[ 18 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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Speaking in public – even about the business you love – is a widely held fear. So how do you turn fear into confidence? Frances Cahill of Toastmasters International has twelve easy DIY tips:
1)   Speak in public whenever you get a chance
It doesn’t matter if it’s for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Even if it’s just saying an affirmative ‘Yes’. Take that first step. Step forward and take the opportunity.  By starting, and breaking through the fear – even for a moment, you’ll find that in no time you will …

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[ 23 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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Top tips on preparing your child for starting in Reception from Emma Williams, a mother of four with a child starting in reception and Executive Director, PTA UK
Whether it’s your first child starting school in September or you’ve done it before, I would highly recommend taking a moment beforehand to try and understand what September is going to look like for you and your family.
As a family with both parents working full time, it’s the logistical things that preoccupy us the most and cause the most stress and therefore have …

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[ 21 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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As the new term approaches, are you looking for a flexible way to earn alongside looking after the kids? The Society of Virtual Assistants has some interesting facts and figures relating to home working, based on their new survey. Read on if you want to find out if becoming a VA is the career that will fit with your busy life.
7 myths about being a virtual assistant
I can’t be a VA – I don’t have the money for training… 73% of VAs are self-taught. SVA also name the courses which …

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[ 18 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Club Meeting COPYRIGHT TOASTMASTERS (1)

Speaking in public – even about the business you love – is a widely held fear. So how do you turn fear into confidence? Frances Cahill of Toastmasters International has twelve easy DIY tips:
1)   Speak in public whenever you get a chance
It doesn’t matter if it’s for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Even if it’s just saying an affirmative ‘Yes’. Take that first step. Step forward and take the opportunity.  By starting, and breaking through the fear – even for a moment, you’ll find that in no time you will …

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[ 15 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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Retro games and activities can involve everyone, it’s easy to let the children wander off and play in their own world without you, whilst you go off and get into general house work and lose track of time without getting involved. AXA PPP Healthcare has four retro ideas to keep your kids occupied this summer:

Get skating! I’m sure that most of us can remember having a pair of funky coloured quad skates at some point? Yes… roller skates, leg warmers, fluorescent head bands – I am sure you remember how …

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[ 13 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Leading leaders – how to be a successful Super Leader

There comes a point for many leaders when they find themselves leading other leaders. This requires a whole new set of skills and ways of operating because we have to guide those leaders and inspire them to deliver results though their teams.  That way we become Super Leaders.
Jean Gamester is from Toastmasters International and for the past five years she has been training the organisation’s “Super Leaders to be” in how to lead the leaders of their clubs across the UK and Ireland.
Here are Jean’s three top tips – based …

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[ 11 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Does Your Business Need Storage? 7 Tips so You can Choose the Perfect Provider

Whether you have recently hired new employees and are now running out of space in your office, or your company is currently being run from a spare room which is now piled high with stock and stationary – what your business really needs is storage!
This could be data storage so you can remove the rows of cabinets full of paper or physical storage for stock, spare furniture and equipment – or both! This is imperative if you want your business to succeed because a cluttered space is bad for morale, …

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[ 11 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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By Garry Smith, business coach at Advantage Business Partnerships and the co-author of Creating Business Advantage: Setting Up and Running A Successful Business
Perhaps the most important thing for any new business owner to realise is that you need to be ready for constant change, and the stress which can result. Change is now normal and, if you’re not equipped to deal with it, you will fall behind very quickly. However, you can reduce the stress of this by setting up a solid base of policies for your business early on, …

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[ 10 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
Cleaning

So, you are considering a career in cleaning – but have you got what it takes?
Everybody has the ability to clean – even if we don’t want to, we have to do it to our own homes unless we want to live in filth. Then there are others who actually enjoy doing it and will clean to such an extent you could practically eat your dinner off their shiny surfaces.
But, if you want to make a career out of cleaning you need more than the ability to clean and you …

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[ 8 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
The Great British Family Road Trip

This summer, pack up your family and head out onto the open road to see the best the UK has to offer. Charting the 5 UK road trips perfect for families, taking in the most stunning countryside across the UK, www.myvouchercodes.co.uk has top tips on what to look out for, what you can see and do as well as costs for families, ready for you to plan your summer holiday. With over 200,000 miles of roads ready to explore, turn off the motorways and head onto the picturesque roads full …

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[ 7 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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It’s a tough old climate out there right now – banks aren’t falling over themselves to lend money and clients aren’t always rushing to pay invoices. Likewise, it’s hard for start-ups and small businesses to find decent investment, so it’s scrimping and bootstrapping all the way for the foreseeable future. Here are some great ideas to help you to save your all-important capital.
Bring freelancers on board
If you need particular expertise for a project, hire a freelancer for the duration, rather than creating a new job title and hiring someone for …