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Posts Tagged ‘business development’

I have to stand up and talk to people?

Often in business we find that although it would very beneficial to talk to a group, when that occasion arises, you probably think of one of these two options: “How exciting, I have an opportunity to be heard, I can relay a message, educate an audience and share my expertise.” Or “Oh No, I don’t know what to say, what to wear and my tummy is already going crazy.” That’s how I was the first…

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Are You Getting What You Want From Your Business?

Do you remember that day, some time ago when you had an idea, and you kept thinking about it, and it just got bigger and bigger until you had to do something with it and then….you decided to start your business. Recall the energy you felt, the joy in your heart and the fear in your tummy, the total ‘Oh crikey, what am I doing, is this going to work out?’ excitement that kept you…

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When Was The Last Time You Watched Yourself?

After reading a great quote a few weeks ago, I keep getting drawn back to it. “The Way You Do One Thing Is The Way You Do Everything” I thought about it when; • I returned to a miview I had started • I was sorting out a double booking in my diary • I realised the mess I had left in my car As I revisited these things to sort them out, I thought this is…

Do Humble Hearts Give Us a New Appreciation For What We Have?

I had a really emotional experience the other day and I want to share with you, because it moved me deeply. I was meeting a friend for a bite to eat on the busy tourist mecca that is The Royal Mile and walking down the street, dodging the crowds, I was able to observe the ‘performance’ of a homeless man. Wrapped in a blanket, his hat placed on the road in front of him, he…

It’s January – What do You do?

Well I think we can safely say that with the festivities of Christmas and the New Year well and truly behind us, it’s time to get back to work. So, it’s January – what should we do in January? We have been surrounded by the possibilities of New Year’s Resolutions and with most of them already broken, we realise that taking action is not as easy as we sometimes perceive it to be. Well here…

The Question is, “Do you?”

Let’s get straight down to 2015 business here: Do you have a clear vision, a detailed picture in your head of what you want your business to look like, do you? Do you spend time each day making progress towards that, do you? I thought not! Like most people, you wonder what to do first, or what to do next? Just today I heard the words, “the hardest part is getting started”. And with so…

Anyone Can Make a Mess

I had the privilege of a weekend away in Wick, right in the north of Scotland where I was surrounded by beautiful scenery, wildlife and lovely people, all contributing to a wonderful break from city life. ‘Cleansing’, I believe, is the vocabulary for very wet, very wild and very windy weather! Following a brisk walk along the cliff edge while in awe of the strength of the powerful waves lashing in from the North Sea,…

If only I could get started, think what I could do!

When I think about motivation for businesses, I think of it as a title under ‘Management Development’ and how to get the best from your staff. But as I started writing this piece, I realised we need to consider our personal motivation first and consider why it is important to get the most out of ourselves, before working on others! I’d like you to imagine yourself 5 years in the future. Picture yourself sitting on…

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The art of Delegation – How am I supposed to do that?

Last time we looked at why we delegate (click here for a reminder)  and I promised you we would follow up with how to effectively delegate; so you start getting the most out of yourself and your people as fast as possible. The first challenge surrounds what you get someone else to do! It seems simple enough however when faced with many different options, it is easy to fall at this first step and decide against the…

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Business is not for you?

I have spoken to many people who ask themselves this question… ” Do I still want to be in business?” I did some personal reflection on that same question; I started up some years ago with a love for what I do and a passion to deliver a service that outwits, outreaches and outdoes everyone in my profession. Back when I started, I believed my zest for my business would shine through every time. I was…

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