What’s inside my head and how it can help your business

Yesterday, I got back from the first 2-day ‘Small Business Marketing Workshop’ run by the very smart Jonathan Jay in his new business venture Success Track.

The purpose of the 2-day workshop was for Jonathan to share his own experience in what does and doesn’t work in terms of marketing a business. Jonathan also offered a ‘marketing clinic’, where attendees could (perhaps crushingly honestly in some cases!) receive a critique of their current marketing materials and approach (note to anyone who attended here — you will of course get the irony of Jonathan describing this in his own words as “a clinic”!).

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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When did you last plug in to the Matrix?

I love live events and I make sure I attend business events often to learn, meet people, share ideas, get new ideas, take time out from my business, and just feed off the energy. When I’m asked why I fly off to the US to attend events or take time out of my busy schedule to attend an event in the UK even, I say that for me it’s like plugging into the Matrix.

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Get wise with your whys – for stories that sell

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Stories sell.

And if you don’t like ‘selling’ try stories instead.

Obviously I am very strong proponent of the adage that people buy from people but it’s true for my business and all the business owners I work with.

Now much as you can ‘create’ a brand around who you are, what really sells you are your stories.

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Your radar is always on

One of the ways you know you are doing your Thing is that you realise that your ‘radar’ is always on.

Your Thing is either something you find really easy, something that really annoys you, or a combination of both those factors (as they are, in fact, 2 sides of the same coin–it’s likely something annoys you when you know how easy it is to fix it).

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Who do you want?

Knowing who your ideal client is makes a HUGE difference to everything you do in your business.

Just assume that EVERYTHING in your business works better (for that read – more easily) when you know your ideal client well. Really well.

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