Blogs blow ordinary marketing out of the water 

People love stories. Every civilization and culture that ever left its mark on history was built upon and fuelled by the telling and sharing of stories. Look at the most popular social media, movie, sports or musical icons that surround our lives today, and you will see stories. It is far more than their performance […]

Maybe Words Could Be The Cure

I’ve been listening to Adele’s version of The Cure’s classic ‘Love Song’. And it got me thinking about the power of beautiful words, an absorbing melody and the rich, passionate tones of an awesome voice flowing like water over pebbles in a stream. There is no doubt the delivery, namely the music and the wonderful […]

Why do stories matter in business?

The French movie director, Jean-Luc Godard, once said, “Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.” If this is true of complexity, you could apply the same ‘problem and solution’ idea to commerciality, necessity or just plain boringness in the business world. Let’s face it, most people have very little interest in the daily […]

Book summaries negate books

Does a business book summary negate the need for the book?   How many business books are sitting unread on shelves, piled high on desks or gathering dust next to the bed? What is the attraction of these paper-bound packages and the abundance of wisdom that their titles promise? Maybe that is it! Perhaps the […]

Create a content strategy and write on purpose

Your website content, sales letters, emails, blog posts, videos and every customer communication you publish speaks volumes about you. If the message is disjointed, contradictory or just plain confusing, that will form the opinion (or brand) people have of you and your business. “People will assume that the way you do one thing is the […]

How to Write a Business Book

How to write a business book

How to write a business book your readers will actually want to read If all you want to do is write a business book, the statistics suggest that it is easy. After all, tens of thousands of people publish business books every single year. But, like actors, less than 5% of the growing multitude who […]

Stories can sell anything

Stories can Sell Anything

Stories are selling like hot cakes… If I started describing food to you, or even at the mere mention of the idea, something will move in the pit of your stomach. It may not be hunger, necessarily, but the suggestion will cause micro messengers from your mind to go and investigate the possibility. If they […]

It’s not just the story that matters…

Business Ghost It's not just the story

Have you ever watched ‘Would I Lie to You’? The show where celebrities are challenged to share stories with each other and separate tall tales from unlikely truths? It is hilarious and, aside from the spontaneous chemistry of the show’s captains and host, it makes for a fascinating study into the human ability to weave […]

The Power of Comedy and Connection

Power of people and connection

I share a birthdate with Jack Dee (although he is precisely seven years older and approximately seven years grumpier than me). And ever since discovering this irrelevant coincidence, I have felt an odd sense of affinity with him. Aside from the fact that I enjoy his sarcastic wit and deadpan delivery, this commonality creates an […]

Don’t Write Your Business Book

write your business book

Do not write a business book if…   The thing about business books is that most of them are boring. This is not just my opinion – it is a fact. Ask any business owner or entrepreneur how many business books are lining their shelves. Then ask how many they have read. I can’t give […]