Episode 118 – Longitudinal writing with Sarah Kessler

Episode 118 - Longitudinal writing with Sarah Kessler

The gig economy – flexible and empowering, or exploitative and uncertain? Sarah Kessler is fascinated by how work is changing, and her book Gigged follows five very different people over three years and tracks their experiences – good, bad and downright terrifying. In this week’s conversation, we discuss the difference…

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Episode 115 – After the Awards with Campbell Macpherson

Episode 115 - After the Awards with Campbell Macpherson

Campbell Macpherson hasn’t really stopped grinning since March, when I handed him the Business Book of the Year trophy at the Business Book Awards ceremony. In this week’s show we talk about the impact of winning such a prestigious award (or even just being shortlisted), and how your book can…

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Episode 114 – High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

Episode 114 - High-Fidelity Publishing with Barbara Gray

“I don’t want people to buy my book.” That’s a sentence I honestly don’t think I’ve heard an author say before, ever. But Barbara Gray’s vision for her second book, Secrets of the Amazon, was very different to that of most authors. It’s part of what she calls high fidelity,…

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Episode 111 – Unsafe Thinking with Jonah Sachs

Episode 111 - Unsafe Thinking with Jonah Sachs

“There’s this comfortable way of thinking that we’re programmed by evolution to enjoy, which is thinking in patterns. That makes life so much easier and so much more approachable, when we rely on lessons we’ve learned in the past, when we observe other people and we do the things that…

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Episode 110 – The Best Bits!

Episode 110 - The Best Bits!

Another helping of best bits from recent episodes: we’re talking about ‘fast books’ and ‘slow books’, writing with a co-author, and how doodling can help you come sideways at a book. Tune in, sit back, and listen to insights and inspiration from these superb writers: Steve Scott on how he’s…

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Episode 108 – The story behind This Book Means Business with Alison Jones

Episode 108 - The story behind This Book Means Business with Alison Jones

Something a bit different this week: I interview myself to pull out some of the learnings from the process of writing This Book Means Business, a book about writing a book to build your business written to build my business. Meta, huh? Discover how and why The Extraordinary Business Book…

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Episode 106 – The Business Book Awards with Lucy McCarraher

On 16 March 2018, the inaugural Business Book Awards ceremony took place in London. It was an extraordinary occasion, bringing together the top names in books and business in the UK and beyond, and with shortlists including books from the biggest traditional publishers to the smallest independent presses and even…

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Episode 105 – Report from the frontline of independent publishing

Episode 105 - Report from the frontline of independent publishing

Something a little different this week: a report from the bleeding edge of the publishing industry, also known as the IPG Spring Conference. This is one of the most exciting and diverse events of the publishing calendar, bringing together publishers from all genres of publishing and from all sizes of…

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Episode 104 – Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Ep 104 - Collaboration & design with Edgar Papke & Thomas Lockwood

Have you ever thought of business as art? Edgar Papke and Thomas Lockwood, experts in organizational culture and design respectively, wanted to encourage leaders to design their businesses consciously for innovation and collaboration with their book Innovation by Design. And what better way than to write collaboratively? This is a…

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Episode 99 – The Culture Code with Daniel Coyle

Episode 99 - The Culture Code with Daniel Coyle

‘We’re all continually learning. Learning is a kind of scaffolding. To me, that’s the most beautiful metaphor for writing a book and for learning in life, that you’re continually building scaffolding. That scaffolding is expanding your capacity.’ Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author, and in this interview…

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