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by Philippa Constable on 11th Jul 2017

Business networking helps many business owners and entrepreneurs build long term relationships, and one of the most exciting elements is what this can lead to. For me, the art of good networking is all about collaboration. ...

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by Stephanie Betschart on 6th Jul 2017

The only constant in life is change. Yet one of the things we struggle with the most, is change. The big transitions of life challenge our identity: Starting Uni, the kids leaving home, retirement, redundancy, starting a new career,...

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by on 1st Jun 2017

“Networking works best when we engage with each other on a personal level, getting to know each other as people” – Philippa Constable Most people have two different personalities; who they are at work, and who...

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by on 23rd May 2017

The main way to get the most of networking is making sure you have the right attitude going forward. How do you display yourself when you go into a meeting? Are you upbeat and positive, ready to make the most of it? Or are you tired...

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by on 11th May 2017

Recently I attended a networking skills workshop, run by Philippa. Philippa as always gave the workshop a great atmosphere and was inspiring and interesting to listen to. Her vast knowledge and experience in networking, as well as...

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by Ann-See Yeoh on 28th Jul 2016

So, what does it mean to be in your power?  For me, it is an empowering feeling, like you are on top of the world and everything is going your way.  It is feeling like you are in control, and yet free and knowing that you...

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by Amy Newton on 22nd Jun 2016

In all seriousness, can you? I thought for a long time that I could - I thought by ignoring its signals, telling myself I couldn't afford things (gym memberships, healthy food, exercise classes, time) until my body told me I...

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by Robyn Harris on 17th Jun 2016

This has not been an easy post for me to write and in fact I've been skirting around it for a while, feeling that it is an important thing to share, but not quite getting round to doing so.  Partly this has been because I've...

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by Clare Davis on 3rd May 2016

  Have you ever sat in a meeting and thought: Nobody even knows I'm here I wish that person would stop talking What is the objective of this meeting? What are the actions from this meeting? I would like to say my...

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by Tamsen Garrie on 25th Jan 2016

I talk a lot about the importance of accountability in business and often I am asked specifically what I mean. Well, firstly, accountability is often thought of as being responsible for something, but that's what responsibility...

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by Rachel Baker on 4th Nov 2015

If you run your own business, you understand the operations behind it (or at least I hope you do!). A bakery owner knows how to make a yummy cupcake and an electrician knows the cause and cure for a faulty wire. For a large number...

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by Jill Roberts on 22nd Oct 2015

"How energy is created by completion” was my reply when I was asked this morning what I had learned from attending Ann Wilson’s Financial Freedom University at the weekend. It was one of those big aha moments...

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by Jen Wagstaff on 4th May 2015

Let me introduce you to England in February. Cold, bitter wind, dark freezing mornings, pipes iced up. 6am and even the walk from the bedroom to the bathroom turns your kneecaps blue. Now I normally love my showers scalding. I mean...

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by Rhian Sherrington on 17th Nov 2014

We all know that having and achieving goals is an important aspect of living a fulfilling and meaningful life. It gives us confidence and motivation. It allows us to recognise accomplishments in our lives, something many of us...

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by Laura-Jayne Roberts on 10th Nov 2014

AT a networking evening a few weeks ago, a rather good looking gentleman, a sort of young Hugh Grant lookalike with floppy hair and a knee buckling accent asked me, “Do you know all there is to know about social media?”...

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by Eleanor Stowe on 30th Sep 2014

We all hear of the people who, after decades at their 9-5 decide to finally take to the stage to discover they're a hit, their hidden talents are unbelievably good and now their lives are suddenly fulfilling and wonderful... Lucky...

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by Philippa Constable on 29th Jul 2014

Having observed ALOT of networking over the past 9 years, I have concluded that there are two types of networkers.  There are those people who are re-active networkers, and those that are pro-active networkers. So, which one...

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by Rin Hamburgh on 9th Jul 2014

Before we start, I’d like to make a very important disclaimer - blogging is unlikely to bring overnight fame and fortune. Hm, I wonder how many of you are still here. You are? Great! Then you’re the kind of person who understands...

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by on 13th Jun 2014

Back in 2011 Google+ was launched and it met with a number of different reactions – excitement, complacency and maybe one or two sighs as the groan rippled out through businesses "Not another social media network to maintain...

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by Rhian Sherrington on 8th May 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about how you are using your brain in work, in your business? It's our most powerful and essential asset we all have, no matter what we've got in the bank account or on our client list, but...

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by Cathy Dean on 8th May 2014

One of the topics I always cover when I'm doing any kind of leadership development is Strategic Thinking. It's a vital tool for anyone in any kind of leadership role - and that includes you if you run your own business. It...

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by Jacqui Malpass on 4th Apr 2014

I hate to admit that I am over 30 or even 40, ok slightly over 50, however with age comes experience and what an experience networking has been. Let me take you on a journey. It all started back in my IT days, I was in sales and...

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by Cathy Dean on 19th Mar 2014

I've been networking and having 1-2-s for years and they've had almost no impact on my business. And then I joined WMB and Philippa taught me how to do things properly, and my word how things are changing! I use the format...

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by Jacqui Malpass on 18th Mar 2014

What does the word blogging conjure up for you? I am no longer surprised at what others say blogging is.   Doesn't it take time to blog (whatever that is)? I have nothing to say? Why would anyone...

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by Rin Hamburgh on 11th Feb 2014

As businesswomen, we all know we should be using social media, right? After all, it's the new big thing. Everyone else is doing it. And it's useful for, um, well... promoting yourself. And getting clients. Isn't it? Most...

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by Wilma Allan on 20th Sep 2013

It would be naive to expect or even hope that life can be easy all of the time, wouldn't it? Having more success in your life is not necessarily about having an easy life. The greater your income the bigger your responsibilities...

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by Tamsen Garrie on 29th May 2013

I run an online Personal and Business Development Programme (Twelve Steps To Traction) which leads business owners through a 12 step process to align their activity so that they gain the traction they need in order to move forwards...

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by Tamsen Garrie on 23rd Apr 2013

There are many definitions of leadership but the consistent theme through all of them all is ‘influence’.  Leadership is the application of ‘influence’ in enlisting the support of others in the accomplishment...

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by Philippa Constable on 16th Apr 2013

This is a question that I ask everyone who comes on our WMB Networking Skills workshop and we get so many different answers.   It has become very apparent over the course of the last 8 years, that many people do not really,...

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by Alexandra McArthur on 5th Mar 2013

  We often get asked to help clients who want a hand bringing together a structure and some content for their website. While we're not website coders or designers, (we work with those) we understand what makes a website...

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by Wilma Allan on 8th Feb 2013

Consider this: What is it that you are most fearful of – what keeps you staying small?  My guess is that it’s your fear of being consumed by the wave. You must be the architect of the changes that you want. ...

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by on 1st Feb 2013

  Often the first question posed by my clients is “Does my business really need to be using Social Networks?” I think they secretly know the answer before I say a word.  Erik Qualman author of...

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by Samantha Bell on 22nd Jan 2013

Have you ever had one of those moments where a colleague has innocently asked “Are you OK?  You look a bit peaky,” and, as well as being a wee bit miffed you’re also confused cos you feel fine?  Next...

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by Wilma Allan on 21st Jan 2013

The topic of money is huge and more taboo than sex.  It impacts every aspect of our lives and every decision we make.  It’s something we think about all of the time, whether we’re conscious of it or not. ...

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by Tamsen Garrie on 3rd Jan 2013

If you read my blog What’s Your Vision, you’ll know that when it comes to creating success in business, I place huge importance on having a vision that motivates you to take action. In addition to that, you also...

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by Tamsen Garrie on 7th Dec 2012

Do you have a vision for your business? A vision is a long-term view of the future which conveys the purpose and set’s the direction of the business.  It includes the core values (beliefs that are shared by everyone...

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by Philippa Constable on 4th Dec 2012

  Business networking has become an essential activity for micro, small  and  medium sized companies, entrepreneurs, and even the larger corporates are sending out their sales and marketing senior staff to ‘network’.  ...

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