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3 top public speaking tips from a TED coach

November 13th, 2015|

Public speaking can be a daunting experience. The prospect of standing up in front of a crowd genuinely terrifies some people. While it can be nerve wracking, it can also be rewarding and, chances are you’ll have to do it in some capacity as a business owner at some stage. Inc.com spoke to Gina Barnett, […]

Budget 2016: A Quick Guide for SMEs

October 16th, 2015|

As an adviser to SME’s and being an SME ourselves, the team in Doyle Murtagh & Co watched the budget in great detail. Despite all the leaks in advance, the Budget speech is really the one to watch ahead of the actual Finance Bill. […]

Legendary Leadership Brings Success

October 8th, 2015|

At Bord Gáis Energy, we are dedicated to providing our business customers with the best service and support possible.We know that behind every great business is a strong leader, and successful leaders must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to drive business growth and ensure sustainability. So we were delighted to host recently the first Bord Gáis Energy business conference, Legendary Leadership Brings Success in the iconic Aviva Stadium.

Our aim was to provide business owners, professionals and leaders with the opportunity to learn, network and create new contacts. The half-day conference was MC’d by UTV news anchor Alison Comyn, who seamlessly linked each speaker presentation and panel discussion. Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, formally opened the conference and highlighted the important role Irish businesses play in the road to recovery in Ireland, as well as the role leadership has in driving success forward.
Leadership Psychology
Enda McNulty, CEO of Motiv8, engaged the attendees with a lively presentation on the psychology behind excellent leadership. He also provided practical tips that attendees could bring back to the workplace to implement themselves.
Persistence And Determination
An entrepreneurial panel with top-class speakers followed, including Michael Dawson, group CEO of One4All; Sean Gallagher, Irish entrepreneur and former Dragon from TV show Dragons’ Den; and Aoibheann O’Brien and Iseult Ward, founders of the innovative company Food Cloud.

Facilitated by Newstalk business editor, Vincent Wall, this panel discussion gave delegates an insight into the minds of some of Ireland’s leading business figures. Each entrepreneur delved in to their own business journey, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. The overriding message was one of persistence and determination. Surrounding yourself with a close group of like-minded people was a crucial factor highlighted by each speaker.

Dr Colm Foster, Director of Executive Education at the Irish Management Institute, shared his knowledge on the role emotional intelligence plays in business. In order to lead successfully, he explained that you must understand the power and impact emotions have. How you react to anger, anxiety and stress will give you a good indication as to how you should approach similar situations with employees.
Lessons From Sport
The final specialist panel, facilitated by RTE business reporter Conor Brophy, combined the forces of Irish sporting heroes – rugby legend Ronan O’Gara, Irish boxing coach Billy Walsh and Dublin football manager Jim Gavin, each of whom brought to life the leadership lessons business owners can learn from sport.

Whether it’s encouraging self-expression and individuality, serving feedback objectively or losing control to gain control, the knowledge and wisdom from these sporting greats gave delegates a fresh perspective on the theme of leadership.

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7 things you must avoid when managing employees

October 6th, 2015|

We’ve seen many articles on what you can do to both motivate your employees and create an environment that gets the best out them. […]

Understand your customers – Build loyalty and sell more

October 6th, 2015|

The better the relationship you have with your customers, the more likely they are to keep their business with you. […]

Win an IMI Course

September 12th, 2015|

Bord Gáis Energy have teamed up with the Irish Management Institute, Ireland’s leading provider of executive education, to offer you the chance to win a place on an IMI intensive short course for their business. The IMI is the only Irish institute ranked in the Financial Times top 100 providers of executive education.
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The best and worst times to post on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

August 14th, 2015|

Social media is a great place to promote your business. It’s cheap, easy to use and can reach an audience of thousands easily. But what type of content is best to post on social media? And when is the best time to post it?

These infographics, compiled by Hubspot from data compiled by SurePayroll and Ghergich […]

8 things to avoid if your company has a blog

August 8th, 2015|

Content marketing is hugely popular among businesses of all sizes. It’s cheap, relatively easy to do, and, if done correctly, can have amazing results.

Neil Patel, of Kissmetrics, has seen his fair share of blogs. In this article, he lists his eight pet peeves that not only annoy him – but also prove a major turn […]

4 tips on expanding your business (From an SME owner)

July 25th, 2015|

For small business owners, running the day to day business can be so time consuming, that long term plans and growth are neglected. In this article, Enterprise Nation talk to Jonathon Russell, who overcame this problem to take his small business to the next level.

Beyond day-to-day management, it’s important to focus some attention on building […]

Get the most out of your sales meeting

July 12th, 2015|

In this article, Marketing Doughnut has looked to Andy Preston of Outstanding Results for some sales guidance. Making the point that sales emails and calls are easier to avoid, Andy outlines some top tips when it comes to hosting a sales meeting face-to-face. These meetings will enable you to gather more information from the prospect […]

Selling more to existing customers

July 11th, 2015|

With a huge focus put on new business leads and generating new sales, a huge audience for growing your business can be overlooked – existing customers.

Studies have shown that it costs five times more to acquire a customer than to retain one and a retention strategy is key to any business’ success. Customer retention is […]

5 top tips to help your business grow

July 5th, 2015|

Getting the basics right will help you create a solid foundation from which to build your business. The SME experts at Bord Gáis Energy have put together five simple wins to help your business grow.
Sales: It’s good to have a great product or service, but are you selling enough of it? Work out how much of […]