Postscrips from Sir Benfro

You have got to listen to this whilst reading this post!  Have a nice day by the Welsh band Sterophonics  … I have just returned from a long weekend […]

Trust? – A question of leadership

It’s a small word with huge consequences. It is incorporated commonly in the networking phase that people do business with those they know, like and trust.  Yet, I have been […]


Bet you’re thinking this is another blog about text?  Mais non; pas de tout! I have always loved classic cars.  Indeed I have had my very own – admittedly it […]

Just Ask – Strategic networking

Actually – it isn’t that simple, is it?  I do think you need to consider whether, what you are asking, is something other people can answer. I am an active […]

The Point of NO Return

If only I could learn to say the word no  ….  I mean; how hard can it be? no, no, nO, No, no, no, nO, no, no, no, no, no, no, […]

Brilliant is the New Black

Back in Black Those of you who don’t know what I do for a living, I run the ‘brilliant’ BusinessXchange programme.  I have been referring this Business Link service with […]

Ladies who Lunch

Now you need to know that I am on holiday this week so you must allow me a little leeway in my thought meanderings on this little idiom. This stopping […]

Out of the Blue with Blisters!

I had a weekend planned for interest factor.  A family wedding took me to Glasgow but in a city that ‘doesn’t sleep’ I didn’t think it right to miss out […]

Going nowhere slowly “There is nothing wrong with going nowhere babe, but we should be going nowhere fast!” Love this line.  This is partly because I have no vision.  I really don’t […]

Stiff Upper Lip – Strategic Networking

Over the past five months many have asked me how my clients are finding and coping with the credit crunch crisis.  Almost without exception I firmly say positively. That is […]

Love is just a four letter word? Is it an endearment – or just another profanity do you think? When you hit your thumb with a hammer the natural tendency is to shock the world with […]

Goodbye Cruel World!

I’ve decided to leave our world this weekend.  The weather is looking perfect for a sojourn into the Land.  I’m going to find a comfortable spot with a stunning view.  […]


I was given some great feedback from a friend last week which was absolutely warranted and correct.  I hated it.  It was not what I wanted at the time – […]

The Trouble with Text

I want to share this text I received the other day: “Thx4beinwithme2day.Wasgd2cu,2hearhowur&2swapideas stratpln+lrngPlnbwithuthispm x” Now I am well aware that language changes over the centuries; words evolve according to fashion […]

The Acid Test

And now for something seriously different!  The acid test is an accepted process of finding out whether something is genuine or not.  Gold is one of the few precious metals […]

Stuff and Nonsense! – Grammar et al

Stuff and nonsense is an exclamation of incredulity!  I think, perhaps that I favour the Aussie alternative of Codswallop.  A term derived from a derogatory description for a new craze […]

Enjoy Every Step – Straplines

I don’t know whether it was the heat of the sun this afternoon, or the brilliant Business Link seminar I attended or the fact that I had a great night […]

Content is Crucial

I loved this utterance by Lord Althorp, Charles Spencer, during “The Speaker”. It is a BBC’s programme on a quest to find Britain’s best young orator. Having eloquent body language, […]

Messages from Martin – Eulogy

We walked out to The Kinks! – It wasn’t soppy or overly sentimental.  The funeral of Martin Elliott Orridge was a carefully crafted celebration of his life; in his words. […]

Wish You Were Here Martin! – Eulogy

Wish you were here This week we will be wishing a fond and sadly permanent farewell to Martin Orridge. He died on Tuesday of a brain tumour, diagnosed less than […]

High Touch Relationships

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and so what better time to consider how we build, develop and maintain the important relationships in our lives.  Whether these are business or personal […]

Be My Wife? – Strategic Alliances

“An alliance may be seen as the ‘joining of forces and resources, for a specified or indefinite period, to achieve a common objective”  The reasons behind forming a strategic alliance […]

A Fickle Femme – The Writer’s Way

She adds after a fractional hesitation.  “You?” “Bloody, John the store man messed up again today; he gave us three windows up at Portland where none of the glass fitted.  […]

All Items of Value – The Writer’s Way

In this exercise from The Writer’s Way, Sara Maitland asks us to to write about new things we experience.  This has been really quite interesting.  For me, it has not been […]


Today I have had the honour of knowing the best of true friendship.  I don’t need to mention those by name as they will know who they are.  And this […]

OMG you didn’t? – The Writer’s Way

In this exercise from The Writer’s Way, Sara Maitland asks us to record snippets of character insights.  Tiny things count.  For example: Your reaction on meeting a person for the first […]