Knowing and doing are very different things…

I know loads. About all sorts of things (not just Thing-related). But knowing and doing and two very different things.

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Is your business in the ‘real world’?

I love the internet.

But that said, my business also has to have a ‘real world’ aspect to it too.

The internet is there to HELP you with your business – to sell for you, to connect for you, to maintain relationships, to find new relationships (business or otherwise!), to share who you are and what you do, to have fun, to reach the places you can’t reach, and more.

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Conversations are key

I am a legend at starting up conversations. It’s another part of my Thing. I’d forgotten how good I am at this until I helped a client out recently on their exhibition stand.

My advice is to have conversations even when you don’t know where they’ll end up. Worse case: you’ll have a pleasant chat, best case: you might have a new customer.

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How to swim 100 lengths

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I don’t mind sharing that when I get in the pool 100 seems an awful lot. A ridiculous amount in fact.

Even though I know I can do 100 lengths (I’ve done it before) my chatter will start.

“100’s a lot”, “you don’t need to do 100 today”, “today looks like a 50 day, maybe 60”, “the pool is busy, you’ll never be able to keep going”, “etc…”

We all have chatter. It’s just a question of whether or not we listen to it.

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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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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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