Musings

  • A new home (well, office) …

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    Well, it’s been a while eh …. I’ve been away from my blog for most of this year for a number of reasons, none of which I’ll bore you with (phew!). Suffice to say it’s been an ‘interesting’ year personally; professionally it’s been tip-top and I’m looking forward to lots more evolution next year! More recently, moving office has kept me away from the blog and is now the reason that I return to…

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  • 20 things you might not know about me…

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    I just added this list to my ‘about‘ page and as I haven’t blogged on here for ages I thought I’d share it here too. Remember, people connect and buy from people, so here’s a few things about me that may raise a smile! I was on the box of the MB board game ‘Twister’ (let’s just say it was a long time ago *coughs 1989*) I love numbers & words – I can take a car licence plate and change it all into…

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  • A week on – A tale of woe: Tesco and the snow

    I’ve been asked an awful lot what has happened since my blog post last weekend about the snow gridlock at Tesco car park within the Wrekin Retail Park. The answer, thanks to social media, is quite a lot: Nearly 2,000 visitors to my blog post (I’m not showing off, just showing how the incident stirred up a lot of local people) Some very heated comments on the blog, covering all opinions A write-up in the Shropshire Star and a brief…

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  • A tale of woe: Tesco and the snow

    Yesterday I got stuck for 4 hours in a Tesco Car Park on Wrekin Retail Park, Telford. Lucky me, I hear you cry 😉 Whilst a number of reasons contributed to it, including fast falling localised snow and traffic accidents, my main issue was the almost complete lack of planning and customer service from Tesco when the snow and the gridlock started. Below is an open letter to Tesco which details my story, what went wrong and suggestions as to what…

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  • Business Networking – has it had its day?

    The world of networking is changing, fact. I’ve noticed quite an evolution in terms of how we build meaningful business relationships over the last 7 years since moving up to Shropshire. A collection of my thoughts are below: In the olden days…. In years gone by (yes I am older than I look!), networking used to be going to a networking group, shaking hands & pressing business cards into everyone’s hands like they were going…

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  • Love what you do to love your life….

    Short and sweet post today. I got told last week that I speak with great passion about small business issues and social media – I genuinely had no idea, to me it’s just talking! It did get me thinking though – you have to love what you do in this life. For a number of reasons I’ll leave to another post, I know the need to live for the now, not the future, as you just don’t know what the future will hold (I’m…

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  • Top Tips for Time Management in a Small Business

    This blog post is in response to a request from a few tweeters to blog about time management. I thought long and hard about whether to, as anyone who knows me knows I’m not always the queen of time management 😉 Then I realised that’s the reality for us all, no matter how hard we try to be efficient and streamline our business, we’re going to have good periods and bad periods and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when…

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  • 7 Ways to Improve your Business Support Network

    As a homeworker or small business owner, a huge part of ‘working smarter’ is ensuring you build up a really strong business support network around you so you have good people you can call for help (eg. if your computer breaks down), support (eg. a sounding board for when you’re having a bad day) and advice (eg. you’re thinking of expanding your business but aren’t sure where to start) – below are my top 7 ways…

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  • Testimonials – are they all they’re cracked up to be?

    When was the last time you gave a testimonial to someone who did some work for you? Did you offer it or were you asked? Was it an oral testimonial at a networking event or online? Most importantly, did you feel comfortable giving the testimonial? Due to the ever evolving social media world, you can easily find testimonials for business people if you so wish on the likes of LinkedIn, Ecademy, Facebook, Twitter etc. I’ve received quite a few…

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  • Scared of Networking – read on…..

    I’ve been to a fair number of business networking events over the years – yet every time I enter the fray again I’ll be honest – I get REALLY nervous and feel like sticking pins in my eyes would be more pleasurable (sound familiar?) – so I thought I’d share some answers to comments made/questions asked by clients: ‘But I’m too nervous to Network’ EVERYONE (bar a few souls out there) will feel…

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