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Motivation Monday: Have you mastered your passion?

When we bring our passion to life and go into business so that we can ‘live the thing’ that we’re passionate about, we sometimes forget the level of skill that’s required to fulfil our ambitions. The new credo is ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect – just get it shipped’ but sometimes we just need a little push to take us to the next level, where we find that we’re capable of more mastery than we ever imagined. Sit back, take a break and ‘watch Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tell the …

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A look back at the women who pioneered the female ‘start-up’

Sometimes we need to look back to look forward. In this TED Talk, Dame Stephanie Shirley gives us insight into a time when being a successful woman in business went against the grain, and how things have changed dramatically for women wanting to start their own enterprise. So if you think you’re up against it, and are looking for inspiration, listen in to the kinds of challenges she faced when starting out. ‘Dame Stephanie Shirley – the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a …

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DIY PR with Colette Ballou: Don’t miss this!

Here is a great video by Colette Ballou – President of Ballou PR. Colette was awarded the title of most Inspiring Fifty Women in EU Tech. Ballou PR has offices in London, Paris and Berlin; each one opened by Colette herself. Whilst Colette’s message is for tech start-ups the advice she gives works for anyone wondering how on earth they can DIY their PR. Don’t miss this – she seems so natural and humble – a real entrepreneur. One of her top tips! Tell the truth and everything will work …

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‘Why women still can’t have it all’

This is a really interesting video –  just as relevant to women business owners, as those seeking success in a ‘career’. It shines a light on the struggle women face as they try to be the best they can be, in their work and their home life (wherever that takes place). Anne-Marie addresses the choices we all face, as the ‘women we think we should be’ as opposed to the ‘women we really are’. Grab a cuppa for this one… Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, “Why women still can’t have it …

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How to get your ideas to spread: Seth Godin

In this video, a TED Talk for entrepreneurs, Seth Godin reminds us that in order to stand out we need to be ‘remarkable’ Be remarkable. Safe is risky. Being very good is one of the worst things you can do. Everyone has heard the expression “The best thing since sliced bread” but did you know that for 15 years after sliced bread was invented it wasn’t popular? The success of sliced bread, like the success of anything, was less about the product and more about whether or not you could get …

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The rise of the micro-entrepreneur

Hi everyone, this morning I wanted to share this TEDx talk about the rise of the micro-entrepreneur, that Julie did at UCL back in 2013. It’s a testament to how much work Julie does behind the scenes of Women Unlimited, whether it’s speaking, judging awards, mentoring micro-business owners or spreading her message of ‘you can do it too!’ I love this talk, because it shows not only Julie’s journey, but it gives us ‘real world’ examples of people who have built a successful business by simply taking an idea (in their own small corner of the world) and running …

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Dare to Disagree: Your business can’t grow in an echo chamber

How many people tell you what you want to hear, not what you ‘need’ to hear, when you ask them for an honest opinion about your business or idea? In this TedTalk Margaret Heffernan tells us why it’s so important to challenge ourselves and each other, in order to grow. ‘Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to …

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The future of business is the “mesh”: Inspiring Ted Talks

This is a really interesting Ted Talk by Lisa Gansky – Entrepreneur. Lisa gives us her insights into the future of business and technology from the point of view that ‘sharing trumps ownership’, as a way for customers to consume services and products. Worth a listen (even if you’re not a tech head!)…and could well be a conversation starter if you’re brainstorming ideas for a new business or enterprise. Lisa Gansky, author of “The Mesh,” talks about a future of business that’s about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples …

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Struggling with your business plans for 2015? Start with ‘why’

It’s a new start to a new year and many of you will be wrestling with ideas and business plans for 2015 and beyond. You want to put your best foot forward when it comes to your messaging, your marketing, branding and the actions that are going to turn your objectives into reality. Regardless of whether you’re just starting out, or whether you’re refining, reinventing or topping up plans for an already successful business; Simon Sinek’s iconic video Start with Why, will give you enough inspiration to take you through to 2016! Simon’s key …

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Book Love: ‘So we leaned in…now what?’

You may remember Julie’s great review last year of Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Now, further down the track, we have Sheryl back on the TEDWomen stage, being interviewed by Pat Mitchell about what she has learned since her Ted Talk and the book’s publication. If the book has had an impact on you and your life please share in the comments, we’d love to hear from you! Sheryl Sandberg admits she was terrified to step onto the TED stage in 2010 — …

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