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Ires Alliston To Grace The Spotlight As She Hosts The Forthcoming Speed Coaching Event – Press Release – Digital Journal

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Popular public speaker and entrepreneur, Ires Alliston, brings together 9 Superstar Expert Coaches for an All-In-One success coaching experience in the Speed Coaching Virtual Event

Ires Alliston founded the Ires Alliston International with the primary goal of developing the next generation of business leaders and coaches from all walks of life. In a similar vein, Ires Alliston has put together a coaching event featuring 9 coaches and speakers that have demonstrated their expertise across different industries, with over 50 years of combined experience in sales, marketing, personal and business development. The virtual event is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 10 AM EST to 1 PM EST.

The importance of coaching and mentorship on the road to success cannot be overemphasized. Getting coaches that know their onions and deliver effective and practicable tips can be a daunting task, considering the number of so-called experts in different parts of the world. However, Ires Alliston seems to have found an antidote with the Speed Coaching Event.

The event is designed for all categories of individuals and professionals, including coaches, consultants, service-based providers, and people who want to improve their business and personal life. The event is particularly unique offering speed coaching with top coaches and consultants who share their ultimate business strategies in 15-minute increments. The participating coaches are experts in different fields, including coaching success, transition, lifestyle, mindset, story branding, health, nutrition, and a host of others.

Speakers at the event include Ires Alliston, a global Business Consultant, author, and coach known for working with small business owners and entrepreneurs to scale their online coaching business. Other coaches to speak at the event are Mark Gai, Storyteller Authority, Tedx Speaker, and Entrepreneur, Tia Watson, Personal and Professional, Development Coach and Speaker, Courtney Gale, Success Business Coach, and Mentor, Speaker, and Entrepreneur, and Denise Wanamaker, Transition Coach, and Mentor, Speaker and Entrepreneur. Speed Coaching Event will also feature Tommy Pichardo, Master Transformational Coach, Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur, Rhaiza Gutierrez, Mindset Coach, and Mentor, Speaker and Business Owner, Connor Tinglum, Health Success Coach and Mentor, Nutritionist, Speaker and Entrepreneur, and Pernell Murphy, Lifestyle Specialist, Speaker, and Media Personality.

The Speed Coaching Event will cover 9 different topics, including Scaling Online Businesses, Magnetic Business Storytelling, Living A Powerful Purpose, Next-Level Coaching, and Creating Business Sovereignty. Other topics are Unlocking Optimal Health, 20/4 I.F. Lifestyle, Simplifying Lifestyle, and Amplifying Health.

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Discovery Education and NAHT launch ‘Pathway’ | Edexec – Ed Exec

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A new digital programme to deliver high quality professional and personal development to thousands of teachers and school leaders across the UK was launched today by Discovery Education and school leaders union NAHT

Designed to support the whole teacher, Pathway is a holistic programme focused on improving teachers professional and personal wellbeing. By blending professional development with personal development, and combining Discovery Education and NAHTs expertise and reach, Pathway offers a unique approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that empowers teachers and school leaders to flourish during these challenging times.

Featuring powerful insights and perspectives from the UKs leading education experts, Pathway supports teachers at every stage of their career through a wide range of easy-to-access courses, webinars, resources and tools.With Pathways unique materials, teachers can identify what motivates them, analyse their professional skills, gain meaningful professional advice and manage their own wellbeing. Together, these resources can support the creation of a culture of professional learning and personal and career development in any school.

Delivered digitally and available to teachers at any time and pace, Pathway provides educators access to the training, advice and support they need to meet the challenges of the modern classroom. Pathway also includes a unique wellbeing programme written and presented by Professor Tim OBrien and Dr Dennis Guiney and a new advice hub powered by NAHT experts, which helps schools keep abreast of the latest education policies and guidelines.

Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary, said: The Pathway message is simple: In order to properly invest in the development of their teams, school leaders must first invest in themselves. As we say, if effective education considers the whole child, then effective CPD should be about the whole teacher.

Howard Lewis, UK MD, Discovery Education said: We believe that teachers wellbeing, motivation and creative ambitions deserve as much consideration as their professional skills. If teaching requires body and mind, heart and soul, then good CPD should support the whole teacher. Were delighted to partner with NAHT to deliver a programme which achieves this. Pathway will help teachers and leaders to stay motivated, develop their skills and retain agency even during these exceptionally challenging times.

The Pathway programme is structured around three core elements, which together form a virtuous cycle of continuous empowerment throughout an educators professional journey. Orientation is where educators can explore what motivates them, audit their skills and competences and plot future goals and aspirations. In navigation, participants can learn from fellow educators, school leaders and education experts through a suite of continuous professional empowerment courses and modules comprising films, thought-pieces and reflections and online discussion forums. Finally, in reflection teachers are encouraged to self-focus with an exclusive wellbeing programme, an advice hub and a professional learning portfolio to keep a record of personal and professional achievements.

Pathways contributors include some of the UKs leading education experts and include lead author and series editor Andrew Hammond, Hywel Roberts, Debra Kidd, Professor Tim OBrien, Pranav Patel and Professor Max Coates.

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October 6th, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Disruptive Advertising Agency Achieves Position in Inc. 5000 for 4th Consecutive Year Following 33% Revenue Growth – Benzinga

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LINDON, Utah, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Digital marketing agency Disruptive Advertising was named on Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 5000 list which features the fastest-growing, privately held companies across the US. The company has made the list for the fourth consecutive year, following growth of 33% in revenue and 27% in employees in 2019.

The company saw formidable growth and activity thanks to an array of initiatives and accomplishments by the Disruptive Advertising team. To deliver the highest quality to clients, Disruptive Advertising reorganized the client services and product team, launched their 30-day Client Strategies and increased their Client Criteria standards.

The talented team published 242 industry blog posts, participated in 59 service activities and 19 podcasts. Launches throughout the year included Enterprise Teams, internal finance course for employees and their Lifecycle Marketing product which brings email, SMS and chatbots to their clients. More than 80 graduates took part in Disruptive Advertising's Personal Development and Leadership course.

Illustrating the success of the organization, the sales team hit two record-setting net new sales months and they hit their $20 million run rate. The many launches and activities that led to these impressive metrics contributed towards Disruptive Advertising's ranking in the Inc. 5000.

"What we accomplished in 2019 really prepared us for COVID and 2020," said Chief Marketing Officer, Saunder Schroeder. "We doubled down on who we are and improved on the foundational items of our client experience to provide a win-win-win for our clients, employees and Disruptive Advertising as a whole."

"Ranking in the Inc. 5000 is an immense privilege and I credit the hard work of our team with getting us there for the fourth year in a row," said CEO, Jacob Baadsgaard. "Continuing to focus on creating the best client service experience has been the key to our growth and we remain dedicated to providing the highest quality of service."

About Disruptive Advertising:

Disruptive Advertising, a Digital Marketing Agency, is committed to partnering with their clients to help them achieve their digital marketing and business goals through Paid Advertising, Website Optimization, Lifecycle Marketing and Analytics. Disruptive Advertising employs ~150 full-time employees, partners with 500+ world-class businesses, manages $200M+ in ad spend, sends millions of emails and texts, optimizes websites for millions of website visitors and analyzes millions of data points annually.

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The world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

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Key steps to creating an effective Learning and Development plan | theHRD – The HR Director Magazine

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It is a truism that people are the heart of any business and vital for its success. Given this it is essential to have a learning and development plan for your teams and to review your processes on a regular basis. This will ensure that you have, and continue to have a motivated and well-trained workforce, focussed on achieving your organisations strategic goals.

Empowering your people to achieve their full potential and engaging them in the plan can have a hugely positive impact on both the business and your staff. It can also help you attract, recruit, and develop the skilled workers you need by enabling you to:

A Learning and Development plan should be designed to inspire,develop,and ultimately help your peoplegrow in competence and confidence. Businesses and teams with the best players thrive and outperform the competition.

There are six steps to developing a coherent, practical and effective Learning and Development plan:

Step 1: Create clear career pathways

To create clear career pathways, you will first need to identify the role profiles that exist within your business. You will need to determine the purpose of the role, the hierarchy of authority, reporting lines and career progression routes.

For example, the purpose of a sales team is to generate sales, grow the business and retain existing customer relationships and within the sales teams there will be different job roles:

Career pathways should also show how to achieve progression and promotion. For example, how do you move from Sales Representative to Sales Manager? The written pathway should include what skills are needed and how you obtain them through upskilling and undertaking additional roles and responsibilities under supervision and mentorship.

Step 2: Define Roles and Responsibilities

Defining clear roles and responsibilities provides your business with the vital advantages necessary for continual growth. If people are clear about what they need to do, it makes it easier for them to do it, this enables increased internal control, improved process management and enhances operational performance.

To develop an effective Learning and Development plan, you should evaluate your existing roles and responsibilities defined in your job descriptions to ensure that they are reflective of what you need people to do. If not, the knowledge and behaviours criteria you set will not deliver the skills required to fulfil the role. The most efficient and effective way of achieving this is to set up a small working group with key operational people at different levels and across a variety of job roles.

Step 3: Define the Knowledge & Behavioursrequired

It is important that the new job descriptionsclearly definethe knowledge requirement to successfully undertake the role. When defining the knowledge levels required for each role, remember that knowledge can be gained through experience or education. Not everyone is required to be experts in everything, but base line awareness is often desirable.

Whilst knowledge is vital, you must also identify the attitude and behaviours that will fit within your organisational culture and are aligned to your Vision, Mission and Values. Because how you do something is more likely to deliver good customer service that just what you do.

Asking your staff to be part of this process will ensure that all angles are covered. Together with a training gap analysis you will be able to highlight specific skill gaps within your business. From there, you can prioritise your employees training needs. When discussing this with your team, you should consider a variety of core skills including:

Values & Behaviours Values are just behaviours you want people to live by, giving them direction on how to achieve your mission. They should be specific and descriptive in the way you want people to act or treat people

Health, Safety& Environment Businesses have a moral and legal obligation to manage this well, and people need to be aware of how you are protecting them and their environment and what they should do to help

Quality The standard of the products or services you deliver has a direct link to your customer service and brand loyalty, people should know the effects of poor quality and be given the skills to deliver your standards

Performance & Time Management Efficiency and punctuality are critical to a successful business and people should know how to prioritise and make the most of their time

Commercial Focus Everyone in a business can affect your profitability, from general awareness of business costs and the use of company resources, to cost saving and revenue generation

Leadership & Management Line managers or supervisors have a massive influence on the team dynamics and performance. It is important to understanding how to motivate and manage you staff, this is often overlooked when people are promoted from time served

Strategic Thinking This is aimed at the senior management in your team, and focussed on performance reviews and planning for success. This type of thinking will help you achieve your Vision.

Step 4: Choose the right Training

Having identified the knowledge and behaviours required to fulfil each role, you can now look to select the appropriate training.

Training is the act of teaching people the required skills or behaviours, and can be delivered in a variety of ways including:

A good Learning and Development plan gives people the opportunity to complete different types of training, not simply to assist in the competency of their role, but to inspire them to achieve their career goals, to broaden their knowledge and to widen their skills base.

To select the right training, you will need use the job descriptions to identify the learning outcomes needed to fulfil the role. Finding a course that meets these needs, in the delivery method that best suits your business, can often be difficult and can require thinking outside the box.

Remember a recognised training course or a theoretical qualification may not deliver the competence levels you are looking for and often blended learning delivers the best results. Where you have a training need for a member of staff and you cannot find the course approach your training provider and ask them if they can work with your business to design, deliver and complete a bespoke training.

Step 5: Build on Skills & Experience

Just because people attend a training course does not mean that they are competent in those skills. Skills are defined as the ability to do something well, and this is developed over time.

You should encourage your teams to put their knowledge into practice in order to develop their skills, whilst being observed, supported and mentored by their line manager.

Within the job profiles, you should determine the skills and experience levels required for each role.

Step 6: Monitoring the Learning & Development Journey

Whilst it is important to track statistical performance against the learning and development plan, knowing that 95% of your people have completed a required course, is not the only measure you should be focussed on.

Everyones learning and development journey will be different, and it is important that you remain flexible and inclusive in your plans. You need to have a system for understanding their journey and monitoring their development. APersonal Development Review(PDR)can provide a framework for employees to have open and regular conversations with theirline managerabout their performance, including reviewing their competency, personal development and career goal:

A PDR should include:

Competency Review

The employees level of competency will be determined within set criteria in line with their roles and responsibilities and the companys competency framework.

Development Review

During your development review the employee and line manager will discuss the employees development needs for the year ahead and how the line manager is able to support the employees development. For example, what training courses will the employee require to better their knowledge and experience within their role.

Career Goals

The employee and line manager will discuss the employees career goals and future aspirations. The line manager will encourage the employee to outline their short term and long-term goals and establish actions required to achieve them.

By creating, maintaining and monitoring a structured Learning and Development plan HR can identify the training needed to drive your organisation forward. By following and monitoring the plan and its outcomes you can ensure your staff are getting what they need, and you have the best possible team to facilitate ongoing growth.

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New normal in times of COVID-19 – Anadolu Agency

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The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way people live, act, and work, the first time history has ever seen such sweeping changes.

Beside changing social and work ethics, measures taken to contain the virus have also reshaped greetings and the rules of everyday etiquette.

Rules of communication and grace have been remodeled in personal growth, social life, and the business world, Gokhan Dumanli, founder of the Academy of Elegance, told Anadolu Agency.

The pandemic brought about a significant change in living from greetings to handshaking, table and seating arrangements, entertainment culture, artistic activities, sports activities, and most importantly, professional behavior codes of the business world, Dumanli said.

Having cologne, disinfectant, napkin, and extra masks to present to someone when necessary will provide a more comfortable communication environment among both acquaintances and newcomers, Dumanli said.

"In communication, the tone of voice always comes second after body language. Our masked face and social distance will require us to use our voices a little more loudly and more vividly. Talking too quietly without realizing it or shouting because one isnt heard will be one of the mistakes made, he added.

More awareness needed

He stated that one of the most important issues in the pandemic is style, and people sometimes do not realize how they speak, act, or react in an environment of anxiety and uncertainty.

Underlining that this situation will cause communication mishaps and unwanted glitches, Dumanli said: Its very important to use phrases such as youre welcome, please, thank you, I'm sorry in our sentences.

Personal development, online training, and courses will become part of peoples lives from now on, and awareness of ecological balance, protection of natural life, climate, and similar issues will rise, he stated.

He said in the new normal, institutions will have to be more careful in informing and guiding their customers better and the language, method, and content they use will carry added importance.

The effects of the pandemic on people will be experienced psychologically, and those with high social and emotional awareness may be affected less, he added.

Dumanli said expensive clothes, hair, makeup, and accessories will be replaced by simplicity and pastels, and natural colors will be preferred more in clothes.

Since originating in China last December, the pandemic has claimed over 1 million lives in 188 countries and regions.

Some 35.6 million cases have been reported worldwide, while nearly 25 million patients have recovered so far, according to figures compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

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Ungrateful people: it is your ego that prevents you from thanking those who help you – Entrepreneur

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"Give without expecting anything in return" is a great precept for life.

However, it is one thing not to live expecting anything from others, letting go of expectations, and another is ungrateful people: those who, even if you have done all kinds of favors, have helped them in various ways, will never express their gratitude to you. not in the slightest way.

Because of my work, it is common for me to be consulted on very diverse aspects of professional and personal development through social networks; even professionals I have known for many years often write to me asking for guidance, for example, on how to re-enter the job market. Experience indicates that 7 out of 10 of them are ungrateful , because, for example, no matter how much you dedicate your time to provide them with an answer, or a recommendation of their work on the social network LinkedIn, or provide them with an idea so that they can consider it, They never thank you for it is more: they don't even answer you back.

Is it an obligation that you have with the other? Or does the other think he has a right over you? Or, better still: could it be that we ourselves have generated that mechanism to enable the other to uncover us in that way?

There is a saying that says: "It is well born to be grateful", and as a human being, we need to encourage support, cooperation, listening and accompaniment among us, especially with those who are in times of difficulty and looking to get ahead .

But the truth is that ingratitude is a much more frequent behavior than we think. It is based on a nuance of social rejection towards the other, when one is not able to appropriately correspond to the help or benefits received from others. And what you get in return is possibly closing the window on that person for the next time.


An acquaintance told me that once one of his friends fell into personal and work disgrace: he broke up with his partner, couldn't get a job and had to rent an apartment with the help of a group of acquaintances. What he did not know is that four of them had agreed to assist him for a few months in various ways so that he could get ahead: one provided food; another, a small financial aid; the others, a part-time job and an emotional support network to accompany you.

The person in question not only violated many of the agreements he had with these people, but he behaved in ways that were very remote with gratitude for those who reached out to him. So much so that those ties were broken and after a year they were exterminated ... while that person managed to get ahead, and reintegrate in part thanks to the relationships they had facilitated.

Ingratitude, then, is a toxic behavior, and we ourselves have it on many occasions. The problem lies in when we make it permanent and based on an ego behavior, narcissism, which prevents the clear recording of the help received or the cooperation of the other.

Some manifestations of ungrateful people: they are not very empathetic towards others; they think they are the center of the world; they think that others have to "serve" them for something in a utilitarian sense of people; they are usually envious; It is difficult for them to express what is really happening to them.

As their narcissism does not allow them, they act outward as if nothing is wrong, instead of being honest and asking for help from an empathic and close place. Without a doubt, this will awaken the desire of others to help you.

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Saying thank you and sincerely appreciating what others do for us is a human need; it is part of building healthy and constructive interpersonal relationships. Otherwise, problems will appear in life such as shortage, lack of success, difficulty in achieving significant achievements, and you will ask yourself "What happens that I do not have the answer that I would like from others?", "Why others reach it and I don't ? Dive within: perhaps you are being ungrateful.

As everything has consequences, this type of people can suffer from generalized anxiety, low self-esteem, loneliness, a tendency to stress, and, definitely, bad relationships with others.

To cope with that negative emotion that is felt when a person is ungrateful to us, I suggest:

Avoid getting attached to people and experiences. Work on letting go and knowing that we give from the heart, without expecting anything in return. Not even thanks.

Let him know how the other person can help you . It is a good and fair exchange of favors.

Do not interact with people "take everything" (as in the game of the whirligig): those who want to squeeze your knowledge, advice, relationships, etc., although they offer nothing in return or do not respond when you summon them.

Be the grateful one. Let him know how important it has been for you to be able to help him and assist him in some special way. A few words are enough to mark this line.

Close the circle with those people . Don't get hooked on the feeling their lack of appreciation provokes. Declare it complete within yourself; don't repeat that story over and over (because that reveals you haven't let it go yet).

Keep your self-esteem high . In general, the emotional wounds that affect us come from a low personal esteem, so by working internally you will learn to strengthen it.

"Don't ask the elm for pears." As this other saying goes, if you come into contact with that ungrateful person again, keep it in mind so that you avoid surprises that may bother you because of their behavior or attitude.

Thanks for everything and everyone. Keep your attitude of gratitude constantly present, under all circumstances: it is a master key to a fuller and more balanced life.

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Campaign Manager job with Zalando | 147571 – The Business of Fashion

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As part of Zalando Marketing Services, ZMS Creative is a Zalando in-house agency which specializes in building strategic creative and influencer marketing solutions at scale for brand partners.

Thus, we are looking for a proactive Campaign Manager to manage and deliver successful strategic campaigns on behalf of top fashion brands hand-in-hand with ZMS Creative Account Managers.

The team is very dynamic and ambitious. More than 80 colleagues, the majority of which has an international background, are working on Sales, Account Management and Marketing and are led by the Team Leads and Managing Director. Learn more about our Business teams here.




ABOUT ZALANDO MARKETING SERVICES Zalando Marketing Services (ZMS) is the 360 marketing unit of Europe 's leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle, Zalando. We work with the world's largest fashion and lifestyle brands and provide them with impactful solutions across all marketing touchpoints, access to relevant audiences and in-depth data knowledge, as well as inspiring creation and content.

At ZMS we create meaningful connections between brands and consumers through a deep understanding of their personalities. We work with brands, agencies and publishers from fashion and beyond to produce innovative, impactful campaigns that reach the right audience at the right moment. Thanks to its holistic mix of cutting-edge and privacy compliant technology, in-depth audience insights, expansive reach and compelling content brands produce successful campaigns across multiple digital marketing channels.

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Senior Product Manager – Connected Retail job with Zalando | 147579 – The Business of Fashion

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As our Senior Product Manager you will contribute to further development and growth of Zalando's Connected Retail business unit. The Connected Retail service gives physical retailers a chance to connect to the Zalando platform and sell products directly to our growing customer base. More than 1,800 brick-and-mortar stores in Germany and the Netherlands have already become part of the program, and generate relevant shares of their revenue through it. In April, participating brick-and-mortar retailers shipped almost 350,000 items to Zalando customers.

As a result of the increased demand of shops to digitize their assortment, and to access online customers, Zalando will also offer its successful Connected Retail program to brick-and-mortar retailers in Spain, Sweden, and Poland in the third quarter of 2020.

In this role you will have the chance to make a real impact to the customer experience and participate in the fashion ecosystem by building something completely new that is tangible and significant for our customers.

You will provide excellent quality product solutions for the partners, aligned with the high standards of Zalando platform. You will be working with a talented team of designers and engineers to discover, define, design and deliver seamless convenience to the consumer with unmatched customer experience, leading to high satisfaction results. WHERE YOUR EXPERTISE IS NEEDED

Teams at our Helsinki Tech Hub work on many of the cornerstones of our Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components. Through full stack engineering and research, we turn visionary ideas into new emerging businesses with real potential. By tackling the most challenging problems for the fashion industry, we drive the personal digital experience and underlying knowledge models to create the most inspirational fashion experience for our customers

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Opinion: Chelsea can gain edge over rivals thanks to clever use of loan rule – The Chelsea Chronicle

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Chelsea could benefit from their clever use of a Premier League rule that sees a number of their players on loan at fellow English top-division clubs.

Ruben Loftus-Cheeks deadline day move to Fulham has made him the fifth Chelsea player to go out on loan to another Premier League team for this season, after Ethan Ampadu (Sheffield United), Ross Barkley (Aston Villa), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), and Conor Gallagher (West Brom).

Fierce competition at Chelsea, particularly after Frank Lampards summer spending spree, has forced players to seek temporary moves to gain a better chance of regular game time.

Personal development of those players aside, the loans may also work in Chelseas favour in another way.

At the weekend, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson admitted the Eagles would have had better attacking options during the 4-0 loss to Chelsea if Batshuayi had been available.

He told Palaces official website: Of course well have Michy Batshuayi to add to our fighting power up front but he wasnt able to play today because hes a Chelsea loanee.

Since the Premier League forbids on-loan players from playing against their parent club, this will be a theme for a good chunk of Chelseas league fixtures this season.

Ross Barkleys brilliant debut in Aston Villas remarkable 7-2 win over Liverpool also illustrates how these loans could indirectly help Chelsea gain an edge over direct competitors.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access preview: A perfect playground to push Larian’s RPG to its narrative limits – GamesRadar+

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Steam Early Access wasnt built for RPGs. The games that have thrived on Valves platform are mostly roguelikes and survival sims - experiences designed to be started and restarted. When these games are updated, theres no downside: the loop begins again, punctuated with new surprises.

RPGs, by contrast, tend to be long and persistent. Players agonise over their choices, knowing their ramifications could last well beyond what's currently on their screen. They carefully kit out their characters with complementary skills, laying the foundations for 100 hour marathons. In that context, a reset button is a nuclear event; the save game wipes that tend to plague Early Access anathema to the genre.

Or so I had always felt. Then Larian changed the dominant paradigm in RPGs - replacing the chat-and-fight formula of Mass Effect with something more experimental. Drawing on Ultima and the immersive sims of the 90s, the Belgian studio built volatile simulations in which any given situation could go a number of ways - depending on whether you engaged a guard in conversation, slipped the key from his belt, or coated him in oil and set fire to the whole joint.

The potential for systemic play is what makes Baldurs Gate 3 a vital game, even now in Early Access.

This potential for systemic play is what makes Baldurs Gate 3 a vital game, even now in Early Access. Its new public build may not be the most polished way to experience the first chapter of its story - but repeated runs of a reduced game encourage a more playful, exploratory approach to a genre in which players tend to just pick a path and stick to it.

Think of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, or the episodic release of Hitmans levels. Though some players initially balked at their short length, many found that focusing on a single location made each game richer over time. The sensation of gradually mastering a space makes it one worth staying in - just as, if you stare at one patch of the night sky for long enough, it slowly reveals ever-more complex and marvellous networks of stars.

Baldurs Gate 3s Early Access build could hardly be called short - its 25 hours would be a respectable length for a finished RPG - but it settles on an unnamed stretch of the Sword Coast and leaves the Underdark-delving sprawl for Acts 2 and 3, which are at least a year away. As with Ground Zeroes and Hitmans Sapienza, the narrower space pushes you to go deep rather than broad. Larian rewards the attention with a knotted, layered environment.

My first bumpy landing on the beach - amid the wreckage of a Nautiloid, best imagined as a cross between a spaceship and a conch shell - fires me into the path of Shadowheart, a cleric who instantly challenges me to open a large wooden door set into the cliffside. Im a rogue, and so I do, making short work of the lock and leading our new party of two inside.

Im scarcely aware of having made a choice at all - until, hours of dungeon-crawling later, I happen back across the beach from a new vantage point, and realise Ive cut out first encounters with three other potential party members. In terms of navigation, Baldurs Gate 3 reminds me most of Dark Souls: a tangle of routes that curl back on themselves, like twisting vines (be wary of those - they do 1D6 piercing damage per turn).

An open world might not sound particularly groundbreaking, no matter how cleverly its threaded together. But your angle of approach can have a profound impact on combat and its outcome. When I emerged from the crypt Shadowheart had led me into, I looked up into the faces of four dug-in bandits. A dash across exposed ground ensued, followed by a desperate battle to even the odds.

If Id instead scaled the hill from the beach, I could have taken the crucial high ground, shoved the groups archer from his perch, and crushed two fighters beneath a falling rock - all practically simultaneously, thanks to the ability to trigger turn-based mode before a skirmish begins.

The fighting feels a tad more grounded than its Divinity: Original Sin equivalent. Though Dungeons & Dragons hasnt left Larian short on spells, and there are still many opportunities to combine the elements, the battlefield less regularly devolves into a boiling pool of electrified blood. Instead theres more focus on tactile pugilism - the hurled objects and desperate pushes with both hands that put distance between you and a marauding enemy.

Sneaking plays a surprisingly central role, too, since it unlocks more options for all-important positioning as hostilities open. With the addition of a mouse indicator that highlights whether youre about to move into light or shadow, plus illusions that pull the attention of enemies away from their usual patrol routes, Larian has the makings of a full-featured stealth engine on its hands. It seems feasible to avoid some encounters altogether, though I was loath to pass up the chance for elaborate backstabs, not to mention more XP. In D&D, for all its flexibility, personal development is still synonymous with killing.

Said killing often highlighted the bugs in the build I was playing, however. At the point of death, some enemies would warp horribly like John Carpenter monsters, their features unfolding across the terrain. One halflings hand merged with a nearby ladder, becoming a strange extra appendage for climbers to hold onto. Later, I saw a goblin thwack an archer so hard that he flattened into canvas, his body stretching like a tarpaulin that would have shielded the battlefield had it started raining.

These werent isolated cases: missing sound effects and jumpy animations abounded, and at one point a duplicate Shadowheart appeared just behind my companion; not unheard of in the Forgotten Realms, but in this case, not intentional.

Todays public build is already improved on the one I played yesterday, and Larian has been upfront about the number of bugs players can expect to face in Early Access. But its worth emphasising: though Baldurs Gate 3 might already have as much dialogue and as many distractions as a finished game, it certainly isnt one.

There will be some for whom the idea of an Early Access RPG feels intrinsically wrong - like racing the Nrburgring while its still being paved, or reading a series of epic fantasy novels before knowing whether the author will live to write the last one. Theres no arguing with the fact that, by playing Baldurs Gate 3 now, youre embarking on a journey you cant yet finish.

Yet theres something positive in that: the limited scope is an invitation to play - really play, to muck about and test the possibilities - rather than simply push to complete yet another RPG. This ones worth hanging around in.

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