The early bird….is exhausted for the rest of the day

I got up at 6 this morning and straight to my desk to finish off a proposal that needed to be submitted by 10a.m. I now feel like I’ve done a full day and want to relax in front of the telly.

It’s Friday and the time is right to do some surfing. The web variety, it’s too cold to catch a wave. Not that I can surf.

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Online becomes the new normal

I’m not keen on the expression new normal, but it does sum up how things have changed since this time last year.

At that point I had a fairly successful business offering consultancy and training in my speciality, which is sales.

How things change. Working on the assumption of adapt and thrive, or vanish, I set up a joint venture offering online training courses in a range of business subjects. Take a moment to watch the video and try out a course for free on

In the bleak midwinter

It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s winter.

I know some people love cosying up in front of the fire, but I’m not one of them. It can be difficult to stay motivated at this time of year and we need something to keep us going.

It’s so easy to just settle in front of the tv with the chocs, so how about doing something to improve your prospects in 2021? (Lord know it can’t be worse than 2020).

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Mind your language

I’m very interested in language, both spoken and body language. I read a few weeks ago that the under 30s haven’t got a clue what ‘bonk’ means. Not too much of a tragedy that one.

The word of the year as defined by Collins Dictionary is, wait for it, drumroll……………………….lockdown. Well there’s a surprise.

The picture shows four different words that all mean a similar thing, but most of us will have a preference for one or another. Listening to the words that people use and using similar language is a way of rapidly creating rapport.

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New friends

Before March I wouldn’t have thought it was possible to make new friends online. (Yes I know lots of people use dating sites, but I’m talking friends rather than romance).

To my surprise I have made many great connections, through LinkedIn, Twitter and, of course, the obligatory zoom meetings.

Humans are social beings and it’s interesting that we have found ways to socialise when we can’t do it in person.

Feel free to get in touch, you could be my next new friend

Lockdown in winter

In the UK lockdown began in March, just as the days started to get longer and we had a lot more daylight. We were lucky enough to have a fairly good summer, even if the weather in August was tropical one day then winter the next.

Lockdown in winter may mean the chance to completely hibernate for some of us, but not me. Seriously considering buying one of those lamps that gives the effect of daylight. It doesn’t bear contemplating.

If you would like to hone some skills during the long winter months, take a look at http://www.anewcolour/online-training/#

Good advice

It’s interesting how a quick chat with another sales professional can remind you of what you already know.

We tend to take what we know and what we are good at for granted. Nothing like a bit of timely coaching! It bridged the gap.

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Back to skool

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It’s interesting how we are hardwired from an early age to see 1 September as the start of a new year. (At least we are in the northern hemisphere).

Planning and plotting take place from now till early December when Christmas seems to cause Britain to shut down for at least six weeks.

What do you have planned? Does it thrill you? If it doesn’t, maybe time to make a change. I’m offering hour long coaching sessions for a bargain £60 during September to get you back on track.

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Online training

There were some interesting posts today on LinkedIn about how our most used vocabulary has changed in 2020. “Agile” was a favourite; businesses have made some tough choices over the last few months in order to survive.

I had only vaguely considered offering online training in the past, but I soon saw that it was going to be the way ahead. Probably for some time.

Courses start at £35pp and are CPD accredited. Better still, you can try before you buy, just click for a free module.