Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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You have all the answers (& they’re different for everyone)

As any good coach will tell you (not that I’m a coach, but I’ve worked with plenty!) YOU have all the answers. But there is no ‘one plan’ you must stick to or get right–there is instead the ‘right plan for you’ which is perfect for your life, business, whatever because it fits with your goals, your values, your take on things.

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Pace yourself (and get good at the 1 thing that makes all the difference)

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When you work out your Thing, it’s very tempting to then run at 100 miles an hour and try and get everything done at once. You want the website, the Facebook followers, the big list, the speaking gigs, the PR, the online programme–the lot. But what you might spot missing from that list is clients (and therefore cash).

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If you’re not excited, it’s probably not your Thing…

There are some things that I don’t wake up in the morning **dying to do**: spreadsheets, for example (not my first choice in expressing myself). But when I know I’m doing my Thing, or working on a Thing that I know is a great Thing, I’ll be excited about them, and if my excitement extends as far as a spreadsheet, I know I must be onto something brilliant.

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When it’s about you and when it’s about them

When you need to get noticed for your Thing, this is when it’s about you. You need to tell your story and explain your ‘Why’ so that the people who need you and your Thing can find you.

But you also need to make it about them.

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6 ways to get more famous in 60 minutes

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Thought I’d offer you something practical you can do today (as long as you have an hour to spare).

There are lots of things you can do in an hour to get you more famous (for doing your Thing) so why not see what you can get done in an hour for you and your business.

Remember to ONLY do what is your media ‘Thing’ – only ‘do’ what is an extension of how you already like to communicate and turn this into your media (I know I go on about this when I work with someone so am not making an exception here!).

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