Episode 173 – The book of the future with Tom Cheesewright

Episode 173 - The book of the future with Tom Cheesewright

The young Tom Cheesewright found his purpose in life when his mother bought him a copy of the 1979 Usborne Book of the Future. Now he’s an Applied Futurist, focusing not on teleportation or interstellar travel but on identifying what is going to take an organisation out at the knees…

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Episode 172 – Writing and creativity with Harriet Kelsall

You might not think of yourself as ‘a creative’, but if you’re an entrepreneur or a business book author that’s exactly what you are, insists award-winning jeweller Harriet Kelsall: you’re creating something that didn’t exist before you imagined it. And as she discovered the hard way, that means finding your…

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Episode 171 – Writing and AI with Chris Duffey

Episode 171 - Writing and AI with Chris Duffey

What if you had some help writing your book: a collaborator to transcribe your ideas, do the grunt work of researching huge amounts of material, bounce ideas off, give editorial feedback and even provide their own contributions in the form of a dialogue? And what if that collaborator was available without…

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Episode 170 – The Best Bits

Episode 170 - The Best Bits

A few of the stand-out moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes –  this week we’re asking…. why? Why write a book, when it’s so damn hard? Here’s why. Mark Burns on the stones in the reader’s shoe Bec Evans on treating your book as a prototype…

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Episode 169 – Improv and writing with Neil Mullarkey

‘Improv is always, “Let’s just start something now. We don’t know where it’s going to go, but we’ll start now. Whatever tools, whatever cast we have.” That’s what writing should be as well.’ Neil Mullarkey, founder of the Comedy Store Players and long-time sketch buddy of Mike Myers, is on…

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Episode 168 – The Numbers Business with Della Hudson

Episode 168 - The Numbers Business with Della Hudson

Think you’re in a profession that doesn’t lend itself to writing a book? Della Hudson trained as a chemist and is now an accountant, but her book The Numbers Business: How to build a successful cloud accountancy practice was a winner at this year’s Business Book Awards. And even she,…

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Episode 167 – The Learning Imperative with Mark Burns

Episode 167 - The Learning Imperative with Mark Burns

‘Think about your audience. What stones do they have in their shoes? And what possibilities do they dream of?’ And with this great advice from his editor ringing in his ears, Mark Burns and his co-writer Andy Griffith planned, wrote, rewrote, tested, revised and edited their way to their final…

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Episode 166 – Defining You with Fiona Murden

Episode 166 - Defining You with Fiona Murden

Self-development books are big business – but is it just navel-gazing on the hand or esoteric theory on the other?  ‘At the end of the day people want something that’s pragmatic, and they can actually do something with.’ Fiona Murden has been working with the world’s most senior leaders for…

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Episode 165 – Work the Future Today with Whitney Vosburgh

When we talk about ‘the future’, we’re subconsciously distancing ourselves from some indefinite, hypothetical construct. But in reality, argues Whitney Vosburgh and his co-author Charlie, we are continually co-creating the future in the present, without fully making the connection between the two.  ‘Instead of being futurists, we need to be…

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