How to say “No” (nicely)

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Your Thing isn’t for everyone. And not every ‘opportunity’ is right for you.

Sometimes you need to say “No” to prospects (sometimes for your own sanity!)… sometimes a prospect just isn’t the right fit–they might not be ready, or committed, or at the right stage of the ‘problem’ to truly benefit from your Thing.

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Too much personality

Almost all of the time I’m a huge advocate of putting more of YOU in your business. But sometimes you can make your business SO much about you that you’re forgetting it’s actually not about you at all.

Let me explain…

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Keeping your eyes open

I know EXACTLY what an ideal client looks like for my business. So when one sits down next to me and starts talking to me, or emails me, or messages me on Facebook, I know to have ‘that’ conversation. ‘That’ conversation is the one where I ask them to make a decision to do something about finding their Thing or not.

When you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to see… so here are some things to set your radar to spot.

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Sometimes you just don’t know

You don’t always know the answers

Sometimes you don’t know what’s around the corner

And it’s pretty likely that you don’t know what’s on the end of your nose (until you find your Thing of course!) :)

And the ‘not knowing’ is not a problem. Really. Learn to look out and allow…

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What to do when you don’t want to do your Thing any more

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So there’s doing your Thing in the BIG sense and there’s doing your Thing in the “How you do it right now” sense. When you realise these are different, you’ll see that there’s no problem if you don’t want to do your Thing any more, as you’ll most probably be meaning this in the “I don’t want to do the work I am doing right now any more” sense.

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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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