Karl Craig-West Website Builder, Public Speaker and Writer

5Oct/140

A quick delegation skills lesson from a 15 year old

Here’s a quick delegation skills lesson inspired by my 15 year old daughter Abigail. The key points are: Make sure that the person you’re delegating to knows what you want and by when Focus on the results more than the method. It’s possible that your team-mate can work out a more efficient method If the […]

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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 […]

17Jan/142

Competence Is Not Enough To Convince Someone To Buy From You

 Many would agree that the business climate has become considerably more challenging over recent years. So, when doing your marketing, just saying you’re competent is not enough to convince an increasingly cynical market that you’re worth buying from. So, how should you go about proving it to a potential client or customer that they should […]

22Nov/130

Making workplace technology predictions is hard work but I’m going to try anyway

It would be nice to have a Crystal Ball where one could see into the future, but sadly we all have to work with what we see and making workplace technology predictions is often just guesswork based on the the evidence around us. However, I’m going to give this a whirl with my thoughts on […]

7Oct/130

Quick tips for coping with work overload

In my view the biggest challenge when running a small business is coping with work overload. There is always more to do than time available for doing it and it can quickly become overwhelming to the point where you feel paralysed trying to work out what to do next. But while it’s difficult to reduce […]

23Sep/132

Make what you can sell, don’t sell what you can make

A few months ago I went to a seminar on Lean Startups which was aimed at tech firms looking for some startup ideas etc. While there the speaker threw out the phrase “Make what you can sell, don’t sell what you can make”. And this got me thinking (when I got to grips with what […]

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 […]

28May/1313

What should be on a business card?

Ever wondered what should be on a business card? Well, let me share some insights into how you can get a better response from your business cards: The thing is, it always amuses me that, in all the networking I do, I rarely see a business card that really gets my attention or encourages me […]

6Mar/130

Some important business startup lessons

How about some important business startup lessons from a good friend of mine who recently started her own coaching business. Hi my name’s Claire Gallear and I’m a qualified Personal Performance Coach. I’ve been coaching since August 2010 and I started a business doing full time coaching in September 2012. I thought it would just […]

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 […]