“Sorry I was late, I was getting married!”

You may or may not know that I teach a pole dancing fitness class on Wednesday evenings. Don’t bother with all the stripper jokes; it’s not that kind of pole dancing.  Anyway, it was my first class back after my holidays – I’ve not been in four weeks, and I can barely lift my arms [...]

Where are YOUR Finding Nemo pants?

One of the most valuable things I’ve learned over the past couple of years is the fine art of not giving a fuck. (Yep: if you’re fairly new to my blog posts, I swear sometimes. If you don’t like it, there are other blogs out there for you.)  I don’t always succeed; in fact, I [...]

Why goats have octopus eyes

Have you ever looked closely at a goat? If you have, you’ll have noticed they have strange eyes. Octopus eyes.  Yep: goats have the same eyes as octopodes. And my husband has a theory about this. There are a lot of goats on Kalymnos, and they mooch around all over the place. When they suspect [...]

Which script are you running in your head?

What are the stories that you construct for yourself? The ones you run in your head? This is important. Because the stories that constantly run through your head shape how you live your life.  This is something I’ve known for a long while, but every now and then such things strike you again and remind [...]

Why I’m never going to be a real grown up

One of the perks of running your own business is that you can make whatever business decisions you wish. Like travelling first class on the train without having to justify it to anyone.  This isn’t just about self-indulgence, by the way. It’s about arriving at your destination refreshed, rested, and ready to get to work. [...]

One of the things I love about the Elite Mastermind I’m a Member of is the evening meals and drinks. We talk about our businesses, for sure, and the relaxed setting means we come up with ideas we perhaps wouldn’t in the actual Mastermind… but we also talk about other things.  Here’s an example. A [...]

How to avoid becoming a corporate zombie

Have you ever heard the term corporate zombie? For me, it conjours up images of shambling businessmen with rotting skin and flappy torn clothing roaming the glass halls of Canary Wharf, living off the barely conscious brains of exhausted interns.  How about you? Just me? Okay. Well, a corporate zombie is a company that has [...]

As I walked into the hotel in Cork, Darragh looked up from the reception desk, smiled, and said: “Welcome back Ms Fraser, it’s good to see you again.” Which is so cool.  If you can make your clients feel that special, you’re doing well. When I go over to Cork, Ireland, for the quarterly meeting of [...]

I was chatting with my friend the other day, after I sent an email about working for free. You remember – when I told you to moon anyone who tells you it’ll be ‘great exposure’? (You should, by the way. Moon them, I mean.)   I was talking about writers, photographers, designers, consultants… more ‘businessy’ [...]

The burning stupid of baggage claim

Airport baggage collections. They’re surely one of Dante’s lower levels of hell. Because they are filled with utter, utter idiots.  Here’s what I propose: paint a perimeter around each baggage carousel with around 8–10 feet of clearance between the line and the carousel. Then put up a sign that says something along the lines of [...]

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