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1,000 way conversation

We talk about the importance of two-way conversations, but actually there’s so much more. To be truly connected we have to have multiple conversations, with multiple people, in multiple ways. I do enjoy writing these newsletters and sharing my thoughts, but for a some time now I’ve been frustrated. It feels to me like I’m broadcasting (one-way) rather than having a real conversation. So this week I’ve launched the How to Be Brilliant private Facebook […]

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Can you have cheap, fast and good?

An old sales manager friend of mine used to use this antiquated method in a desperate attempt to close a sale in his favour. The idea was simple enough.  At the end of his pitch, he would assume the client wanted a discount. When they asked if there was anything he could do with the price, he’d draw three circles and write one […]

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Same Old Path?

Arne Naess lived in a solitary cabin directly under the Hallingskarvet mountain range at Tvergastein. He vowed to take an alternative route each time he walked to his cabin -and did this for many years.  This was also something all visitors had to do. Arne was determined that no one single path should lead up to […]

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Is it going backwards?

I picked up my friend Jamie at Newcastle; he’d just had a 3-hour train trip from London and commented that the service was getting worse. The once brilliant Apple have dropped the ball three times (with me) over the last 12 months. BT told me less than the truth, failed to fix a problem and mis-sold […]

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Whey you’re empty

‘I’m absolutely running on empty’. Familiar? The phrase running on empty has become an all too common part of our vocabulary. And constantly having to ‘top up’ has become harder. In an average week, withdrawals can be made by: kids, customers, colleagues, bosses, partner, friends, suppliers, neighbours, that person you sat opposite on the train, checkouts, […]

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The Power of Precrastination

Several hundred people joined me for my 20 ways to make 2020 your best year ever webinar last week and the response was amazing. But the one thing that has everyone talking is the idea of precrastinating. The concept is very simple. Do stuff long before you need to. If it’s due by the end […]

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Shiny and New

Just before Christmas I hosted an event where a management team reviewed their 90 Days Of Massive Action projects and declared their goals for 2020. One said something that really struck a chord. ‘You know when you get a new car, how well you look after it? That’s how I’m looking after this training.’ It’s the […]

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20 ways to make 2020 your best year ever – LIVE

But not just yet… I like writing. But love presenting. In the past I’ve created lots of ‘ways to’ newsletters. This year I’m doing something a little different. Rather than write, I’m going to present my 20 ways… in a live webinar. It will last for 59 minutes, take place at 6pm on Thursday January […]

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My Year In Numbers

Well, that’s it from me for another year.  And what a year 2019 has been. In the last 12 months we’ve: Presented to over 25,000 people In 5 countries. Published 42 newsletters Written a dozen press articles. Coached 23 people. Had quite a lot of success on LinkedIn, with this being my most popular post – […]

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David Bellamy

I had the privilege of meeting David Bellamy three times, mainly through being a member of the Boys’ Brigade and via my amazing art teacher, Sheila Mackie. Obviously, David Bellamy’s enthusiasm was completely contagious and after watching his TV programmes, like many young people, I became fascinated by creepy crawlies and plants – and undoubtedly he was my first […]

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