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The touchy-feels: Creating chemistry to get your business noticed

Picture this: You’re out and about, and fancy a coffee. Where do you go? The closest coffee shop? Or the one further down the highstreet that you really love? No brainer, right? You’ll go the little bit extra to hang out in the coffee shop that you love. They both sell coffee, in about a billion (approx) variations. So why trek to that particular one? Is it a boho, comfy sofa, books on shelves creativity den? Perhaps it’s all clean lines, tall tables and far removed from the clutter of working from your home. What is it that makes us pick one, over the many others? We choose because of the way these places make us FEEL. Cluttered and overwhelmed at home – head out to the sleek workspaces to…

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7 Boomdiggity Productivity Hacks

Y’know as a culture we’ve been programmed to think that long hours = more work. Some entrepreneurs wear their 50, 60, 70(eeeek) hour weeks on their sleeve. Like a badge of pride. I say that’s the outdated way. The modern way of running your business does NOT include: Crazy hours or 52/7 working (even when your work is so addictive it’s ALL you want to Do) Not being able to go on holiday Missing your kids growing up Being on call more often than a Junior Doctor Not only is it not necessary, it’s not healthy! Believe me, I know. Now it turns out you don’t even get more done – what a waste of time! Of course I already knew all of this (because I learnt the hard way…

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Why I’m not buying what you’re selling (and how to change it)

Remember when you were younger, BEGGING to be allowed “the” shoes/jeans/hairstyle that all your friends had? It felt so important to blend in. Anything different was social death and anyone who couldn’t understand this was clearly a monster. Or parent. Trouble is, for many that’s carried over into adulthood, and if you own a business, that too. Bad move, girlfriend. It’s no wonder really, we spend sooo long trying to fit in and wanting to be liked as individuals that we end up doing the same with our business. The fear of standing out We worry about being too different or controversial, nervous to show our personality because it may repel custom and divide opinion. Especially when starting out because in the beginning we’re just so darn grateful that SOMEONE…

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Don’t treat your speaking gig like a one night stand (do this instead)

OMG You’ve been asked to give a talk – on a STAGE! With real people watching you! What an amazing opportunity for you and your business, more exposure means helping more people PLUS getting more clients, sales and money – right? Yes, in an ideal world but in the real world… not if you don’t ask for it. Presenting or speaking is so much more than turning up on the day in your fave lippy and telling people about your service or product to gushing applause and a stampede of clients. For it to be really worth your while – and theirs (whether you’re getting a fee to speak or not), you need to pro-actively work it to your advantage while demonstrating how else you can help the audience members…

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If you’ve ever struggled with a business decision – read this.

I’ve just returned from a life-changing trip to Bali. As idyllic as it was, it was a tough decision to get there. Bali has been on the top of my travel bucket list for a year or 2, and has kept cropping up in my mind as somewhere I wanted to be. I’d come close but had never quite made it. Within a day of returning home to Ibiza after a month in Thailand (my second trip there in 3 months) and a 33 hour long journey by speedboat, mirror-ceilinged taxi-van, and 3 planes, I decided to travel back East. When I think about just those facts I have to admit it seems pretty f’in nuts. I don’t suffer with jet lag so I can’t blame my thinking on that!…

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My recipe for business success

Psssst. Want to know the secret to having a successful business? All you need to do is create THIS funnel, or use THESE ads, or THIS email template then manifest – no REALLY manifest it, like you mean it. Got that? Just kidding! How many times do you see these kinda claims all over social media and the interwebs?! The truth is there is no one single thing that creates a successful business. Whether your personal vision of success is earning multiple 6 figures, working 4 days a week, or having the freedom to jet off to Bali when you fancy it…ahem *sips cocktail* After nearly 7 years doing my own thing, I’ve found that there are some things that you absolutely can not ignore if you want to create…

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3 hacks to grow your business (dedicated to lazy entrepreneurs)

I’ve discovered that I am really lazy. Put me on a beach and I’ll zombie for hours. I eat snacks instead of cooking real food (cold baked beans straight from the tin, anyone?) but invite me to yours for dinner and I’m THERE. Most mornings I’m too lazy to chew food so I’ll drink a healthy smoothie. Straight out of my Vitamix jug with a straw (so I don’t need to lift it to my mouth and it saves on washing up). I think I’ve known I’m lazy for a while, but I wouldn’t admit it to myself. Let alone the WORLD! I guess because I saw it as a bad thing. Recently, I began to think about this differently… I’ve realised that my laziness directly contributed to my business…

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My big fat blogging lie (and what I’m doing about it)

Love your business, Live your life. That’s my tagline! I stand by this – it’s central to all that I do. But I’ve also been deceiving you. Before I explain why and how I’m going to change that deception, let me give you some context… What I’m about to reveal is controversial I’ve realised that to be amazing in business and life, your needs come first. When I say ‘your’ I mean YOU. As the business owner. The boss. The dreamer, creator, decision-maker and implementer of YOUR big business idea. Not the client, services, products, staff, or investors. You. SAY WHAT?! Yep. This controversial viewpoint is one that many of my clients struggle with when we work together. Sometimes they completely RESIST it initially because it’s totally at odds with…

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Stop wishing and start doing with my fave planner

Planning and passion. Not two words most people would put together, right? When we think about passion, it’s unconstrained, spontaneous, uncontrollable. Well yes, and no. We all have big, passionate, burning dreams and goals. But how many of them are you achieving? Have you written them down? Made a dream board or a bucket list?? For some of us, knowing what those big dreams and goals are can be the hardest part, then taking ownership of them as something you seriously want comes next. That takes commitment. But even if you ARE writing them down, sending letters to the Universe (or Santa) and gazing intently at your dreamboard every morning – you still have to take action for your goals to become real. To quote my dearly departed cockney grandma……

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Are you dreaming of a boho business?

You know when you go on a diet and there’s always someone who tries to make you have a slice of cake? Or when you take up exercising they try and persuade you to stay at home with them in the warm instead of going out running? When people do things like this it’s usually because they’re worried that they’ll somehow lose the you they know and love. The same can happen when you choose to challenge the status quo career wise. I overheard a conversation recently. Two people discussing their 9-5s. One of them was expressing a desire to do it differently, to move to an online business – just her and her laptop. Her friend immediately told her she was mad for even considering it. He asserted that…

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