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Lessons for Business from the Snooker Table.
A long overdue indulgence of mine this year has been to watch the World Snooker Championship.
It has been years since I have felt able to give time to the many sessions that are played out over the 17-day event. Of course, I haven’t been able to see every match. Who can? But for me and from what I have seen the Betfred World Championship 2019 has been a festival of sporting excellence, drama and adventure.
Are you one to cry at the movies? When watching especially gripping and emotional scenes on television or when at the Theatre how do you react?
The truth is that it isn't long before I'm welling up at a relationship break-down, some form of injustice or even the death of a vulnerable animal on screen.
Knowing the end goal and what our 'eating-the-blades-of-grass' moment should be like.
Can you remember the day when you first decided what you would be?
For reasons I am yet to fully understand I wanted to be a bus driver. In those days, buses were quite monstrous to drive, with nothing of the power assisted steering that modern vehicles have today. Facilities for receiving fares were decades away from the 'Contactless' card transactions buses now have. And, the propensity for buses to break down and to cause passenger delays and inconvenience brought stress and strain to all involved.
Nevertheless, for me at that time there was something quite magical about how a relatively small turn on a large steering wheel could heave the huge charabanc, upon which I regularly travelled, into the direction of the next stop and beyond.
Small business owners - doing what they do best!
Do you run a business? Are you planning to open a business? Perhaps you’ve been in business for a long time.
Whether you are new to starting an enterprise or a seasoned business owner of many years, it seems the forecast for UK business is becoming an inclement one.
Have you ever considered if your handshake is a proper handshake?
In business, we are expected to give a firmly-gripped handshake to our colleagues and clients. Did you know a firm handshake with good eye contact shows self-confidence?
A handshake is a form of non-verbal communication and can say a lot about a person. An intense and forceful handshake can indicate someone being very dominant, whereas a feeble handshake can indicate someone who is shy, insecure and possibly an introvert.
The importance of networking more than just your business
Networking is one of the most important and effective activities for business growth, success and prosperity.
However, until more recently I found business networking to be hard work, awkward, unimaginative, often boring and usually unrewarding.
I would come away from networking events feeling disappointed. The whole experience seemed to transform my once buoyant spirit in to one of discouragement.
What makes networking so unproductive? If networking is one of the most important and effective of activities to grow business, why doesn’t it render winning results more readily?
Across the city I call home I am surrounded by people in their 20s and early thirties who seem to see fitness, gym attendance and a public display of body sweat and near exhaustion to be a way of life.
Not so with me. I’m from a different generation. That’s not to say people of my peer group didn’t exercise. I just don’t remember it being a staple of our regular week of activity when I was of a similar age. Or, perhaps it was just me.
Why Brand is so Crucial to Competition and to taking Market Share
At our September training event in Zambia I developed discussion around business competition, the concept of taking market share and the crucial role brand building plays in the process.
I was prepared for a reasonably lukewarm reaction, as I had already learned that competitive business with the aim of actively taking market share doesn’t sit so well culturally with Zambian business owners.
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