Not everyone is an entrepreneur

If you’re happy to just do your Thing—get paid for it—all is well, but you’re probably not an entrepreneur—just a self-employed, or employed even, Thinger. It’s when you take risks—either the risk of standing out, of doing something differently, of calling yourself a ‘name’, of standing by a process or philosophy that’s yours—then you’re an entrepreneur.

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Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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Don’t go changing…

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One of my favourite (most overused, if I’m honest!) words is ‘consistent’. I love a bit of consistency. Whether that’s consistency in Marketing activity or message, it’s showing up saying the same Thing (Find your Thing, anyone?) over and over until you’ve told everyone who needs to hear it.

There’s also consistency in how you do what you and how you ask people to buy.

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Are you playing in the right park?

I know your park is special and has everything in it you like to play with. Perhaps it’s got sparkly swings, or a huge football pitch perfect for 5-a-side; it might have a deep treasure-digging sandpit or a roundabout that goes reeeeaaaallllly fast. And I know you think your park is the best, and that everyone should come and play in it. But it’s not always as easy as that, as not everyone sees your park in the same way. Bit like your Thing really…

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If you’re going to get wet – might as well swim

My exercise ‘Thing’ is swimming. I love to swim in an outdoor pool (not in the sea!) but there is something that I see when I am there which I don’t get.

Now, I appreciate that not everyone comes swimming to plough up and down doing laps like me but surely if you’re going to get wet—might as well swim.

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What do you believe?

Do you believe in your Thing?

Do you believe in you?

Do you believe in what’s possible?

We all have our up and down moments doing our Thing, but the key is always that you need to believe in it.

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