Keeping my head down in Carnoustie; The Commonwealth Games opens, just; Dora Bryan; Fun Friends Wine; Seven ways to create great speaking events; I don’t know what that means; Five tips for a thriving online community; An interview with Hugh Pym; Music from Nugent & Belle
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Hot, hot, hot; Sunshine north of Leith; Bullets at BarryBuddon; Wikipedia; Johnny Winter; Daft weather advice; Five ways to improve your speeches; May I please make my point?; Company newsletter syndrome; An interview with Jane Milton; Music from Ashton Lane
Friday, July 11, 2014
Friday, July 04, 2014
July 4th; Hanging around with great speakers; Rob Cantor; A real mug; How to deliver a strong speech; What’s in a media kit?; How to drive people away from your blog; An interview with Martin Laschkolnig; Music from Ainsley Diaz Stevens
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Find My Dad’s Camera; The World Cup - or not; Felix Dennis of Oz; Phone Hacking mugs; How to have stage presence; What exactly is News?; George Orwell’s five rules of blogging; An interview with Tristan Gooley; Music from Sophie de Winter
Friday, June 20, 2014
Techfest at ExCeL; A social media disaster; Clever KitKat; Equality goes wrong; Would you like three?; I’m not talking about that; Social media honesty and openness; An interview with Jana Stanfield; Music from Sophie de Winter
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
- Put on a show It's about making sure that everything fits together, in the right order, for the right reasons. Nothing happens by accident (though they prepare for the unexpected too). Even the ad-libs were carefully crafted. If you treat your business in the same way, you'll be remembered as a real professional.
- Hit the stage running. There's no time to warm-up when you're in front of an audience. You need to be ready to go a minute before you are called on to appear. That's true for any business encounter.
- Give the customers what they want. You need to know your audience, or your customers. It's easy to find out what they want by listening to them, or even by asking them. The Eagles played for three hours, and people knew the words to just about every song.
- Rehearse. Or to put it another way, practice. The smooth running of any operation only happens when you've done it several times before. If you don't practice, you'll get it wrong at some point.
- Be consistently great. For some people, that show was the one and only time they will see the Eagles. Their impressions depend on what happens. Remember that every time you have a chance to make an impact, you should take it.
- Acknowledge your helpers. Former band members Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner were mentioned, with the Bernie on stage for some numbers. There was a call-out to songwriters Jackson Browne and J D Souther too. Always remember who got you where you are today.
- Keep in touch. This is one of the most important lessons of all. Keeping in touch with people takes very little time, and reaps huge rewards. The Eagles have a huge fan base, and communicate with them regularly.
- Stay fit. Business is tough, and you need to be fit to cope with the demands. Staying fit is pretty much within your control. The four band members have a combined age of 265 years, but you'd never know it.
- Take breaks. There are no prizes for working all hours. You need to get your head up and go and do something else, which will definitely make you more creative and productive. As Glenn Frey said last night, "31 songs with no bathroom break - that's not gonna happen"
- Have fun. This is really what it's about. When you have fun in business, others do too, and that makes you more attractive to work with. There's no doubt that The Eagles enjoy their "work"! Don Henley called it "the best damn job in the world"
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
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Thursday, May 29, 2014
A Celtic tour; Book Coaching and Thought Leadership; Maya Angelou; A Virgin Train announcer; Four more rhetorical devices; Before the first question; Three social media concerns; An interview with Rachel Elnaugh; Music from Robbie Boyd
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The EU elections; One last vote; Speaking in Ireland; David Coleman; Nigel Farage; Living on the edge; How long have I got?; How to be unique; An interview with, and music from, Robbie Boyd, plus a chance to win a signed CD and concert tickets.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Walking the talk; Google Glass; Small Business Book Awards; A tuneful ship; Breaking up the studio; Language - Sincere, Simple, Positive; How local TV news works; Are you Grey?; An interview with Frank Furness; Music from Ainsley Diaz Stevens
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Eurovision Song Contest; Google Glass; The Kings and Queens of Eurovision; Jeremy Clarkson; Perform like Pro; Don’t make a song and dance of it; Communicate like a band; An interview with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson; Music from Ultravox
Friday, May 02, 2014
UK Blog Awards; Virtually in New Zealand; Brewdog bites; Bob Hoskins; Max Clifford; Never ever wing it; How to avoid being Paxoed; Be Original, Be Relevant, Be There; An interview with Gered Mankowitz; Music from Dawn Langstroth