Get set, debate

Should you have your photo on your business card; Yes or No?

There are reasons for and against, but it’s not something that is seen very often; but why? One local firm of solicitors do take the image approach, as do a firm of financial advisors, but why is it still not used by many

Think about all the business cards you collect when attending networking events. You get back the office and sort through the stack. Can you remember the people who gave you their card?

Having a photo on your business card helps people remember you. People do business with those they know, like and trust. If they can remember you, that’s the first step.

When you have your headshot on your card, people get a second chance to meet you. You meet so many people at a networking event, how is someone that you spoke to for 30 seconds going to remember your face. Do you ever have that “What was the name of that guy?” moment after a networking meeting?

Like all images associated with you and your business, it must be the right image. By that I mean a professional looking image wearing clothing appropriate to your trade or profession.

So if it’s such a good idea, why don’t more people do it?

Do you have your photo on your business card? If not, why not?

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Is checking your email making you stressed?


Does the thought of opening your email inbox in the morning fill you with dread?

Or are you guilty of checking them countless times throughout the day?

Email StressEmail anxiety is a big thing - both in your personal and professional life – but research released this week has shown that keeping track of those messages could actually be the reason you’re feeling stressed out.

Enter: The Daily Message.

The brainchild of Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams has proposed the idea for ‘a messaging service/app that only delivers once a day’. The concept means you can see all your messages from the last 24 hours, reply, and then switch off.

And, much like a traditional post-box, your replies all get delivered at the same time. Ever wished you could delete an email after hitting send? With this app, you could! If of course, you don’t ‘miss the post’.

You can read more about his app idea here:

We’re living in such a fast-paced, modern world where having our offices at our fingertips really does have its pros. You can work remotely, you can check in with colleagues wherever you are, and you can always know what’s going on.

But that too, has its drawbacks.

We’re constantly ‘on’; replying to messages out of hours and always hitting refresh, afraid of missing something.

Sound familiar?

While “The Daily Message” is, at the moment, just an idea; I certainly think that the concept is a great one. It’ll give you so much time back, and you’ll have much more freedom – and time – to work on your business, and not in it.

What do you think? Is it something you’d use?

Speak soon!

Are you 'Well Natural'?

Well Natural Artisan

Do you know your zinc from your iron, or your magnesium from your potassium if the answer is no then we suggest you make your way to Well Natural located at 15 Silver Street, just on the edge of Salisbury’s Cathedral City Guildhall Square.

We were recently commissioned to go and capture some images on behalf of our friends at Salisbury Life Magazine, and in doing so its certainly opened our eyes and minds about alternative and healthy options available.

Well Natural Cafe SeatingThe mission at Well Natural is “To provide value in products and services, to remain committed to the supply of natural products helping to keep the whole family healthy”.

This store is clean tidy and everything is easy to find – but if you are having problems then don’t be afraid to ask their very helpful team of staff.

With a café inside and extra seating both upstairs and outside in the summer months , this shop caters for everyone and all things healthy – even a healthier  vegan  option which during our visit was Chocolate & Coconut Flapjack or Malted Fruit & Seed Bar.Well Natural Cafe

It’s not just about health and nutrients in here, they also care your skincare routine and have a great range of skin and body products from the Dr Hauschka. This really is an interesting place to visit – did you know that you can buy original flower remedies?

Well Natural Vegan Fruit and Seeded BarWere you aware that adding a drop or two or Rock Rose into a glass of water or directly on to your tongue, will help against terror or that White Chestnut is to help with unwanted thoughts and mental arguments. There are certainly a few flower remedies we can think of trying.

So from minerals, vitamins and flower remedies you can also buy food, ingredients and eco-friendly washing liquids and fabric conditions. Everything in this shop shouts Well Natural from the inside out, the outside in and from top to toe.”

Have you been to Repertoire lately?

For those of you that are regular browsers of Salisbury Life Magazine, will know that they are keen to bring you the best of Salisbury’s shopping boutiques and “Repertoire” certainly falls in to that category.

This is a shop with style teamed with the quirkiness of the old beams in the current 13th Century listed building, located in Fish Row, in Salisbury’s City centre.

“Since opening its first stores over 18 years ago, Repertoire has established itself as a leading independent retailer of major designer labels, based in the South of England. Today, with five stores, stocking a variety of collections from over 50 key designer brands, we cover all styles, from casual jeans by a whole host of designers to formal dressing, suiting for men and occasion wear for women”

Repertoire, Salisbury

Brands stocked in this beautiful boutique are high end which are already established as having great reputations within the world of fashion and include Barbour, Ted Baker, Holland Esquire, Ralphe Lauren, Armani and Jeffery West to name but a few.

Staff are not only warm friendly and helpful, focusing on their great customer service, but also have a wide knowledge of their brands too.

If you are looking for a new jacket, coat, jumper or even a new pair of gorgeous designer jeans, as well as other items of fashion wear for the autumn/winter season, then please go and take a look inside the doors of Repertoire Salisbury.

#PotterItForward – The next step in the Harry Potter Saga

  Before you get too excited, I’m not about to reveal a new book in the much-loved Harry Potter franchise (sorry, I’m as gutted as you are!). But I am going to tell you that the magic is definitely not over, especially for newcomers to the Wizarding World.

The seven books have had a massive impact on the lives of millions. And now, a younger generation are getting the chance to experience this for themselves.

Potter fan-site, MuggleNet have started a new movement that’s seeing Potterheads share with the world what Harry, Ron and Hermione mean to them. Fans are being encouraged to leave a secret note in their favourite book, and donate it to a library or charity shop.

Be it their favourite quote, a message they took from the books or something else; these heartfelt notes are keeping the magic alive.

This got me wondering, what books meant the most to you growing up? And which timeless stories do you read over and over again?

In the day and age of the Internet, it’s so easy to read a blog or an e-book instead of picking up your favourite paperback. We’ve almost lost the magic of books (pun very much intended), and I think it’s important that we most definitely get this back!

So, I’d love to know what your favourite book is? Whether it’s a Roald Dahl classic, something by the Bronte sisters, or even the boy wizard himself, let’s talk books!

Speak soon!