Karl Craig-West Website Builder, Public Speaker and Writer

14Apr/140

Manage your inbox – don’t let it manage you

E-mail is a great way to communicate in business but as it has become more and more widely used, you might find your e-mail inbox is getting out of control. So it’s worth having a think about how you can manage your inbox if it’s starting to manage you. At first glance it might seem […]

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25Sep/134

Call me old fashioned but…

You might call me old fashioned but there are some things that really ought to be banned in today’s connected society. Especially around the use of mobile phones when in meetings. My frustration comes about from 2 separate events. The first of which was a political party’s ‘Listening to Business’ event where this party invited […]

16Sep/139

Getting started with new work habits

We all have habits. These are the things we do very regularly without even thinking about them, such as getting up and putting the kettle on before you do anything else. You just do them without even knowing that they’re habits. Work habits are just the same, you get to your desk and without even […]

27Aug/130

Who you hang around with can mean a lot to your success

While listening to a business speaker recently he mentioned that it’s vital to monitor who you hang around with when you’re trying to build a business. And this got me thinking about who I tend to hang around with and whether I actually keep the right company. You see, it’s been very well documented that […]

27Feb/130

Everyone is in sales, whether you realise it or not

Everyone is in sales. Yes, everyone, including you. Now it may sound a little daft to say since very few of us think we actually sell anything. But I’d like to show you just how wrong we all are on this score. And wrong just about every single day. You see, from the moment you’re […]

5Feb/134

Believe it and achieve it – well, not quite!

Many folks have heard about having a positive attitude but is that all there is to being successful?  The old addage ‘Believe it and achieve it’ seems to have been kicked around a little too much in my view. And if it were strictly true then many more people would achieve success in their chosen […]

21Jan/133

How to recognise potentially good business ideas

One of the biggest challenges that many of us in business have is the sheer number of potentially good business ideas or potentially profit-making concepts that we tend to generate. Now I say that’s a problem because very few of us have the resources available to have someone else do some digging to work out […]

3Dec/122

Just show up and improve your chances of success

Woody Allen is quoted as saying that “80% of success is just showing up” and whilst that may seem like a bit of a glib statement there’s more truth to it than many people realise. You see, many people today say they will ‘just show up’ but it’s often just a throwaway comment with little […]

17Jul/120

Thinking time will help a lot, I promise

In our very busy world it can be very challenging to find thinking time. However, it can improve your productivity and chances of success by giving you the space to consider work and life etc and then maybe make some decisions. So here are some of my thoughts on how thinking time can help: In […]

15Jun/120

Please take your time management medicine now doctor

One of the frustrating things about knowing so much about time management is that I become acutely aware of when I’m not being terribly efficient or effective. Even worse is that when it really strikes me I feel like such a hypocrite. I feel like the mechanic who has a beaten up old car that barely works, […]

29May/120

Taking risks rarely kills anyone but can lead to good things

I tried to warn them, really I did. Was at a party on Saturday night and asked the entertainer if he could sing Cole Porter’s Night and Day. He said he’d be happy to but when he got up there to sing it he invited me to join him. The problem was that I’d not […]