oh yes, we got the old Marc again and he is a negative sod”.  Well it’s true! I’ve come to realise that when it comes … Continue Reading »

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What Can Go Wrong With Your Successful Business

What Can Go Wrong With Your Successful Business

It’s often said that more than half of new businesses fail during the first year. According to some statistics, and quite frankly I’d like to be on the positive side of things, this isn’t necess… Continue Reading »

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How To Solve Business Problems Positively

How To Solve Business Problems Positively

How bloody frustrating?

Someone asked me what were the best questions you should ask to make your business better quickly? Now it’s one of those where you can give people a generic answer and… Continue Reading »

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These Are The Voyages of The Social Enterprise

These Are The Voyages of The Social Enterprise

Someone very close to me has been part of a brand new business that is a social enterprise. So as something that’s not usually written about, I thought I’d write about it!

Social enterprises … Continue Reading »

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The 12 Social Media Tips of Christmas

The 12 Social Media Tips of Christmas

OK…so I often have polarising opinions on social media. But on September 16th I was reminded in a slightly depressing way that there were 99 days to Christmas! If you have a small business and y… Continue Reading »

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12 Reasons Why You Went Self Employed or Freelance

12 Reasons Why You Went Self Employed or Freelance

Sometimes, amidst the stress of multiple converging deadlines, an inbox of over 300 unanswered emails and the endless hustle to obtain new clients, it can be hard to remember why you chose to be… Continue Reading »

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Time Is Running Out If You're In Retail

Time Is Running Out If You're In Retail

Retail is being pulled apart like a chicken carcass being devoured by a fox. So why are local governments continuing to encourage the building of more retail floor space at premium rates?

Ret… Continue Reading »

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Is This More Apple Than We Can Chew

Is This More Apple Than We Can Chew

So are Apple being brave, controlling or have just made the biggest faux pas that a big business can ever make?

Last night saw the launch of the iPhone 7. But for once no-one is really talkin… Continue Reading »

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What's On Your Bucket List?

What's On Your Bucket List?

Yesterday I watched this brilliant video by TED Speaker, Trav Bell, the self styled ‘Bucket List Guy’.

This chap is so Australian, with his well looked after physique and Mohawk hair cut but … Continue Reading »

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Lesson of Success From Tony

Lesson of Success From Tony

If you want to change your life, you have to change your strategy, you have to change your story, and you have to change your state.
In the book, MONEY Master the Gam

e: 7 Simple Steps to Fi… Continue Reading »

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Belief + Potential + Action = Results

Belief + Potential + Action = Results

What’s your story? What do you believe about your ‘lot’ in life? Are those beliefs empowering you or preventing you from living a successful, happy and fulfilled life?

Most of us don’t make a… Continue Reading »

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Tips to Beat Business Loneliness and Survive!

Tips to Beat Business Loneliness and Survive!

My day always starts with a tea. More recently a decaffeinated tea, but I have started to migrate to coffee. By 10 a.m., I’m back for a third or fourth cup. It’s my fuel for writing, but it’s al… Continue Reading »

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Get Miserable and Become Brilliant

Get Miserable and Become Brilliant

Ideas come from the strangest places…

I only want to talk to people that want a ‘great career’. Not to people that want a ‘good career’. Because we’ve all been designed and modified into thin… Continue Reading »

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Why You Should Never Fear Failing

Why You Should Never Fear Failing

As I stood in front of that board back in 1992, I began to sweat profusely. I was feeling numb and the first signs of anxiety started to show. My hands were tingling and the palms sweaty. I bloc… Continue Reading »

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Why You Need to Learn – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Why You Need to Learn – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Do you remember leaving school or university and thinking that exams and assessments would be a thing of the past? It doesn’t take long to realise that the workplace can be an equally intense an… Continue Reading »

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Do YOU Need Social Media or Does Social Media NEED YOUR Business?

Do YOU Need Social Media or Does Social Media NEED YOUR Business?

Does your business need social media? It depends on your answer to this question: Does your business have customers that are on social networks? If the answer is yes, then you need to be there w… Continue Reading »

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The Relationship Trap – The Art of a Brilliant Business

The Relationship Trap – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Whether you run a large company or a small one, some of the most important people in your life can be effected by what’s happening in a mentally ill persons head. They support you, they live the… Continue Reading »

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4 Reasons Being Selfish Isn’t As Bad As I Thought – The Art of a Brilliant Business

4 Reasons Being Selfish Isn’t As Bad As I Thought – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Being called selfish doesn’t feel like a compliment, but the trait can actually make you a better person, psychology experts say.

“When you take care of yourself first, you show up as a healt… Continue Reading »

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4 Lessons Marines Can Teach You About Mentally Toughness – The Art of a Brilliant Business

4 Lessons Marines Can Teach You About Mentally Toughness – The Art of a Brilliant Business

The year was 2003, and the Iraq War had just begun. Hall was a member of a secretive U.S. Army special operations unit nicknamed The Activity (think SEAL Team 6 but more secretive). Like a team … Continue Reading »

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7 Ways Not To Waste Your Life – The Art of a Brilliant Business

7 Ways Not To Waste Your Life – The Art of a Brilliant Business

According to a recent survey that Inc.com conducted of 500 business owners, over 70% reported feeling “overwhelmed” running their companies. They felt pulled in too many directions, like they we… Continue Reading »

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40ish Ways to Relax and Beat Work Stress – The Art of a Brilliant Business

40ish Ways to Relax and Beat Work Stress – The Art of a Brilliant Business

There are 364 new emails in the inbox, those new trousers are covered in scalding coffee, and the next customer call starts in exactly five minutes. In other words, it’s the perfect time to rela… Continue Reading »

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The Formula for Billionaires That Just ‘Got It’ – The Art of A Brilliant Business

The Formula for Billionaires That Just ‘Got It’ – The Art of A Brilliant Business

Have you ever wondered why certain people seem to start a business and it just ‘works’ and end up making a lot of money? Irritating isn’t it?

If you look at those annoying ‘memes’, (yes I’m g… Continue Reading »

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Who’s in Your Success and Wealth Team? – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Who’s in Your Success and Wealth Team? – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Who’s in your ‘Wealth Team’?

Many years ago, Henry Ford, (no relation, but right now I’ll take it), founder of Ford Motors, was involved in a libel trial with a Chicago Newspaper that accused… Continue Reading »

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5 Lies Depression Told Me

5 Lies Depression Told Me

I was not depressed.

I couldn’t be.

I had never self-harmed. I had never ideated on suicide until recently. I wasn’t like the people I saw on TV or in movies or in books who were depressed… Continue Reading »

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Running a School is Like a Business – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Running a School is Like a Business – The Art of a Brilliant Business

So as I continue to look at business in a very different way, my thoughts cross to what being in a small business is actually like. Those that run them, or have run them, ‘get it’. Those that wo… Continue Reading »

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Be in The Top 20% and Not The 80% – How To Avoid Failure – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Be in The Top 20% and Not The 80% – How To Avoid Failure – The Art of a Brilliant Business

Breaks my heart. Really it does. you are good people but the bloody odds are stacked against you…and some.

According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within t… Continue Reading »

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TOXIC! People to Avoid When In Business – Art of a Brilliant Business

TOXIC! People to Avoid When In Business – Art of a Brilliant Business

Starting a brilliant business is one of the most challenging things you can do. And one of the hardest parts is that most people won’t understand why you’re working so hard, especially when you’… Continue Reading »

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The Blueprint of a Self Employed Business Owner – The Art of a Brilliant Business

The Blueprint of a Self Employed Business Owner – The Art of a Brilliant Business

One of the first things I got asked, (I don’t anymore, because it’s a bit of a boring story), is why did you become self employed? The short answer? I was bored working for under achieving, over… Continue Reading »

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Mental Health in Your Business. Is there a way back?

Mental Health in Your Business. Is there a way back?

In a given year, more than 1 in 5 of the adult population – will suffer from a depressive illness.

So odds are good that you, a relative, or a co-worker has or will experience depression – an… Continue Reading »

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Brexit and the Small Business

Brexit and the Small Business

And so in a week where Chris Evans ‘Brexited’ from Europe’s top car show, the big boys in business continue to flail all over the place. prices up. Pound down. Business in. Business out. It’s al… Continue Reading »

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The Review Formula: The Ultimate in Feedback

The Review Formula: The Ultimate in Feedback

For millions of online shoppers, customer product and service reviews have become one of the most popular and useful aspects of buying from online retailers including giants like Amazon.

But,… Continue Reading »

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Sleep rituals of successful entrepreneurs: Best practices for night-time BRILLIANCE

Sleep rituals of successful entrepreneurs: Best practices for night-time BRILLIANCE

You might be considering ways to work more efficiently into the night, but the reality is that many of us could benefit from MORE shut-eye. For years people are told that nothing gets accomplish… Continue Reading »

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Lessons from New York #2 : What’s Your Customer Journey?

Lessons from New York #2 : What’s Your Customer Journey?

Customers make your business tick. Customers make your business work. Customers make your business survive and prosper. Customers can make or break your business. So why do so few people actuall… Continue Reading »

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Lessons From NYC: #1 Do Something Different

Lessons From NYC: #1 Do Something Different

America. The land of the free. The land of every thing that seems to be super sized. The land where a waffle is the size of your head. The burgers are bigger are bigger than your mouth. The buil… Continue Reading »

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What a TED Talk Can Do To a Man and Technology

What a TED Talk Can Do To a Man and Technology

It’s an end of May afternoon in Derby. The modern styled cinema type room is gradually filling up and I’m watching a friend and colleague get more and more nervous.

Somehow this very calm and… Continue Reading »

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Can One Moment in Life Make an Entrepreneur?

Can One Moment in Life Make an Entrepreneur?

The last few years have been an eye opener to me. I’ve changed direction so many times I look like a learner driver that got lost. Finally I’ve seen the light as to my real direction and my real… Continue Reading »

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Why Speakers Should Inspire and Not Sell

Why Speakers Should Inspire and Not Sell

Today I was hugely fortunate to be asked to talk to 100 business owners at a local breakfast meeting. It’s also a daunting task and perhaps a thankless one, when it’s so early in the morning. Th… Continue Reading »

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WARNING: Not reading this could damage your health!

WARNING: Not reading this could damage your health!

Stress is a nasty word. It’s also a word that whilst being constantly used in various inappropriate situations is verymisunderstood. It’s a truly unpleasant, potentially harmful, and decide… Continue Reading »

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6 Ways for Start-up's To attract Customers With Brilliant Customer Service

6 Ways for Start-up's To attract Customers With Brilliant Customer Service

Every small business starts out as a dream. Every small business starts out with a vision. Every small business starts out with so much creativity and passion.

Then when you validate and run … Continue Reading »

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Is Your Business as Dumb as an Elephant?

Is Your Business as Dumb as an Elephant?

The picture above shows you how in general we live life and run a business. It’s linked to a part of the brain called the reptilian brain whose entire purpose is to keep you safe.
As an example… Continue Reading »

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Random Acts of Kindness... even in business

Random Acts of Kindness... even in business

The following story has been floating around the internet for years, but I’d like to share it again as the story is genuinely important. It is the story of friendship and how one small act of ki… Continue Reading »

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You have talent... use it.

You have talent... use it.

Someone sent me a message saying they were just too busy to do a workshop that I’m running even though they (in their own words), really, really, really want to follow that niche. So to all thos… Continue Reading »

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