The Joy of Small

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Being small is a very good thing when it comes to doing your Thing.

If your business is just you then you’ve only got yourself to consult when it comes to decisions. There’s a lot to be said for that (if you can make a decision, of course!).

Some of my client’s have ‘Things’ that help bigger organisations communicate better, and be more effective in their meetings which tells you what it’s like when you get big. It’s easy to be effective when it’s just you. So don’t do yourself a disservice and discuss things over and over in your head—just decide and do.

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Cause a Reaction

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Your marketing should cause a reaction. You should cause a reaction.

If you want people to take action you need them to react (clue is in the word ‘act’).

Now this might mean you need to have a different point of view. It might mean you have to be the person that says out loud what everyone else is only thinking. Maybe you need to step away from the crowd and start a new movement; wear something different, do something different, be something different.

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Information vs. Action

If you ask me you can never give away enough information.

I am happy to share a great deal of ‘information’ for free, because I know that for it to be effective, for it to ‘do’ what it’s shared for, it needs to be put into action.

The difference between information and action is why people buy from you. And this makes a huge difference to how you market and ‘sell’ what you do.

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How to say “No” (nicely)

Your Thing isn’t for everyone. And not every ‘opportunity’ is right for you.

Sometimes you need to say “No” to prospects (sometimes for your own sanity!)… sometimes a prospect just isn’t the right fit–they might not be ready, or committed, or at the right stage of the ‘problem’ to truly benefit from your Thing.

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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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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