Networking By Numbers

March 27, 2015

Do you prefer lots of people at a networking meeting or would you be more comfortable with a smaller group; and what would you say is the minimum number that would make a networking group worthwhile to attend on a regular basis?

Julia also shares her top five networking tips (which are a little bit different!)
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Are You Tired of 9-5pm? It’s Time To Fly Solo…

March 24, 2015

You've all seen the flyers "Earn extra income..." but have you actually considered going solo in business?


I also have a wicked iPad app to share with you that helps you take audio meeting notes. 

For the full article, please visit www.green-umbrella.biz/127
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How A Website Can Be Turned Into A 24-7 Sales Machine By Using SEO

March 19, 2015

Richard from Brookstone gives his advice about SEO and how to make your website start working for you to increase sales.


I also have a cool sales tool for you...

Full show notes, please visit www.green-umbrella.biz/126
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Business Awards – Friend or Foe?

March 17, 2015

Last July I received an email to say I had been nominated for a few categories at the Venus Business Awards in Oxfordshire – my first reaction was to laugh out loud – why would anyone nominate me? I have a tiny company and, in my mind, of course I wouldn’t win. The judges would be looking for “proper business people” with big businesses…. What would the point be in me entering?


Tool of the day is Thunderclap - check it out!
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Exploding Two Great Networking Myths

March 12, 2015

One of the most effective ways of growing your business is, business networking: interacting with other people and organisations to develop relationships.


The tool of the day is a Twitter sales strategy called the "Notice Me" strategy. 
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Stress in the workplace?

March 10, 2015

How well do you know your staff?


The skill of the manager is to link the soft skills of man-management with the hard skills of HR management. Learn that skill and prevent being bitten.

Julia also has a book to share with you in this weeks episode. 

Full show notes and links can be found: www.green-umbrella.biz/123
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10 Things You Should Be Using Google Webmaster Tools For To Improve Your Website

March 5, 2015

Often underestimated and more often very much under used, Google Webmaster Tools or GWMT for short is one online tool that you if you run a website you should be grabbing with two hands and really making use of the data that it can provide for you.

GWMT is the eyes and ears when it comes to how Google sees your site, but more importantly, it gives you fantastic feedback and essential tools that if used correctly, can really help to optimise your website and get more from it, because the more optimised your website is, the more chances you are going to have of getting and maintaining decent rankings going forward.

Today, I have highlighted ten things you should be using Google Webmaster Tools for, to try and improve your website in terms of optimisation.

To read the full article and the list of 10 things, please click here: 

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Four Bold Steps And A Handrail For Taking Your Business To The Next Level

March 4, 2015

How do you measure the success of your business? Is it turning out to be all that you hoped it would?

Let’s look at two entrepreneurs who consider themselves successful. John has been running his company employing three people for nearly 20 years. He works hard, makes a reasonable living and hopes to retire with enough income to avoid anxiety at some point in his mid-sixties. It’s exhausting, but he loves the independence. Mary, on the other hand, concentrated on growing her business from the first day she founded it until, after three years, it employed 60 people. This allowed her to employ a professional managing director and be a part-time board member in the wonder years of her young family. When she was 43 she was made an offer to sell the company and was able to buy a second home in the Caribbean. She’s thinking about starting another business, but there’s no hurry.

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Empathy – are you feeling it?

February 24, 2015

Once upon a time, there was a man who lived on a ranch in California. Businesses paid him tens of thousands of dollars to write sales letters, and he had a waiting list measured in months.

When I say they paid tens of thousands of dollars for sales letters, I mean they paid those sorts of amounts for ONE LETTER.

He died in 2001. But his story is quite amazing – and much of the work he did continues to inspire marketers today.

For the full show notes and a link to the tool of the day, please visit: www.green-umbrella.biz/120

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Four Team Toxins That Could Be Your Derailing Your Business

February 18, 2015

Here are the toxic behaviours that are impacting your staff turnover: Blaming, Defensiveness, Stonewalling and Contempt.


I also have a fabulous self development / coaching application for you. 

For fulll details please go to www.green-umbrella.biz/119
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