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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Blogging Rule Number 1

Make up your own rules.

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Friday, 27 January 2012

No two blogs posts are ever the same

I've never posted anything like this before.  This one will interest successful sales people looking for a new opportunity to make an impression ...

You talk the talk?  Well can you walk the walk?

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sketching Pencils Mini Product Review

Derwent Sketching Pencils

If you are hobbyist or maybe sketch your ideas in the design office, you'll find these Derwent Academy Sketching Pencils easy to sharpen and break resistant.  The soft graphite in the B pencils is perfect for sketching and tonal work while the hard graphite in the H pencils keeps a very sharp point and is ideal for detailed work.

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Friday, 13 January 2012

14 Reasons Why Social Media Happened

According to Jeff Bullas 

"In essence it was all to hard for average Joe to use these (social media) services in the past unless you were a “Geek” and also the other things to keep in mind was that the technology was not mature and was expensive.

So why has Social Media emerged as one of the dominating evolutions of the Web in the last 2-3 years and why have sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube become giants among the thousands of social media channels and platforms that have continued to evolve and proliferate?

Here are some of the factors that I believe have facilitated the emergence of social media and social networks in 2010 as a dominant internet web force.
  1. Fast Computer Processors(CPU’s)..computers were slow and couldn’t handle the fun stuff like images and videos that social networking demands until faster processors became available
  2. Cheaper CPU’s ( Expensive processors made computers expensive so only passionate computer users had computers)
  3. Cost effective broadband (Broadband used to be expensive so not many people had it at home so downloading images and video was slow)
  4. Fast Broadband (faster broadband opened new opportunities to spread multimedia content quickly and easily.. low friction)
  5. Wireless Broadband ( you can now send anything anytime and anywhere, including sending video and surfing from coffee shops while sipping your latte)
  6. Cheaper Hard disks (multimedia information that is now shared constantly on social media such as images and high definition video requires large disks for storage, so this is now cost effective for almost anyone)
  7. New hardware platforms that are intuitive and easy to use like iPhone and iPad
  8. Smaller Hard Disks with lots of storage provides mobile platforms like notebooks, netbooks and smartphones with the storage to share
  9. Cloud computing allowing software to be downloaded and updated online, anytime and anywhere inluding mobile social media apps (you used to have order CD’s toget your software)
  10. Easy to use Blog Platforms like WordPress and Typepad that have made blogging easy like falling off a log
  11. Open source software that has allowed passionate users to develop applications for free, download and use it straight away
  12. Entrepreneurs willing to invest in technology that enables social media and be willing to possibly fail and fail fast
  13. Google that has provided the website to find information that guides us to the tools and means to make it happen intuitively and easily
  14. Finally, we as social human beings just wanted it, because it was fun and struck a chord.. we like to socialize (online and offline)"
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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Xmedia - Cross Media Marketing Explained

My last blog post was very wordy.  This post isn't.  It's a link to a short animation. My blog offers nothing if it doesn't offer variety and if you look back through the posts I hope you will enjoy the variety on offer.  If you'd like a topic blogged or would like to submit a guest post the door is wide open.  It's good to share.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

In Business Magazine: December's Issue Now Online

In Business Magazine: December's Issue Now Online: The latest edition of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce's official magazine, In Business, is now online. This month's...

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Is Your New Year Resolution to Get Organised?

Master Your Diary by Creating a Standard Timetable

Do you find that some tasks never get done? Do you wish you could find time for those important tasks that would improve your business but are just not urgent enough to make it into your planner? Are you constantly fire fighting and never getting the tasks done you really want to do?

If you find yourself in this situation you need to change your strategy. You need to sit down for a little while and put your planning head on. Yes, trust me, it is worth taking that time. It'll save you a lot of anguish, missed opportunities and missed deadlines in the long run.

Think about all the things you do in a day and group then into logical categories. These could be
·         Phone calls
·         Emails
·         Appointments
·         Filing
·         Research
·         Invoicing
·         Working on projects
·        Etc.
You get the idea.

Now add all the categories you know you should be doing, the ones that would improve your business, make it better, take you to the next level. These could be: Sales activities such as prospecting -   Marketing strategies    Etc.

Now take a blank sheet of paper, divide it into five columns, labelled Monday to Friday, and create horizontal divisions, one for each hour. (Of course you can use a spreadsheet or a Word table as well.) This is your basic work week.

Now decide when you will be dealing with which category and block out a time. A good idea would be to start with an emailing slot every morning, followed by a block for phone calls. You could decide to do marketing strategy on a Friday, and prospecting every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. An example for a standard timetable could look like this:

Phone calls
Phone calls
Phone calls
Phone calls
Phone calls

Work on Project A

Work on Project B

Marketing Strategy


Lunch break
Lunch break
Lunch break
Lunch break
Lunch break

Work on Project A

Work on Project B


Prospecting for new business

Prospecting for new business





If you can't delegate your more mundane tasks, such as filing, admin, book keeping, again, set aside some regular time to do them every week, so that they don't pile up on you and you need to spend days on a backlog.

When you work on a pre-planned activity, make sure you're not interrupted. Don't check your emails (make sure your email notifier is switched off as a rule!), have your phone diverted to voice mail. Otherwise you will only get distracted and you'll want to start fire fighting again. At the end of your session, reliably return phone calls. Make it a habit to only check emails 2 or 3 times a day - it will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Make sure you plan in a lunch break. You need time to re-energise and refuel to keep up your productivity levels in the afternoon.

Finish the day with a 15 to 20 minute planning session for the next day. What tasks do you need to do the next day, what appointments do you have, what do you need for those appointments? Planning it all the day before sets you up well for the next day, and your subconscious can start working on the issues you might be facing.

And finally don't plan your day in every minute detail. The unexpected always happens, appointments and meetings need to be slotted in and you don't want to pressure yourself unnecessarily. If you have a lot of categories to fit into your week, why not create a two-week or even three-week rolling timetable. This is supposed to be a tool to help you get the things done that normally get brushed under the carpet. If you plan to do your important, but not urgent activities once every two or every three weeks, and stick to that, you will still get more done than before.

Isi Dixon

Consultant, Motivational Speaker & Author

Well Organised

Professional Organising & Decluttering

Tel: 07732 915456

Author of Get Twice As Much Done In Half The Time – 10 Productivity Strategies for Your Office Available on  Isis website (with a special bonus edition of Printable Forms, Templates & Worksheets), Via Amazon for Kindle

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