Your Thing must be sold

If you don’t have a clear name for your Thing–an obvious package or product, a clear sight of it on the shelf/in the market, a clear offer–then it’s really hard for people to buy.

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Listen very carefully (your market is speaking)

Most of the answers you need for your business are all around you–it’s often simply a case of listening more carefully.

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Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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Not everyone is an entrepreneur

If you’re happy to just do your Thing—get paid for it—all is well, but you’re probably not an entrepreneur—just a self-employed, or employed even, Thinger. It’s when you take risks—either the risk of standing out, of doing something differently, of calling yourself a ‘name’, of standing by a process or philosophy that’s yours—then you’re an entrepreneur.

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Are you lucky?

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Don’t believe that everything you see and hear is because someone is ‘lucky’. There’s that famous saying “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” With practice and work you get luckier. I know I do. This is how you get successful at business. It’s not a magic trick.

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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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