Flying through the air (& business) with the greatest of ease (eventually)

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Get ready for an overload of metaphors. This whole blog is a giant metaphor for business as far as I see it, with lots of lessons and smaller metaphors along the way. Hold on tight (I was)!

So I need to clarify what I am going to write about… it’s about my circus skills (or lack thereof). It’s about me ‘learning’ the Trapeze.

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Well, what a surprise… customers like good service! and they aren’t always bothered about price

Now, you may be thinking that, in these price conscious times, that having the best (lowest) price is all it takes to get customers. But, in many instances, this is just not true… in fact, pricing is less important than good experiences and service. That’s pretty vital to remember in business, whatever you are selling…

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Location Location Location (where it matters)

Apart from being one of my favourite telly shows (who doesn’t love a bit of Kirstie and Phil banter while snooping round other people’s houses?), Location Location Location is an important consideration too when working out where to sell your products and services. I’m not an expert in Retail, but I know enough to know it’s important to choose a location that works–lots of foot traffic, easy parking–that sort of thing. And location is as important when you offer a service too.

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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The other 80%

I am a huge fan of the Pareto Principle–and if you’ve worked with me for more than 5 minutes, you’ll know I’ll crowbar it into almost any situation!

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Information vs. Action

If you ask me you can never give away enough information.

I am happy to share a great deal of ‘information’ for free, because I know that for it to be effective, for it to ‘do’ what it’s shared for, it needs to be put into action.

The difference between information and action is why people buy from you. And this makes a huge difference to how you market and ‘sell’ what you do.

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