Episode 303 – Writing a handbook with David Grayson

Episode 303 - Writing a handbook with David Grayson

“We knew that a handbook had to be incredibly practical… we tried to help people to really work through the stages that you need to think about.” There could hardly be a more important topic for businesses to engage with today than sustainability, and yet most businesses are still at…

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Episode 302 – Writing it all down with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Episode 302 - Writing it all down with Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘It starts off as me working out what I think, and then it becomes something I’m going to share with other people… The point at which I allow myself to start imagining a reader is really important.’ Writing isn’t just a tool for communication, and your book isn’t just a…

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Episode 301 – The serendipity mindset with Dr Christian Busch

Episode 301 - The serendipity mindset with Dr Christian Busch

They told Christian Busch that it would be ‘academic suicide’ to do his PhD on the science of luck. But it turns out that luck isn’t a random force at all: the results may be unpredictable, but the process of becoming luckier is a simple matter of creating more connections…

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Episode 299 – A Twixtmas meditation

Episode 299 - A Twixtmas meditation

‘We’re designed as cyclical creatures, from the most basic microcycle of breathing in and out to the annual cycle of the seasons, and if the New Year to come is our time for resolutions and purposeful action, the days before it, these Twixtmas days, are a time for gathering our…

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Episode 298 – The commissioning editor’s view with Eloise Cook

Episode 298 - The commissioning editor's view with Eloise Cook

What DO commissioning editors look for in business book proposals? Eloise Cook is the publisher responsible for Pearson’s business list, and in this conversation she reveals what makes a proposal worth pursuing (and also what makes her quietly file it under B for Bin). We also talk about the future…

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Episode 297 – The 12-week Year for Writers with Trevor Thrall

Episode 297 - The 12-week Year for Writers with Trevor Thrall

‘No one wants to be preached at or talked down to, or made to believe it’s fancier than it is. This is not rocket science. This is just good, plain common sense. You need a framework. There are lots of them out there. This is the one that works for…

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Episode 296 – Unprepared to Entrepreneur with Sonya Barlow

Episode 296 - Unprepared to Entrepreneur with Sonya Barlow

‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ It might not sound like the most positive of mantras, but that simple question lies behind Sonya Barlow’s astonishing success: one of 2020’s Most Influential Women in Tech, a top 50 BAME entrepreneur, LinkedIn’s Changemaker 2021 for Gender Diversity and Inclusion and Marie Claire’s…

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Episode 295 – Book production secrets with Jo Bottrill

Episode 295 - Book production secrets with Jo Bottrill

What’s the magic by which the Word document you’ve been working on for so many weeks and months is transformed into a book? Jo Bottrill, head of Newgen UK, is a book production expert who’s worked with thousands of authors to perform exactly that magic, and in this conversation he…

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Episode 294 – Built on Rock with Michael Buckworth

Episode 294 - Built on Rock with Michael Buckworth

“Talk to anybody who will listen about your idea. That’s the way that you improve it.” Michael Buckworth is an anomaly: a lawyer who’s also an entrepreneur. He founded the only UK law firm working exclusively with startups, and he’s the author of Built on Rock: The busy entrepreneur’s legal…

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