Episode 140 – The Best Bits

Episode 140 - The Best Bits

A few of my favourite moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes, and this time it’s all about grit – which seems to be an inevitable ingredient in the writing of a business book. Ayse Birsel on optimism and finding the best answers in the worst places Elaine Halligan,…

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Episode 137 – Making the Boat Go Faster with Ben Hunt-Davis

Episode 137 - Making the Boat Go Faster with Ben Hunt-Davis

‘While we’re doing one thing, let’s just do it as well as we can and make sure we are spending our time, of which we have so little, let’s spend it wisely.’ Ben Hunt-Davis knows a bit about focus. As part of the ‘Sydney 8’, who revolutionised the approach to…

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Episode 133 – Ghostwriting and Frankendrafts with Derek Lewis

Episode 133 - Ghostwriting and Frankendrafts with Derek Lewis

‘The first draft of the manuscript is just ugly. There are pieces, and parts, and this part doesn’t match that part. It looks like a Frankenstein monster. And that’s why I call it Frankendraft. It sets that expectation low, that this will be an ugly, ghoulish creation with parts and…

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Episode 130 – The Best Bits!

Episode 130 - The Best Bits!

A hand-picked selection of treasures from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes, with the focus on other people – how can they help you write a better book, faster, what impact will your book have on them, and how can you make them care enough to read it…

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Episode 128 – Writing and speaking with Hugh Culver

Episode 128 - Writing and speaking with Hugh Culver

Hugh Culver has done a lot of stuff in his life – from leading adventure holidays in the Antarctic to giving keynote speeches to companies and conferences all over the world. For him, writing his book Give Me a Break was an opportunity to reenergise and deepen his thinking, to…

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Episode 125 – Getting Social with Michelle Carvill

For many CEOs, ‘doing’ social media is terrifying. Much easier to hire a millennial to do it for you. But in a world in which trust in corporates is at an all-time low, Michelle Carvill argues the best way to address that is to ‘step outside of the boardroom and…

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Episode 124 – Finding your story with Martin Norbury

Episode 124 - Finding your Story with Martin Norbury

Most business book authors aren’t professional writers. Martin Norbury failed his English O-level twice, but he knew that he had a story to tell that mattered. In this week’s conversation he reveals how he went about turning the stuff in his head into a brilliantly readable book – from interviews…

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Episode 123 – Becoming a Superhero with Sarah Windrum

Episode 123 - Becoming a Superhero with Sarah Windrum

What’s your mission statement? We can get caught up in business – and indeed in business writing – in showcasing ourselves. We airbrush the version of ourselves that we present to others. And in doing so we unwittingly lose the emotional connection, vulnerability and authenticity that actually give us the…

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Episode 119 – Writing to change the world with Euan Semple

Episode 119 - Writing to change the world with Euan Semple

Think that what you say on the internet has no impact? Euan Semple says think again. ‘An avalanche only ever happens because the last snowflake falls. If it doesn’t, an avalanche doesn’t happen. Each of our conversations could be a last snowflake.’ Despite the fact that he’s been blogging for…

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Episode 117 – Creativity and collaboration with Roger Mavity

Episode 117 - Creativity and collaboration with Roger Mavity

Former ad man, CEO of both the Granada and Conran Groups and Chairman of Citigate, Roger Mavity is also a renowned author, artist and photographer. In this conversation we explore the twin struggles of creativity and specifically of writing: the private struggle to articulate the idea, and the public struggle…

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