Strictly Business

I don’t mind admitting it. I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing Fan (Dancing with the Stars if you’re reading this outside the UK). Obviously I am sure you appreciate that I love the sparkles and the spotlights (of course!) but what I love the most is the dedication and the trust that you see.

Every one of the celebrities is already doing their Thing (and up to the point of starting the series that Thing isn’t ballroom dancing, and for some – let’s be honest – it never will be!) but everyone is willing to give dancing a go and be a beginner.

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The pushmi-pullyu of marketing

It’s not just you that’s part of your marketing—there’s also the person you’re marketing to.

If you are constantly marching forwards with your marketing, and there’s no ‘thinking’ space or ‘feeling’ space where someone can make a decision that suits them and, worse still, they feel like they’re being led blind in a direction they don’t want to, that’s when your sales will suffer.

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…

Quite often (mostly!) when you work out your Thing, you do that and forget everything else that came before it as if it wasn’t enough. And true—it wasn’t enough for you (hence why you kept looking ’til you found your Thing)—BUT it most certainly was enough and useful too.

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What to do when you’re brilliant at sales but you forgot something…

The thing I am saying you might have forgotten is your marketing.

This happens more than you think–you have a brilliant product or service, and you’re also brilliant at selling… the step you can sometimes miss out is marketing.

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Not getting paid? You choose your customers remember…

I was having a conversation with someone recently about starting up in business and as ever the usual reservations and fears came up – what if it doesn’t work, what if we don’t make enough money, where will we find customers etc, but there was one fear that was bigger than all of them – what if we don’t get paid?

Now getting paid is important in business, but what you have to remember is that YOU are in charge.

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