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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Being in Business—does yours add up?

Being in Business means you are transacting—buying and selling—so please don’t be surprised about this :) There WILL be numbers involved.

If you want to make money doing your Thing then you need to run it as a business. And that means selling—with invoices and cash flow and everything!

When did you last check the pulse of your business?

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How many times does it take?

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Marketing (folk?)law says you need to ‘touch’ a prospect 7 times before they will respond. By ‘touch’ here be clear that I mean a message touch-point—so an email, Facebook post, a video, a talk, a letter, etc. There are exceptions to every rule as sometimes you can get a response the very first time someone sees you—I know I’ve had this happen when I’ve spoken at an event or met someone at networking. It’s more likely the ‘one touch’ conversions happens in person but it’s not always the case.

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Situation or Trigger?

There are 2 types of niche (in the world according to me) and those are a ‘situation’ niche and a ‘trigger’ niche.

Chances are though you only know about one of them – the situation niche. And this can be where it can start to unravel…

Because it might be that a situation niche just isn’t going to work for you and your Thing and before you know it you’ll feel like you niched yourself into a corner. Been there, done that. If you’ve been told to ‘pick’ a niche I’d place a bet you went for a situation niche.

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Be very specific

What’s important to you might make all the difference to you doing your Thing. But if it’s the difference between your Thing and someone else’s you need to be specific about and tell us what that is, otherwise it will get lost in ‘assumption’.

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Money Matters

We’re often discouraged from talking about money as it’s not good manners, and I’m still quite the fan of not ‘banging on about’ at every opportunity. For example, I’ve never been one to market what I do in terms ‘work with me and you’ll make lots of money’. But you want to make sure that, after all your costs and expenses, there is at least enough left over to pay you–the business owner–a salary or wage AND ideally that there is extra for putting back into the business or taking as a bonus.

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