Episode 94 – New Year, New Writing Habits

Episode 94 - New Year, New Writing Habits

Welcome to 2018 – what are you planning to do with it? If the answer – in part at least – is ‘some worthwhile writing’, this episode is for you. I’ve pulled together some of the best thinking and most practical advice from past podcast guests, and sprinkled in more…

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Episode 93 – Christmas Special 2017

Episode 93 - Christmas Special 2017

Pour a glass of sherry, munch on a mince pie, and put your feet up with a few of my absolute favourite moments EVER from the Extraordinary Business Book Club. On happiness – Andy Cope’s epiphany in the queue in Tesco’s on Christmas Eve. On messiness – Tim Harford explains…

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Episode 92 – Trusted with Lyn Bromley & Donna Whitbrook

The launch of Trusted was a very special occasion. When one of my authors has a book launch it’s ALWAYS a special occasion, of course, but this one was exceptional for a number of reasons: It was two authors, not one, both of whom had written every word of the…

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Episode 91 – The business book in the arena with Raj Nair

Episode 91 - The business book in the arena with Raj Nair

Raj Nair hasn’t written a business book (yet). As Executive Vice President and President, North America of the Ford Motor Company, leading one of the world’s leading company’s in one of the world’s most disrupted, fast-moving and complex industries, it’s hard to find the time. But he DOES make time to…

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Episode 90 – The Best Bits

Episode 90 - The Best Bits

Another satisfying helping of the choicest morsels of practical inspiration served up by recent guests. Listen to: Dr Lynda Shaw (business neuroscientist) on what stories do to our brains and why that’s good for business Matt Locke (Storythings and The Story conference) on the craft of storytelling Nigel Wilcockson (Random House Business Books) on what…

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Episode 89 – The science of stories with Dr Lynda Shaw

Episode 89 - The science of stories with Dr Lynda Shaw

‘Neuroscience is the future of business,’ claims Dr Lynda Shaw, and once you’ve listen to her talk about how emotion drives our decisions and how being generous helps us be more effective, it’s hard to argue. She also reveals how when we tell stories, we create neurochemical connections between ourselves…

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Episode 88 – The art of the business book with Nigel Wilcockson

Episode 88 - The art of the business book with Nigel Wilcockson

Matt Watkinson described Nigel Wilcockson, publishing director at Random House Business Books and his own editor, as the brains behind many of the best business books he’d ever read. Nigel is more modest about his role: ‘a good editor is more like a mentor… there in the background to offer…

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Episode 87 – Humour and connection with Carol Wyer

Something a bit different on this week’s show. Meet Carol Wyer, blogger, author, and stand-up comedian. ‘She know her audience so well,’ PR expert Ben Cameron told me. ‘She really taps into who her audience is and she has this ability to go out and do whatever it takes to…

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Episode 86 – Storytelling and Attention with Matt Locke

Episode 86 - Storytelling and Attention with Matt Locke

Matt Locke tells a good story. He does, after all, run The Story conference, and his content studio Storythings helps businesses including Google and the BBC tell better stories. Right now he’s fascinated by attention: how we measure it, and how it’s changing. In this episode we bring all that…

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Episode 85 – The Publisher’s View with Donya Dickerson

Episode 85 - The Publisher's View with Donya Dickerson

Donya Dickerson is Editorial Director with responsibility for business books for McGraw Hill in New York. So what does she look for when a proposal crosses her desk? And what kind of authors is she keen to get onto the list? A fascinating insight into the publisher’s perspective of the…

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