Being Smarter channel: Get organised

How I earned £300 cashback in 6 months (without trying)

[For UK readers only.] I buy a lot of ‘stuff’ online, mainly because it’s a) cheaper and b) saves me time and c) why leave the house when I don’t have to?! I have huge sympathy for the UK High St, however, as I’m often told, business is business. About a year ago I was […]

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One of the best questions to ask your clients

I love working with smart people. It’s inspiring. I’m working with someone at the moment who gets selling. He gets how to get inside buyers’ heads and he gets the concept of talking a buyer’s language and really – I mean – really figuring out what they are looking for in a service. Adrian Evans […]

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If you don't ask, you don't get – part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called if you don’t ask, you don’t get. It contained a bunch of different examples of some surprising cases of people asking, and much to their surprise, getting what they asked for. I thought it was time to start practicing what I was preaching. My principle business, […]

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Do one thing, and do it well

Last Wednesday night was pretty special. My wife and I headed up to London, on a school night, children kindly looked after, to attend a rather emotional awards ceremony. After the ceremony, to say we needed food would be an understatement and we were fortunate enough to stumble across a very nice looking restaurant, just […]

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10 apps and websites to increase productivity in 2013

I’ve learnt over the last few years to get more than most people out of their day, and no, not just by working 15 hour days – by being organised, by using the right technology and by being disciplined in my use of it. Software is just software at the end of the day. The […]

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7 things to do when you can't concentrate

No one can work to their full potential all the time. Depending on what’s happening in your business or personal life, you will perform at different levels. Sometimes you’ll be working away, but just can’t concentrate – and you’re just not getting anything done, or not doing it well enough. It might just be time […]

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Alternatives to PowerPoint

Before I start, I’ve nothing against the software, nor the producer of it. The issue I have is how it’s used, and how it’s taken over our lives. I’ve spent the last 10 years helping people deliver their messages to internal and external audiences – so I guess you could say I’ve seen and experienced […]

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The perfect consultant's office setup

Everything becomes so much easier when you’re organised. I’ve always loved my office – because, well… it’s mine. I can have it set up however I want – no one can tell me what I can and cannot do and like all the best things in life, it’s evolved over time. Part of the evolution […]

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If you stand still, your small business won't survive

“If you’re looking out the window enjoying the view, you’re doing something wrong” In 1998, I was fortunate enough to earn my Private Pilots License whilst I was living in Australia. It was a life long dream and after a couple of months of having the license, we returned to the UK and I’ve never […]

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Just start. And then iterate.

Keep it simple… I wrote about Newton’s 3rd Law a while back – and I still subscribe to it – pretty much every day. To paraphrase Isaac himself: For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. A friend of mine taught me this a long time ago and I’ve never forgotten it. It’s the […]

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