Sometimes you just need a lot of Post-its

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I love Post-it notes. I’ve recovered from my over-affection (I used to barely be able to see my monitor for the Post-its stuck all around the outside when I worked in an office!), but I still find them super-useful for the right job (just less of them in my sight line).

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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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Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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What are you selling under the counter?

This is one of my favourite expressions when I’m letting someone fabulous know they are keeping their Thing a secret UNTIL clients work with them.

I know it makes sense to save your really good stuff (after all it might sell out!) but how is anyone going to know about it if it’s not on show in the window?

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Where do you fit in?

Be clear where you ‘fit in’ to your prospect’s thought string and solution process to their problem(s).

It might be that you’re the person that they need AFTER they’ve worked with someone else. It might be that you’re the person they need FIRST or LAST with different work needing to happen after or before. And you need to tell them that. You need to make it VERY clear where you fit in as the answer to their problem.

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Your Thing needs doing! (often)

If you ever have a moment—or a day (or a week!)—where you find yourself doubting your value, what your Thing is worth or even if you have one, ask yourself when did I last DO my Thing.

It pays to do your Thing (and do it often).

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