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Comic Relief: A social media case study for all the wrong reasons

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The British public can be vicious and quick to act when they find out that someone has been pulling the wool over their eyes and today it is going to be Comic Relief’s turn. This morning we woke up to the news from the BBC that Comic Relief has been investing in Arms, Tobacco and Alcohol with £630,000 in shares in arms firm BAE Systems and more than £300,000 in alcohol manufacturer Diageo. Apparently, when we donate money to this worthy charity, they allocate the funds to their selected charities over ... Read More »

Always running out of time? 14 ways to get more done

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I’m constantly battling with time.  There is never enough of it.  I always have multiple activities competing for it.  And once it is gone, I can never get it back again. These are my simple time management tips to help you be more productive in your day. Work to your natural rhythms Figure out when you are most productive and make sure that your schedule works to that.   Identify which activities fit best with your energy levels and build your schedule around that.   If you try and do ... Read More »

What is your marketing talent?

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Everyone has one – but there is a good chance that you are not using yours to your full potential. To be a successful micro-entrepreneur you need to love marketing.  I mean really looooovvvvve marketing.  And sales.   If you’re not able to sell your product it’s going to be very difficult to grow your business.  However, it is one of the things that very few people think about when they’re setting up their new venture. They (we) have a tendency to get so excited about their ideas and their products, ... Read More »

How are you getting in your own way?

get out of your own way

About 5 years ago I remember standing up to ask a question at an open mic at a conference and my hands and voice were shaking so much that I looked and sounded like a tuning fork that had just been hit.  For those who have this problem, I wish I could tell you there was a magic formula to get over it and I’m sure there are some great courses that will help, but for me, the only answer answer was to do it again and again and again. ... Read More »

Are you the mentor I’m looking for?

are you the mentor I'm looking for

When I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, one of the areas that most stuck out for me was her discussion around mentoring. She talks in detail how important mentoring is and how challenging it is for many women to find mentors. Interestingly, one of the things that she is most criticised for in her book is how elitist she is because she had a mentor who was also the head of one of the colleges at Harvard when she attended, but clearly she has mastered the art of finding great mentors ... Read More »

Does your business need a compass?

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Sometimes when we are running a micro business we don’t realise that creating a strong strategy is just as important for us as it is for big business.  Businesses grow and develop in many different ways.  Some business owners are super organised and spend 3 months planning their business, producing a 25 page business plan plus executive summary, 15 page marketing plan and 10 pages of financial documents; others launch their business without really thinking about where the money is going to come from or how they are going to ... Read More »

How to fool your brain into thinking you’ve already won

Amy Cuddy

Last week I shared my thoughts on Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In… and one of the key issues that many women have is lack of confidence.  As Sheryl says, they don’t put themselves forward, preferring to wait until they feel confident enough for whatever the task requires. In this video Amy Cuddy, shows both incredible vulnerability and honesty around when she didn’t feel like she was good enough (note she is now an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School) and some fantastic advice that she was given by one of ... Read More »

Maggie Semple: Dancer, Teacher, Inspiration

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When I arranged to interview Maggie Semple, I had no idea what a force of nature she was.  She is frequently described as formidable, but I also found her style to be extremely gentle and gracious.  There is no way that she could have achieved all that she has without being formidable, but I love that she has not lost her feminine energy along the way. Maggie and her sister grew up as two black girls in London in the 60’s and were very much in the minority. But she ... Read More »

Sheryl Sandberg Facebook COO asks us to Lean In … should we?

Sheryl Sandberg Lean in

To say that I was resistant to reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is a bit of an understatement.   However, when my great friend Joanna Penn sent me an email on Friday night telling me for the third time that I should read this book, I decided to stop fighting it and bought the book on Kindle … fully expecting to do battle with Sheryl in my mind as I read the pages. I really admire Sheryl Sandberg and what she has ... Read More »

Thrive 2013! A day of inspiration, learning and magic…

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On Friday, March 8th (the 102nd International Women’s Day) over 200 women descended on the BAFTA headquarter in Piccadilly for a day of inspiration, learning and connecting for our 5th annual conference Thrive 2013!.  And what an amazing day it was. The Mentoring Breakfast The day began with a fantastically successful meet a mentor breakfast where 40 mentees and 40 mentors came together to discover whether there was good match between them.  In December we ran a Get Mentoring workshop with SFEDI and partnered up with SFEDI so that our ... Read More »

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