The first press release

press release being created on a typewriterThe first press release was written in 1906 by Ivy Lee. 

After the 1906 Atlantic City train wreck, Lee issued what is often considered to be the very first press release, convincing the company to openly disclose information to journalists, before they could hear information from elsewhere.


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The first step to friction-free AP

Tungsten Network Fiction FinderFriction undermines Accounts Payable (AP) at every turn: higher costs and late payment penalties, strained supplier relationships. Link after link of the supply chain corroded by inefficiencies and broken invoice processes.

At Tungsten Network, our customers and prospects face these issues daily. Many can be identified with the help of our 20-question Tungsten Network Friction Finder.

Using this online tool will help them calculate their Friction Factor. The higher their percentage, the more friction that’s present in their AP process. They’ll also see how they rate compared to other businesses and get recommendations for what to do.

Challenge customers and prospects to get their score at – share using #RemoveTheFriction.

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3 keys to a frictionless P2P process

3 keys to frictionless P2P process

Join this webinar for practical insights that will help you prepare for tomorrow’s payment risks and opportunities.
You’ll learn how Mohawk Industries capitalised on the promise of digital transformation, enabling more visibility, agility and innovation in their P2P process while managing the risks to instill greater accountability, reduce uncertainty, and foster trust.

How ready is your organisation for e-invoicing? Register today and receive an invitation to a complimentary readiness assessment. (Even if you can’t attend, you’ll be sent a link to the webinar replay after the event.)

DATE: Thursday 3 August 2017
TIME: 10.00 to 11.00 EDT/15.00 to 16.00 BST
REGISTER: Register free here

You will hear from:

Tracy Bryant – Manager, Shared Services, Mohawk Industries
Connie O’Brien – Chief Marketing Officer, Tungsten Network
Ryan Enright – Director, Strategic Account Relations, Tungsten Network

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First Great Western…am I unreasonable?

I asked, “Which train is going first?”

And the answer was, “I’ve no idea.”

Thanks First (rarely first) Great (seldom great) Western (50% of the time, on a fairly random basis, they head west ).

Let’s be clear, they do trains and I just use them to get work. Do you think it is unreasonable to be told which train to get on?

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Shudder or smile? Four figure log tables

Four figure tables from C Godfrey and A W Siddons

Look what I found! Four figure tables including those dastardly four figure logarithms from Messrs Godfrey and Siddons. I shuddered and then smiled.

I cannot remember my Maths teachers name at Oxford School. And the memories flood back…differential calculus at Shene County Grammar.

Rather surprisingly, to me anyway, I went on to use differential calculus professionally. It was a good job I had kept half an ear open.

Four figure logarithms from C Godfrey and A W Siddons

The next thing I’ll find is that ruddy physics text book. It was the heaviest one of the lot; we had to do PE to get fit enough to carry it.

Anyway, do you remember using these log tables?





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How to stop your CEO (or boss) from screwing up!

Your Friday Reading.

I like it when senior people share experiences, over a period of time, in a really genuine and helpful way. Mitesh Sheth has done this here in a great post on LinkedIn:

This is one of many things that resonated with me: “We don’t hire smart people so we can tell them what to do, we expect them to tell us what to do.”

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Dilbert’s Words of Wisdom

  1. I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow’s not looking good either.
  2. I love deadlines. I especially love the swooshing sound they make as they go flying by.
  3. Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it.
  4. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.
  5. Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn’t there the first time you need him, chances are you won’t be needing him again.
  6. I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.
  7. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.
  8. I don’t suffer from stress – I’m a carrier.
  9. Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo.
  10. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

Dilbert, a ‘man’ after my own heart. Number 2 on this list is my favourite.

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