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The Tracks of Your Career – which songs sum up your...

What songs define your '9 to 5'? Are you more 'Whistle while you Work' or are you simply 'Working for the Weekend'? I've been a 'Slave to the Wage' for...
Why Wine Costs More with a Story

Why Wine Costs More with a Story

The hand blown bottle was labeled with the year 1787 and the word “Lafitte,” a top French vineyard, etched into the glass. The wine...
Is Your Business a Mercenary, or a Missionary?

Is Your Business a Mercenary, or a Missionary?

Companies want customers to love them. Bosses want people to love their jobs. Yet many leaders will tell you, emotion has no place in...
Do it – Step out of Your Comfort Zone

Do it – Step out of Your Comfort Zone!

I did something this week that made me step right out of my comfort zone. I presented a live webinar. The idea of doing webinars...
How To Make A Website

How To Make A Website: Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

80% of consumers will stop engaging with a brand online, and the content on their website if they are not getting a seamless experience,...
8 Tips On How To Steal Customers With Google In 24 Hours

8 Tips On How To Steal Customers With Google In 24...

ON AVERAGE, GOOGLE PROCESSES 40,000 SEARCH QUERIES EVERY SECOND. That’s 3.5 billion searches per day, and 1.2 trillion search per year, worldwide. What major shift have...
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So, What Are These Things Called “Soft Skills”?

So, What Are These Things Called “Soft Skills”? Soft Skills’ is a catch-all term referring to various behaviors that help people work and socialize well...
What's it's like to have nearly 60 angel investors and no VC firms.

What’s it’s like to have nearly 60 angel investors and no...

I have written a lot about my journey as a founder and CEO. I've written about guest lecturing at the business school that once...
Why You Should Build Your Own Website

Why You Should Build Your Own Website

Did you know that on average, Google processes 40,000 search queries every second? That’s 3.5 billion searches per day, and 1.2 trillion search per...
10 Productive things to do in your free time

10 Productive things to do in your free time

Tired of finishing a free day in the knowledge that you’ve literally done nothing? Wish you could be more productive? In this article, Beauty...
AI Design My Logo… See What Happens Next

I Let AI Design My Logo… See What Happens Next

ACCORDING TO GARTNER, 85% OF CUSTOMER INTERACTIONS WILL BE MANAGED WITHOUT A HUMAN BY 2020. Since the end of 2016, I have been keeping a...
De-bugging the Soft Skill of Problem-Solving

De-bugging the Soft Skill of Problem-Solving

Was Problem-Solving on your list of soft skills? I can’t say that it was originally on mine. Why is that? I think that we...

Get ahead at work. Take a nap

Arianna Huffington is a self-confessed 'sleep evangelist' advocating a 10 minute snooze during the working day to recharge your batteries, boost performance and even improve...
15 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Website

15 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Website

  It’s true that 57.7% of SMEs intend to invest in a new/improved website in 2017. When it comes to building a website, there is so...
When Beanbag Chairs and Foosball Tables Aren’t Enough

Hi-Tech: When Beanbag Chairs and Foosball Tables Aren’t Enough

I read a great post a week or so ago titled “Adaptability: The Key Leadership Trait in the Digital Transformation” by Daniel Newman. Reading...
The Digital Transformation Battle Between Sales & Marketing

The Digital Transformation Battle Between Sales & amp; Marketing

Did you know that 39% of organisations say that digital transformations have helped them generate real-time sales online? A further 32% say that a digital...
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This One Simple Survey Question can Drive Massive Growth

Wondering how to drive massive growth? Your solution may be through one simple survey question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPpenOnwuxY Aamir Noorani has found such method. Noorani is the Chief...
7 Of The Best Website Plugins For Wordpress

7 Of The Best Website Plugins For WordPress

Did you know that since March 2016, WordPress has been reportedly powering 26.4% of the web, and this is continually rising and it is...
Fighting What You Control and What You Don’t Control

Fighting What You Control and What You Don’t Control

Over the past few weeks, in a significant number of discussions with a variety of people, the concept of “What do you control and...
GDPR: Why Your Business Needs To Know This Privacy Law

GDPR: Why Your Business Needs To Know This Privacy Law

I love writing content about helping companies go through a digital transformation but there does always come a time where something important happens like...
Why Your Small Business Will Fail By 2020

Why Your Small Business Will Fail By 2020

Would it be crazy for you to think that your small business may fail by 2020? It’s a possibility. As I have just gone through the...

Is Facebook really as addictive as Cocaine?

Hooked on Facebook? Well according to a recent study it affects your brain in the same way as using cocaine, gambling or alcohol... The latest...
How to connect with your Mobile Market and sell more stuff

How to connect with your Mobile Market and sell more stuff

Which one of the pictures, above, does your website resemble? If it’s the first or second, you could be losing a ton of money...
How to Leverage Emotions at Work

How to Leverage Emotions at Work

When was the last time you felt inspired? What made you feel that way? If you’re like most humans, inspiration requires an intense level of...
10 Powerful Ways To Get Your Brand Noticed Online

10 Powerful Ways To Get Your Brand Noticed Online

Did you know that 72% of marketers worldwide said that relevant content creation was the most effective tactic? Getting noticed by your target audience online can be...
Tips for Entrepreneurs

Tips for Entrepreneurs to Conquer the World

Every entrepreneur’s dream is to make it big and conquer the world. However, there are lots of bumps and rough patches in the road...
Is Professionalism a Soft Skill

Is Professionalism a Soft Skill? A Hi-Tech Perspective

"Soft Skills, or the ability to manage soft issues, is a challenge for modern leaders to master" - Aly Moreno As I wrote last week,...
Research into the Social (Soft) Skills of Hi-Tech Workers

Research into the Social (Soft) Skills of Hi-Tech Workers

Over the past few months I have been shifting my attention to the Hi-Tech industry. I have this sense that there is a need...
Quick And Dirty Guide To Using Twitter For Business

Quick And Dirty Guide To Using Twitter For Business

Did you know that 84% of shoppers on Twitter use the platform to look for deals and product reviews and Twitter users shop nearly...

The Business Bullsh*t Quiz – how many do you know?

Straight out of the box, we need to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room. We all action these cliched idioms each and...
Ways To Turn Your Lifestyle Into A Business

Ways To Turn Your Lifestyle Into A Business

Some of the most well-known and celebrated names in American business aren’t even businesses. They’re people: Kenneth Cole. Kim Kardashian. Oprah. These people have...
Hi-Tech Hiring

Hi-Tech Hiring: Where do Soft Skills Fit?

Last week I wrote about how the Hi-Tech industry is feeling the pinch from workers lacking basic soft skills. A recent article published in...
Get To Know Your Social Media Visitors

[Free Tool] Get To Know Your Social Media Visitors

In the UK, 77% of people have an active Social Media account. Connecting with prospects online has evolved. It used to be enough to just...

8 Reasons Leadership Means Selling

I was recently presented with an interesting challenge. In a more or less routine process of regular performance evaluation I found myself in strong...
How To Turn Visitors Into Customers Through Blogging

How To Turn Visitors Into Customers Through Blogging

According to 82% of marketers, blogging receives a positive ROI. I remember when I used to blog to promote a product, without actually generating any...
Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I've always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of...
50 Ideas for a Lucrative Side Hustle

50 Ideas for a Lucrative Side Hustle

If you're looking for ways you can earn a few extra bucks with a side hustle, you'd likely encounter hundreds of strategies for make...
The Step-By-Step Guide To Writing A Small Business Blog

The Step-By-Step Guide To Writing A Small Business Blog

  According to Traffic Generation Cafe, once you write between 21-54 blog posts, you actually increase traffic by up to 30%. The above statistic is extremely...
The 5 Daily Essentials for Building a Successful Online Business

The 5 Daily Essentials for Building a Successful Online Business

When you look at the statistics of how many people log onto the Internet or social media, you get excited. Never has there been...
10 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Underperforming

10 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Underperforming

It’s true that 47% of consumers read between 3-5 pieces of blog content before making a purchasing decision. Are you making sure your content is...
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Blinded by the Light? Engineering your network for business success without...

In the digitally re-mastered economy, the demand for network speed, capacity and resilience is heading in only one direction: faster, higher, stronger. Building a...
How To Promote Your Blog Post Like A Pro

How To Promote Your Blog Post Like A Pro

You must have heard how important it is to have a blog for your business. In fact, numerous studies showed different case studies of how...
How To Write Content

Blogging 101: How To Write Content Your Audience Will Love

It’s true that websites with a blog tend to have 434% more indexed pages. This means that Google will recognise your website as a...
Why Startups Should Rely on Outsourcing in their First Year

Why Startups Should Rely on Outsourcing in their First Year

  Startups are popping up everywhere – wherever you’re located on the globe, you can start your own business, attack the digital market, and act...
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Video Case Study:  David – Blogging to Success

   David had been a coach for just over three years when we first connected, and like many coaches, his practice was experiencing many ups...
10 Small Business Power Tips on How To Use Facebook

10 Small Business Power Tips on How To Use Facebook

Facebook now has around 2 billion monthly users. Between you and me, I had fallen out of love with Facebook, but due to all of...
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Video Case Study: Terryl – A Shift In Behaviour Creates Leadership.

Terryl is a senior leader for a rural utilities co-op.  He has 19 direct reports made up of managers, journeyman linemen, mechanics and engineers....
How Influencer Marketing Helps Boost Your Business Growth

How Influencer Marketing Helps Boost Your Business Growth

Did you know that 92% of consumers have made a purchase after reading about a product on their favourite blog? A further 62% are...
5 Ways To Use LinkedIn Groups For Your Business

5 Ways To Use LinkedIn Groups For Your Business

Did you know that 98% of LinkedIn active users share content on the largest B2B social network? LinkedIn is more than just a B2B social...
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Video Case Study: Teri – Respect | Sales | Confidence

When I first began working with Teri she was a sales representative in the security industry. One of her challenges was with assertiveness: “I...
7 Discreet (But Effective) Ways To Get Noticed On LinkedIn

7 Discreet (But Effective) Ways To Get Noticed On LinkedIn

Did you know that 467 million people use LinkedIn worldwide? Standing out on LinkedIn can be a very difficult task, especially as you’re having to...
Seeing the Other Side – Influence and Persuation

Seeing the Other Side – Influence and Persuation

In a recent coaching conversation, a client mentioned that he always feels like he is second guessing his actions. He wondered why he was...
5 Key Factors To An Eye Catching LinkedIn Profile Photo

5 Key Factors To An Eye Catching LinkedIn Profile Photo

According to Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov, it only takes 100 milliseconds to form an impression of someone just from looking at...
The Two Rewards of Low-Cost High-Gain Favors

The Two Rewards of Low-Cost High-Gain Favors

Could you do me a favor?  It’s a common phrase, but it’s packed with meaning. Most of us like to do favors.  But we’re often...
Business Blogging

5 Best Practices For Business Blogging

Great business blogs have been known over time to have created value for potential and current customers of a business without compromising business growth. Often...
How to Become a Successful Freelancer

How to Become a Successful Freelancer

Becoming a freelancer is an interesting career choice, to say the least. Many people find freelance work to be appealing and uplifting as they...
How To Get Verified As A Speaker On Twitter

How To Get Verified On Twitter

  As an expert speaker, both event organisers and speaker bookers look at my online presence as a way of determining my online reach and...
Interpersonal Communications: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

Interpersonal Communications: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say...

 “Fluency in non-verbal communication can be as powerful a tool as masterful negotiating techniques or expert salesmanship” – Joe Navarro Have you ever experienced a...
Why Smart Goals Don’t Work and What to Do Instead

Why Smart Goals Don’t Work and What to Do Instead

Do you remember SMART goals?  I was introduced to the concept early in my career.  Smart goals are specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic, and...
How to Give a Great Speech

Little Moments, or How to Give a Great Speech

I was supposed to give a presentation at the GuruFocus conference in Omaha, a day before Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. I was more nervous...
The Small Business Guide to Google Analytics

The Small Business Guide to Google Analytics

When I run a PPC campaign, or do marketing around a specific webinar/event, Google Analytics is my “measuring” tool of choice. Google Analytics is one...
The Difference between Public and Professional Speaking

The Difference between Public and Professional Speaking

  I was petrified. My hands were sweating, my mouth was dry and I couldn’t stop moving my feet. I had a piece of paper...
Communicating with Power

Interpersonal Skills: Communicating with Power

This is the third post in a series focusing on the interpersonal skill of communications In the initial post I discussed how communication is the...
How To Use Webinars Effectively To Generate 1,000s Of Leads

How To Use Webinars Effectively To Generate 1,000s Of Leads

SINCE LEAVING THE CORPORATE WORLD IN 2008, A LOT HAS CHANGED FOR ME. I have delivered 227 webinars, and generated 1000’s of leads that have...
13 Ways to Market YOU and Your Business

13 Ways to Market YOU and Your Business

That personal branding ‘stuff’ is for the big wigs of business, celebs or sports stars, right?! Not anymore.  :) :( GULP!  I know.  It can be...
Web Design And SEO - Why You Should Think Of Both

Web Design And SEO – Why You Should Think Of Both

Establishing your online presence is about much more than just registering a domain and making a full list of products and services your company...
A Lucky Story about Yes and No

A Lucky Story about Yes and No

Years ago, I worked for a company that was a local affiliate of a very big multinational. At different stages of my career at that...
7 Tips For Repurposing Photos For Effective Brand Awareness

7 Tips For Repurposing Photos For Effective Brand Awareness

  Over 90% of marketers say they use visuals in more than 50% of their articles. If that’s true why do we get so many images...
Making waves in the beauty industry: 3 profitable and innovative new treatments for 2017

Making waves in the beauty industry: 3 profitable and innovative new...

Cosmetic surgery is a booming industry all around the world, but times are getting harder for new clinics as competition increases around the UK. This...

Why being a mentor might just change your life

This past year, I noticed that my weekly posts on LinkedIn had acquired a regular new reader and follower – Victor Colorado. How did I...

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You’re Not A Mommy Blogger – You’re A Mommy With An...

Prologue My male friends strongly urged me not to share this article.  They suggested it was the equivalent of poking an angry mother bear. My female...

Chandelier Swinging & 10 Other Personal Branding Tips

While it’s a bit extreme, I’m sure there’ve been plenty of people who’ve swung from a chandelier (or similar) to get noticed. It sounds...

2.4 million sq ft of whoa? CES ’17 reviewed

CES welcomed 170k+ delegates this week with a poster promising "2.4 million sq ft of whoa". So now it's all over, is the verdict...
Two Reasons So Many People are Reluctant to Be Positive

Two Reasons So Many People are Reluctant to Be Positive

Is there an incentive to be friendly?  For many people, there are actually more incentives to be negative. Recently, we were working with a client...

4 Step Holiday Shoppers Planning Guide by Facebook For Business

WITH HOLIDAY SHOPPERS ACCOUNTING FOR AS MUCH AS 20% OF A SMALL BUSINESS’S ANNUAL SALES INCOME, YOU NEED TO GET YOUR BUSINESS READ FOR...