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7 ideas for positioning yourself as a thought leader

Lets break it down for a second. Thought suggests musings. Thought suggests insights. Thought suggests a point of view. Leadership is all about getting others to follow you, often blazing a path. Put the two together and you have content which is created with the purpose of getting others to think and follow if they agree. It…

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5 reasons you should consider improving your LinkedIn skills

You may have seen that I’ve recently launched an online course on how to improve your linkedin skills. You can find it here: https://www.udemy.com/linkedin2017 I’ve been teaching our clients how to get the most from this powerful platform for many years now. I’ve been on the platform myself since the mid 2000’s. Its the most important…

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Making over 100k from LinkedIn and creating an online course

Last year I generated over 100k’s worth of business from LinkedIn alone. Want to do the same? Read on… I’ve been using LinkedIn for business since the mid 2000’s. Whilst many others discounted this network, preferring instead the more glitzy and slightly cooler networks like Twitter and Facebook. I pursued all of them, trying to work…

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Nine things that changed my life in 2016

So as another year draws to a close, it’s time for my customary post about the things that changed my life this year. If you’re interested in previous years then you can check them out here: ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13,’14,’15 Ok so lets get on with it, here’s the run down (no particular order):…

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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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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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What is Inbound Marketing?

–Update to Post Mar 2014– For many years us marketeers have focused on outbound marketing. A one-way message, attempting to buy people’s attention. Think Radio, Think Advertising, Think TV Adverts. With Inbound Marketing the focus switches to ‘earnt’ attention. By providing your prospects with something of value they give you permission to keep marketing to…

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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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Business cards for new start-ups

In the interest of full transparency, today see’s a sponsored post from Leslie Harding who approached me a while ago to write about a topic I feel is important to you guys. When starting Optix Solutions, 13 years ago I quickly gained the nickname ‘business card’ with my peer group. At almost every opportunity I…

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