I don’t know (so tell me)

If you can answer questions people ask about ‘things’ or solve a problem people have, then you have a very valuable Thing. The point, of course, is to let people know that…

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Conversations are key

I am a legend at starting up conversations. It’s another part of my Thing. I’d forgotten how good I am at this until I helped a client out recently on their exhibition stand.

My advice is to have conversations even when you don’t know where they’ll end up. Worse case: you’ll have a pleasant chat, best case: you might have a new customer.

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Thinking and Doing

Two very different things…

Especially when it comes to your Thing.

Although in my experience you can’t do one (well) without the other.

The trick of course is to do them in the right order :)

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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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The Joy of Small

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Being small is a very good thing when it comes to doing your Thing.

If your business is just you then you’ve only got yourself to consult when it comes to decisions. There’s a lot to be said for that (if you can make a decision, of course!).

Some of my client’s have ‘Things’ that help bigger organisations communicate better, and be more effective in their meetings which tells you what it’s like when you get big. It’s easy to be effective when it’s just you. So don’t do yourself a disservice and discuss things over and over in your head—just decide and do.

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I don’t mind if you don’t get it

I have learnt (like every good lesson—the hard way!) to not try and ‘convince’ anyone.

In fact, these days I’ll often make it very clear that if someone is absolutely convinced that what I am saying makes no sense and will never ever ever work I’m cool about it. Of course, I let them know I think that’s not correct and suggest (politely, of course!) that they can tell that to all my clients and a whole bunch of other people who it is working for and see if they remain convinced. But I don’t mind.

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