3 Business Lessons Learned From A Particularly Prolific Ivy

This weekend I’ve tackled a job I’ve been putting off for ages. I have a number of mature hedges in my garden. They are taller than me and are made of beech, hawthorn and another thing with little leaves that I don’t know the name of. Underneath them is some of the most vigorous ivy I’ve ever known. All of it has grown like mad in the warm, wet weather we’ve had so far this year. I am the proud owner of a hedge-trimmer, which for 99% of the year resides in the garage. This weekend I’ve had it out and actually used it to tame the hedges. While I was going, I found myself contemplating this massive amount of ivy underneath and the business lessons I can learn from it. (more…)

Don’t Let Life Make You Stop!

Life Happens

A couple of weeks ago, we got a puppy. Her name’s Winnie and in the excitement that is ‘new puppies’, I allowed my weekly newsletter, my Monday Morning Motivator (MMM) to slip. In fact, it slipped my mind so completely, that if one of my readers hadn’t sent me a message to say ‘what happened to your MMM today?’ I wouldn’t have remembered at all.

Wracked with guilt, I put a post on my Facebook page with a picture of Winnie and said that normal service would be resumed next week due to spectacular distractions in the shape of a puppy. (more…)

My First Digital Detox: From Frantic Mother To Laid-Back Traveller

I’ve been to Cuba where I had my first digital detox. I went with an old friend who was my lecturer when I did my degree. We kept in touch after I graduated and until last summer when we found each other again (thanks Facebook!), the last time I saw her, her daughter was 3 months old. When we met up again last summer, it turns out that that daughter is now 25 and has two younger siblings. My friend and I hadn’t spoken for 25 years!

Hope Is Not A Sales Strategy

Hope Is Not A Strategy

Every now and again, my online and offline lives collide and I love it when they do.

I have a VIP client with whom I’ve worked closely since the middle of last year. Ruth and I have spent literally hours communicating on the phone and online and last week I had the absolute delight of meeting her in person for a drink. I happened to be staying close to where she lives for a few days and so I got in touch to see if she’d like to meet up. (more…)

When This Happens, That Can Happen

Overwhelm Is A Horrible Thing

Overwhelm is rotten. Particularly when it comes before you’re ready to take the next step. It doesn’t matter whether your next step is to start your business or one of growth; if you’re plagued with ‘when this then that-itis’, you’re overwhelmed.

What I mean by ‘when this then that-itis’ is that horrible situation of not being able to tell what the best next step should be. Let me give you a couple of examples: (more…)

1, 2, 3….. Get Selling!

I’ve been doing something unusual this last few weeks. I‘ve been working with a bloke! We’ve been talking about selling techniques.

He’s a web designer and a bloody good one at that. He creates beautiful, elegant websites with lovely features that are great for the website visitor and even greater for the owner of the website. Even better, once he’s created the site, he offers tech support on an inexpensive retainer that means you only have to do the bits you want to (writing blog posts perhaps?) and he’ll do the rest. His best skill is that he can put all of the techy jargon into plain English and make the most technophobic of us understand what it’s all about. (more…)