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 179 – Creative Thinking with Chris Griffiths

Episode 179 - Creative Thinking with Chris Griffiths

‘Today, if you always do what you’ve always done, even if you do it faster, you’re going to get left way behind… it’s not knowledge that’s power and it’s not even the use of knowledge that’s power: it’s the creation of new knowledge that actually leads to something different.’ As…

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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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Episode 171 – Writing and AI with Chris Duffey

Episode 171 - Writing and AI with Chris Duffey

What if you had some help writing your book: a collaborator to transcribe your ideas, do the grunt work of researching huge amounts of material, bounce ideas off, give editorial feedback and even provide their own contributions in the form of a dialogue? And what if that collaborator was available without…

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Episode 170 – The Best Bits

Episode 170 - The Best Bits

A few of the stand-out moments from the last few Extraordinary Business Book Club episodes –  this week we’re asking…. why? Why write a book, when it’s so damn hard? Here’s why. Mark Burns on the stones in the reader’s shoe Bec Evans on treating your book as a prototype…

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Episode 169 – Improv and writing with Neil Mullarkey

‘Improv is always, “Let’s just start something now. We don’t know where it’s going to go, but we’ll start now. Whatever tools, whatever cast we have.” That’s what writing should be as well.’ Neil Mullarkey, founder of the Comedy Store Players and long-time sketch buddy of Mike Myers, is on…

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Episode 163 – All In with David Grayson

Episode 163 - All In with David Grayson

‘What is the business case for being unsustainable?’ Professor David Grayson has been involved in social enterprise before it was even a thing, and over the last few decades he has acted as the conscience of business on a range of issues from accessibility and diversity to corporate social responsibility…

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Episode 151 – Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Episode 151 - Design, creativity and joy with Niki Schafer

Designers look at life differently, and writers can learn a lot from their approach. Niki Schafer’s aim as an interior designer is to design happiness into her clients’ homes. And while she was writing her book on ‘dwellbeing’, she discovered how to capture the joyful state of creative flow kinaesthetically,…

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Episode 149 – Building out the brand with Graham Allcott

Episode 149 - Building out the brand with Graham Allcott

Graham Allcott is one of the most productive people I know. Which isn’t surprising. His book How to be a Productivity Ninja was a huge success when it was first published five years ago, and has become the cornerstone of his business, Think Productive. There’s a new edition of that…

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