• What happens when someone steals your work?

    What happens when you see your work blatantly ripped off by someone else? They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. But it’s hard to convince yourself of this when you read someone else’s work and it resembles your writing and ideas so much that it’s almost a word-for-word copy. (There are only a few changes – but just enough that you couldn’t pursue it as direct plagiarism in a court of law).

    The first stage is disbelief.
    How could this happen? How could someone have so little professional pride that they have to blatantly copy your work?

    The second stage is anger.
    How dare they? You’re angry. You go through their body of work and soon realise how much of your work they have appropriated as their own over the years. You then realise that some of that actually IS a direct word-for-word copy of your writing. Your anger then borders on rage.

    The third stage is pity.
    It takes a while to get to this stage because the people around you (who care about you) are so enraged at the thief in question that it’s hard to calm down amidst their fury.… Read more ...

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway

    I have a confession to make. For the past couple of years, I’ve been cruising. I’ve been so far into my comfort zone it’s been like living life in a down and feather doona with a bowl of M&Ms in easy reach. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working hard. It just means that I’ve been working hard only on projects and activities that I’ve been confident in achieving.

    As a result of working hard, my career has progressed and my business has grown. While that’s great, it’s also part of the reason I’ve been content to roll around in my comfort zone – because there has been no imperative to get out of it. If life is generally moving in the right direction, it’s easy to be complacent.

    However, I knew there was something inherently dissatisfying about what I was doing. I wasn’t stretching myself. And that meant I was limiting my opportunities for personal growth.

    Your comfort zone is a great place to be. But it should be considered a place to drop into from time to time, not a default state of existence.… Read more ...

  • How to find a consultant who will help transform your business

    You’ve been there. Your business is growing and you just can’t do everything. It’s time to call in the experts – consultants who can help take you to the next stage of your business.

    This is be hard for control freaks. But if you want your business to grow it’s important to accept that there are only 24 hours in a day and you can’t actually be an expert in SEO, sales, operations, admin, customer service, accounting, strategy and human resources. Well, you can try – but you’ll go crazy!

    Handing over the reins to consultants can be both liberating and filled with danger. Some consultants can truly transform your business. Yet some consultants can charge you a tonne of money but you end up with little to show for it.

    So how do you determine of a consultant is right for you?

    Well, if I had a magic formula that could give us all the answer for this, I would already be retired and sipping pina coladas on a tropical island.

    Nevertheless, over the years, I’ve learnt a few things – often, the hard way.… Read more ...

My life in a minute: Mentoring, Lisa Vanderpump, Bob Geldof and a whirlwind tour of the US

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Life has been a bit of a blur lately. I feel like I’ve been on trains, planes and automobiles. Okay, no trains actually – more like lots of planes and even more Uber cars. Here are the highlights.

I went into a Tardis (yes, really).
Actually these are the recording booths at the ABC Radio studios where I was interviewed about the weekly highlights on Twitter.

Inspired by Sir Bob Geldof
Business Chicks rocked a great event featuring Sir Bob Geldof. It was wonderful to share it with a table of awesome people.

Yours truly with this talented crew: Catherine Rodie, Libby Hakim and Rah Gardiner.

With one of Australia’s most prolific business authors: Andrew Griffiths

The man himself.

Mug cakes – it’s a thing
We had mug cakes in the office. Really. Cake. In a mug! Who knew?

Hello Phoenix!
I hung out in Phoenix at ICON, the Infusionsoft conference. Loved keynote speakers Jon Acuff (below, author of “Do Over)” and Sally Hogshead (author of “How The World Sees You”).

It was a software conference but it seems that they think chapstick is an important tool for small business owners.… Read more ...

Ep 18 Kerching – Everything you need to know about pricing

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Money, money, money. Every photographer is different and every job is different. So what are you supposed to charge for your work? In this episode, we cover what you need to know to determine how much you should charge and give you ideas on how to be confident with your pricing.

Gina and Valerie chat about different types of pricing for different types of photography, and discuss the most common fears photographers have when quoting – and how to get over them. Listener questions answer and this week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “luxury”.

Listen on iTunes, or via Gina’s website.… Read more ...

What happens when someone steals your work?

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What happens when you see your work blatantly ripped off by someone else? They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. But it’s hard to convince yourself of this when you read someone else’s work and it resembles your writing and ideas so much that it’s almost a word-for-word copy. (There are only a few changes – but just enough that you couldn’t pursue it as direct plagiarism in a court of law).

The first stage is disbelief.
How could this happen? How could someone have so little professional pride that they have to blatantly copy your work?

The second stage is anger.
How dare they? You’re angry. You go through their body of work and soon realise how much of your work they have appropriated as their own over the years. You then realise that some of that actually IS a direct word-for-word copy of your writing. Your anger then borders on rage.

The third stage is pity.
It takes a while to get to this stage because the people around you (who care about you) are so enraged at the thief in question that it’s hard to calm down amidst their fury.… Read more ...

Ep 56 The app that replaces swear words in books, how to keep copywriting clients happy, the one crucial skill you need to write well and we talk to Writer in Residence Annabel Smith

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about The Sydney Writers’ Festival kicks off, are “clean words” offensive, the key to keeping clients happy, the one skill you need to write well, how to create a fantastic social media plan, the book Spell It Out by David Crystal, Writer in Residence Annabel Smith, understanding Scrivener, how to deal with negative people.

You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.

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Ep 55 Origins of punctuation marks, easy transcribing apps, author gets published at 95! And discover the hit novel written by five people.

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about Judith Rossell wins an Indie Award! Book 2 of the Mapmaker Chronicles is released, how punctuation marks got their names, 10 tools to keep you writing, first novel published at 95 years old, Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words, Writer in Residence Alice Campion, the one-minute writer, how often you should pitch and more!

You can listen via:

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Ep 54 Get the most out of writers’ conferences, win a hotel by writing 200 words, mistakes writers make on Twitter, and Writer in Residence Patti Miller

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about The Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015 shortlist, top authors give their advice on blogging, how to prepare for a writers’ conference, use your writing skills to win an inn, The Hoopla shuts down, bloggers moved from the front row at Melbourne Fashion Week, Writer in Residence Patti Miller, the four mistakes writers make on twitter, and more!

You can listen via:

iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. Read more ...

Ep 53 Book-inspired jewellery. Self-publish or not? How 5 great writers got started; should you start a blog, and Writer in Residence Sylvia Day who has sold more than 16 million books.

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about Alan Cumming in Sydney, book-inspired jewellery, self publishing vs traditional publishing, new online property publication, how five writers got started on their first novels, should you start a blog, Writer in Residence Sylvia Day, the Ulysses app, how not to get bogged down in the plot, and more!

You can listen via:

iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. Read more ...

Ep 52 – The real lorem ipsum, robots writing news, the birth of social media, how to write case studies, and Writer in Residence Joanne Fedler.

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about the origins of lorem ipsum, how social media started 2000 years ago, how to make friends with creative people, the news writing robots are here, the book “Spilling the beans on the cat’s pyjamas: Popular expressions – what they mean and where we got them” by Judy Parkinson, Jane Friedman’s blog, Writer in Residence Joanne Fedler, what the apple watch can do for you, how to write a powerful case study and much more.

You can listen via:

iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. Read more ...

Ep 51 What publishers want; weird writer habits; notebook obsession; internships; the 5-minute journal; and Writer in Residence Judith Rossell

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.This week we talk about agents and editors calling out to authors, internships, publisher forced to retract allegation in Julia Gillard’s book, weird writer habits, ideas on how to use your new notebook, the 5-minute journal, Writer in Residence Judith Rossell and more!

You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.

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Ep 50 The most important skills you need to start a writing career; literary profiles on Instagram; crowdsourcing your cover; when bloggers are affiliates; and Writer in Residence Peg Fitzpatrick.

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 Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.This week we talk about the gorgeous typeface that drove men mad, the most important skills you need to start a writing career, literary profiles on Instagram, Neil Strauss crowdsources his next book cover, the book “How not to write bad” by Ben Yagoda, when bloggers are affiliates, Writer in Residence Peg Fitzpatrick, story wars and more.You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. 

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Make 2015 your most productive year yet

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You want to be a productivity ninja, but it seems like no matter how hard you work, your “to do” list doesn’t get any shorter. So how can you achieve your goals and complete all your projects efficiently – without losing your mind?
 
1. It’s all about focus
Many people think that focus is all about concentration. Experts say that you need to shut down all your browsers and ensure you’re not multi-tasking. But focus is much more than just giving one task your undivided attention. After all, what happens if you’re focusing on the wrong task.
 
Steve Jobs once famously said:
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
So before you even think about mono-tasking, take a long hard look at what you’ve decided to focus on.
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Ep 49 Writers who take themselves too seriously, the decline of content mills, Hot Dudes Reading! And all your magazine writing questions answered.

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 Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.This week we talk about writers who take themselves way too seriously, Frankie magazine sees its first readership drop, mapping the imaginary, the future of content mills, the book Literary Miscellany by Alex Palmer, all your freelance writing questions answered, hot dudes reading and more!

You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. 

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Ep 48 Harper Lee’s new book; top journalists turn to branded content; Women of Letters goes from Melbourne to New York (via Molly Ringwald); What surrounds YOUR desk? And Writer in Residence crime thriller author Candice Fox.

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.This week: join Kate Forsyth in Oxford, Harper Lee to publish a sequel, Women of Letters travels to New York via Molly Ringwald, how top journalists are pivoting their careers, Australia’s new creative grants model, nine famous writing spaces, share your desk, what you should read next, Writer in Residence crime thriller author Candice Fox, the apps we’re in love with, how to keep an interview on track and much more!You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. 

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Ep 47 Get the most out of writing comps; how NOT to write an obituary; sex scenes; what one blogger really earns; and Writer in Residence Nigel Bartlett.

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 Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait. This week: what’s in a name? Mapmaker Chronicles cover reveal, why Allison is not sponsored by her husband, getting the most out of writing competitions, how not to write an obituary, why writers have such a hard time writing about sex, what Allison has learned in her fifth year of blogging, the almost million-dollar man Pat Flynn, Writer in Residence Nigel Bartlett, how to find the right PR person for the product, and more!You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. 

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I get asked curly questions on the Flying Solo podcast.

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This week, acclaimed business coach and founder of Flying Solo Robert Gerrish interviewed me on the Flying Solo podcast. Robert’s not only a great business coach, he’s a great interviewer. And he certainly kept me on my toes. I hope you enjoy it.

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Ep 46 Ask HarperCollins’ editors your questions; write good endings; Liz Gilbert’s new book; Nora Roberts’ blog; RescueTime app; and Writer in Residence crime thriller author James Phelan.

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 Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.This week we talk about becoming an enthusiastic respite in the lives of your readers, Elizabeth Gilbert to release a book on creativity, ask the HarperCollins editor part three, the basics of endings, winter weekends, Writer in Residence crime thriller author James Phelan, how you teach teach yourself to write faster, the app RescueTime and more.

You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here. 

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Ep 45 We’re back! What age do authors break through? How to write a 93,000-word book in 6 weeks. The 7-minute workout. And author Lisa Heidke on her new book “It started with a kiss”.

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 Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about Hello 2015! A new storytelling platform, write 93,000 words in six weeks, the Thiel grant for online writing, are you at the right age for your breakthrough book? Think small for freelance writing success, the book ‘The art and craft of feature writing’ by William Blundell, 10 blogs for writers in 2015, Writer in Residence Lisa Heidke (plus a giveaway!), work out in 7 minutes, how to close you can be to your subject, and much more.

You can listen via:

iTunesStitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.

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Featured in Switched on Leadership magazine

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I was recently interviewed for an article in Switched on Leadership magazine about the power of storytelling in business. And the editors were kind enough to put me on the cover.

You can get a free three-month subscription to the magazine here.

If you’re interested in the new world of digital magazines, this combines the written word with an embedded podcast of the interview. … Read more ...

Sydney-based businesses: do you want a business makeover?

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If you’re a business based in Sydney, enter this. Seriously. You have nothing to lose. Just do it.

Microsoft is running a competition and entries close midnight on Thursday 15 January 2015. Basically, it’s a “Modern Biz Technology Make-over” and its website states:

  • Is your business using old, outdated computers and servers?
  • Are you stuck only being able to work from your office?
  • Do you struggle to get access to your files when you are on the road or working from home?

Sounds like your business is in desperate need of a make-over!

Microsoft and partners, Lenovo and XCentral, welcome applications from Sydney Metro based Small Businesses to participate in a reality web series called the “Microsoft ModernBiz Technology Make-Over”. Hosted by Australia’s favourite host, David Koch.

So if you’re looking to upgrade your computer system, need some help taking it into the 21st century, and want more flexible options – enter.

Just think – you could kick off 2015 with new … everything!

You can get all the deets here.

And guess what? If you win, I’ll be one of your mentors in the reality web series.… Read more ...

So you want to start a business…

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So you have an idea. And you’re convinced it’s going to be the Next Big Thing. You’re even seriously thinking about throwing in your day job so that you can turn this brain spurt into your very own business.

Before you resign from your secure job and start planning lazy days around the pool while your yet-to-be-hired minions are running your yet-to-be-created empire, it’s worthwhile to consider a few critical factors.

1. Are you passionate about it?

Running your own business is damn hard work. While it can be romantic to think that you can work your own hours and call your own shots, the reality is that you’re often burning the midnight oil just to get it off the ground.

So ask yourself how passionate you are about your business idea. Is it the sort of thing that you wake up thinking about? Or it is simply that you’ve identified an opportunity in the market and know you can make money from it?

Whatever your answer, it needs to be underpinned with passion. Without it, your idea is dead before it even gets off the ground.… Read more ...