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Small Business and Shame

Last week I muttered about waves and troughs. This small business gig is not for the fainthearted. I'm not talking about "entrepreneurs" starting up in Moms garage. I'm talking about folk facing no other choice. It doesn't matter what went wrong. Job loss. Divorce. Illness. Pick one. I'm not...

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South Africans Abroad and Business Ownership

South Africans abroad are interesting. I read an article a while back about why Americans are so vocal. It's how a society changes when millions of immigrants come from different countries. And then they spread across vast open spaces. The only way to survive in that kind of change is to talk...

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POPIA: MiWay and the King

By now you have heard the story of the King and the MiWay sales agent? In brief, a MiWay agent phoned the King of the Zulu nation, without knowing who he was calling. A simple mistake. They had a short call. The King explained who he is. And why he does not need insurance. He was gracious and...

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New Business Writing Course

In April 2004 I sat down in front of a blank screen to write the most important letter of my life. Before I get there, a little background. I've been writing since high school back in 1975. I am younger than I look. I'd already built a 50 million Rand business in 1984 on the back of writing...

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First Drafts are Shyte

Ernest Hemingway said "The first draft of everything is shyte." He should know. He did not spell "shyte" with a "y" but I do not want to offend my email provider. I want to explore this issue. I procrastinate. Actually, that's not quite true. The fact is that I can never get started. The only...

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Starting 2018 Lean With a Fast Pomodoro Approach...

I tackle 2018 with a new lean style. I break my day into 24×20 minute segments. Three segments each hour, covering eight hours, spread across the day. You might recognise the 20 minute segment from the Pomodoro technique? I assign 18 segments the night before, leaving six open for any daily...

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How to Find Two Extra Hours Each Day.

In this webinar we looked at How to Find Two Extra Hours Each Day from our regular online routine. We looked at where we waste most of our time. We looked at a few tools and disciplines to "get that time back". We discussed how time is the only limited currency we have and how we waste it.

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How to get Paid via the Web

A presentation looking at setting up payment gateways and processes to accept payment via the web into South Africa for goods and services sold online.

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How to Prosper in the NEW SA

A presentation looking at how to prosper in South Africa by setting up NON-ZAR income flows.

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How to Write Much Better, Free...

My son studies literature and English at the University of Oslo. He speaks and writes academic English. He impresses his faculty. He gets great grades. But we don't know what he wants when he asks us to pass the salt during dinner. Three months ago I tried to show him another style of writing....

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