Detours and Diversions

I am sure it’s happened to you too?

You know exactly where you want to get to—you even have the map—then something unexpected happens… the road is closed.

You get diverted. It might be a technical detour, it might be a timing detour, it might be a team detour, it might be a marketing detour… but it is just a detour—you’re still headed the same way. Or at least that’s the plan…

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The £50 Chow Mein

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If you want to charge more for what you do, then do it.

You will need to match up the experience to the price tag, but I’ll bet you have something absolutely special enough to charge more for, so all you’re getting wrong is the positioning and the message.

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I can’t be bothered.

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I can’t be bothered being anyone other than me.

Talk about hard work.

But I still catch myself changing my tone, or coming over all ‘marketing’ sometimes. And I think WHOA what is that all about? Why am I being someone else when I do my marketing, or start talking about my Thing.

Waaaaay too much like hard work keeping that up.

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What to do when you don’t want to do your Thing any more

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So there’s doing your Thing in the BIG sense and there’s doing your Thing in the “How you do it right now” sense. When you realise these are different, you’ll see that there’s no problem if you don’t want to do your Thing any more, as you’ll most probably be meaning this in the “I don’t want to do the work I am doing right now any more” sense.

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If you don’t ask you’ll never know

Once you’ve got your head around your Thing and what it is–how it works and what it does for other people–the next step is to tell everyone about it.

And once you’ve got your head around telling everyone about your Thing (we call that marketing!) then you need to ask for the sale…

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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