How to get people to say ‘yes’

Monday, October 7, 2013
saying yes

In 1984 Dr Robert B. Cialdini wrote a book called Influence.  It explains the psychology of why people say yes and helps you apply the theory through six…

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The biggest mistake I ever made, and what I wish I’d done instead

Monday, September 30, 2013
Photograph by jurvetson

Or, how to reduce risk in innovation, a guest blog by Rachel Collinson. I’m blushing as I write this. Recounting stories of your mistakes is never pleasant. Especially when…

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The Cola Road

Monday, September 9, 2013

1 in 5 children die before their 5th birthday from simple preventable causes like dehydration from diarrhoea. In these same places where clean water and medicine are hard…

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What do you remember about your journey to work today?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Street Art East London

Do you go about your day-to-day routines on autopilot? Do you ever arrive somewhere not quite sure how you got there? What can you remember about your journey…

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What’s the point of it?

Monday, August 19, 2013

  Ages ago I spotted this list written on a piece of A5 paper on the wall of my (then) Directors office. It inspired me  – so I…

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Have you ever donated your foreign change to charity?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I’m always mystery shopping and collecting stuff that charities are doing, with a view to stealing ideas, or copying them – and with any luck making the idea…

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7 tips to being a brilliant fundraiser

Monday, August 5, 2013

First Thursday is a great event for fundraisers. You hear from a fundraising expert for 20 minutes, followed by opportunities to meet other fundraisers over food and drink….

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Why do inflight safety videos have to be so very boring?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Inflight safety videos are so boring. Has anyone ever watched one? Objectively they are important. If something goes wrong on the flight, the information in the video could…

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Rants and buzzwords

Monday, July 8, 2013

I spent most of last week at the Institute of Fundraising Convention. It is the annual event in London for fundraisers in the UK to learn, network and…

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Ten tips to get the best deal every time

Friday, June 28, 2013

I’ve just finished reading Everything is Negotiable by Gavin Kennedy. Great book. Whatever you do in life this book will help you negotiate better deals for yourself. What…

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