What are you selling under the counter?

This is one of my favourite expressions when I’m letting someone fabulous know they are keeping their Thing a secret UNTIL clients work with them.

I know it makes sense to save your really good stuff (after all it might sell out!) but how is anyone going to know about it if it’s not on show in the window?

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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Take 2(00)

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Now I love my Thing, as I know you do too. And here’s the thing about your Thing: when it’s brilliant, it’s your responsibility to share it—over and over again.

To just do your Thing once isn’t going to help everyone who needs your Thing. And every time you deliver your Thing you need to do it brilliantly.

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Sometimes it looks like an eggbox

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I always say your Thing is the ‘gift’ that you wrap up and give out to people who need it. This gift might be a result, a feeling, a transformation, a product, a service, a widget, a gadget, and emotion, a turnaround, I don’t know what it is but I know it’s your Thing thing.

And sometimes that box you put it in might look more like an eggbox than a perfectly straight-sided giftbox.

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You have all the time you need

Time is usually up there with cash when you ask your average business owner what they’d most like more of. Another hour in the day or another day in the week would be many busy business owners ideal gift. But in reality you have all the time you need.

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When clarity is everything

I get like this–when I can’t ‘see’ clearly, I stall. Sometimes it’s what to do next, sometimes it’s a name of programme, or a venue, or a price, or a marketing message. It could be big barrier or it could be a small stumbling block, but if I can’t see clearly ‘what’ or ‘how’, I can get stuck.

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