The Full Circle Of New Starts

Over the years, I have started and re-started my business a good few times. I no longer refer to this as starting many businesses, as I am beginning to understand it was always one business: I was always selling what I do best: creativity. Right now, there are so many...

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New Year, New Direction

One of the weird things about teaching, training or sharing info to help other people is that, most often, you can’t really help yourself in the same way. This realisation is what was behind me seeking out someone to help me figure out what to do with my business in...

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5 Lessons From Launching a Book

I spent September and October launching The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox with a series of events at incubator hubs and co-working spaces around Amsterdam. I have worked in marketing and promotions for a couple of decades now, but there is always something new to...

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Happy birthday to me!

My birthday is toward the end of August and I am now toward the end of my forties... near enough to fifty to begin thinking about what that means. I don’t really care about what it means in general, but rather to me. All that ‘50 is the new 40’ nonsense doesn’t move...

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Reasons To Be Cheerful part 3 (Ian Dury)

“Health service glasses Gigolos and brasses Round or skinny bottoms Take your mum to Paris Lighting up the chalice Wee Willy Harris Bantu Stephen Biko, listening to Rico Harpo, Groucho, Chico Reasons to be cheerful part 3 Reasons to be cheerful part 3 Reasons to be...

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I am not your Target Market

They say that word of mouth is the best form of marketing. Because someone is so happy with your product/service that they tell everyone they know, for free. Cos it helps, it does what it says. But in the modern world, this principle isn’t enough to be relied on it...

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Self-Employed and Wondering…

Working for yourself, be it as a freelancer, running your own company or any other permutation, is an interesting way to make a living. Everyone says that it’s the way to go, but the truth of it is that our world is ill-equipped to deal with people whose work doesn’t...

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The End Of The World (as we know it)

We live in interesting times. Is that the interesting times of the ancient Chinese curse, or just plain old interesting? It’s hard to tell. From one perspective, from the UK, through the USA, Europe, Russia, middle east, Africa and beyond, it appears that ordinary...

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Not So Special eh?

I have always thought of music tastes as a kind of unique feature, like a fingerprint. We all grow up with different influence in our immediate environment and go through distinct phases as teenagers and young adults. In my case, I was also a music journalist for many...

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Meeting Johnny Rotten

People who say you should never meet your heroes have never met John Lydon. From the moment he walked into the lounge at the #PROMAXBDA Europe 2017 conference, he was funny, relaxed and seemed genuinely happy to be there. John is 61 years old and has been in the...

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So, What did 2016 ever give me?

I think I had some pretty specific goals in mind for myself for 2016. However, I have forgotten the details. None the less, I will revisit what I recall and see how this year delivered on the goals that I was after. The one goal I know I spoke about what running a sub...

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Rock To Success

I first picked up a guitar and took a couple of lessons when I was 12. I didn’t do it again until I was 17 and then I switched to bass. Somewhere between 1987 and now, I also switched to being behind the scenes instead of on stage. It was from this new vantage point...

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