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114 weeks ago, by Tim
"Ooh, I'm so passionate about my business!"
If I hear anyone say that again I'm going to explode. It's fast becoming as irritating as, "Have I got PPI?"

It's a weak buzzword that's been done to death over the past decade and hammered into submission on Dragons' Den.

Don't people mind using the same languaging as everyone else?

Don't business people want to be different?

Don't they all realise how 'standard' they sound?

Ok, that's off my chest, but come on, this is a subject I'm really passionate about!
114 weeks ago, by James
I've never liked it. Not only is it not business language but it's also an example of Bacal's Law (of meaningless utterances) which states that if the opposite is ridiculous then something isn't worth saying. No-one would say that they weren't 'passionate' about their own business, everyone cares.

It was fluff before and now it's overused fluff which is even worse.
114 weeks ago, by Tim
"Here here." That must be the first post of mine you've agreed on.

This morning A saw a RIB called Jammy. Yeah, it was nice.
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117 weeks ago, by Tim
High Street Benches
Just what purpose DO they serve?

I cannot remember ever sitting on one. Why would one wish to?

You're in a High Street to achieve a specific task or are on the way somewhere. Why would you want to just sit there and read a paper or smoke a cigarette?

Rip them all up to avoid loitering, avoid littering and avoid winding me up.
115 weeks ago, by James
Probably not a popular move. Some people need to rest regularly, for example the old.

I like the Literary Benches around London. I'd like to see more of that. Memorial benches are an odd idea, although I may have one with a perplexing message like 'James always said he would come back and haunt this bench'.
115 weeks ago, by Tim
Ok, another persepctive on benches, fine. But that's the minority, the majority of High St bench users are slobs.
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125 weeks ago, by Tim
Back to work attitude
Anyone who isn't looking forward to getting back to work doesn't know where they are going.

Anyone who complains that the holidays are over should look for a new career.

Unsurprisingly, i'm looking forward to 2015 like no other year. Any holiday is like a flight stopover, a momentary pause in the overall journey.

All the best to everyone on Marketing Lens to make 2015 the biggest and baddest 12 months ever!
124 weeks ago, by James
I've heard that this coming weekend is the most appreciated of the year because people are nostalgic for the Christmas break.
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127 weeks ago, by Tim
People complainning about Christmas chaos
If you go to West Quay in Southampton on a Saturday in December what the hell do you expect? If you drive on the roads going towards West Quay on a Saturday in December what the hell do you expect?

In fact, any shopping in December is asking for trouble. I still get annoyed that I can't drive from A-B because of what appear to be others' pointless and less important journeys. I expect they're all thinking the same.
127 weeks ago, by James
Saturdays in Southampton are made much busier by the football on Saturdays, but what the hell do you expect?
127 weeks ago, by James
Saturdays in Southampton are made much busier by the football on Saturdays, but what the hell do you expect?
126 weeks ago, by Tim
What the hell is it all aboot?
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128 weeks ago, by Tim
Christmas music is so horrible, it's provoking
I've just realised that, thankfully, this year I've not been exposed to too much mind numbingly cheesy Christmas music.

Obviously I've been staying out of the shops & don't listen to Radio Cheddar FM, or watch live TV.

Every year I promise to shop online. This year I've actually done it. What a difference it's made to my mood ten days before Christmas Day.

One day, I'd love to shout at the top of my voice, "I HATE YOUR BLOODY SHOP MUSIC. WE ALL DO. WHY PLAY WHAT PEOPLE HATE YOU IDIOTS!"
128 weeks ago, by James
I was talking to someone about this the other day. If proper music is played then they have to pay 'Needle Time' to the artist, so a whole industry has evolved to get around it. This is all the covers and horrible durge that we call 'elevator music'.

I'd sooner not hear anything at all.
128 weeks ago, by Tim
Original artists is what I was talking about. You've taken it to a whole new level of filth.
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129 weeks ago, by Tim
What the biggest loss of money to your business?
It hit me this morning about 7.45am that, regardless of what you spend or how you economise, the biggest leakage of cash out of your business is by and away the sales you fail to close.

No doubt, James Coakes will disagree, but what is more costly, especially when you factor in lifetime value?
129 weeks ago, by James
How can something leak out that hasn't come in? The biggest leakage of cash in my case is expenses that I didn't factor into the sale. Another situation is clients that I went further to get who turn out to be clients I shouldn't have gone after in the first place. These are two leakages.

I'm sorry if you think I disagree all the time, Tim. Rephrase your lost opportunity question though because it's worth discussing.

129 weeks ago, by Tim
You're just creating debate, I expect it.

I meant for the heading to be what it is because by saying your lost sales are 'leaking cash' highlights how vital there are and how they should be in the bank None of this, "IF we get the sale," loser talk. It's far more positive to assume you have the new client and from that new perspective, by NOT having him, you've now lost money .
128 weeks ago, by James
I think that assumes a level of control. Sometimes you don't gain a new client because the thing doesn't actually happen. You don't lose it to someone else, plans just change.

I'm not a fan of overly positive blue sky thinking. I think that you have to be very specific about the things that happen in your field and then work out how to address them.
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147 weeks ago, by Tim
+44 When it isn't required
Why do the vast majority of businesses insist on putting +44 (0) xxxxx on their contact details? By the nature of their business it's clear they are not working with overseas clients.

Is this some ego thing? "Look at me with my number. I want to make out that people call me from all over the World." No, you just look stupid. 99.99% of your calls are from the UK so why not make it easy for THEM? Who are you pandering to?
147 weeks ago, by James
Some websites have it as a preset template. It's an interesting question though. I've no doubt that some do it to imply international interest.
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151 weeks ago, by Tim
Bloody Dreamers
Does anyone else get irritated by having to wait in a queue for people to buy Lottery tickets and scratch cards?

It makes me want to follow them outside, where they'll inevitable fumble for change in their pockets & hurriedly scratch away to see LOSE, or whatever it states, and say to them, "Why waste your time & money loser? It's never going to happen for you. Just do the rest of us a favour next time & allow me get on my way back to my office where I'll actually 'Make It Happen' for myself!"
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151 weeks ago, by Tim
Our Olympic performances have been incredible. Maybe all Lottery players simply pay a tax when they buy the tickets so good causes receive even more.

But yes, make it all onlone and then Mr. Muppett can spend as much time and money on a short cut to the top as he likes, and he won't hold me up any more asking for Lucky XXXXing Dip or whatever it's bloody called.
144 weeks ago, by John
Ironic that fat dreamers waddling out of a newsagents with a fistful of chocs and lottery tickets are funding athletic's elites...
144 weeks ago, by James
Often wearing the sponsors' sports clothing and with a Coke in their hand.
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