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Hi, I'm Alan and thanks for visiting - So what's it all about? I'm the author of 4 books, with the most recent one 'FANTASTIC' reaching No 2 in the best seller charts. I believe that whatever you do, whether its in work or life, just being 'good' is simply not enough anymore. Good is the new 'nice'! I don't want to be a good parent, husband, friend - I want to be a fantastic one. In business it's not even about 'want' - you NEED to BE Fantastic to stand out from the crowd today.

PS. The reason I always put 'BE' in caps is because that's the secret - people are setting goals to be Fantastic, dreaming of it every day, writing it down, planning it - even sending it out to the universe - but the key to it all is ACTION! Don't just talk Fantastic, BE Fantastic!!

Getting to know Dom Lehane in 5 questions!

Hi Guys, and thanks again for joining us on this blog series; 'Getting to know the 2019 Inspirational Minds Speakers,' giving you a sneak peek into their amazing stories.
This week, we're getting to know the conversational voice of the hairdressing industry; creator of the No.1 industry podcast - ‘How To Cut It’...

Dom Lehane

Dom began his hairdressing career fresh out of school, before heading to London’s Covent Garden to work as a trainee hairdresser at the world...

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Getting to know VIVIENNE MACKINDER in 5 questions!

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Hi guys and welcome back to our blog series 'getting to know the 2019 Inspirational Minds speakers' and sharing with you some insight into the amazing stories they have to tell.

This week we're getting to know the captivating British born queen of American hairdressing;

Vivienne Mackinder:

Known as the "hairdresser’s hairdresser", Vivienne is currently based in New York City; but her story began in her hometown of London where she studied at the London College of Fashion. After...

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Getting to know JULES WHITE in 5 Questions!

Welcome to the first in a series of posts getting to know our incredible ‘Inspirational Minds 2019' speakers, sharing with you some insight into the amazing stories they have to tell... 

Jules White:

From a win in the the Dragon’s Den, to overcoming some of life's toughest hurdles - Jules has an incredible story that is testament that with the right mindset there really is no such word as ‘can’t. Hear how turning an awful situation into a great opportunity...

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5 TIPS FOR ENTERING INDUSTRY BUSINESS AWARDS

Have you been inspired by all the inspirational award speeches popping up in your social media feeds lately; Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman… Rami Malek?
“It’s not about the award, it’s the journey to the award…”.
Or maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about and you’re thinking what on earth is a Rami Malek?

Either way, we’ve put together our 5 top tips for anyone considering entering industry business awards.


 

  1. THINK LIKE A JUDGE
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5 steps to WOW Customer Service

People may forget what you said..
People might forget what you did...
But people will never forget how you made them feel.

Wow customer service, to me, is going beyond our customers’ expectations..

Wow in the dictionary means expressing astonishment or admiration. The verb - to
impress and excite someone greatly.  Simple, one might think? So, why is it that I am constantly frustrated with how I see people getting spoken too, looked at and looked after!!  

I run an amazing 3 part...

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WHERE IS YOUR PROFIT GOING?

It is possible to run a very profitable business in the salon industry - but… only if you have your two key variable costs under control! - If you don’t, then a strong profitable business is almost impossible!!

These two variables are your stock and salary costs.

Firstly, what does variable mean?
Well simply, they vary according to your sales - the higher your sales, the higher these will be - unlike a fixed cost, say for example your business rates, which will be the...

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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE!

It was the first day at university and the young man was excited about the future that lay ahead. Whilst exploring the campus he turned a corner and nearly knocked over an elderly professor. "Oh my goodness" he exclaimed, "I'm so sorry professor!".

"That's ok son," the man said, "but I'm no professor - I'm a student and it's my first day here".

The young man was shocked and before he realised that he was possibly being insensitive he blurted out "But you're so old - I'm sorry - I didn't...

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DEVELOP A HABIT OF CHANGE (inc VIDEO OF THE WEEK!)

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Whether you like it or not we live in a world of change.

What that means for some of us is that we need to develop change strategies - I've talked about this for years and when this video popped up this week I knew it had to be my Video of the Week - it's only a short one, but it's spot on.

We all understand the need to train and develop ourselves - so why not train yourself for the biggest challenge we face in life today - change!

When you are constantly making small changes you are...

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK - RITA ORA

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I'm a big fan of Rita Ora, and not just because she's gorgeous ;)

I've seen a few interviews and always been impressed by her attitude - she understands so clearly that talent alone is not enough - you have to make it happen and then make sure you keep on growing.

Excellence is a journey remember, not a destination!!

This is a video from the brilliant Evan Carmichael who has an amazing You Tube channel. He takes  online content about people and then creates top 10 secrets of success...
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: TIM URBAN - INSIDE THE MIND OF A PROCRASTINATOR!

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Here we go folks - this weeks video!

I love this guy - Tim Urban - his blog is great, check it out.

Really funny but interesting look into why we procrastinate and then finishing with a great insight. Procrastination hurts us when there is no deadline! And so many of the big things we need or want to do have no deadline - or do they!!

Enjoy and please leave a comment if you are enjoying my video of the week series xx

It's in my Flipboard magazine here...

http://bit.ly/BEFantasticMagazine

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