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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Episode 293 – The Long Game with Dorie Clark

Episode 293 - The Long Game with Dorie Clark

‘You have to be good enough and you have to be persistent, [and] if you combine those two things together, then if you keep putting yourself in new situations, eventually there is going to be something that clicks.’ Dorie Clark is very clear that creating content – sharing your ideas…

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Episode 292 – Lunchtime Learning with Lucy Ryan

Episode 292 - Lunchtime Learning with Lucy Ryan

‘I came to writing really late. I was told I couldn’t write… I had no first degree. I came to learning at 40 plus with an idea that I couldn’t write, but I still loved learning. So it’s been a total joy. It’s like, wow, you can do that too,…

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Episode 291 – The Art of Questions with Michael Leckie

Episode 291 - The Art of Questions with Michael Leckie

‘It’s not that you’re wrong. You’re just no longer right. And that’s a big difference.’ Michael Leckie has built his career on asking good questions at the right time, and in his book The Heart of Transformation he talks about ‘operationalizing curiosity’ as one of the capabilities that drive successful…

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Episode 289 – Medium, message and meaning with Jeremy Kourdi

Episode 289 - Medium, message and meaning with Jeremy Kourdi

‘Why would you write 28 books? To get good at some of the stuff that you’re writing about.’ As well as writing those 28 books, Jeremy Kourdi has experience of senior leadership at The Economist, Duke University and the CMI. It’s fair to say he has an all-round perspective on…

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Episode 288 – Why weren’t we taught this at school? with Alice Sheldon

Ep 288 - Why Weren't We Taught This At School with Alice Sheldon

‘I would encourage every author to have their own-book-shaped plan and their own-marketing-shape plan that is theirs, because that is what creates the books that really reflect our own message and that are really full of integrity.’ If you’re tired of formulaic approaches or cynical marketing tactics, this will be…

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Episode 287 – Writing and happiness with Megan Hayes

Episode 287 - Writing and happiness with Megan Hayes

‘The individual is a research project, every time we try something new we’re being a kind of scientist in our own life.’ Megan Hayes studied the links between writing and happiness, and the first thing she discovered is that it’s both more powerful and more complex than we think. Yes,…

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Episode 286 – Things that editors hate (and how to avoid them)

Episode 286 - Things that editors hate (and how to avoid them)

When you’re writing a business book – or indeed any business writing – WHAT you’re saying is the most important thing, of course.  But HOW you say it can make all the difference as to how people read it. I asked a group of editors what really pushed their buttons,…

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Episode 285 – Inclusive AF with Jen O’Ryan

Episode 285 - Inclusive AF with Jen O'Ryan

‘They need to be able to ‘get’ the concepts that I’m trying to convey in whatever space they have available on the top of their phone screen.’ Used to writing for an academic audience, Dr Jen O’Ryan quickly realised that she needed take a very different approach for her business…

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