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Pond Life is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide to improving the way you communicate and interact with other people. Inside you will find a totally original approach to solving many of the most frequently made communication gaffs and blunders. Pond Life will help you boost your confidence and show you how to present yourself in a way you never thought possible. Why Pond Life? Because every time you communicate, you start a ripple effect. Too often we sell ourselves short because we worry about being caught ‘on the hop’, let opportunities slip through our fingers or just plain send out the wrong signals. So come on in, the water’s warm… Discover your personal style Pick up lots of ideas guaranteed to enhance your day-to-day communication skills Stop your audience mentally ‘hopping away’ Discover the power of passion in influencing people around you Dip a toe and give your communication skills a splash of magic. Pond Life will help you to impress your colleagues and friends with simple, easy-to-learn and amusing lessons that you can use again and again to create that all-important ripple effect.

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The new edition of the personal development classic This long-awaited second edition gives us even more of Paul McGee's unique look at boosting our confidence – with his much-loved wit and good humour. The new edition includes a brand new chapter and a host of new exercises. Paul's approach to confidence is different. According to Paul, we don't have to raise our self-confidence to the roof; just increasing our confidence by a small amount can dramatically change our lives. Paul explains exactly what confidence is, why it's so important and just how to develop it in ourselves and others. This honest, practical and realistic book covers: Confidence in business Being more confident in your love life Confidence in social situations Confidence in job interviews and presentations A brand new chapter on handling conflict confidently Experiences from real people who have followed Paul's advice and improved their lives

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Trajectory Management: * moves away from the 'one true way' approach put forward by many business gurus * argues that the search for best practice, best change management, etc. obscures real situations in business * develops principles of right practice for the situation: business is continually evolving and its drivers have to evolve with it. * provides a practical framework and enables diagnosis of where a business trajectory is, and how to sustain or switch trajectories. «Adjusting corporate leadership to different business conditions is key in today's turbulent environment. The systematic review and development of this relationship in Trajectory Management is extremely valuable.» Peter A. Wuffli, President of the Group Executive Board, UBS. «In this book, Paul Strebel goes beyond universal best practice that is presumed to apply no matter what the context. He presents the right practice for managing a business trajectory and winning consistently over time.» Egon P. Zehnder, Founder, Egon Zehnder International, Inc. «Trajectory Management puts context in its rightful place: at the front, middle and end of business planning and execution. Paul Strebel offers a practical framework to simplify the complex and drive better competitive choices for busy decision makers.» John Hofmeister, Director of Human Resources, Shell International B.V. For more on how to use the book see: www.trajectorymanagement.com

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Asian entrepreneurs and businesses have created wealth faster than the rest of the economy. Asian wealth now creates and sustains more jobs than it has ever done. It stimulates growth in industries and places that would struggle without the engine of entrepreneurship. Asian wealth is diversifying and modernising, it crosses the generational divide. If you want new and old economy wealth, it's in these pages. If you want modern and traditional management practices, they are in this book. If you want a new generation of entrepreneurs and wealth creators, then read on. PRAISE FOR MAKING A FORTUNE «Nobody understands better what makes British Asian entrepreneurs tick. Spinder provides a fascinating insight into business leaders and the inspirational stories behind their success.» Amar Singh, Evening Standard «A refreshing and intelligent insight into Asian entrepreneurship in the 21st century» Sathnam Sanghera, The Times «This is an important book that is being published at just the right time. With immigration a hot topic of conversation and ever-present in political and media circles, this book lays out the contribution of first, second and third generation Asians to the UK in terms of wealth creation, employment and host of other issues. It tells some good stories and has a powerful message for everyone who reads it.»Eric Leenders, Executive Director, British Bankers Association (BBA) “Drawing on her own experiences and the stories of others, Spinder Dhaliwal offers both unique and valuable insights into this community of entrepreneurs. This book is a must for practicing and would be entrepreneurs but also for anyone involved in entrepreneurships from advisors through to academics.” Hamant Verma, Editor Eastern Eye “The personal stories behind some of the UK's most successful Asian businessmen make for fascinating reading. I'm so glad that my good friend and hotel business partner, Surinder Arora, takes his rightful place among them.” Sir Cliff Richard

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For most people, a fear of redundancy hangs over them like a dark cloud. In Andrew Taylor's case, it was a sudden, brutal push in the back. Building on his contribution to the Aftershock series on dealing with redundancy in The Sunday Times and his own personal experiences, Burning the Suit shows how it can be used as an opportunity to take control of your life. This is for anyone who is looking for more in life than a 9-5 job, featuring: Disaster or Opportunity? What am I going to do? Taking stock, taking control, and taking a new opportunity Outplacement agencies, counsellors, and career coaches Selling yourself Being your own boss Networking Making it happen

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If you are not living on the edge, then you are taking up too much room Think of the richest square mile in Britain and your thoughts turn to The City of London or Chelsea. In fact, a small village in Cheshire is home to more millionaires per square mile than anywhere else in Britain. It is a place where one-in-twenty houses sells for more than £1 million, 20% of the residents enjoy a seven-figure income and in an index of ‘poshness’ Alderley Edge scored 136 out of a maximum 137. The media like to focus on the glitz and the glamour, an image of a shallow nouveau riche. But that is not the real story. The entrepreneurial spirit is concentrated in these streets like nowhere else in Britain. These are self-made people, entrepreneurs with amazing stories of triumphs, tribulations, disasters and incredible recoveries. There is another side to Alderley Edge and the ‘Golden Triangle’, one that the outsider would not necessarily see… PRAISE FOR TO THE EDGE ‘Malcolm McClean has an incredible knack for uncovering those small insights which can make a big difference. In this inspirational book he gets inside the minds of wealth creators as only he can. These are the people that drive our economy. Their quirky, unusual and sometimes extraordinary way of looking at the world is one which we should embrace.’ –Lord Mawson OBE, Founder the Water City Group & President of CAN

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How effective is the communication you experience every day? How often have you been bored during a presentation? Failed to win a piece of business that, deep down, you know you should have won? Had a tedious, pointless networking conversation? Countless times, no doubt. Too much information and not enough relevance is a problem that pervades almost all business communication. You see, the way many people communicate is like filling a bucket with jelly, flinging it at their audience, and hoping some of it sticks. It's ineffective, it's irritating and, above all, it's very messy. So what's the answer? More relevance and a lot less jelly. The Jelly Effect teaches you simple, memorable and costless ways to win more attention and more business. Imagine how effective you'd be if you communicated only what was relevant 100 percent of the time. You would be better at talking to others, presenting, networking and selling. You would excel in interviews, meetings and pay-rise discussions. The benefits would be endless. The Jelly Effect shows you how to raise your game to a different level. You'll never fling another bucket of jelly again… PRAISE FOR THE JELLY EFFECT 'The most effective, original and insightful book on business communication that I have ever read.' –Dr. Ivan R. Misner, NY Times bestselling author of Truth or Delusion? and founder of Business Network International 'Andy Bounds has a totally unique and inspiring way of communicating. He also has this tremendous ability to help others achieve more when they communicate. Every single person he's worked with at npower has found his guidance to be immensely valuable, and to have made a real difference. My advice: read this book – it will help you communicate with, and relate to, people better than ever before.' –Heidi Walton, npower, People Development Manager 'They say the definition of genius is the ability to make the complex simple. If that's the case then Andy Bounds is a genius. This book is packed with insight and ideas that make the whole art of communication and connecting with people both easy to understand and apply. Yes, you'll have the occasional B.F.O.( Blinding Flash of the Obvious) moment and wonder why on earth you've never thought of some of the ideas before…truth is we need some one like Andy with his incredibly easy style of writing to wake us up to the obvious. I defy anyone who reads this book and applies the insights to their own business not to see a increase in both their profit and their profile.' –Paul McGee, International speaker and best selling author of S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On)

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Every bit as good as the beer itself. —SIR RICHARD BRANSON, Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group So what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? There are many different answers, but according to Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, do the following and you won't go far wrong: be creative, go the extra mile, have confidence in yourself and your team, get lucky, be disciplined, take the long-term view, learn constantly and don't be afraid of serious amounts of hard work. Bottled for Business gets to the heart of how and why Cobra Beer has developed into one of the world's best-loved brands. It is a story infused with the passion, belief, energy and vision of its founder and shares the ups and downs of how Cobra got to where it is today. But more than that, it is a story of inspiration for anyone who has dreams of running their own business. PRAISE FOR BOTTLED FOR BUSINESS «The inside scoop from one of the country's leading entrepreneurs—essential reading.» —Richard Reed, Co-founder, Innocent Drinks «Inspiring! A fascinating story of one entrepreneur's journey, worth the cover price for the 'Financing Cobra' chapter alone. Bilimoria has learned every trick in the book about how to finance a growing business. If you're running a growing business, and don't want to give away the store, READ THIS BOOK!» —John Mullins, Professor, London Business School and author, The New Business Road Test «An inspirational story.» —Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP «Bottled for Business is the extraordinary account of a Cambridge-educated Indian lawyer's dogged pursuit against the odds. The book is compelling, not least because it strikes at the Achilles heel of entrepreneurship in that it details the translation of a vision into reality. A clever and useful book.» —Dr Mark de Rond, University Senior Lecturer at Judge Business School and Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge University «Reflecting the enormous success of his business career, I have no doubt that Bottled for Business will be a bestseller.» —Lord Levene, Chairman, Lloyd's, and former Lord Mayor of London

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Playing to Win is a handbook for women who want to be successful. Karren Brady did it. At 23 she took over as Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club, becoming the youngest ever female Managing Director of a UK PLC when it floated in 1997. Although the club was the «football equivalent of a rubbish dump» and women were barely even seen on the terraces in the early 90s, Karren Brady persuaded her backers to acquire the club and single-mindedly revolutionised it, clearing the debt, taking Birmingham City into the Premier League and transforming it into a viable business. How did she do it? How did a 23-year-old woman with little previous experience at this level of management walk into a man?s world and achieve such success? In Playing to Win, she reveals her secrets and shares with other women the techniques they can adopt to succeed in their own lives, on their own terms. Her ten motivational rules are self-help classics: ambition, determination, courage, charm, hard work, attitude, humour, confidence, focus and communication. Playing to Win shows women how to grow in each of these areas and achieve the success they dream of. And like all great self-help, her principles apply across all areas of experience – work and personal life. Playing to Win is a handbook for success in any situation. Moving from Karren?s story, how she has transformed a business and maintained a full and stable personal life, to a chapter-by-chapter study of the ten principles successful women need to adopt, Playing to Win is essential reading for women who want to have it all.

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The brand new book from the international bestselling self-help author Robert Kelsey's internationally bestselling self-help books have helped tens of thousands of people overcome fear of failure and under confidence. Now Robert is back and is here to debunk the ever pervasive myths around the trail-blazing rebel outsider.... Our culture celebrates outsiders while – in reality – slamming the door in their face. The modern world craves innovation while alienating original thinkers. It encourages creativity while shutting-out all but a privileged few from individualistic expression. What a waste! Yet achieving great things as a genuine outsider is possible. Outsiders can find their own way – succeeding without compromising their individuality. They just need to forge an edge. The Outside Edge is all about learning to harness the unique vantage point you possess in order to give yourself the edge required to succeed. It will show you when to embrace your outsider status and go against convention, and when to play the game, do as the insiders do and make sure you can get progress. Think of The Outside Edge as a manual for positively directing your insecurity, awkwardness and role-confusion – towards a meaningful future, shaped and pursued on your own terms. By getting The Outside Edge you can: Identity and understand the causes of feeling like an «outsider» Accept yourself while focusing on «finding meaning» for your life Motivate yourself using strong goals, often harnessing creativity Acquire the skills needed to succeed on your own terms Avoid pitfalls such as poor judgement, negativity and extremism.