I love it when a plan comes together!

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You absolutely need a plan in business, and while I am not a big fan of the v-e-r-y long (and let’s be honest sometimes quite dull) ‘business plans’ that your bank manager might want to see, you absolutely DO need a plan.

Not having a plan is like navigating in the dark with no idea of where you’re headed. Things work out so much better when you have a plan.

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Be very specific

What’s important to you might make all the difference to you doing your Thing. But if it’s the difference between your Thing and someone else’s you need to be specific about and tell us what that is, otherwise it will get lost in ‘assumption’.

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And the secret ingredient is…

Belief.

Honestly, this is what makes the difference.

Yes, having great, compelling copy will help. Yes, having a clear offer and packages that show what’s possible works. It’s important you say clearly what it is you can do for people. It’s also important that you have a way for people to try you out, or connect with you. But above everything is belief.

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Make yourself scarce! and sell more…

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Now I am not suggesting you go hide behind a curtain or under your desk when a client comes near you or shut the door to your ‘shop’, but I am suggesting you are not ‘always available’.

By making yourself scarce you can sell more. Sounds like it doesn’t make sense but it works. It’s all about economics and influence…

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Be Bold! (or just move things a little!)

Sometimes it’s absolutely the right time to do something big, new and bold. Other times it makes sense to just move things a little bit. But you do need to move – onwards, upwards, sideways, longways, anyways :)

Standing still might seem like a good idea if you’re having a wobble or a panic or just not sure about something, but actually it’s very rarely the best plan. If you stand still you can’t see what’s possible, you can’t tell if something is a good idea (or not) until you try it. Keeping yourself in one place (literally or metaphorically) isn’t always a safe plan. No one wants to be a sitting duck!

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Forewarned is Forearmed

Not everything is plain sailing, so make sure you talk about the choppy waters too.

It may be that you offer a product or service where, from the get go, it’s brilliant, the result happens instantly and everyone is happy. In which case, you can stop reading now.

Or it may be (more likely) that there’s some ‘getting used to’ or a ‘learning curve’ before the good stuff happens when people buy your Thing.

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