Business Achievers: Aoife O'Driscoll and Inspire Me

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This month's Business Achiever is Aoife O'Driscoll from Inspireme.ie. We asked Aoife to tell us a little bit about her super accessible business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Aoife O'Driscoll and Inspire Me.

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Startup Series: How to Pitch to Investors

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If marketing is the art of understanding customer needs and then creating solutions to meet those needs at a profit; then nowhere is marketing more important for an entrepreneur than at seeking funding from investors at start up and subsequent rounds. Continuing our Start Up series, here are tips on how to pitch to investors:

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Free Online Training: Polishing Your Feedback Skills

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Giving feedback is vital in the workplace. But giving feedback is not always easy, especially if you need to give negative feedback. We have a free online training course called Polishing Your Feedback Skills available for Business Achievers members that might help.

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How To Get Your First Customer

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Starting a new business is always tough. You have spent hours and hours putting your Business Plan together, sorting out the financing, arranging your office and buying equipment. And the big day arrives you have to get out there and secure your first customer. It all looked so easy when you were planning, but now this is real and doesn't seem as effortless as you thought. Here are some tips on how to get your first customer:

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5 Easy Ways to Get Ideas to Innovate for your Business

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Innovation is the systematic development of new opportunities. And it's not only the 3Ms, HPs and IBMs of this world that need to innovate. It is becoming essential for business success. Product life cycles are getting shorter, the speed of change is ever increasing. Here are 5 easy ways to get ideas to innovate for your business:

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Seminar - The UK-Ireland Agri-Food Sector: A Shared History, A Shared Future

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This event will be the 5th installment of the series following the Infrastructure, ICT, Financial Services and Brexit Seminars that have taken place in the UK and Ireland. Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin Time/Date: 5th September 2018 @ 08.00...
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How to Have The Best Board In The World

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A high quality, dynamic board of directors is critical to a high-growth company because a carefully selected board provides the experience you need to help you set the right course and make quick and accurate decisions. Here's how to have the best board in the world for your business:

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Startup Series: Guide to Understanding Capital Structure

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How is ownership decided in a startup? When should we bring on board investors? I'm being diluted! What does that mean? What's a ratchet? What's pre-money and post money valuation? Help! Here's our startup series guide to understanding capital structure:

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How to Plan a Website for Your Startup

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A website allows you to conduct and market your business 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And it's global from day 1. Its ultimate aim as a business tool is to make it easy for customers and partners to do business with you. Here's how to plan a website for your startup:

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7 Tips from a CEO for Managing Hyper Growth

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You are in the exciting part of the S-curve and now is time where your future market share will be determined. You need to be able to act quick and dump the (legacy) systems that hamper your ability to respond a hyper speed to new opportunities to expand your market share. Here are 7 tips from a CEO for managing hyper growth:

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A Simple Guide to Raising Capital

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Once the company begins to raise equity capital from outside investors, the founders begin to suffer dilution. This is the loss of a proportional percentage of the company's shares when shares are purchased by outside investors. However dilution and the capital brought in to the business brings huge potential benefits. Here's a simple guide to raising capital:

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Free Online Training: PivotTables and Advanced Charts in Excel 2016

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If you've never used PivotTables and PivotCharts in Excel then these are excellent tools to help summarise and show key data in new ways. We have a free online training course called PivotTables and Advanced Charts in Excel 2016 available for Business Achievers members.

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10 Mistakes Not to Make With Your Sales Presentation

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At sales pitch meetings, it is clearly important to get it right and make the favourable first impression. This cannot be done alone; it is impossible to pitch, present and listen at the same time. Pitch presentations will typically have two key communication tools: the first is the entrepreneur (& a second team member) as communicators; the second is a PowerPoint presentation & presentation folder. Here are 10 mistakes not to make with your sales presentation:

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7 Tips for Effective Business Partnering

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Are you considering partnering for your business? Would partnership make sense for your business? Here are 7 tips for effective business partnering:

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10 Handy Time Management Tips for New Business Owners

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Time will be your biggest enemy in getting your business of the ground. You will be pulled in all kinds of directions. Successful people are very careful about how they spend their time. No matter how you slice it, we all have 24 hours in a day, so the key lies in learning to use your time (and energy) wisely. Here are 10 handy time management tips for new business owners:

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A Quick Guide to Understanding Venture Capitalists

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Venture capitalists generally invest other people's money. So they're accountable. Understanding what makes them tick is half the battle. Here's a quick guide to understanding venture capitalists:

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Free Online Training: The Many Approaches to Facing Workplace Conflict

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Conflict in the workplace can be difficult to overcome sometimes. If you have been experiencing workplace conflict then we have a free online training course called The Many Approaches to Facing Workplace Conflict available for Business Achievers members that might help.

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A Framework and 10 Key Questions for Your Business Strategy

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We've put together a list of questions and thoughts based on us studying a range of the latest theories on strategy, such a blue ocean strategy, future of management, renewing the core, open business models, etc. Here is a framework and 10 key questions for your business strategy that you can use to examine and develop your strategy with:

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What Inside Outside Leadership Can Mean for Your Business

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As proven again and again leadership is essential for exponential growth. We assume you have a value proposition that sounds like a bell, that you have your customers and that you have a scalable business model. Now examine your leadership. Do you have Inside Outside Leadership? Here's what Inside Outside Leadership can mean for your business:

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Free Online Training Courses for Business Achievers Members

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Good news, we have sourced a number of practical training courses, designed for busy business owners and these are now available to Business Achievers members for free. Find out about our free online training courses for Business Achievers members:

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