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Business Life – Radio Show And Ambition

20 November 2011

Ambition comes in many flavours... if yours is bananas then that

This week I’m excited (and a bit nervous) because our weekly ‘Business Life’ radio show goes live and takes to the air on Thursday 24th at 2.00pm, on Future Radio. You can listen live in the Norwich area on 107.8FM or via the web and there will be a podcast afterwards if you miss it.

It’s been great fun practising with my co-host Julie Bishop and we have lined up our first guest, written some blurb for the press release and are talking to potential sponsors. All exciting stuff.

And I was reminded that nearly 18 months ago I was talking to my PR colleague about the press work for my third book, Job Hunting 3.0 (the numbering was concidental), and he asked what I wanted?

I replied that: ‘I really want a million pairs of eyes to know this book exists and I want my own radio show too.’

He nodded and said ‘fair enough.’

I was surprised. ‘Er, so you’re not going to laugh at me then?’

‘What for?’

‘For wanting my own radio show…you don’t think it sounds a bit, erm, arrogant?’

‘No Richard, I don’t. And anyway why would I laugh at ambition?’

Why indeed and it was a pleasant surprise to be reminded that ambition is okay. Many people have a voice in their head that says ‘don’t do that, it’s silly’ or ‘don’t do that, as people will think you’re an idiot’ and they listen to that voice, rather than to their heart.

I love radio and I love being in the studio and having fun with the buttons and faders and laughing with Julie.

And I love writing books and I love my coaching and training work.

All of them are way-points on the journey that is my life and all reflect my ambitions. If you have a voice in your head, that’s holding you back, then turn the volume down on it and pay attention to people who will say positive things and support you. When I said I wanted a radio show I had no idea how/who/when and so on. Ambition comes first and the detail unravels as you talk to people and share your dreams.

So, as you look forward to the next 18 months of your life, what do you want to achieve? And who will you share this with?

You can be ambitious and you can find your voice and can start to make it happen for yourself.

Oh and the million pairs of eyes? We did nearly two million, but that’s another story.


Yes – You Do Have Talent!

6 November 2011

Step up to the mike... and tell us about your talent!

Step up to the mike... and tell us about your talent!

It’s a funny old thing ‘pride’ and the notion that pride is a sin, although designed to promote humility, isn’t helpful in today’s weary world. We need every ounce of grit and spit if we’re going to succeed in our Modern Career.

We need to know that we’re talented.

During the last month I worked with two clients who made the leap from being fed up and run down, to achieving great performance and increasing their happiness.

The secret is that as we talked and considered their tangible achievements they realised for themselves that they are talented people. (Not ‘were’ talented people… they still are talented).

Not boastful either. Just aware that the work they do requires skill and that success isn’t down to luck.

So, this week if you, or a colleague, does well and says ‘oh it was just luck’ stop and think.

It wasn’t luck. It was talent.

We all have real talent and once we admit this to ourselves we can really excel and have a good life. And because so many people don’t do this, we can zoom past them and get good jobs, or make a career change, or follow an ambition.

And I’ve done just that. My new radio show called ‘Business Life’ goes on air at 2pm UK time on Thursday 24th November.

I’ve been practicing hard with my co-host, Julie Bishop, and we have a pacey, fun, informative show that we and Future Radio are all really excited about. It mixes chat with music and a studio guest. (Volunteers take one pace forward). Our 60 minutes whooshes by and we love it.

And we started from knowing nothing about running the desks, producing content, working mics, timing ads and idents… the list goes on. We just had a love for radio and the knowledge that we’re determined, talented people. All the rest is just detail, waiting to be learned.

You can listen live either on 107.8FM in Norwich or through the magic of the worldwide interweb thingy.

And we promise not to play only 80’s music too! (We were told off for that when doing a demo. These young people have no respect!)

Enjoy your week… and enjoy your talent!



Click cover to view details on Amazon


Riding the Rocket

How to manage your Modern Career

Published 2013 Marshall Cavendish



Bouncing Back

How to get going again after a career setback

Published 2012 Marshall Cavendish



How to Keep Your Job

Brilliant ways to increase performance, stay employed and keep the money rolling in

Published 2011 Marshall Cavendish



Job Hunting 3.0

Secrets and skills to sell yourself effectively in the Modern Age

Published 2010 Marshall Cavendish



Leave the Bastards Behind

An insider's guide to working for yourself

Published 2007 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish



My Boss is a Bastard

Surviving turmoil at work

Published 2006 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish


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