About your about

I’ve carried out some not-very-scientific research of About descriptions from websites and other places, and I conclude that we definitely want to hear about your Thing, but we also want to know about you

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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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Quick Quick Quick!

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It’s going to save you a whole lot of time in your business when you can make quick decisions. You KNOW when you have an opportunity come up if it’s for you and if you want to do it. So just do it NOW! Put the time you save ‘thinking about’ a decision to good use and do your Thing instead.

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Always share the next step

It’s funny–very often I see people do the equivalent of walking away before finishing a conversation (or even a sentence) when writing copy or ‘doing’ Marketing. It’s a bit like if I started to share with you the 3 best ways to get new clients and just…

…didn’t bother to tell you what they are!

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You always have the answer (you just need to say it clearly)

There’s detail that you notice that other people don’t. There’s elements that are invisible to others that are in plain sight to you. There are steps, ideas, processes, projects that to everyone else don’t make sense or don’t even occur in their thoughts. All this is your Thing. But even though you may ‘see’ all this, if you can’t talk about it clearly then it’s going to be hard to sell

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How many times does it take?

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Marketing (folk?)law says you need to ‘touch’ a prospect 7 times before they will respond. By ‘touch’ here be clear that I mean a message touch-point—so an email, Facebook post, a video, a talk, a letter, etc. There are exceptions to every rule as sometimes you can get a response the very first time someone sees you—I know I’ve had this happen when I’ve spoken at an event or met someone at networking. It’s more likely the ‘one touch’ conversions happens in person but it’s not always the case.

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