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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Episode 98 – Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth

Episode 98 - Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth

‘If five years ago somebody had said to me, “So you know, Kate, are you ever going to write a book?” I would have said, “No, no, no, no, no. I don’t write books. I draw pictures.”‘ But when Kate Raworth doodled a doughnut shape to capture her vision of…

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Episode 97 – Publishing from all sides with David Roche

Episode 97: Publishing from all sides with David Roche

David Roche has seen publishing from pretty much every angle: publisher, bookseller, author, reader, mentor, consultant and industry maven. He’s been on the boards of HarperCollins, Waterstones and HMV, was CEO of Borders and Books Etc, he’s the chair of New Writing North, non-exec chair of the London Book Fair, and…

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Episode 96 – Turning talks into books with Miranda West

Episode 96 - Turning talks into books with Miranda West

How do you turn a great talk into a great book? It’s not as easy as you might think. Miranda West is the founder of Do Books, which originated with the Do Lectures in Wales, focused on smart working and slow living. But as she explains, taking a message from…

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Episode 95 – Content marketing & books with Joe Pulizzi

Episode 95 - Content marketing & books with Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi is ‘the godfather of content marketing’. Founder of the Content Marketing Institute and author of five books (one every two years), he has a clear vision of how books fit into a content strategy. It all starts, he says, with the platform, and his sane advice will be…

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Episode 93 – Christmas Special 2017

Episode 93 - Christmas Special 2017

Pour a glass of sherry, munch on a mince pie, and put your feet up with a few of my absolute favourite moments EVER from the Extraordinary Business Book Club. On happiness – Andy Cope’s epiphany in the queue in Tesco’s on Christmas Eve. On messiness – Tim Harford explains…

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