All Posts by AlisonJones

2 Review: Everybody Writes

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley My rating: 5 of 5 stars Writing about writing is just about the most cripplingly self-conscious activity you could undertake (trust me on this) but Ann Handley carries it off magnificently. This is superb practical instructional stuff, delivered in the manner of […]

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Review: To Sell Is Human

I was experimenting with listening to this book on Spotify, which was wonderful in some ways (I enjoyed having Dan Pink in the kitchen with me while I made my son’s birthday cake) and frustrating in others: turns out there’s no Spotify equivalent of the bookmark or post-it flag. It’s hard to know exactly how […]

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Review: Superfast

Before the 20th century, no human ever experienced speed. By the end of it, it seemed we couldn’t get enough of it. Fast food, fast lane, fast track, fast buck. But fast just doesn’t cut it these days: welcome to superfast.  Ironically enough, this is not a particularly quick read: it comes in at a […]

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Review: Key Person of Influence

This year I’ve committed to reading 100 business books – my to-read pile was becoming dangerously high with so many superb recommendations from Extraordinary Business Book Club podcast guests. You can see the full list as it evolves on Goodreads – feel free to read along with me if any take your fancy. The first […]

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The Extraordinary Business Book Club Summer Reading List!

The summer is a great time to catch up with some reading, but put the chick-lit and the crime thrillers down (at least for a while) and pick up some really nourishing brainfood. I’m delighted to introduce the inaugural Extraordinary Business Book Club Summer Reading List! These are the books I’ll be taking in my suitcase […]

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100 episodes young!

*cue fanfare and firework noises* This week is the 100th episode of The Extraordinary Business Book Club! I’ve seen this coming for a while – obviously – and have been beating my brain over what to do about it. After all, every week I have extraordinary, top-drawer guests on the show: should I try to find […]

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The Extraordinary Business Book Newsletter No.1

So blogging every day was a fascinating experiment, but by the end I was ready for a slower-paced, more thoughtful and purposeful way of putting stuff out into the world. May I introduce the very first Extraordinary Business Book Newsletter? Here’s an extract from this week’s. I’m sure it’ll change over time, but if I’ve […]

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The reinvention of storytelling

Today’s blog is over at BookMachine, and was inspired by my podcast interview with Matt Locke, founder of Storythings and The Story Conference. ‘Thousands of years ago, we told stories to each other. The best stories were those that could be repeated over and over again, changing little, those that embodied tribal memory, with strong, […]

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Flourishing

You see? I stop with the having-to-post-every-day thing and suddenly I don’t post for a month! But here’s a wonderful reason for a blog: I took a trip down the M4 last night to be with Fabienne Vailes, author of The Flourishing Student, at her launch event at Bristol University. She gave a talk on […]

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