Take time to Tidy

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I am not a neat freak—in fact, I’m pretty messy most of the time…

But I do tidy up when I need to and it ALWAYS makes a difference.

Now, you might think I am just talking about doing the filing (which is a good place to start, btw), BUT there are plenty of other things in your business that could do with a tidy from time to time that you should think about.

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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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You always have the answer (you just need to say it clearly)

There’s detail that you notice that other people don’t. There’s elements that are invisible to others that are in plain sight to you. There are steps, ideas, processes, projects that to everyone else don’t make sense or don’t even occur in their thoughts. All this is your Thing. But even though you may ‘see’ all this, if you can’t talk about it clearly then it’s going to be hard to sell

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Put a lid on it

Have a deadline for a decision, or a maximum number of people you can work with, or products you have available.

Having a limit (time, number, etc.) helps with decision making.

And that’s your responsibility as someone with a brilliant ‘Thing’ for sale—to help with decision making.

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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Follow the herd, or not, or don’t even leave the house

It’s funny, there’s so much ‘FOMO’ that goes on in business. (FOMO is Fear of Missing Out by the way). Sometimes we FOMO that everyone else is going to be at an event, or is making an offer this Black Friday, or is getting their newsletter done every week, or spending 100 hours on Facebook, or networking non-stop. There’s no end to FOMO if you let it take over.

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