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A magical weekend

Do you ever have one of those weekends where everything goes to plan? Relaxation reigns, lots of food, drink, entertainment and sunshine. What more can one want? Oh yes, good company and lots of laughs.We went to the RHS Flower Show in Cheshire Saturday and an outdoor Mozart concert on Sunday at Gawsworth Hall in Macclesfield. It was in a magnificent setting in the gardens of a beautiful manor house …Read More

Come on the networking journey

Whenever you go on a journey the objective is to arrive safely.From my experience so many people start on their networking journey but never arrive. It starts with attending events where we meet people. We build new or reinforce relationships but how many people actually move to the next step…. following up? Is this you when you think about having to make a follow up call after spotting an potential …Read More

“Do you have any idea who I am?”

An award should go to the gate attendant at Brisbane New International airport. A crowded Singapore -London flight was cancelled. She was the lone attendant in charge of re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travellers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said, “I HAVE to be on this flight and it HAS to be FIRST CLASS”. The …Read More

When you look after your staff….

they look after you. Since being in charge of my business i find this rule works. well most of the time;people do take advantage of your good nature sometimes.But, hey, so what.At least you’ll feel you’ve done the right thing and can sleep well STAFF ARE VOLUNTEERSThe piece of paper entitled “Contracts of Employment” basically only need to be adhered to by one of the parties…the employee. They can walk …Read More

Kintish failed for the first time in 6 years

I was running a workshop in London at 2pm and left home in Manchester at 7.30am.The car journey takes 3 hours generally so I believed I had allowed enough time.When we got stuck at Stoke (about 20% of the journey) and weren’t moving I took a deep breath and called my client to admit I was to let him down.This has never happened in the 6 years I have been …Read More

From failure to success

Today was a great day. I presented to a group called Praxis. This is a non-profit making organisation made up of people who liaise between people at universities with ideas and business people who can turn those ideas into money.I spoke at their conference. They must have been important people; it was called the Directors Forum. Did we laugh! My wife says they’re laughing at me not with me. I …Read More

Humour is the key to good business

I laughed today when I saw a white van with the following signsEddie’s Plumbing Services….working in partnership with the taxman.No gimmicks, no offers, no freebies , no bulls**t…just affordable plumbing.If you need a plumber in Leeds, look him up, he must be worth a chat at leastI think this must be himEddie’s Plumbing & Heating Services0113 216 135628 Waincliffe DriveLeeds, LS11 8ET

Robert Middleton is the man for you if…

you want to get a valuable and free newsletter about marketing for professional servicesBelow is part of this week’s letter.Subscribe here…you won’t be disappointed What are the key questions you need to ask in order to be a successful marketer of your services? The answers you so desperately need will only come through asking – such as… Who are my ideal clients? What are my clients’ most pressing problems? How …Read More

I’ve just written my book

I have been planning this for over 3 years now. Not only is it ready for the printers it has also been produced in audio form. It’s called “I hate netwroking” and is about the networking life of Brian, the reluctant networker. Most of the book is dialogue between Brian and his conscience…i.e. me! Here’s an extract The Networking Life of Brian Chapter 1 The Invitation Brian’s office 9.15am. Four …Read More

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