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Does storytelling really work?

Allow me to take you on a journey along the path to a compelling story. I am taking the lead from the likes of Shakespeare as we walk through the five acts and master the art of storytelling and creative marketing. Stories connect us, they help us make sense of the world. We communicate our values and beliefs through stories. A …

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Video Marketing made Easy

3 things you probably didn’t know about video marketing… If you’re one of those people who are still skeptical about video marketing, you could be missing out on the huge benefits it brings to your organisation. I’m probably a slow adopter as I have only just recently started producing and posting informative videos on YouTube. I have been wanting to …

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10 Simple Time Management Tips

Top tips to work smarter and boost your productivity.   Set specific goals. Remember to eat your dead frog first – these can be described as the important and necessary but probably least desirable tasks and activities. Be assertive and just say no to the tasks and activities considered as unnecessary.  Take on the commitments you truly care about. Plan …

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6 Steps to Successful Project Planning (Infographic)

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Do we really need project management?

It’s not uncommon for non-project managers to find themselves managing projects without any formal training. Whether they are asked to organise an event or implement a new IT system, projects come with great responsibility of managing people, resources, budget all within a specific timeline. It is also important to understand the benefits of successful project management, especially if senior management is considering investing in new …

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Funding your Projects

Writing grant applications is one way of funding your projects. Many non-profit organisations and social enterprises have faced funding cuts over the years, forcing us to explore creative fundraising tactics. I have been on both sides of the ‘fundraising fence’, with assessing grant applications in one role and managing crowdfunding campaigns on another. It helps to look at the bigger …

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Why do projects fail?

Project failure is one of the least discussed Project Management topics. This isn’t surprising, since each new project begins with excitement, enthusiasm and no expectation of failure. Understanding why projects fail, is part of making your projects a huge success.   Here are my top ten reasons why projects fail… 1. Lack of clarity: You must have clear super specific …

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Planning for success…

  So it’s a New Year and most of us will use this opportunity to reflect and plan for our future. Whether we’re making personal goals, business plans or launching a new venture, here are some key steps to planning for success. These SMART goals are simple and effective. 1. SET SPECIFIC GOALS: Be as specific and clear as possible, …

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PM Tools made simple

STEP FOUR: Maximise the Project Management Tools Believe it or not you have a lot of PM tools at your disposal and you needn’t be an IT whizz to make the most of them. 1. Work Breakdown Structure Start with your key milestones and break each one down into tasks, sub-tasks and activities. By breaking down each task into small portions …

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The kick off meeting

So you’re working on a new project and so far you have produced your SMART project goals and you’re pulling together your project team. Step 3 of #CTProjectStartup is to hold a kick-off meeting. You may find you’re using systems like Skype or gotomeeting.com, especially if you’re working with a remote project team. Whatever the format, know that the kick …

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