Podcast Ep 134: Creating an Audience

In episode 134 of Own It! the Podcast, Nicola and I get the chance to advise a couple of her clients on creating an audience and marketing from scratch. I didn’t know this one was coming so when Nicola asked me what I would advise clients to do in mid 2017 I am initially a bit stumped. I have a sense in which if I were starting over now, I wouldn’t do what I have done. Not because it hasn’t worked wonderfully well, because it has. But because it was perhaps particularly suited to its time (2003 to date). If […]

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Podcast Ep 90: Eliminate Delay

In today’s podcast ep 90, we focus on another of Thomas Leonard’s 28 Surefire Strategies for Personal and Business Success in #12 – Eliminate Delay. Respond immediately to your every task or concern, take pride in doing it. Set up a system and make sure anyone who deals with you never experiences delay. Exert extra effort to learn quickly and immediately integrate whatever changes are necessary. Here are some tips to guide you: When faced with a difficult decision, rather than trying to process the pros and cons, figure out how to reduce risk and consequences of both options instead. […]

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Podcast Ep 80: Busting Tolerations

In episode 80 of the podcast, which airs today, we discuss busting tolerations. These are the things which have been on your to do list for ages but you never quite get around to doing. In my own case it’s the spaghetti of plugs and cables under my desk which need tidying up. In Nicola’s case it was organising herself so that she could work outdoors in the sunshine. But you know the sort of thing – you have to step around it or step under it and you keen meaning to tidy it all away. Or you just need […]

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Learning To Take A Decent Photograph On My Holidays – Day 1

And so the test begins. Can I keep blogging every day despite being on holiday? I decided to make it easy (ish) on myself and bring my camera on holiday, thinking that I could take a photo each day and post it and this would save me writing but I must have lost my mind temporarily as I overlooked one important fact. I am rubbish with a camera. But, like writing, my photography skills can only improve with practice. So I’m giving it a go. What I’ve noticed immediately is that I don’t yet have an eye. I look up […]

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Help! The House Is On Fire…

After a cheery week (not) when I’ve written more than once about the perils and pitfalls of UK residential property investing and ownership, here’s something which is hopefully a bit more cheery for a Friday.   Via Twitter, the fount of all knowledge, I found this fabulous, arty website which the photographers amongst you will really appreciate. Its called The Burning House and if you visit, you’ll see it’s self-explanatory. What would you take with you if the house were on fire and can you take a cool photo of it and get it featured on their website? I had a go and […]

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The Realities of Being a UK Property Investor in 2011

Like almost everything I can think of, the realities of being a property investor are very different from those I imagined, although I had been the accidental owner of an informal HMO in the late Eighties and early Nineties, long since repossessed as a casualty of the last crash. This time around, I collected four buy to let flats between June 2004 and December 2007. And lots of my clients have BTL properties too. Given the strange times, I have called a few of them together for a summit so we can try to work out what’s the best thing […]

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Inside Job The Movie

My nephew and I went to the movies on Wednesday, Orange Wednesday. He’s about to go to University to study Business Accounting so we thought we would take ourselves along to see Inside Job at the refurbed and ridiculously comfy Brixton Ritzy.   Neither of us could remember being so comfy at the movies, in fact I think he nodded off for a few moments.   Not to detract from the movie, just a comment on the plush new seats. If you are remotely interested in the global economic meltdown still so obviously painful and ongoing and you want to understand more […]

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The Secret Life of Real Estate & Banking

The Secret Life of Real Estate & Banking is a weighty, academic tome by Phillip J. Anderson in which he proves that the real estate cycle follows an ever-repeating pattern approximately every 18 years and he documents this back over the last 200+ years. I have persuaded Phillip to run an event for The Money Gym on Friday 12th November in which we will learn the contents of his book without having to read it, although I am also negotiating with his publisher to have supplies on hand at a reduced price for academics who will want to take it […]

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Cleanliness and Godliness: A Happy Ending in Nunhead

Yesterday began, bright and breezy, at 8 a.m. with me faciliating a T1ME Focus Day.   The idea is a simple one, join the website by sharing your dream, and one of the services we offer is a fortnightly Focus Day – either 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.   You turn up and together with the rest of the crew, we each tick off items on our To Do List, generally focussing on the nasty ones like clutter-clearing, filing, accounts and other chores, or Big Projects which need an expanse of 5 hours with a single […]

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