Seasons greetings (all year round)

As I write this, it’s December and so there’s a very obvious seasonal feel to a lot of marketing messages everywhere I look. But it’s not just the Christmas and New Year holidays that can lend themselves nicely (sometimes too nicely!) to promotions and connected offers.

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Tell people what to do!

Sometimes you need to s-p-e-l-l it out to your clients and prospects what you want them to do. Now of course I don’t mean this in a shout-out-instruction-like-a-sergeant-major type way (!), but in a ‘make it nice and easy and clear what to do next so you are gently corralling people in the right direction’.

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I nearly cheated

You know when you procrastinate, or ‘put off’ doing your Thing? Perhaps you don’t say “Yes” to something because it might be hard or hard work, or you’re nervous. What are the opportunities you’ve missed because you cheated on yourself and took the easy way out? Or just said “No”?

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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Is this really me?

Do you ever do something or write something or have a meeting about a project and think ‘is this really me?’.

There are lots of things you CAN do but not necessarily all of them ARE you.

When you are really being you, you are being brilliant.

And you are being brilliant with ease and grace and fun.

If you have that sinking feeling when you look at some copy or design or a proposal that is ‘from’ you and it’s just not feeling right, then heads up – it’s not really you.

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You decide

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When it comes down to it, there is really only one person who stands between you and your Thing and that’s you.

Of course, you can get help to find your Thing—help to shape it, help to package it, and brand it, and sell it. But only YOU can decide to do it—actually go out there are do the Thing.

It’s about jumping in with both feet to do your Thing and knowing that that’s what you’re here to do. There is no “Ohh, I’ll dip a toe in”—that’s never going to convince anyone… if you’re not 100% certain, then why would anyone buy from you?

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