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WELCOME to the FEU Training blog. This is the place to catch up on training news relevant to freelance members, such as details of bursaries and funding streams, as well as providing links to appropriate websites and information. Every month we will focus on a different subject area – a Hot Topic – relevant to the business of being a freelance from a training perspective

Dealing with setbacks (1)

Focus on the solution not the problem I used to work with an ex para called John, who’s battle cry in a crisis was: “Let’s focus on the problem, people!” John was an exceptional man. He’d survived a broken back

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Play to your strengths

IF YOU’RE thinking about improving your life in some way, whether it’s to do with furthering your career or beefing up your social life, you might find a few ‘positive psychology’ tips useful. Rather than poring over weaknesses and ways

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Making your own luck (3)

The previous blog focused on a particularly difficult period of my professional life. Basically, I desperately needed to jump start my career but, despite intensive marketing, I just couldn’t get a break. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, I was

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Making your own luck (2)

So, how do we make our own luck? Perhaps the best way to illustrate this is through personal experience: In mid-1997 I had been a self-employed journalist and PR consultant for five years but I needed a break. Thankfully, I’d

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Making your own luck (1)

Napoleon Bonaparte is widely recognised as a military genius but in recent years, he has become a role model for people who are intent on getting rich and building corporate empires. To authors of business self-help books, Napoleon offers plenty

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How to write for work (3)

The previous blog entry listed nine basic principles and general rules of effective writing. If you can master punctuation, and erase text talk and the inappropriate use of capital letters, you will be taken much more seriously by your readers.

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How to write for work (2)

The letters on your computer keyboard can be used in an almost infinite number of permutations and combinations to create just about anything. From the works of Shakespeare to a dense scientific tome; from a heart-warming love song to the

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How to write for work (1)

Creative people have every reason to object if anyone tries to impose restrictions on what they can and cannot say, write, read, sing or play. Freedom of expression is a fundamental pillar of a creative person’s life, but whatever your

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The Lost Art of Being Human (II)

There was a time when virtually everyone believed the earth was flat. But this unanimity did not mean that it was. The same principle applies to the idea that marketing yourself through social media and other on-line means somehow replaces

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The Lost Art of Being Human (I)

The last couple of decades have seen a succession of new technologies that have helped creative professionals market their services. First, there were email and websites. Then came Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and as sure as night follows day, there

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