slipstream marketing bootcamp now live

slipstream marketing bootcamp now live

19th June 2018Insight

Our latest marketing bootcamp course is now available designed to help freelancers win more clients and work. Have you struggled sometimes to articulate what your business is about? Do you stumble over describing yourself as a business when you don’t have the right stories to hand? and which channels will work best for you? In this…

Famine or Feast – 7 ways to deal with the freelancer work cycle

Famine or Feast – 7 ways to deal with the freelancer work cycle

28th March 2018Insight

Freelancers! Coming to the end of Lent means no more fasting and giving something up to demonstrate our self-restraint. I am not a religious man but this idea of fasting or going without seems an apt one for us freelancers! How often have I heard freelancers say it is either Famine or Feast – which…

Playing nicely with other freelancers… and why it helps your business

Playing nicely with other freelancers… and why it helps your business

16th March 2018Insight

“Are you a team player?” We’ve all been asked this question, mostly in job interviews where we grit our teeth, smile brightly and say yes. Well, we’re hardly going to say no, are we? Freelancing can be tough sometimes. But at least we’re not going to be asked this question anymore. Or are we? The…

5 ways to improve your negotiation skills

5 ways to improve your negotiation skills

13th March 2018Insight

For the beginner, negotiation can feel horribly awkward. By definition, it involves two parties who are in disagreement hammering out a mutually acceptable solution. Negotiation starts with conflict, and most of us would rather chew sawdust than deliberately walk into it. But the fact is, good negotiation skills are critical to successful business. Too many…

How to succeed in the gig economy: people management

How to succeed in the gig economy: people management

7th March 2018Insight

What does it take to succeed in the gig economy? You just need to be good at your job, right? Actually, no. Functional brilliance isn’t enough anymore. Artificial intelligence is marching onward at breakneck speeds and trampling all over traditional ways of working. Technology is reshaping the global workplace and creating a need for new…

Got a problem? Here’s how to solve it

Got a problem? Here’s how to solve it

2nd March 2018Insight

Can you imagine living without problems? Well, of course not. Life is all about problem-solving, and every business, large or small, will succeed or fail on the ability to solve problems effectively. Problem-solving involves several important skills, and you can use a number of different approaches. However, all problems have 2 things in common: Goals…

How to make better decisions

How to make better decisions

26th February 2018Insight

The human brain likes shortcuts. When it comes to making decisions, we often use the most readily available information – previous experience. It’s quicker that way, especially when there are few facts available. Judgement and decision-making, based on few facts and prior knowledge, is known as heuristics – from the Greek for `discover’ – or…

Don’t want machines taking your job? Be emotionally intelligent

Don’t want machines taking your job? Be emotionally intelligent

15th February 2018Insight

There are very few certainties in life, but one thing is a shoo-in. The workplace won’t be the same in five years’ time. Or even two years’ time. We’ve already settled in to new ways of working, collaborating remotely with virtual teams around the globe to deliver projects. Who knows where it will take us?…

Are you listening carefully? Try active listening

Are you listening carefully? Try active listening

9th February 2018Insight

Given the amount of technology devoted to various forms of communication, it’s curious how little attention we pay to just listening. In fact, we’re rubbish at it. Research carried out by Michigan State University, and cited by the Harvard Business Review, found that the average listener remembers only 50% of a talk they’ve just heard,…

Top skills for the best paid jobs in 2020 – Cognitive Flexibility

Top skills for the best paid jobs in 2020 – Cognitive Flexibility

2nd February 2018Insight

Which skills will land you the best paid jobs in 2020 and beyond? Last year, the World Economic Forum came up with some interesting answers. They surveyed 350 executives across 9 industries in 15 of the world’s economies, and the result was a report called The Future of Work. One section of the report in…