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 224 – 65 Roses and a Trunki with Rob Law

Episode 224 - 65 Roses and a Trunki with Rob Law

“When faced with personal challenges and business challenges, it’s going to take a lot of energy to overcome them. So why not use that energy wisely and focus on the things you can influence and forget about the stuff you can’t?” Rob Law, aka Trunki Daddy, has faced more personal…

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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 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 194 – Starting Up with Richard Hall and Rachel Bell

Episode 194 - Starting Up with Richard Hall and Rachel Bell

There’s never been a more entrepreneurial age. The barriers to entry for setting up a business have crumbled over the last decades while our sense of purpose and desire to be in control of our lives have sky-rocketed.  But what does it take to be successful in this new world?…

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Episode 181 – Improv and business with Norm Laviolette

Episode 181 - Improv and Business with Norm Laviolette

If you need some encouragement to write in your own voice, this could be just what you need. Norm Laviolette could have called his book Developing a Creative Mindset: instead, he stayed true to his roots and wrote The Art of Making Sh!t Up.  In this conversation we discuss finding…

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Episode 180 – The Best Bits

Episode 180 - The Best Bits

The last few episodes of The Extraordinary Business Book club have included some extraordinary conversations about business and books, and one thing that’s become clear is that you need to be fuelled by passion to write a business book that makes a difference. Discover how these award-winning writers tapped into…

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Episode 178 – Believe Build Become with Debbie Wosskow and Anna Jones

‘We wanted to create a monster global sisterhood of amazing women who have each other’s backs.’ Old Boys’ Networks have been the invisible scaffolding on which high-flying men have build their careers for centuries. Debbie Wosskow and Anna Jones – high-flyers themselves as both executives and entrepreneurs – decided it…

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Episode 172 – Writing and creativity with Harriet Kelsall

You might not think of yourself as ‘a creative’, but if you’re an entrepreneur or a business book author that’s exactly what you are, insists award-winning jeweller Harriet Kelsall: you’re creating something that didn’t exist before you imagined it. And as she discovered the hard way, that means finding your…

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