Devon PR Expert Becomes Bestselling Author on the Day Her Book is Launched

PR expert, Lucy Matthews who lives in Devon’s delightful Totnes, has recently published her first book on Amazon and it made the number one best seller spot in under four hours. A Marvellous Reputation, 10 Lessons from My Life As a PR insider for Entrepreneurs Who Want to be Talked About, raced from nowhere to number two in all business books on Amazon – of which there are over 300,000 at any one time – and remained top of the notoriously competitive bestseller lists for PR, Sales and marketing and Advertising for over two weeks. Lucy Matthews has been a […]

Olly Woodburn – My Morning Routine

Olly Woodburn is a firm favourite with fans, both on and off the pitch, having been crowned last year as the Exeter Chiefs Player of the Year. Arguably one of the finest wingers in the premiership today, we can certainly vouch for Olly being as awesome off the pitch, as he is on.  A truly humble, grounded guy, he also happens to be pretty handy with the camera, taking the spot as this month’s guest photographer for Grow. Huge thanks go to Canonteign Falls for their hospitality and a truly fantastic afternoon for our shoot with polar explorer Ann Daniels. […]


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The Big Conversation – with polar explorer and record holder Ann Daniels.

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Olly Woodburn Fresh from her most recent expedition working with NASA and the European Space Agency, Ann Daniels is now back home in Exeter and deep in plans for her next trip.   A world record holder and one of Britain’s leading female explorers, Ann Daniels is the epitome of strength and positive mental attitude. She also happens to be mum to four amazing kids and an all round salt of the earth kind of girl. I caught up with her at her home, in Exeter, to talk mental health, motivational speaking and living […]

How do you motivate the 21st century employee?

It is often said that people are an organisations greatest asset. But it’s not people, it’s talented people who engage, own issues, out-perform peers and have reach for the future that are an organisations greatest asset, whatever generation they come from.  Retaining talent is not only good for performance, it is good for profit. A replacement employee with all the associated costs and loss of productivity will cost a business between £34K to £85k. A modern organisation needs to do four things if it is to retain its greatest asset, its talent and maintain its profit levels: Attract great talent: […]

Interesting Stats about Selling that every Sales Rep should know

Must Know Sales Stats: 1. The best time to cold call is between 4:00-5:00pm. The second best is 8:00-10:00am. The worst times are 11:00am and 2:00pm. (InsideSales and Kellogg School of Business) 2. Thursday is the best day to prospect. Wednesday is the second best day. Tuesday is the worst day. (InsideSales) 3. In 2007 it took an average of 3.68 cold call attempts to reach a prospect. Today it takes 8 attempts. (TeleNet and Ovation Sales Group) 4. 80% of sales require 5 follow-up calls after the meeting. 44% of sales people give up after 1 follow-up. (The Marketing […]

Three Buckets of Courage

Courage involves behavior. Like all behaviors, courage can be developed, encouraged, and reinforced. While a lot of writers have focused on the realms in which courage is applied (for example: moral courage, military courage, and political courage), I think it is more useful to understand the common ways that people behave when being courageous, regardless of which realm they’re operating in. While the realms themselves may have sharp differences, the ways people behave when being courageous within those realms are surprisingly similar. In my work as a courage-building consultant, I have discovered that there are three ways of behaving when […]

CEO Stress, will you cope?

We all have experiences which help forge the sort of leaders we become. One of mine came early in my first CEO role as Director of an International charity. I left the public sector to take on this role which back in the 90’s was still a place of stable, if sometimes stagnant, job security. Within a few months of starting in my new role and after full exposure to the accounts, I had to go to the chair of the board and tell him, we were essentially a Champagne organisation on a beer income. We simply could not go […]

Handle pressure like a superstar!

Are you aware of how you handle pressure? We all handle pressure differently don’t we; some of us find a bit of pressure quite motivational, whilst others feel the weight of the world coming down on our shoulders. Here’s a few things which might help you spot the times when you need to handle pressure.  Plus a few tips on how you might handle it positively…. Self-awareness.  Know your triggers for pressure. What happens to you under pressure, both physically and mentally?  How does the feeling of being under pressure manifest itself?  For example, do you suffer interrupted sleep or go […]

Top 10 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

We’ve all got goals.  They may be huge life-changing goals or just mini-milestones.  But we create them to help us reach our ambitions and fulfil our potential.  Or to lose a few pounds (or stone!).  Or give up smoking, or drinking or other vices. How are you getting on with achieving those?  Struggling?  Oh dear, don’t get disheartened. I’m here to help.  I thought it would be a good idea to share some tried and tested techniques for keeping motivation levels up!! Set yourself rewards – each milestone you reach deserves a little prize.  You could make a monthly reward schedule, […]