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Network like a dog

Let’s face it, few people really like networking – not the face to face kind, anyway.  And we don’t like serial networkers either – people who go glad-handing around every social occasion seemingly on the hunt for personal gain, effervescing with chumminess and peering constantly over the shoulder of their current conversationalist to find more interesting, potentially profitable fare. In …

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Lessons From The Best

Janine Dyer from Smith+Co talks to us about the upcoming Customer Experience event at the London Business Forum. “Brand purpose, content marketing and the belief that millennials are looking for ‘more than just a brand’ are leading to brand managers creating inane brand visions that have nothing to do with their actual product or consumer.” (Mark Ritson, Marketing Week) Every …

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A Very Close Second

The call, when it comes, isn’t a surprise. “Hi. I’m calling about the pitch you made to us last week.  I’d like to say how much we enjoyed your presentation; we thought your ideas were really interesting.  And we thought your people were great too.” By now you know what’s coming.  The next word the prospective client utters is going to be, “But.” …

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How to profit from working virtually

Who remembers Tomorrow’s World? For those who don’t – it was a science-come-futurology programme on TV that ran for almost 40 years that practically every family in Britain watched once a week before teatime. Dreary 1980s Britain was treated to a weekly glimpse into a more exciting future, from more outlandish predictions such as bar codes replacing price tags on …

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Andy Milligan being BOLD on Voice America

Being Bold is an attitude of mind, but it’s measured by how you behave. So what is the attitude and behavior required as we emerge from recession to gain and sustain your market share? Andy Milligan and Shaun Smith, authors of bestselling book “BOLD – How to be brave in business and win” appeared on Voice America Radio’s “Be More. …

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Collaboration, crowd funding & corpses

A vast, remote country house in the highlands of Scotland, March 2013. Eleven men and four women have gathered to plot the journey of a corpse from Inverness to London. A successfully crowd-funded collaborative novel is born. It was an experiment. The idea was to see if 15 business writers could work collaboratively to create a good fiction novel. How …