Clear is better than fast – especially with email

In the digital world, everything is instant. Instant notifications. Instant messaging. Instant downloads. And in the world of email, we get drawn into thinking that faster is better. That a fast response means you’re giving good customer service, delivering to your boss, supporting your colleagues. That...

Six pre-holiday tactics to avoid email dread

Going on holiday? Here are six email tactics to ensure you can switch off and recharge. 1. Pre-schedule your out of office Instead of it being the last thing you do - or the first thing you do on holiday because you forgot to set it up...

What’s the point of networking?

Each month at my local business mums networking event in Stafford we open up a topic of business to learn, share and sometimes hear from guest speakers too. This month we talked about our experiences of networking, what's worked well and what hasn't, and...

Do you hate selling?

So many of us have an aversion to selling, not because we don't want people to buy from us, but because we don't want to come across as a pushy or sleazy salesperson.

We don't want to trick or bully someone into buying from us. We want them to buy because they want what we have to offer, and we want them to be genuinely happy with the value we provide!

Which is why I love this new ebook from Amy Harrison: "How to Get Your Sales Page DONE!" A step-by-step, easy-to-use guide (with templates) to help you FINALLY get that sales page written.

I first met Amy as a speaker at Carrie Wilkerson's BOSS Conference in London and instantly warmed to her straight-talking, down to earth style. It is clear she is a talented and experienced writer and knows her stuff, but what makes her a good teacher is the way she breaks that down for the rest of us. So I was delighted to hear that she has decided to share some of her knowledge in such an accessible and affordable way, and what impressed me when she showed me the book, was the depth and detail she covers in this 100+ page, no-fluff handbook.

Let me tell you five things I love about this book:

“So, what do you do?”

In my last post I wrote about how to put together your 60 second speech (also known as an elevator speech), as many networking meetings have an item in their agenda where each person is given 60 seconds to introduce themselves and their business. But...

Why it’s good to talk

Mouth We've all heard the clichés about talk being cheap, all talk and no action, if you haven't got anything useful to say...

Children often get told off for talking too much, but rarely for talking too little (with the exception perhaps of teenagers).

But I maintain it's good to talk. My husband would say it's because I'm a woman, but here are three of my reasons:

Something I’d like to share

Eating_fish A funny thing happens sometimes when I'm networking, someone I'm talking to will lower their voice as they refer to another coach, and ask "So are they your competition then?"

While I'm well aware of the benefits that can come from a bit of healthy competition, I just don't buy into the whole idea that it's a dog eat dog world out there, and that the only way to survive is to be better than everybody else in the room by prickling, backbiting and muscling into the limelight. It's just so exhausting and quite frankly limiting. All it does is feed insecurities and breed scarcity. I mean, if there are plenty of people who do what you do, it's a good sign that there is plenty of demand for your kind of services.

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