When trying too hard is too much (and what to do instead)

Today I’m going to talk about eating out, not because I’m a big foodie–although I am, but because it teaches you a lot about good marketing. My example is taken from the realm of ‘tourist restaurants’ (or at least restaurants in a tourist destination).

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Thing first, niche second

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Now I know a niche is as important as the next marketing/sales/business guru but there is an order to these things that may well be the difference between driving yourself mad and your sanity (and success).

For me the ‘right’ order is Thing first and Niche second.

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Be on Air

Your message floats on air… it goes out on the airwaves and connects with people who want to hear from you.

Maybe not instantly the minute you say them, but your words don’t disappear. You’re a recording somewhere, you might be transcribed or re-quoted. And this is why you have to broadcast anyway.

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What I know about flow

I would love to tell you that I wake up in ‘full flow’ every single day and do my Thing with no distractions, interruptions or procrastination on my part. I would love to tell you that–except, of course, it’s not true.

What is true is that I know what to do, or at least what usually ‘helps’, to shift me into flow mode. It’s not always the same set of actions, but there are a few things I can choose from.

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Get wise with your whys – for stories that sell

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Stories sell.

And if you don’t like ‘selling’ try stories instead.

Obviously I am very strong proponent of the adage that people buy from people but it’s true for my business and all the business owners I work with.

Now much as you can ‘create’ a brand around who you are, what really sells you are your stories.

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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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