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When I’m not selling, leading or training, one of my favourite hobbies is to play the ‘cello. I like to think I’m quite good – I’ve been learning since I was 7 years old, I have a music degree, and although I probably don’t practise as often as I should, I’m very competent when playing in amateur orchestras. Last weekend (at time of writing), I was lucky enough to be playing in the Water City Festival Orchestra in London. This orchestra meets only once a year and is put together…

More and more in recent times I’ve found myself turning the notion of business failure over in my mind. Mainly because, even at the pinnacle moments of success, we all still have that little pinch or pang of fear that it might just go wrong. In some respects, this isn’t always a bad thing – indeed I would be an advocate of nurturing a little edginess to stay sharp… however, the extreme fear factor is one to watch. Last year, Kehlan Kirwan, Brian Cleary and I discussed business…

You can’t play sports, you look terrible, and people avoid you. No, this isn’t a high school flashback; it’s the flu. Sickness in the workplace causes missed deadlines, sloppy work, and overall low morale. Luckily, catching the bug at work can be avoided, unlike those pesky awkward teenage adventures. Here are 5 tips to prevent you and your employees from getting sick. # 1. Keep personal spaces clean Breaking News: Your desk is the dirtiest place in the office! Your phone is by far the…

This post originally appeared on Niall Devitt’s blog, Niall is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz.  Quantifying an ROI from social media is only possible after you’ve developed a strategic plan that will make measurement both clear and easy. When it comes to social media “80% of marketers begin with tactics instead of goals” – eMarketer Report. Here’s how to build a strategic social media plan to ensure that you don’t waste time or money on tactics…

Small business owners come in many different shapes and sizes, including some who choose to have a say in every decision that is made. With that being said, how do you as the owner of a company handle your payroll needs? Do you have someone in your office who oversees the dispensing of paychecks and other compensation needs, or do you have an outside agency handling such matters? Either way, your focus towards payroll should be one of your top missions the day you began running a business and…

For anyone following the small business news in Ireland, it seems like the deck is stacked against them. But there are beacons of support throughout the country. One of the brightest beacons is the Small Business Advice Programme. In this interview, John McSweeney, project manager, tells us about the programme and how Irish small business owners can take advantage of mentoring, advice and support.  Who founded the Small Business Advice Programme and what inspired them? SmallBusinessAdvice.ie…

John Hennessy, the President of Stanford University, made quite a splash recently when he publicly predicted the death of the lecture hall as university education takes advantage of online capabilities.  In his acceptance speech for the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, he went on to explain that you certainly can’t fully automate all of teaching but parts of it are an excellent match to current technologies; such as the lectures themselves. To drive his point home, he cited one faculty colleague…

For most managers, having to fire people is a low point of their position.  Truth be told, the situation promises to be slightly awkward and uncomfortable for each party involved, even more so for the employee.  Those in the hot seat can react to being let go in a variety of different ways; read-on to learn how to handle each curved counteraction. # 1. The Confrontational Employee When someone receives the news of their termination they very well may become irritated and argumentative.  For…

So, I’m reckoning many of you are utterly fed-up of posts concerned with New Year, New You (I am one of the many culprits behind those types of blogs, I know!) or similar themes? Thought so. With this in mind, I thought I’d take a different ‘spin’ on why the beginning of the year is a good time to dust down your business and give its strategy a good, honest workout. Like our physical selves, post-Christmas indulgence, this time of the year provides a great opportunity to…

It is  a new year and you have undoubtedly been thinking about all the tasks that await you over the next 12 months. So, have you taken a moment or two to think about the importance of your online reputation and more specifically, is it really what it should be? If the answer is no on both ends, then you definitely have some work to do moving forward. In a day and age when many more consumers turn to the Internet to browse and buy goods and services, your online reputation needs to be as clean…