Knowing and doing are very different things…

I know loads. About all sorts of things (not just Thing-related). But knowing and doing and two very different things.

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Give them what they want (but make it what they need)

You should always be listening to your market and offering products and services they want. That’s common business sense. That said, sometimes you may know that what they (your market) ‘want’ is not what they ‘need’. The trick here is a to strike a balance and meet them where they are, then gently ‘steer’ them to where you know lies a better answer.

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Marketing is for life… not just for Christmas

You might be forgiven for thinking that some people only market their Thing on special occasions like Christmas as that’s when you hear from them for the first time in ages. They may pop up with alarming regularity at seasonal events and then fade away in between. But consistency is the key—show up every week, regardless of the season.

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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Are you lucky?

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Don’t believe that everything you see and hear is because someone is ‘lucky’. There’s that famous saying “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” With practice and work you get luckier. I know I do. This is how you get successful at business. It’s not a magic trick.

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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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