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5 ways to keep calm under pressure when presenting : Guest post from Julia Damassa

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Today my friend Julia Damassa shares her top five tips for calming nerves under the pressure of having to deliver the perfect pitch or presentation. All these tips were tried and tested when Julia met the Dragons, Julie Meyer and Shaf Rasul in the Den, and Sky’s Angel, John Caudwell. Try these 5 simple steps […]

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23 Reasons Why Working From Home Sucks!

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Following on from my previous post ’23 reasons why working from home rocks’  here’s a look at the alternative view. Working from home sucks because: 1. You’re working in isolation most of the time. 2. Possible loss of routine. 3. You have less social interaction. 4. You lose the office buzz and banter. 5. You […]

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23 Reasons Why Working From Home Rocks!

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With my tongue just a little in my cheek here we go with 23 reasons why working from home rocks!…….. 1. You don’t have to buy cakes for everyone when it’s your birthday. 2. You don’t have to buy as many work clothes….no one can see you anyway. 3. You don’t have to listen to […]

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What a Paris restaurant reminded me about growing a business

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A few months ago my family and I had a short break in Paris staying in a beautiful hotel just off the Champs Elysees. In fact the Arc de Triomphe was on our street corner! Anyway, having taken our trusted Rough Guide to Paris with us, we decided to eat out at a restaurant called […]

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Guest Blog: How to get out of your own way by Sue Ritchie

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For this guest blog I’m delighted to welcome SUE RITCHIE who explores how we often self sabotage our own business….and how to avoid doing it! How to get out of your own way: 7 things to ‘stop’ in order to ‘go’ When was the last time you had one of ‘those’ days? The days when […]

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Review of 30 Day Sales Challenge book

It’s always a bit daunting to launch something out into the big wide world. It can be easy to doubt yourself and wonder ‘Will they like it?’ I guess it’s how a pop or rock acts feel when they launch a new album (are they still called albums?) Anyway last night I found out that […]

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Selling skills for Virtual Assistants (VAs)

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Earlier this week I took part in an iVAMeet – a monthly Twitter “meeting” organised by Helen Stothard of IntelligentVA to discuss selling for virtual assistants.  The online meetup is a great concept and has been running successfully for a while now. It consists of using a simple hashtag #IVAmeet to organise a live discussion, with […]

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Why I couldn’t live without my VA…..

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…….. okay maybe a slight exaggeration I admit but employing a VA, the wonderful Helen Stothard, has seriously benefitted my business over the last six months. I got to know Helen through Twitter over a year ago and instantly liked the cut of her jib! We are both two plain talkers and had some good […]

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30 Day Sales Challenge now available!

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As regular readers of this blog will know one of my major objectives for this year was to launch my first book and I’m delighted to let you know that it’s out now and available to buy. In conjunction with Nikki Pilkington and with the invaluable help of my virtual assistant Helen Stothard it’s called “30 Day […]

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The one thing that really matters when you start a business

A friend of mine recently rang me to ask for a bit of advice. He’d just started a brand new business and I could tell by the tone of his voice that he was already,within weeks of setting up, ready to give up with it. You know when you can just sense something? He’d had so […]

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