May

11

2017
A Business Coaching Party Trick to Improve Your Business Presentations

A Business Coaching Party Trick to Improve Your Business Presentations

When I was a teenager I taught myself how to memorise a deck of shuffled cards. This earned me a fair few drinks over the years and impressed a few people. If you periodically have to make business presentations you can use the same technique to help you deliver more persuasive and influential presentations. It is a technique so you can easily learn it.


Apr

07

2017
Time Management Focus Leads to Increased Business Success

Time Management Focus Leads to Increased Business Success

Every time management workshop I run is slightly different to the last one. In addition to those timeless time management principles, there are always new stories, experiences, ideas and learnings to weave in. This time, one of my new slides asked a question that absorbed a disproportionate amount of time and proved difficult to answer.   The main thrust of my time management workshops is…

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Mar

01

2017
Here’s How You Could Benefit From Lent

Here’s How You Could Benefit From Lent

Here’s an opportunity to ‘go again’, especially if your New Year’s resolutions have lost their momentum. Like the beginning of a new year, the beginning of Lent is one of those psychological points in time for making new commitments. Whilst New Year is about setting goals and making plans, for many people Lent is about making some form of sacrifice for the 40 days (excluding…

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Feb

10

2017
Is It Really Possible to be Guaranteed the First Page of Google?

Is It Really Possible to be Guaranteed the First Page of Google?

Yes. And for free. Here’s how. The one guaranteed way to be on the front page of Google – and for free – is to make sure your business or organisation is registered with Google My Business. It’s a simple process and takes less than ½ hour. Next time someone searches for your type of business in your area you’ll appear on page 1 as…

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Jan

13

2017
In terms of salary, how much is enough?

In terms of salary, how much is enough?

The question of CEOs earning £millions and zero-hour contract workers earning the National Minimum Wage of £7.20 an hour is a topical one. As well as a minimum wage, this week Jeremy Corbyn has suggested introducing a Maximum Wage. Whatever your political views and whatever the rights and wrongs of minimum and maximum salaries, the question of what salary is ‘enough’ is an interesting one….

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Dec

20

2016
Business Planning

Do You Have a Dream This Christmas?

How good are you at dreaming? Dreams x Goals x Plans x Action = Results There seems to be some logic to these 4 elements combining to produce our Results. So how do we score? I’ve asked this question many times in workshops over the years and on average the scores have typically been: Action 9/10, Plans 7/10, Goals 5/10 and Dreams 3/10. A total…

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Dec

15

2016
The 10 Biggest Reasons Why New Year (Business) Resolutions Don’t Work

The 10 Biggest Reasons Why New Year (Business) Resolutions Don’t Work

No Why. There’s not compelling reasons or motivation for doing what you want to do. I’d recommend you think of at least 10 reasons. These will be a mixture of consequences of not achieving your objective and benefits of achieving it. What was painful yesterday becomes tolerable today. We sometimes need to remind ourselves of that pain. 2.  No Specificity. Our objective is just too…

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Nov

09

2016
Take One, Leave One (from America)

Take One, Leave One (from America)

America seems to be in the news today which made me think of 2 American traditions that are happening this month. Thanksgiving on Thursday 24th and Black Friday on the 25th. We seem to have adopted the latter but not the former. So here’s a though: How about adopting Thanksgiving and ditching Black Friday? Do I really need anymore stuff? We all know that more…

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Oct

14

2016
Can you solve this problem?

Can you solve this problem?

Ahh! You like a challenge! Here’s the problem: To make life better, can you change your mindset and focus on something other than solving problems? Solving problems may give us improved outcomes – but not as good as we think. And certainly not the BEST outcomes. The best outcomes come from focusing on something else. Ostensibly we solve a problem because we want to eliminate…

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Sep

30

2016
The ONE Piece of Tech Advice for Small Business

The ONE Piece of Tech Advice for Small Business

Howard Simms, CEO of Apadmi, the world-renowned, Manchester-based app developer, closed an excellent presentation earlier this year by encouraging us to always be asking, “How can technology help our business?” So I ask that question of myself and others. I recently heard an excellent presentation from Graham Fern, Director of Axon, the cloud-computing solutions provider. So I asked Graham, “If there was just one piece…

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Sep

26

2016
If you’re in the business of helping others then this will help you do it better and charge more for it.

If you’re in the business of helping others then this will help you do it better and charge more for it.

If you’re in the business of helping other people to improve their performance, their business, their team or their life then this event will help you do it more effectively and with less effort – AND then it’ll show you how to charge more for your services (because you can and you should). Altrincham Town Hall on Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Early Bird of…

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Sep

02

2016
How to Exploit the Efforts of Your Friends

How to Exploit the Efforts of Your Friends

This short piece will help you get better results from the effort you put into your day. If we’re talking time-management then one of the key things we’ve got to talk about is ‘Leverage’ – doing more with less. This blog-series is about ‘Doing More & Better in Less Time & with Less Effort’. Come and join us on Monday 12th September at Altrincham Town…

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Aug

26

2016
Simply the Hardest Challenge in the World

Simply the Hardest Challenge in the World

Here’s a really simple thing that could transform you business and therefore your life over the next 12 months. Come back from a great bank holiday weekend and ignore your phone and your email for the first 90-minuties of each working day. Commit to doing it for those 4-days see what happens. A 30-day trial is even better but that may feel too daunting. If…

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Aug

19

2016
Quick Survey: More Time or More Money?

Quick Survey: More Time or More Money?

1. So, more money or more time? 2. And how much more money (£) or time (hours) would you like each month? Bonus Question 3. And specifically what would you do with the extra money or time? Simply email your answers to mark@markdyble.com I’ll share any insightful, clever or amusing answers at next month’s ‘More Money or More Time’ Seminar (5:50pm pm Monday 12th September)…

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Jul

14

2016
I’m Really Sorry. I Didn’t Have Time.

I’m Really Sorry. I Didn’t Have Time.

“I’m sorry I didn’t have time” is something we hear often – and probably something we say too! To use it less often, here’s a simple, easy-to-use time-management tip. Time Tip #1: Pretend you’re going on holiday every day. You’ll know how super efficient you are on your last day at work before going on holiday. You fly through the day making decisions, delegating work,…

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Jul

06

2016
The Number 1 Danger of Brexit for Small Business

The Number 1 Danger of Brexit for Small Business

The Number 1 danger for most of us is…..DISTRACTION! As the prayer goes: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” The truth is that we cannot impact what’s going to happen at a political and economic level. Spending time thinking about it, debating it, complaining about it,…

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Jun

28

2016
How I Took Home An Extra £67,000 In Less Than 3 Months

How I Took Home An Extra £67,000 In Less Than 3 Months

“90% of small businesses today are focusing on the WRONG things when it comes to generating leads and signing-up new customers and clients. One simple shift can change everything!” During this short, free (virtually), content-rich marketing master-class on Monday 11th July I’ll show you how to: Find an extra £10,000 in your business. Make your business standout from the competition in a way that is…

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Apr

20

2016
Could a bag of marbles improve your life?

Could a bag of marbles improve your life?

If you’re the kind of person who wants to grow your business or improve your organisation but you’re not able to join us for next Wednesday’s Planning Workshop, read how a bag of marbles and a simple process could help you make meaningful progress between now and 7th September.


Jan

04

2016
A good year for the roses?

A good year for the roses?

Whether you consider its been a good year or not, I know that there’s been some good stuff in both your professional and personal life. I can also guarantee that you won’t be able to recall 80% of it.


Nov

16

2015
Do you know these 4 numbers for your business?

Do you know these 4 numbers for your business?

As in all games, the game of business requires us to keep score. There’s a host of financial and non-financial numbers we can measure and monitor. Sometimes this can take a little imagination.


Oct

28

2015
Every contact leaves a trace

Every contact leaves a trace

Dr. Edmond Locard’s “exchange principle” is true not just in forensic science but also in business and in life – every contact does leave a trace.


Oct

14

2015
Have you played Snakes & Ladders recently?

Have you played Snakes & Ladders recently?

I heard news this week of a close friend who against the odds had a fantastic achievement in a competitive situation. I say against the odds – in truth they’ve been working diligently in 3 key areas over the past 10 years and were prepared. However, when the opportunity presented itself they through themselves into it with heart and soul and 200 hundred odd competitors…

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Oct

09

2015
Is it Helpful Living with Dead People?

Is it Helpful Living with Dead People?

We are all influenced by our environment – and to a greater degree than we imagine. Our physical surroundings can affect how we feel and in turn affect how we behave/work. A bigger influence is our people environment – the people we hang around with. Jim Rohn claims that we are the average of the 5 people we spend most time with. For better or…

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Sep

22

2015
Here’s 3 ways to divide up your working week

Here’s 3 ways to divide up your working week

I recently attended a lunch where Managing Director Phil Jones shared a few helpful insights as to how he operates as a leader at Brother UK. One aspect that resonated for me was how he invests his time. Whilst it sounded enviable and a tad idealistic, it illuminated a way towards how we might become more effective in leading our departments, organisations and businesses. (As…

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Sep

07

2015
Motivation Myths Quiz. How do you score?

Motivation Myths Quiz. How do you score?

I recently came across a piece of research by renowned Psychologist Richard Wiseman that you’ll find interesting and helpful. Over a 12-month period, Richard carried out 2 studies of +5,000 people who had set out to achieve a specific goal. There were 10 frequently-sited techniques that people used, all of which you’ll recognise. 5 of the techniques proved beneficial and common to the 10% of…

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Mar

05

2015
A few more weeks for Growth Vouchers

A few more weeks for Growth Vouchers

Growth Vouchers, the government-funded programme to help smaller businesses grow and prosper, will finish at the end of March. But you can still receive one if you apply now. https://www.gov.uk/apply-growth-vouchers Here are the answers to a few important questions I’ve been asked recently. Can I still apply even though they finish this month? Yes.  And your Growth Voucher will be valid for 3 months from data of issue. …

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Feb

25

2015
A few unusual yet simple & effective guidelines for recruiting staff

A few unusual yet simple & effective guidelines for recruiting staff

Recently I’ve come across a number of businesses that are in the process of recruiting. So here are some pointers for getting a better outcome with less effort. Start by writing out the “outcomes” or results you want from this role (the job description). In essence, you’re answering the question, “This person will be on the payroll to produce…”


Aug

07

2014
19 Benefits of Regular Business Planning

19 Benefits of Regular Business Planning

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that we can do something about it now.”  Alan Lakein Come back from your summer holidays, refreshed and rejuvenated and invest one day away from emails, phones, problems and daily hassles and plan how to make the last 4 months of 2014 a great end to the year.  Join us on Wednesday 10th September: BUSINESS PLANNING…

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Aug

07

2014
Getting the Best from Management Books

Getting the Best from Management Books

I’ve just dropped an email to one of my client’s team members who’s working on improving their leadership and management skills.  They’re young, capable and full of potential and they’re diving into their first management book.  I thought it might be useful to share the email as you may know someone who’d benefit from a steer as to getting the best from a book.


Jul

31

2014
What’s the cost?

What’s the cost?

It’s a question we all ask. It’s a question all our prospective customers ask. It’s asked for two reasons. Firstly, ignorance; secondly, importance. Ignorance, because we usually don’t know what else we should be asking and neither do our prospective customers. It’s our job to answer the questions they should be asking. Be prepared and make a list of those questions – with the answers….

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Jul

15

2014

3 Simple Time Management Techniques

Time management is always on everyone’s shopping list of desired improvements. I’m going to cover at least 15 strategies and tactics at tomorrow’s seminar (https://markdyble.eventbrite.co.uk) but here are 3 simple ones you can run with straight away.


Jul

09

2014

12 Ways to Tackle Business Overwhelm

Over the years, many of the conversations I’ve had with people are initiated by their feelings of being overwhelmed by their business or their work. I’m going to cover this at next week’s seminar but I want to share now some of the strategies and tactics for dealing with overwhelm.


Jun

12

2014

A Simple way to Boost Business Profits

What I’d like to share with you today is a business strategy that is going to give you three things: • Firstly, it will boost your profits by helping to convert more prospective customers into buying customers. • Secondly, it has the power to engage every member of your team. • Thirdly, it has the ability to generate leads and attract more prospective customers and…

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Mar

26

2014

Ten Steps to Include in your Recruitment Process

I once reported to a director who would sit in his office, with his feet on the desk, reading The Daily Telegraph. At the time, this irritated me. However, he recruited a brilliant manager for one of our departments. This appointment was of huge benefit to the organization. I decided that, if the director’s only contribution was to recruit brilliant managers, I would be happy…

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Mar

12

2014
Is there enough space in your Wardrobe?

Is there enough space in your Wardrobe?

Many years ago I read an article about how to attract the right partner into one’s life. One particular question has stuck with me for over twenty-five years.  “Is there room in your wardrobe to accommodate someone else’s clothes?” At the time, my wardrobe was full. My life was full. It made me think. Now it’s making me think again, this time about my business…

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Mar

05

2014
The Power of Business & Management Associations

The Power of Business & Management Associations

Apparently, if we list out the five business people we hang out with the most, our income will be within ten percent of the average income of those people. Do you reckon that’s true? Is it true for you?  This little exercise doesn’t appear in most management training programmes – but it should. Money is a wonderful thing. When we have lots, we can be…

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Feb

25

2014
Are your business development efforts on track or off track?

Are your business development efforts on track or off track?

“I want more focus!” is one of the most common answers I get as a business coach when I ask people what they want.  The next question is, “More focus on what?” Life becomes much easier when we know what we want to focus on. (The most common answer is business development.)


Feb

20

2014
8 Steps to Bring About Lasting Change

8 Steps to Bring About Lasting Change

At the end of a conversation with a business owner this week, they concluded that spending more time with their sales team would make a massive difference to their business.  They couldn’t understand why it was so hard.  They’d tried before but their good intentions hadn’t materialised.  How come something so potentially business (and life) changing can be so hard?


Feb

11

2014
21 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

21 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Firstly, is making a great first impression of that much importance? Surely we are judged on what we do – the usefulness and value of the service we provide; the problems we solve for our customers? Yes, that’s how we’re ultimately judged. But we have to be invited to that position of service before we even get a chance to show what we can do.


Nov

14

2013
Why NOT to Support ‘Small Business Saturday’

Why NOT to Support ‘Small Business Saturday’

The UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday on 7 December 2013.  Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for small businesses to promote themselves and generate trade. The initiative is supported by national and local government, small business organisations such as The Federation of Small Business, local authorities, community groups, big businesses, banks, accountants and others.  (Further details below.)


Nov

06

2013
Bad News.  Bold Moves.

Bad News. Bold Moves.

There are only 6 and a bit weeks of business left this year. And then we’re into 2014. Time-Management As business owners most of our time is probably focused on the here and now – and the very near future. Yes, we should be pushing on and making these 6 and a bit weeks really count. Finishing 2013 on a high and giving ourselves some…

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Oct

31

2013

21 Uses for a Chocolate Bar

And why going through this process every day is good for us. But first, given that someone challenged me on the back of last week’s blog, here are 21 uses for a chocolate bar.  None of these ideas should cost us more than £3.  Please do share your ideas.  And more importantly, what was the impact of your chocolate bar idea. (Ideas with action are…

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Oct

22

2013
Better is Good; Different is Better

Better is Good; Different is Better

What would happen if we stopped trying to be better than the competition? How would the marketplace respond if weren’t the best? Would they care? I dare you to stop trying to be better! Serving Customers Morning, Noon & Night As we embarked on establishing our own businesses most of us imagined our days would be filled with delivering the best products and services to…

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Oct

09

2013

Good Looking Business Leaders have an Advantage

We all like attractive. We all want to be attractive. If we don’t – then we should. The more attractive we are (like a powerful magnet), the more good things we’ll pull into our orbit. Poor Customer Service I was party to a conversation yesterday when someone (who ran a business) was complaining about the shortcomings on some of their team. Apparently these people had…

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Oct

01

2013

They’ll fade but might not disappear

I heard something the other day that disturbed me. I was listening to a talk about professional and personal development – being clear about what we’re aiming for, having a plan, continuous learning, being persistent, being positive – all good stuff. Quite rightly, the talk also covered our past – where we’ve come from. And where we are now – our present. On any journey…

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Sep

18

2013

Time Out? I’m far too busy!

With our planning workshop coming up next week, I was doing a final sweep of calls yesterday to see if we had any late entrants. One guy was “far too busy at the moment. I’ll make it to the next one.” The thing is he’s been ‘far too busy’ every quarter for several years now. I did ask if he was just being polite and…

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Sep

13

2013

What’s on the back of yours?

I’m just about to get some business cards printed. After 2½ years of the same card I’ve decided it’s time to ring the changes. So, on the back of the card I’m going to put a statement as to why I do what I do – what I’m calling ‘My Passion & Purpose’. My first thought was that this would help attract the sort of…

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Sep

07

2013

Be faithful in small things…

…and we’ll be trusted with more and bigger things.   If we don’t have the big, important things we want in our business (or our life) then perhaps we need to look in the mirror and determine if we’re delivering on the smaller things.   Yesterday morning I was a presenting a seminar on Critical Non-Essentials.  Some of the comments and questions got me thinking…

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Aug

21

2013
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Form follows Function

How important is your business card to you? And more importantly, how important is it to the people you give it to?  Whilst on-line networking is proliferating it seems that face-to-face networking is also booming and more and more business cards are being passed. Let’s keep things in perspective, our business card is of minor importance in the whole of our marketing mix and of…

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Aug

14

2013
Action speaks louder than words.

Action speaks louder than words.

And simple is better than complex.  Writing a blog has been on my agenda for some time now.  I needed to do various modifications to my website to ensure my blog dovetailed seamlessly.  I wanted to have a number of posts drafted out in advance.  I needed a good design that reflected my standards and ethos.  I needed links.  So ‘writing a blog’ become a…

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