Happy Easter!

I think I stole this from Dave Barry’s blog, back in the days before I had my own business and was therefore dedicated to his many, many productivity enhancers. Every year I bring it out again, and I still love it! So Happy Easter everybody!    If you leave me, can I come too…? Click…

I do like Mondays (Tell me Why?)

I genuinely love Monday mornings. And I’m aware this makes me a little strange. Here’s why I do, and how I created that fabulous feeling when I wake up at the start of each week. Great Mondays are Created not Discovered Yes, “created”. Like most people, my love of Mondays was not natural. I never…

KPI Brand Accelerator Key Learnings

by Jacob Aldridge I’ve been a fan of KPI (that’s Key Person of Influence, not the other one) for many years now. As I’ve written elsewhere, KPI Founder Daniel Priestly was one of the first people I met in London, and in addition to learning from his experience I also stole one of his jokes.…

Coloured Socks

I wore orange socks to a sales meeting this morning. You probably know by now that I love colour, and I’m a fan of any unexpected additions to your world that can create positive responses, especially when they’re connected with your brand or business message. Several years ago, at a Shirlaws conference in the south…

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Your Photo is Your Brand: Overlooked Marketing Opportunities (2 of 3)

On a side note, I was in Hong Kong last week with the CEO of Shirlaws in Asia. He handed over his business card in a meeting, and had exactly the positive reaction I wrote about in the first of this short series of marketing articles. I suspect we’ll be doing a lot more business…

The Big Picture shows a Colourful Future

This post originally appeared on Shirlaws Online. It was written in 2007, when I was much newer to the world of business coaching. I’m re-publishing it for posterity, and because I’m amazed at how much I’ve changed in those 7 years. I must have been about fourteen when I got sick of having my pens…

Your Business Card: Overlooked Marketing Opportunities (1 of 3)

If you give me your business card, I will do one of two things with it: convert the data it contains to an electronic record, or add it to a pile in my office (and use DuckDuckGo to find your contact details if I ever need them again). This treatment of the business card as…

The 3 most popular articles I ever wrote

I’ve been writing for a long time, and on business specific topics for at least the past ten years. For a variety of reasons, I’ve only recently built this central repository – but that doesn’t mean my history is completely hidden on the web. Indeed, there are 3 articles of mine that have been read,…

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4 Characteristics of Great Business Coaches

Having been a business coach since 2006, I’m often asked by business owners and potential coaches to define what makes a business coach or a business coaching company great. In my observation and experience, great business coaching that delivers great business results will excel in four characteristics. 1. Business Business coaches need to understand and…