Buying a course doesn’t make it happen

Now, hands up, I’ve got a very good selection of online courses in my collection of which a fair few (OK, pretty much all of them) haven’t been totally completed. Sometimes I buy them when they’re on special as I’ll ‘need them later’ (which is sometimes true), or I buy them as it’s something I think I ‘should be doing’ (and often actually I don’t do…). That is not to say I never log in to online courses and follow the content–as I do. And sometimes I’m even a really good student–watching every class, asking questions and getting the most from the content. But the point is always that the courses themselves don’t fix anything on their own–you have to do the work.

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Where do you fit in?

Be clear where you ‘fit in’ to your prospect’s thought string and solution process to their problem(s).

It might be that you’re the person that they need AFTER they’ve worked with someone else. It might be that you’re the person they need FIRST or LAST with different work needing to happen after or before. And you need to tell them that. You need to make it VERY clear where you fit in as the answer to their problem.

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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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You already know the answer

All of us already know the answer to most questions we have that are about our business–our next steps–because we all instinctively know what’s right for us and our Thing. Having said that, most of us also like to get a 2nd (or 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc!) opinion to ‘check’. And that’s fine–in fact, it’s smart.

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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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The 3 Stages of Selling

For me there are 3 stages to ‘selling’. Now, don’t think I am about to launch into a “How to close in 3 easy steps” guide here–so not my Thing when it comes to sales. What I am talking about instead is the 3 stages people (by people, I mean ‘prospects’ if we’re doing sales speak) go through when they are buying.

Or, at least, this is how I see it…

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