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November 29th, 2019 03:30 pm Blog

‘Do Authentic’ Vs ‘Be Authentic’ You are probably familiar with the idea of race to the bottom, when everyone is selling on…

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November 19th, 2019 12:00 pm Videos

Highlights from November's live & interactive 'The Breakfast Board Meets Online’ with Richard Milton (founder e-nexus) leading a discussion around marketing challenges…

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November 18th, 2019 10:52 am Videos

Thanks to well-being legend Debbie Goodridge (Best Zest, Funky Wellness) for being our inspirational guest chair at this morning's #TheBreakfastBoard. If you…

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October 24th, 2019 02:36 pm Blog

Content marketing has become a kind of universal answer to any business-related question: How do I get more leads? - Do content…

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October 12th, 2019 11:57 am Videos

Another dynamic #TheBreakfastBoard meet up on Friday despite the stormy weather! And huge thanks to our guest chair Richard Milton (founder, e-nexus)…

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October 24th, 2019 11:30 am Blog

I'm slightly embarrassed to say that I only came across the term 'woke-washing' very recently, but as with any new discovery, once…

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September 13th, 2019 09:39 pm Videos

The Breakfast Board September 2019 - Mental well-being for business owners with Dan Willis of Why Digital. Your browser does not support…

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September 8th, 2019 12:26 am Videos

The Breakfast Board July 2019 special crossover event with ONLE Networking! Your browser does not support the video tag. Video by James…

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November 18th, 2019 11:02 am Ebooks

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? YES OF…

The Boardroom E-Book 5
November 18th, 2019 12:07 pm Ebooks

How do you differentiate yourself when excellence has become the norm? How do you compete against the massive production, promotion, and delivery…

The Boardroom E-Book 2
November 18th, 2019 12:03 pm Ebooks

Have you ever: Gone into an event without having a clear purpose? Wandered around aimlessly just talking to anyone who might look…

The Boardroom E-Book 3
November 18th, 2019 12:01 pm Ebooks

"Help, I've sold all my time!" At some point, every business owner hits a glass ceiling. At first, the success of your…

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September 3rd, 2019 01:31 pm Videos

EVERY business owner accepts they need to take risks, it's part and parcel of running any successful business. But how do you…

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September 3rd, 2019 01:31 pm Videos

This week's #2x2Tuesdays takes a look at introducing new products or services into your armoury. Is your next product just a 'good…

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September 3rd, 2019 01:31 pm Videos

The Breakfast Board July 2019, with Luke English (Laceys) on intellectual property and protecting your brand. Your browser does not support the…

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September 3rd, 2019 01:31 pm Videos

Whether you're a new or established business, it's never a bad time to give it a marketing boost - so have a go…

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August 23rd, 2019 08:54 am Videos

As a business owner, you'll relate to the fact that at times you have to act as a marketer, an accountant, a…

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August 23rd, 2019 08:56 am Videos

The Breakfast Board June 2019, with Nikki Emerton (founder, Be U) on influence and the power of words. Your browser does not…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:08 am Videos

This week's 2x2Tuesdays looks at the balance between risk and reward - Always a tough balancing act for any business owner. Your…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:03 am Videos

For a lot of businesses, your transactions with your customers keep the lights on, and food on the table. But changing those…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:13 am Videos

The Breakfast Board May 2019, with John Attridge (Founder & CEO, BBX UK) on the Science of Sales! Your browser does not…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:12 am Videos

Could it be time to rethink your businesses growth strategy? Here's our latest #2x2Tuesdays talking you through how to maximise your products…

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September 4th, 2019 07:12 am Blog

No matter the size of your business or the industry you operate in, branding is essential if you want to compete successfully.…

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September 4th, 2019 07:13 am Blog

It seems only natural to bundle together useful products, from high-tech student packages for laptops, software and accessories, to enticing new car…

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September 4th, 2019 07:13 am Blog

There are many pundits telling us to become unique, to find our 'niche of one', to become the only choice for our…

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September 4th, 2019 07:13 am Blog

It’s a jungle out there. You have to fight for every morsel of business, bending your terms and killing your margins. You’re…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:20 am Blog

We’re always being told that we should pursue retainer arrangements with our clients – a commitment on both sides for ‘x hours’…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:21 am Blog

Special Guest Blog by Becky Craig, founder of Blu Lake Personal Coaching & Development April 2015 was when I made the first solid…

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August 13th, 2019 10:21 am Blog

Right from when I was a kid, I was told to stop daydreaming and focus my attention on the task at hand.…

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August 13th, 2019 10:22 am Blog

If you know me at all, then you’ll already know I love this expression and the mindset it represents. TTP, is about planned,…

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August 13th, 2019 10:23 am Blog

In our contemporary, fast-food, ‘show me the money’ culture, we’ve grown accustomed to quick results and fulfilment on demand. Modern technology has streamlined…

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August 13th, 2019 10:23 am Blog

Perception is reality, right? If everyone has the same thought or belief in their heads at the same time, does it make…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:33 am Blog

Before I even get to that, what was 2017 the year of for you? Me, I blog about the things I see…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:22 am Blog

“The test is a mirror” - I stumbled across this enigmatic expression the other day, and it got me thinking. Sometimes the way…

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August 23rd, 2019 06:02 am Blog

In part one, we covered empowerment by technology and what can be achieved using off the shelf tools and applications to Do It Yourself.…

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August 13th, 2019 10:24 am Blog

Everyone thinks they’re a … photographer, graphic designer, recruiter, marketer … and to a certain extent, this is true. Gone are the days…

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August 13th, 2019 10:24 am Blog

The first thing he said. The  very  first  words  that came out of his mouth were an out-and-out, deliberate lie… It’s a regular Tuesday afternoon.…

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August 13th, 2019 10:25 am Blog

The other day, I heard someone described as a “proper, old-school salesman”. It made me smile; I like the idea of being…

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August 13th, 2019 10:25 am Blog

What’s the best client rejection you’ve ever had? I bet it was something honest, positive and unambiguous: “Thanks, I can see the value…

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August 13th, 2019 10:25 am Blog

Chambers Dictionary – the borderland of Hell, reserved for the unbaptised; any unsatisfactory place of consignment or oblivion; an uncertain or intermediate…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:16 am Blog

In Part 1, we looked at the inward impact of VUCA and how we can make our own business resilient to external factors.…

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August 13th, 2019 10:35 am Blog

You may already be familiar with the term, but even if not, it’s likely you’ve encountered it. I came across VUCA only…

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August 26th, 2019 01:14 pm Blog

Let’s dig deeper - what are the ingredients of this ‘doubt’ that you are ‘doing’ to yourself? Try these questions out for…

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August 13th, 2019 02:56 pm Blog

Everything that moves, meets resistance. If you want to move quickly, or move a lot, then this resistance becomes a big deal.…

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August 13th, 2019 03:58 pm Blog

It’s an inherent contradiction. We’re confident in our work and want our clients to be happy, yet the idea of offering unlimited…

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August 13th, 2019 02:43 pm Blog

Although we may like to think our capacity is infinite, it isn’t (unfortunately) which means sooner or later we reach a glass…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:16 am Blog

Stress is such an overused word that it has almost lost its true impact. Everyone is stressed nowadays, life is stressful. Most…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:53 am Blog

We accept that every now and again we’ll need to give up our evenings or work at the weekend to grow our…

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August 23rd, 2019 09:59 am Blog

Could you be looking in completely the wrong direction?​Are you polishing your website to add that extra 10% when instead you should really be…

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August 13th, 2019 02:39 pm Blog

So this is your chance to impress. Your ‘elevator pitch’ - A 60-second window to capture the interest of a potential new…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:01 am Blog

Too soon? As a business owner, you’ll know that time flies by. If you recognised any of the symptoms or advice in…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:04 am Blog

Have you ever had to sack a client? Or have you ever wished you could? Clients and client relationships come in many…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:07 am Blog

Do you have a Benefactor Client? Someone who: Probably has a strong presence in your industry; they are easy to manage; you…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:09 am Blog

For many, the warm summer months and long days provide welcome relief after months of damp and gloom. However, for many independent…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:11 am Blog

With so much emphasis in business on building empathy and rapport with prospects and understanding their needs, there’s an embarrassingly obvious part…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:16 am Blog

Overchoice: The more choice we have, the harder decisions can be to make. It may feel counter-intuitive, but giving more products, options and…

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August 13th, 2019 02:45 pm Blog

As business owners, we're bombarded every day with messages, things to do, ways to innovate, plans to make for the future; the…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:39 am Blog

As a business owner, you are bombarded with a steady stream of helpful hacks and well-meaning advice about how you should be…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:22 am Blog

Ronseal introduced its infamous ‘Does exactly what it says on the tin’ slogan way back in 1994. Dubbed the anti-line, it was…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:24 am Blog

Guest post by ​Natalia Shoutova, Executive & Corporate Coach at Be Do Have Coaching “We are what we repeatedly do” – Aristotle Self-sabotage does…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:32 am Blog

Who are you looking to meet? It’s a very simple question, but rarely gets a straightforward answer. More often than not we come…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:33 am Blog

.. well, you know how it goes. Like it or not, we start hearing, and thinking, about Christmas earlier every year. For…

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August 13th, 2019 03:06 pm Blog

We all have an inherent aversion to (/fear of) failure. Some of this is about how we might be perceived by others:…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:34 am Blog

You know, I think convenience is possibly THE most influential strategy in our New Age of Differentiation. Why? Because, when push comes to…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:43 am Blog

You know that competitor of yours, the one who’s always: On some mission or other, to change the face of this or…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:43 am Blog

As we build on the strategies of The Experience and Trust, we naturally move into the space of collaboration - working with your network - be it with your…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:44 am Blog

In my last blog update I said there was a new competitive strategy in town - ‘The Experience’.  Fact is, there’s a whole…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:45 am Blog

There’s a new competitive strategy in town, and it’s called ‘The Experience’. Experiences create emotional connections. If you can surround your offering…

4indecision
August 13th, 2019 02:46 pm Blog

Indecision lives at the margins. If you have one obviously good route available to you, and one obviously lousy one, then there’s no…

August 22nd, 2019 07:11 am Blog

There’s a lot of plates you need to keep spinning in an owner managed business. You need to be the MD, FD,…

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August 16th, 2019 09:31 am Blog

So, we have much excitement here in Old Blighty as we near tomorrow’s solar eclipse. Watching powers beyond our reach obscure the light…

Derisk
August 23rd, 2019 10:51 am Blog

We're always being told to sell the benefits, but what about the risks? Every purchasing decision contains some element of risk, some…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:51 am Blog

Next time you’re looking for a favour, take a moment and consider if you can re-frame your request into the form of…

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August 23rd, 2019 10:51 am Blog

As I’ve often said, it’s tough going building and running a business. Not everyone is cut out for it, and not every…

Christmas-pt2
August 23rd, 2019 10:53 am Blog

2015 is only a few weeks away. Finish 2014 on a roll and set yourself up now for a strong start to…

Christmas-pt1
August 23rd, 2019 10:53 am Blog

Don't start tuning out for Christmas just yet – Catch your competitors napping with these 12 tips to help you make the…

Goodenough
August 23rd, 2019 10:55 am Blog

In my last blog I talked about going the extra mile: ‘When Good Enough, Isn’t.’ After all it makes good sense doesn’t…

Goodenoughisnt
August 23rd, 2019 11:01 am Blog

I really am conflicted on this. There’s a gap between what best practice tells us, and the practical compromises we have to…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:00 am Blog

Small businesses can be brilliant. They’re all about people, and they can out-decision, out-manoeuvre, out-collaborate and out-care, while their lumbering bigger rivals…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:01 am Blog

Have you ever noticed that it’s the smaller, day to day, stuff that tends to scream for your attention? Whereas the big…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:03 am Blog

I’ve never needed glasses before, but age creeps up on us all, and I have had cause this week to investigate the…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:03 am Blog

In the form of a tea mug, I received the accolade of ‘World’s Best Dad’ on Sunday. It was humbling to receive…

empathy
August 23rd, 2019 11:04 am Blog

Not a client this time, but personal experience, true story... The Case Study: My poor suffering wife's car was itself suffering from…

empathyclosed
August 23rd, 2019 11:05 am Blog

I found myself talking to a debt collector this week (not for the obvious reasons) and it led to a really neat…

4butterfly
August 22nd, 2019 09:31 am Blog

The recent Seth Godin blog post 'Our inability to see ahead' talks about the perils of planning in an unpredictable world and closes…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:05 am Blog

Do you remember in Apollo 13 (Tom Hanks, 1995, "Houston we have a problem") where the on-the-ground technicians urgently have to find…

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August 23rd, 2019 11:41 am Blog

This old chestnut came up again during the festive break. The conundrum is often used as a way of expressing optimism, or…

angel
August 26th, 2019 02:15 pm Blog

Trust, and the BanksSo here's the thing about Trust; it relies on a combination of Intent, and Capability. You rely on someone…

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August 23rd, 2019 12:08 pm Blog

Voted Britain's most irritating television ad campaign for two years in a row, insurance comparison site Go Compare recently decided to drop…

bigfish
August 23rd, 2019 11:11 am Blog

Few of us are lucky enough to have customers beating our doors down to buy from us. There's always some kind of…

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