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The Extraordinary Business Book Club

Alison Jones

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The Extraordinary Business Book Club

The Extraordinary Business Book Club

Alison Jones

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Alison Jones, publisher and book coach, explores business books from both a writer's and a reader's perspective. Interviews with authors, publishers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, tech wizards, social media strategists, PR and marketing experts and others involved in helping businesses tell their story effectively.

Latest Episodes

People Stuff with Zoë Routh

Zoë Routh has been writing all her life, but she still wrestles with imposter syndrome, titles, and days when it just feels like a chore. Luckily for us, she's learned a lot of really useful stuff about how to deal with all of that, and she shares it generously in this week's conversation, along with some insights on dealing with difficult people and what happens when we get outdoors.

38 min1 d ago
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People Stuff with Zoë Routh

Unpacking stories with Shuhrat Ashurov

The best business books include powerful stories that get across key points in a memorable, engaging way. What if we could make those stories accessible to more people, more easily? That's the vision that prompted Shuhrat Ashurov to create Storypack, a microlearning app that gives people in business access to a library of stories from business books and also encourages them to add their own. Whatever the future for business books, this is surely a part of it.

33 min1 w ago
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Unpacking stories with Shuhrat Ashurov

Misadventures with Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker

Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker have supported thousands of entrepreneurs, and if there's one thing they've learned it's that the reality of being an entrepreneur is very different from the version portrayed on social media. By encouraging entrepreneurs to share their misadventures and how they coped, they hope to end the conspiracy of silence: you're not alone, and you will get through this. They also learned a huge amount about writing a book and hosting a podcast along the way!

37 min2 w ago
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Misadventures with Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker

Being Less Zombie with Elvin Turner

Someone told Elvin Turner as he prepared to write his first book to expect two things: first, that he would have a ton of new ideas, and second, that as he forced those ideas onto the page, they would simplify, and simplify, and simplify. Turns out they were right, and Elvin revelled in the 'IP generator' that his book Be Less Zombie turned out to be. We talk about zombie companies and the importance of embedding innovation, but also about how that process plays out in writing.

36 min3 w ago
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Being Less Zombie with Elvin Turner

Loving your imposter with Rita Clifton

Imposter syndrome gets a bad rap, but it can be rocket fuel, says Rita Clifton. 'It's a drive, you know, go with it and use it.... you worry that you're not going to be good enough, and you stretch yourself. That's when you grow most.' As well as talking about her own extraordinary career, from a working-class family to Cambridge and then on to top roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Interbrand and more, she also tells me how writing has become a passion and how she goes about it.

41 minAUG 31
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Loving your imposter with Rita Clifton

Lessons from the Virtual Writing Retreat

If you're listening to this podcast you already know how valuable writing is for your business, but that doesn't mean it's easy. In this special episode, eight participants in the most recent Practical Inspiration Virtual Writing Retreat share what they learned over the two weeks. Discover why writing doesn't always look like writing, simple tools to get you unstuck and clarify your thinking, the power of focus and the pull of distraction, and why precommitment works.

24 minAUG 24
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Lessons from the Virtual Writing Retreat

The Writer's Process with Anne Janzer

'Writing is a way of doing something physically while thinking deeply, it's a container for deep thought in your life' Anne Jan.zer's mission is to 'help people spread important ideas by writing'. In this conversation we talk about why that matters and what it looks like in practice. What IS the process of writing? Spoiler alert: it starts long before the actual writing. Inspiring, energising and relentlessly practical.

34 minAUG 17
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The Writer's Process with Anne Janzer

The Best Bits: The Journey of Writing

Yes it's a cliché that writing is a journey, but that's because it's TRUE. In this week's Best Bits episode I look back over the last few conversations in The Extraordinary Business Book Club and highlight the ways in which my guests have been shaped and changed, and moved forwards in their lives, by the experience of writing their books.

37 minAUG 10
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The Best Bits: The Journey of Writing

Authors and events with Sasha Frieze

How are events changing in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, and what does that mean for you if you're an author? Award-winning events producer Sasha Frieze talks about how digital events are evolving, what the hybrid event of the future might look like, and the opportunities and challenges for speakers and authors in this new world. From how (and when) to pitch for a speaking gig to smart tips for selling your book, this is every author's survival guide to the new normal of speaking and events.

41 minAUG 3
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Authors and events with Sasha Frieze

Busy@Home with Tony Crabbe

In a pandemic, we discover that we can do things we’d never imaged we could. Tony Crabbe discovered that he could write a whole book in 16 days, and Hachette discovered that they could publish a book three weeks after it was delivered. In this week’s conversation Tony reflects on what he (and his family) discovered about working at that intensity, and shares some of the insights from the book about how to live and work more productively and with less stress in these extraordinary times.

42 minJUL 27
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Busy@Home with Tony Crabbe

Latest Episodes

People Stuff with Zoë Routh

Zoë Routh has been writing all her life, but she still wrestles with imposter syndrome, titles, and days when it just feels like a chore. Luckily for us, she's learned a lot of really useful stuff about how to deal with all of that, and she shares it generously in this week's conversation, along with some insights on dealing with difficult people and what happens when we get outdoors.

38 min1 d ago
Comments
People Stuff with Zoë Routh

Unpacking stories with Shuhrat Ashurov

The best business books include powerful stories that get across key points in a memorable, engaging way. What if we could make those stories accessible to more people, more easily? That's the vision that prompted Shuhrat Ashurov to create Storypack, a microlearning app that gives people in business access to a library of stories from business books and also encourages them to add their own. Whatever the future for business books, this is surely a part of it.

33 min1 w ago
Comments
Unpacking stories with Shuhrat Ashurov

Misadventures with Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker

Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker have supported thousands of entrepreneurs, and if there's one thing they've learned it's that the reality of being an entrepreneur is very different from the version portrayed on social media. By encouraging entrepreneurs to share their misadventures and how they coped, they hope to end the conspiracy of silence: you're not alone, and you will get through this. They also learned a huge amount about writing a book and hosting a podcast along the way!

37 min2 w ago
Comments
Misadventures with Gayle Mann and Lucy-Rose Walker

Being Less Zombie with Elvin Turner

Someone told Elvin Turner as he prepared to write his first book to expect two things: first, that he would have a ton of new ideas, and second, that as he forced those ideas onto the page, they would simplify, and simplify, and simplify. Turns out they were right, and Elvin revelled in the 'IP generator' that his book Be Less Zombie turned out to be. We talk about zombie companies and the importance of embedding innovation, but also about how that process plays out in writing.

36 min3 w ago
Comments
Being Less Zombie with Elvin Turner

Loving your imposter with Rita Clifton

Imposter syndrome gets a bad rap, but it can be rocket fuel, says Rita Clifton. 'It's a drive, you know, go with it and use it.... you worry that you're not going to be good enough, and you stretch yourself. That's when you grow most.' As well as talking about her own extraordinary career, from a working-class family to Cambridge and then on to top roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Interbrand and more, she also tells me how writing has become a passion and how she goes about it.

41 minAUG 31
Comments
Loving your imposter with Rita Clifton

Lessons from the Virtual Writing Retreat

If you're listening to this podcast you already know how valuable writing is for your business, but that doesn't mean it's easy. In this special episode, eight participants in the most recent Practical Inspiration Virtual Writing Retreat share what they learned over the two weeks. Discover why writing doesn't always look like writing, simple tools to get you unstuck and clarify your thinking, the power of focus and the pull of distraction, and why precommitment works.

24 minAUG 24
Comments
Lessons from the Virtual Writing Retreat

The Writer's Process with Anne Janzer

'Writing is a way of doing something physically while thinking deeply, it's a container for deep thought in your life' Anne Jan.zer's mission is to 'help people spread important ideas by writing'. In this conversation we talk about why that matters and what it looks like in practice. What IS the process of writing? Spoiler alert: it starts long before the actual writing. Inspiring, energising and relentlessly practical.

34 minAUG 17
Comments
The Writer's Process with Anne Janzer

The Best Bits: The Journey of Writing

Yes it's a cliché that writing is a journey, but that's because it's TRUE. In this week's Best Bits episode I look back over the last few conversations in The Extraordinary Business Book Club and highlight the ways in which my guests have been shaped and changed, and moved forwards in their lives, by the experience of writing their books.

37 minAUG 10
Comments
The Best Bits: The Journey of Writing

Authors and events with Sasha Frieze

How are events changing in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, and what does that mean for you if you're an author? Award-winning events producer Sasha Frieze talks about how digital events are evolving, what the hybrid event of the future might look like, and the opportunities and challenges for speakers and authors in this new world. From how (and when) to pitch for a speaking gig to smart tips for selling your book, this is every author's survival guide to the new normal of speaking and events.

41 minAUG 3
Comments
Authors and events with Sasha Frieze

Busy@Home with Tony Crabbe

In a pandemic, we discover that we can do things we’d never imaged we could. Tony Crabbe discovered that he could write a whole book in 16 days, and Hachette discovered that they could publish a book three weeks after it was delivered. In this week’s conversation Tony reflects on what he (and his family) discovered about working at that intensity, and shares some of the insights from the book about how to live and work more productively and with less stress in these extraordinary times.

42 minJUL 27
Comments
Busy@Home with Tony Crabbe
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