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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!!

GDPR is Great!!

gdpr May 03, 2018

GDPR is Great!

And, you don’t need a seminar to understand it!!

So, let’s stop all the scary stuff and break it down - it’s very simple, straightforward and makes good common sense. It’s NOT bureaucracy gone mad!.

However let me be clear, this is not a definitive guide to GDPR and is just my own opinion, views and advice based on everything I’ve learnt myself about this subject.

I was listening to Christopher Wylie’s (The facebook/Cambridge Analytica...
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DEVELOP A HABIT OF CHANGE (inc VIDEO OF THE WEEK!)

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2018

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

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2018

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!

Uncategorized Mar 25, 2018

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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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. McRAVEN - CHANGE THE WORLD!

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2018

It's a few minutes longer than my 15 minutes of learning a day, but it's worth it! Retired Admiral William H. McRaven's commencement speech is spot on!!

Check it out here in my BE Fantastic magazine

Big AL's Video Of The Week - 19/10/17

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: GARY VAYNERCHUCK - THE ART OF NOT GIVING A F**K!!

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2018

I watch so many videos every week simply because as some of you know I have a discipline in my life where I learn for a minimum of 15 minutes revery day. I've done this for 35 years now and of course today it's so much easier, with the amount ofgreat content that is literally in the palm of your hand. So.. I've decided to post my favourite video I've watched each week, What do you think, let me know if you like the idea.

So here we are - the first of Big Al's Video of the Week posts!

However,...

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REMEMBER THE 5 'I's' OF MARKETING WITH JO MALONE

Uncategorized Mar 01, 2018

I love Jo Malone - I read her biography this year, very brave and clever lady. Thought you might like this quick article about her marketing beliefs which I've just added to my Flipboard Magazine - BE Fantastic!

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A GLASS OF WINE WITH ICONS IN NEW YORK!

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2018

In 2012 I spent a wonderful few days staying with the amazing Vivienne Mackinder at her lovely home in the Hamptons, New York. We were doing some filming for her brilliant online channel - Hair Designer TV as well as spending some great evenings putting the world - and in particular the salon world - to rights!

On one of these evenings we were joined by Nicholas French and his lovely wife Carole for dinner. Nicholas is such a talented hairdresser with an amazing history. His father was Freddie...

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10 HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE SHARE WHAT THEY LEARNT FROM REJECTION!

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2018

Just posted this story in my BE Fantastic magazine

10 Highly Successful People on the Times They Got Rejected 

Have seen so many of these over the years, Walt Disney, Colonel Sanders, The Beatles etc. Great to see some new ones here - remember what Thomas Edison said; "What you call failure I call success - I was successful at finding out it didn't work that way!!"

Check it out here: BEFantasticMagazine

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BE FANTASTIC - THE 4 C'S

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2018

The 4 C's of BEing Fantastic

Creativity

Is It Working? No! Then what needs to change?
In a fast changing world what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow. Creative thinking and adaptability are possibly the most important skills to be developed today.

Communication 

You can’t do it on your own - you need your customers to becomes fans - you need your colleagues to be in your team and you need positive relationships with family and friends as your foundations - Fantastic...

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