Go ‘Old School’

Now look, I know it’s not the ‘cool’ thing to do marketing-wise… that would be funnels and split-testing landing pages and the live videos on Facebook… BUT a good old-fashioned phone call can go a long way.

As can ‘real life’ networking.

Or what about a letter in the post?

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Who are you here for?

We all have our own style and attitude and approach, and I am sure you aren’t the right person for every single business or consumer who needs your Thing. You might be too loud (or too quiet), too complicated or too simple. You might be too casual or too strict, too friendly or too standoffish. What if you’re the chalk and they want the cheese? The black and they are looking for white?

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The 3 Stages of Selling

For me there are 3 stages to ‘selling’. Now, don’t think I am about to launch into a “How to close in 3 easy steps” guide here–so not my Thing when it comes to sales. What I am talking about instead is the 3 stages people (by people, I mean ‘prospects’ if we’re doing sales speak) go through when they are buying.

Or, at least, this is how I see it…

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Start big, sell small

This is something I encourage when working with clients who find the concept of ‘upselling’ somewhat icky. It’s actually something I encourage even if they like selling, as for me it’s sensible and smart, and sets out your full Thing (even if then people choose to buy less of it).

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Choose 1 Thing (& do something!)

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Having a choice is well know to lead to paralysis and being stuck. Doing what you feel is the best thing right now is ALWAYS going to be a better option than doing nothing at all as it means you are moving and sharing. No-Thing is not good for you and it’s definitely not good for everyone else who wants your help!

So sometimes this means you go ahead and do what you think is your Thing anyway and see where it takes you.

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Buying Time

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Buying Time is a concept that works really well if you’re half Thinging and half doing what you’re good at right now. Buying Time also works really well if you’re not doing your Thing yet (even if you don’t know what it is) and instead you’re stuck getting paid for something you’re just good at. Buying Time is also something I do so I can take time off from my Thing and do something else (holiday, anyone?).

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