The Blog

Ash’s musings, thoughts and observations on being a business owner (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Zoom not zzzzz!

This whole videoconferencing thing is working well.  The whole world seems to have discovered that it’s possible to stay connected and even meet new people via the screen on your laptop, phone, tablet or TV screen.  It’s meant many businesses can continue functioning, networking is thriving and many work- from-home employees are able to do […]

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Case Study – Robin Adams

Robin Adams – The Mailchimp Guy Robin is known by many as ’the Mailchimp Guy.’ And, through his company, Chimp Answers, he helps businesses improve their Marketing; with a specific focus on using email (and Mailchimp) effectively. He loves to get ‘stuck in’ and with over 25 years experience covering many different marketing roles he […]

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It’s all my fault

Nearly seven years ago I went on my very first (and only) mindfulness retreat.  As part of the weekend I met, fell in love with and then married my now wife, Kay.  Okay, we didn’t get married that weekend, but you get the idea!  Recently, Kay reminded me of a poem we read on that […]

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How Champions are made

As you know, I’ve retaken to the gym after deciding I’ve put on a few more pounds over winter than I’d like. So I got myself a training plan after spending time with a coach – just to make sure I would be getting the best from every workout, not spending time on things that […]

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Do you remember to ask customers the right questions?

You might know that I’m a big fan of spending time with Kay, my wife. We make a concerted effort every week to have, what we call, date night. Sometimes, it’s date hours, but that’s not the point.  We consciously make an effort to plan it, schedule it and implement it. It’s really important to […]

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We can choose a better way to behave

One of the things about having a bad back is that it’s always there.  You’re always aware that one false move and you kick off a spasm that sees you walking like you’ve forgotten how to use your hips properly. You take on this half shuffle, half limp lopsided gait.  And it hurts. It doesn’t […]

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Helicopters, heights and conquering fears

There are few things in life that I’m scared of, in a phobia sort of way. I understand you can’t “sort of” have a phobia but you get the drift.   I don’t like slug type things, but I’ll squish them if needed. I’m not a fan of ladders but that’s more related to a […]

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Be Ready to Follow Up

Why do we attend networking events? To make contacts and create opportunities to do business, normally, and sometimes to just get out ourselves out there and away from the office. Typically, we go to the event, chat to people, exchange business cards and (maybe) get in touch with them after the event. The thing is, […]

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Getting What You Are Worth

I love training. There’s something about going to the gym regularly, that energises me and makes me feel good about myself. When I’m training, it does a lot to help manage my low moods. It changes the whole way I approach my lifestyles, such as eating and drinking. It’s good for me. Except that for […]

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