Book cover of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The review on the cover of this page told me to expect a book that was ‘inspiring, revelatory.’ So, I opened the book for the May Business BookCLUB with anticipation. Did it live up to this promise? In my opinion, only partly. It was revelatory, but as for inspiring I found it quite the opposite.…

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Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The book for April at the Business BookCLUB was The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Among the blurb on the back cover this book is introduced as “The next chapter of your life – the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagines – is about to begin.” The book had a lot to live up to,…

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administrative support

I have been business networking now for over 20 years, starting in the Scottish Borders with Contact, a group for women in Business back in the late 1990s. I have always found networking enjoyable and worthwhile, but you do have to choose what is right for you.

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A person with a computer sitting inside a large clock

One of the jobs that busy business owners NEVER have time to do is to sort out and organise their contacts. Having a good old clear-out of your contacts is actually quite therapeutic – I have just deleted 189 contacts from my email contact list. We keep information about contacts in many different places: smartphone…

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white rabbit next to a lap top

Deciding to spring clean your website definately comes under the category of “things to do when I have the time.” But a spring clean is really useful – it gives you a chance to check your website is relevant, it gives a better experience for your visitors and it is good for Search Engine Optimisation.…

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The book Night School by Richard Wiseman

This month’s Business BookCLUB was a bit different: it was the first one of  lockdown, so held on Zoom – giving us an insight into our home life. The book was also a bit different as it was more to do with lifestyle than business life, but as you read the book you will realise…

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A person with a computer sitting inside a large clock

I usually promote Red Kite Services at networking groups as “doing all those jobs that you don’t have time to do!” Whether because we are self-isolating, working from home or have no work coming in, many of us do now have time to do “all those jobs we never have time to do.” Here at…

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Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

With a subtitle of “Think to Get Rich” I was always going to struggle with the sentiment of Secrets of a Millionaire Mind – our February choice for Business Book Club. My scepticism was fairly quickly supported when the exemplar of how a millionaire thinks was Donald Trump – quite frankly if you have to…

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Competitors in a swimming race

As somebody who is a bit of a sports fanatic, I am always interested with how business owners view their competition. In sport clearly competition is good, partly because otherwise it wouldn’t be entertaining, but also because it actually improves the players. Men’s tennis over the last 20 years or so has been a fine…

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Atomic habits book

I have been a member of Ros Jones’ Business Bookclub now for almost two years. I have read some really inspiring books and some that were a struggle; until now none of them had made me change what I do before I had even finished reading the book. That is what Atomic Habits has done…

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