Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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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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What to do when you’re brilliant at sales but you forgot something…

The thing I am saying you might have forgotten is your marketing.

This happens more than you think–you have a brilliant product or service, and you’re also brilliant at selling… the step you can sometimes miss out is marketing.

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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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6 ways to get more famous in 60 minutes

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Thought I’d offer you something practical you can do today (as long as you have an hour to spare).

There are lots of things you can do in an hour to get you more famous (for doing your Thing) so why not see what you can get done in an hour for you and your business.

Remember to ONLY do what is your media ‘Thing’ – only ‘do’ what is an extension of how you already like to communicate and turn this into your media (I know I go on about this when I work with someone so am not making an exception here!).

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Are you asking the right questions?

It’s always good to ask questions if you’re stuck—after all, you’re not likely to get an answer if you don’t ask a question. But make sure you’re asking the right questions.

And if you’re not sure what the right questions are then find someone who will challenge you so you’ll ask questions you didn’t even know needed answering.

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