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The musing of a Practical Dreamer.
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Why I Make Friends with Strangers: Claud Williams at TEDxLoughborough

"Painting Humanity" - Recorded on 16th March 2013 at TEDxLoughborough in Loughborough, UK. Venue: Loughborough Student's Union at Loughborough University. A ...
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My First TED Experience. 

I learnt a lot from doing it, and I've been getting a lot of positive feedback. Although looking back, I can really the areas for me to work on to become a better speaker. 

Make sure you let me know what you think!

 

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You are Wasting More Time on Social Media Than You Think

You are Wasting More Time on Social Media Than You Think | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
We’re also addicted to social media because we crave meaning—feeling like we matter to those around us. In some weird, twisted way, we associate “likes,” comments and shares with self-worth…
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Okay, I can admit it: I'm 100% guilty of this.

 

Social Media takes up far too much of my time on a daily basis, but the blog post was a wake-up call to how damaging it actually is to my business.

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Georges Millet's curator insight, November 6, 2013 3:49 PM

Wake up call or reality check ? up to you to make up your mind :0)

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5 Reasons You Should Embrace Rejection

5 Reasons You Should Embrace Rejection | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Chances are, you read the title of this post and huffed, "I hate rejection! Rejection, I will dance upon your grave!" The good news is that you'll never
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To be honest with you: rejection is still something I struggle with.


And fortunately for me: I have to face it almost everyday. From worrying if an audience is going to connect with what I’m saying to pain I feel whenever someone tears apart of one my business ideas, its just become apart of my everyday life.

But reading this article helped to give me another perspective.

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The Top 10 Lies of Entrepreneurs and Investors

The Top 10 Lies of Entrepreneurs and Investors | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
“There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ― Benjamin DisraeliFrom my experience listening to pitches, I’ve seen two sets of top 10 lies: one of
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I found this one interesting as it gives a look into the world pitching for money and being a venture capitalist. Both are areas I would like to be apart of my future in the coming years.

At least now I know what to look out for, which will hopefully help to keep me level headed during the process.

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A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings

A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity killer and inevitably two issues will rise to the top of the list: managing their inboxes and their meeting schedules. I'll tackle the former in a
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One word: Amazing.


This article by LinkedIn’s CEO introduces some truly different ideas about how to conduct meetings to save time and boost productivity. I’m going to be taking notes and using as many of these points as soon as possible.

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4 Steps To Building A Compelling Value Proposition

4 Steps To Building A Compelling Value Proposition | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
(In my first article on Forbes, I suggested how entrepreneurs might get started. Once you’ve found a worthy opportunity, building a compelling value proposition is often a great next step.)As
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A little bit of a technical post breaking down how entrepreneurs should be explaining why their business exists.

A really useful post, although not the easiest to read. This something everyone should be forcing themselves to read, regardless of if you’re an entrepreneur or not.


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Is Your Conference EPIC?

Is Your Conference EPIC? | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
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I found the blog post really interesting as I'm in the middle of laying down plans for my first conference. The first 2 points he made had me thinking, altough the last 2 where a little weak/undeveloped in my opion and didn't get much from them. 

Either way, if you work in events this is worth a read.  

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SPI 069 : How to Build Buzz and Why it’s Better than Hype

SPI 069 : How to Build Buzz and Why it’s Better than Hype | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, we're talking all about how to build buzz. It's not enough just to create and "ship"  something. Bu
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Firstly, ANYONE who owns a blog or is building a brand should be following this blog! I've learnt so much from it. 

In this podcast epoisde Pat give us the steps as to how he and a few other pro's build buzz for their upcoming projects, with some really practical advice. A lot of what he is teaching is really simple, but its also the very same things we often forget. 

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The Science of Productivity

Made in collaboration with Sparring Mind, the behavioral psychology blog.
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Short, Infortmative and interesting. 

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The Technium: 1,000 True Fans

The Technium: 1,000 True Fans | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
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Over the years I've heard a lot about this blog post by Kevin Kelly of Wired Magazine and today I finally read it for myself. I was not disappointed. 

This is a must read for any creatives or entreprenur, and it will likely change your view on how you build your audience/fan base.  

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From Follower to Brand Advocate: A Love Affair

From Follower to Brand Advocate: A Love Affair | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Brand advocates. People who love your brand so much that they spread your word just for the unselfish pleasure of seeing you succeed. People who can't stop talking about your business. People who act as your own powerful marketing force.
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How to Get Repeat Business from Clients Through Feedback

How to Get Repeat Business from Clients Through Feedback | Curiosity. | Scoop.it

Here’s a basic difference between products and services. The level of satisfaction of a product often has a direct correlation to sales: you offer a good product that’s well-liked, and most likely sales will go up; for bad products, sales dip.


That relationship is less transparent with services like the kind usually offered by freelancers. Freelance clients buying a service like web design or editing, will usually complete the sale unless you completely botch the deliverables....

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Success Means Learning to Let Go

Success Means Learning to Let Go | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Success results not from adding things to your life but from letting go of them.
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Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research su...
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This TED Talk completely changed my view on stress.

100% worth watching.  

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5 Stories Every Entrepreneur Should Be Able To Tell

5 Stories Every Entrepreneur Should Be Able To Tell | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Nothing has the power to engage people like a great story. From a carefully crafted elevator pitch to the perfect customer testimonial, a great narrative can propel your brand and business like
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Where Did All The $100 Million Companies Go?

Where Did All The $100 Million Companies Go? | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Where did all the $100 million companies go? Yesterday, I came across a pretty fascinating story of two childhood friends who teamed up to create a cleaning supplies company and built it into a $10...
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The growth of Africa and its economy is something which fascinates me.


As an Entrepreneur, it obvious that there are so many opportunities in Africa right now, and Nigeria may be the fertile ground to plant a business. As a man of African heritage, seeing the current state of affairs hurts me.


This blog post ask some questions that we really do need to find answer for.   

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The Top Five Ways to Turn Money into Happiness

The Top Five Ways to Turn Money into Happiness | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
In their new book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending (Simon & Schuster), Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton (professors at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School
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I found this extremely insightful.


We all know money can’t buy us happiness, but spending money in the right places can help us along the way. Next time I have a few pounds to spend I’m going to rethink how I use them.


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The Secret to Your Success? Make Others Successful

The Secret to Your Success? Make Others Successful | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
We don’t have many rules at IDEO, but we do have some cultural values that we take seriously because we feel they make our teams more effective. We prototyped these values for a couple decades
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A quick blog post about creating a successful company culture.


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Dear Speaker, I Loathe You. Sincerely, Your Event Planner -

Dear Speaker, I Loathe You. Sincerely, Your Event Planner - | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
This is a follow up to the article Dear Event Planner, I Hate You. Sincerely, Your Speaker. Time for event profs to scold sloppy speakers.
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Like the author I've been on both side of the table, both as a speaker and the event organiser.

 

The advice given is pretty much common sense or just about being polite... however, you would be shocked by how few speakers actually stick to these rules. 

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How to Get Website Traffic: A Q&A with Derek Halpern

C'mon over to http://www.marieforleo.com/2012/10/get-more-traffic/ where the main discussion happens after the episode! Get hits-- that's the #1 goal when yo...
Claud Williams's insight:

David Halpern has a great blog called "Social Triggers" which give some interesting insights into how you can use psychology to help build your business and/or brand. 

From watching the way he's build his business I can say that:

A. He walks what he talks

B. It works, REALLY well. 

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5 Ways Experience Stops Success Cold

5 Ways Experience Stops Success Cold | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Having a lot of experience isn't always a good thing. Watch out for this secret business saboteur.
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Great read if your considering finding a new a business partner or hring new team members. 

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12 Lessons Learned While Marketing “The 4-Hour Body”

12 Lessons Learned While Marketing “The 4-Hour Body” | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Charlie’s job entails many things. Feeding tigers not excluded. Charlie Hoehn first reached out to me through Ramit Sethi in 2008. Almost three years later, he is still working with me. Here ...
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Just in case you didn't know, Tim Ferriss is one my favourite authors of all time. And from his ridiculous number of book sales, I’m clearly not the only one who feels this way.

The is an interesting article from one of his interns with some great marketing advice on how they made his 2nd popular book a worldwide best seller.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 12, 2012 6:22 PM

I scooped this piece because it is on a soapbox on a favorite topic. Many companies look at their "About" page more as necessary evil than brand value umbrella. That is a mistake.

The About page may be the most important page on a website, but NO ONE thinks of it that way. Even beyond the excellent suggestions for how to create a better About page covered here I would go further.

I would say the best About pages do these things:

* Tie any and every aspect of the brand's claims, major themes and public positioning together. 
* Provide iconic elements that can be repeated over and over becoming reinforced with each repetition.

* Tell a story in 3 to 5 parts.

* Each story part stands alone and is related to the whole.

* Creates a storytelling framework that is greater than the sum of its parts (provides some marketing magic). 

* Sets the voice and tone for the website and all marketing activities.


Soon I hope to write a piece about this kind of engaged and active ABOUT page with some simple HOW TOs.  

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Hey Martin, I 100% agree with you. Send me a tweet at @Mr_Cosmic when you've written your article & How To pages.
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The 4 Myths of Facebook Marketing | Jeffbullas's Blog

The 4 Myths of Facebook Marketing | Jeffbullas's Blog | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
Facebook with over one billion users is the default social network for nearly 50% of the people that use the internet on the planet. No other social media platform comes close to its global user acceptance.
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5 Ways to Create More Content Without Creating More Work — @TMGmedia

5 Ways to Create More Content Without Creating More Work — @TMGmedia | Curiosity. | Scoop.it
What’s the secret to creating more content, without creating more work? Get 5 tips for how to make your existing content go the extra mile.
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Why Everyone Needs To Be On. LinkedIn [Video]

Why Everyone Needs To Be On. LinkedIn [Video] | Curiosity. | Scoop.it

Everyone needs to be on LinkedIn because -- simply put -- it's the place to be to create a professional identity.


"It's not just job seekers. It's journalists who are looking to source stories, it's entrepreneurs looking to raise financing, it's investors looking to find the right investment vehicle," LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner told Business Insider's Henry Blodget at IGNITION.


"It's about all professionals and the way in which we share information, knowledge, expertise, opinions, insights."....

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