Streamlining for Success

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Streamlining has been on my mind these past few days.

You know when someone says something, or you read something and then you SEE IT EVERYWHERE.

Yeah, that’s me this week and streamlining, de-cluttering, making things simple and more elegant.

I’m going to share why it’s so important and why you should think about (and do it!) as much as you can.

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The Thing about Magic

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The other night I went out for dinner with a group of people and experienced some serious magic. It wasn’t in fact the cooking (although my Pork Belly was very yummy) but proper “How the hell did he do that?!” close-up magic. The sort of magic where I was incredulously shaking my head shrieking “How is that possible?!” (yes, I was the one choosing the card that ended up in the wallet–in a zipped pocket, in a ticket case–when I had been holding the wallet in the palm of my hand AND it had my name written on it in my handwriting?!).

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Un-learning is the best learning

I have been doing a lot of un-learning recently. Or, to put it another way, learning to do things NOT the way I had been doing them (for a long time!). Which is the best learning I think. Although hard…very hard!

What I wanted to write about today is un-learning. The picking apart of what you do now and making it better. And I wanted to talk about how uncomfortable that is!

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Strictly Business

I don’t mind admitting it. I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing Fan (Dancing with the Stars if you’re reading this outside the UK). Obviously I am sure you appreciate that I love the sparkles and the spotlights (of course!) but what I love the most is the dedication and the trust that you see.

Every one of the celebrities is already doing their Thing (and up to the point of starting the series that Thing isn’t ballroom dancing, and for some – let’s be honest – it never will be!) but everyone is willing to give dancing a go and be a beginner.

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If you call it sales, it will feel like selling

If you consider that you need to do a sales pitch or have a conversation that will end in the sell, then you might be setting yourself up to not sell much at all.

The thing with a sales pitch is you’ll go into pitch mode–you’ll start to talk differently, change your energy, perhaps feel uncomfortable (as will most likely the person you’re pitching to) and you’ll feel less like you and more like a salesperson.

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Stop with the ‘How’ for now

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When you have an idea about your Thing, you might jump straight into the practical details. You might start thinking “Ohhh… How can I sell this? What products can I make? What will this look like as a talk/an event/a one-to-one session…”, and off you go with your ‘How’ now.

If you jump straight into the ‘How’, you’ll miss the details in the ‘What’ that make the difference when it comes to being noticed.

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