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Dealing with the second spike

It was inevitable, but it’s still a bummer. The question is, what’s your plan…. if (or when) we have a second wave; another spike? I’ve heard several people ask: ‘When can we just get back to normal?’ ‘When will it end?’ It won’t. It’s our ability to deal with it, to normalise and to accept it that’s […]

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Worrier or Warrior

You’ve been a Worrier and you’ve been a Warrior. There’s only a couple of letters difference, but they’re a world apart. Worrier to Warrior contrasts. Some as simple as a change of tone. Worriers think – what happened? Warriors ask – ‘What’s next? Worriers assume – they’re talking about me. Warriors assume – they’re talking about me! Worriers deliberate […]

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On Repeat

I’ve just finished writing my newsletter for this week. But you won’t see it here. Just as I completed the final few words, I realised the message was almost exactly the same as last week’s. Only a rehash. Even the last sentence was identical. What’s going on? Maybe you need a repeat? If so, you’ll see […]

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Is Perfect Overrated

Unless you’re running a Michelin starred restaurant or carrying out some delicate surgery, it could be argued that being perfect is overrated. I interviewed Paul Mort recently, who passionately argued that he would rather have done than perfect. I’m a massive fan of getting it over the line. ‘It’ being anything you’ve been putting off. […]

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Nothing Done

On Monday, I felt busy the whole day; but when I looked back, I didn’t seem to get anything done. Ever felt that way? The point is I was busy; but was I being effective? That evening I made a new commitment. Each day, for the rest of the week, I was going to get a minimum of two things over the line. I love this expression ‘over the line’ as it makes me […]

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Why you don’t want feedback

You say you love feedback. The truth is, we love the feedback that we want to hear. I’ve just completed a new online training programme called Write That Book Masterclass. At the end, I asked the 70 plus new authors for their feedback on the course and to complete a survey. The vast majority of the scores and comments have been wonderful. I’m thrilled for the participants and my ego says thank you, […]

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We saw 100 piglets

‘How was your day?’ That was the question we used to ask our kids. It was a useless request; as it prompted ‘fine’ as a response. End of conversation. We changed it to: ‘What was the best thing about today?’ ‘What could have been better?’ ‘What made you smile?’ Etcetera. Last night I called our daughter. She’s […]

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I can’t

Why do we say what we can’t do? I can’t come because… I can’t do x it’s not our policy… I can’t do that, I haven’t got the resources… I can’t, I’m busy… Is it can’t or won’t? If it is can’t, would ‘unable’ be better language? And why announce it? I saw a lovely LinkedIn […]

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If you’re not a kind person

If you’re not a kind person what kind of person are you? I wrote a long newsletter for you today; including a story, a few ‘how to’s’ and a challenge. Then deleted it. You don’t need it. It’s so glaringly obvious. Be kind. If you already are. Be kinder. Michael

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A Question

I read a post by Andy Bounds on LinkedIn about how to ‘Engage Via Email Subject Headings’. Then looked back at the emails I’ve recently sent. I’ve ranged between pants and fantastic. Here are my last 17 email subject headings Thank you and a wee refund Another little thing Introduction RE: 17 Exercise Programme Ella x […]

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