Episode 258 – Launching While Female with Susanne Althoff

Episode 258 - Launching While Female with Susanne Althoff

‘In a way you have to be really cocky and bold to say I’m going to write a business book and it’s going to be worthwhile and lots of people will want to read it. You have to be overflowing with confidence. And I saw in my interviews with women…

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Episode 254 – Influence with Sara McCorquodale

Episode 254 - Influence with Sara McCorquodale

No business can ignore social media influencers these days, they’re part of the fabric of our lives both personally and professionally. But what are the opportunities and the pitfalls for the influencers themselves and for the brands that work with them? Sara McCorquodale set out to answer that question, and…

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Episode 253 – Nine Types of Leader with James Ashton

Having interviewed hundreds of CEOs as a journalist, James Ashton started to notice some patterns. He got curious. In this fast-changing world, where leadership is more challenging than ever, what kinds of leaders have emerged and how do they respond to those challenges? A fascinating conversation about leadership itself, but also…

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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 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 176 – Future Fit with Andrea Clarke

Episode 176 - Future Fit with Andrea Clarke

‘The discovery process is everything. It’s the whole project.’ Andrea Clarke describes the three months she spent writing her book as being in ‘a pure content vortex… I felt like I was on a natural high.’ Discover why, and maybe catch some of her energy and enthusiasm to reignite your…

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Episode 118 – Longitudinal writing with Sarah Kessler

Episode 118 - Longitudinal writing with Sarah Kessler

The gig economy – flexible and empowering, or exploitative and uncertain? Sarah Kessler is fascinated by how work is changing, and her book Gigged follows five very different people over three years and tracks their experiences – good, bad and downright terrifying. In this week’s conversation, we discuss the difference…

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Episode 81 – Entrepreneurial You with Dorie Clark

‘You have to open yourself up… away from making money from something and understand that nowadays you make money because of something, and that’s a very different phenomenon.’ As a journalist, Dorie Clark used to make her living by writing content. But now she writes for free, and makes a…

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Episode 80 – The Best Bits

Episode 80 - The Best Bits

My personal favourite moments from the last 9 episodes of The Extraordinary Business Book Club. It’s an incredible selection: Daniel Priestley (Key Person of Influence) on making the book work with the business Warren Knight (Think #Digital First) on what it means to be in control of publishing your book Orna Ross (Head of ALLi,…

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Episode 73 – The Entrepreneurial Journalist with Sara Kelly

Episode 73 - The Entrepreneurial Journalist with Sara Kelly

While publishing’s been going through massive disruption over recent years, journalism has had its own problems. Ironically, in a world that runs on content, it’s harder than ever to be a professional journalist. ‘It’s not that people aren’t reading newspapers. It’s just that they’re not paying to read them anymore, so…

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