The “how” section of my blog is full of delicious and useful tips on how to run a successful business, all gleaned from my experience of running my own businesses, and the hundreds of different companies I’ve helped to grow over the years.  Get stuck in…

  • Stop email overload driving you crazy!

    Too much email will drive you crazy Everyone knows that email is the number one thing that sucks up all of your time and stops you getting on with the interesting work that will actually benefit your business. But we carry on living in our inboxes and spending too much time sorting through all the […]

  • What I learnt from doing the Green party crowdfunder

    Crowdfunder lesson – What I learnt from running a crowdfunder for Caroline Lucas’s re-election campaign, and how you can use this for business, social enterprise, or politics. If you’re in the UK, you may have noticed that there’s an election on. I live in Brighton where we have the U.K.’s only Green MP, Caroline Lucas. […]

  • Do you need some more cheese?

    This was first published as one of my email stories about business.  It got some rave reviews from the people on that list, so I’ve reproduced it as a blog post so everyone can see it.  It’s about cheese.  And money One of the exercises I often do with clients is to show them how […]

  • Resources from my talk at LTV conference 2017

    If you came along to my talk at the Life.Time.Value conference in April 2017, these are some of the resources I referred to in my talk. If you weren’t there, this blog might not make a whole lot of sense to you to be honest, and you might prefer to read about the big danger […]

  • Speaking at Life Time Value Conference 2017

    I’ll be speaking at the Life Time Value Conference 2017 on 19th April.  You’ve just about got time to grab a ticket to come and hear my talk, plus loads of other fantastic speakers. I’m on the line up with these guys: Brennan Dunn Thomas Smale Bridget Harris Stef Lewandowski Laura Elizabeth Why you should […]

  • The big danger in chasing investment

    When you’re chasing investment for your company, this is a dangerous time. I’ve helped dozens of people find investment, and and I’ve persuaded dozens more not to even bother, at least at this stage. Because chasing investments can kill your company. Chasing investment takes so much time We’ve all read the stories of X company […]

  • The pros and cons of having a business partner

    Here are some thoughts on the pros and cons of having a business partner. I’ve worked with hundreds of businesses over the years, a lot of which have been run by two people. Sometimes, these two people have been married to each other as well as being business partners. And I had a previous business […]

  • Changes to LinkedIn

    I just got word of some big changes to LinkedIn. These changes which will affect any of us who use LinkedIn for business development.  For a lot of my business mentoring clients, this is going to be a big deal, and will make it more difficult to use LinkedIn as part of your sales process […]

  • How to write your automated email series

    My automated email series makes me happy. One of the most useful and effective marketing things you can do is email marketing. You probably know that already. But, if you’re like me, and lots of my business mentoring clients, you don’t send out emails as often as you should. When you’re running a small business, […]

  • How to recognise if your business might be failing

    Many people come to see me when they’re worried that their business might be failing. One of the tricks of my trade as a business mentor is to recognise when the business is actually failing, and can’t be revived, and when it just need some TLC. The TLC might consist of working on an entirely […]