I don’t know (so tell me)

If you can answer questions people ask about ‘things’ or solve a problem people have, then you have a very valuable Thing. The point, of course, is to let people know that…

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What to do when you’re brilliant at sales but you forgot something…

The thing I am saying you might have forgotten is your marketing.

This happens more than you think–you have a brilliant product or service, and you’re also brilliant at selling… the step you can sometimes miss out is marketing.

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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It’s a new dawn…

with a new dawn and a new day you have new opportunities, but you don’t need a new Thing.

Your Thing is your Thing is your Thing.

If you are keen for a new Thing, I’d argue you’ve not found yours yet. If you’re just keen for ‘new’ then look at what needs to be new and what doesn’t.

Because there’s “shiny object” new, and there’s “Let’s just try something a little different, based on what we know already works” new. The latter new is a much better and more productive new.

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Routines vs. flow

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I have routines and at other times those are gone. And it made me think about when I’m more in flow–do the routines help or do they hinder?

My routines are day-of-the-week and times-of-the-day based. When my children are in school, the structure of my day is dictated by their schedule because I like to take them to school, so ‘work’ only starts after that…

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Business Celebrity Marmite (some love it, some don’t!)

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When you become a business celebrity it’s important to know you turn into marmite (not literally, as that would result in quite a sticky mess!) but metaphorically – some people will love you and your Thing and others will not like it at all. But that’s OK. It’s all part of being a business celebrity; […]

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