IN THE MEDIA: Do You Really Need a Business Plan?

Source: Sydney Morning Herald. Most business advisors and business coaches recommend drawing up a business plan, but many SME owners opt to go without. “A business plan would have slowed us down,” Eve John says. “It just seemed a little bit too rigid.” Jacob Aldridge is an international Shirlaws business coach, and has one simple…

IN THE MEDIA: 36 Ways to Make a Killer Business Presentation

Source: Business News Daily What makes a good business presentation? Here are 36 “killer” tips. In among a lot of recommendations for the latest technology, keep an eye on number 19 where I point out “Too many presenters rely on technology to gloss over their flaws in memory or expertise” Read all 36 tips here.

IN THE MEDIA: 6 Ways to Free Your Business From Stagnation

Source: American Express Open Forum Your small business has been thriving, and the pipeline is always filled with upcoming work. For the first time since leaping into the world of small-business ownership, you finally have a sense of job security. But don’t get comfortable too soon. Jacob Aldridge, a licensed Shirlaws business coach, says this…

Evidence of an Australian Recovery? Reintroducing the Shirlaws Business Links

One of my duties as a partner at Shirlaws business coaching Australia is the production of our fortnightly ‘business links’ newsletter, which will be reproduced (but delayed!) here. To receive the freshest information and join 3,000+ Australian entrepreneurs, you should subscribe here. From 2008 – 2010, on behalf of my team at Shirlaws Queensland I produced a…

IN THE MEDIA: 5 Smart Ways to Come up With Great Business Ideas

Source: Business News Daily Are you thrilled by the idea of starting your own business? You know you have the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of an entrepreneur, but you’re missing one critical element to success: a good business idea. Don’t get frustrated — inspiration is all around you. Here are five tips on where to…

How to have London fun in Business

A big shout out to the fabulous Monique Bayer of Walk Melbourne, who has promised to motivate me on writing a business book this year. I’m considering a book on ‘99 Ways to Have Fun in Business‘ (what do you think?), so for today’s article I wanted to share one of the most fun-filled moments I…

IN THE MEDIA: Top 5 Brisbane to Sydney adventures

Source: Live Every Last Minute.com.au The interstate rivalry between QLD and NSW is legendary but a road trip between their capitals provides plenty of gems for travellers, wherever their loyalties lie. Guest blogger Jacob reveals his must-visits. Have you woken up recently and just thought… Read the full article here. This article was written as…

IN THE MEDIA: Jacob Aldridge, the ultimate remote worker

Source: Crunch.co.uk (2013) Meet Jacob Aldridge, Crunch client and antipodean Business Coach. Jacob began coaching in his native Australia, before moving to the UK in 2010. Down under he had always used a traditional accountant, but upon his arrival in the UK a colleague recommended Crunch instead – a suggestion for which he “will always…

IN THE MEDIA: Supercharge your meetings

Source: Sydney Morning Herald If attending meetings ever becomes an Olympic event, Jacob Aldridge will be in gold medal contention. The business and senior strategy coach at Shirlaws coaching company estimates he has sat through 4712 meetings in his dealings with more than 250 small businesses since 2006. “I’ve seen the good, the great and…