Here is my review of the third episode in the current series of Dragons' Den for Enterprise Nation, which highlights some key business lessons. 1. Be a great negotiator, but know when to stop Negotiation skills are vital in business. However, when pitching for work, you need to be clear about how far you are … Continue reading Knowing how to negotiate and when to stop! My Dragons’ Den Review of Episode 3 for Enterprise Nation
What do you do when someone blatantly copies what you are doing? Your initial reaction may be to go in all guns blazing but what are you going to achieve? Copying your work or plagiarising your content is actually actionable and you are perfectly within your rights to challenge this behaviour, especially if it is … Continue reading Copying, Competition or a Compliment?
It's Day 55/90...of my personal #90DayChallenge to reach fitness and lose weight. This coincided with me being selected to take part in Zoe's Place Baby Hospice Strictly Christmas in December. A great opportunity to combine my own personal fitness challenge with raising money for a great local charity. However, I need your support to reach my … Continue reading I get to wear a floaty dress and I need your support
I am on Day 43/90...of a personal #90DayChallenge I set myself to reach fitness and lose a bit of weight along the way. This coincided with me being selected to take part in Zoe's Place Baby Hospice Strictly Christmas in December. What a great opportunity to combine my own personal fitness challenge with raising money for … Continue reading I’m Running! My ‘Strictly Christmas’ training regime in aid of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice
This is the start of a huge personal challenge for me having recovered from a badly broken ankle last year. Little did I know that I would spend 6 months on crutches, gain over 2 stone in weight and face almost 18 months of pain, coupled with the inability to walk properly. 30 days ago … Continue reading It’s official! I’m very excited to be a contestant in ‘Strictly Christmas’ in aid of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice
There are various reasons that a person or business remains loyal to a particular brand, however traditional loyalty is often forgotten, over price. Many independent retailers have gone out of business when a large retail chain supplies goods at discounted prices, without comprising on quality. Consumers are prepared to settle for a little less convenience … Continue reading Customer Loyalty: How do you retain your customers?
When I started out in business I was fortunate enough to have a business mentor. However, this was only for the first 3 months of trading as I believed that I had all the tools I needed to run a business. After all, how difficult could it be? I didn’t understand that mentoring should continue … Continue reading What is a business mentor?
Face to face networking is still one of the best forms of engagement to generate, nurture and retain relationships. In my earlier posts Networking Tips for Success and More Networking Tips for Success I shared the benefits of networking and some general tips for success. Here are a few more tips to get the most … Continue reading A Few More Networking Tips for Success…
Have you ever found yourself getting overexcited at the prospect of securing a new piece of client work or making a sale? It is so easy to get carried away during those initial discussions and promise the earth with little regard for whether you can actually deliver. Early negotiations are vital in sealing the deal and sometimes, business … Continue reading Do you overpromise and underdeliver? Vital things to consider before you agree a sale
Standing up for the first time in front of other business owners or an audience can be a daunting prospect.