How to say “No” (nicely)

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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Why blog for your business?

So why am I blogging, and should you blog for your business? And if you are blogging, is it helping?! Blogging is something that can be a very effective part of your marketing. It’s not always sensible to blog in the ‘traditional’ sense of a diary though, as if you’re not doing anything interesting day-to-day then you might not get value from it!

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Fortune favours the brave

If you want to take this quote in a literal sense—to me, it says that you’ll get paid if you ask for the sale.

And here you were thinking it was about riding into battle on your trusty steed :)

It’s an important point though. You need to sell your Thing. And that can mean being bold or brave.

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When Less is More

I am a bit of a stuck record on this–do LESS types of marketing but do them MORE. Trying to do every type of Marketing you can think of is going to exhaust you (and your Marketing budget, too!). Unless you have a big team of marketers working for you trying to get every single type of marketing working, or a huge budget to spend with agencies, chances are you’ll be spreading yourself too thin and not getting the impact you want to.

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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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Ask questions. A lot of questions…

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If you’re not sure about your Thing, ask yourself these great Thing-finding questions, questions to work out your process or philosophy, questions to help you work out your best marketing, and yet more questions…

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