Get yourself the job you want…

Find out how to fast-track yourself into successful self employment and employment. Posts examine key skills and the right attitudes to develop. Discover industry secrets and the critical issues that relate to getting the job you want.

World’s Greatest Entrepreneur

Unbelievable! Interviewing the world's greatest entrepreneur Meeting the world's greatest entrepreneur started with a cold call. "I'm sorry but Nick rarely gives interviews" I was informed. The PA on the other end of the line was pleasant but firm. "But please give me your details. Someone in PR will get back to you." Two days later the phone rang. To my astonishment, I learnt my wish had been granted. Slap in the middle of his hectic schedule I would be meeting the world's greatest entrepreneur. He even wanted to meet me in person and had insisted on making all my travel arrangements... Read More

Go Screw the Pitch

As part of Global Enterprise Week I was invited to talk to students at Oaklands College about the art of pitching , or rather how not to screw the pitch. To engage and entertain minds I chose not to follow convention. Instead I shared the notion that if you are going to screw the pitch (as happens in reality), here were my Top 10 Tips (many based on actual experience) how to do it. Enjoy...   Read More

Commercial Comedy is Serious Business

No joking. Commercial comedy and having a laugh is serious business. As our plane readied for take off to Cape Town, the stewardess commenced the well rehearsed health and safety briefing. Little did we know that the airline's approach to commercial comedy meant the ordinary was about to become extraordinary. "In the event of the cabin losing air pressure, oxygen masks will drop down from above your heads." Her words were calm. She paused and looked to see who was paying attention... Read More

How to Avoid Crap Meetings

Learning how to avoid crap meetings is a key skill for entrepreneurs Once upon a business life I self-published a ‘book’ for the caravan market. Knowing little about these boxes on wheels and kidding myself the product was half-decent, I led a telesales department (me) and phoned UK caravan outlets in search of orders. And then I thought I had struck gold... Read More

Money, motivation and becoming a millionaire

How does money motivate you? Salespeople regularly offered me lifts back in the eighties. It's fair to say I enjoyed the banter and their cars went faster too. London bound, one bright weekday morning, I was hitching a lift onto the M1. Without warning, a passing car jammed on its brakes and pulled over ahead of me onto the empty slip road. The smart-suited driver from Leicester was going my way and within 2 minutes we were doing 90+ in the outside lane of the motorway... Read More

Find new ideas to start your business

Where to find new ideas to start your business If you read the post 'How to Profit from the Alternative Rhythms of Time', you'll be aware I recommended the 'Springwise' website. It's the place to find new ideas to start your business and get your daily fix of innovative and entrepreneurial thoughts... Read More

Profit from the alternative rhythms of time

Our planet hosts 4 billion people who scrape by on less than $2 a day. Yet, perverse as it may sound, 24 hours in a day is not enough time for many people who work in industrialised economies. Lack of time rather than lack of money is an increasingly common complaint amongst the 100,000 million people who earn $20,000 or more annually... Read More