Episode 236 – Unpacking stories with Shuhrat Ashurov

Episode 236 - Unpacking stories with Shuhrat Ashurov

  The best business books include powerful stories that get across key points in a memorable, engaging way. What if we could make those stories accessible to more people, more easily? That’s the vision that prompted Shuhrat Ashurov to create Storypack, a microlearning app that gives people in business access…

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Episode 233 – Loving your imposter with Rita Clifton

Episode 233 - Loving your imposter with Rita Clifton

Imposter syndrome gets a bad rap, but it can be rocket fuel, says brand guru Rita Clifton. ‘It’s a drive, you know, go with it and use it…. you worry that you’re not going to be good enough, and you stretch yourself. That’s when you grow most.’ As well as…

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Episode 230 – The Best Bits: The Writing Journey

Yes it’s a cliché that writing is a journey, but that’s because it’s TRUE. In this week’s Best Bits episode I look back over the last few conversations in The Extraordinary Business Book Club and highlight the ways in which my guests have been shaped and changed, and moved forwards…

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Episode 229 – Authors and events with Sasha Frieze

Episode 229 - Authors and events with Sasha Frieze

How are events changing in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, and what does that mean for you if you’re an author? Award-winning events producer Sasha Frieze talks about how digital events are evolving, what the hybrid event of the future might look like, and the opportunities and challenges for…

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Episode 221 – Writing like a journalist with Rachel Bridge

Episode 221 - Writing like a journalist with Rachel Bridge

‘Ask yourself continually: is this boring me?… Because if you’re bored writing it, there is no chance that anybody is going to want to read it.’ Former Enterprise Editor of the Sunday Times, Rachel Bridge cheerfully admits that she has the classic journalistic characteristics: a short attention span and incurable…

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Episode 210 – The Best Bits: Resilience

A slightly unusual Best Bits episode, which is fitting for these unusual times. In the face of uncertainty and anxiety, we’re talking about resilience: what it is, what it looks like in our day-to-day life, and how to build it. Very grateful to my guests for their courage, honesty and…

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Episode 208 – Writing short books with Hassan Osman

Episode 208 - Writing short books with Hassan Osman

‘I’d love to write a book, but I have a full-time job and a family, I just don’t have time.’ If that sounds like you, you need to hear this. Hassan Osman has a demanding full-time job at Cisco and a young family, but he’s written eight (EIGHT!!) books so…

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Episode 206 – Crazy ideas with Celia Gaze

Episode 206 - Crazy ideas with Celia Gaze

When she decided to quit a good job in the NHS to develop a run-down farm, people thought Celia Gaze was crazy. When business was flagging and her response was to put her father’s old bow tie on a llama and share the snap on social media, they knew it.…

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Episode 200 – The Bicentenary Episode

Celebrate with me – The Extraordinary Business Book Club is 200 episodes young! So along with the Best Bits of the last few (absolutely brilliant) conversations, there’s some reflection on what that means, and why it matters. The bicentennial best bits are all about curiosity, experimentation, getting feedback, failing and…

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