Building & Managing Relationships

So I started a YouTube Channel!

My first four YouTube Videos are live and I’m loving the feedback I’ve had already – its quite humbling and suggests that its certainly worth persisting with. To bring you upto speed you can check out my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/alastairbanks For ease though, here are the first four videos – please forward on to students with…

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Eight things that changed my life in 2015

Yes folks, its that time of year again. The round up post you’ve all been waiting for 😉 Don’t forget that if you’re interested in my posts from the last few years, you can find them here: ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13,’14 2015 – Its been a big one! Featured here are my first child,…

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How to Position Yourself as a Thought Leader Using Social Media

Social media used to be optional and strictly personal.  It used to even show generational preference and was something that adolescents and young adults messed around with.  Radical changes have made social media a vital factor for businesses and professionals looking to succeed.   New vocabulary has also come along with this new use of…

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Benefits of using psychometric testing in your team

We recently paid for the team at Optix to be profiled using a psychometric testing system called ‘Insights’. After collating the results and sharing, we then took them on a half day with a trained Insights professional and motivational coach Jack Russell. To say we’re all buzzing about it would be an understatement. Why did we…

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Generational Management 

If you’re managing more than a few people, there’s a good chance they might cross generations and guess what, those guys have different needs. I believe strongly that its not up to them to change, its up to you as a leader to adapt and understand those needs so you can get the best from…

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Do you actually want my business?

This is in danger of turning into a rant I’m afraid. Sorry about that. Recently I was in the market for a new car. I’d had my current wheels for about 6 years and although I loved them, they were getting a little old and my priorities had changed. Now it’s about showing my commitment…

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6 things that changed my life in 2014

Yes folks its that time of year again. While I’ve been a little light on posts in 2014 there is one that must be written. This one. 2014 has been an interesting year, one which has seen a lot of change in both my personal life and business dealings. In a year that saw Optix…

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Not all clients are right for you

What, people who pay me money aren’t necessarily right for me? Surely not. One of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt over the years is that our business doesn’t suit everyone and everyone doesn’t suit our business. The problem I have is that as someone who has a fairly high need for approval (I like to…

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When the chips are down…

Yesterday I said my final goodbyes to one of my closest friends, Pete Pope. Pete was only 38 and was taken from us far too early. He was an inspirational guy and one that we can all learn from. If his short life can inspire just one or two people to take action and change…

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Inbound Marketing – A few key takeaways from IMUK13

Wow – firstly just need to say this is my 100th post! Boom! It makes writing to thin air in the early days seem worthwhile when you hit milestones like this. Thanks to Dave at Optix for pointing this out to me! So last week I attended Inbound Marketing 2013 in London with my digital…

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