Are your customers your teachers too?

I started my career as a teacher, teaching economics, business and mathematics, and during my (short) career as a teacher I learned a couple of things: The teacher learns just as much from the student as the student learns from the teacher. This was no more evident to me than when trying to explain concepts in my classes and I was met with blank looks and silence as my explanation went right over their head. What I learned was that

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What can we learn from pyramids about improving communication and writing proposals?

What can we learn from pyramids about improving communication and writing proposals? Well, nothing really. However, Barbara Minto an ex-McKinsey consultant did write a book a few years ago called the Pyramid Principle, which summarised a really straight forward way of structuring your proposals, pitches, arguments etc Why is this useful? Ever written an email or a presentation or an investment proposal or a pitch to a customer and when you have read it back to yourself it never made

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Jim Rohn: Work harder on yourself than you do on your job

Adrian is currently away on a holiday adventure so we thought you’d enjoy a dip into the archives to re-visit some posts that you may not have seen. Enjoy. Originally posted on December 4th, 2009 Ever come across that idea that says “work harder on yourself than you do on your job”. This comes from the author Jim Rohn and is what his mentor told him when faced with the prospect of growing his own business. Sage advice indeed. One

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What can we learn from the guy spinning the plates at the circus…?

Adrian is currently away on a holiday adventure so we thought you’d enjoy a dip into the archives to re-visit some posts that you may not have seen. Enjoy. Originally posted on December 4th, 2009 Childhood memories can be wonderful things and opportunities to learn and re-learn important lessons. ….Remember going to the circus when you were a child and seeing the guy doing the turn with the spinning plates? Remember how, if he went too fast and added too

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Off on an adventure – back in a bit

Hana and I are off on a little adventure today in our friend Brian (above), which we are borrowing off the lovely people at Vanilla Splits. We’ll be away for a week or so and whilst we are away we might climb this or go paddling here In the meantime, I’m going to arrange to re-post some old articles from the archive that you may or may not have seen. Look forward to sharing some stories and inspiration when we

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#SweetSelection 2: 7 Great Blog Articles From My Travels This Week

My #SweetSelection: This is the second time I’ve done this and you never know it may turn into a series 😉 It also allows me to look up and find great pictures of sweets that I know from when I was a kid. That’s never a bad thing. So, anyway, this week’s features a bit of social media how to, a free book, leadership and some other different flavours from bloggers that I really like. I hope you enjoy them

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Time Management: 3 tips on managing your time to be more successful

One of the things that I often hear when speaking at events, working with clients or out networking with business colleagues is….. ‘That’s all well and good, Adrian, but where am I going to find the time to do all that?” People often complain that they do not have enough time. But the fact of the matter is that they have the same amount of time as anyone else, whether rich or poor, successful or waiting to be found. It’s

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Sweet Selection: 8 Great Blog Articles From My Travels This Week

My sweet selection: I thought I’d try something different today and go through some of the blogs that I have seen and read this week that I have liked and that I think you may find useful. There are book summaries, articles on customer service, branding, leadership and SEO from bloggers that I really like. I hope you enjoy them too. The Little BIG Things, Compressed Edition! The first article is from Tom Peters and features a download link to

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The #7links Challenge – A Look Back at The Last Few Months

Some of you, if you spend some time on Twitter or hanging around the blog world, may have come across the #7links Challenge in the last week. If you’ve not heard of it, it was started by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger fame with the aim to create a list post that highlights some of the posts in your archives to new readers (a sneeze page), that links out to another blog and that hopefully is a little fun (and not too much work) to

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