How to say “No” (nicely)

Your Thing isn’t for everyone. And not every ‘opportunity’ is right for you.

Sometimes you need to say “No” to prospects (sometimes for your own sanity!)… sometimes a prospect just isn’t the right fit–they might not be ready, or committed, or at the right stage of the ‘problem’ to truly benefit from your Thing.

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I love it when a plan comes together!

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You absolutely need a plan in business, and while I am not a big fan of the v-e-r-y long (and let’s be honest sometimes quite dull) ‘business plans’ that your bank manager might want to see, you absolutely DO need a plan.

Not having a plan is like navigating in the dark with no idea of where you’re headed. Things work out so much better when you have a plan.

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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Who do you want?

Knowing who your ideal client is makes a HUGE difference to everything you do in your business.

Just assume that EVERYTHING in your business works better (for that read – more easily) when you know your ideal client well. Really well.

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Easy Street

This is where I like to hang out these days.

It’s a good place to be in your business (& your life actually) but for me it’s taking a bit of getting used to. I am very ‘busy’ person so it’s not always the natural address for me to be at!

Here’s how I am making the move.

Every time I have a new idea or I want to do something in the business I ask myself this question:

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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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