Why good times have never seemed so good for Worcestershire

Sports teams teach us lessons in life and business. A topsy-turvy season for Worcestershire CCC has ended in triumph. Chris Green offers five reasons why and how. 1 – Solid leadership Everyone needs this in all walks of life. Skipper and England all-rounder Moeen Ali led from the front with quiet, calm authority and his personal performances with bat and ball were shaped by skill, temperament and consistency. Not too…

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CGM blog: D’Oliveira won hearts and changed minds

In a delicious irony Basil D’Oliveira is being given the freedom of Worcester this week. Ironic because, aside from being an amazingly gifted sportsman, Dolly was best known for being denied freedom to play cricket in the country of his birth by seeking to represent his chosen adopted country, England. Ironic because in a week when English cricket has rightly feted former England captain Alistair Cook for bowing out with…

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CGM blog: Five years of the Business Media Club

Five years ago, I had this crazy idea to start my own training and network club. Fuelled by the idea of hosting a regular event I’d wish to attend myself I decided to strip out all the things I disliked about business networking and poured in all the things that would attract me. For starters, it had to have purpose. My bag is media, communications and marketing and I figured…

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CGM blog: Why being a Soul Business is best

Is your business a Soul Business? By that, I mean do you communicate from the heart? If not, you’re missing a trick. Soul Business is the ethos we work to at Chris Green Media and it is based on fundamental principles that work best in life as well as business. Its core is effective communication – not just telling people what you do and how you do it but primarily…

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CGM blog: The price of everything

Hey, it’s football transfer deadline day don’t you know. Not that Sky Sports will let you forget, mind. In fact, if you watch Sky Sports News today, you’d be hard pressed to believe there’s any other action worthy of mention in the wonderful world of sport. Forget GB swimmer Adam Peaty’s multiple record-breaking, gold-winning week in the European Championships in Glasgow. Or the happy smiling faces of dozens of British…

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Business Media Club blog: Coordination

Let’s Put it All Together’ once sang The Stylistics in typical beautiful falsetto fashion – literal proof, if needed, of the virtue of harmony. I’m not quite sure where that currently leaves the England football team, who have developed admirably under manager Gareth Southgate but are still very much a work in progress, or Prime Minister Teresa May as she tries to balance a torn cabinet and the best interests…

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CGM blog: Five top tips for the perfect speech

Delivering a powerful public speech doesn’t have to be the equivalent of anaesthetic-free dentistry. Not if you plan it right and stick to some simple tips. Here are CGM managing partner Chris Green’s five top tips to delivering the perfect speech. Say something simple… ..and think big. Too many speech makers try to achieve too much. Keep to one main theme and/or one big message and work your thoughts around…

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Business Media Club blog: A question of confidence

The main focus of the BAFTA-winning film Darkest Hour is an in-depth study of the seemingly ebullient Winston Churchill on the eve of taking office as Prime Minister and his infamous rallying call for what would be his, and Britain’s, finest hour. Brilliantly played by Oscar winner Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour is cast in the gloom many people fear of stepping out in public and raising their heads above the…

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CGM Business Media Club Blog: Design and define

Some people shy away from personal branding because they think overt self-promotion isn’t for them or their organisation. Sorry, I just don’t get this. The safety of the pack is partly understandable – there’s a hermit in all of us – but if you keep a low profile why should anyone care who you are or what you do? There are no distinguishing features. Of course, there’s a mantra that…

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