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The Job
The Job
by Douglas Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books, 9 July 2013
This review is from: The Job (Paperback)
I'm a huge fan of novels based around big business, etc., so the story of Ned Allen was a fantastic read.

Ned is the stereotypical young, hot-shot sales manager for one of the top American computer magazines. He appears to have everything (attractive wife, successful career, lovely home... huge debts). Yet, things go wrong and Ned plummets from the top to the very bottom, losing everything through a combination of things outside his control and also his own thoughtlessness.

As I said at the beginning, I love books based around big business, so I was a little disappointed when the book moved away from this area in the latter stages, but that shouldn't take away from the great thriller that this book is.


The Newsroom - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
The Newsroom - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Jeff Daniels
Price: £15.40

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series I've watched in a long time..., 13 Sep 2012
It is rare nowadays that I manage to make it through a series - whether from the UK or the US - I usually get bored by second or third episode. However, The Newsroom is different!

From the very first scene showing Will McAvoy's very public breakdown to the last scene of the last episode, I was gripped by the series. I can't wait for the DVD to come out and am rather surprised that wasn't available for release the day after the last episode. I am so looking forward to watching it all again.

This will be in my grubby mitts as soon as it's out.


Powerful Marketing On A Shoestring Budget: For Small Businesses
Powerful Marketing On A Shoestring Budget: For Small Businesses
by Dee Blick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Follow the tips in here & see your sales increase, 7 May 2012
I have followed Dee Blick on Twitter for some while and I had heard other people raving about this book, so when I got a Kobo e-reader, I purchased a copy of "Powerful Marketing..." and was instantly impressed and the wealth of information within.

It's great to have a book that gives you what you need to know in an easy-to-read language but also doesn't make out that you can do it all instantly. For your marketing to work well it needs time spent on it, even if not a lot of money. If you follow Dee's advice then you know what money you do invest in your marketing is well spent and is far more likely to get enough business to pay that investment back many times over.

Dee gives great advice and tips on all areas of marketing, from traditional adverts and press releases in newspapers and magazines, to telesales, face-to-face networking and even online. Each section is well covered but without getting bogged down. You really feel you're getting the information you need without the waffle.

If you're looking to get more business but don't have a big advertising budget then this book is for you.


How to Get Rich
How to Get Rich
by Felix Dennis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars A straight talking and honest book, 14 Aug 2011
This review is from: How to Get Rich (Paperback)
Do you want to get rich? Really? Do you want to lose many of your friends, possibly your family?

Felix Dennis is one of the few "how to get rich" authors who tells the truth on what being rich REALLY means.

Yes, this book goes into detail on how the reader can became very rich, based on many of Felix's own examples. But, he also covers what being very rich really is like.

This book goes beyond many self-improvement/business biographies and makes you really examine yourself and what you truly want? You start to consider whether the journey to being very rich is actually worth it.

Don't buy this book if you want to be told that making a lot of money is very easy and that having hundreds of millions is fantastic. But if you want to have an honest assessment of what it is going to take - only to find you're not much happier than when you started then this book is worth many times the cost.


The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss
Edition: Paperback

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems, 25 April 2011
The difficulty I have with this book is it doesn't really tell you how to have a four-hour work week, if you are just starting your business.

By his own admission Timothy Ferris built up a $40,000-a-month business by working "12-hour-plus days 7 days a week" BEFORE he put systems in place that would change how many hours he had to work. As a business owner myself, I believe that these systems are only available once you get to a certain level in your business - before that you STILL have to put the hours in.

Just remember, people like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Alan Sugar, Steve Jobs, etc., etc., etc., don't work 4 hours a week! They never have done. They put the hours in that meant they became mega-successful.

Some of the ideas that the author has are good to help you relieve the amount of time-consuming work you do each day, but I really don't think anyone who wants to build up a super-successful business can do it from the start just working 4 hours a week.
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Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections
Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections
by Ivan R. Misner
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A book packed with networking tips and advice, 6 Oct 2010
This book brings together a lot of the information from Ivan Misner's earlier work on networking.

While, of course (as the founder of BNI), he makes a lot of joining a formal, weekly networking group, there is still a wealth of information on how to network day-to-day and even in situations which are not normally business-orientated - but without you seeming pushy.

I keep my copy in my briefcase, so I can dip in and remind myself of different aspects of networking when I'm on the bus, train, etc.

If you buy one book on effective networking, this has to be the one.


How To Become A Rainmaker: The Rules for Getting and Keeping Customers and Clients
How To Become A Rainmaker: The Rules for Getting and Keeping Customers and Clients
by Jeffrey J Fox
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Small, Concise, but tells you what you need to know, 25 Aug 2009
Quite simply this is the book for those that want to improve at getting more customers.

It looks deceptively short at only 167 pages, but those 167 pages give you no more than the information you need to make sales and getting clients.

Okay, some of it looks Americanised (it talks about "dollarizing" the value) but don't let that put you off, people and businesses are essentially the same wherever you are.

If you want a book to tell you the "rules for getting and keeping customers and clients" but you don't want to have to wade through a lot of muck to find the nuggets, then this book does it for you.


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