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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Putting the lipstick on

Sometimes what I do is just ‘putting on lipstick’. Your Thing might be like that too?

My Thing is that I ‘find’ people’s Things–I don’t create them/make them/invent them as they are already there. But what I do (as an outsider, which makes it a lot easier) is to ‘see’ what people don’t see for themselves. And then the next stage is usually to tidy it all up and ‘put on lipstick’.

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The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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Stop with the ‘How’ for now

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When you have an idea about your Thing, you might jump straight into the practical details. You might start thinking “Ohhh… How can I sell this? What products can I make? What will this look like as a talk/an event/a one-to-one session…”, and off you go with your ‘How’ now.

If you jump straight into the ‘How’, you’ll miss the details in the ‘What’ that make the difference when it comes to being noticed.

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Tightly wrapped packages sell well

When you can tightly package what you do and can explain it easily then you’ll sell more of it.

Much as many of us don’t want to think what we ‘do’ can be put into a box, actually if you do that you’ll sell it much more easily.

When you wrap up what you do and present it to people in such a way that they ‘get it’ quickly, easily and can clearly see if it’s what they need, they are much more likely to buy it.

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Be on Air

Your message floats on air… it goes out on the airwaves and connects with people who want to hear from you.

Maybe not instantly the minute you say them, but your words don’t disappear. You’re a recording somewhere, you might be transcribed or re-quoted. And this is why you have to broadcast anyway.

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