My First Proper Book

Three weeks ago I had a mini epiphany when I was out driving the car, as often happens. Driving in a trance has become my new shower equivalent when it comes to creative ideas generation and excavating solutions to problems, mine or yours. I’ve been thinking for what feels like ages about writing, writing more and becoming a writer first and foremost in the sense that I would put Writer in my passport instead of Coach. And yet I am SO not ready to give up coaching and mentoring, in fact I am enjoying that work more than ever right […]

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Doin’ Me

Yo! Sorry. Going to go a bit street on you today, because this post has been inspired by a rapper. Yes, I know! And me (technically) a pensioner. I am a sucker for an empowerment song. I know this about myself. And one whiff of this song during a TV ad break and I was hooked. Doin’ Me by Mikey Mike. I shared it on Facebook. Clearly I am alone in this as it drew precisely zero interaction. No, I lie. One Like – ha! Presumably everyone else was ff-ing through the ads? OK, some of the lyrics and ideas […]

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Podcast Ep 133: Book Marketing for Authors

Wonderful astrologer Sally Kirkman sent me this salutary reminder in one of her recent newsletters: Before you rush off to write your life story, it’s worth noting that current (2014) statistics state that 93% of all books written never sell more than 500 copies and a book’s success is dependent on 5% writing and 95% marketing!” I have several clients who are writers, all of whom operate different business models. Thank you to all of your for your inspiration to me as a writer too. One of them is published by Hay House with whom he has multiple books, and […]

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You Can Shove Your Shoulds

I am just one celebratory month shy of ten years since I last left the house to work as an accountant. It was only one or two days a week and it was absolutely lovely in all ways but one, that one being the reason I had to give it up in the end. The Boss kept sending everyone who worked for him, in whatever capacity, emails with the word SHOULD in them. We should think this, we should feel that, we should do the other. And last week One Famous Man wrote an important open letter to Another Famous […]

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The Stuff I Love to Share on Facebook

My love/hate relationship with Facebook rumbles on. The last ten days since 20th January 2017 have been perhaps my hardest ever, and over the weekend I have already begun investigating an alternative for my Facebook groups. That’s a discussion for another day. Today’s discussion is about the things I love about Facebook, some of which I would miss if I were not on FB any more (which I do not rule out right now): Things that make me go Wow! Things that seem funny to me (often me, one of my greatest sources of amusement) Woo woo – Feng Shui, […]

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Oscars 2017: Stickiness Underfoot

I love cinema, so did my Mum. She transferred that love to me via Gone With the Wind (an asbolute marathon at the cinema with interval sandwiches!) to Saturday afternoon movies together (one of the few things we did share as the antidote to the interminable sport on TV at our house) to old black and white ones (still love B&W, me) to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her favourite actors included Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Alan Ladd, Cary Grant and many more. She had an eye for the chaps, it must be said, and in her heyday she could […]

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What’s in My Current Notebook?

My December/January notebook is described by Amazon as an A5 soft touch notebook in neon pink. I’ve had it in my stash for most of 2016 and decided to spoil myself and use it for December! I often review what’s in my notebooks, especially just before I move on to the next one. I don’t save the old ones for very long as I mostly write notes in them of my calls with clients, simply as a comprehension aid at the time. I do go through the content before throwing the current notebook away and starting a new one. I’m […]

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Best Small Business Blogs for 2017

Just before Christmas, writer Daniel Kidd let me know that he had selected me as one of the twenty best small business blog for 2017. Always an honour to get recognised for blogging, or anything for that matter. Here’s a link to Daniel’s list – The Best 20 Small Business Blogs to Subscribe to for 2017. I use Feedly to subcribe to my favourite small business blogs and they are all written by my clients. Here’s a handful of the more prolific of my faves: Sam Dounis , Stories to Inspire Sally Kirkman Astrologer, Consultant to the Stars Alice Sheridan, Contemporary […]

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What’s Your Word?

Today I played a fun game with myself, remember like Teach used to let us do at the end of term at school? I ran through all my clients in both Club 100 and Small Business Big Magic and wrote down the first word which came to mind for each of them. Do you know that game Word Association Football, where you say one word and I say the first one which comes to mind with no logic and no explaining? Yeah, well it’s like that. I tried to make a word cloud out of these words but gave up. Best […]

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More Like You

I have been examining the amount of work I put into marketing. Specifically the amount of time, because (honestly) it doesn’t really feel like work to me, not the vast majority of it anyway. I write a weekly newsletter and I make time to share it on social media. I co-create a weekly podcast and that I prepare for in advance, then we record it together, then I go off and write up the show notes in three different formats, on the podcast website, on my own website and now in a Facebook Note. And as each show goes live […]

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