Re-runs

When something is good it always deserves a second (third, fourth…) viewing. I will happily sit through re-runs of Frasier, Friends & other classic TV shows. And I’m not sure I can count how many times I’ve watched Star Wars—especially now I’ve got my small people into the way of the Force!

I appreciate that not everything is worth repeating, but when you have a process or a system or a marketing campaign that works do a re-run. And then another re-run until it stops working!

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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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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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If you call it sales, it will feel like selling

If you consider that you need to do a sales pitch or have a conversation that will end in the sell, then you might be setting yourself up to not sell much at all.

The thing with a sales pitch is you’ll go into pitch mode–you’ll start to talk differently, change your energy, perhaps feel uncomfortable (as will most likely the person you’re pitching to) and you’ll feel less like you and more like a salesperson.

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Are you on Holiday?

Are you in that relaxed place just seeing what comes along, not doing anything too energetic i.e. are you in ‘holiday mode’ with your business?

There is nothing wrong with taking it easy (I am not saying don’t relax!) but what I suggest is that like any good holiday you put some planning time in beforehand to pick the best time, place, location to get the MOST from it… I know I relax more when I’m where I want to be!

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Publish ‘something’ to sell more

You don’t need a website to be able to sell your Thing. OF COURSE a website helps and provides a great focal point for prospective clients to learn about you, understand your Thing, see examples of your work, read your story, watch you in action (assuming you have videos!) and compare your offers. But you don’t need a website.

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