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Im Late

I’m late And that’s ok. I’m letting myself get away with a little more at the moment. Are you? In the first lockdown, there was a bit of Dunkirk spirit. I’m going to get fit! I’m taking up conversational Spanish. Yes, NOW is the time for me to learn how to play the lute. And don’t […]

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A Year In Numbers

Here’s my year as a list in numbers. Minutes spent LIVE broadcasting – 5,400 Zoom Coaching Sessions delivered – 349 People joining our How to Be Brilliant Facebook Group – 2,874 Books published by members of Write That Book Masterclass – 8 The Bumps Ahead Nick Finney Welcome to Hilltop Shelia Starr Scared To Be […]

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Laurie and the Lorry

A truck made a detour through our garden wall. I was remarkably relaxed about it, mainly because I knew Laurie Lambeth could repair it. Laurie is more than a dry stone waller. He’s a craftsman, an artist and a really nice bloke, too. I watched him working, mesmerised by how he magically seemed to know the perfect stone to fit in the right place. A huge random […]

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Fit Your Own Mask First

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of presenting a new workshop with my amazing wife and partner Christine. We make a great double act. It’s called ‘Fit Your Own Mask First’. As the title would suggest, it’s a one-hour webinar where Christine and I share loads of great tools to help people to look […]

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A little known fact about the village people

You, like me, will have flailed your arms to YMCA by the 1970s global phenomenon – The Village People. They were huge ‘back in the day’ and when the money started to flood in, the famous ‘characters’ demanded more money. And that was the rub. Their manager politely told them that there was going to […]

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What Authors Need To Know About 2021

Next year, 1.6 million books will be published. I’m sure (hope) you’ll buy some. There’s never been a greater time of change than now for authors and publishers. Digital is taking over from print. What took months can take weeks. Publishers aren’t looking for famous people to be authors. Book launches are no longer in hotels – they’re […]

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What will you be remembered for?

My latest book ‘17’ is dedicated to our granddaughter. She hasn’t read it. She’s only a few months old and would rather bite it. I’ll be honest with you; I did have the thought, that one day, she might show her grandchildren the book and tell them their great great grandfather wrote in 2020. That feels […]

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Death by 1000 cuts

Lingchi (Chinese for lingering death) was a horrendous torture method used for hundreds of years before being banned in the early twentieth century (I know, that recent). It’s horrendous and I’ll leave the detail to your imagination. We often think something ‘suddenly’ happens, but could the truth be that we killed it with 1,000 cuts? The family business transitioning to the next generation.  The new owners are happy to take some […]

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Have you been stating the obvious

‘The dark nights are coming.’ There are so many daft things about that sentence… and yet I say it every year. Like it’s a surprise that it will soon be dark at 6pm. Is it a British thing? Like being amazed at the price of a Freddo (the frog)*? Or flabbergasted that the number of crisps in a bag of Walkers is down to single figures? Why even mention it? Yes, the […]

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Take your shoes off

I was recently presenting a 5 Star Service Zoom webinar to a group of estate agents. At the end, I was asked this question: ‘What’s the one thing estate agents could do to provide better customer service?’ Obviously a brilliant CRM system, great representation, using Omnichannel effectively, etc. comes to mind but my answer was: ‘Take […]

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