• Love your network

    Networking. Love it or hate it, it’s a key part of business life. The spring season is well under way and MIPIM is on the horizon: a good part of every Sunday is dedicated to shuffling the business cards gathered during the week and following up. Confession: I like it. I enjoy meeting new people […]

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  • Sharing the knowledge

    When a business leader is talking to me about his or her team – either recruiting, developing or promoting someone – we often have the same conversation. “They are brilliant architects / lawyers / engineers, but have no network / can’t present / aren’t business winners / won’t lead.” Our universities are among the best […]

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  • A year in business

    As my first year comes to an end, what have I learned? That’s it’s OK to just be yourself. To have opinions, style choices, family commitments, good days and bad ones. All that stuff is what makes you a human being – and that humanity is what makes me ace at what I do.

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  • Finding a better way

    Around this time last year, the seeds were sown for a change in my working life: the slow dawning realisation that there had to be a better way to balance fulfilling work with family life.

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  • Getting better at saying no

    Since I began talking about setting up on my own, people have been telling not to turn any work away: “Accept everything!”. “No, no” I insist, time and again, “It’s important that I only take on good work for good clients – anything less would undermine my positioning.”

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  • Reflecting on a MIPIM well done

    So, it’s the week after MIPIM and the second* item on everyone’s to do list will be a small but important phrase: “follow-up on MIPIM leads”.

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  • Northern Exposure… at MIPIM

    Around a third of this year’s registered UK delegates are from outside London.

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  • Social media – outsource or DIY?

    I talked to a lot of people in 2015 about improving their online engagement – the need for responsive websites, social media and so on.

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  • The MIPIM challenge

    It’s January and that can only mean one thing… time to get my MIPIM on! Anyone watching closely will know that about six weeks ago I left employment to work independently – and it wasn’t just a regular pay check that I left behind.  I stepped away from four years’ investment in that particular professional […]

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  • Speaking Marketing

    I’m often asked about the difference between marketing, branding, PR, sales and so on. So here goes.

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