Where is your destination?

Sometimes we are so involved with the journey and activity of our business we forget where we are heading.

When you love what you do (as is always the case when you are doing your Thing) it’s easy to do it a lot and get busy. But busy-ness without direction can mean taking your eye off your goals.

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Why not now?

I often issue a challenge to my clients. It goes something like this… “that sounds good—so why don’t you do it now?”

Yes of course you can plan and over plan and do it ‘perfectly’ in a few weeks (ahem, months) time, but you could also do it now.

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Stop with the ‘How’ for now

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When you have an idea about your Thing, you might jump straight into the practical details. You might start thinking “Ohhh… How can I sell this? What products can I make? What will this look like as a talk/an event/a one-to-one session…”, and off you go with your ‘How’ now.

If you jump straight into the ‘How’, you’ll miss the details in the ‘What’ that make the difference when it comes to being noticed.

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What to do when your Marketing isn’t working

Now here’s the thing with Marketing–for some reason, we’ve been conditioned to expect it to work ‘instantly’. In technical (ish) terms, that’s called ‘Direct Response’… in the olden days, this looked like an ad in a magazine with a ‘reply coupon’ or a postcard you sent off to get details, or an offer you could phone up and buy right away. And yes, of course we still have ‘instant’ marketing today–there are ads online (in Facebook and Google, etc.) that often will ‘sell’ directly as a result of you seeing them. But most people take a while…

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It looks exactly like the photo!

There’s nothing wrong with the odd bad review—it’s just a reminder to be clearer in your marketing and message about EXACTLY what you do and for who. The clearer you are about this then the less bad reviews you’ll get. As there is nothing wrong with what you do (I am assuming this much!), it’s just you might not be the right person for that particular client. Maybe you’re too expensive for some people, maybe you’re not at the right ‘level’ they are looking for, maybe you’re too fast/slow/cheeky/boring/content rich/content poor/accessible/reclusive/outspoken/quiet/tall/short/loud/quiet, etc. You are you and you’re not right for everyone.

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Put a lid on it

Have a deadline for a decision, or a maximum number of people you can work with, or products you have available.

Having a limit (time, number, etc.) helps with decision making.

And that’s your responsibility as someone with a brilliant ‘Thing’ for sale—to help with decision making.

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