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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5 tell-tale signs you’re doing your Thing (& 2 signs you’re not)

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I am obsessed with you doing your Thing.

I don’t mean ‘any old’ thing either—I mean YOUR Thing! The Thing that you do that’s brilliant. The Thing that makes a difference to you and has you sharing your brilliance with the world.

Yeah, THAT Thing.

So how do you know you’re doing your Thing?

Well here’s some tell tale signs:

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Talking your customer’s language – my advice on video!

So here I am now on video!

The really helpful Your Business Channel is packed with videos and shows to watch online, that have an incredible range of advice and tips for business owners from a huge range of experts (lots of which are quite famous) – and now me too!

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Looking from the other side (for easy Marketing content)

When something is your Thing you look at it from ‘your’ side–the side where you know how it works well, what to do to get the results, and usually the ‘easy way’. So when you’re putting together marketing material, you need to look from the ‘other’ side.

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Using what you’ve got

When looking to create new products and services, do make sure you’re using what you’ve already got first. The same is true for marketing content and pretty much anything–until you’ve exhausted new markets and new audiences, it’s a really good idea to use what you’ve already got.

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Everything you’ve done up to now…

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If there’s one thing that everyone says about their Thing is that they WISH they’d known what it was BEFORE. And I can see the logic–as surely if you’d known what your Thing was before, you wouldn’t have done all the other things you had (well, all the ones you didn’t like at least!). And it doesn’t matter what age you are when you work out your Thing (I’ve worked with people in their 20s through to their 60s), the frustration is always the same–if only I’d known this before…

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