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 234 – Being Less Zombie with Elvin Turner

Episode 234 - Being Less Zombie with Elvin Turner

“Being open to the journey of innovation of your own book is really important…” Someone told Elvin Turner as he prepared to write his first book to expect two things: first, that he would have a ton of new ideas, and second, that as he forced those ideas onto the…

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Episode 231 – The Writer’s Process with Anne Janzer

Episode 231 - The Writer's Process with Anne Janzer

‘Writing is a way of doing something physically while thinking deeply, it’s a container for deep thought in your life. If you think about it that way, it’s a really wonderful thing to make time for in your life.’ Anne Janzer’s mission is to ‘help people spread important ideas by…

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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 223 – Smoke and Mirrors with Gemma Milne

Episode 223 - Smoke and Mirrors with Gemma Milne

‘Writing the book was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life… There’s no quick fix. Everybody finds it hard. What differentiates people who have written books from those that haven’t is the ones who wrote the books dealt with the fact that it was really hard.’…

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Episode 222 – Future-Proofed with Tom Cheesewright

Tom Cheesewright spends his life gazing into the future to help businesses identify and respond to trends and technology, but his advice for writers is rooted in the here and now. A fascinating conversation taking in principles for business survival in a fast-changing world along with super-practical tips for writing…

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Episode 205 – Loonshots with Safi Bahcall

What does it take to write the most-recommended business book of the year? Safi Bahcall, author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, talks about learning to write (and rewrite) a business book that matters, and it’s pure gold for anyone…

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Episode 185 – Fear, Money, Purpose with Nancy Youssef

Episode 185 - Fear, Money, Purpose with Nancy Youssef

‘But that’s really vulnerable. I don’t really want people to read that.’ ‘Well, that’s your story. And if you really want to give this your best shot, you’ve got to go deep.’ When financier, businesswoman and philanthropist Nancy Youssef decided to entitle the book about the lessons she’s learned in…

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Episode 145 – The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

Episode 145 - The Mother of All Jobs with Christine Armstrong

If you’re a working parent, you won’t need telling that this isn’t really working. You might not, however, be aware that it’s not working for pretty much everybody. In her research for The Mother of All Jobs, Christine Armstrong uncovered a conspiracy of silence that means every working mother feels…

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Episode 134 – Real Confidence with Michelle Sales

Episode 134 - Real Confidence with Michelle Sales

‘Now, I look at work and life and what I know in a different way, it’s almost like I’m attuned to looking for opportunities to bring my thinking together and get it out there by way of a book.’ Michelle Sales never thought of herself as a writer. She didn’t even…

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