10 things I learnt by watching a top comedian at work

Up close and personal with Dara O’Briain Recently, I was fortunate enough to see a work in progress and I learnt a lot. Myself, my wife and 58 others crammed into the most gorgeous, tiny theatre on Monday evening to watch a work in progress – it was a warm up gig for one of […]

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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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Is your marketing as bad as this?

Don’t make Ryanair’s mistake! I’m constantly on the lookout for examples of good and bad marketing campaigns alike. I get inspiration from walking down the street, on Tube trains, online – wherever I roam really. My brain has been naturally tuned over the years to notice messages, process them, dump the bad ideas and to […]

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The inspirational pinboard #1 – Chase one big idea

“In order to grow, you have to be always chasing one really big idea” Growth requires discipline. Discipline requires focus. Focus can only be achieved when you know where you’re heading. Have one vision. Focus on it relentlessly and everything will become clearer. Click here to download the A4 pinboard poster. Original photograph by Mark […]

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My top 10 highlights from 2011

2011 – what a year! It’s always good to look back on the year and figure out whether you’ve achieved or not, above and beyond the financial goals you may have set yourself. 2011 has been an amazing year for me in many ways and so I wanted to document my highlights to look back […]

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The best present ever?

An unusual post today and totally off topic really – variety however is of course the spice of life. With Christmas coming up and as the inevitable nightmare of what to buy for loved ones rears its ugly head, I thought I’d offer a suggestion. It requires some effort (like all the best presents) and […]

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You have to start somewhere

No one goes to great overnight. Even those who appear to have risen to success quickly has had a long, possibly hidden journey. I live in Bray, Berkshire – about 100 metres from the home of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant. I just stumbled across this description of how he got started and wanted to […]

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10 alternatives to selling on price

“If you sell on price, you don’t have a sustainable business”   This is a topic drilled into small businesses from an early age, that you can’t sell on price. Some choose to ignore it – at their peril I’d say. Here are 10 things I think you should be selling on instead. You – […]

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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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What happens if you publish content and react in real time

The results of a fascinating experiment   I’ve been publishing content online for 3 years now – regularly. This blog is starting to prove popular, but I guess a lot of my publishing has been through training video production for and on behalf of other clients. It’s more recently I’ve started to produce video for […]

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