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[ 21 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Steve Bustin
As Oscar Wilde so sagely pointed out, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. If you’re self-employed, running your own micro-business or if you’re working for someone else, you need people to know who you are and what you can do for them. It can help you find customers and make sales, get a new job or establish you as an industry ‘player’ or someone of influence.
While PR (public relations) looks at the management of reputation and perception by the …

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[ 19 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

We often dismiss ‘culture’ as a load of self-serving consultant speak.  Companies roll out initiatives designed to improve the working culture, there is a big hurrah, then things would settle back to the way they have always been.  But, since culture is all about creating a positive and productive environment, we should really pay it more attention – and ensure we make sustainable changes. Jean Gamester from Semaphora has long been fascinated by work culture, about how to create and sustain environments that people feel great about being part of, …

business, business planning, career coaching, Headline, job hunting, work »

[ 17 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

In life you are either selling, or being sold to. And in the context of job-seeking; if you don’t sell yourself when looking for work, you should expect someone else to land the job you deserve.
Selling yourself in the job market is about finding your voice – says Richard Pimm of Toastmasters International. Anyone looking for candidates wants to know what you are, first. And yet, incredibly, when jobseekers are asked this predictable question, they all too often give a useless fluffy answer, or worse, they give their life story.
Do …

business, business planning, flexible work, Headline, time management, work »

[ 15 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Tim Johnson
Life is too short to be grinding it out at work just to pay the bills, yet the bills need to be paid and so the work has to be done.  We live in interesting times of increasing uncertainty and yet with it increasing opportunity.  Never before has it been easier to work from home to run a purpose led business.
Working from home has the benefits of eliminating the daily commute, and being more flexible to meet the needs of the family.  It also has its …

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[ 8 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

How well our business performs depends very much on the state of our mind. When we feel positive and good about ourselves we find answers to challenges. When we feel low, irritable or generally out of sorts we make poor decisions and lose confidence.
But, what is it that determines whether we feel upbeat and courageous or uncertain and fearful?
John Reynard, author of ‘The Spiritual Route to Entrepreneurial Success’ believes the answer lies in whether we are in alignment with our real core being, the essence of who we really are, …

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[ 5 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest article by Dave Millett, Equinox
From a one-person microbusiness upwards we all need telecoms. The variety available means it’s hard to be certain you’re getting the right deal and you can find yourself with contracts it’s hard to escape from.
Don’t believe everything
You may find suppliers saying “you’re still in contract”. But this isn’t always true. The supplier may have recorded dates incorrectly or could even be trying to mislead you. Ask for a copy of the signed contract, e-contract, or recording of the contractual conversation.  The onus is on the …

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[ 30 May 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Anne Jones
We live in challenging and stressful times; as individuals we have to cope with not only our own personal issues, upsets and losses but also the fear and anxiety that is held today by the vast majority of people across the world. Self-help author Anne Jones believes that every thought we have holds the energy of the feeling and emotion behind the thought. For example, if someone in the UK gets angry at Donald Trump that person creates a thought form which then flows out into …

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[ 29 May 2017 | No Comment ]

Much has been written about what makes a website secure, but what makes visitors to your website trust it? And does your website come up to scratch? In this feature Peter Freeman of Templedene uncovers the 4 main things that affect how much someone trusts your website.
Design quality
Design quality matters, your website much look professional and suitable to your business, for example a lawyers firm may well want to project a sober and serious look, whereas a nursery school will want to look bright and fun. Try and avoid flashy …

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[ 9 May 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Dr Afiniki Akanet, Author of Life Without Coffee, Choosing Happiness Over Stress and director of Evasitters.co.uk
Supermums are the amazing women who juggle motherhood with jobs, careers, business, marriage or all of these! Although getting a cleaner, babysitter, personal shopper etc (which few parents can afford) can reduce the house jobs and cover for absences, there are still times that only Mummy will do! Some mothers work outside the home because they have to, while others have paid jobs because they want to. Whatever the reason, these are …

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[ 28 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

When delivering a sales presentation, one of your aims is to build trust with your audience. As sales guru Zig Ziglar says; if you get people to like you, they will listen to you, but if they trust you they will do business with you. So how do you build trust? Essie Rewane-Adejare from Toastmasters International suggests eight ways to gain your audience’s trust during a sales presentation:

Demonstrate your personal credibility.Know the product or service, and your company, inside out. Be knowledgeable about your industry and relevant news. Trust depends …