Episode 302 – Writing it all down with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Episode 302 - Writing it all down with Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘It starts off as me working out what I think, and then it becomes something I’m going to share with other people… The point at which I allow myself to start imagining a reader is really important.’ Writing isn’t just a tool for communication, and your book isn’t just a…

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Episode 301 – The serendipity mindset with Dr Christian Busch

Episode 301 - The serendipity mindset with Dr Christian Busch

They told Christian Busch that it would be ‘academic suicide’ to do his PhD on the science of luck. But it turns out that luck isn’t a random force at all: the results may be unpredictable, but the process of becoming luckier is a simple matter of creating more connections…

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Episode 298 – The commissioning editor’s view with Eloise Cook

Episode 298 - The commissioning editor's view with Eloise Cook

What DO commissioning editors look for in business book proposals? Eloise Cook is the publisher responsible for Pearson’s business list, and in this conversation she reveals what makes a proposal worth pursuing (and also what makes her quietly file it under B for Bin). We also talk about the future…

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Episode 296 – Unprepared to Entrepreneur with Sonya Barlow

Episode 296 - Unprepared to Entrepreneur with Sonya Barlow

‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ It might not sound like the most positive of mantras, but that simple question lies behind Sonya Barlow’s astonishing success: one of 2020’s Most Influential Women in Tech, a top 50 BAME entrepreneur, LinkedIn’s Changemaker 2021 for Gender Diversity and Inclusion and Marie Claire’s…

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Episode 295 – Book production secrets with Jo Bottrill

Episode 295 - Book production secrets with Jo Bottrill

What’s the magic by which the Word document you’ve been working on for so many weeks and months is transformed into a book? Jo Bottrill, head of Newgen UK, is a book production expert who’s worked with thousands of authors to perform exactly that magic, and in this conversation he…

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Episode 294 – Built on Rock with Michael Buckworth

Episode 294 - Built on Rock with Michael Buckworth

“Talk to anybody who will listen about your idea. That’s the way that you improve it.” Michael Buckworth is an anomaly: a lawyer who’s also an entrepreneur. He founded the only UK law firm working exclusively with startups, and he’s the author of Built on Rock: The busy entrepreneur’s legal…

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Episode 292 – Lunchtime Learning with Lucy Ryan

Episode 292 - Lunchtime Learning with Lucy Ryan

‘I came to writing really late. I was told I couldn’t write… I had no first degree. I came to learning at 40 plus with an idea that I couldn’t write, but I still loved learning. So it’s been a total joy. It’s like, wow, you can do that too,…

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Episode 291 – The Art of Questions with Michael Leckie

Episode 291 - The Art of Questions with Michael Leckie

‘It’s not that you’re wrong. You’re just no longer right. And that’s a big difference.’ Michael Leckie has built his career on asking good questions at the right time, and in his book The Heart of Transformation he talks about ‘operationalizing curiosity’ as one of the capabilities that drive successful…

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Episode 286 – Things that editors hate (and how to avoid them)

Episode 286 - Things that editors hate (and how to avoid them)

When you’re writing a business book – or indeed any business writing – WHAT you’re saying is the most important thing, of course.  But HOW you say it can make all the difference as to how people read it. I asked a group of editors what really pushed their buttons,…

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