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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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My First New Book For 8 Years

I’m excited to introduce you to my first new book for 8 years: 17 – The little way to get a lot done It’s a limited edition book written off the back of a pop-up group. The 17 Group has been running since 1st July and ends tomorrow. What started simply as a way to kick start the second half of 2020, has developed into something quite amazing. And I have […]

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The Big Think

‘What were you thinking?’ ‘Ermm, nothing’ Ever had that conversation? Have you found yourself saying: ‘Eeeh, I haven’t got time to think’. OK, maybe without the ‘Eeeh’. Thinking time is now seen as a luxury. Something for later – for ‘When I get a minute.’ Deep thinking time is put off for years; stored up for that once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Peruvian foothills. But only after […]

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