Business is Personal

Posted on Apr 2, 2012

It goes without saying that business interactions should always be professional. However, sometimes a purely business approach can change the way we interact with people – even though our clients value the same things in a business relationship as they do in a personal one. To illustrate this, let me ask you a few questions […]

The Ghosts of Business Past

Posted on Mar 1, 2012

This month I sorted through a large box of personal items. Whilst it was an interesting journey into the past, I wondered why I’d hung onto so many of these things, as I hadn’t used or looked at them in years. We do the same thing in business. We hang onto practices, processes and attitudes […]

Start with a Plan

Posted on Feb 2, 2012

As we get into the routine of the new year, many business owners are focused on planning for the year ahead. But let’s be honest – writing a business plan is not always that exciting! Sometimes it can turn into another piece of time consuming admin or you mightn’t know where to start or what […]

New Year’s Resolution Number One

Posted on Jan 11, 2012

Remember how busy last year was and how you never seemed to have time for yourself? So what’s this year going to be like – more of the same? If you want to improve the way you manage your life and business, then this New Year provides an opportunity to start fresh. Make it your […]

Surviving the End of the Year

Posted on Dec 1, 2011

It’s now just a short matter of weeks until Xmas and it’s been another busy year. And whilst it will soon be time to celebrate with family and friends, I imagine you still have a lot to get through. So how do you survive the end of year wrap up and stay motivated – when […]

Find Your Business Voice

Posted on Nov 1, 2011

Communicating the value of your business can sometimes be a tricky thing to get right. Unfortunately, it’s just not as simple as listing the features of your product or service. In addition, you need to convince potential clients to choose you and not your competition. If your business is doing well, then you’re probably already […]

Follow the Money!

Posted on Oct 3, 2011

A common trap for businesses is getting caught up in activities which don’t produce any income. However, I believe that the way to address this is to ask yourself three simple questions about any activity in your business. I like to call this “Follow the Money!” Question 1.  Is it generating an income? Most of […]

Do You Make a Good Second Impression?

Posted on Sep 1, 2011

We all know the importance of making a good first impression, but how good is your second impression? I’m sure you’ve met people in the past who presented very well at the first meeting but then didn’t call you back or deliver what was promised and this probably changed your impression of them. A consistent […]

Never Write a To Do List

Posted on Aug 1, 2011

There’s nothing more satisfying than writing a To Do List and I agree that writing things down is a great way to plan. However, before you write your next To Do List have a think about the process and consider trying a slightly different approach. Generally a To Do List has the following items: Items […]