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ACTUALLY INTERVIEWS BRYN FRERE-SMITH

ACTUALLY INTERVIEWS BRYN FRERE-SMITH

ACTUALLY INTERVIEWS To kick off our new Actually Interviews series, I caught up with one of my favourite people, Bryn Frere-Smith (Founder of Blue Bear Coffee) for quite frankly the best Valentine’s Day date a woman could ask for…

GUEST BLOG: TOXIC PERFECTIONISM

GUEST BLOG: TOXIC PERFECTIONISM

THE TRAP OF PERFECTIONISM Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be perfect, to have the perfect life? Or is it actually making us sick?

FIVE TIPS & TRENDS FOR 2021

FIVE TIPS & TRENDS FOR 2021

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT 2021?
Nervous? Worried about economic chaos? Concerned about the level of uncertainty?

FIVE LESSONS ON BIAS IN COMMS

FIVE LESSONS ON BIAS IN COMMS

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME I knew that there would come a time when the news cycle would move on and I decided THAT would be the time for me to do more…

FIVE LESSONS FROM THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF

FIVE LESSONS FROM THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF

*SPOILER ALERT* This week a 20 year old accountancy student became the youngest ever winner of the Great British Bake Off. I thought that this young man, was a gifted baker but unlikely to win…

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT INTENTIONS

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT INTENTIONS

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT ACHIEVING YOUR INTENTIONS Over the past two weeks, since lockdown 2.0 began in the UK, I’ve been doing daily Lockdown Reset Lives in the Actually Facebook Group with the purpose of…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

LET’S TALK ABOUT MONEY I love money. Let me say that again in case there is someone at the back that didn’t hear me.
I LOVE MONEY. Did you just cringe? Yes? Interesting.
Let’s explore that shall we?

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #19

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #19

COPING WITH CHANGE As a community of people who want to grow purpose-led businesses that make money and make a difference. So how do we cope with the kind of change we are experiencing now?

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

BUSINESS PLANNING Here are three important facts about small, entrepreneurial businesses that you should know… they will help you to grow your business, grow your impact and create change…

FIVE BIRTHDAY LESSONS

FIVE BIRTHDAY LESSONS

CELEBRATE If you’ve been on Mars this week you may not have noticed that it’s my birthday! As the years whizz past I sometimes wonder about the alleged link between age and wisdom.

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT COLLABORATION

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT COLLABORATION

COLLABORATION About halfway through lockdown I had a startling realisation: I don’t like working alone.
I like to think that I am the very model of an independent, female entrepreneur. Self-sufficient and self-reliant. But there I was, sat at my desk in my little studio office…

GUEST BLOG: TIPS FROM AN ACTUAL COPYWRITER

GUEST BLOG: TIPS FROM AN ACTUAL COPYWRITER

After Googling the words ‘COPYWRITING TIPS’ I was rather shocked to be hit with a seemingly infinite expanse of results (6,789,338 to be exact). But I was even more shocked at the quality of them. A lot of the articles were actually badly written…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #18

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #18

GRATITUDE Those of you that know me or have been following Actually for a while will know that I believe in the possibility of change and that we – as business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants, can make a difference and create the change that our world needs…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #17

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #17

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT LAUNCHING You may have noticed that I have been launching over the past few weeks. At the time of writing, the doors are open to Actually’s flagship training programme: How to Actually Spread the Word…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

FINDING JOY This isn’t one of those blogs about the terrible things that happened in my life and how I overcame them, beat the odds and lived to tell the tale with joy. I have some of those stories inside me. Indeed, some of them are here on this blog page…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

TAKE ACTION I haven’t always had the greatest relationship with my Mum. That’s an understatement. I won’t rehash the details. We don’t have that long and besides, it isn’t just my story to tell. Suffice to say that years would go by when we didn’t speak…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #16

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #16

THE PERILS OF JARGON   Every industry has its own unique language. Some of it is necessary – for example, the technical names for things that to an outsider sound like gobbledegook but make complete sense to everyone in that profession. I am not an engineer, so I...

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

WHAT IF? LIVE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT REGRETS Twenty years ago, I got married. But it’s not the thing about this story that will most surprise you. Or even shock you. That comes later. Twenty years ago I stood in a town hall in Tunis and married a man I had known for less than a year…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

CHOOSE JOY I’ve been talking a lot about joy recently. Why? Well mainly because when I talk to my clients at the moment what I’m hearing is the absence of joy. Life is a slog. Filled with hard work. I’m so busy. I’m so exhausted. I am barely holding it together. I can’t spend another moment in this house…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #15

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #15

OBJECTIVES, STRATEGY AND TACTICS Can you define strategy? No? Well don’t worry, you’re not alone. Based on my very scientific poll and some extremely rigorous research*, I estimate that approximately 90% of entrepreneurs can’t define…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #14

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #14

THE COMMUNICATIONS EDITION At Actually we believe that there are three things that you need to grow your business and your impact as a purpose-led entrepreneur: the right communications, the right mindset and the right support. In this blog…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #13

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #13

THE SUPPORT EDITION At Actually we believe that there are three things that you need to grow your business and your impact as a purpose-led entrepreneur: the right communications, the right mindset and the right support. In this blog, I share five lessons about support…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #12

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #12

THE MINDSET EDITION At Actually we believe that there are three things that you need to grow your business and your impact as a purpose-led entrepreneur: the right communications, the right mindset and the right support. In this blog, we explore the five most common…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #11

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #11

WHY YOU SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT PR Now, I love social media as much as the next person. I have spent a lot of time and effort building Facebook Groups and LinkedIn connections and I am often to be found whiling away a few moments (OK…hours…) on…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #10

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #10

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GREAT COMMUNICATIONS Last week Actually Associate Julie Minns blogged about the importance of knowing your audience to build trust and loyalty. Knowing and understanding the people you want to communicate with is the first…

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #9

TOP TIPS FOR CHANGEMAKERS #9

BUILDING TRUST AND LOYALTY According to Gallup’s ‘Confidence in Business’ tracker, the percentage of people in the UK who say they have confidence in major companies has been gradually declining since the early 1980s, and now stands at around 40%. As someone who has…

ARE WE ALL GENERATION Z NOW?

ARE WE ALL GENERATION Z NOW?

If your first reaction to that question is “the who, what?” then read on, because Generation Z (‘Gen Z’) are now your customers, your employees and also some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and changemakers around. Think Greta Thunberg, Billie Eilish…

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

In last week’s blog, Actually Associate Julie Minns shared what she had learnt from 46 days without social media. This week, following on from the Actually Masterclass on Thursday, we’re looking at how to ensure that your social media content stands out in this time...

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT GIVING UP SOCIAL MEDIA

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT GIVING UP SOCIAL MEDIA

Hi, I’m Julie and I’m a social media addict. And I am not alone. In its 2019 ‘Online Nations’ report, media regulator Ofcom found that ‘around 70% of UK adults have a social media account and about one in every five minutes spent online is…

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT SALES

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT SALES

Since the lockdown began. I have been offering free 30 minute clarity and connection calls to members of the Actually community. One of the key themes that has emerged in these conversations is a reluctance to sell during this crisis…a resistance to having a sales...

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT FINANCE

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT FINANCE

Since the lockdown began. I have been running a series of FREE Masterclasses on a Thursday: Thriving in a Time of Chaos. Last week, the subject was business finances and I invited one of the Actually Partners, Nicola Deverson, to join me to talk about what…

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

This time last year I was on Necker Island at a leadership gathering hosted by Richard Branson. During the discussions, the inspiring Halla Tomasdottir – CEO of The B Team – said: “There will come a time when you need to lend the world your shoulders.”
We are in that time now…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

For those of you who don’t know her (where have you been for the past five years?), Gina Miller is a successful business owner, campaigner and activist. She initiated the court case against the British government in 2016 over its authority to implement Brexit…

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT CRISIS

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT CRISIS

At 9am on Saturday 14 March, I should have been stepping onto the stage as the MC at a major conference in Central London for 500+ women organised by the women’s leadership organisation, One of Many. At 4.30pm on Thursday 12 March, the Founder…

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT PR

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT PR

With 25 years of experience in communications, campaigning and PR, I guess I should qualify as knowledgeable on the subject! I’ve worked with brands and organisations from Avon to UNCIEF, I’ve worked on space missions and product launches…

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT PLANNING

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT PLANNING

I am constantly surprised by how many entrepreneurs don’t plan. I mean…they have some rough ideas, some general sense of direction but a detailed business plan? A quarter by quarter, month by month overview of activity? A detailed communications and content…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

Next week is February. And it’s one of my two annual ‘care and curiosity’ months. It means I won’t be working. Instead I will be focussing on self-care. Letting my system completely relax and replenishing my energy. And once…

FIVE LESSONS I LEARNT FROM CANCER

FIVE LESSONS I LEARNT FROM CANCER

Sometimes life will throw curveballs at you. You’re happily beavering away at a job you love and you’re made redundant. You marry the man of your dreams only to discover that he has somewhat different ideas about fidelity to you. You’re filled with joy, travelling...

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT WORKING WITH PURPOSE

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT WORKING WITH PURPOSE

Last week, in the Actually Facebook group, I asked people about the obstacles they were ready to let go of this year so that they could step up, make a difference and deliver their purpose. One of the group members replied to ask…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

Imagine a world in which we do more than turn up once every four or five year and mark a cross on a piece of paper and then sit in the pub with our mates and whinge about politics. Imagine a world in which the electorate feels informed, engaged and empowered. Imagine…

FIVE INTENTIONS FOR 2020

FIVE INTENTIONS FOR 2020

It’s almost a new year. Time for celebrating the year that’s past and setting intentions for the year ahead. I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions – at least not those that involved giving things up. Given the statistics on how many people actually stick...

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

In these days of ‘constantly on’ – when we are endlessly pouring over our social media, when our phones are constantly pinging with the latest message and our email never seems to go silent – it can be difficult to find true inspiration. From time to time, I’d like...

YOU HAVE MARKETING SUPERPOWERS!

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You just need to do it in a way that feels authentic, comfortable and natural for YOU.

Take the Actually Quiz, uncover your marketing superpowers and stop trying to force your fabulous round peg self into a nasty square hole that was never designed for you!

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