It’s a Goal!

My immediate answer to overwhelm is a goal—a very focused, totally connected smaller part of a bigger vision, goal. And a stretchy one too. The numbers I always set myself are never super-comfy but they’re not ludicrous either. If the goal is too far out of reach I know what I’m like—I won’t even bother!

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Being nicely irritating

There’s something about marketing that many people don’t like. And that’s doing it too much.

There’s nothing that sends people into a bit of a panic more than when is enough enough? how many is too many times? and what if I’m being annoying?

Because you’re never going to please all of the people all of the time, doesn’t mean you can’t please some of the people some, if not most, of the time if you are talking to the right ones.

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The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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Easy Street

This is where I like to hang out these days.

It’s a good place to be in your business (& your life actually) but for me it’s taking a bit of getting used to. I am very ‘busy’ person so it’s not always the natural address for me to be at!

Here’s how I am making the move.

Every time I have a new idea or I want to do something in the business I ask myself this question:

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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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Forewarned is Forearmed

Not everything is plain sailing, so make sure you talk about the choppy waters too.

It may be that you offer a product or service where, from the get go, it’s brilliant, the result happens instantly and everyone is happy. In which case, you can stop reading now.

Or it may be (more likely) that there’s some ‘getting used to’ or a ‘learning curve’ before the good stuff happens when people buy your Thing.

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