How To Provide And Receive Effective Feedback

Feedback (sometimes referred to as positive criticism) is a process in which the effect or output of an action is ‘returned’ (fed-back) to modify the next action. Feedback should only ever be used as a basis for improvement. It should not be mistaken for negative criticism and vice verse. If feedback does not provide learning or a chance to improve, then it is being communicated as negative criticism. “Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.” – Publilius Syrus (35 B.C.) Why is feedback important? Continue reading →

How To Easily Control Your Time Management

Have you ever had the experience of watching something unfold before your eyes and have no control over its outcome? You know it greatly impacts you and yet you cannot control certain elements, meaning you can feel a combination of helplessness, panic, loss and disappointment. The list goes on, and one common theme with these words is the negativity of them. I had this experience recently, having found myself caught up in travel related aviation strikes. This meant I was able to complete the bulk Continue reading →

How To Handle Social Media In Just Two Minutes Each Day

Our guest post this month is from the extremely talented Social Media and PR consultant Marie Ennis O’Connor. Marie challenges you to manage your social media needs in two minutes a day. Yes only 2 minutes a day! Read on to find out HOW you can easily handle your business social media updates in just 2 minutes a day… One of the things I hear most frequently when I teach social media workshops is “but I don’t have time to do it.” My response? If Continue reading →

Enjoy Your Vacation While Keeping Your Business Safe

Your Business Vacation Are you planning a break, a holiday, or business vacation this summer? It’s great to get away from it all, but without advance preparation, you may find that you are not “quite” as away as you intended. Interruptions such as phone calls, IM messages etc, can prove to disrupt what should be a proper break away from work. While you attend your “Zen silence meditation” for a week, or “Sit on the beach, drink cocktails and read 6 novels” for a fortnight, Continue reading →

How To Grow Your Business With The Right Mindset

Our guest post today is from Irish Coach Mairéad Kelly,  tackling ‘head-on’ the current challenges felt by many working mothers who are trying to juggle work, home and motherhood. Mairéad offers an alternative approach to grow your business with the right mindset and systems in place, as a working mother. Guys, this is an important one for you too… There are currently more mums setting up in business than ten years ago. I deal with quite a number of them every year and one thing they all Continue reading →

How Better Parenting Is Better for Your Business

Our guest post today is from the wonderful Val Mulally, international Parenting expert, author of “Behave – What to do when your child won’t“, and founder of Koemba Parenting. Val has been running courses in Ireland for many years, and is launching her successful Parenting programme based on the book, in an evergreen online format. She shares with us today her insights into balancing parenting with running a business: Parenting versus working? Are you a busy entrepreneur? Are you juggling parenting within your busy schedule? Are Continue reading →

How To Best Enjoy Life After Redundancy

Our first guest blogpost for April is from Tom Hickey, a true survivor of many life changing events. Tom writes candidly for us today about being made redundant after 42 years working with the same company. He provides great learning from his experience, and gives tips on how to handle redundancy… Last April my employer, Irish Examiner, was looking for voluntary redundancies. After 42 years I felt restless and knew I wanted to leave. The newspaper game was changing and my role as sub editor was Continue reading →

How To Have A Happy Vacation With Inbox Zero

Inbox Zero? My Inbox has three Zeros! Such a buzzword – Inbox Zero. It’s impossible to achieve, right? Well, that depends on you. That depends if you believe you deserve an Inbox Zero so you can dedicate your precious time to other tasks. Or you may be suffering a case of ‘FOMO’ (fear of missing out) afraid to proactively attack your Inbox (and Drafts, and Sent Items, and every other folder you have in your personal mailbox) in case you miss an important email. The Fear of Continue reading →

Hail the Weekend! How To Work Less And Play More

I labelled this post a little dishonestly, simply because my week is blurred in distinction between “work week” and “weekend”. Firstly, find your creative time Through tried and tested measures (which remain elusive even to me), I have discovered my most creative time of the week is Monday morning. I do not dedicate this time to “work” but to doing creative things I love that indirectly generate income. Learning, exploring, planning, and researching. It’s such a pleasure to wake up on Monday morning, knowing that I do Continue reading →

How To Brave The StartUp Rollercoaster

Liz Barron has written a guest post for the blog on learning to ride the StartUp Rollercoaster. I think all entrepreneurs feel like they are on a rollercoaster at times. It’s a great analogy that one of her clients knew only too well. Enjoy the read… One of the big personal risks for any entrepreneur (apart from blowing their finances, eating too much takeout food and never seeing their family) is whether they have the ability to survive the massive demands on their emotional and Continue reading →

Content Marketing Your Event in 5 Snackable Bites

Elish Bul Godley has written a guest post for the blog on marketing your next event (online or offline). Content Marketing should not be by-passed but actively harnessed for your next event. Read on to learn how… Content marketing for events: ‘There are no straight lines’. There are moveable feasts, switching goal posts and multiple variables; but no simple formula that will take you from A to B and no linear equations. Surrender to that idea and content marketing your next event will paradoxically become less Continue reading →

Upskill Your Workforce The Smart Way

Investing in Training and Coaching is one of the most effective steps you can take to boost competitive advantage for your business. It’s a given. Any Human Resources or Training Manager I have spoken with over the years, realises and appreciates the need to upskill their staff and maintain a skilled workforce. Upskill your key people and keep them at the top of their game Professional development is generally high on their list of priorities when a company is progressing. Especially when IT processes and legal know-how Continue reading →

Happiness In Three Steps

Happiness Step No 1 Feel Happy Happiness Step No 2 Be Happy Happiness Step No 3 Go back to Happiness Step No 1 How did it go? You feeling happy? Not quite there yet? Do we need to start again? Go on, I dare you – try it once more. If you are feeling blue or angry or scared, it’s hard to suddenly ‘change state’ and feel or be happy, isn’t it? Well, no actually, it’s very easy. You just need to know how. Some people know this already, Continue reading →

Why you should NOT make New Year’s Resolutions

Bonne année! Welcome to 2015 Did you make New Year’s Resolutions this year? So how are they going? Are you on track? Or are they a bit broken? Stale and soggy on the crumpled up bit of paper you wrote them on, or shifted out of your short-term memory where you were sure you stored them safely? The MOST commonly broken New Year’s resolutions: Lose Weight / Get Fit Quit Smoking Learn Something New Eat Healthier and Diet Get Out of Debt Save Money Spend More Continue reading →

Use The GROW Model To Present With Confidence

Do you struggle with the thought of presenting? Speaking in public? Standing up in a meeting to demo something or show some charts? Well read on and learn how you can make it easier for yourself, and present with confidence. GROW and present with confidence! A simple guideline to help you when you are presenting: G – Grab their interest The first 20 seconds are vital! If you have already been introduced, or are listed on a programme of events, it’s really not necessary to spend Continue reading →

Your Silent Partners

There is a certain quietness out there, beyond the madness of the noise in our heads as we endeavour to jump-start our new business. That quietness is also full of noise and busy-ness. What only the experienced business owner will realise is that even though starting a business is daunting, there are people out there who are watching, minding, and wishing us well. They are throwing us tit-bits of information and help, enough for us to catch on to, but not obvious hand-outs. “To background Continue reading →

I Am Not A Good Presenter, Get Me Out Of Here!!

So you think you are not a good presenter. One of the top human fears is the fear of public speaking. Another is the fear of death. But imagine that for some, the  No. 1 fear can be actually dying whilst speaking in public. If the thought of standing up in front of a crowd is worse than death itself, read on for some tips on how to overcome that. Origin Most phobias and dreaded fears stem from a single event. Most people can recall immediately Continue reading →

Looking in the wrong direction for happiness

Tunnel vision! Blinkers! Sound familiar? This can be a state of affairs when going through our daily grind. Focusing on just one thing. Mostly this is helpful, as we search for Wally in a picture, not so helpful as we turn the house upside down looking for mis-laid car keys or glasses as we are racing out the door. We look and check and re-check in the obvious places. We get frustrated. We give up. We ask someone else – “have you seen my glasses?” They reply Continue reading →

Blogging – I have no time to blog!

Do you blog? Are you blogging? No? It’s classic procrastination ~ why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow? Actually, I really enjoy blogging, but I really don’t have time to blog, my life is so busy. But I think about it all the time, I think to myself “I really should sit down and spend an hour researching and writing a blog”. Then I think, “I’ll see if I can find time tomorrow, or maybe over the weekend”. What kind of a Continue reading →

Ergonomic Health at Work

Ergonomic health – what’s it all about? We are all business people, working hard! Some of us may find ourselves sitting in front of the computer for many hours during the day (like you are now, perhaps). So I thought I would share a few simple ergonomic exercises with you to help stretch your limbs, eyes, ears and other areas of your body. Sit up and get ready for some action with these great ergonomic tips! Your Posture Ensure your chair and desk are the correct height Continue reading →