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A series of blogposts on essential management skills for success

Organise GMIT New Frontiers One 2 Ones with Phase 1 Participants

GMIT iHubs New Frontiers Galway

As part of the New Frontiers Phase 1 programme in GMIT iHubs, Donncha will virtually meet participants for a One 2 One session to review their draft applications prior to final application on August 6th, 2020 New Frontiers Phase 2 Application – One 2 One As discussed at our workshop on Friday 19th June, there […]

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Online Training to Create Financial Projections for your Local Business

Financial Projections Online Workshop

I am delighted to announce that I have published an online training programme called ‘Creating Financial Projections for a Local Business‘. One year access is €50 including VAT. This ONE HOUR online programme is for you if: You a startup promoter or small business owner who needs to create financial projections for your business to […]

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4 Point Formula to Win funding – The Startup Pitch [Book review]

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I assist startups via training and mentoring to pitch for early stage investment to include enterprise agency supports such as New Frontiers and Competitive Start Fund in Ireland. I was delighted to find a superb book by Chris Lipp called ‘The Startup Pitch : A proven formula to win funding’. At 160 pages, it is […]

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CSF Online Masterclass Go Live Announcement

Launching Commpetitive Start Fund Masterclass Online Thinkific 2018

I am delighted to announce that my first online training programme has gone live. It is a 90 minute video based programme for people applying for CSF – €50,000 Competitive Start Fund investment with Enterprise Ireland. It is ideal for startup entrepreneurs who have applied before and were not shortlisted for the Pitch Stage on […]

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Dealing with difficult clients as a Freelance Consultant

Troublesome trucks aka difficult customers

I was asked recently as part of a Q&A to discuss how I deal with ‘difficult clients’ or customers. Having provided a short and off the top of the head response, this post is my reflections on this very interesting question:     Starting Point : Choose your Customers Wisely   As a freelancer, you […]

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A quick explanation and example of Cashflow (video)

Cash is King

I am not an accountant but I do my own accounts. I also work with clients on financial projections for their business plans. Finance is at the core of business and marketing. Cashflow is the core of finances. I have published an online course ‘Creating Financial Projections for a Local Business‘. A bonus module was […]

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Good strategy; the importance of proximate goals

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Goal setting is a key component of strategy development but it is not Strategy. In many cases, the key question ‘How are we going to do that’ is not answered. Strategy is not what you hope your performance is going to be. Strategy is about how you are going to get there. This is one […]

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Two hour Negotiations Workshop, DCU Invent, 10th November

Negotiations by Donncha Hughes

Donncha provides two hour, half day and full day Negotiations Workshops. Please contact to discuss your requirements.     I was recently asked by Maria Johnston, Operations & Enterprise Development Manager, DCU Invent Centre to deliver a two hour session on Negotiations at 10AM on Tuesday 10th November, 2015 for clients and startups. This post […]

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Running a ‘freelance’ business in Ireland in 2015

2015 Banner for Donncha Hughes, Business Advisor

At the beginning of 2014, I wrote an article reviewing 2013 and setting out my business ambitions for the year. I wrote it firstly as a planning and review mechanism for myself; secondly, on basis that it might be useful for anyone in the same boat; and finally, to highlight issues that have to be […]

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Running a small self employed service business

A self employed person running a professional services business has a different outlook to most other businesses. I think that somewhat different Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) apply when you want to track how the business is doing so that you can plan for the future.     Here is my review of my business in […]

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Setting up my new HP (Windows 8) Laptop

Information Technology is very important for small business. A new laptop for a small or home office (SOHO) business can be a big investment. This blogpost will outline how I set up my new HP Pavilion g6 laptop. I was up and running within a few hours but it has taken some time to get […]

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How to ‘pimp’ your iPad 2 for business use?

my iPad for business

I  have had an iPad 2 for over a year. A few recent purchases, to include some hardware and business apps for iPad, have made it much more of a business tool for use in and out  the office – Noteability: an iOS app for for taking notes; a Maglus Stylus; a bluetooth wireless keyboard; […]

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Mayo Open Coffee Club : Setting Smarter Goals

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  I was delighted to be asked by Maria Staunton,of GMIT’s Innovation in Business Centre in Castlebar to speak at the first meeting of 2013 of the Mayo Open Coffee Club. I was asked to speak about ‘New Year, New You, Setting Smarter Goals for 2013’. I readily accepted as I have a keen interest […]

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How to facilitate a group meeting to achieve your goals?


To facilitate a good meeting you need to: spend time in preparation, build group dynamic, establish shared focus, maintain control but also capture constuctive input, close with a plan of Action. And follow up including drafting and circulation of minutes is critical.

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