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Podcast Fun!

22 February 2021

My new favourite thing is my little drawing tablet, which works a treat during Zoom meetings.

It’s making me wonder why I didn’t buy one a year ago, as it would have saved me a lot of time writing slides for lectures. Being able to freely sketch models from Transactional Analysis is a good antidote to the rigidity of a slide pack.

And as a side note, the pen let’s me annotate slides too. I know! Can you have too much fun? Nope.

The point here is that we don’t always think of everything all the time. It’s okay to be nudged by a friend and think …aha… I will act on that.

It’s the same with podcasting. Since our Business Life radio show was paused by Covid-related studio access issues, myself and Anna (my amazing co-host) have been podcasting.

It would have been easy to have walked away from our weekly time commitment and found other things to do, probably more work, but making progress means finding new opportunities.

So, we wrote a script, worked out how to record 3-way chats and edit them to a high standard and then …carried on having fun. The bonus being we can talk to anyone in the world, whereas before ‘the world’ meant Norfolk.

It’s easy to say no. It’s easy to stick to what we know. There is safety in that and sometimes that’s a good course of action.

However, in business we need to make sure we are continuing to push our boundaries, even if that’s done in small ways with a new tablet, or larger ways with a new podcast.

If you’d like to be a guest then please let me know. You can hear the Business Life Online podcast on Spotify, or by visiting our local home at

And whatever you do this week, maybe try something new! You might have more fun than you realise!

Keep well.

Asking Is Adult

8 February 2021

I love to learn. I remember 18 years ago, when I started my business, that I did some training and thought …aha now that’s done I can save money next year.

Then I realised …aha I need to keep training, to keep expanding my skills.

I’ve never stopped training. The investment in personal and skill development has been central to my business and I love it.

I see the cost as an investment and not an expense.

The world moves on and if we don’t move with it then we may get left behind, which in business terms means being out-competed.

New learning doesn’t have to be complicated either and I’m a fan of simple tips and gentle nudges.

One of my favorite things is learning to ask for help.

That sounds so simple and is something we easily encourage children to do. How many of us, as adults, know the theory here and yet fail to enact it?

Asking for help is an adult thing to do. It can take courage to ask, if we fear humiliation in exposing our vulnerability.

I’ve asked for help and been rewarded with compassion and kindness and support. I know that I don’t have to know everything and that it’s okay to find support if I’m in a stuck place.

So, this week who do you need to speak with? If you’re okay, maybe a colleague needs a friendly nudge?

Being an adult is more than turning 21 and ploughing on with life. We can be at peace with our vulnerability and take care of ourselves.

Many people know me as a business coach and I’m also a psychotherapeutic counsellor too.

Imagine that you have a counselling hour booked with me this week. What would you talk about? What questions would you be asking?

Keep well!


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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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