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In the know: how to ensure employees stay ‘on-brand’

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Employers and employees share one challenge in common – the ability to stay ‘on-brand’. But what does that mean, exactly, and why is it that employees are often significantly disadvantaged compared to those above them? If truth be told, ‘on-brand’ sits among the many business terms that have risen to prominence in the modern age. All it means is the ability to align oneself with the values and purpose of the business for which you work. Simple? Not always. Even those who have worked for the same operation for a considerable period of time can have trouble establishing a connection…

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7 reasons people aren’t reading your emails

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How often have you sent an email to a colleague or customer only to wait and wait for a reply that never arrives? If this is a regular occurrence in your working day, you’re doing something wrong. But you’re not alone, so don’t feel too bad – email is woefully misused and misrepresented in business, and we’re all guilty of fanning the flames at some stage.It doesn’t have to be this way Welcome to our ultimate guide that will help you work out why people aren’t reading your emails! 1. They’re way, way too long Back in 2013, the average…

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10 ways to prepare yourself for a big speech to colleagues

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If you’ve ever delivered a speech at a conference, you’ll know how daunting a prospect it can be. On entering the room, you’re simply met with a sea of faces, all staring expectantly, waiting for you to either inform, entertain or slip up. It’s a nerve-wracking experience for anyone, from the shy and retiring to those who seemingly ooze confidence with every sentence. Public speaking simply isn’t a natural thing, and for most of us, it isn’t something we do day-in, day-out. Sometimes, however, it’s the speaking requirements a little closer to home that are the hardest to overcome. Your…

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£2,000 SME growth vouchers

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The first I had heard about the government growth voucher scheme was last week following quite a bit of negative media attention – the scheme had reportedly only handed out £3.6 million of the £30 million available to help small and medium-sized enterprises, with just a few weeks left before it closes1. So yesterday I thought I would take a look and apply as it apparently takes minutes to do I felt I had nothing to lose. The government weren’t joking, straight after applying the fantastic news appeared on my screen that I’d been accepted for a £2,000 growth voucher!…

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