J.F.D.I.

I am going to swear in a minute so that’s the parental guidance part of this out the way. Just so you have been warned!

Now this isn’t going to be a long, complex story, with lots of fabulous insights and funny asides, it’s really quite to the point.

And that is the point.

Sometimes you have to stop thinking, planning, plotting, strategising, working out, perfecting, polishing, tidying, testing, umming, ahhing, wondering, suggesting, procrastinating and JFDI.

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When new business is staring you in the face… and you look the other way!

Lots of businesses are turning away customers every day… and they probably don’t even realise it.

I’ve made a few calls over the last few days to travel companies (not all my own holiday research, I have to point out!), and it was incredible the number of the companies that didn’t even take my contact details. I could have walked away from them forever.

Here’s the range of responses I got…

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Don’t go changing…

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One of my favourite (most overused, if I’m honest!) words is ‘consistent’. I love a bit of consistency. Whether that’s consistency in Marketing activity or message, it’s showing up saying the same Thing (Find your Thing, anyone?) over and over until you’ve told everyone who needs to hear it.

There’s also consistency in how you do what you and how you ask people to buy.

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I can’t be bothered.

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I can’t be bothered being anyone other than me.

Talk about hard work.

But I still catch myself changing my tone, or coming over all ‘marketing’ sometimes. And I think WHOA what is that all about? Why am I being someone else when I do my marketing, or start talking about my Thing.

Waaaaay too much like hard work keeping that up.

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Less is More (but do it often)

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Less is very often more when it comes to Marketing and sharing your Thing. ‘Spreading yourself too thin’ is a very likely outcome when you try and be in too many places at once, Marketing-wise. And you know this, I am sure, yet still… sometimes… shiny shiny new marketing objects come along and look oh so distracting!

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When clarity is everything

I get like this–when I can’t ‘see’ clearly, I stall. Sometimes it’s what to do next, sometimes it’s a name of programme, or a venue, or a price, or a marketing message. It could be big barrier or it could be a small stumbling block, but if I can’t see clearly ‘what’ or ‘how’, I can get stuck.

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