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Take Back Your Time – Productivity Secrets of Successful People

September 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

A Small Business Masterclass with a difference! Join us to find out how to maximise your efficiency and make strides towards your goals.

Do you want to get better results this year than you did last year?

Would you like to make New year’s resolutions that actually work?

Could you do with some help to be less busy and stressed and better at getting the things done that you really want done?

In order to survive in business today, being able to get a grip on your time management, planning and productivity is a key survival skill for both you and your business.

Yet continual distractions, multiple projects that never end, and the inability to communicate well can make anyone feel stressed, powerless and frustrated … and very unproductive.

Maybe you’ve never learnt key organisation and self-management skills.

Or maybe you have learnt some skills but just can’t seem to apply them day to day because of the daily whirlwind of problems and distractions.

‘Take back your time’ will help you solve all these problems and give you 3 principles that you can apply to any situation, in any business, at any time in order to take back your time, and get the important things done.

No matter how busy you are!

This training is based on the first 3 habits of ‘The 7 habits of Highly Effective People’ – the #1 training system in the world.

It lasts for 3 ½ hours and will teach you:

· How to focus on what matters

· How to control your emotions

· How to plan your week and day effectively

· How to get out of the whirlwind and actually get things done

· How to handle distractions and avoid stress

· How to say ‘no’ properly!

And you will go away with three powerful tools that you can use time and again every day to make sure that you put your learning into practice when you get back to work.

3 ½ hours, 3 principles, and 3 tools that make all the difference and will transform your day.

Every day.

About Your Trainer

Guy Arnold

​Guy is an unconventional business adviser who helps owners of small businesses build sales and profits through reputation, loyalty and referrals … above all else.

Guy has run his own businesses and worked with fast-growing start-ups and large businesses, always focusing on business building through customer reputation and loyalty, and he has written 3 books on this subject.

He has had big successes in business and also some reasonably sized failures: the key is to learn from successes and avoid what causes failures!

He can help you by examining your approach to customers and helping you develop simple systems, and step-by-step changes to get even better results by getting customers to want to buy more from you, buy again and again and tell all their friends about you.

He uses a simple but powerful methodology called ‘Slow Selling’, based on 4 key principles of common sense.

But don’t take our word for it: the proof of any pudding is in the eating: Here’s some feedback from recent work through the BIPC

‘Exceptional teaching and really valuable content​.’

‘Inspirational and simple.’

‘I left feeling relieved and inspired, clear on what I needed to do.’

If you just want to be ‘a bit better’, then Guy’s not the person for you, but if you want to really nail it, Guy would be pleased to talk with you.


Please note that there is no parking at the library. Nearest parking is John Lewis, Princesshay, Bampfyle Street or Guildhall car park.

If there is anything we can do to help you access this session more easily, please do get in touch at

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September 24
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Rougemont Room, Exeter Library
Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PQ
Exeter, EX4 3PQ GB
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