Get Real!

Now, I’m all for wearing my slippers while working (yes, I wear slippers) which is perfectly acceptable when you’re in your office at home, as far as I’m concerned. But sometimes you can get great results with your Thing when you get out into the ‘real’ world. And it’s easy to forget (I do).

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Don’t underestimate what you already know

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We all do it.

We think that we ‘don’t know much’, or that we only know ‘what everyone else knows’. This is the blight of ‘common sense’ :)

Sometimes it takes a new situation, a meeting in a new context, or simply being asked the right questions, for you to realise what you DO know and that it IS of value and that YOUR common sense isn’t everyone else’s.

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Rehearsing and the real thing

I’m not a good rehearser. I can ‘run through’ things, but to do an ‘as perfect’ performance without an audience I find really tough. That’s not to say I don’t prepare–and I don’t recommend you don’t either–but be OK that the ‘first time’ might be the first time.

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Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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Calm Down!

You can’t do everything. You can’t help everyone. Your Thing doesn’t solve every problem there is. You don’t need to do every kind of marketing going. You can’t be everywhere at once.

You need to calm down.

AND FOCUS…

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The worst thing you can do

Your job is always to do your best, not your worst. And the worst thing you can do is create muddle and indecision. Limbo is not a great place to be. So don’t take anyone there.

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