Going first

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Sometimes it is up to you to go first.

There might not be an example you can follow. Your idea might be just that—YOUR idea. So you have to do it.

Often when you work out what your Thing is you look around for examples of other people doing it so you can see how it’s done, or see how you want to do it differently, to make sure you stand out.

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Is your light on?

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You and your Thing take people on a journey and deliver them to their destination (the result you give)—and, just like a taxi, you might be missing opportunities to help people if you only have your light on in the obvious places.

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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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What about ME?

That’s who I am interested in–ME! What do I get from working with you? What results will happen FOR ME? Where is my business going to grow? How am I going to make more money/feel better/lose weight/get calm/look stylish, etc., etc.

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The £50 Chow Mein

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If you want to charge more for what you do, then do it.

You will need to match up the experience to the price tag, but I’ll bet you have something absolutely special enough to charge more for, so all you’re getting wrong is the positioning and the message.

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The joy of spreadsheets (and other things)

Now, I am almost spluttering out my own cup of tea as I just wrote the title to this blog. Because I’ll be honest–being organised is not my Thing and it has been known for me to roll my eyes (a lot) at the mere suggestion of a spreadsheet. But when it’s something that’s important to me, I can be more organised than a clipboard-wielding matron with a ward full of patients.

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