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6 Reasons You Shouldn't Start With Why

Are you one of the many millions of viewers who’ve watched Simon Sinek’s TED talk on how great leaders inspire action?

(If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it above)

I especially love the section from 2:08 to 4:28 minutes where Simon explains the way Apple communicates and why it’s not only the opposite to the way most...

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Mucking in for Burundi - Our Kiva Loan for March

Our Kiva borrower this month is Jeremie from Burundi, who is seeking a loan of $4,975 (around £3963) in order to buy a substantial quantity of manure.

…Yes, you read that correctly.

Chicken manure to be precise.

It’s...

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Why Nobody’s Buying From You and What To Do About It

You may have heard marketing people ask “are you making it easy for people to buy from you?”

What this usually means is:

Can people tell instantly what you do and how to hire you?

Do you have your services packaged up so that they’re easy to buy?

Are your contact details easily...

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44 Personal Automation Hacks for Self-Employed Mums

Unless you’ve been under a rock then you’ve probably seen the video of the BBC expert whose live interview was interrupted by his adorable kids. Comedy gold.

But did you also catch the parody sketch of a how a mother would have handled the situation? Check it out...

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Women in Business: Don’t Let Fear Touch The Radio

Last week I found myself at the Wiltshire Women in Business Conference facing a room full of people I’d never met before, about to lead a workshop I hadn’t had time to prep for.

At 9pm the previous night, the original facilitator cancelled and I was given the option to take her place. At the time, I very nearly said no. Honestly, I was...

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The Feminine Art of Holding Space in Business

First published on Medium, for International Women’s Day, 2016

This International Women’s Day I’m here to celebrate one of the most important feminine skills in life and business today; the art of holding space.

In this moving article, Heather Plett...

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Sport for Sirnak - Meet our Kiva Entrepreneur for February

There are a lot of reasons to love Kiva.org, the organisation we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives.’

Aside from the obvious - that it’s a spectacular platform for enabling entrepreneurs without access to traditional banking systems to fulfil their potential- it is also an...

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The Perspective FM team

Podcast: How To Differentiate Your Design Agency With Perspective.fm

Click play above and have a listen as Jon Darke and I talk about how to differentiate your design agency on the Perspective.fm podcast.

Or, read on for a transcript of our conversation, in which we...

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How To Build Growth (and Relationships) For The Long Term

One of our favourite projects of 2016 was the messaging and language for an unusual property development project in London.

This client had painstakingly bought individual pieces of riverside land, spanning 26 acres in East London.

Having done so, they could have quickly developed every inch and turned a fast, substantial, short...

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Copywriting Services for Government

Inkspiller Joins UK Government's Digital Specialist Framework

It was over 16 years ago that I cut my copywriting teeth working for the Cabinet Office on the Government’s UK Online campaign. Which included a memorable all-nighter at the infamous Cobra (emergency) press office.

Now we’re coming full circle…

I’m thrilled to announce that Inkspiller has just been accepted on to the...

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Meet Ana Estela - Our Kiva Borrower For January

Do you remember Amadeo De Jesús, the 66 year old beekeeper from El Salvador?

Back in February 2016 we helped to lend him $1,100 via Kiva.org, the site we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives’, in order to purchase more equipment and boxes to house his hives. (If you missed it, you can read his story

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Star Wars, Socialism and 7 Brand Storytelling Prompts

I’m the child of socialist revolutionaries. Every weekend of the formative years of my life was spent at demonstrations, singing protest songs, giving out flyers… you get the picture.

Early on I learned to look below the surface, question the status quo and fight for change. Which has been a gift.

But my parents’ politics were...

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