You wouldn’t serve a bowl of chips

It’s the ‘best dress in the shop window’ scenario, it’s the ‘fire the big guns first’ option. Don’t offer tasters of anything less than what you do that’s brilliant when you’re faced with hungry potential customers. Serve them a little bit of your steak not a bowl of chips.

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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Simply simple (saves stress!)

Ahhh, simplicity—the nirvana that I seek for my business and life :)

And I’ll be honest… I can be super-good at making things and my Thing waaaaaaay more complicated than I need it to be if I don’t keep them in check. Maybe you do this too?

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A small step in ANY direction is better than standing still

Ever been in ‘analysis paralysis’? Where you seem to have so many choices you don’t know which to pick (so you choose none)? Ever just had a head FULL of ideas, or options, or advice, that you end up panicking and doing nothing? I know I’ve been there…

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The Thing about Magic

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The other night I went out for dinner with a group of people and experienced some serious magic. It wasn’t in fact the cooking (although my Pork Belly was very yummy) but proper “How the hell did he do that?!” close-up magic. The sort of magic where I was incredulously shaking my head shrieking “How is that possible?!” (yes, I was the one choosing the card that ended up in the wallet–in a zipped pocket, in a ticket case–when I had been holding the wallet in the palm of my hand AND it had my name written on it in my handwriting?!).

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Try, try and try again

The other day, Gary Vaynerchuk posted a great thing on Facebook which was along the lines of: “If this is your life’s work, don’t give up after 4 months”. And I’m sure you’ve read before about the ‘overnight’ success of people who have, in fact, been working away for years.

But that’s the point. If it was easy (like THAT easy) everyone would be doing it…

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