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I met Conrad Humphreys today

Conrad Humphreys is a round the world sailor from Exmouth. At 26 he became the youngest winner of the BT Global Challenge. He gave an inspiring talk on team work today at Exeter Uni, an event I also spoke at. Enjoy.

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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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Are your ears and eyes always open?

A few years ago, at a time when I was still able to drive around in an impractical car (before the requirement for a 5-seater family car), I faced a dilemma one morning when I managed to lock myself out of said motor. Luckily, my neighbour happened to be the owner of Lockfix24 (a local…

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Breathe for Jo

Dear Friends, Its not often that I’d ask you to support something or give your time to a cause that you might not have any link to but I’d appreciate just 5 minutes of your time to read this and the article it links to. My good friend Jo Smith has two terminal illnesses, pulmonary…

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Remembering You

This is my Grandfather and namesake Alastair Banks. He fought and lived through WW2. He was and always will be an inspiration in my life. This day is for remembering him and everyone else who fought for their countries.

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Stop Worrying and Start Living

I was talking to some of my team yesterday and discussing how, in business, you simply have to face up to tough decisions and things you wouldn’t necessarily want to do given the choice. Last week I wrote about eating the frog which has struck a few chords it seems from comments and emails I’ve…

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6 tips for using LinkedIn effectively

Used well, LinkedIn can be an incredibly powerful tool for your business, however almost everyone I meet admits to not really understanding the platform. In professional services this is prolific, it appears firms are saying that staff should be using the tool but not actually helping them work out how to get the most from…

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Facebook Places – Are You Aware?

A bonus post from me today but one that I feel is very important for the reasons I’m about to go into. At the weekend, a friend came over to my house. He decided to ‘check-in’ to my house using Facebook places and invite me. Where’s the harm in that right? Well Facebook Places will…

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Personal Branding in a 'P2P' World

After a couple of very hectic weeks and then a fantastic week’s holiday I need to get back into my regular Friday blog post. I intend to start that again today. Just before I start, If you were confused by ‘p2p’ in the title it stands for People to People. More on that later. I…

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