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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Episode 192 – Why are we Yelling? with Buster Benson

Episode 192 - Why Are We Yelling? with Buster Benson

“Half of the reason I decided to do this book was to learn… what does it take to write a book? Not only the process that you go through but what is the personal journey I am going to have to go through to become the person that can write…

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Episode 191 – Your Business, Your Book with Ginny Carter

Episode 191 - Your Business, Your Book with Ginny Carter

When you write business books for a living, writing your own brings an unexpected problem: ‘Sometimes I thought it was quite outrageous, in fact: Hang on a minute, nobody’s paying me to do this, how can that be?‘ But Ginny Carter discovered that she was richly rewarded as she took…

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Episode 190 – The Best Bits

Episode 190 - The Best Bits

Writing a business book is a delicate balancing act between being fully yourself and being fully in service of your reader. How do you “do you” to the max, without tipping over into self-indulgence or over-sharing?  In the last few episodes of The Extraordinary Business Book Club we’ve explored this…

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