They’re behind you!

The end of your nose (if you don’t already know) is where your Thing is. And sometimes it’s that, or your ideal clients for your Thing, that are literally right there in front of you. Or in some cases, right behind you, waiting in the wings where you haven’t seen them; but they’ve been there all along…

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What you didn’t know you knew (and why I love interviews)

Interviews are an amazing way to discover what you didn’t know you knew already. Provided you’re OK to think on your feet, or OK to ‘go with the flow’, you’ll find out you know a lot more than you think you did. I come up with all sorts of statements, stories and a-ha moments simply as part of a conversation. This is why I rarely say no to an interview.

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J.F.D.I.

I am going to swear in a minute so that’s the parental guidance part of this out the way. Just so you have been warned!

Now this isn’t going to be a long, complex story, with lots of fabulous insights and funny asides, it’s really quite to the point.

And that is the point.

Sometimes you have to stop thinking, planning, plotting, strategising, working out, perfecting, polishing, tidying, testing, umming, ahhing, wondering, suggesting, procrastinating and JFDI.

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The Business of Helping

Most businesses are in the business of ‘helping’–helping other businesses, helping people, helping society, helping the world, some kind of ‘helping’ is usually the result of what they do. Whether that’s helping with a product, system or service… it’s usually there to ‘solve a problem’.

So why is this important to understand? In Marketing terms, it’s important that you absolutely know and can demonstrate the ‘problem’ that you solve and how you ‘help’.

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Don’t underestimate what you already know

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We all do it.

We think that we ‘don’t know much’, or that we only know ‘what everyone else knows’. This is the blight of ‘common sense’ :)

Sometimes it takes a new situation, a meeting in a new context, or simply being asked the right questions, for you to realise what you DO know and that it IS of value and that YOUR common sense isn’t everyone else’s.

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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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