This Is The Most Important Moment Of Your Life. Don’t Fug It Up.

People throw the word “unbelievable” around a lot. But sometimes something IS unbelievable. Like, you actually can’t believe it’s happening. To you. But…it is. It is.

For reasons that have been kept secret, you…

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Are You Making This One HUGE, Common Mistake In Your Emails?

There was a time when getting free music was a really exciting perk of any job.
CDs were expensive and, when I was in radio, it was lovely not having to pay for them.

There was also effort and expense for a new band, in sending you their CD.
They’d probably had to save up to record the demo, more to get it mastered and pressed, even more for the physical copies and then a load of cash for posting.
It was easy to listen to everything I was sent, because I wasn’t sent much.

Now that I occasionally choose music for TV shows, I still get sent tunes.

Because bands no longer have to put any hard cash behind sending it (and can generally record pretty cheaply and easily), I get a LOT of music.
Far more than I would ever have time to listen to. So a lot of it slips through the net.
What is it that will make me take the time to check out an artist’s songs?…

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The Lie All Grown Ups Tell Ourselves

There’s a lie we all tell ourselves.
Everyone does it.

And, when you finally discover the truth, it’s a triple-whammy;
– you encounter shock and disappointment, on top of what is already an unpleasant experience.
Here’s a secret fact about me:…

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Why Being Good At What You Do Won’t Get You Employed

Call it a hangover from school, but whenever someone asks me to have a meeting with them – and specifically uses that word, “meeting” – I always assume I’m in trouble.

Even if the person calling it is, as was the case on this occasion, a former colleague who, at the time, I didn’t know all that well.

What in fact happened was that I was offered a job.

A pretty sexy job at that, on a project that turned out to be a worldwide hit.

And a job for which I had ZERO previous experience.

I had worked briefly…

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The Worst Thing You Can Possibly Imagine. Or Maybe The Best.

It’s deeply offensive.

I can’t believe anyone would even consider doing this.

Picture the scene:

You’re out at a work function. It’s a launch for someone in your industry – mostly, you’re there just to show face.

Just as you’re thinking of leaving, you spot your friend Liz, stood with another lady.

You go over to say hello.

Liz introduces you to Silke.

“With an ‘e’ or an ‘a’?”, you ask.
She tells you it’s with an ‘e’.

You ask Liz how it’s going with the apartment she just moved into.

“Fine”, she says. “But I really needs some thick curtains – the sun is searing my eyes open every morning!”.

It’s late, so…

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Why It’s ALWAYS Ok To Arrive In Your Ropiest Granny Underpants

  Sometimes, you’re up for quick thrills. But at others, you want the real deal, true love, a long-term Adventure Pal.   Depending on which of these two you’re looking for, your attitude will be pretty different. What good networking is, an why this affects it Most people who say they hate networking, hate it…

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The Reason Why It Doesn’t Matter What You Look Like

  You totally know the kind of guy I’m talking about. Girls do this too, but my most recent experience of being on the receiving end of it was with a dude.   My Irish friend Jonathan is a singer. Tall, with masses of brown hair and a deep voice, he’s effortlessly charming and impossibly…

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The Best Question To Start A Conversation With
– And How To Avoid Small Talk.

  Have you ever had a period in your life where you’ve wished you lived in a sitcom? Not for everything. Just to imagine what would happen if, when asked a certain question, you actually told the truth. A rash decision Several years ago, I took the bold step of quitting a job with great prospects…

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The Exact Steps I Took To Stop Being Shy And Start Being Self-Confident

I stood in the corridor of the stranger’s house, reeling.

I’ve pulled it off, I thought.

I’ve actually pulled it off…

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How To Never Run Out Of Things To Say (Whilst Barely Saying Anything)

There’s a conversational magic trick that is amazing. Anyone can do it. In it, you say almost nothing. The other person then leaves the conversation feeling that you are completely fascinating.   Avoiding awkwardness In the last post, I told you how to take the pressure off yourself, when trying to come up with things…

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